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Roborock S7 vs S7 MaxV vs S7 Max

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Confused about the differences between the Roborock S7 and S7 MaxV models? We were, and that was before Roborock added the S7 Max to the mix. If you’re looking for some clarity you’ve come to the right place. Below we’ll cover the similarities and differences between these Roborock robot vacuums and packages.

Roborock S7 vs Roborock S7 Max vs Roborock S7 MaxV

For starters, we can eliminate a lot of confusion very quickly. While offered as no less than seven product packages in total, there are only three actual robot vacuums used in those packages. We’ll focus on the three robot vacuums first, and then explain the various packages for each.

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S7, S7 MaxV, and S7 Max Packages

As we mentioned, there are a total of seven packages available. Currently these are the packages that can be purchased on Amazon.

Roborock S7

Roborock S7

Original S7 Robot Only

Roborock S7+

Roborock S7+

S7 With Auto Empty

Roborock S7 Max Ultra

Roborock S7 Max Ultra

New Robot for 2023

Roborock S7 MaxV

Roborock S7 MaxV

Upgraded Robot for 2022

Roborock S7 MaxV Plus

Roborock S7 MaxV Plus

Upgraded with Auto Empty

Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra

Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra

Upgraded with Ultra dock

The one vacuum not listed above is the S7+ with the Cyclone Dustbin. We recently updated the list above to include the newly released S7 Max Ultra.

At the highest level, the three Roborock S7 models are 2-in-1 vacuuming and mopping robots. They all use LiDAR navigation, which allows map storage and customization. There are a lot of advanced features that come along with their mapping capabilities, including room cleaning, zone cleaning, and advanced scheduling. 

Related: See our review of the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra robot vacuum and mop.

Roborock S7 vs S7 MaxV vs S7 Max Compared
The Roborock S7+ beside the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra. © Vacuum Wars

Roborock, Plus and +

Our use of the plus sign (+) and the word plus in Roborock’s product names aren’t mistakes. Roborock uses the + sign with some models and the full word ‘plus’ with others.

Roborock S7

The Roborock S7 was announced in January of 2021 and was Roborock’s flagship robot vacuum at the time. Although it carried a high ticket price, it was instantly a hit as it was well sorted, easy to use, and good at doing what it was advertised to do: cleaning floors and making life easier.

The Roborock S7 in White
The Roborock S7 and S7 Max are available in white and black. © Vacuum Wars

There were many technologies and innovations that came along with the S7. Here are just a few that stand out:

Advanced navigation and mapping

The S7 built upon a legacy of well-mannered robot vacuums using precise, LiDAR-based mapping and navigation. The byproducts of its mapping system are features like recharge-and-resume, multiple floor plan (or map) storage, advanced scheduling, room and zone-based cleaning, and no-go zones.

Testing Roborock S7 and S7 MaxV No Go Zones and Virtual Walls
Testing No Go Zones and Virtual Walls (Roborock S7 and S7 MaxV). © Vacuum Wars

Innovative VibraRise mopping system

The Roborock S7’s name for their mopping system, VibaRise, references two features. First, the mopping pad vibrates rapidly to improve efficiency with stubborn mopping tasks. Second, when the robot realizes it is moving onto carpeting, it raises the mopping pad to prevent it from making contact with the carpet.

Roborock S7 Setting Out to Vacuum and Mop
Our Roborock S7 setting out to vacuum and mop our floors. © Vacuum Wars

RELATED: Don’t miss our Roborock S8 Pro Ultra review. It’s Roborock’s 2023 flagship robot vacuum and mop combo with the most advanced Roborock dock ever. And, we recently compared the S8 Pro Ultra, S7 Max Ultra and Q Revo!

Powerful vacuuming

Where power is concerned, Roborock cited the S7 as having 2500Pa (pascals) of suction power. At the time of the robot’s release, 2500Pa was toward the upper end of the spectrum when compared with the S7’s peers.

Roborock S7+ with the Cyclone Dustbin
Roborock S7+ with the cyclone dustbin, which does away with disposable bags. © Vacuum Wars

Beyond those key advancements above, the S7 also had carpet boost, an excellent app to manage the robot, compatibility with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and glowing customer reviews.

Roborock S7 MaxV

Released in 2022, the S7 MaxV is the successor to the original Roborock S7. With the S7 MaxV, Roborock took everything that was great about the S7 and added several improvements as well as completely new capabilities. Anything that the S7 does, the S7 MaxV does also. Where the S7 MaxV has improved, or a net-new feature, we’ll cover it below.

Double the suction power

Compared with its predecessor, the S7 MaxV has more than double the suction power at 5100Pa.

Testing and Measuring Suction Power of the Roborock S7 Max
Measuring suction power of the Roborock S7 Max in our studio. © Vacuum Wars

Object Recognition and Obstacle Avoidance

The biggest new feature that the S7 MaxV includes is object recognition and obstacle avoidance. The system in use is an upgraded version of ReactiveAI obstacle avoidance dubbed ReactiveAI 2.0. 

In our round-up of the best robot vacuums with obstacle avoidance, the S7 MaxV performed exceptionally well. 

ReactiveAI’s origin

The first generation of ReactiveAI wasn’t a feature of an S7 model. In fact, the original S7 did not have AI-powered obstacle avoidance. Roborock’s first model with ReactiveAI 1.0 was the S6 MaxV.

Roborock S7 Max

Here’s where things start to get confusing, or at least we think so. In 2023, Roborock announced the S7 Max Ultra. The name is very close to the S7 MaxV Ultra, with the only difference being the removal of the ‘V’.

Carpet Deep Clean Testing the S7 MaxV
Carpet deep clean testing the S7 MaxV. © Vacuum Wars

The S7 Max appears to be a new robot vacuum that is an evolution of the S7 MaxV. At the time of writing this, there is not an S7 Max that can be purchased standalone, so from the information that is currently available, it appears that the S7 Max will have all the features and functionality of the S7 MaxV as well as significantly upgraded features and characteristics. These include:

Even more suction power

The S7 Max is another step up in suction power. The S7 Max is shown as having 5500 Pa, 400 Pa more than the S7 MaxV and 3000 Pa more than the original S7. 

Colors

Like the original S7, the S7 Max comes in two colors, white and black.

There’s more to talk about when we add the S7 Max’s dock to the equation below.

All S7 Models Work with the Roborock Smart Phone App
All S7 models work with the Roborock smartphone app. © Vacuum Wars

S7, S7 MaxV, and S7 Max sold as Plus and Ultra packages 

Roborock S7, S7+, and S7+ with Cyclone Dustbin 

The S7 is currently sold in three packages:

  • Roborock S7 – When purchasing this option, you are buying the S7 robot only with a standard charging base.
  • Roborock S7+ – The +, or Plus version, includes the S7 robot with a dock that both charges the robot and empires its dustbin into disposable bags.
  • Roborock S7+ with Cyclone Dustbin – This package is the same as the S7 Plus package, with the addition of a plastic dustbin that eliminates the need for disposable bags.
The S7 MaxV and S7 Max have Obstacle Avoidance and AI
The S7 MaxV and S7 Max have object recognition, obstacle avoidance, and AI. © Vacuum Wars

Roborock S7 MaxV, S7 MaxV Plus, and S7 MaxV Ultra

There are three options when purchasing the S7 MaxV today:

  • Roborock S7 MaxV – This option includes the S7 MaxV robot and a standard charging base.
  • Roborock S7 MaxV Plus – The MaxV Plus includes an auto-empty dock and charger. It is the same exact dock as the one that comes with the S7+ package above.
  • Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra – The S7 MaxV Ultra also includes both a robot and an advanced dock. This dock, however, goes beyond charging the robot and emptying its dustbin – it also refills and empties the robot’s water used for mopping and cleans its mopping pad.

Roborock S7 Max Ultra

When this article was written, the S7 Max Ultra wasn’t yet available for sale. It was quietly added to the Roborock U.S. website. The only configuration, or package, listed for this model is the S7 Max Ultra:

  • Roborock S7 Max Ultra – This option includes the new S7 Max robot vacuum and a new auto-empty dock and charger. This dock shares the same physical dimensions as the S7 MaxV Ultra dock, but it has a new feature: automatic mop pad drying. 

Which S7 to purchase

Every Roborock S7 model and package is well-regarded. It’s easy to say, “Get the latest-and-greatest S7,” which would be the S7 Max Ultra. But our recommendation is to first consider your needs and budget and then review what each model and package offers.

Prices should be declining steadily on all these models, driven by the imminent release of the successor to the Roborock S7 line, the Roborock S8 line.

Roborock S7 Comparison Chart

S7S7+S7+ w/ Cyclone BinS7 MaxVS7 MaxV PlusS7 MaxV UltraS7 Max Ultra
Released2021202120212022202220222023
Suction2500Pa2500Pa2500Pa5100Pa5100Pa5100Pa5500Pa
VacuumYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
MopYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Auto EmptyNoYesYesNoYesYesYes
Bagless Auto EmptyNoNoYesNoNoNoNo
Auto Mop WashingNoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Auto Mop DryingNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
Auto Tank RefillingNoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Automatic Mop LiftingYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Sonic MoppingYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Obstacle AvoidanceNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
No-Go ZonesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Virtual WallsYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Room CleaningYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Zone CleaningYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Works with AlexaYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Works with Google AssistantYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Battery Capacity5200mAh5200mAh5200mAh5200mAh5200mAh5200mAh5200mAh
Robot Dust Bin Capacity400mL400mL400mL400mL400mL400mL350mL
Robot Water Tank Capacity300mL300mL300mL300mL300mL300mL200mL
Noise (Balanced Mode)67dB67dB67dB67dB67dB67dB67dB
Where to BuyAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazon
Specifications sourced from the Roborock website and product manuals.
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