Vacuum cleaning robots are becoming more and more intelligent. They are now able to recognize floor surfaces and objects and create 3D maps and drive over them as effectively as possible. As lovely as the whole thing sounds, the price increases with innovation. With the Roborock S7 Plus, Roborock has shown what is possible and set new standards with a bagless extraction station, but at 799 euros, it is not exactly cheap. Therefore, the company has now presented the Roborock Q7 Max+. You can find out what compromises you have to make and what this model can do in the following test report.
Roborock has been convincing with innovative cleaning devices for a long time and is way ahead in the field of vacuum cleaning robots. They combine new technologies with high-quality artistry and a chic design, leaving nothing desired. Like its big brother, the Roborock Q7 Max+ comes with a suction station and otherwise seems to be very similar at first glance. What differences there are, you will learn in the following lines.
Roborock Q7 Max+: Setup made easy
The Roborock Q7 Max+ comes in a chic and simple white box to match the design. In addition to the vacuum robot itself, a suction station is included in the scope of delivery. In addition to emptying the vacuum cleaner, this also acts as a charging station. The station is screwed together with the enclosed screwdriver and is therefore ready for use in a short time. A dust bag is factory-installed in the extraction station, and an additional dust bag is included in the scope of delivery. Since the Q7 Max+ is a robot vacuum and mop, there is also a wiping attachment in the accessories, and it is attached to the bottom of the device.
The Roborock Q7 Max+ is placed in the extraction station and paired with the Roborock app for the first setup. It worked smoothly and quickly. To prepare the vacuum robot for cleaning with a mop, water is now filled into the tank, and, as already described, the moistened wipe is stretched under the Q7. Cleaning can start if the robot is connected to the app and thus to the WiFi network.
We recommend moistening the wiping cloth beforehand and setting the highest wiping level in the app for even wiping cleaning.
If the app is not at hand or the home network is down, there are three buttons on the top of the vacuum cleaner robot. These can be used to approach the charging station, start spot cleaning or switch off the vacuum cleaner.
All functions at a glance
The Roborock app is the heart and acts as the command centre. All commands can be controlled here, and the robot can be adapted to the cleaning surface. During the first cleaning process, the robot follows the outline of the apartment or the floor of the house and thus creates a map of the different rooms. This can then be reworked. For example, you can insert furniture and display the map in 3D. A nice feature, which we otherwise only know from the high-end sector and not even the S7 Plus has!
In addition, the map can be provided with no-go or no-mop areas in which the Q7 Max+ is not allowed to vacuum or wipe. In wipe mode, carpets or other marked no-go regions are now bypassed. The Q7 does not have the option of automatically raising the mop, and however, it automatically increases the suction power in suction mode when it is on a carpet.
Unfortunately, unlike its big brother, the Roborock Q7 Max+ cannot automatically draw in carpets. Floor coverings can also only be added to the map manually. While this is primarily a luxury, it makes setup that a little bit easier. However, the maps created can be saved at the end, just like the S7 Plus. It makes it possible to have the Roborock Q7 Max+ vacuum or wipe on different floors.
However, the intelligent suction station is where the Q7 Max+ plays with the big ones again. Here you can choose between different modes to optimally adapt the extraction station to the size of the apartment. However, in contrast to the S7 Plus, no bagless variant can be selected. However, for allergy sufferers, the use of vacuum cleaner bags is recommended anyway. In addition, the smaller and more inconspicuous extraction station is felt to be a little more aesthetic in the apartment image.
Cleaning performance in the high-end range
Even if the range of functions of the Roborock Q7 Max+ is a bit slimmer compared to the more expensive S7 Plus, the cleaning performance is impressive. With 4200 Pascal, it is one of the most robust vacuum robots on the market and remains pleasantly quiet even at the highest level. We let the vacuum cleaning robot drive in a 65 square meter apartment with an effective cleaning area of 40 square meters and, as expected, had no problems with the size of the dust tank or the battery.
The Roborock Q7 Max+ pulls a damp cloth under itself in wiping mode, which is evenly moistened at regular intervals. Unlike the S7 Plus, however, the mop cannot vibrate, so the cleaning performance here is rather average. However, since the Roborock can vacuum and mop simultaneously, it’s still a nice feature.
To start cleaning, you must first select whether the Roborock Q7 Max+ should clean the entire apartment, just a specific room or even a specific area. After the suction level has been determined, the suction process can be started. For all intelligent home lovers, there is also the option of beginning cleaning by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Home Kit.
After each cleaning, the Q7 Max+ automatically drives to the extraction station and empties its 470-millilitre dust tank. It is pretty loud for about 30 seconds, so the “do not disturb mode”, in which the vacuum robot does not empty the tank, makes sense. The bag has space for up to two and a half litres of dirt and therefore only needs to be replaced every seven weeks. Replacement bags are available on the Roborock website.
Conclusion: you don’t need more
The Roborock Q7 Max+ is the perfect robot vacuum for almost everyone. It has the Roborock-typical processing quality, features only known from the high-end area and excellent cleaning performance. You have to make a few more minor cuts in terms of functionality, but these should not bother most people. In addition, with 3D mapping, the Roborock Q7 Max Plus even has one more function than its more expensive brother.
The cheaper Q7 Max+ is also ahead in suction power and is an announcement to its competitors. Only with the wiping function should you not expect miracles, although here, too, it is on par with most hybrid robots. If you want to save 150 euros on the Roborock S7 Plus, you will be well served with the Q7 Max+, which costs 649 euros.