Roborock products have evolved over the years, and the S7 MaxV Ultra was their icing on the cake.
This robot combines two features not previously available in the SAME product – self-washing and self-emptying.
It’s not the only product that has this set, but this robot is the first product I’ve reviewed.
The revamped base station is the most important update, but Roborock has introduced other upgrades like Reactive AI 2.0, and that’s even better than the S6 MaxV’s obstacle avoidance system.
The future of robotic vacuums that empty on their own?
Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra Review
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra may be the future of self-discharging robotic vacuums, as it combines cushion washing with self-discharging features. It’s not the first with this range but it offers the best of both worlds in terms of performance and efficiency. One downside to combining these features is the increased size with the base station. It’s larger than any self-discharging robotic vacuum cleaner I’ve tested. How good is this product? Is it worth the high cost? I spent the last week testing to find out.
- It has a basic station that does everything to wash the pillow and empty the trash
- Better obstacle avoidance than Roborock S7 +
- Same effective navigation
- Cushion wash feature provides better autonomy and lower maintenance
- App upgrades improve usability (eg play quick maps)
- The new 3D mapping provides consumers with a different perspective on viewing their home layout
- Expensive (especially with the Ultra version)
- Large base station space
- Scan feature does not pick up liquid
- Struggling with extended wires
- 1 The future of robotic vacuums that empty on their own?
- 2 Introduction to Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra
- 3 base station upgrade
- 4 Application Features
- 5 How much power does the Roborock S7 MaxV have?
- 6 How does the Roborock S7 MaxV navigate?
- 7 cleaning performance
- 8 cleansing results
- 9 How Noisy is the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra?
- 10 maintenance
- 11 Where can I buy the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra?
- 12 Is the Roborock S7 MaxV worth it?
- 13 Verdict: The future of self-discharging robotic vacuums
Introduction to Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra
Robot vacuums have changed over the years. In the past few years, one important update has been the self-discharge feature that many brands have adapted to their product lines.
It’s time for the next step, and the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra could be on top.
It combines the self-discharging and cushion washing features previously available in different products.
What distinguishes the Roborock is the horizontal alignment of the containers, which provides easier access, unlike the hidden Ecovacs DEEBOT X1.
We’ll look at each of these upgrades in this section.
base station upgrade
The Roborock combined two features: self-defrosting and a wash-pad in its upgraded base station.
This upgrade provides better autonomy because consumers do not need to wash the pad constantly after each cycle because the base station does.
Surprisingly, the pillow cleaning mechanism is (surprisingly) effective at keeping the pillow clean even after testing red wine and coke stains.
The photo above shows what the pillow looks like after several wash cycles. Not bad, since juice stains will stick to the cloth.
This pad cleaning performance bodes well for everyday messes as it contains enough agitation to keep pads clean (relatively) for longer periods.
Clean and dirty water tanks and bag in a row.
One downside to configuring the Roborock base station is to lower the volume.
It’s almost a liter smaller than self-washing robots like Underwear T10 And Dream Boot W10.
- Clean water tank: 3 liters
- Dirty water tank: 2.5 liters
- suitcase: 2.5 liters
But I like the easy accessibility of these containers. No need to open or slide; just there.
The handle also helps move water tanks around the house – plus points for ergonomics.
Roborock has also improved the bag design, using plastic instead of a cardboard lining around the delivery ports.
This disc improves durability if you need to constantly remove the bag and empty it manually to extend its service life.
But that shouldn’t be a problem for those who like to use it as is, which means tossing the bag when it’s full.
Like the Roborock S7+, the S7 MaxV uses a ramp-shaped dock where the robot sits after docking.
I like this design over a vertical berth because it offers better stability, and it’s compatible on any surface since there are no alignment issues.
The port is in the same location (attached to the brush roller) with the pad cleaning mechanism in the front.
The Roborock towel cleaning mechanism is different from products such as the Narwal T10.
You can see in the photo that they use bristles to scrub the pad, unlike Narwal and Dreame, which use a studded pad to scrub the pads.
The Roborock design is decent at keeping the pillow clean (see photo above).
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra retains the self-discharging feature found in the S7+ but with a smaller bag capacity (2.5 vs. 3 liters).
This feature makes it a hands-free product because the second vacuum cleaner inside the dock empties the trash after each run.
While there is a decrease in volume, the cushioning feature makes up for it.
Reaction AI 2.0
Another upgrade that isn’t talked about enough is the upgraded obstacle avoidance system, which Roborock calls Reactive AI 2.0.
It keeps the same dual-lens camera but is now surrounded by two laser sensors and an LED light underneath.
These improvements help the S7 MaxV to better detect and avoid obstacles, even in low-light conditions.
It was better at avoiding pet feces and coiled wires than Older S6 MaxV The variable that depends only on the camera sensor.
I’ve tested it on different things – fake tube, coiled wire, toys, shoes, slippers, extended wire, and a weighing scale.
It did well in most of the trials, except for the extended wires and weighing scale.
The only robot I’ve tested that avoids extended wires well is Roomba J7 +but that’s it.
Fortunately, it avoids coiled wires, and there are no problems with the side brush getting tangled up on it.
The Roborock app has also been upgraded with the addition of Reactive AI 2.0.
Obstacle recognition has been added to the algorithm.
The S7 MaxV’s sensors are accurate in a few snags like this power strip (pictured above) and coiled wires.
However, it is not 100% accurate, as it may misinterpret some things into something else.
The S7 MaxV retains the same VibraRise technology as the older variant S7+ but with a cushion-cleaning feature.
VibraRise is a clever term coined by Roborock to refer to the vibrating wiping element and the Rise feature where the pad is raised when it detects the rug.
Roborock retains the same design as the S7 MaxV with a three-button design.
It has such a minimalist design as most of the functionality will be available through the app (more below).
The puck-shaped round frame is the housing of the LIDAR sensor.
Underneath it, the S7 MaxV has the same design as the S7 with a single-sided brush and a fully rubberized brush roller.
And behind it there is a slot for scanning wipe.
The silver strip in the middle connects to the wiping pad vibration element.
Placing the S7 MaxV pad behind the drum means it can wipe and vacuum simultaneously.
It does not have the two rotary pads found in the Ecovacs DEEBOT X1, but I tested a similar product, Dream Boot W10The results will be similar.
1 side brush
Like the previous flagship, the Roborock S7 MaxV uses an all-rubber side brush, which offers better durability (in my opinion).
I like the Roborock version because it doesn’t spin as fast, so it doesn’t scatter as much debris.
bristle-free roll brush
Another noteworthy feature is the bristle brush that offers better agitation than the previous combo brush, at least with surface debris.
Despite the reduced airflow, the S7 MaxV picked up a high percentage of surface dirt during various cleaning experiments.
The S7 MaxV Ultra has three water tanks – two inside the base station and one inside the robot.
Here’s a closer look at clean and dirty water tanks.
You can see in the picture that each container uses a float to detect if it is full or empty.
The wide opening makes it easy to clean, refill and empty.
This is a close-up of the robot’s water tank.
It has the same position as the Roborock S7+ behind the robot.
However, the S7 MaxV’s water tank capacity is smaller than the S7+ (200ml vs 300ml), which is negated by the auto-refill feature where the base station’s clean water tank refills the robot’s water tank when it’s empty.
This bot is compatible with the Roborock app, we’ll take a look at the features and upgrades.
There is a lot.
1. 3D Matrix Map
Older Roborock variants contain only a 2D map, which is the standard in the industry.
But Roborock has added two more types of maps with the S7 MaxV – 3D and Matrix.
A 3D map is similar to a computer view of your home, and provides a different perspective to view the layout.
It shows the walls primarily, but not the intricate detail I thought had what I saw on the Roborock website.
The Matrix is only available on iPhone 12 and 13 but not on Android devices.
This version provides more complex details, but I haven’t seen this on my phone because it’s not iOS.
2. Map details
Another addition to the Roborock app is the map details.
You can see intricate details like floor type, furniture and obstacles.
Small details appear on the map that help consumers locate different areas and organize their homes.
3. Save the map
The S7 MaxV retains the same map saving feature as the S7, where consumers can save up to four levels.
Roborock recommends buying multiple base stations if you’re using this in a multi-level home, but you can use it without them.
The algorithm is smart enough to detect the map with an initial scan. It’s something that I think more LIDAR bots should incorporate into their software.
4. Rapid Mapping
One of the important updates in the Roborock app is the quick launch of Maps.
This feature cuts the map creation process down significantly because the robot doesn’t need to go to every nook and cranny in your house to draw the map.
Take full advantage of LIDAR’s 360-degree scanning accuracy to locate walls (or perimeter), which is essential for house planning drawing.
5. Live cam view [CCTV]
Another advantage of the front camera is the ability of CCTV to show what consumers see during the cleaning cycle.
Unlike the Ecovacs T8 version I tested earlier, you can see it during the cleaning cycle.
There will be privacy concerns with this technology, but Roborock says it uses encryption and pattern lock as security layers to prevent unauthorized access.
But the option to check what’s going on inside your home (remotely) can come in handy in certain situations.
6. Live Map
Roborock pioneered the use of the live map feature, and this alternative has the same feature so consumers can see where the bot is in real time.
It also shows avoidable obstacles that you can click on your mobile device.
The screenshot above shows the 2D map, but the S7 MaxV also has a 3D map to give consumers a different perspective.
It is possible to view the map from different angles. However, based on my tests, it doesn’t show intricate details, just walls, even in areas with rails or beds.
However, this is a step in the right direction, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Roborock came up with technology that scans the surroundings in better detail.
This robot has the same containment features as Older Roborock variants.
Consumers will have several options: invisible walls, restricted areas, and restricted areas.
The invisible wall acts as a virtual wall as it prevents the robot from being overrun, while the blocked and untouched areas are similar in that they block a specific area.
These containment areas are sufficient to prevent the robot from going into restricted areas without using a physical barrier.
8. Interactive AI Settings
Consumers can modify the interactive AI settings to suit their needs, but there will be compromises.
You can turn off Pet Detail, a lower collision mode to prioritize cleaning performance over obstacle avoidance, or turn these settings on to avoid obstacles altogether.
For those with privacy concerns, turn off obstacle photos so the app doesn’t capture obstacle shots.
9. Automatic unloading settings
The Roborock app provides these options for automatic setup, and there are four options. You can also turn this feature off if needed.
But I will keep it at the balanced or maximum setting to make the most of the self-discharge feature.
10. Wash settings
The Roborock app provides consumers with these options through their laundry settings.
There are two options: by room or by time.
The first option is self-explanatory. It only returns to the dock after completing the room, while the time option is turned on when the set time is reached.
Another option is the wash mode, where consumers can choose how much agitation to use on the pad.
I’ll keep it in deep mode for the same results.
11. Vacuum Cleaner and Mop Settings
Consumers have these options for vacuum and mop settings.
If you go to the vac & mop or mop tab, there are four power settings, but there is a fifth (or max +) setting on the vacuum tab.
12. Cleaning date
The Cleaning History tab displays previous cleaning cycles. It works like a car odometer that shows how much the robot has been used.
Displays the date, region, time and corresponding map that have been cleaned, as well as the areas that have been vacuumed.
The Maintenance tab displays the various components that need to be cleaned or replaced.
There are more items to check and clean with the self-vacuum and pillow-washing feature than traditional items Self-discharging robot vacuum.
How much power does the Roborock S7 MaxV have?
Roborock says the S7 MaxV has 5100Pa of suction. But it is almost impossible to measure the vacuum suction of the robot due to the sensors which trigger an error code if it is not on the ground.
So I used an anemometer to check the airflow in the cleaning nozzle, and here are the results.
- calm: 7.97 cubic feet per minute
- balanced: 8.71 CFM
- Turbo: 9.8 CFM
- the above: 12.49 cubic feet per minute
- Max +: 13.39 cubic feet per minute
The Roborock S7 MaxV has the same airflow as the S7+ in the 13-ish range at the highest setting.
It’s a low number for an excellent robot vacuum.
One reason could be that the bristle roller occupies most of the opening, and does not allow much air to flow through the hole.
The S7 MaxV brush roller has excellent abrasion, especially with surface debris.
The Roborock S7 MaxV uses a LIDAR (or Laser Distance Sensor) system for navigation, so it will move in straight lines.
Roborock’s products are among the most efficient I’ve reviewed, completing the cycle in the low 20 minute range (in a small room).
Another feature of the S7 MaxV is the efficient selection of the bristle brush.
Check this out before and after the coverage test shoot.
I picked this up a lot after the first pass.
The post shot above is impressive, considering the S7 MaxV isn’t a very high airflow bot.
This proves that the all-rubber brush has excellent agitation and picks up debris well.
Next, we’ll look at how well the Roborock S7 MaxV picks up debris. I tested it on several types of debris: Quaker oats, coffee grounds, pet droppings, quinoa, sand, and hair.
Here are the results:
- Total: 94.11%
- Solid ground: 99.95%
- Sand on the hard floor: 99.6%
- Carpet (surface): 98.97%
- deep cleaning: 77.95%
The results show that the S7 MaxV is excellent at picking up debris, regardless of surface.
Record the high ’90s on hardwood floors, low piles, and medium pile carpets.
One issue with low airflow is the pick-up rate with sand embedded on a medium pile carpet.
hard floor results
- Quaker Oats: 99.8%
- Cafe floors: 100%
- Quinoa: 100%
- pet litter: 100%
I got the best results on hard floors, which is no surprise because the coarse-haired roller excels on this surface.
I’d go with the S7 MaxV or the S7+ on this deck above a
This combination of efficiency and excitement makes this alternative one of the best choices on hardwood floors.
sand on hard floor
Another proof of excellent agitation is the amount of sand I picked up on this surface.
It got an average of 99.6%, which is one of the best results I’ve reviewed among robotic vacuum cleaners.
Sand is a good measure of robot vacuum performance because it is heavy, and robots with poor airflow will struggle with it.
The S7 MaxV’s round bezel limits the possibility of edge cleaning.
It’s not as bad as other round-framed robots, but it did leave bits of debris on the edges and a quarter-inch crevice.
The best edge cleaning robot is Roomba S9 With its square front and Ecofax T8 AIVIThanks to the double-sided brush.
In this section, we’ll look at how the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra cleans hair, specifically five and seven inch strands.
- 5 inch braids: 100%
- 7 inch threads: 63%
It was excellent at picking up 5-inch strands with each strand going into the trash.
However, I struggled somewhat with strands longer than seven inches, rising only 63%, with some wrapping on the axles.
This option is good for brushing pet hair, but check the brush roll to coat the hair on the axles.
Next, we’ll take a look at how the S7 MaxV works on the carpet. I used the same types of debris on this surface to see how much it picks up on the low and medium surfaces.
low stack results
- Quaker Oats: 99.6%
- Cafe floors: 97.4%
- Quinoa: 100%
- pet litter: 100%
The Roborock S7 MaxV performed well on the carpet. I picked up less with ground coffee, but that’s not surprising since most robots don’t do well with it.
You can see how cleanly it is captured in the before and after photos above, even with the ground coffee.
Despite the lower airflow, it picked up well and is much better than Any Roomba Outside S9 and 980.
- Quaker Oats: 99.4%
- Cafe floors: 96.2%
- Quinoa: 99.8%
- pet litter: 99.4%
The above numbers are a little worse but still excellent for a low airflow robot vacuum.
Once again, this proves that the S7 MaxV’s bristle-free brush roller is excellent at picking up surface debris, even on medium-pile carpets.
As in a low-pile carpet, this robot performed worse at picking up ground coffee. But the 96.2% is one of the best in this category.
One of the issues with the low airflow of the S7 MaxV is its deep cleaning performance, Where it increased by 77.95%.
This number isn’t bad for a robot vacuum but it’s below average for a premium robot vacuum, which shouldn’t surprise you because of the limited airflow.
It wouldn’t be wise to rely on this robot for deep cleaning, but it’s great for daily cleaning to prevent dust buildup, especially under furniture.
Next, we’ll take a look at how the Roborock S7 MaxV handles red wine and coke stains.
These tests are intended to find out if the vibrating wiping pad has sufficient vibration to remove these impurities.
Here’s the before and after red wine stains.
Coke and juice stains.
The S7 MaxV was excellent at removing stains, but what the pictures didn’t show were the residue.
Since this robot can’t pick up liquid, it spreads sticky residue around, so I can’t recommend this for cleaning sticky spots.
The good news is that the vibrating element works and removes stains from the surface.
Plus, the pad cleaning feature will keep the pad clean even after messes like this.
I don’t recommend using this on wet spills because it can’t catch liquids.
How Noisy is the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra?
One advantage with low airflow is low noise levels. I used an audio meter to check noise levels, and these are the results.
- calm: 57.0 dB
- balanced: 59.5 dB
- Turbo: 62.0 dB
- the above: 72.9 dB
The good news for potential S7 MaxV owners is that this robot will pick up dust in even the slightest (or quiet) place.
There is no need to use the Max or Max + setting, except on carpets or if you need to clean a dirty surface.
This bodes well for the longevity of your battery and your eardrums because it won’t be noisy.
There’s more to keep with the base station upgrades, and we’ll take a look at those in this section.
Robotic vacuums need TLC to maintain their efficiency and longevity. I will enumerate things below.
- Basic brush: Clean this once a week to remove any hair and debris that has accumulated on the hubs and surface.
- Side brush: Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove and clean any hair that has accumulated on the base. This part is a hair magnet, so check and clean it once a week.
- Dustbin: Empty it after each run if you purchased this robot without the base station.
- suitcase: Throw away the bag when it is full. Unfortunately, the Roborock app does not notify consumers, so you have to check manually.
- wash pad: Another component to check is the brush that cleans the pad at the base station. You can use a microfiber brush or cloth to get any debris stuck in it out.
- Shelf Sensors: Check and clean the ramp sensors on the bottom of the robot to prevent an error code from launching and disabling the robot. Use a clean microfiber towel or a cotton swab for this task.
- Dirty water tank: Use a kitchen brush or foam to clean and remove dirt from the inside walls of a dirty water tank at least once a month.
- Self discharge port: Check the port connected to the robot’s brush roller and remove any debris that could clog it.
- robot vacuum body: Wipe the robot’s body with a clean microfiber towel to remove any fingerprints and dust buildup.
|Model||Roborock S7 Max in Ultra|
|battery||Li-ion battery 5200 mAh|
|the show length||Up to 180 minutes.|
|Dirt Capacity (Dry)||400 ml|
|water capacity (dry)||200 ml|
|Automatic discharging capacity||2.5 liters|
|clean water tank||3 liters|
|dirty water tank||2.5 liters|
|an offer||13.89 inches|
|Recharge and resume||yes|
Where can I buy the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra?
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is available in online stores such as Amazon. Check out the links below for the latest pricing information.
- Running Roborock S7 MaxV Amazon (robot only, no base station)
Disclaimer: I’ll earn a commission if you buy from the link above, but at no additional cost to you, so it’s a win for us!
Is the Roborock S7 MaxV worth it?
Despite the high cost, the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra brings a lot to the table.
In addition to the wash-pad feature, Roborock has added Reactive AI 2.0, which is much better than the previous version (S6 MaxV) at dodging things.
The addition of laser and LED sensors helps identify obstructions even in dim areas.
It retains the same effective mobility but with a more independent wiping component because the base station cleans the pad afterwards.
But the question is, are you willing to spend the astronomical cost of this product?
Here are some reasons you should consider.
5 Reasons to Buy Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra
- Improved obstacle avoidance: Reactive AI 2.0 is a better version than the 1.0 found on the S6 MaxV. He better avoids obstructions in his field of vision, even coiled wires, and pet droppings.
- Surprisingly wash the pillow: I wasn’t expecting much from the pillow wash feature, but it does effectively remove stains from the pillow.
- Effective Mobility: The S7 MaxV retains its effective mobility and cleaning performance, especially on hard floors.
- Great cleaning performance: The all-rubber brush roller efficiently picks up debris, making it one of the best choices for hard floors or carpets.
- Enough irritation to remove stains: The vibrating wiping pad contains enough vibration to efficiently clean stains in fewer passes.
Verdict: The future of self-discharging robotic vacuums
I was impressed with the Roborock upgrades put into the S7 MaxV Ultra.
Everything was well thought out, from the layout of the base station to the improvements within the camera sensor.
This robot is one of the best alternatives to cleaning and wiping, but the latter is somewhat limited because it can’t pick up liquids.
However, it does have enough vibration to remove stains while keeping the bandage clean.
If you do not mind the high cost, consider this option and enjoy the hands-free convenience that you will save on the table.
The future of robotic vacuums that empty themselves?
Mobility – 98%
Surface cleaning – 99.5%
deep cleaning – 77.95%
Quality – 97%
Design – 98%
Values - 93%
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is the next step in our self-dumping robotic vacuums. Its base station does three tasks – wash the pad, empty the trash, refill the water tank, and automates the process for consumers, but it comes at an astronomical cost. But is it worth it? It will depend on your needs and willingness to spend on this technology. There are limitations with this product. It won’t pick up liquid, so I don’t recommend it to clean up spills or food stains because it will leave sticky residue.