The Roborock S7 MaxV is a highly advanced robot vacuum and the flagship model of Roborock's extensive robovac lineup. It's effectively an upgraded version of the standard Roborock S7, with a more powerful suction motor and a dual-spectrum mapping and navigation system that's very similar to the Roborock S6 MaxV. It combines a LIDAR sensor array to quickly map out its coverage area with a pair of cameras with 3D scanning capability to identify and react to hazards like pet waste, footwear, or rugs and carpets in real-time. You can also look through the cameras to keep an eye on things at home while you're away. It features the standard S7's ultrasonic mopping capability to help scrub away dried debris on hard surfaces.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is good for bare floors. It does an exceptional job of dealing with bulky and small debris and sucks up most pet hair on this floor type. That said, like most robot vacuums, it doesn't generate enough suction force to successfully clear away debris in cracks and crevices. While it might need to make an extra pass, its ultrasonic mopping feature is still impressively effective in dealing with dried-on stains and dirt. Its advanced mapping and navigation systems result in great maneuverability, and its companion app grants you access to a wide variety of cleaning configuration options.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is decent for low-pile carpet. It struggles with pet hair on this surface type, and while it's more effective in dealing with large and fine debris, it might need to make an extra pass to collect everything. Thankfully, it does a great job of maneuvering itself around a room. Its surface detection system allows it to automatically increase its suction power or lift its mopping pads when it goes over carpet, which is one less thing you have to monitor manually. The vacuum itself feels very well-built, though there are quite a few components that you have to wash or replace periodically, so recurring costs can add up over time.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is okay for high-pile carpet. It sucks up a decent amount of pet hair and does an okay job of dealing with small and large debris on this floor type, though you might want to have it do a second run to collect everything. Its dedicated 'Carpet' mode allows it to automatically adjust its suction power or raise its mopping pad whenever it maneuvers onto carpeted floors. Its 'Reactive AI 2.0' object recognition system is pretty effective in identifying most hazards, though it can also be prone to false positives, and it may perceive thick rugs as something to be avoided rather than cleaned.
The Roborock S7 MaxV does a great job dealing with pet hair on most floors, but you'll need a second vacuum to clear it away on different surface types. While it has little trouble dealing with pet hair on bare floors and high-pile carpet, it can have a hard time on low-pile carpets and rugs. Thankfully, its ultrasonic mopping module is great for tackling dried-on stains, like dirt that your pet might track in from outdoors. Its 'ReactiveAI 2.0' obstacle recognition system lets it identify and maneuver around hazards like pet waste. The remote viewing function lets you keep tabs on your pet while you're away from home, and you can also speak to it through the built-in speakers. It can be rather noisy at higher power levels, which isn't ideal if your pet is sensitive to loud noises. While it has an onboard HEPA filter, it isn't particularly effective at sealing in fine particles like pet dander. Its side-brush and brushroll are both tangle-prone, but thankfully you can clean them pretty easily.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is a robot vacuum and isn't suitable for cleaning stairs.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is a robot vacuum and isn't suitable for cleaning the inside of your car.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is a robot vacuum and isn't suitable for dealing with messes in workshops.
The Roborock S7 MaxV feels amazingly well-built. It feels very similar in build to the older Roborock S7, with a high-grade plastic body accented with a few metallic and glossy components and a rubber brushroll without any bristles. The matte-finish top plate lifts, enabling you to access the dirt compartment, the Wi-Fi indicator light, and a system reset button. You can use the vacuum's companion app to project your voice through a set of built-in speakers, which also provide current status updates. There's also a removable air inlet cover, which you can remove when using the vacuum with a self-emptying dock.
Out-of-the-box setup isn't too difficult. You need to download the Roborock companion app to complete the setup process and pair the vacuum with its docking station. The mopping module can be left on the vacuum and is quite easy to set up too.
The Roborock S7 MaxV has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning, but thankfully most components are easy to access.
Any part washed with water should be allowed to dry for at least 24 hours before being put back in the vacuum.
The Roborock S7 MaxV incurs high recurring costs.
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.
The basic Roborock S7 MaxV takes up very little room. It has very similar dimensions to the older Roborock S7, and its basic charging dock is pretty low profile. It also comes with a moisture-proof pad that can be seated under the charging dock to prevent your floor from getting wet after the vacuum has finished a mopping session. It's worth noting that the Roborock S7 MaxV Plus and Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra models come with much larger docking stations, especially the Ultra model, and you'll likely need to allocate a fair bit of room, just like the Narwal T10 and its large docking station.
The Roborock S7 MaxV has a reasonably sized dirt compartment. It has a smaller capacity than older, cheaper models like the Roborock S6. Thankfully, its companion app will alert you when it's time to empty it. The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra and Roborock S7 MaxV Plus come bundled with either the Empty Wash Fill Dock or more basic Auto-Empty Dock, respectively. The Empty Wash Fill Dock uses 2.5L dustbags that are advertised to have sufficient capacity for seven weeks of regular cleaning, while the Auto-Empty Dock uses slightly bigger 3.0L bags that are advertised to have enough room for eight weeks worth of regular cleaning.
The Roborock S7 MaxV's range is limited only by the room left in its dirt compartment and the charge status of its battery. That said, it can't climb or descend staircases.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is pretty portable, though it's still somewhat heavy for a robot vacuum. It lacks a carrying handle to make it easier to carry up and down flights of stairs. Adding its mopping module and water tank adds about half a pound to its overall weight, even when it's empty.
The Roborock S7 MaxV has amazing battery performance. It can run for over three and a half hours in its energy-efficient 'Quiet' mode, which comfortably exceeds the advertised claim of 180 minutes. It gives the vacuum enough time to clear away lightweight debris in large areas. If you need more power for cleaning thicker carpeting and heavier debris, using it in its high-power 'Max+' mode drops its runtime to just under 90 minutes, which is still quite lengthy. The vacuum stops its cleaning task once its charge level drops below 20%, at which point its battery life indicator light turns red, and the vacuum attempts to make its way back to its charging station.
As a flagship robot vacuum, the Roborock S7 MaxV has many quality-of-life features.
It features five different suction power modes: the energy-efficient 'Quiet' mode, the default 'Balanced' mode, 'Turbo', 'Max', and 'Max+' which is meant for cleaning extremely stubborn debris. Running the vacuum in its 'Balanced' mode allows it to automatically change its power level.
There are a variety of mopping options too. You can swap between three levels of scrubbing intensity: 'Mild', 'Moderate', and 'Intense'. There are also two modes of mop pathing: 'Standard' for moderately intensive cleaning sessions and 'Deep', which minimizes the vacuum's suction power and causes the vacuum to move in a tight Z-shaped pattern, resulting in more thorough room coverage.
It can identify the type of room that it's in based on the furniture within, and can automatically suggest a given suction setting or mop scrubbing intensity for different types of areas, like bedrooms, kitchens, or bathrooms. An LED headlight at the front of the vacuum turns on in low-light environments, ensuring that the RGB camera and 3D scanner can still identify obstacles in the dark.
It can also lift its mop pad whenever the vacuum moves over carpet. 'Carpet Mode', which you can enable through its companion app, automatically boosts its suction power on carpeted floors, increases the rotational speed of the side brush when cleaning along walls, and slows it down when the vacuum is positioned in the middle of a room.
The Roborock S7 MaxV has a five-prong side brush to direct debris into the path of the main brushroll. It also comes with a washable mop cloth and a mop mat to prevent the vacuum from dripping water around your house when the mop attachment isn't in use.
The Roborock S7 MaxV performs exceptionally well on bare floors when used in its 'Balanced' default setting. It has no trouble dealing with bulky debris like cereal or smaller material like rice.
The Roborock S7 MaxV does an okay job of cleaning low-pile carpet. It'll likely need to make an extra pass to fully clear away fine material like baking soda and larger debris like sand.
The Roborock S7 MaxV performs adequately on high-pile carpet in its 'Max' power mode. It sucks up most large debris like sand, but it'll probably need to make an extra pass to deal with finer material like baking soda.
The Roborock S7 MaxV does a great job of handling pet hair on various surfaces. It has no trouble dealing with hair on bare surfaces like hardwood or tile floors and clears away most hair on high-pile carpet. It struggles a little more with pet hair on densely-woven low-pile carpeting.
The Roborock S7 MaxV real-world suction is pretty strong compared to most other robot vacuums, even higher-end models like the iRobot Roomba j7+. Still, 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.
On average, the Roborock S7 MaxV isn't too noisy, though this depends heavily on what mode you have it in. At just 57.5 DBA, it's extremely discrete in the low-power 'Quiet' setting, and you can easily have a conversation with people nearby while the vacuum is running. However, it's considerably louder in more powerful settings. When used in its default 'Balanced' mode, the vacuum can automatically increase its suction power to 'Max' when cleaning carpeting. At over 80 dBA, it's more than loud enough to drown out the sound of nearby conversations.
The Roborock S7 MaxV has excellent maneuverability. Similar to the Roborock S6 MaxV, it uses a LIDAR mapping system in conjunction with a camera system that lets it identify and avoid obstacles, which you can then see in a coverage map that the vacuum outputs to its companion app at the end of a run, as seen here. However, the system can be prone to false positives and might identify objects like thick rugs as obstacles to be avoided rather than surfaces to be cleaned. The vacuum noticeably adjusts its suction power when it cleans carpets, and the side brush effectively pushes dirt into the vacuum's path when it's near a wall. It's small enough to fit under low furniture and cleans around the feet of couches and tables. The headlight for its camera sensors also turns on when cleaning underneath furniture.
The Roborock S7 MaxV does a poor job of sealing in fine particles. Like the standard Roborock S7, it has a HEPA filter, but allergens can still escape from its exhaust port.
Due to its low suction force, the Roborock S7 MaxV does a poor job sucking up debris from cracks and crevices compared to most manually-operated vacuums.
The Roborock S7 MaxV does a great job dealing with dried-on stains when used in its 'Intense' scrubbing mode and the pathing set to 'Deep Clean'. Installing the mop pads is an easy process. The manufacturer recommends pre-soaking the mopping pad before letting it run. Still, if you want a more thorough clean, it's recommended that you do a second mopping run. You can see a video of the vacuum clearing a stain with two passes here, and the outcome of that second run here.
The Roborock S7 MaxV has an amazingly wide array of automation features. While this variant doesn't come with a self-emptying station, it's fully compatible with both the Empty Wash Fill Dock and Auto-Empty Dock, either of which you can buy separately. You can use the vacuum without its companion app using the control buttons at the front of the vacuum's top cover. The power button doubles as a general 'Clean' button, sending the vacuum off to start a cleaning session. The 'Spot Clean' button directs the vacuum to clean a small area around itself. Pressing and holding the 'Spot Clean' button engages the child lock. You can press the 'Dock/Home' button to send the vacuum back to its base station.
The Roborock S7 MaxV has a fantastic companion app. It's remarkably easy to use.
You can see a real-time view of the vacuum plotting its route. You can view a 3D map of its coverage area, set up no-go zones, designate specific cleaning zones to spot clean, and set the suction and mopping modes you want for individual rooms. You can also schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms or have the vacuum follow a pin that you place on the map. If it runs low on battery and has to return to its docking station to charge partway through a cleaning session, it can estimate how much more time it would need to complete that job. It can store four different coverage maps for use in multi-story homes, and it can autonomously recognize which map it's currently on.
There's also a remote viewing feature, which allows you to manually control the vacuum while looking through the onboard camera. It has a built-in mic and speakers, so you can talk to others through the vacuum and hear what they're saying.
You can use the app to enable 'Carpet' mode, which allows for automatic power adjustment on carpeted floors, 'Low-Collision' mode, which prioritizes avoiding contact with walls and furniture at the expense of lower-precision scanning in tight spots, and 'Home With Pets' mode, which boosts object detection performance for avoiding hazards like pet waste, but may degrade overall coverage.
The app also has a maintenance tab that gives you a projected service interval for its filter, brushroll, side brush, sensors, and mopping pad.
The Roborock S7 MaxV comes in three variants, though the vacuums are identical and vary only in terms of the base station. The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is the flagship model, as it comes bundled with the Empty Wash Fill Dock that can automatically wash the vacuum's mop pads, refill its water tank, and suck debris from its internal dustbin. The Roborock S7 MaxV Plus comes with the more basic Auto-Empty Dock that only empties debris from its dustbin. Finally, the Roborock S7 MaxV is a simple standalone unit with no base station included. It's the variant that was tested, and you can see its label here. You can purchase this vacuum in 'Black' or 'White'.
Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this vacuum, and we'll update our review.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is a high-end robot vacuum. In terms of automation capabilities, it's a significant step up over the standard Roborock S7; the addition of a dual-camera system allows it to identify and adjust to different types of rooms or to spot and avoid hazards like pet waste, slippers, or power cables, so you don't have to worry too much about keeping your floors spotless before letting it run. It can also be used as a roving security camera, while the onboard speakers and mic enable you to communicate with anybody in your home while you're away. It's also fully compatible with a self-emptying station that can refill its water tank and wash its mopping pads, similar to the Narwal T10.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is better than the Roborock S7. The MaxV's 'ReactiveAI 2.0' system allows it to identify obstacles in real-time or determine what kind of room it's in and suggest different suction or mop settings. It also has a stronger suction motor, resulting in improved pet hair pickup, especially on bare floors. While the standard S7 is compatible with Roborock's Auto-Empty dock, only the MaxV can currently be purchased with the Empty Wash Fill Dock, which not only empties its dustbin but washes its mopping pads and refills its water tank.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is better than the iRobot Roomba i7+. The Roborock has a far more advanced mapping and navigation system, which uses a LIDAR sensor and a pair of cameras to not only map out its cleaning environment but also identify and react to hazards like pet waste. The Roborock also has a mopping attachment to clear away dried-on debris and delivers stronger performance on bare floors, though the iRobot is better at handling pet hair on carpeting. The Roborock is also compatible with an even more sophisticated self-emptying station, which not only empties its dustbin but also cleans its mopping pads and refills its water tank, though this pushes it into an even higher price bracket.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is a more fully-featured vacuum than the Roborock S6 MaxV, though the latter is still a great option if you don't want to spend quite as much. Both vacuums feature LIDAR and optical sensors, allowing for precise room mapping and real-time object avoidance. However, the S7 performs slightly better on most surfaces. It also has a more advanced mopping system that uses vibrating pads to scrub away stains. Only the S7 can also be used to clean and mop throughout the same cleaning session since it can raise its mop pad when it detects that it's on carpet. The S6 isn't compatible with a self-emptying base station, so you'll need to empty its dustbin and refill its water tank manually. However, the S6 does have a much larger dustbin that won't need emptying as often.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is more advanced than the iRobot Roomba S9. Both are high-end robot vacuums, but the Roborock has a LIDAR mapping sensor that allows it to easily navigate in the dark, as well as twin front-facing cameras that let it spot and avoid hazards in real-time. The Roborock also has an ultrasonic mopping function to scrub away dried-on dirt. However, the iRobot could be a better option for some pet owners. Its HEPA filter is more effective in sealing in fine allergens like pet dander, and it does a significantly better job cleaning up pet hair on carpeting. While you can bundle both with self-emptying stations, the Roborock's top trim docking station is more advanced, as it not only empties its dustbin but also cleans its mopping pads and refills its water tank. However, it's very pricey.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is ultimately better than the Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI. Both are advanced robot vacuums with dual-sensor navigation systems, with LIDAR to map out their coverage area and cameras to identify and react to hazards like pet waste in real-time. However, the Roborock charges much faster, performs better on bare floors, and has an ultrasonic mopping system to scrub away stains. Its top-trim Empty Wash Fill Dock is a pricey accessory that can empty its dustbin, refill its water reservoir, and clean its mopping pads. The Ecovacs does a better job of cleaning carpeted floors.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is better than the iRobot Roomba j7+. The Roborock has an impressively effective mopping feature, fewer maintenance requirements, a much longer battery life, and performs considerably better on bare floors and low-pile carpet. Like the Roborock, the iRobot uses cameras that let it identify and react to hazards like pet waste in real-time. However, the Roborock also has a LIDAR sensor for quicker and more precise room mapping. While the iRobot comes with a self-emptying base station, the Roborock is fully compatible with the Empty Wash Fill Dock, which not only empties its dustbin but washes its mop pads and refills its internal water reservoir, though this accessory is very expensive.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is better than the Roborock S6. The S7 MaxV has a hazard-avoidance function, a far more effective mopping feature, and delivers stronger performance across all surface types. Unlike the S6, it's also fully compatible with a self-emptying station, which reduces hands-on maintenance requirements. That said, the S6 has fewer parts that need regular cleaning and a larger internal dustbin.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is better than the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum. The Roborock is better-built, can be used to clean high-pile carpet, lasts longer on a charge, and is fully compatible with a self-emptying station. The Roborock also has a more advanced navigation system with LIDAR and optical sensors, so it does a better job of maneuvering itself and can spot and avoid hazards in real-time.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is better than the eufy RoboVac X8. The Roborock has a more advanced dual-sensor navigation system, resulting in improved maneuverability and real-time hazard avoidance capability. It's also fully compatible with a self-emptying station to reduce maintenance requirements, feels better-built, and delivers stronger performance across all surface types than the eufy. Unlike this variant of the eufy X8, the Roborock also has a mopping system to scrub away stains. However, the eufy is substantially quieter.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is a more versatile option than the Narwal T10. Only the Roborock can mop and vacuum within a single cleaning job. The Narwal is designed primarily as a robot mop, with a far less advanced vacuuming capability. It doesn't have a brushroll, instead relying on a pair of side brushes to direct debris into a suction inlet, resulting in inferior performance on carpets. The Roborock's optional Empty Wash Fill Dock is even more advanced than the Narwal's base station. Not only does it wash and clean its mopping pads, but it also empties its internal dustbin and refills its water tank, reducing hands-on maintenance requirements. The Roborock's 'ReactiveAI 2.0' system also allows it to identify and react to common household hazards.
The Roborock S7 MaxV is better than the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO, though this isn't surprising given the significant price gap between the two. The Roborock feels better-built, has a mopping function to scrub away stains, and does a better job of sucking up debris on all surface types. Its dual-sensor navigation system plots out its coverage area in precise detail and allows it to identify and react to hazards in real-time. While the iRobot does come bundled with a self-emptying station at a much more affordable price point than the Roborock, the latter's optional Empty Wash Fill Dock is substantially more advanced, as it not only empties debris from its internal dustbin but also refills its water reservoir and cleans its mop pads.