Roborock S5 Robot Vacuum ReviewMarch 15, 2019
- Attractive design
- Excellent navigation
- Uses language to explain what’s happening
- Fast cleaner
- App is unintuitive
- Mopping feature more of a novelty
- Vacuuming performance is subpar
The Roborock S5 combines vacuuming, mopping and zone cleaning, but it’s not particularly successful at any of those tasks.
Want to differentiate yourself in a quickly growing consumer space like robot vacuum cleaners? The ambitious Roborock S5 includes a mopping function and zone cleaning for a reasonable $546. But while it aspires to be the Bo Jackson of robot vacuums, it performs more like Tim Tebow;although it doesn’t mop, the Shark Ion R85 offers more thorough cleaning performance, a better user experience, and it’s nearly half the price of the S5.
If you’re adding a robot vacuum to your home, you want it to look good—especially if it’s docked in your living room. The Roborock S5 eschews the black-and-grey color scheme embraced by other vacuums for white, with muted silver trim around the rim.
At the center of the robot is a raised laser cover with a splash of orange underneath, similar to the one on the Neato Botvac D7. Above the cover are physical buttons for spot cleaning, on/off and recharging. Perhaps due to its white color, the wall sensors on the front and side of the S5 are more noticeable than on other models, but they don’t detract from the bot’s understated look.
The Roborock S5 measures 13.8 inches in diameter, more than an inch larger than the Shark Ion R85; it’s also bigger than the 13-inch iRobot Roomba 690 and the 13.2-inch Neato Botvac D7.
Despite its larger size, the Roborock S5 deftly maneuvered through tight spaces. At 3.8 inches high, the S5 sits squarely between the 3.9-inch Botvac D7 and the 3.7-inch Roomba 690. While we don’t love the raised laser cover in the center, the feature was less obtrusive…