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Roborock H7 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 29, 2022 at 10:39 am
Roborock H7 Picture
7.4
Bare Floor
7.3
Low-Pile Carpet
7.6
High-Pile Carpet
7.4
Pets
8.4
Stairs
7.6
Cars
6.1
Workshop
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes (Bag Optional)
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes
Wet Compatible
No

The Roborock H7 is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum. Unusually for a vacuum of this type, it comes with an adapter that allows you to use it as a bagged vacuum for easier, more hygienic debris disposal. It's lightweight, easy to maneuver, and does a great job cleaning debris on bare floors. It's fairly quiet and comes with a wide assortment of tools too. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel especially sturdy and doesn't exert that much suction force through its floorhead, so it struggles to clear debris in tight cracks.

Our Verdict

7.4 Bare Floor

The Roborock H7 is decent for bare floors. It easily cleans pet hair and small debris when cleaning this kind of surface. It's decent at cleaning bulkier material, but you might still need to make an extra pass to suck it all up. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to maneuver or pick up and carry wherever you need. That said, it feels somewhat flimsy when in use, has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning, and struggles with clearing debris in cracks due to the somewhat low suction force at its floorhead.

Pros
  • Lightweight, maneuverable design.
  • Impressive overall performance on bare floors.
  • Incurs low recurring costs.
Cons
  • Low suction force at floorhead.
  • Fragile build quality.
  • Many parts need regular cleaning.
7.3 Low-Pile Carpet

The Roborock H7 is a decent option for vacuuming low-pile carpet. It's remarkably effective in dealing with pet hair and does a reasonable job of cleaning fine and large debris, but you'll still probably need to make another pass to collect all of it. This vacuum does have a surface detection system that allows it to automatically increase its suction power on carpets. However, it behaves inconsistently on this type of floor, especially when using it as a bagged vacuum. This vacuum also feels somewhat fragile and has many parts that need regular cleaning, though thankfully, they're very easy to access.

Pros
  • Lightweight, maneuverable design.
  • Incurs low recurring costs.
Cons
  • Fragile build quality.
  • Many parts need regular cleaning.
7.6 High-Pile Carpet

The Roborock H7 is good for cleaning high-pile carpet. This vacuum does an excellent job dealing with fine and large debris on this sort of surface, and easily sucks up pet hair. Its surface detection system is also effective in automatically increasing its suction power when you're on this kind of surface, though there isn't any way to increase the brushroll height to prevent it from getting caught on rug tassels. Unfortunately, parts of its mainly plastic construction feel somewhat fragile.

Pros
  • Lightweight, maneuverable design.
  • Surface detection system is effective on high-pile carpet.
  • Incurs low recurring costs.
Cons
  • Fragile build quality.
  • Many parts need regular cleaning.
7.4 Pets

The Roborock H7 is a satisfactory option for pet owners. It does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair on bare floors as well as high and low-pile rugs and carpets. It comes with a miniature turbo brush, which helps it do a good job of lifting pet hair from upholstered furniture. It isn't especially noisy either, so some pets might not find it to be overly disruptive. There's even an onboard HEPA filter to trap allergens. If you're particularly sensitive to fine particles, it can also be used as a bagged vacuum, allowing you to dispose of any collected pet hair more hygienically. Unfortunately, its floorhead's brushroll isn't removable, making it hard to clear any tangled hair within the attachment.

Pros
  • Lightweight, maneuverable design.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
  • Onboard HEPA filter.
  • Wide assortment of attachments.
Cons
  • Poor stain-clearing performance.
  • Brushroll in floorhead isn't removable.
  • Fragile build quality.
  • Many parts need regular cleaning.
8.4 Stairs

The Roborock H7 is great for vacuuming stairs. Its cordless design ensures that you don't need to worry about tripping over a power cord while vacuuming a long staircase, and its lightweight construction makes it easy to carry up and down flights of stairs. It performs impressively well on bare floors and has decent overall performance on carpets. It also comes with a miniature turbo brush, which helps clean carpeted stairs when using it in its handheld configuration. Unfortunately, it feels somewhat fragile.

Pros
  • Lightweight, maneuverable design.
  • Wide assortment of attachments.
Cons
  • Fragile build quality.
7.6 Cars

The Roborock H7 is good for vacuuming the inside of your car. Since it's cordless, you don't need to park your car very close to an electrical outlet. You can easily reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum to better clean hard-to-reach areas, and it comes with a turbo brush attachment for cleaning debris on upholstered surfaces. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel very sturdy and has many parts that need regular cleaning.

Pros
  • Lightweight, maneuverable design.
  • Wide assortment of attachments.
Cons
  • Fragile build quality.
6.1 Workshop

The Roborock H7 is mediocre for workshop cleaning, though this isn't what it's for. Its unimpressive suction force at its floorhead requires you to get close to cracks and clean them with its included crevice tool. It isn't wet compatible and struggles with clearing stains. Still, it's lightweight and maneuverable. It also delivers great performance on bare floors and clears a reasonable amount of debris on low-pile carpet.

Pros
  • You can use it as a bagged vacuum.
  • Lightweight, maneuverable design.
  • Wide assortment of attachments.
Cons
  • Low suction force at floorhead.
  • Poor stain-clearing performance.
  • Fragile build quality.
  • 7.4 Bare Floor
  • 7.3 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.6 High-Pile Carpet
  • 7.4 Pets
  • 8.4 Stairs
  • 7.6 Cars
  • 6.1 Workshop
  1. Updated Mar 29, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 23, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Roborock H7 has mediocre build quality. It has a similar design to most other Dyson vacuums, like the Dyson V11 Animal, which looks fairly premium. It doesn't feel as solid as its appearance would suggest, as the wand creaks, shifts, and wiggles at the attachment point between the plastic body and the aluminum telescopic wand. Unusually for a vacuum of this type, you can use it as a bagged vacuum by removing the cyclone, fitting the bag adapter in its place, and attaching a dirtbag.

The vacuum itself is easy to take apart or reassemble, as you can unclip most parts with the push of a single button. You need to screw together the dock station and tool storage component before use.

6.5
Design
User Maintenance

The Roborock H7 has several parts that need regular maintenance, though they're easy to access and clean.

  • Dirt compartment: You can press the 'Emptying Latch' to open the bottom cover of the dustbin and unload its contents. You can also detach it from the main body to clean it by pressing the 'Dustbin Detachment Latch'. You should watch the dirt compartment once a month.
  • Cyclone: You can remove the cyclone after detaching the dirt compartment and then twisting it counter-clockwise in its housing. You should rinse it with cold water once a month.
  • Front filter: The top filter is located on top of the cyclone and should be rinsed once a month with cold water. A filter lock prevents you from putting the cyclone back in if you forget to refit the top filter.
  • HEPA filter: You can remove the HEPA filter by rotating it counter-clockwise and pulling it from the top of the vacuum. You should rinse it with cold water every two months.
  • Brushroll: You can't remove the brushroll from its floorhead, which makes it difficult to clear away any tangled hair or stuck-on debris. No maintenance interval is given by the manufacturer, but you should clean it when necessary
  • Charging contact: Should be wiped with cloth once a month.

You must air dry any part that's washed with water for at least 24 hours before using it again.

7.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
Filter Part Number ASIN: B095393VF2
HEPA Filter Part Number ASIN: B095393VF2

The Roborock H7 incurs fairly low recurring costs.

  • Dustbag: If you use this vacuum in its bagged configuration, you need to dispose of the bag once it's filled. Dustbags can be purchased in packs of 12 from the manufacturer's website along with a new dustbag adapter, as seen here.
  • Filters: The top and post-motor HEPA filters shouldn't need to be replaced as long as they're cleaned regularly. Still, you can buy a filter pack that includes two front filters and one HEPA filter, as seen here.

6.9
Design
Storing
Height
44.68" (113.5 cm)
Width
6.30" (16.0 cm)
Depth
9.84" (25.0 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Roborock H7 is reasonably easy to store. Unlike the otherwise similarly-designed Roborock H6 Adapt, its wall mount and attachments feature built-in magnets, allowing you to simply stick the attachments to the wall mount to keep them in place. Alternatively, you can place the attachments on any other magnetic surface, like a fridge door.

6.7
Design
Dirt Compartment
Volume
0.11 gal (0.40 L)
Full Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
2

The Roborock H7 has a fairly large dirt compartment. You can see how the dirt compartment looks with the dirtbag and adapter fitted in place here. Using it with a dirtbag yields a capacity of 0.40 L, which is more than that of the strictly bagless Roborock H6 Adapt. However, this does fall short of the advertised claim of 0.56 L. Once it's filled past 0.40 L, solid, denser debris like rice can start to spill out the front of the nozzle.

Design
In The Box

  • Roborock H7 cordless stick vacuum
    • Roborock H7 vacuum body
    • Dirt compartment
    • Cyclone
    • HEPA filter
    • Top filter
    • 2x Dirtbags
    • Dirtbag adapter
    • Wand
    • Vacuum head with brushroll
    • Quick User Guide / Instruction Manual
  • Various tools and brushes
    • Motorized Mini Brush
    • Crevice tool
    • Soft bristle dusting brush
    • Flex tube
  • Base station
    • Base station
    • Power supply

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
2.26 ft (0.69 m)
Minimum Wand Length
1.18 ft (0.36 m)
Maximum Wand Length
3.22 ft (0.98 m)
Total Range
N/A

The Roborock H7's range is limited only by its remaining battery life and the room left in its dirt compartment or dirtbag. It also comes with a 'Flex Tube' attachment to extend your reach when using it as a handheld vacuum.

8.2
Design
Portability
Total Weight
5.62 lbs (2.55 kg)
Weight In Hand
3.42 lbs (1.55 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Roborock H7 is impressively portable. It weighs less than many other cordless stick vacuums like the Shark Vertex Pro or Miele Triflex HX1.

7.2
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
11.1 min
Maximum Battery Life
91.5 min
Recharge Time
181 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
No

The Roborock H7 offers decent overall battery performance. It supplies roughly 90 minutes of runtime in its most energy-efficient 'Eco' mode, outlasting alternatives like the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power. Its runtime drops to little over 10 minutes when using it in its strongest 'MAX' mode.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Head Surface Type Adjustment
None

The Roborock H7 has a couple of quality-of-life features. Like the Roborock H6 Adapt, there's an LED screen located just above the handle that displays remaining battery life, the current suction power mode, and any error messages if the brushroll gets jammed or if the vacuum is otherwise clogged. It features three suction power modes: 'Eco', 'Standard', and 'MAX'. The 'Auto Carpet Boost' function allows the vacuum to automatically adjust its suction power level to 'MAX' when it detects that it's on carpets, though this feature only works when the floorhead is mounted in place.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
Yes
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
Yes
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The Roborock H7 comes with a few tools and accessories. These include a crevice tool, a miniature turbo brush, a soft-bristle dusting brush, and a flexible hose extension for cleaning hard-to-reach areas.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No

You can use the Roborock H7 as a handheld vacuum by detaching its wand. You can extend its reach in this configuration by attaching the 'Flex Tube' attachment. You can also use it as a bagged vacuum by removing the cyclone, attaching the bag adapter in its place, and then fitting a dirtbag.

Performance
8.4
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Standard"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 87%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 83%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 99%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 100%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The Roborock H7 does a great job of cleaning debris on bare floors. It easily clears small debris like rice and most bulkier material like cereal, but you might still need to make an extra pass to get it all.

6.8
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Standard"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 63%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 76%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 48%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 73%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The Roborock H7 delivers okay performance on low-pile carpet. Its 'Auto Carpet Boost' feature engages when its dirt compartment fills past 0.25 L, which is why its performance seems to improve at a higher fill line. Consider the Samsung Jet 70 Pet if you're looking for a stick vacuum that performs better on this surface type.

Note: The 'Auto Carpet Boost' didn't engage when the vacuum was tested in its bagged configuration.

8.5
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Standard"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 80%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 78%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 73%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 66%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The Roborock H7 delivers excellent performance on high-pile carpet. It clears most fine debris like baking soda and larger material like sand on this surface type.

Note: Unlike the Low-Pile Carpet performance test, its 'Auto Carpet Boost' function engaged regardless of the dirt compartment fill status.

10
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
100%
Low-Pile Carpet
100%
High-Pile Carpet
100%

The Roborock H7 delivers outstanding pet hair cleaning performance. It easily cleans this kind of material on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet.

3.9
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
1.6 inHโ‚‚O (0.39 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "MAX"
Normal Suction
0.8 inHโ‚‚O (0.19 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Standard"
Hose Diameter
1.3" (3.2 cm)

The Roborock H7 has poor real-world suction force, so it can struggle with stubborn debris when using its floorhead. It's worth noting that its suction output noticeably increases when using it in its 'MAX' mode.

8.6
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
70.2 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
68.5 dBA

The Roborock H7 is very quiet. It produces roughly the same amount of noise as alternatives like the Dyson V15 Detect, though it's still likely that you'll have trouble hearing what nearby people are saying while the vacuum is running.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability

The Roborock H7 has good maneuverability. Its lightweight construction and pivoting floorhead make it easy to maneuver around obstacles. Swapping out attachments is also a simple, rapid process. Unlike alternatives like the Shark Vertex Pro, it doesn't have a folding wand, so you need to crouch somewhat deeply to clean under tables and chairs. Unfortunately, this vacuum isn't suitable for cleaning shag carpeting, as the pile of this sort of surface can clog its brushroll.

7.5
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test

This vacuum delivers good pet hair cleaning performance on upholstered furniture. It's best to clean this type of debris on this kind of surface in the vacuum's 'MAX' mode, as pet hair tends to be dragged around instead of sucked up when cleaning in 'Standard' mode.

Performance
Air Quality

The Roborock H7 is effective at trapping small particles, even when using it in its bagless mode.

5.0
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

The Roborock H7 performs poorly when it comes to clearing debris from cracks. Its suction force at its floorhead isn't especially strong when used in its 'Standard' mode, which is best suited for cleaning bare floors. It tends to lift some debris from cracks and lay it out on the floor instead of sucking it up. If you want to clean deep crevices, you should run the vacuum in its 'MAX' power mode with the crevice tool fitted in place.

3.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The Roborock H7 has bad stain-removal performance. It lacks any mopping capability that would allow it to saturate stains and lift them from the contact surface.

0
Performance
Water
Water Pickup Post Test
Automation
0
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
No Pathing Algorithm
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
No
Navigation Control Buttons
No
0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
No App
iOS Availability
Android Availability
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
No
App Scheduled Start
No
App Cycle Control
No
Navigation Control within App
No

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Roborock H7 is only available in one color scheme: 'Grey/Red'. You can see the label for our test unit here. Another variant of this vacuum, called the Roborock H7 Pure, is available. The differences in included equipment between the two variants are outlined below.

Model Name Parts Included
H7 Wand, floorhead, dustbag adapter, 2x dustbags, mini turbo brush, dusting brush, crevice tool, flex tube, wall mount docking station, power supply
H7 Pure Wand, floorhead, dusting brush, power supply

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this vacuum, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Roborock H7 is a cordless stick vacuum. Unlike its predecessor, the Roborock H6 Adapt, it can be used as a bagged vacuum, allowing for a cleaner means of debris disposal. It also comes with magnetically adhesive tools, enabling you to store them on any magnetic surface, like a fridge door.

If you'd like to see a few alternatives, you can check our list of recommendations for the best cordless stick vacuums, the best lightweight vacuums, and the best cordless vacuums.

Dyson V11 Animal

The Dyson V11 Animal is better than the Roborock H7. The Dyson feels slightly more robust, has fewer parts needing periodic cleaning, has a removable battery, delivers better performance on low-pile carpets, and does a better job clearing debris in cracks thanks to its stronger suction force. Meanwhile, the Roborock is lighter, has a longer battery life, and can be used as a bagged vacuum, making it easier to dispose of any accumulated debris.

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson V15 Detect is better than the Roborock H7. The Dyson feels sturdier, has fewer maintenance requirements, has a larger dustbin, comes with more attachments, and delivers better performance on all surface types. Its stronger suction force at its floorhead also means it's more effective in sucking up debris from crevices. However, the Roborock is lighter, charges faster, and lasts longer in its most energy-efficient mode. Unlike the Dyson, it also comes with an adapter that allows you to use it as a bagged vacuum.

Roborock H6 Adapt

The Roborock H6 Adapt and Roborock H7 are fairly similar in design, though there are a few differences. The H6 weighs a little bit less and has a floorhead with a removable brushroll. Conversely, the H7 comes with an adapter that allows you to use it as a bagged vacuum and takes much less time to recharge despite offering similar overall battery life.

Dyson V8 Animal

The Dyson V8 Animal is better than the Roborock H7. The Dyson feels slightly sturdier, has fewer parts that need regular cleaning, delivers better performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet, and exerts a stronger suction force at its floorhead, resulting in superior crack-cleaning performance. However, the Roborock does have better battery performance. While its battery pack isn't removable, the Roborock can run for more than twice as long in its most energy-efficient mode and charges much faster. You can also use the Roborock as a bagged vacuum.

Samsung Jet 90 Complete

The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is better for more use cases than the Roborock H7. The Samsung feels better-built, has fewer parts that need regular cleaning, features a larger dustbin, has a floorhead with two swappable brushrolls, and sucks up more debris on bare floors and low pile carpet. It exerts a stronger suction force, resulting in superior crack-cleaning performance. However, the Roborock can be used as a bagged vacuum and has a longer battery life, though its battery pack isn't removable and takes more time to recharge than the Samsung.

LG CordZero A9 A916BM

The LG CordZero A9 A916BM is better than the Roborock H7. The LG feels better-built, has fewer parts needing regular cleaning, comes with two batteries, makes a little less noise, and delivers better performance on bare floors and low and high-pile carpets. It exerts a stronger suction force at its floorhead and does a better job cleaning debris in cracks. However, the Roborock does weigh a little bit less, and you can use it as a bagged vacuum.

Shark Vertex Pro

The Shark Vertex Pro is a little better than the Roborock H7. The Shark feels more solidly built, has a larger dirt compartment, uses a removable, replaceable battery, delivers better performance on bare floors, and has a flexible wand that makes it easier to clean under tables and chairs. It also exerts a stronger suction force at its floorhead and does a better job of sucking up debris in cracks and crevices. Meanwhile, you can use the Roborock as a bagged vacuum, allowing for cleaner debris disposal. It also weighs less, comes with more tools, and has a longer maximum battery life while taking less time to recharge.

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