Roborock has been producing robot vacuums for the Xiaomi’s ecosystem for a while and we’ve seen multiple releases in a year. The Roborock S6 Pure is the newest product that was introduced at CES 2020 and it comes at a more affordable price point as compared to its predecessor, the Roborock S6.
Unboxing & Testing
Design & Features
As compared to the S6, the S6 Pure has just some minor changes but the whole layout is pretty much the same. There are now just 2 buttons on top, which are the Power and Home buttons. The light on the Power button also indicates the current battery level.
Opening the top cover reveals a blade brush to untangle the rolling brush and a 460ml dustbin. The bin is quite spacious and you don’t need to empty it after a couple of days. There is a HEPA filter to trap fine dirt and it should be replaced after a few months. I’m surprised that there is no extra filter or mopping pad in the box.
This is a 2-in-1 product which can be used for both vacuum cleaning and mopping. I love that the mopping pad can be easily inserted or removed without lifting the robot. However, you won’t be able to adjust the water level in the Mi Home app. The Roborock S5 Max has more options regarding mopping; It can detect when I insert the mopping pad and change the cleaning mode accordingly. The water tank of the S6 Pure is built into the mopping pad and there is no water pump, so you can’t control the water level. I just can adjust the water level manually with a switch hidden between the mop and the tank. The mop will get wet gradually and it works fine most of the time.
However, the biggest limitation is that I can’t create no-mop zones in the Mi Home app; That means I have to create no-go zones for carpet areas every time I need to mop my house.
I have no complaint when using the S6 Pure to vacuum and mop my house. It does a great job by removing dirt and hair from my floor. Its suction power is 2,000 pa which is the same as other high-end Roborock robots. When running on my low-pile carpet, the robot also changes to the Max power mode automatically to suck up more dirt.
The S6 Pure has pretty much the same specifications as the S6, so if you’re considering between the two, just pick whichever is cheaper to save some money. They use the same 5,200mAh battery with the total runtime of about 3 hours; It is enough to clean my whole house and in case the battery is running out, the robot will return to the charging dock and continue the cleaning session when it has enough power.
The best feature of the robot is the high-precision laser range finder (LiDAR) which can create an accurate layout of my house. After cleaning for the first time, the map is saved and I can choose a specific zone or room to clean next time. Besides, I can also create invisible walls or borders to separate rooms. The robot always knows how to plan an efficient route to clean the whole floor in a shortest period of time.
- High performance
- Price is lower than S6
- Long battery runtime
- Digital no-go zones, invisible walls
- Alexa support
- No improvement over other Roborock vacuums
The Roborock S6 Pure gives us another choice on the market. Although the S6 Pure has almost no upgrade as compared to the original S6, it is at least $100 cheaper in the US and has become the better option between the two robots.
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