Robotic vacuum producer Roborock introduced three new vacuum merchandise at IFA 2023, the worldwide tech present happening in Berlin this week: the Q5 Professional robotic vac; the Q8 Max robotic vac; and the Dyad Professional Combo moist / dry stick vacuum. The brand new lidar-powered robotic vacuums add greater than double the suction energy of earlier fashions, a brand new and extra superior DuoRoller brush system, and extra app options for a lower cost. The Dyad Professional is a multifunctional upright vacuum that may convert to a stick vacuum.
A part of the corporate’s extra inexpensive Q line, the Q5 Professional prices $429.99 standalone or $699.99 for the Q5 Professional Plus with an auto-empty charging dock. The Q8 Max prices $599.99 standalone or $819.99 for the Q8 Max Plus. Each are slated to go on sale in October.
The Q5 Professional is an improve to the Q5 and, together with the Q8 Max, is the primary Roborock exterior of the top-of-the-line S vary to undertake the brand new DuoRoller brush system, which the corporate launched earlier this 12 months. This provides two rubber brushes that transfer in reverse instructions to get grime up extra successfully.
The Q5 Professional provides mopping, plus 5,500pa of suction energy and a 770ml extra-large onboard dustbin. It really works with the Roborock app to schedule the robotic’s cleansing, create a map of your own home, and add no-go zones to assist the robotic clear extra successfully. A brand new function may flag areas the place it will get into hassle and auto-suggest you arrange no-go zones within the map.
A brand new quick cleansing possibility within the app helps you to run the robotic 30 p.c sooner, and now you can set a particular route to scrub alongside the ground so your robotic will head out within the route of the ground seams on wooden or ground tiles.
The brand new Q8 Max is a step up from the Q5 Professional, including Reactive Tech Impediment Avoidance system, so it’s much less more likely to get caught. It additionally has mopping, with a bigger, 350ml water tank than the Q5 Professional (350ml), however with out the superior mopping options of a few of Roborock’s fashions (such because the oscillating spinning mop heads on the Q Revo or the power to elevate its mops when it goes over carpet as discovered on the S8).
As somebody who’s lower than bought on robotic mops, I’m fairly on this mannequin. With 5,500pa suction energy, twin curler brushes, and a fundamental mop, it’s the primary midrange possibility with Roborock’s Reactivate Tech avoidance — which is inferior to its AI-powered avoidance however ought to assist with avoiding socks and bigger muddle.
Roborock’s S7 Max V has that extra superior impediment avoidance — Reactive AI 2.0, which makes use of 3D structured mild and a full-color (RGB) digicam to navigate potential pathway issues. Roborock’s newer high-end fashions (the S8 sequence) use the Reactive Tech 3D system, which depends on 3D imaging as a substitute of a full-color digicam. An infrared sensor and a black-and-white digicam assist it navigate round issues, and whereas it might probably see and keep away from objects, it gained’t know what impediment it’s avoiding. Marcus Lai of Roborock tells me that this “performs in addition to the Reactive AI 2.0.” I’m skeptical.
The Dyad Professional Combo is a 5-in-1 moist / dry vacuum that may be transformed right into a stick vac. “It’s an all-in-one guide cleansing machine for each floor,” says Lai. It options 17,000pa of suction, a multisurface brush, numerous attachments, and a pivotal head that makes it straightforward to maneuver. “It may well suck up a whole bowl of cereal,” says Lai.
A sensible sensor can detect how soiled the ground is and alter the facility stage, and once you dock it, the vacuum will clear and dry itself. It has 60 minutes of runtime, prices $659.99, and likewise launches in October.
Correction, Sunday, September third, 9:30AM: A earlier model of this text gave the value of the Dyad Professional Combo as $550. Roborock reached out after publication to say the value is $659.99.