Roborock Q7 Max + Review $870
- Technical Specifications
Roborock Q7 Max + review in three sentences
Roborock Q7 Max + is a new proposal, which is to be a slightly cheaper alternative to the Roborock S7. The price cut came at the expense of some features and improvements. People who decide to buy this equipment will be able to enjoy the good quality of vacuuming and mopping, as well as a fairly minimalist base that will affect the convenience and hygiene of using the device.
- Good suction power of 4200Pa
- Mopping pad with spring pressure
- Great possibility of personalizing the settings in the application
- The possibility of assigning additional passages, separating zones and better adapting work to the room
- No sonic mopping
- No additional sensing
- Not that competitive price
- Poor set
Roborock is a brand known to everyone, although a bit interested in the subject of cleaning robots. Its recognition is mainly due to the line of autonomous vacuum cleaners signed with the letter S, but it cannot be said that it is their only work. Other products include vacuum cleaners with the symbol E, and now another new series is added – Q. The first of their representatives with the promising name Roborock Q7 Max + has just come to me for review. I cordially invite you to read my impressions.
Roborock Q7 Max + kit, technical specification and price
The set in the package looks extremely compact. Looking at it, it was hard for me to see how the vacuum cleaner and the base could fit there. Opening the box quickly dispelled all doubts, when it turned out that Roborock opted for a do-it-yourself set and the base comes to us in two parts with the tool necessary to assemble it by yourself.
The set also includes a refill with only one mopping cloth and one spare bag for the base. The packaging shows the basic parameters of the device, and the full specification is below.
- suction power up to 4200 Pa,
- LIDAR sensor,
- 2in1 container – 470 ml for dust and 350 ml of water
- 2.5l dust bag,
- 5200mAh battery,
- 353 x 350 x 96.5mm (Robot)
- 442 x 306 x 425mm (Docking station)
The plus in the name of this robot means that we get it immediately in a set with a docking station, which will automatically empty the container in the vacuum cleaner of all impurities. Such a set will cost us about $950 .
The price may be perceived as favorable or not, depending on what point of view you take. On the one hand, it is a higher price than in the case of some competitors offering similar sets, but on the other hand, it is definitely lower than the older brother of the same manufacturer – the Roborock S7 with a station.
Construction and build quality
The whole Roborock Q7 Max + looks like a well-complex puzzle of the previous models of this manufacturer. You can get the vacuum cleaner in two colors – black and white. I had the chance to test the latter. At first glance, it could be confused with the S7 which looks quite similar from the top – the cover is decorated with a LiDAR plinth, around which waves resemble those after a drop of water falls.
In the S7 they were grooved in the vacuum cleaner and you could feel this additional texture under your finger, while in the Q7 they are only printed. The pedestal also includes a button that prevents the robot from driving into places where it cannot physically fit and could jam.
On the front of the cover, there are three buttons that are responsible for the basic functions of the robot – they will allow us to start it, send it to the base and turn on local cleaning. Under the flap you will find a 2-in-1 tank for dust and water. The front of the device, due to the shape of the openings for proximity sensors, resembles another Roborock – S5 Max.
The Roborock pit does not hide anything extraordinary – it has drop sensors, a rubber side brush, a rubber main brush with a handle with a floating structure and a place where we can optionally attach a mopping pad.
Base, i.e. convenient use in a compact version
Roborock Q7 Max + will dock in a special station that offers automatic extraction of the collected dust. The one in the case of the white robot is black and white and looks very elegant. In the case of the black robot, the base is black and black, with the two blacks differing in shade and finish.
Dust is pulled out of the robot through the main brush opening directly into a 2.5 liter bag, which should be enough for 7 weeks of vacuuming. Maybe the bag is not the largest, but the base is therefore not overwhelmingly high. Let’s also agree that changing the bag every less than 2 months should not be a problem. It is a pity that the bag is quite difficult to replace and there is only one spare in the set.
Vacuuming and mopping
So let’s move on to one of the two most important aspects of this robot’s work – vacuuming. Thanks to a maximum suction power of 4200Pa, the vacuum cleaner does a great job and pulls in exactly what it passes over. His route planning can be described as very good and he has always made a thorough tour of my apartment.
I had virtually no problems with uncleaned corners or nooks and crannies, although, like most robots tested so far, he avoided the plinths in the kitchen, under which he would stubbornly fit. The robot made an additional movement that made it slightly sunk under the cupboards, but did not reach the end, even though it would have fit without a LiDAR.
Despite the lack of a camera, the robot is not extremely aggressive in its passes. Unfortunately, it is not additionally sensorized, so it will not avoid objects or cables left on the floor. Some elements that are not high can stubbornly try to run over or move around the entire apartment. After the first run of the robot, you will see what is worth cleaning from the floor before starting it, and if you watch it, you will be more than happy with the vacuuming.
You can briefly say that mopping gives satisfactory results. First of all, the robot allows us to really individually adjust the water consumption, because in addition to the 3 standard levels, we can manually choose one of 30 settings.
I definitely missed the herringbone passage here, which means that at the beginning of mopping, we will only have 2 traces in the places where the robot’s nozzles are. This situation is improved by the increased number of rides option (available in zone and room cleaning mode). After selecting a double pass, the latter will run perpendicular to the previous one, creating a grid pattern. Thanks to this, the floor is much better wetted, and mopping is much more effective.
Let’s go back to the mopping pad for a moment. This, unfortunately, did not inherit the ability to vibrate and lift from the more expensive model. Instead, a different solution was used that improves the result of her work. It is equipped with spring clamps, thanks to which, according to the manufacturer, there is a continuous pressure of 300 g on the mopped surface.
Work of the self-emptying station
The station automatically empties the robot very efficiently, but like others, very loud. Of course, apart from this aspect, the station also functions as a charger. With this feature, I noticed an interesting problem.
If the robot is docked in the station and we cut off the power supply to this station, the robot will leave it and stop. After the power is restored, it will not return to it, and the vacuum cleaner itself turns off after a long time outside of charging, which makes it not available for running in the application.
The station can be started from the application level, but it is more convenient to set automatic emptying, e.g. after each ride. In the application, we can choose the size of the cleaning zone, which is to affect the frequency of emptying the container, but I did not notice any relationship between the selected setting and its operation.
The Roborock Q7 Max + can be used properly from the level of two applications – Xiaomi Home and Roborock. I mainly used the first one, because of the convenience of use and the fact that I have more devices attached to it. In it, after selecting our robot, we are greeted with the main screen with the map made after the ride. Here we will check the statistics of the current or already completed trip.
In a simple way, we can also choose whether we want to clean the entire apartment, selected rooms or rectangular zones (you can add up to five of them). When cleaning rooms or zones, you can choose up to three repetitions of the trip. There are two buttons below, one to empty the dust from the robot via the docking station and the other to start vacuuming.
There are also three smaller buttons on the main screen. The first one allows you to change the look of the map, the second one allows you to manage it, e.g. by adding forbidden zones, virtual walls, no mopping zones, edit rooms by combining them, dividing and naming them, setting the cleaning method for each room separately, setting your own order of driving around the rooms and add furniture to the map or mark the type of flooring.
The last of these three buttons allows you to choose from 4 cleaning powers – quiet, balanced, turbo and maximum. In addition, we can also choose one of 5 watering options for mopping – off, low, medium, high and custom, which will allow you to choose the degree of soaking in the aforementioned 30 steps. By selecting the “customize” tab, the robot will clean according to a separate cleaning setting for each room.
Going deeper into the settings, we can plan the runs of our robot, send it to a selected place on the map and give local cleaning there, remotely control the robot and check the cleaning history.
In the robot settings, we will turn on or off the lights on the robot, the carpet detection mode, the childproof lock and the do not disturb mode. You can also choose one of the 4 modes to empty the robot through the docking station and check the wear status of the robot’s components.
However, if you decide to use the Roborock application, apart from what I mentioned, you will also be able to see the map in a three-dimensional view.
Roborock Q7 Max + review – summary
To sum up, the Roborock Q7 Max + is an interesting and good compromise between the willingness to offer a slightly cheaper device with an automatic station and cutting off the best-selling S7 with features and improvements.
Sonic mopping suited me much better, but the price difference is such that I don’t know if I would be able to pay that much. So far, cheaper robots with an automatic dust extraction dock do not seem that advanced in terms of functions, so in my opinion the Roborock Q7 Max + will be a better choice.