Smart vacuums as a whole have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. The robot vacuum concept isn’t all that old, and it really seems to have made its strides in terms of what’s expected.
Similarly, Roborock has come a long way in just a few years of making vacuum cleaners. It regularly releases quality products that seem to raise the bar for what we look for in smart home gadgets.
Launching in early 2022, the Q-series products are a cheaper approach to the S7 line. Prices start at around $430 and the Q family currently consists of the Q5 and Q5+, and the Q7 and Q7+.
The Q5 and Q5+ are vacuum-only models, while the Q7 and Q7+ offer both vacuum and mop functionality. His high-end Q7 series has a ‘Max’ version with more power and an auto-empty dock.
The Roborock Q7 Max+ has black and white color options and looks pretty much like any other robot vacuum. As seen on many models from various brands, there is a circular protrusion extending from the top so you can see where the unit is headed.
At about 8.5 pounds and 14 inches in diameter, it’s a fairly large unit. It also lifts almost 4 inches without stretching the wheels. Plus, the extra lift from the top helps keep the vacuum cleaner from getting under some furniture. Fitted below.
Open the door flap on top of Roborock Q7 Max+ and you will find a water tank (350ml) and a trash can (470ml). Unlike other models with a wiping function, Q7’s water tank is separate from the wiping pad.
The brush roller is rubber-like and has no bristles, making it easy to wipe off and keep clean. I think it’s good at grabbing hair and it’s hard to get clogged. Side brushes help direct debris toward the main brush.
Like other Roborock models, the Q7 Max+ utilizes PreciSense LiDAR navigation to map your living space. Combined with the mobile app, it displays a 2D/3D map with visual representations of obstacles, walls, etc. In addition, you can merge spaces, divide rooms, create no-go zones, manage cleaning cycles, auto-empty and many other useful features.
The Roborock Q7 Max+ is rated at 4200pa (in Pascals), so we found the robot vacuum cleaner to have excellent suction power. Over the past few months, I’ve pretty much vacuumed his first floor of the house. Floors are hardwood and carpeted with occasional rugs.
The Q7 Max+ does a great job of grabbing dust and hair from edges and corners and pulling things in from areas other vacuums might miss. When rugged or rugged, the robot activates her Carpet Boost and revs up the engine. Still, it’s relatively quiet with no distractions.
One of the things I love most about robot vacuums is when they run in a straight line and map things out in an orderly fashion. That is definitely the case here. It will tell you where the straight line was and you will know what you have cleaned.
The Roborock Q7 Max+ has a 5,200mAh battery and is advertised as cleaning for up to 3 hours straight. Most robot vacuums I’ve used in the last few years can clean my main floor in under 45 minutes, so this is never truly a test. I had no problem taking it upstairs or downstairs to pick up dirt.
The Auto-Empty Dock Pure feature automatically empties dirt into the dock every time you return to charging at the base. The auto-empty dock contains dust bags that are replaced every few months, depending on how dirty your home is. Extra dust bags are included in the box, and you can get 3 packs from Roborock for $19.
The Q7 Max+ mopping system employs an electric pump to provide 30 different water streams that can be optimized for different floor types. I’ve found it does a great job cleaning up basic spills and stains, but it’s nothing like what you get from a Sonic Mop.
Roborock advises that the Q7 Max+ can cover over 2,600 square feet on a single charge, but mopping alone will never come close. On the other hand, you can vacuum and mop in the same cycle, so you get a mixed bag that protects your floors from dirt, dust, dirt, and other contaminants.
The S7 MaxV Ultra automatically cleans the pads when you return to the dock, but we’ll do that manually here. That said, if you tend to use dirty hard floor surfaces, you may find that you need to clean your mop pad fairly often.
I wish the robot vacuum included an extra mop pad in addition to more dust bags. You can wash it.
Roborock offers two packs of mop pads on their website for $17, so we suggest you grab one of those and wait. Likewise, you can also purchase his 2-pack of spare side brushes for $16. Given these prices, we would have hoped Roborock would throw in an extra set of each.
The Q series is the more affordable Roborock robot vacuum, but the Q7 Max+ has a asking price of $650. This is a fair price, hundreds of dollars cheaper than the S series, but not “budget” money.
We found the Q7 Max+ to be a great unit and a low-cost alternative to the S7 MaxV Ultra, but we would have liked to have seen an additional set of replacement accessories in the box. Or take about $50 off the price. Or why not round down to $800?
Currently, you can buy it from Roborock’s website for $650, or apply a $220 coupon on Amazon for the same price. This is an incredible bargain, so if you’re hesitant, take it.
The Roborock portfolio has plenty of models to choose from at prices that cater to most budgets. I have been a fan of this brand for several years now and would happily recommend it to others.