Roborock Q5+ Vs Q7 Max: Which Roborock Robot Should You Choose?

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In this article, I’ll be putting two top-level Roborock robot vacuums head-to-head: Roborock Q5+ vs Q7 Max. The Roborock Q5+ can only vacuum and has a self-cleaning base, while the Roborock Q7 Max can vacuum and mop at once. My personal preference leans towards the latter, but just keep reading to the end so you can decide which one best suits your living space and daily cleaning needs.

Roborock Q5+ Vs Q7 Max: Comparison Chart

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#1 WINNER
roborock Q7 Max Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner, 4200Pa Strong Suction, Lidar Navigation, Multi-Level Mapping, No-Go&No-Mop Zones, 180mins Runtime, Works with Alexa, Perfect for Pet Hair(Black)
#2 RUNNER-UP
roborock Q5+ Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Dock, Hands-Free Cleaning for up to 7 Weeks, 2700Pa Max Suction, 180mins Max Run-Time, Compatible with Alexa, Perfect for Hard Floors, Carpets, and Pet Hair
Model
Roborock Q7 Max
Roborock Q5+
Dimensions (W x H)/Weight
13.78 x 3.78 inches/7.05 lbs
13.8 x 4.17 inches/9.59 lbs
Shape
Round-Shaped
Round-Shaped
Navigation Technology
LiDAR
LiDAR
Map Saving
Number of Maps
4
4
Obstacle Detection
Self-Propelled
Self-Empty
Scheduled Cleaning
Extractor & Side Brush
1 x Bristle-Less Rubber Roller/1 x 5-Prong Brush
1 x Combo Bristled Roller/1 x 5-Prong Brush
Dust Tank Capacity
0.48 Liter
0.48 Liter
Filter
E11
E11
Recharge & Resume
Run Time/Charging Time
180 minutes/6 hours
180 minutes/6 hours
Mopping
What I Like
Price
$599.99
$699.99
#1 WINNER
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roborock Q7 Max Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner, 4200Pa Strong Suction, Lidar Navigation, Multi-Level Mapping, No-Go&No-Mop Zones, 180mins Runtime, Works with Alexa, Perfect for Pet Hair(Black)
Model
Roborock Q7 Max
Dimensions (W x H)/Weight
13.78 x 3.78 inches/7.05 lbs
Shape
Round-Shaped
Navigation Technology
LiDAR
Map Saving
Number of Maps
4
Obstacle Detection
Self-Propelled
Self-Empty
Scheduled Cleaning
Extractor & Side Brush
1 x Bristle-Less Rubber Roller/1 x 5-Prong Brush
Dust Tank Capacity
0.48 Liter
Filter
E11
Recharge & Resume
Run Time/Charging Time
180 minutes/6 hours
Mopping
What I Like
Price
$599.99
More Info
#2 RUNNER-UP
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roborock Q5+ Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Dock, Hands-Free Cleaning for up to 7 Weeks, 2700Pa Max Suction, 180mins Max Run-Time, Compatible with Alexa, Perfect for Hard Floors, Carpets, and Pet Hair
Model
Roborock Q5+
Dimensions (W x H)/Weight
13.8 x 4.17 inches/9.59 lbs
Shape
Round-Shaped
Navigation Technology
LiDAR
Map Saving
Number of Maps
4
Obstacle Detection
Self-Propelled
Self-Empty
Scheduled Cleaning
Extractor & Side Brush
1 x Combo Bristled Roller/1 x 5-Prong Brush
Dust Tank Capacity
0.48 Liter
Filter
E11
Recharge & Resume
Run Time/Charging Time
180 minutes/6 hours
Mopping
What I Like
Price
$699.99
More Info

Roborock Q5+ Vs Q7 Max: Differences

The Q7 Max wins 4-1 against the Q5+. Let’s keep reading to take a closer look at the key distinctions that set these two contenders apart.

Cleaning Performance

Winner: Roborock Q7 Max

Suction Power

Roborock Q5+Roborock Q7 Max
Max Suction (Pa)27004200
Max Airflow (CFM)≈ 16.9≈ 15.8

Regarding quoted suction power, the Q7 Max has the upper hand with a 4200 Pa stronger suction, whereas the Q5+ maxes out at 2700 Pa. However, my airflow experiments reveal that the latter has a lower maximum airflow. Through numerous trials with robot vacuums, I’ve discerned a link between high airflow and debris pick-up on hard floors, and yes, the Q5+ did a better job on my hardwood floor.

Hard Floor

Roborock Q5+Roborock Q7 Max
≈ 98%≈ 97%

While the suction power varied, the difference in performance between these two Roborocks was minimal during the hardwood floor test. Both did well, with the Q5+ having a slight edge due to its superior airflow.

Carpet

Roborock Q5+Roborock Q7 Max
Low-pile Carpet≈ 97%≈ 94%
High-pile Carpet≈ 94%≈ 95%

Despite the higher airflow, the Q5+ didn’t do as well as the Q7 Max on both carpets. My theory was that the Q7 Max’s bristle-free brush roller is superior to the combo brush on the Q5+ when it comes to agitating and lifting dirt from carpets. 

Hair

Roborock Q5+Roborock Q7 Max
5-inch Strands≈ 78%≈ 87%
10-inch Strands≈ 51%≈ 61%

The Q7 Max, with the newer bristle-less brush, performed better with five and ten-inch strands. Its brush wasn’t entirely resistant to hair tangles, but at least untangling it was much easier compared to the Q5+.

Design & Usability

Winner: Roborock Q7 Max

First Look & Dimensions 

Roborock Q5+Roborock Q7 Max
Dimensions (W x H)13.8 x 4.17 inches13.78 x 3.78 inches
Weight9.59 lbs7.05 lbs

In terms of design and dimensions, these robotic cleaners are very similar. The Q5+ is a bit taller, but that doesn’t prevent it from getting under the majority of low-clearance furniture pieces, such as sofas and coffee tables. The Q5+ ships with a big home base, which takes up a lot of space compared to the compact charging dock of the Q7 Max. However, the Q5+’s larger home base negates the need for manual dust bin emptying, while you’ll have to empty the Q7 Max’s bin yourself when it gets full.

Extractor & Side Brush  

the q7 max (right) uses an all-rubber roller
The Q7 Max (right) uses an all-rubber roller

These  Roborocks share an all-rubber side brush that comes with better durability than the bristled one found in older models. It doesn’t spin too fast, preventing debris scatter and thus enhancing cleaning efficiency. Their main rollers are different: the Q7 Max utilizes an all-rubber roller, which not only provides superior agitation but also makes it easier to clean and dry than the combo roller on the Q5+.

MAPPING & NAVIGATION

Both the Q5+ and Q7 Max boast a LiDAR module, generally found in aero-technology, that uses lasers to draw a highly precise map of your home in both 2D and 3D forms and you can access them from the Roborock Home App. Not only that, but LiDAR tech allows these bots to function properly both day and night.

lidar tower for mapping and navigation
LiDAR tower for mapping and navigation

Speaking of map saving, both can save up to four areas or floors of your home and you can customize each level, such as dividing rooms, adding no-go zones, etc. Having a robot vacuum repeatedly draw and redraw as it moves from floor to floor is annoying. Thankfully, that is not the case with these robots.

They have no obstacle avoidance algorithm, so they will bump here and there a few times while doing the job. This can be a big problem if your floors are regularly littered with pet feces, electrical wires, or any other small objects that their laser-based navigation towers can’t detect. For these cases, consider a robovac with a front-facing camera like the Roborock S7 MaxV or Roomba J7 Plus, for example.

Battery Life

Roborock Q5+Roborock Q7 Max
Battery Life≈ 98–164 mins≈ 91-183 mins
Charging Time≈ 172 mins≈ 231 mins

Both operate on a 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery, which is advertised to provide up to 3 hours of operation on a full charge. In my real-world tests, the Q5+ had a slightly shorter maximum battery life, but I thought it would be enough to vacuum the entire home in most cases, and, of course, so did the Q7 Max.

But what happens if not? I mean, what happens when their batteries reach down while they are in the middle of a cleaning cycle? Just don’t worry! If their battery becomes low midway through cleaning, they will return to their base stations and perform top-up charging before heading back to the exact location they left off. That way, every inch of your floor gets the attention it deserves.

Control

Winner: Roborock Q7 Max

Manual Control

There are a few buttons on top of these bots for physical controls. Both have one power button and one home button. Unique to the Q7 Max is another button for spot cleaning. I understand if you use your phone to remotely control your robot most of the time, but these physical buttons are your lifesaver when your phone is out of reach or there is something wrong with your WiFi.

the control panel
The control panel

App Connectivity

Each of these robots can be paired with the Roborock Home app, offering all the tools you need to remotely control or manage your bot. You can choose among up to four maps, show it in 2D or 3D form, and see the robot’s location as well as its vacuuming routes in real time.

3d mapping
3D mapping

You can also use virtual boundaries to divide rooms, name them, and program the Q5+/Q7 Max to pinpoint a specific room to clean  – there are two options to do that. You can simply tap on the room of your choice on the map or use a voice-activated device such as Alexa or Google Assistant to instruct your robot accordingly. What’s more, you also have the option to schedule cleaning that suits your needs.

To block some areas inside your house, you have the option to set no-go zones and invisible walls (and no-mop zones if you choose the Q7 Max). Conversely, you can set clean zones to spot-clean rectangular or square zones, but they aren’t savable for future use, unlike in the iRobot app.

set no-go zones and invisible walls
Set no-go zones and invisible walls

There is also a cleaning history that shows a log of the previous cleaning cycles, including the cleaned area, total time used, cycles, etc. Meanwhile, the maintenance tab shows the health of components like the main brush, side brush, filter, etc, and alerts you when it’s time for them to be cleaned or replaced.

Cleaning & Maintenance 

Winner: Roborock Q5+ 

Of course, you need to treat your robot vacuum well if you want it to treat you well in the long run. The maintenance checklist should include untangling the roller, cleaning the side brush, washing the E11 filters, replacing consumables when the app tells you to, washing the mopping plate (on the Q7 Max), and emptying the dustbin. While the Q7 Max requires a hands-on approach to emptying the bin, the Q5+ comes with a nifty self-emptying base that does the dirty job for you. Still, the Q5+’s base has one major shortcoming. 

the q5 plus's clean base
The Q5 Plus’s clean base

Most other self-emptying robots out there have auto-empty sensors that recognize when their dust boxes are full and automatically send them back to their base for a quick emptying cycle, but the Q5+ is an exception. Its dustbin is still auto-emptied whenever it re-docks after a cleaning process, but if its dustbin fills before it is done cleaning, you must physically press its home button to send it back to the dock for emptying. So, after all, the Q5+ still demands your attention during its cleaning operations, even if it has a self-cleaning base.

As for the Q7 Max, it comes with a simple and compact charging dock, and you will need to use your hands to empty its dust bin, refill its water tank, and wash its mopping pad. By the way, the Q7 Max “Plus” also comes with a self-cleaning base, but it solely takes care of emptying the dustbin.

Other Features

Winner: Roborock Q7 Max

Noise

Roborock Q5+Roborock Q7 Max
Working≈ 59-64 dB≈ 49-62 dB
Self-Emptying≈ 74 dBNone

The Q5+ is a bit noisier when operating, no matter what mode it is in, despite its lower suction power. What’s more, it’s especially noisy during the bin-emptying process. Just remember this if your household includes toddlers, pets, or anyone with a sensitivity to sudden loud noises.

Mopping Ability

The mopping function is equipped in the Q7 Max, not in the Q5+. Still, I didn’t really consider it a revolutionary addition since it has no agitation or vibrating element. It doesn’t boast any agitation or vibrating mechanisms – it opts to simply drag a damp microfiber mop pad across your floors instead. This method is less effective when it comes to tackling stubborn stains. To compare, the S7 MaxV features a vibrating pad and could handle dust and stains well in my tests.

Quick Rundown Of Roborock Q7 Max

roborock Q7 Max Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner, 4200Pa Strong Suction, Lidar Navigation, Multi-Level Mapping, No-Go&No-Mop Zones, 180mins Runtime, Works with Alexa, Perfect for Pet Hair(Black)
  • Deeper Cleaning with Powerful 4200 Pa Suction: With an incredible maximum suction power of 4200 Pa, the Q7 Max easily lifts debris and pet hair from floors, drags it from cracks, and draws it from carpets. When a carpet is detected, it will automatically increase its suction to the maximum for deep cleaning.
  • Vacuum and Mop Simultaneously: To get rid of fine dust that vacuuming alone might miss, the Q7 Max can vacuum and mop simultaneously. Equipped with an electronic pump, the Q7 Max offers 30 water flow levels so you can fine-tune cleaning to match your floor types and preferences.
  • Clean Smarter with PreciSense LiDAR Navigation: LiDAR navigation, which is incredibly accurate, can now be viewed in 3D, building precise maps of your home. It also monitors cleaning routes efficiently. You can virtually recreate your home by adding furnishings and flooring materials.
  • Combined Dustbin & Water Tank: Combining the 470 ml dustbin and 350 ml water tank means that you can clean more often without worrying about emptying or refilling.
  • Multi-directional Floating All-Rubber Brush: An all-rubber brush strongly resists hair tangles making it ideal for tackling long hair and pet hair. Multi-directional design means the brush can be closer to the floor to provide deeper and more efficient cleaning.
Pros
  • Affordable price.
  • Map quickly and accurately with LiDAR technology.
  • Works with a simple-to-use app.
  • Can vacuum and mop at once.
  • Saves up to 4 maps.
Cons
  • No clean base.
  • No mop-lifting system.

Quick Rundown Of Roborock Q5+

roborock Q5+ Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Dock, Hands-Free Cleaning for up to 7 Weeks, 2700Pa Max Suction, 180mins Max Run-Time, Compatible with Alexa, Perfect for Hard Floors, Carpets, and Pet Hair
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roborock Q5+ Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Dock, Hands-Free Cleaning for up to 7 Weeks, 2700Pa Max Suction, 180mins Max Run-Time, Compatible with Alexa, Perfect for Hard Floors, Carpets, and Pet Hair
  • 7-Weeks of Hands-Free Cleaning: The Self-Empty Dock automatically empties the Q5’s dustbin after each cleanup, so you don’t have to do it manually or frequently. Its 2.5L dust bag can hold up to 7 weeks of dirt.
  • Clean Smarter with PreciSense LiDAR Navigation: Extremely accurate LiDAR navigation creates precise maps that can even be viewed in 3D. You can also add furniture and floor materials to recreate your home virtually.
  • Clean Harder with Powerful 2700 Pa Suction: With an incredible maximum suction power of 2700 Pa, the Q5 easily lifts debris and pet hair from floors and drags it out from deep inside carpets.
  • Clean Better with the Multi-Plane Floating Main Brush: A multi-plane floating brush keeps the brush closer to the ground for deeper cleaning, even on uneven surfaces. It is strongly resistant to hair tangles and perfect for homes with pets.
  • Keeps Going for Longer: Powered by high-capacity battery and a 470 ml dustbin, you get long lasting cleaning that can easily tackle most homes in one clean.
Pros
  • Great mapping and navigation.
  • Ships with a self-cleaning base.
  • The live map for tracking the robot’s location.
  • Works with a helpful app.
  • Save 4 different maps.
Cons
  • Uses the older combo brush.
  • No obstacle avoidance.

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