The smart home is becoming an increasingly large part of many people’s everyday lives, with everything from lighting, surveillance cameras and all kinds of automation instead of manual household appliances. Robot vacuum cleaners definitely belong to a popular and growing category, where the primary purpose is to avoid the potentially most time-consuming and perhaps most boring cleaning chore. Since 2014, Roborock has tried to tackle the problem and has continuously released new and smarter machines almost every year.
Today I’m going to take a closer look at the Roborock Q7 Max+, a self-propelled vacuum cleaner in the mid-range segment with an associated charging and emptying station. Personally, I do not directly have any experience with self-propelled proboscis kites, other than what acquaintances who own them have to say.
It will be very exciting to test if Roborock can keep the home clean and tidy. It’s a tough challenge, as I have both partners with long hair and a couple of furry friends who shed pussies now and then. Put on the coffee maker, pour a cup of fine brew and sit back while I take my first steps into the world that is automated cleaning!
With a battery capacity that provides an operating time of just over 3 hours and a strong suction power, the Roborock Q7 Max+ should be well suited for most homes. The relatively large water tank should reasonably be able to run at least the floor surfaces in the dirtiest areas such as the hall and kitchen. But it is not a smart product if it cannot be connected to the smart home smoothly and the vacuum cleaner is therefore compatible with the trio of Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Both LIDAR and SLAM technology are used to map the vacuum cleaner’s routes.
Roborock Q7 Max+
4 200 PA
5 200 mAh
approx. 180 min
Maximum threshold height
Height vacuum cleaner
Sound Level (Max)
2 years (12 months battery)
The first thing I encounter with the Roborock Q7 Max is a box filled with pictures of the robot vacuum cleaner and all kinds of informational text. With the box well open, the self-propelled cylinder and associated charging and emptying station are neatly packaged, to the point that I’m unsure whether it’s possible to get everything back down exactly as it is.
The model I have on hand for today’s test is of the white variety, otherwise Roborock sells a black model as well. Personally, I think the black model is better looking, but having said that, the white one is quite stylish and should fit into most homes. Overall, everything feels quite light, even though the specification is listed at just north of eight kilos, which is positive if it needs to be moved at a station or machine.
As for other accessories in the box besides the vacuum cleaner and the emptying station, there is not much that is included. An extra bag to change in the station, a change recommended to be done at least after seven months, or earlier if necessary depending on how often the machine is run. Finally, it comes with a nozzle and mop head to run the built-in wet mop function.
The front of the vacuum cleaner itself is adorned with three physical buttons: A child and animal lock button, on and off button and home button. By lifting a lid, I get access to the container that holds all the dust and the water tank that is filled before mopping. The charging station is not particularly exciting, but consists of a tower with a ramp. The tower, in turn, holds the bag in which everything is collected when emptying the vacuum cleaner and is changed by opening the lid on top.
Mobile application and control
A smart vacuum cleaner intended to complete the smart home would not be complete without a mobile application, and of course Roborock provides one. When it comes to smart home applications, it has been a mixed bag for its own part over the years, but initially Roborock has thought once more and produced something that is both dead simple for new users but which at the same time does not skimp on the possibility of tinkering.
To get started with the application, I scan the QR code found on the quick start guide that came with it. With the application at hand, I am asked to reset Wifi on the robot vacuum cleaner, this is done by pressing the lock button and the home button simultaneously on the vacuum cleaner, and then connecting to the desired network. With the vacuum connected and the software updated, I start by letting it map my home – off it goes!
Once the mapping is done, I navigate to the map through the top right menu and start playing around. Here I see that it is possible to place everything from where my furniture is in the form of 2D and 3D models, draw up invisible walls and dictate both zones and room divisions. These are functions that fit well with the scheduling that comes next. Through the scheduling, I can set whether the vacuum cleaner should run only at certain times and also which zones or rooms should run.
In addition to deciding when and where the vacuum cleaner should whiz around, it is also possible to adjust which strength should be used, both regarding suction power and mopping. This can be done within four intervals or through a customized profile. It is nice to be able to both permanently zone and divide rooms and then schedule around this as well. For my own part, it has become adjusting a quieter program in the early morning, and then running at full speed towards the evening with mopping and everything.
Cleaning results and other thoughts
As previously mentioned, I have two fur-covered little cat friends who drag around both cat litter and fur, as well as a roommate with long hair. This paired with me dragging in a semi-muddy electric kick every now and then means that the Roborock Q7 Max+ really gets to show what it’s capable of. I have therefore scheduled it to run two turns – an easier turn in the morning and a rougher one with mopping towards the evening.
The results are clearly above expectations, especially given the nightmare scenario I put the machine through. The Roborock Q7 Max+ has no problem at all picking up stubborn cat litter or meter-long human hair. I usually vacuum several times a week at home, but that need is honestly blown away with this mackerel running around the house. The thresholds I was a bit concerned about proved to be no problem at all for the Q7 Max+ to handle, the puck just glides over them with minor adjustments to its pattern.
Despite the fact that I didn’t have to pick up a single piece of cat hair last week and only took out the hand-operated Proboscis once to vacuum the bathroom, the Q7 Max+ leaves a little to be desired when it comes to details. It is low enough to fit under the sofa, but unfortunately not low enough for the TV cabinet. In the end, no major problem, but it may be worth measuring the furniture at home first, as the Roborock Q7 has a height of just over 97 mm.
The mop head does a very good job of removing simpler stains such as coffee spills or other things that can happen in the kitchen. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem quite capable of removing more than the surface layer of the mud and clay that is drawn in with the prevailing autumn debris. As for the size of the water tank, it is quite sufficient to clean the effective surface of the home, which fluctuates between 36-56 square meters depending on how I move things around and which rooms are to be cleaned.
The last criticism I have is the discharge itself, which is very loud even at the lowest level. It is not suitable to empty in noisy apartments towards the evening or if small, easily awakened children are sleeping. It might sound like I’m very critical of the product, but that’s far from the truth. On the contrary, I have had to look for things that can be considered potential disturbances even outside my own test situation.
With long-lasting battery operation of up to 180 minutes, a 470ml water tank and suction power of 4,200 PA, the Roborock Q7 Max+ is powerful enough for the vast majority of households out there. In addition to a well-measured specification sheet, Roborock has also made sure to develop a very competent mobile application that can be voice controlled together with ecosystems from Google, Amazon and Apple.
The model I have had on hand is in white, but there is also an all-black model for those who would rather furnish their home with one. The machine feels light enough to move when needed, should it, against the odds, get stuck. When it comes to accessories, there is not too much that comes with it, it is a rubber roller, mop with associated nozzle and an extra vacuum cleaner bag for the base station.
After the vacuum cleaner puck has finished mapping the home using LIDAR and SLAM, a world of useful functions opens up in the mobile application. Among other things, I could place furniture, paint invisible walls and divide into rooms and zones exactly as I wanted. After that, it was just a matter of scheduling which room or zone was to be cleaned, when it was to be cleaned and with what functionality.
With the results in hand after a week or so of use, I can happily announce that the Roborock Q7 Max+ does its job very well. I haven’t had to hunt around for either cat hair, gravel and sand or long strands of hair from my better half. Whether it was thresholds, furniture such as sofas and dining tables, or debris that might have been in the way, the puck managed to navigate around the possible obstacles gallantly.
Having said that, not everything is perfect, of course, although I really had to sit down and think about the disadvantages. Enough so that the vacuum cleaner was able to get into most places without any major problems, but there are certain problem areas where the height puts a stop, including the TV stand. The emptying station is very loud even at the lowest level, which can be a problem in very sensitive apartments or if you, your children or someone else in the family is easily awakened. The mop function also leaves something to be desired, as it cannot really cope with heavily soiled surfaces or the mud that is dragged in from the electric scooter.
Overall, however, I am very satisfied with the Roborock Q7 Max+, so much so that it is now at the top of my personal shopping list of gadgets to acquire for myself in the future. It may not be perfect, but it has far exceeded the expectations I had when it comes to mid-range robot vacuum cleaners.
Roborock Q7 Max+ is available at several retailers at the recommended price of SEK 6,990.
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