Roborock Q7 Max+- is the new robot vacuum in 2022. At first glance, it seems like a simplified version of Roborock S7. They share the same design after all, there is a self-cleaning station, which was slightly modified, and a cleaning module with side and center silicone brushes. The only change is with the mopping feature: the platform doesn’t vibrate and doesn’t rise when driving onto carpets. Thanks to this, the price dramatically fell from $750 to a more affordable $550-$600. In this review, I’ll test the Roborock Q7 Max +, after which I’ll give my opinion on whether or not it makes sense to save money by buying this vacuum. So, let’s get this show on the road!
The vacuum came in this box:
Aside from the vacuum and station, the box includes:
- An extra bag for the station.
- Power adapter.
- A mopping attachment with a cloth.
- An envelope, which includes the manual. The inside of the envelope even includes a step by step guide for your robot’s first launch.
The kit is minimalistic. An extra cloth and Hepa-filter aren’t given.
Now let’s see what the new Roborock Q7 Max+ looks like. Let’s start with the vacuum itself. It is round and comes in both white and black. The mechanical bumper holds a wall sensor and an obstacle sensor to help navigate the robot.
On top of the control panel there are three buttons. The robot’s navigation works off Lidar. It is protected by a mechanical button to prevent it from getting stuck under low furniture.
Under the top cover there is a conjoined dirt and water container. It only uses a HEPA filter. The trash compartment has a capacity of 470 ml (15.8 Oz), while the water tank has a capacity of 350 ml (11.8 Oz) of water. The water supply is electronically regulated, and the pump is installed in the robot, not the tank.
There are 4 anti-fall protection sensors on the bottom of the robot. One side brush: five-beamed, made of silicone, and fastened with a screw. The central brush’s block is fluid.
The turbo brush itself is made of silicone, and can be disassembled on both sides for maintenance from hair and fur.
The nozzle with the cloth can be attached underneath the robot. The cloth is attached with VELCRO and a slider.
Separately, let’s take a look at the self-cleaning station. First, you need to assemble it. For this, the manufacturer has provided a conveniently placed tool at the bottom.
The station’s design differs from the one that optionally comes with Roborock S7. Debris is still released through the central brush. The suction channel can be dis-assembled for cleaning if something gets stuck while moving the trash to the bag.
The top cover can easily be removed. Under it is the trash bag. The canal curtain automatically closes when the bag is removed.
All in all Roborock Q7 Max+’s assembly quality is pretty good, the only complaint i have is towards the single filter based system.
Roborock Q7 Max+’s main characteristics, given by the manufacturer:
- Battery Li-Ion 5200 mA*h.
- Suction power up to 4200 Pa.
- Work time up to 180 mins.
- Cleaning area up to 300 sq.m.
- Dust collector 470 ml (15.89 Oz).
- Water container 350 ml (11.8 Oz).
- Obstacle size up to 20 mm (.78 inches).
- Size: 350*97mm (13.7x 3.81 in).
Of all the characteristics it’s important to note the increased water and dust tank capacity, as well as the high suction power, which I will have to test.
Let’s move on to Roborock Q7 Max+’s functions. The vacuum cleaner is controlled both through the Mi Home app and through the Roborock app. Connecting to the network doesn’t cause any problems, just follow the instructions.
On the home screen, the robot vacuum builds a map of the room and automatically zones it into rooms. Under the map there are three modes: cleaning the entire area, and cleaning in select rooms and zones. Additionally, you can set the times the robot goes through: 1 to 3.
On the right, there’s a section where you can adjust the suction power and the water in the wipe. There’s even a section with power and water level for each room. This is very helpful.
At the very bottom of the screen you can see the functions to start and self-cleaning. A cool feature is the 3D map of the room. On the map you can set virtual walls and no-go zones, and even separate areas for mopping.
Additionally, in the map editor you can place furniture as you’d like, adjust the order in which rooms get cleaned, and set the flooring type. By the way, Roborock Q7 Max+ saves multiple maps, which is really cool.
In the vacuum’s settings you can turn off the light indication, enable auto suction increase on carpets, activate child lock, and set do not disturb times.
In the self-cleaning station settings, you can select one of 4 garbage collection modes. And you can adjust the voice alerts volume and set a language.
You can also set up a cleaning schedule by selecting the time, days of the week, cleaning mode, and if you so choose, the rooms.
There is also a precise cleaning mode, manual control, a cleaning log, and a section that shows how much water you have left.
Roborock Q7 Max+’s functionality is up there with premium vacuums. Everything you would possibly need to flexibly adjust the robot to your liking is at your fingertips. It’s worth adding that the vacuum supports voice control and can resume cleaning after charging at the base.
Let’s move on to testing. First of all, let’s test Roborock Q7 Max+’s navigation in a room with obstacles. First, the robot-vacuum cleaner goes through the room along the perimeter, then cleans all the available areas in a snake-like pattern. The drying rack didn’t give him any problems. Separately, the robot sweeps around the box and table legs, then returns to the base to recharge. This test was passed with flying colors!
Speaking of navigation, within the apartment, Roborock Q7 Max+ cleans room by room in a snake, then along the perimeter. No dirt left, it’s fast, and the navigation is excellent.
The suction power was in fact, very high. On the level of the previous Roborock S7 even. The robot was able to suck out the debris from even a 10 mm (.39 inch) gap!
Hard floor vacuuming
The robot did a good job picking dirt off the laminate. The vacuum cleaner thoroughly picks up all kinds of debris, including hair and fur. It doesn’t just sweep a small area in the corners, like most other round vacuums. And it’s important to note that there is virtually no hair wrapped around the brush. Most of the debris is collected in the dust canister, which is awesome!
Speaking of carpet cleaning, Roborock Q7 Max+ does very well with this task. Test passed!
The robot did well with scrubbing off dirt. Only a small strip along the baseboard was left, where most tested robots, due to their design, weren’t able to get the dirt out.
Well, it’s important to note that Roborock Q7 Max + can simultaneously vacuum and mop the floor, which is definitely a plus!
Wet cleaning on carpets
But even though Roborock Q7 Max+ is able to recognize carpets, it doesn’t automatically go around them while mopping. So, I recommend setting separate restricted zones for mopping the carpet to protect it from getting wet.
As for self-cleaning, in my opinion, moving dirt through the central brush isn’t a good solution. Small household garbage is discharged well from the container into the bag in the station, but hair and fur can get stuck between the brush and the suction channel, so I think that moving garbage through special holes in the dust collector, as is done in other vacuum cleaners with self-cleaning – is a better solution.
Passage of obstacles
Roborock Q7 Max+ can have problems with passing baseboards. With the cloth installed, it isn’t even able to pass 15mm (.59 Inch) thresholds. But without the nozzle it can pass the baseboard. 2 cm (.78 In.) can be passed, but not always.
Passage of dark surfaces
This model has problems with driving through dark spaces, but they aren’t as bolded as before. Sometimes the robot goes through the carpet, and sometimes it doesn’t. It seems that the sensors have become less sensitive, but the problem hasn’t been completely solved.
As for the volume, in “Silent” mode it is 60-62 dB, in “Equilibrium” mode it reaches 65 dB, in “Turbo” mode the noise level reaches 67 dB, and in the max power mode it peaked at 74 dB. The volume is slightly above average, but it’s important to consider the high suction power, so I’m not complaining.
Roborock Q7 Max+ was thoroughly reviewed and tested. With our system, it managed to get 82/100 points and to become one of the top 5 robot vacuum cleaners we have tested. It is 3 points less than Roborock S7, as its predecessor got extra points for the lifted napkin mechanism on the carpets.
Now I’ll share my personal opinion on the robot. I liked the following:
- Good navigation.
- Good vacuuming and mopping.
- High suction power.
- Easy brush cleaning from the hair and fur.
- Flexible cleaning parameter settings in the app.
- The self-cleaning station.
- Cleaning quality.
- Support for voice assistants.
- Reasonable price.
As for the downsides, I noticed the following problems
- Not very good at bypassing obstacles.
- Scared of dark spaces.
All in all, this model has much more advantages than disadvantages, so Roborock Q7 Max+ definitely deserves attention, and for it’s price, it is an interesting option. I’d recommend this model mainly for cleaning on hard floors. It is a so-called updated Roborock S5 Max with self-cleaning and a new central brush, but if the house or apartment has a large number of carpets, then it makes sense to buy Roborock S7, which automatically lifts the cloth on carpets. Otherwise, the robots are the same in terms of functionality, characteristics and cleaning quality.
On this note, I’d like to end the review. If you still have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments down below. Have fun shopping, bye!
Do your analyses apply also to Roborock Q7? Is it equally good?