It is the most ambitious robot vacuum cleaner to date from Roborock. The Roborock S6 MaxV has arrived ready to give a lot of war in the high-end segment of butler robots that help us keep the house clean and forget about the traditional vacuum cleaner and mopping up. This team maintains the same base as previous models like the Roborock S6 but adds several very interesting improvements. Among them, we find a double camera on the front with which this robot is capable of analyzing objects that are found along the way and dodges them. Strips, shoes, and … pet stools. Because the disaster can be major if your pet has a loose belly and the vacuum cleaner goes over it.
In addition, it greatly improves the capacity of your water tank, so you can scrub an area of 200 square meters without having to change the water. All this completed with more power, autonomy and control of all its functions through the mobile. I have had the opportunity to test for several weeks the Roborock S6 MaxV, available in stores for an official price of 650 euros.
Roborock S6 MaxV Board
|Roborock S6 MaxV|
|Navigation technology||Laser mapping|
Object recognition through a double camera and artificial intelligence
|Cleaning modes||Automatic, by zones, by rooms, ability to store multiple floors|
|Power||Delicate, Silent, Balanced, Turbo, Maximum|
|Dirt tank||460 milliliters|
|Scrubbing tank||297 milliliters|
|Autonomy||Up to 180 minutes|
|Connectivity||WiFi, through the Roborock and Xiaomi Home app, compatible with Google Home|
|Suction power||2,500 Pa|
|Surfaces||All surfaces and carpets|
|Cleaning area||Up to 300 square meters|
|Noise||Up to 67 dB|
|Dimensions||353 x 350 x 96.5 mm and 3.7 kg|
Dual Front Camera With Artificial Intelligence
The great novelty of the Roborock S6 MaxV robot is the inclusion of a dual front camera that works in combination with artificial intelligence. The double camera is capable of recognizing various types of objects to avoid them, provided they have a height of at least 5 centimeters. This is where AI comes in, as it compares the images you are recording with a database of over 10,000 items to analyze them correctly. And what objects do you identify? We have strips, pedestals (like that of a lamp), common objects, footwear (the robot vacuum cleaner is wound up with the shoelaces, a classic) and even pet stools. And it is more useful than it may seem, since otherwise the robot could go over it and spread the stools throughout the room.
The best thing about this technology is that it can also improve over time as the database expands and becomes more effective . In my experience, object recognition works quite well and has generally almost always identified shoes and bowel movements at home. To verify this point, Roborock sent a fake poop that has served to corroborate it (thankfully I have not had to verify it with real depositions). Of course, you have to take into account that these cameras are only capable of capturing elements with a minimum of 5 centimeters. In other words, be careful with loose cables , such as cables that move away from the power strip, chargers, etc… Several times I have had to chase the robot for having caught a cable.
If you’re concerned about privacy, Roborock has taken great care of this point. First, the robot does not start using the camera unless you expressly consent to it. Not only that. There is a function by which the robot vacuum cleaner takes pictures of the objects it has identified and you can review them in the app to check if it is a correct recognition. Again, without express consent you do not take these photos.
By the way, the cameras of the robot vacuum cleaner incorporate infrared , so you can also carry out cleaning by dodging objects if the house is dark.
Smart Home Mapping, Now On Multiple Floors
The Roborock S6 MaxV performs laser mapping of the entire house. This mapping is very fine and from the first cleaning you are able to analyze the entire stay with enough fidelity. It is noted that this point has been improving from model to model. But, in addition, the novelty in the S6 MaxV is that the robot can store the information of several different floors in your house, so that if you live in a duplex you will not have to do the mapping of the upper floor again when you take the robot. In fact, it is able to automatically analyze what floor it is on.
From the app you can review the different maps of the floors (in this case, I have not been able to check their operation at various heights). As in the previous robots, you have options of a complete cleaning, a cleaning by rooms or a cleaning by zones that you mark specifically. The recognition of the different rooms has also been improved a lot, but in any case if you are not able to do it correctly you can modify it manually.
The app has a clear and well-organized interface. In the foreground you have the floor map, with the complete layout that the robot has followed in the last cleaning and above data of the area it has cleaned, the battery percentage and the time it took to clean. On the right you have the options to edit the map and adjust the cleaning mode. There are five cleaning modes: Delicate, Silent, Balanced, Turbo, and Max . Delicate mode is really for very fragile soils. Also here you can mark the type of cleaning with the scrub cloth (which I talk about in another section).
Other interesting options of the app are to schedule cleanings, know the status of the accessories and when they will need maintenance, and the option to change the voice to different languages, including Spanish. The robot alerts you by voice when cleaning starts or ends or when it gets stuck. By the way, on a personal level I find the option of putting the voice of Shin Chan in Chinese or Japanese very funny . It’s a real sight to hear him laugh.
An advanced functionality of the app is to change the power of both vacuuming and scrubbing for each room in the house. A good way to, for example, enhance scrubbing in areas like the bathroom.
Improved Suction Power
The Roborock S6 MaxV improves on a feature that already stood out a lot in the previous model: the suction power. If the Roborock S6 reaches 2100 Pa, the S6 MaxV increases the setting to 2500 Pa. Of course, day by day I did not have to opt for this maximum power, especially since it carries with it a point negative: noise. It is one of the few sections where it looks worse than its previous version. Overall, it’s a fairly noisy robot vacuum, unless you put it on silent. But it’s nice to be able to play with power levels to find the best balance between discomfort and cleanliness. By the way, whatever power level we use, the robotic vacuum cleaner is able to identify when it passes through a carpet and increase the power.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the robot is its autonomy. Despite having more power than the Roborock S6 and the same battery, this robot is capable of adding another thirty minutes of maximum autonomy up to 180 minutes . That is, up to three hours of cleaning with a single charge that can be used to clean floors and villas in one pass. In fact, an interesting feature has also been included. In the event that the robot runs out of battery in the middle of a cleaning, it will automatically return to the base and charge just enough to complete the cleaning.
In my personal experience, I have tried to test the autonomy of the vacuum cleaner but even with two cleanings in a row at my house (around 90 total square meters) the robot ended up with more than 50% of autonomy.
Double The Scrubbing Tank Capacity
As for the scrubbing tank, it doubles the capacity compared to the Roborock S6, up to 297 milliliters . According to the brand data, with this tank we can reach scrubbing a surface of up to 200 meters . On a personal level, it seems to me one of the least interesting functions of the robot, despite this improvement in the tank. In any case, it cannot be considered a substitute for traditional scrubbing, but rather a way to moisten the floor (even at the maximum level, the amount of water it is pouring is low). To carry out this cleaning, an accessory with a built-in mop is used. If this accessory is not installed, the robot will not release water.
We have three different scrubbing levels . Although it is recommended to remove the carpets when we are going to vacuum the mop, the Roborock S6 MaxV is capable of identifying that moment to stop pouring water and not spoil this surface.
Price And Opinion
Forget about the idea that Roborock is a cheap Chinese brand. An idea that is closely associated with Xiaomi’s participation in the company. On the contrary, many of the models of this firm come to compete directly with rivals such as Dyson, such as the Roborock H6 handheld vacuum cleaner. The Roborock S6 MaxV is one of the most complete and powerful vacuum robots that you will find today on the market, and that also shows in the price. You can already find it in stores for a cost of 650 euros, which takes it away from many pockets. But if you have money to make this investment, you are going to take a very interesting model. Among the features that I liked the most when testing it is its power, the object recognition system, and of course the quality of its mapping, in addition to the excellent autonomy. On the downside, I still can’t find its mop system as an alternative to traditional scrubbing, and it’s a pretty noisy robot.