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I think I’ve found the robot vacuum for the masses: I’ve been testing Roborock’s new Q Revo for the past 2-3 weeks, and it’s shockingly good for the price.
It has all of the high-end features of more expensive robot vacuums, such as an obstacle avoidance system, self-drying washing and emptying dock, and the ability to vacuum and mop. Nonetheless, it costs half the price of Roborock’s high-end lineup, the S7 MaxV Ultra and S8 Pro Ultra.
Let’s figure out why it’s priced the way it is and whether it’s worth it, and I’ll go over my experience using it to automatically clean my messy studio space in the last 2-3 weeks.
I’ve owned and used numerous robot vacuum cleaners, ranging from Roborock’s S7 MaxV Ultra and Narwal’s Freo to an iRobot years ago.
Personally, I like them because they’re a piece of technology that adds a lot of tangible convenience to my daily life: I have them set to automatically mop and vacuum this studio when I’m out for lunch so that by the time I return, the floors are nice and clean, saving me hours and hours of vacuuming and mopping.
I still use my Dyson V10 for hard-to-reach areas or desk cleaning – areas that robot vacuums cannot reach.
Q Revo’s Amazing Price + Features
So the Q Revo is $899, and it’s a great example of how the barrier to adoption is being lowered for rapidly improving technology.
Let’s take a look at Roborock’s lineup to understand this: at the top of the lineup and also the most expensive is the Roborock S8 Ultra, then the S7 line and then their mid-range Q line.
However, a quick glance at the comparison table shows that the new Q Revo makes a few compromises: it’s a mid-range priced device with high-end features. On paper, I believe the Q Revo is an excellent value for a budget-conscious buyer looking for a home robot vacuum cleaner.
You may be wondering, as I was, how Roborock managed to price the Q Revo so competitively. Based on what I’ve seen in the last few weeks, I believe the Q Revo uses a more utilitarian design with less material, allowing Roborock to price it more competitively.
It’s funny because I prefer the look and design of the Q Revo even more.
It has a more discreet dock that blends better into living spaces while remaining visually appealing with its wavey grooves and minor branding.
The dock itself is highly versatile, with two buckets, one for clean water and the other for dirty water. It cleans the mops after each clean, dries them with 45° heat, empties the vacuum’s dust bag, and automatically refills the robot’s water tank. For $900, it has an impressive feature set.
Moving on to the vacuum, it does nearly everything the S7 Max Ultra does and adds something it doesn’t: a new dual-spinning mop system.
These oscillating dual mop pads are an essential new addition and tend to do a better job removing hard stains from floorboards. It’s also capable of lifting its mop up, specifically by 7mm, when it detects carpet or rugs so it can begin vacuuming.
The forward-facing camera here, which is specifically an infrared camera, employs the same obstacle-avoidance technology as the S7 Max Ultra. While it isn’t as reactive as the S7 Max Ultra, it performs admirably in this studio setting. I’ve actually set an out-of-bounds area in the app for the camera room, but more on that later.
I placed a few random objects on the floor that are usually on the floor, such as plants and tripods, and it easily navigated through the objects, but cables on the floor required a rescue mission to save it from choking.
Vacuum & Mopping Performance / Freo Comparison
The most important test is how well it vacuums and mops.
It does an excellent job on the floorboards here: it outlines the edges of the room and then cleans in an S-shape bend within that outline, ensuring that no spots are missed.
I put its suction power to the test by finely shredding paper, and it picked up almost all of it on the floorboards, occasionally missing a few bits here and there. It performs similarly to my S7 MaxV Ultra, if not slightly better, thanks to the Revo’s suction power of 5,500 pa, which stands for Pascal Pressure unit.
It outperforms my Narwal Freo, which does an excellent job on floorboards but frequently misses strands of hair and cardboard due to its lower 3,000Pa suction power. It also does a good job of removing piling from the heavy wool rug, so I’d imagine it’d do a good job with pet hair as well, but I don’t have a pet in the studio, so I can’t say for sure.
Moving on to mopping: this was the most exciting test for me because the studio’s floors get quite dusty from all the boxes and camera gear that comes in and out of here.
Thankfully, the dual mops beneath the Revo make a difference in mopping results: after its first mop, it picked up a lot of dust and grime on the floorboards.
The results are similar to the Narwal Freo, which also has a great dual mop head setup – I couldn’t see a noticeable difference. Still, the Q Revo may edge out simply because it rotates at 200 RPM while the Narwal Freo maxes out at 180 RPM, resulting in 20 less revolutions per minute.
It’s also worth noting that the width of the spinning mop heads is 2 inches narrower than the Vibrarise pad on the S7, resulting in a narrower mopping path on the Q Revo.
The app is the foundation of Roborock’s success.
It’s an app I’ve been using for a few years, and it’s still one of the best I’ve used for robot vacuum cleaners, with a plethora of functionality and features.
As you can see here, the app is intuitive and simple to use, and there are new features for deep carpet cleaning and the ability to clean along a floor direction that I haven’t seen before.
The cleaning fine-tuning options allow me to adjust the suction power and scrub intensity of the Q Revo. There are also standard and deep route cleans available depending on the layout of your home. The Revo will move in a tighter pattern and cover the selected area twice with Deep Mopping.
The layout is also based on the automapping that it does on the first few cleans. Then you can partition it and edit the room names yourself or use the new feature where the app auto-suggests no-go zones so I can set up automatic cleaning in the studio, kitchen, and toilet areas every day while restricting the filming room.
The app also shows where the Revo has cleaned as well as the path, it took from the dock. It’s a fantastic app for those of you who, like me, appreciate having an all-in-one solution on your phone for everything from car keys to house cleaning.
After using the Q Revo for nearly a month, I’d probably recommend it to anyone looking for a low-cost robot vacuum.
Sure, it has a poor object avoidance system and no dual roller or vibrating mopping pad, but not everyone can or wants to spend thousands of dollars on a robot vacuum.
And, if my S7 MaxV Ultra is any indication, the Q Revo will improve with age and firmware updates. Roborock has done an excellent job releasing significant updates that have improved my S7’s obstacle detection system.
The Q Revo, which costs $900, does at least 80% of what much more expensive robot vacuums do in an aesthetically pleasing package that fits in with any home. The crazy part is that Roborock is offering a $200 discount on the Q Revo to my audience, which you can find on this link.