The third generation of the robot vacuum cleaner Roborock S6 was presented a couple of days ago. We have a test sample of a new vacuum cleaner which I would like to share in this article.
Below, I will discuss in detail the main differences between the Roborock S6 and S5, what improvements the new model has received and much more.
At the start of sales, the price for the Roborock S6 will be $599.99. Also, recall that the price of the previous generation Roborock S5 is $399.99.
The main differences between the robots of vacuum cleaners is an improved and efficient operation, and battery life has increased. But I didn’t notice big changes in comparison with the previous generation, so whether it is worth overpaying, let’s find out in more detail below in our test.
Roborock S6, like the previous model, received 2000 Pa of suction power, cleaning 2 in 1 wet and dry, LDS sensor for efficient and high-quality cleaning, 5200 mAh battery capacity and much more.
Let’s start our review and as usual, I would pay attention to the appearance and configuration of the box.
Roborock S6: Specifications
|Xiaomi Roborock S6:||Specifications|
|Noise:||less than 58dB|
|Dust Box Capacity:||480ml and 140ml|
|Cleaning Modes:||Edge, Spot, Planning|
|Charging time:||200-350 mins|
|Operating time:||about 2.5 hours|
|Dimensions:||353 x 350 x 96.5 mm|
Roborock S6: Unboxing
We received a white-gray box and it has a difference compared to previous generations. The box already looks premium and colored, which is not the case with previous models.
On the front side, I see three variants of the colors of the Roborock S6 vacuum cleaner robot, the model name, and main functions.
Inside the box, all the components are well folded so there will be no damage during transport.
The kit includes the following items: charging station, dust collector, water tank, instructions in various languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian), 10 disposable cloth wipes for wet cleaning.
In general, the components are the same as the previous models, I did not notice any big differences. Except of course extra disposable wipes for wet cleaning, which makes your wet cleaning easier. Now I would share with you my impression of appearance.
Roborock S6: Design and Appearance
The new generation of the robot vacuum cleaner Roborock S6 in our test is almost the same as any other robot vacuum cleaner. It has a round shape with high-quality plastic so I will not pay much attention to the assembly, as it is completely the same as previous generations, that is, very high quality and at a high level.
I want to pay more attention to the main differences between the new and past generations.
Roborock S6 received an updated design of the control buttons on the top of the vacuum cleaner. Also on the bottom, I noticed a full silicone brush that will provide more efficient cleaning.
In addition, as I mentioned in the unpacking, the robot has different color options – it is white, black and gray.
The laser mount on the top of the robot is immediately highlighted. Using a laser sensor the Roborock S6 is controlled in our analisis. The robot captures all space with a laser. Also, parts that it cannot achieve.
But the laser mount also has a drawback, for example, it cannot pass under the furniture. Therefore, before buying, you should measure the distance between the floor and the bottom of your furniture to make sure that the robot vacuum cleaner passes under it.
Wet cleaning module can be installed on the Roborock S6 at any time. First, you fill the water tank and then install one of ten disposable wipes.
After that, you need to install a container for wet cleaning in the lower part of the robot vacuum cleaner. Everything is done easily and intuitively. The volume of the tank is 140 ml.
I did not distinguish other components in design and appearance as compared with the previous model. Therefore, there are no major improvements.
Well, the appearance is almost unchanged, only some details have been updated, but how about the performance let’s talk about it in detail.
Roborock S6: Performance
Like the previous generation, the Roborock S6 gained 2000 Pa of suction power. The battery capacity of 5200 mAh is also similar. So what changes?
In general, there is no difference in performance either, but according to the manufacturer, the new S6 model has an improved cleaning system, 50% more silent work and also updated work algorithms.
Does it really contribute to better and more productive work? This we will check in our tests below.
But the volume of cleaning will be 250 square meters since the previous model had to show 200 square meters.
Also, the vacuum cleaner is able to pass obstacles about 2 centimeters, for example, rapids and other elements during cleaning will not interfere with cleaning.
The power consumption of the Roborock S6 was 58W, and the maximum noise level was 58 decibels.
One recharging time is 150 minutes and charging time is about 3.5 hours.
Roborock S6: Functions and Features
The Roborock S6 offers virtually everything you can imagine when it comes to smart features:
- Laser distance sensor (LDS) for high-quality cleaning
- Programmable Timer
- Application in English and other languages (for Android and iOS)
- Firmware updates
- Remote control (works only through the application, additional remote control is not included)
- Cleaning zones: the ability to define zones for cleaning operations on the map
(instead of mechanical barriers) within which the robot sucks
- Using Voice Assistant: Alexa Voice
Roborock S6: Application
Like the previous model, the new Roborock S6 in the test can be quickly and easily connected to the WLAN and the Mi-Home application (Roborock uses its investor’s Xiaomi app).
If you want to quickly start the cleaning process, simply click on the upper button of the robot, and the S6 will immediately start cleaning.
If you start the cleaning process from the app. Current cleaning can be tracked in real time on a map in the app.
In the application on the map in the room, you can define a zone or boundary of cleaning, within which the robot must clean. This is very convenient if you want to block areas of the room for the robot, for example, because toys are lying around. In our test, these cleaning zones with barriers worked very reliably.
You also specify a fixed cleaning time in the timer or adjust the suction power in the application. Also in the app, you can see the history of all cleaning processes, including their cards. Using maps, you can see exactly where the robot was cleaning and where it could not be removed.
Through the app, you can also control the Roborock S6 remotely.
You can also configure Roborock to send you messages on your smartphone. If you cannot find the robot (for example, because it is stuck under the bed), you can find it in the app and call the command “Hey, I’m here.”
The robot can start cleaning through applications remotely, even if the charging station is turned off. Therefore, the WLAN module is located directly in the robot itself, and not in the charging station.
Also in the application, there is the ability to manage voice assistant Alexa Voice.
Roborock S6: First Running and Cleaning
Installing the Roborock S6 is very simple and intuitive in our test. All buttons of the robot react reliably to any press, the robot quickly connects to your home Wi-Fi and the Mi-Home app is quickly configured.
The launch of the Xiaomi Roborock S6 is the complete opposite of many other models of robot vacuum cleaners. At Roborock, everything is simple and without any problems. Also, working with the application is really fun and interesting. For example, if we change the suction mode from “quiet” to “maximum”, it will be done almost in real time.
The main task of the robot vacuum cleaner is not smart home additions (which we will discuss in more detail below), but cleaning efficiency combined with speed and noise. With these features, the Roborock S6 cleans very quickly and efficiently and, if desired, is also quite quiet.
The user can select one of four levels of suction plus cleaning mode. Roborock can be configured to clean up at night and I recommend using the “silent” mode. Then the suction noise will not bother you, but the cleaning efficiency will not be top level.
On the middle level, the Roborock S6 cleans the apartment very clean. And in the turbo mode, it is quite loud, but also the most effective in cleaning.
Roborock S6 cleans impressively quickly. In the app, you can see the history of the process of cleaning each room. First, it passes along the edge, and then clears the inner region in ordered, adjacent traffic lanes. Thus, it does not travel all over the apartment, but on the contrary, it plans intellectual cleaning very well.
Even I compared the results of cleaning the Roborock S6 and S5. Cleaning the same room from the new model S6 took less time and 10% less spent the charge.
Therefore, the efficiency of the Roborock S6 is slightly better than the previous model, but if you already have an S5 I would not recommend upgrading to a new model.
As for the quality of cleaning? Depending on the cleaning mode, the Roborock S6 cleans very well. Any wool, fine dust or coarse dirt will be absorbed by the robot with a vacuum cleaner both on a hard surface and on terry carpets.
Both the dust collector and the rollers are easily removed and emptied or cleaned. The dust bin can also be washed under the tap. However, it is not very big and you will often have to clean it.
Obstacles, such as chair legs, are usually difficult to remove by a robot. Therefore, it may happen that the dirt that is right on the leg of the chair will remain uncleaned.
The robot vacuum cleaner Roborock S6 in the analisis can also clean several rooms on one full charge. If he drives on the carpet, it recognizes this and automatically increases the suction power. Cleaning can be interrupted and resumed at any time using the application or by pressing a button at the top of the robot.
The main problem of any vacuum cleaners is the corners in the rooms. As you can see below, the Roborock S6 cannot handle the corners, dirt and dust will remain. Even a new fully silicone brush does not cope with this task.
Other cleaning features are similar to previous models. If we talk about the wet cleaning Roborock S6, then it is no different from the previous model. The efficiency and speed of work are a little better, but this is thanks to the updated intelligent algorithms of the robot. Although the quality of cleaning will be without any changes.
Roborock S6: Conclusion and reviews
The third generation of the flagship robot vacuum cleaner Roborock S6 is definitely better and more efficient than the previous one, but not significantly.
Time and area of cleaning at a good level, even a large house or apartment can be cleaned on a single battery charge.
The quality of cleaning on any surface and even any dust, wool and debris absorbs without any problems thanks to a good suction power of 2000 Pa. It is also worth noting the low noise level, so cleaning is possible even at night.
At the same time, there are no big differences between the Roborock S6 and S5 models, so if you already have the previous generation, then I see no reason to update to a new one.
The robot vacuum cleaner Roborock S6 offers excellent value for money. It impresses with a fast and good cleaning, good obstacle ability, works quietly and can work very conveniently with the help of the application.
Roborock S6: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Now you can order and buy a robot vacuum cleaner Roborock S6 for $599.99.
In general, Roborock offers a well-built robot vacuum cleaner with excellent performance and low noise operation.