Thanks to its self-cleaning base, the maintenance of this robot vacuum cleaner is minimal, and it does a great job cleaning at home.
At the end of the last century, the home of the future was often imagined with a robot capable of doing the most housework from cooking to ironing clothes. We have not reached that point yet, but at least I know that we already have robots capable of scrubbing and vacuuming dust.
Those who have opened the doors of their homes to one will have realized, however, that although the device saves us from vacuuming, it also requires some work and effort on our part. The robot can clean the house, but someone, in the end, has to clean the robot; empty the dust container or change the water if it also scrubs.
It is by far the most annoying part of having one of these devices but the good news is that it is solvable. Robots with a vacuum and cleaning base are becoming quite common as well. In Pixel we have spent a few months with the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultraone of the most advanced on the market, and meets that expectation of being an autonomous device that you hardly have to worry about.
The grace of this device is that it comes with a base that is capable of emptying the dust tank, cleaning the dirty water tank of the mop and refilling it with clean water. The robot is thus ready to continue cleaning home or for the next session.
This is important because although most robot vacuum cleaners can clean a medium-sized home from start to finish -as long as there are not several levels-, when mopping, the water tanks are usually small and require a change of fluid. half work.
From the outset, the Roborock S7 MaxV -the main unit- is a smarter robot than its predecessors. It is 70% faster when moving across the floor at home and has a suction power of 5100Pa, which is almost double that of the Roborock S6 MaxV. It has two cameras and a LIDAR to create a detailed map of the house and detect all kinds of obstacles.
In general, the power is more than enough even for homes with a tendency to accumulate a lot of dust or dirt (for example, those with a garden, like the one we used for testing). For most cleaning jobs it is sufficient with use low or medium power, but when cleaning carpets or a day when a more thorough cleaning is needed, the 5100 Pa mode is appreciated, even if it is noisier.
The robot also mops, although not as skillfully as a human. As we have mentioned before, the water tank in this type of robot is very small, so it is normal that you have to go to the recharging base two or three times during the cleaning process to empty the dirty water. When it detects a carpet, the S7 automatically raises the mop so it doesn’t get wet.
The battery, on the other hand, is more than enough even for a large house (about 300 m2) and can be specified to be recharged only at times of lowest electricity cost.
Finally, the robot can be used as a surveillance camera and intercom, connecting from the mobile app to the video signal of the unit and with the possibility of speaking through the speakers. It is important to note that only when this mode is active is the S7 able to send images from the camera. While remains off, the video signal It is only used for obstacle recognition and the images do not leave the internal memory.
One of the big draws is that the S7 offers an incredible degree of cleaning customization. You can let it clean independently with the default programs, but you can also assign different vacuum power levels to certain rooms in the house, for example, or create very different cleaning routines depending on the day of the week. Everything is controlled from an app on the mobile which is quite intuitive, although after the first pass it is worth spending a few minutes refining the map it makes of the house and establishing the different rooms (the auto-detection system does not always work well) and areas to avoid.
The genius of the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra, however, also resides in the charging base, which is capable of wringing the mop, changing the water in the tank and empty the dust after each cleaning.
The first unit we tested at Pixel had a small flaw in the reservoir refill mechanism that caused water leaks during the process. Dese Roborock informed us that it is possibly due to a tank defect and they gave us another unit that has not shown these problems.
In general, the self-cleaning base works as expected. It is a bit noisy during the emptying process, but it only lasts a few seconds. For a house with a useful area of 100m2, and with a cleaning regimen of twice a week, it requires empty the dirty water tank and refill the clean water tank every two or three weeks and the dust once a month or less.
It is much better than having to do it every two or three passes, although it does not eliminate the need to perform maintenance on the main unit from time to time, mainly to clean the air filter and cut any hair that may have gotten tangled in the brushes. If you have a pet, it is a frequent problem, but also for conventional vacuum cleaners.
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra with charging base is now available at a price of 1,399 euros. The company also sells a model with a charging base that only empties the dust from the bin by 899 euros or the independent robot for 799 euros.
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