Roborock E5 & E5 Mop with magnetic remote control released in the U.S.

Roborock unveiled their new E-model, the E5, in the US today. Equipped with gyro sensor & their OpticEye sensor, it sets out to clean your home. The Roborock E5 is available as a pure vacuum robot, as well as in the mop version in the form of a vacuuming and mopping robot. A good Roborock entry-level model?

Roborock E5 vacuum robot product image

Technical Data

Roborock E5
Price without offerapprox. $259.99
Suction power2500 pa
Navigationdual gyro sensor with optical sensor on the underside
AppRoborock (AndroidiOS), maybe also Xiaomi Home (AndroidiOS)
Operating Volumenot specified
Battery5200 mAh
Dust chamber/
Water tank
0.64 l / 0.18 ml (water tank optional)
Working time200 minutes on lowest setting
Weightnot specified
Dimensionsnot specified
Slopes2 cm
CE markon EU release
Features
  • Outline map
  • Remote control
  • Voice control via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa
  • Carpet detection (increases suction power)
  • optional wipe function

Navigation via gyro sensor & OpticEye

Primarily, Roborock produces LDS vacuuming robots in its own models, which are now also equipped with 3D detection, as in the case of the S6 MaxV. Here, they rely on a slightly different navigation via a gyro sensor and an OpticEye sensor, which seems to be Roborock’s brand term for an optical sensor. To navigate, the robot vacuum thus remembers its movement and detects walls or furniture with the help of the bumpers. With the OpticEye sensor, navigation should also be improved a bit.

Roborock E5 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Carpet

It is equipped with the same suction power of 2500 pa as Roborock’s top model S7. With the suction power we were mostly satisfied with Roborock and probably that will not change here. Like other models, the E5 has carpet detection, which increases the suction power there and lowers it again when returning to hard floors.

Large dust chamber & optional water tank

The dirt then moves into the dust chamber, which is one of the larger ones with 0.64 l.

Roborock E5 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Dust Chamber

In the normal version, the E5 is a normal vacuum robot, through the optional water tank, it becomes the E5 Mop and is also directly available in this. However, it should also be possible to retrofit the water tank afterwards, if you change your mind and would like to have a vacuuming and mopping robot after all.

Magnetic remote control & app

In addition to the control buttons on the robot vacuum and the app, there is also a MagBase remote control, which gets its addition from the magnetic back. I wonder if this is compatible with Apple’s MagSafe 😉? You can use it to start the robot vacuum, send it back to the charging station or adjust the suction power. Manual control, like a remote-controlled car, is also possible. Thus, an alternative is created for those who do not want to use the app, as long as you of course do not have to install it compulsively.

Roborock E5 Robot Vacuum Wayfinding

You will also find an outline map in the app after the first suction process, but there is no mention of virtual walls or non-swipe zones so far. You can also make the same settings here as with the remote control. The robot is also compatible with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants. The Roborock E5 is said to be able to vacuum for 200 minutes on the lowest setting, but it can also interrupt the suction process, recharge itself and continue at the same spot.

Roborock E5 Robot Vacuum Cleaner App

Assessment

Compared to its brethren, the Roborock E5 definitely has the advantage of being flatter to fit under all sorts of furniture. However, it is probably inferior to them in smart features like virtual walls and better navigation through LDS and 3D. In return, the Roborock E5 has a lower entry price. The normal E5 is available in America for $259.99 (~€220) and the E5 Mop for $279.99 (~€236). You can’t find it here yet, and the Chinese stores don’t have it on offer yet, either. Of course, it has to compete against similar models like the Dreame F9, which is already available for around $220/170€.

Is the remote control an important point for you or do you prefer to navigate your robot vacuum via an app?

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