Roborock Q7 Max+ Robot Vacuum Review
EXAM “I had given up on the robovacs. After trying several, they got stuck in the corners, I had issues with their corresponding apps, and they just didn’t clean very well. Also, their tiny dust canisters were no match for my puppies’ dog hair. However, I use my Roborock Stick Vacuum daily for a year. So when I saw the opportunity to test Roborock’s Q7 Max+ robotic vacuum cleaner, I decided to give them one last try. And I’m glad I did.
What is that?
The Roborock Q7 Max+ is a robotic vacuum cleaner that empties itself after each use. It has a cleaning function and several programming options, controlled via an application.
What’s in the box?
- Roborock Q7 Max+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner
- Self-emptying dock
- Bin/water tank
- Charging station
- Power cable
- User’s Guide
- Dimensions of the package: 19.9 x 16.9 x 15.8 inches
- Item Weight: 25.5 lbs.
- Manufacturer: Roborock
- A SIN: B09NNFNWZ9
- Model: A380RR
- Battery: 14.4V/5200mAh lithium-ion battery
- Weight: 8.38 pounds
- Rated input: 20 VDC 1.2 A
- Charging time: Less than 6 hours
- Bin volume: 470ml
- Water tank volume: 350ml
- Dimensions of the robot: 13.90 × 13.78 × 3.80 inches
- Maximum suction area: 3229 square feet
- Model: AED03LRR, AED04LRR
- Rated input voltage: 120 VAC
- Nominal frequency: 50-60 Hz
- Rated input/dust collection: 9.5A
- Rated input/load: 0.5A
- Rated output: 20 VDC 1.2 A
- Charging battery: 14.4V/5200mAh lithium-ion battery
Design and features
There is a bit of light setup required to run the Roborock Q7 Max+. Fortunately, it’s very well designed, and it was very easy to understand. There is a small screwdriver attached to the docking station and six small screws already partially screwed in. All you have to do is screw them in and attach the power cord. And then charge the vacuum cleaner, if it is not already fully charged.
You also need to download the app. Technically, you can start the vacuum with the buttons on it, as well as send it home, clean it, or lock it. I only used the actual buttons once or twice. For the most part, it’s easier to use the app, which includes several useful features.
To use the cleaning function, you will need a custom cleaning pad. Our sample vacuum didn’t include the mop pad, but you can get a 2-pack on the Roborock website for $16.99.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can have it start mapping your soils. The app lets you set barriers on your map, which is useful if you have a child who doesn’t want to keep their cords on the ground. It is also useful if you want to designate an area as a Quiet Zone.
I really like the pinning feature, which lets you pinpoint a certain area, send the vacuum there, and then clean that area. I used it, for example, when we didn’t have time to clean the whole floor before a conference call after lunch, but could indicate that we wanted the kitchen cleaned. Or if your kids or dogs are making a mess in just one area of the house, you can send the vacuum exactly where you need it, when you need it.
You can also easily see from the app the cleaning area covered, current battery level and cleaning time.
In the app, you can also adjust the voice of the Roborock Q7 Max+ robot (language and volume) or remotely control the vacuum cleaner. By default, this is a setting with automatic carpet boost so you get higher suction on rugs/carpets, but you can turn it off if you want.
Also, you can select your water flow for cleaning and suction power from quiet to balanced to turbo to max. Each is a little stronger. We find the Balance gives great cleaning and isn’t too loud (although if you’re doing a same-room zoom call with it, you’d probably want to go silent or off).
I’m a light sleeper, so even silent mode would be too much for me overnight. In fact, Mason and my husband could sleep in any setting. My youngest son and I couldn’t sleep in any setting.
In addition, at the end of each cleaning session, it empties into a vacuum bag. It comes with an additional vacuum bag, and additional bags are available on their website for $31.99 for six or $18.99 for three. We are still on our first after 1-2 cleanses a day for 11 days (so far). It is said that a vacuum bag can last up to 7 weeks, and I honestly laughed at the thought of that…but we will find out. I’ll share a follow-up when we have a better idea of how long trash cans last in a family of four with two teenagers and two dogs.
The Roborock Q7 Max+’s auto-emptying feature makes the vacuum basically self-contained, unlike the constant emptying of the dust canister as we’ve had to do with other vacuums. This is something I really appreciate with two shedding dogs! However, it is very noisy for the short burst when it empties. I therefore advise against having the dock near your bedroom, if you plan to operate it while you sleep. Likewise, I wouldn’t place the docking station near your desk if you plan to use it during your work day.
There is a feature that lets you turn off auto-drain every time it connects. So technically, you can disable auto-drain, run a scheduled clean during your work/sleep time, then click to drain it when you can. But my problem is that I would forget. Even better would be an option to schedule the drain for times when a short burst of loud noise isn’t an issue.
On the cleaning side, the Roborock Q7 Max+ does an excellent job. And this is crucial. In fact, I don’t think my floor has ever been cleaner, especially since we have two dogs. The Roborock has never been blocked, which makes it far superior to other robovacs we’ve had. Once he got stuck in the bathroom (we had the windows open and the door closed) and he warned us to save him.
Once we had a phone cord get stuck in the vacuum cleaner (our fault!) and once a dead piece of a plant got stuck. Both times we received a notification on our phones, and it was very simple to delete. Unlike older vacuums, we didn’t have to try and tear the cord/plant, as the roller comes in two pieces that are very easy to insert and remove to pick up anything that gets stuck.
What I like
- Great cleaning job
- Lots of features in the app
- Thoughtful design
What I would change
- An even quieter cleaning mode
- An option to program the emptying of bins
The Roborock Q7 Max+ is a fantastic robotic vacuum cleaner. If you ditched them for design flaws in previous makes/models, this one might change your mind like it did for me. Also check out The Gadgeteer’s other Roborock reviews.