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These new midrange Roborock vacuums might make you rethink more expensive robovacs

The company also unveiled a new stick wet and dry vacuum during IFA 2023 in Berlin.
Written by Maria Diaz, Staff Writer on
Roborock Q8 Max

Roborock is adding two new midrange robot vacuum mops to its lineup: the Roborock Q5 Pro and Q8 Max, with prices ranging from $429 to $819. Both models feature strong 5,500Pa suction with a dual roller sweeping system and mop for a lower price than competitors like iRobot, Eufy, and DreameTech.

These are the first Roborock robot vacuums outside the company's S line to feature the DuoRoller system, combining two bristle-free rubber brushes that spin in opposite directions to pick up debris more effectively. The Q5 Pro and Q8 Max robot vacuums join five other Roborock releases this year, releasing seven new robot vacuums by the end of 2023.  

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The Q5 Pro and Q8 Max boast AI-based no-go zone detection, which ensures the robot vacuum automatically detects and avoids steps, ledges, and tight spaces -- even suggesting areas in the app for you to set up as no-go zones. A combination of lidar sensors to determine the most efficient cleaning route across the area makes for quick mapping of entire floors or rooms.

Though the Q5 Pro doesn't have obstacle avoidance to go around your charging cables or your dog's mess, the Roborock Q8 Max boasts Reactive Tech. This feature enables it to react to obstacles in real time and troubleshoot to work out a route around them. 

Roborock Q5 Pro

The robot vacuums can be set up to clean in a specific direction along the floor, parallel lines on wooden floors, or along the seams on tiles for a deeper clean.

Customers can purchase the 'plus' (+) version of each model, which includes a self-emptying feature for the robot vacuum's dustbin. This would enable the robot vacuum to automatically empty its dustbin into a 2.5L bag at the charging station, which Roborock says only needs emptying every seven weeks.

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The Q8 Max has a 470mL dustbin and 350mL water tank and will be priced at $599, with the Q8 Max+ with a self-emptying dustbin dock priced at $819. 

The Q5 Pro has a 770mL dustbin and 180mL water tank and starts at $429 for the standard version or $699 for the Q5 Pro+ version with a self-emptying dustbin.

Dyad Pro Combo

Roborock also announced a new upright multifaceted 5-in-1 wet and dry vacuum, the Dyad Pro Combo. It's a handheld, stick, multisurface, and wet and dry vacuum all in one, with multiple attachments and cleaning heads. The Dyad Pro Combo, available for $550, can automatically adjust cleaning power and water flow depending on how dirty the floor is, features 17,000Pa of suction power, and performs self-cleaning and self-drying when docked. 

Both robot vacuum mops and the Dyad Pro Combo will launch in October.

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