Welcome to the Vacuum Wars review of the Roborock Q7 Max+ robot vacuum. We’ve put it through all kinds of tests over the past few weeks, and in this article, we’ll go over our results and our lists of pros and cons.
Mid-range Priced Auto-empty and Mopping
The Roborock Q7 Max+ is a good middle ground between Roborock’s vacuum-only Q robot and the premium (and pricer) flagship S models. You don’t get an auto-lifting mop or obstacle avoidance, but you do get the Q7 Max+’s lower price.
- Great debris pickup
- Excellent mopping
- Long list of features
- Average below-surface cleaning
- A bit pricey
About the Roborock Q7 Max+
The Roborock Q7 Max+ is in the upper middle tier of Roborock’s robot vacuum lineup in terms of price and features. It comes in a black or white version and can be purchased with or without the auto-empty dock station. The version with the standard dock lacks the plus designation.
All Q7 versions have a mop attachment, which is one of the main things that distinguish it from their previous series, the Q5. (see our review of the Roborock Q5+).
In the box
What we like
Starting off with the pros, it’s really good at its basic job of picking stuff up off of hard floors and carpets. We’ve often noted how good Roborocks seem to be with their mechanics of pickup. Their side brush and main brush work really well together, making them noticeably good sweepers, and the Q7 Max+ is no exception.
The Q7 Max+ was also really good with subsurface cleaning. For example, in our carpet deep clean test where we embed sand into medium pile carpet and weigh the bin before and after a five-minute run, it performed well above average. In fact, the Q7 Max+ even scored a little bit higher than the top-of-the-line Roborock S7 MaxV.
We just bought an extra Q7 Max+ for our friend as a housewarming gift. So, we’re not just saying that we like it – we really do.
It also has an auto-empty dustbin. So, when it returns to its dock to recharge, it automatically empties the contents of its dustbin into an included bag. This makes it a much more automated system than other less expensive robot vacuums.
Another strong point for the Q7 Max+ is its electronic mopping system. After you fill its water tank, which is integrated into its dustbin, it will electronically pump water into the mopping pad to saturate it.
While the pad does not vibrate or lift up automatically like on the Roborock S7 MaxV, it does apply pressure, which is a newer Roborock feature that does appear to help it clean tough stains. We found its mop to perform as well or better than previous Roborocks in our tests.
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Zone cleaning, 3D mapping, multi-floor mapping, and more
It’s got all the fancy app features usually seen on super-premium robot vacuums, like room select, zone cleaning, multi-floor mapping, 3D mapping, and recharge and resume, all things that really do make it a better user experience.
RELATED: See our Roborock Q Revo review – it edged out the Q7 Max+ in our tests and has a dock which also manages the robot’s mop.
One of the strongest points for the Q7 Max+ showed up in our navigation tests, where we do several runs on various power settings. Here, we found that the Q7 Max+ was the most efficient robot vacuum we’ve tested so far.
In those tests, it got an average of 0.88 square meters cleaned per minute when the average is 0.68. And, the next closest competitor was the much more expensive Ecovacs Omni X1 (read our Ecovacs Omni X1 review). And it’s not like it was just fast; it was also averaging 32 square meters per run, which is almost 2 square meters higher than average, so it really was covering more area quicker than its competitors.
The Q7 Max+ was also incredibly good in our battery efficiency test, where after running it on three different power settings, it averaged 2 minutes per battery percentage point lost. To date, the average is 1.6 minutes. Running a few calculations means that it theoretically could get about 1,900 square feet of cleaning done before needing to recharge.
While we think you should take that number with a huge grain of salt since there are a lot of factors that could change that, it’s still the best score we’ve seen so far.
What could be improved
Suction, airflow, and crevice pickup test results
Moving on to the cons, and this one really isn’t a bad thing but more of a neutral thing. In the bench tests where we test things like suction and airflow, the scores were just about average, really nothing good or bad to say about them. The same thing with the crevice pickup test, where it was just right at the average score.
Really, the main negative thing for us is the price. It just seems a bit high to us. That being said, one of the head-to-head competition videos we’re working on is the Q7 Max+ versus the Roomba S9+ with the m6 mopping robot, and spoiler alert: the Roborock Q7 Max+ topped the Roomba S9+ in almost every category in those tests.
So, the Roborock Q7 Max+ is a great choice if you’re shopping for a robot vacuum and mop. This is especially true if you have almost all hard floors because then you could vacuum and mop in one run. This is something that many competing robots cannot do.
How much do we like it? We just bought an extra Q7 Max+ for our friend as a housewarming gift. So, we’re not just saying that we like it – we really do.
Frequently asked questions
No. The Q7 Max+ has advanced LiDAR navigation but does not have obstacle avoidance or object recognition.
The Q7 Max and Q7 Max+ are the same exact robot vacuum. The only difference with the Q7 Max+ is that it is packaged with the Auto-Empty Dock Pure accessory.
The Q7+ and Q7 Max+ use the same dock.
Yes. It is usually cheaper to purchase them packaged together as the Q7 Max+. But, the Auto-Empty Dock Pure is sold as an accessory.
Yes. The Q7 Max is rated at 4200Pa of suction which is more than 50% higher than the 2700Pa the non-Max Q7 model delivers.
|5200 mAh Lithium-Ion
|Max battery run time
|750mL / .8 qt
|Robot Length x Width
|13.9 in x 13.8 in
|Black or White