News 360 S7 vacuum robot now available at GearBest

The Roborock competitor is now available at GearBest. We have updated the text.

At the moment, the vacuum robot market is all over the place. Xiaomi has two absolute top models in the pipeline with the Mi Robot 1S and the Roborock S6, which obviously makes the manufacturer 360 Mobiles (parent company Qihoo 360) feel incited. The Chinese company became known for its production of budget smartphones and surveillance cameras, and with the 360 S6, 360 Mobiles was even able to compete with the Roborock S50 with its first vacuum robot.

Now the manufacturer is bringing the 360 S7 to market, at that time the robot was software-based on the top models even for a few months in advance. The S7 also has the strong features of the newly announced Xiaomi models, but why should you choose this model?

360 S7 vacuum robot case sensors

Technical data: Comparison to predecessor 360 S6

360 S7

360 S7 vacuum robot design

360 S6

360 S6 vacuum robot

Suction power 2000 pa 1800 pa (like Mi Robot)
App 360Smart (Android, iOS) 360Smart (Android, iOS)
Navigation Laser Space Survey (via LDS) Laser Space Survey (via LDS)
Noise level 50 dB (at lowest suction level) 55-65 dB (at lowest suction level 55, at highest 65 dB)
Battery 3200 mAh 3200 mAh (Mi Robot: 5200 mAh)
Working time Β 2 h 2 h
Charging time 3.5 h 3 h
Dust chamber 0.55 l 0.42 l
Water chamber 0.15 l 0.15 l
Dimensions 35 x 35 x 10 cm 35 x 35 x 10 cm
Weight 3,8 kg 3,5 kg
CE mark expected yes yes
Features πŸ“± App control
🏠 Laser room measurement
πŸ—ΊοΈ Mapping with map storage (several maps with no-go zones, single and multi-room cleaning)
β›” No-Go Zones and Zoned Cleanup
πŸ—ƒοΈ Room arrangement
πŸ’¦ Wipe function
πŸ”» Carpet detection (avoids carpets when wiping)
🎀 Alexa control
πŸ“± App control
🏠 Laser room measurement
πŸ—ΊοΈ Mapping with map storage
β›” No-Go Zones and Zoned Cleanup
πŸ—ƒοΈ Room arrangement
πŸ’¦ Wipe function
πŸ“’ Voice control via Amazon Alexa
πŸ”» Carpet detection (increases suction power)
❌ Map storage of several maps incl. no-go zones
❌ Single and multi-room cleaning
❌ Alexa control system

The also relatively new 360 S5 (Global Launch was on 15.04.) brought some innovations, but less from the software side. Qihoo’s new top model is definitely the S7. If the new features work as they should, the S7 plays a major role in the fight for the vacuum robot throne.

360 S7 vacuum robot: The optimum wiping function?

The predecessor already brought the card storage with it when its competitors Ecovacs, iRobot and Xiaomi were still working on it. Now the new model will even be able to store several maps of several floors, including no-go zones. The two new Xiaomi models also have this feature, but the unique selling point of the S7 is the targeted use of the wipe function. So you can specify in the app on the created map which rooms the robot should wipe wet and which not.

360 S7 Vacuum robot Room layout
The S7 divides the apartment into areas. You can even specify where to wipe and where not.

In terms of design, not much has changed, the laser distance sensor (LDS) has moved to the centre front, as is already the case with the S5. On the S6, this was still at the rear end. The pictures published so far show an orange or pink border under the flap on the upper side, otherwise the air filters on the rear edge were changed and parked.

360 S7 Vacuum robot Wiping function Detection
The robot automatically detects the mop with water tank and switches from vacuuming to wiping.

Extremely practical: The S7 detects carpets when using the wipe function and does not drive on them. Thus the carpets remain dry, if it works well in practice. It remains to be seen how much pressure the robot can exert on the floor (which the manually wiping person regulates with force), but otherwise the wiping function sounds very exciting.

Advantages over other models?

With an operating volume of 50 dB at the lowest suction level (silent mode), the robot is very quiet, but at the higher suction levels it will also reach 65 dB. The S7 overcomes obstacles up to a height of 2 cm, so most door thresholds should be no problem. Otherwise you build / buy a small ramp, if in doubt you can solve it with the 3D-printer.

360 S7 vacuum robot Operation
The battery is empty, but not everything is done yet? Pit stop at the charging station and then on.

For owners of the predecessor S6: Accessories and spare parts fit probably also on the S7. There’s no hundred percent guarantee for that yet, but there’s a lot to be said for it. However, this does not apply to the 0.57 l dust chamber, as it has grown considerably compared to the S6. There are also dust chambers with a potential capacity of 0.9 l, but 0.57 l are also sufficient for more intensive cleaning. Depending upon pollution degree of the floor space one must empty these then only after each cleaning, but not during one run.

360 S7 Vacuum robot App control No-Go zones
The no-go zones are taken into account during map storage.

The improvements to the predecessor model S6 at a glance:

  • Map storage of several floors incl. No-Go zones
  • Carpet detection while using the wipe function (does not drive on it)
  • Single and multi-room cleaning
  • Targeted scheduling of working times for each room (order of cleaning can be specified)
  • increased suction power (from 1800 pa to 2000 pa)
  • larger dust chamber (from 0.42 l to 0.57 l)
360 S7 vacuum robot No-Go zones
“Ah, I can’t clean this place.” No-Go zones tell the robot where not to clean.

The attentive reader will notice: “I only recently read these new features in the Mi Robot 1S and RoboRock S6“. Exactly. Except for optimizations of the wipe function, you will have to take a closer look to find differences. How well the app and the individual features work in practice will then have to be seen in the test phases. But one thing is certain: the competition will have to keep an eye on the 360 S7.

Comparison to the Roborock S6

A model with such strong specs has to put up with the comparison with the current top model, the Roborock S6. Until we have the 360 S7 here, first on the basis of the technical data sheet.

360 S7

360 S7 vacuum robot design

Roborock S6/T6

Roborock s6 vacuum robot model

Suction power 2000 pa 2000 pa
App 360Smart (Android, iOS) Xiaomi Home (Android, iOS)
Navigation Laser Space Survey (via LDS) Laser Space Survey (via LDS)
Noise level 50 dB (at lowest suction level) 58 dB (at highest suction level)
Battery 3200 mAh 5200 mAh
Working time 2 h 2 h
Charging time 3.5 h 3 h
Dust chamber 0.55 l 0.48 l
Water chamber 0.15 l 0.15 l
Dimensions 35 x 35 x 10 cm 35.3 x 35.0 x 9.65 cm
Weight 3.8 kg 3.6 kg
CE mark expected yes yes
Features πŸ“± App control
🏠 Laser room measurement
πŸ—ΊοΈ Mapping with map storage (several maps with no-go zones, single and multi-room cleaning)
β›” No-Go Zones and Zoned Cleanup
πŸ—ƒοΈ Room arrangement
πŸ’¦ Wipe function
πŸ”» Carpet detection (avoids carpets when wiping)
🎀 Alexa control
πŸ“± App control
🏠 Laser room measurement
πŸ—ΊοΈ Mapping with map storage (multiple maps)
β›” No-Go Zones and Zoned Cleanup
πŸ—ƒοΈ Room arrangement
πŸ’¦ Wipe function
πŸ“’ Voice control via Xiaomi AI Speaker
πŸ”» Carpet detection (increases suction power)
❌ No Alexa control (yet)

From the table it becomes clear: This will be a close race, both models can offer strong software and many top functions. We are very excited about the test model!

Outlook: Buy 360 S7?

The S7 was announced for the entry price of almost $300, GearBest now lists the robot with a price above $400. That’s steep, but compared to Vorwerk, Dyson or iRobot it’s a value you can live with. This presupposes however that the S7 keeps what is promised in the advertisement. Purely from the technical data sheet and with the advertised software we are dealing here with a top model.

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I'm interested in Gadgets, that make our life at home easier - especially when it comes to cleaning the floor or the windows. I was able to test about fifty robot vacuum cleaners since now.

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