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Roborock Q5+ Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Aug 12, 2022 at 10:41 am
Roborock Q5+ Picture
7.8
Bare Floor
6.9
Low-Pile Carpet
6.7
High-Pile Carpet
5.3
Pets
5.9
Stairs
4.7
Cars
4.5
Workshop
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
No
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes
Wet Compatible
No

The Roborock Q5+ is a self-emptying robot vacuum. It's effectively a stripped-down version of the manufacturer's pricier S-series models, like the Roborock S7, with a similar LIDAR mapping sensor, a powerful suction motor that's advertised as being able to produce 2700 Pa of suction force, and a 5200 mAh battery that yields a long runtime on a single charge. It's also fully compatible with a self-emptying dock to reduce hands-on maintenance requirements. That said, it saves on cost with a lighter, cheaper plastic body and the removal of any sort of mopping functionality.

Our Verdict

7.8 Bare Floor

The Roborock Q5 is very good for bare floors. It easily clears away bulky and small debris on this surface type and is small enough to clean under most tables and chairs without getting stuck. Unfortunately, it has a hard time dealing with debris in cracks and crevices, as its side brush can fling aside debris rather than direct it towards the primary suction inlet. Build quality is good for the most part, though there's some evidence of insufficient sealing inside, as fine allergens can be blown out the top of its LIDAR sensor. You can expect a maximum of three hours on runtime on a single charge, which is remarkably lengthy even by the standards of other robot vacuums, giving it plenty of time to clean before it needs to recharge.

Pros
  • Great debris pickup on hard floors.
  • Advanced automation capabilities.
  • Remarkably long battery life.
Cons
  • No mopping functionality.
6.9 Low-Pile Carpet

The Roborock Q5 is okay for low-pile carpet. While it struggles with finer debris and pet hair on this surface type, it does an alright job sucking up larger material. Its surface detection system also allows it to automatically increase its suction power on carpeted floors. User maintenance is pretty simple for the most part, and the vacuum's self-emptying dock ensures that you don't have to go through the messy process of manually emptying its dustbin all that often. Battery performance is excellent, as it'll run for over 80 minutes even in its most powerful suction mode, so you won't have to worry about it running out of charge when vacuuming large carpeted areas. Even if it does, it can resume a cleaning job from where it left off once it's charged.

Pros
  • Automatic suction power adjustment capability.
  • Advanced automation capabilities.
  • Remarkably long battery life.
Cons
  • Struggles with fine debris.
  • Struggles with pet hair on low-pile carpet.
  • Tangle-prone brushroll on carpets.
6.7 High-Pile Carpet

The Roborock Q5 is an alright choice for high-pile carpet. It's capable of dealing with pet hair and larger debris reasonably well on this surface type, but it has a much harder time collecting finer debris. Its surface detection system allows it to automatically increase its suction power to the highest level when cleaning carpeted surfaces. While it's capable of cleaning this kind of surface reasonably well, it can have a lot of trouble climbing onto high-pile rugs, which can get caught up in its wheels and dragged around.

Pros
  • Automatic suction power adjustment capability.
  • Advanced automation capabilities.
  • Remarkably long battery life.
Cons
  • Struggles with fine debris.
  • Tangle-prone brushroll on carpets.
  • Has a hard time climbing onto high-pile carpets.
5.3 Pets

The Roborock Q5 is a solid option for dealing with pet hair on floors, with a few caveats. It easily clears away pet hair on bare floors but has a hard time dealing with it on low-pile carpet. While it performs better in this regard on high-pile carpet, it's important to note that strands of hair tend to get stuck very easily in its brushroll's bristles after cleaning carpeting, which can be a bit of a nuisance to clean afterward. It's also remarkably quiet, which is great for pets that are sensitive to loud noises. Unfortunately, its air filtration performance is pretty terrible, as fine allergens like pet dander can be shot straight out of the circular port around its LIDAR sensor. Unlike most other Roborock vacuums, there's no mopping functionality, so it can't scrub away tracked-in dirt or mud.

Pros
  • Advanced automation capabilities.
  • Remarkably long battery life.
Cons
  • Terrible air filtration performance.
  • Struggles with pet hair on low-pile carpet.
  • Tangle-prone brushroll on carpets.
  • No mopping functionality.
5.9 Stairs

The Roborock Q5 is a robot vacuum and isn't suitable for cleaning staircases.

4.7 Cars

The Roborock Q5 is a robot vacuum and isn't meant for cleaning the inside of your car.

4.5 Workshop

The Roborock Q5 is a robot vacuum and isn't designed for workshop cleaning.

  • 7.8 Bare Floor
  • 6.9 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.7 High-Pile Carpet
  • 5.3 Pets
  • 5.9 Stairs
  • 4.7 Cars
  • 4.5 Workshop
  1. Updated Sep 15, 2022: Updated 'Air Quality' field to include a link to the newly-reviewed Shark AI Ultra Robot AV2501S as an alternative with vastly superior air filtration performance.
  2. Updated Aug 12, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 08, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Roborock Q5 has good build quality. The matte-finish plastic surrounding its body is similar to the Roborock E4 and looks and feels fairly premium. Its brushroll design is closer to older models like the Roborock S4, with closely-spaced and stiff bristles, though it is compatible with the rubber brushrolls found on newer Roborock vacuums. Unlike the Roborock S5, it uses a five-arm side brush instead of a three-arm brush. Its dustbin isn't covered by a hinged lid and instead lifts from its body with its cover in place, so you don't have to worry about breaking a hinge when removing it. That said, there are a few noticeable deviations and downgrades compared to pricier Roborock models. It's considerably lighter than more expensive models in the manufacturer's lineup, giving it a somewhat hollow feel. There's also some evidence of insufficient allergy-sealing, as fine particles can escape its dustbin and be blown outwards from its LIDAR sensor.

Out-of-the-box assembly is pretty simple. The vacuum requires no assembly, but its self-emptying base station comes in two pieces. A small screwdriver for putting together the two halves is included and is stored in the bottom part of the charging station.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Roborock Q5+ is fairly easy to maintain. You can keep tabs on the maintenance intervals of different components through the vacuum's companion app.

  • Dirt compartment: The internal dustbin can be removed by pressing the release tabs on either end of the dirt compartment. You can empty it out over a trash bin, but if you buy the Q5+ variant or buy the Auto-Empty Dock Pure separately, it will automatically transfer debris from its dustbin into the dirtbag inside the charging dock. If necessary, you can wash it with water, but be sure to remove the filter beforehand. The dirt compartment needs to be allowed to dry for 24 hours before it's put back in the vacuum.
  • Base station dirtbag: The dirtbag can simply be pulled out of its housing inside the charging station after you remove the top cover. A cover on the dirtbag prevents dust and debris from spilling out when removing it, so you don't need to worry about releasing a big plume of dust. It isn't reusable and needs to be thrown away when it's full. You can use the small screwdriver packaged with the base station to remove any debris clogging the inlet to the dirtbag.
  • HEPA filter: The filter is located inside the dirt compartment and can be unclipped from its housing pretty easily. It has a simple design and isn't especially difficult to clean. You should wash it every two weeks.
  • Brushroll: You can access the brushroll by lifting the brush guard on the bottom of the vacuum and pulling it out. You should clean it by removing any tangled hair or stuck-on debris once or twice a week, depending on whether or not you have any pets. The brushroll's densely-packed bristles collect a lot of pet hair, and it can be pretty difficult to clean out any strands that have gotten tangled within them. The vacuum is fully compatible with the rubber brushroll found on newer models like the Roborock S7 MaxV, which is substantially easier to clean. Still, it comes with its own cleaning tool with a brush on one end and a hook blade on the other end so you can remove any tangled hair.
  • Side brush: Unfortunately, you'll need a screwdriver to remove the retaining screw holding the side brush in place, so it isn't quite as easy to clean as most of the other components on this vacuum. You should clear away any stuck-on debris once a month.
  • Omni-directional wheel: The omni-directional wheel takes quite a bit of effort to pull free of its socket, and you'll probably need to use a pair of pliers for extra leverage. You should clear it of any tangled hair or debris every month.

Ultimately, the vacuum itself is designed in such a way that makes it easy to maintain. For the most part, components requiring regular cleaning are easy to access and clean.

4.5
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number Roborock Disposable Dust Bag
Filter Part Number E11
HEPA Filter Part Number E11

The Roborock Q5+ incurs high recurring costs.

  • Brushroll: The brushroll needs replacing after 300 hours of use or every six to 12 months. A replacement can be purchased here.
  • Side brush: The side brush has a service life of 200 hours, or after three to six months of use. You can buy a replacement here.
  • HEPA filter: The filter needs replacing following 150 hours of use according to the maintenance tab of the companion app. You can buy replacements in packs of two here.
  • Base station dirtbag: Each dirtbag is advertised to hold seven weeks worth of debris. You can buy a three-pack here or a six-pack here.

Most parts are sold through Roborock's Amazon store, and you can use the 'Maintenance' tab in the vacuum's companion app to check the estimated remaining service life of each part.

8.5
Design
Storing
Height
16.73" (42.5 cm)
Width
13.90" (35.3 cm)
Depth
16.61" (42.2 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Roborock Q5+ is amazingly easy to store. The vacuum itself isn't that big, and neither is its charging station/external dustbin, which has a rack to store any excess length of the power cord. That said, the docking station is a little taller than that of the iRobot Roomba j7+, making it slightly harder to fit under some furniture pieces.

8.1
Design
Dirt Compartment
Volume
0.58 gal (2.20 L)
Full Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
2

The Roborock Q5's debris capacity is impressively large. While the actual measured capacity of 2L is smaller than the advertised claim of 2.5L, the dirtbag is still big enough to store a couple of weeks worth of debris. Conversely, its internal dustbin is very small, with a capacity of only 0.20L. It's less than half the capacity of the Roborock S6 MaxV's dustbin, though it's important to note that the S6 MaxV isn't compatible with a self-emptying dock.

Design
In The Box

  • Roborock Q5 robot vacuum
  • Auto-Empty Dock Pure charging/self-emptying station with lid
  • Charging cable
  • 1x HEPA filter
  • Dirt compartment
  • 1x Side brush
  • 1x Multi-surface brushroll
  • Brushroll guard
  • Brushroll cleaning tool
  • 2x Dirtbags
  • Getting Started/User guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
N/A
Maximum Wand Length
N/A
Total Range
N/A

The Roborock Q5's range is limited only by remaining battery life, though it can't climb or descend staircases.

8.1
Design
Portability
Total Weight
6.48 lbs (2.94 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

The Roborock Q5 is very portable. The lack of a mopping module and simpler design makes it considerably lighter than pricier Roborock models like the Roborock S7 MaxV.

8.7
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
81 min
Maximum Battery Life
221 min
Recharge Time
259 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
No

The Roborock Q5 has excellent battery performance. Its 5200 mAh battery has the same capacity as the flagship Roborock S7 MaxV, giving it a similarly lengthy runtime. In its low-power 'Quiet' mode, it can run for over 220 minutes, which comfortably exceeds the advertised maximum battery life of 180 minutes and gives it plenty of time to deal with lightweight debris. Its battery life drops to a little over 80 minutes in its high-power 'Max' mode, which is still plenty for dealing with smaller stubborn messes. The vacuum stops its cleaning task once its charge level drops below 20%, at which point it attempts to make its way back to its charging station.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
Yes
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Head Surface Type Adjustment
Manual and Automatic

The Roborock Q5 is a fairly basic robot vacuum with relatively few extra quality-of-life features. The brushroll changes height depending on the surface you're cleaning, so it doesn't get bogged down too much on carpet fibers. You can swap between four different suction power levels through its companion app: the low-power 'Quiet' mode for conserving battery life when cleaning lightweight debris, the default 'Balanced' mode, the more powerful 'Turbo' mode for cleaning more stubborn or heavier debris, and the most potent 'Max' mode for cleaning messes on carpets. Its surface detection system also allows it to automatically increase its suction power to 'Max' when it maneuvers onto carpeted floors.

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

The Roborock Q5 has a five-arm side brush that directs debris from the side of the vacuum into the path of the main brushroll. It also comes with a hook-blade tool to cut away stuck-on debris.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No
Performance
9.8
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Balanced"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 99%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 99%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 99%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) 99%
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 100%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 100%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 100%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) 100%
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The Roborock Q5 performs exceptionally well on bare floors in its default 'Balanced' mode. It easily clears away small debris like rice and bulkier material like cereal.

Note: All testing was completed when the dirt compartment was empty, with the data for the 0.25L, 0.75L, and 1.5L tests being copied from the 0L test. Since the Roborock Q5 automatically empties its internal dirt compartment when docked after completing its job, it doesn't lose suction performance as it fills up.

5.5
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Max"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 64%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 64%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 64%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) 64%
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 24%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 24%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 24%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) 24%
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The Roborock Q5 has middling performance on low-pile carpet, even in its high-power 'Max' mode. It does an alright job of clearing away larger debris like sand but has a very hard time dealing with finer material like baking soda.

Note: All testing was completed when the dirt compartment was empty, with the data for the 0.25L, 0.75L, and 1.5L tests being copied from the 0L test. Since the Roborock Q5 automatically empties its internal dirt compartment when docked after completing its job, it doesn't lose suction performance as it fills up.

6.9
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Max"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 67%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 67%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 67%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) 67%
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 26%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 26%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 26%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) 26%
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The Roborock Q5 does an alright job cleaning high-pile carpet. While it struggles quite a bit when picking up fine debris like baking soda, it's quite effective in sucking up larger material like sand.

Note: All testing was completed when the dirt compartment was empty, with the data for the 0.25L, 0.75L, and 1.5L tests being copied from the 0L test. Since the Roborock Q5 automatically empties its internal dirt compartment when docked after completing its job, it doesn't lose suction performance as it fills up.

8.3
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
99%
Low-Pile Carpet
70%
High-Pile Carpet
76%

The Roborock Q5 does a great job of dealing with pet hair, though with a few important caveats. It easily clears it away on bare floors, but pet hair has a tendency of getting stuck in its brushroll's bristles when cleaning carpets, and it can be a bit of a hassle to clean.

0
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
0.2 inHโ‚‚O (0.04 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "Max"(App)
Normal Suction
0.1 inHโ‚‚O (0.02 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Balanced" (App)
Hose Diameter
N/A

The Roborock Q5 real-world suction is pretty strong compared to most other robot vacuums. The manufacturer advertises its suction motor to produce 2700Pa of suction power, which is more than the pricier Roborock S7, though this difference in suction power isn't especially noticeable in the real world. Unfortunately, like most robot vacuums, its suction inlet is positioned too high above the contact surface to generate a tight seal on bare surfaces, resulting in low real-world suction power measurements.

9.3
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
60.3 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
64.4 dBA

The Roborock Q5 is remarkably quiet. You'll hear what people nearby are saying even when the vacuum is running in its most powerful suction mode. It's substantially quieter than the more powerful Roborock S7 MaxV.

8.0
Performance
Maneuverability

The Roborock Q5 has great overall maneuverability. Like most other Roborock vacuums, it cleans in an organized pattern after mapping out its coverage area, starting by cleaning the perimeter of a room before working its way inwards in a series of back-and-forth lines. It's small enough to squeeze under most tables and chairs too. Unfortunately, unlike most other robot vacuums, you'll probably need to remove most obstacles lying on the ground before letting it run. It can struggle to disentangle itself from electrical cords, and it has a hard time climbing onto shag-pile rugs. Lighter, low-pile rugs can also get caught in its wheels, though the vacuum's surface detection system is quite effective, as it will automatically ramp up its suction power when it detects that it's on carpet.

0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test
Performance
Air Quality

The Roborock Q5 has terrible air sealing performance. Fine particles can escape from its dustbin and bypass any filtration apparatus inside the vacuum body, where they are then blown outwards through the LIDAR sensor at the top of the vacuum. Consider the Shark AI Ultra Robot AV2501S as an alternative if you're looking for a vacuum that not only does a better job of sealing in fine allergens, but also comes with a self-emptying base station equipped with a HEPA filter.

4.0
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

The Roborock Q5 has terrible crack-cleaning performance. Not only is it incapable of sucking up fine debris wedged deep within crevices, but its side brush also tends to scatter debris around rather than direct it towards the suction inlet. Running the vacuum in the 'Max' suction mode makes little to no difference in terms of performance in this regard, with the final results of said test seen here.

1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The Roborock Q5 has terrible stain-clearing performance. Unlike the Roborock S5, it doesn't have a mopping feature that would allow it to scrub away-dried on stains.

0
Performance
Water
Water Pickup Post Test
Automation
9.1
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Automatic Bag Emptying
Yes
Pathing Algorithm
Smart
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
Onboard Only
Navigation Control Buttons
Return to Base Only

The Roborock Q5 has a very wide range of physical automation features. It's capable of self-emptying its dustbin when docked on the Auto-Empty Dock Pure base station. You can use the vacuum without an internet connection using only the two buttons on its top cover, though you lose out on quite a bit of functionality when foregoing the use of the app. Pressing and holding the power button turns the vacuum off, while tapping it makes it start and stop a cleaning session. Tapping the 'Home' button sends it back to its dock, and you can hold it down to have the vacuum spot-clean a small area. It's fully compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple Siri devices, meaning you can control it with voice commands.

9.0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
Mi Home
iOS Availability
Yes
Android Availability
Yes
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
Yes
App Scheduled Start
Yes
App Cycle Control
Yes
Navigation Control within App
Yes

The Mi Home companion app has a pretty wide range of features and is quite intuitive to use. The vacuum offers multi-floor mapping capability, allowing it to save four different coverage maps so that you can use it on any floor in your house. Its 'Smart Recognition' feature allows it to automatically recognize which of the saved maps it's currently working in. Using the coverage map, you can set room names, split areas, set up 'No-Go' zones, and virtual boundary lines for areas you don't want the vacuum to enter. You can also schedule cleaning sessions for individual areas, set individual suction modes for different areas, or see cleaning session history.

You can view the map of its coverage area in standard 2D or in one of two 3D viewing modes: standard or Matrix. You can personalize the 3D map of your home by swapping out furniture models and editing the texture of the floor.

You can direct the vacuum manually by selecting a room you want it to go to using the 'Pin n Go' function or by using the in-app directional buttons. You can also use the app to check the maintenance status of various wear components, change the auto-empty settings, adjust the voice used for audio prompts, and set up its 'Do Not Disturb' mode.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

You can purchase the Roborock Q5+ without the external dirt bin built into its charging dock, and that variant is simply referred to as the Roborock Q5. We can't confirm that this model performs similarly, as the lack of the self-emptying feature could have an impact on performance. We tested the pricier variant with the self-emptying feature and corresponding external dustbin, and you can see its label here.

If someone comes across a differently-equipped Roborock Q5, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Roborock Q5 is a mid-range robot vacuum. It can be considered something of a replacement for the now-discontinued Roborock S4 Max and sits close to the older Roborock S5 in the manufacturer's lineup, with a stripped-down design that lacks the S5's mopping feature and more robust build quality, but does feature a more powerful suction motor. Ultimately, considering the minor price difference between the two, the S5 might be a better option for most users. While the Q5's greater suction power does result in superior deep cleaning performance on dense carpeting, the difference in cleaning performance between the two on hard floors and low-pile carpet isn't especially significant, and the Q5's less premium build quality seems to contribute to its terrible air filtration performance, which causes fine allergens to be blown free of its exhaust port.

If you're looking for an alternative, consider our list of the best robot vacuums, the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors, and the best robot vacuums for pet hair.

Roborock S7

The Roborock S7 is better than the Roborock Q5+. The S7 has an ultrasonic mopping feature that allows it to scrub away stains. It also feels substantially better-built and delivers superior performance on low and high-pile carpet. Conversely, the Q5+ has fewer parts needing periodic cleaning and comes bundled with a self-emptying station at a far more affordable price.

Roborock S7 MaxV

The Roborock S7 MaxV is better than the Roborock Q5+, which isn't surprising given that the former is the manufacturer's flagship model. The S7 MaxV has a dual sensor navigation system, which uses LIDAR for quick mapping and a pair of 3D scanning cameras to spot and react to hazards in real-time. Its more powerful suction motor also enables it to better clean low-pile carpeting, though its rubber brushroll doesn't provide the same level of surface agitation as the Q5's bristled roller. The S7 also has a mopping feature that allows it to scrub away dried-on stains. While you can bundle both with self-emptying stations, the Roborock's far pricier top trim docking station is more advanced, as it not only empties its dustbin but cleans its mopping pads and refills its water tank.

Roborock S4 Max

The Roborock Q5+ is better than the Roborock S4 Max. The Q5 is compatible with a self-emptying station out-of-the-box, which reduces hands-on maintenance requirements, weighs less, and delivers slightly better performance on carpeted floors. That being said, the S4 feels better built.

iRobot Roomba j7+

The Roborock Q5+ is better than the iRobot Roomba j7+. The Roborock delivers better cleaning performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet, and its LIDAR sensor maps out its coverage area much faster than the camera-based iRobot. It can also run for a lot longer on a single charge. Conversely, the iRobot is a better option for pet owners. Its hazard-detection system allows it to spot and react to hazards like pet waste or power cords in real-time, so you don't have to make sure that its cleaning area is completely free of obstacles before letting it run. Its external dirtbag has a slightly larger overall capacity, and its twin rubber brushrolls are much easier to clean than the Roborock's bristled roller.

Roborock S5 Max

The Roborock S5 Max is a little better than the Roborock Q5+, though the two vacuums are somewhat similar overall. The S5 feels better built and does a much better job of sealing in fine allergens. While the S5 also has a mopping feature, it isn't very effective when it comes to scrubbing away dried-on dirt. The Q5 could be a better option if you don't mind its terrible air filtration performance, as it delivers similarly superb performance on bare floors and does fractionally better on carpets thanks to its more powerful suction motor. Unlike the S5, it's also fully self-emptying compatible, helping to reduce hands-on maintenance requirements.

Roborock S5

The Roborock Q5+ is better than the Roborock S5. The Q5 comes with a self-emptying station that reduces hands-on cleaning requirements and has a stronger suction motor that yields improved performance on carpeted floors. However, the S5 feels better built, and it has a mopping feature that allows it to scrub away dried-on stains, though it isn't especially effective in that regard.

Shark AI Ultra Robot AV2501S

The Roborock Q5+ is better than the Shark AI Ultra Robot AV2501S. The Roborock feels better built, is easier to maintain, uses an external dirtbag with a significantly greater debris capacity, and lasts even longer on a single charge. It does a better job maneuvering itself, has a vastly better companion app, and performs better on bare surfaces. Conversely, the Shark does a better job of sealing in allergens and makes less of a mess when clearing away debris in cracks and crevices.

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