I wasn’t aware of Roborock after I reviewed its S5 robot vacuum/mop final yr, so I used to be pleasantly stunned to seek out it carried out on par with my favourite big-name-brand fashions. I used to be much more excited to see the Roborock S6 take all that I liked about that mannequin and add a bunch of upgrades, together with elevated suction, carpet recognition, map enhancing, and extra.

You wouldn’t know all this simply by taking a look at it. The Roborock S6 correctly retains the Roborock S5’s award-winning industrial design, together with its clear white end, and it’s roughly the identical dimensions. Behind the top-side turret housing the robotic’s laser distance sensor is the acquainted lid-accessible compartment with a 0.6-liter dustbin, and a cleansing instrument for untangling hair from the principle brush.

Flip it over, although, and also you’ll see the primary of its enhancements. The major curler brush has the identical rubber-and-bristle development because the S5, however the bristles on the S6 are softer and extra dense—250-percent extra dense, in response to Roborock, making them harder on mud with out scratching your flooring. Also new, the bearings on both facet of the comb might be eliminated, making it simpler to untangle pet and human hair.

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The Roborock S6 retains a lot of the award-winning design of the Roborock S5.

The spinning facet brush has additionally been revamped. The bristles are gone, changed by 5 strips of silicone, every cut up partway in half. This new design is seemingly extra environment friendly for sweeping particles into the vacuum’s vent.

The mopping module additionally has a welcome addition. A easy change lets you choose how a lot water dampens the mopping fabric. The lesser stage it dispenses is sufficient for upkeep cleansing, and it leaves your flooring with a lightweight sheen of moisture. The larger stage supplies extra water for softening stains, making them simpler to take away.

Setup and efficiency

The setup stays a easy affair. First, snap the moisture-proof mat onto the charging dock—it can hold residual water from dripping in your carpet after mopping—after which place the S6 on the charging pins and energy it on. Download the Mi Home app and add the S6 as new gadget. The app guides you thru connecting to the robotic after which your Wi-Fi community.

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The Roborock S6 is quieter than the Roborock S5—by as a lot as 50 %, in response to the producer.

The first time you employ the Roborock S6, it can map your area and show a flooring plan within the app, partitioned into rooms. With this format, it may well plot probably the most environment friendly path by way of your own home, and Roborock says enhancements to the navigation algorithms can lead to as much as 20-percent sooner cleanings.

In day by day utilization, the S6 managed to wash the decrease stage of my apartment in 20- to 30 minutes. That’s barely sooner than what I skilled with S5. The robotic vac/mop combo simply traversed transitions between hardwood, linoleum, and carpeted flooring in my entryway, kitchen, rest room, and lounge respectively. The totally different flooring gave the S6 an opportunity to point out off its new carpet-recognition characteristic, too, which robotically boosts the suction energy to its max of two,000pa. (Note that this operate, and the map-editing characteristic mentioned under, should be turned on within the app settings earlier than you should utilize them.) The vac by no means received trapped, the way in which non-mapping robotic vacuums usually do, within the impediment course that’s my lounge.

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