Roborock S6 vacuum cleaner robot operation test: App, suction
By Zim Watson 2019-05-17 3769 0
"It's easy to develop a robot that can scan a floor plan and learn a layout. However, it is much more difficult to develop a robot that really understands what the floor plan means, "says Richard Chang, founder and CEO of Roborock. "With the S6, we are launching the first robotic vacuum cleaner that can actually adapt its activity to the shape of any room. I'm convinced there's no other vacuum cleaner in terms of efficiency that keeps up. "
Often Roborock is called in the same breath as Xiaomi. In fact, Xiaomi is involved in the company, from which it also manufactures, for example, the vacuum cleaner marketed under its own name . However, there are also other investors, according to Roborock. In addition, they also manufacture their own vacuum robots such as the now introduced Roborock S6, which can be ordered via the website of the Chinese manufacturer .Cyberport is listed as a German partner. There the Roborock will be available from May 16th .
As numerous tests prove, the models of Roborock / Xiaomi are among the best vacuum robots, which also convince by an attractive price-performance ratio and thus have already found many buyers.
Roborock S6 in practical using
The Roborock S6 looks like its predecessor S5 at first glance. In addition to a reduced volume, the model offers up to 230 percent higher bristle density than the Roborock S5 and improved efficiency.
In the scope of supply are beside the vacuum robot still:
a charging station with an EU charging cable and non-slip plastic mat, which prevents, with active wiping function, water on the floor under the charging station.
a 0.16 liter water tank with a wipe
an additional water tank with 10 wipes
an additional HEPA filter (washable)
a manual in different languages, including German and English
Operation Roborock S6 via Mi App
The Roborock S6 can be operated using the buttons on the top. It is much more practical, however, to use the associated Xiaomi Mi Home app for the control. During the first complete cleaning, the Roborock S6 misses the rooms by laser, creating a map of the entire apartment with individual rooms. As a result, the robotic vacuum cleaner "knows" the apartment, so that it is possible to clean individual rooms from this point onwards. For the wiping function, which brings water from the water tank to the floor, it is also helpful that you can use the app to define individual zones, so you can exclude areas in which a carpet is located, from the cleaning. Although the robot also has a carpet detection that automatically increases the suction power, the wiping function remains active there as well.
The app also has a status indicator for pending maintenance for filters, side brush, main brush, filter element and sensors. The graphic illustration helps to find the elements to be maintained. There is also a remote control function that allows you to manually control the robot. However, this only works if vacuum robot and smartphone are in the same network. You can not use this feature while on the move. But the start of a cleaning can be started comfortably from the office.
Suction power of the Roborock S6
The suction power of the Roborock S6 is in no way inferior to that of a conventional vacuum cleaner. There, where the Roborock goes, he cleans perfectly. The problem with all vacuum robots, however, is that the devices are of course unable to clear obstacles out of the way. So standing chairs under a table, there is mostly not cleaned. The same problem also occurs with doors that a human closes to be able to suck behind it.Of course, the Roborock S6 does not climb onto furniture, such as a couch to clean it.
On the positive side, the Roborock S6 often cleans under furniture such as couches or cabinets due to its low height. On the other hand, carpet runners are problematic when they can get caught.
Conclusion of testing Roborock S6
The Roborock S6 convinces in the short test by a very good suction performance on smooth surfaces. As soon as he gets onto a rug, he recognizes it and increases the suction power so that it can be cleaned without any problem. Wherever he goes, he cleans perfectly.
For a thorough cleaning, the Roborock S6 or another robotic vacuum cleaner is not enough. Not all obstacles, such as doors, can be cleared out of the way, so you still have to use a traditional vacuum cleaner for a thorough cleaning. In addition, the Roborock S6 cleans despite improved algorithms no faster than a human with a conventional vacuum cleaner model. A 75 square meter apartment with a suction area of 45 square meters requires the Roborock about an hour. With a conventional vacuum cleaner, cleaning by a human takes about 20 minutes.
However, this does not mean that a robotic vacuum cleaner is basically just a gimmick for technology-loving users. On the contrary: The Roborock S6 makes a meaningful contribution to significantly shorten the cleaning of a dwelling by humans with a standard vacuum cleaner. And that's exactly what these types of devices have been developed for.
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