Comparison Report: Roborock S6 Vs. S5 Max


Since its launch, Roborock has managed to make its place in the consumer market. It has made cleaning super fun and effortless. Moreover, it has a wide range of robot vacuums for everyone to choose from!

However, at times consumers find it tough to choose a specific model of Roborock. Read on to find the major differences between the Roborock S6 and S5 Max in order to ease your troubles in choosing one for your home! Let’s move ahead to sort all your queries.

Key similarities between Roborock S6 and S5 Max

Both the models originated from the same company, and both of them are merely one generation apart. You will observe a surprisingly large number of similarities between them.

HEPA filtration

Both of these models operate on the E-11 style washable HEPA filter present internally. This filter is created for specifically sweeping up the dust and allergens from the floor. HEPA filtration enables the Roborock S6 and S5 Max to ensure a spotless cleaning and successful trapping of the dust particles.

Adaptive route planning

Both Roborock S6 and S5 Max use LDS and SLAM algorithms for adaptive route planning. These sensors choose the best route to clean your perfectly. However, this increases the cleaning time by 20%.

Moreover, both models can be set to avoid certain areas when mopping. These No-Go zones can be set through the app. Plus, select room cleaning is available too.

Battery capacity and charge time

Both of these models of the Roborock operate through the 5200mAh battery. This inclusion of a 5200mAh battery provides an impressive run time of around 180 minutes before your device requires charging.

The required time for both the models to fully charge is around 5 hours. This might seem a long time to charge, but we assure you once your cleaning robot has been fully recharged, it will provide you with an efficient and uninterrupted cleaning session for your floors.

Suction power

Surprisingly, both the Roborock S6 and S5 Max come with an immense suction power of 2000Pa. This massive suction power allows the robots to easily uplift every type of dirt and debris from the floors.

Notable differences between Roborock S6 and S5 Max

There are numerous differences between the Roborock S5 and S6. Below is a brief overview of the differences.

Water tank capacity

Both the models differ in terms of water tank capacity, with Roborock S5 Max having a larger capacity. The S5 Max offers 290 ml capacity while S6 offers less than half of that, i.e., 140 ml.

Dust bin capacity

The two models vary just a little in terms of dustbin capacity. The Roborock S6 has 480 ml capacity, while Roborock S5 Max comes with 460 ml capacity.

Noise measure

The Roborock S6 ensures a lower noise level as compared to the Roborock S5 Max. The Roborock S6 is rated at 67 dB, while Roborock S5 Max is rated at 67 dB. However, the two measurements are known to vary, leading us to determine that the S6 makes 5 dB noise while S5 Max makes 60 dB noise. This still implies that the S5 Max makes more noise than S6.

Warranty span

The warranty span of the Roborock S6 is twice that of the Roborock S5 Max. The Roborock S6 comes with a two-year warranty. On the other hand, the Roborock S5 Max comes with a one-year warranty.

Specification chart

 Roborock S5 MaxRoborock S6
Dimensions13.7 x 13.8 x 3.8 inches13.7 x 13.8 x 3.8 inches
Weight7.7 pounds7.7 pounds
Noise69 dB67 dB
Battery5200 mAh lithium-ion5200 mAh lithium-ion
Charge time5 hours5 hours
Runtime150 minutes180 minutes
Automatic ResumeYesYes
Automatic RechargeYesYes
 FilterE-11 HEPA, washableE-11 HEPA, washable
Motor SuctionUp to 2000 PaUp to 2000 Pa
Spot CleaningYesYes
Real-Time Location and ProgrammingYesYes
Wireless CommunicationsYesYes
Remote ControlsNoNo
Local ControlsYesYes
Mobile AppYesYes
Voice CommandsYesYes
Customizable MoppingYesNo
NavigationMulti-Sensor Multi-RoomMulti-Sensor Multi-Room
Water Reservoir Capacity290 ml140 ml
Dustbin Capacity460 ml480 ml
Adjustable Water LevelYesYes
Select Room SchedulingYesYes
Select Room NavigationYesYes
Map SavingYesYes
ContainmentYes (app only)Yes (app only)
Side Brush11
Floor TypesAllAll
Dry MopNoNo
Damp MopYesYes
Wet MopYesYes
Warranty1 year2 years

Cleaning comparison – Roborock S6 and S5 Max

The cleaning process for all the Roborock vacuums is almost the same, with slight differences due to exclusive parts. Cleaning the Roborock S6 and S5 Max is more or less the same. Read on to discover the various approaches you can take to clean your robots.

How to clean the Roborock S6 and S5 Max?

You must ensure regular maintenance to keep your device properly functional for long-term usage. Here is how you can perform both the regular maintenance and the additional steps for thorough cleaning:

Regular maintenance

  • Main brush: Using the main brush cleaning tool, get rid of any hair or debris that is entangled in the main brush.
  • Side brush: Turn the robot over and open up the side brush screw. Remove the side brush and clean it.
  • Sensors: To clean the sensors, use a soft dry cloth and gently wipe it over the sensors.
  • Mop: Take the mop cloth out of the mop cloth bracket and clean the cloth. Dry it up.
  • Dustbin: Open up the top cover of the vacuum and press the dustbin latch to remove the bin. Open the dustbin’s lid and throw out the contents from it.

Thorough cleaning

  • Dustbin: To clean the dustbin thoroughly, empty it out, fill it up with water and close its lid. Shake the dustbin and pour all the muddy water out.
  • Wheel: Using a small screwdriver, open up the wheel by separating the tire and the axle. Use water to clean both the axle and the tire. Dry them up before placing them back.
  • Filter: Remove the filter and wash it with water. Make sure not to touch the surface of the filter to save it from damage. Instead, tap the filter frame to get rid of dirt. Make sure the filter is dry before you put it back.
  • Water tank: Open the water tank and fill it up with water. Shake it a bit before emptying the water out.

Maintenance cost comparison

Surprisingly, the cleaning robots’ maintenance cost has been estimated to be almost the same. I have briefly discussed the total maintenance expenses of both the Roborock models.

Replacing the filter

Generally, the filter is required to be replaced after every 3 to 6 months of usage. You can also check when your filter requires replacement by going into the app and clicking on the maintenance option. Replacing the HEPA filter will cost you around $23.

Replacing the brushes

You can easily replace the side brush at home for the Roborock S6 and S5 Max. This will cost you around $16. If you are considering replacing the main brush for your cleaning robots, it will cost you $22.99.

Replacing the mop

Roborock S6 and S5 Max both make use of a mop. Of course, this mop will get dirty with time, and you’d have to replace it. Roborock suggests changing the mop every 3 to 6 months. You can get 2 new mops for $16.99.

Cleaning comparison of Roborock S6 and S5 Max

Both of these cleaning robots offer a variety of cleaning options that ensure a thorough and deep clean. We have compared both models in different areas of cleaning.

 Roborock S5 MaxRoborock S6
Carpet cleaningMax cleaning mode on the carpet with suction, brush roller, and ABS side brushesMax cleaning mode on the carpet with suction, brush roller, and ABS side brushes
Both models clean low pile carpets well. Medium to high pile carpets would be troublesome as there is only 2cm space underneath the vacuums.
Hard floor cleaning90% of the dirt is cleaned away. The side brushed to get the dirt on the edges90% of the dirt is cleaned away. The side brushed to get the dirt on the edges
Both models perform the same on hard floors. Mopping will get rid of most of the dirt, but the brushes will still clean 90% of the floor.
MoppingDouble water tank capacity, app control, individual room mopping settings, and 4 levels of flow. 200m2 cleaning area, 1 recyclable mop, additional 300g contact pressureWater intensity changed from the switch on the vacuum (2 levels), 100m2 cleaning area, comes with 10 disposable mops and 2 recyclable mops
Even though both the models mop similarly, you get more water tank capacity, greater mopping area, app control, extra pressure, and custom settings with S5 Max. However, S6 comes with better accessories.

Final thoughts on Roborock S6 vs. S5 Max

As you can conclude from the above matter, the Roborock S6 and S5 Max are more or less the same in performance apart from the mopping function.

The main differences between the two would be S5 Max’s greater water tank capacity, which allows it to clean double the area, and the extra contact pressure when mopping, which gives a better result. You also get more app options when mopping with the S5 Max.

 If you require better mopping, then it’s best to go for S5 Max. On the other hand, if you need better accessories, S6 is your pick.

Immad Amir

Immad is a tech geek who loves the role of automation in his life. He believes that everyone should automate their roles in every part of their routine to spare some time for family and friends. Immad started HomeRook because he wants all the tech savvy individuals to automate their roles and focus on things that are significant in life.

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