Roborock, Xiaomi’s investee company, has earned a niche in the vacuum sector for its high-performance solutions at adjusted prices for what they offer. After its good work in robot vacuum cleaners, this Roborock H7 (which succeeds the Roborock H6) arrives in the form of an ambitious proposal that looks directly at the best… at least in terms of technical data, but we can already tell you that it fulfills what it promises. We have thoroughly tested the Roborock H7 and this is our experience.
Roborock H7 datasheet
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||284 x 111 x
|AUTONOMY||Eco: 90 minutes
Normal: 45 minutes
Maximum: 8 minutes
|LOADING TIME||2.5 hours|
|HARDWARE||Washable and removable
tank Washable and removable
filter HEPA filter
5-layer filtration MagBase
Brush Small Motorized
Brush Dusting Brush Crevice Cleaning
Tube Center Tube
Dust Bag Handle
2x Dust Bag
Maximum mode on carpet
Energy regeneration in off mode
Design: your face rings a bell
The feeling I got when I opened the box of the Roborock H7 was one of déjà vu. And it is except for the color chosen for the extender tube, materials, finishes and assembly method are very similar to those of the Dyson V11.
And that’s not a bad thing, quite the contrary: aluminum provides lightness, plastic is functional and resistant and the way it fits is fast and robust.
The second was a surprise: the box of the Roborock H7 has two floors because it is full of accessories. Apart from the charger and the wall mount, which comes in handy to have this arsenal collected and organized without taking up much space thanks to the magnetic attachment (like knives), we find:
- a multi-surface brush for floors and carpets
- small motorized brush, very similar to the previous one but in miniature. Useful for small spaces.
- dusting brush
- flexible tube
- extender tube
- two dust bags to minimize exposure to particles, especially interesting for people with respiratory problems and/or allergies
Thanks to the set of accessories we can use it as a vertical, broom and handheld vacuum cleaner.
Getting started couldn’t be easier: insert the accessory you want into the head and, when you hear the clack, it’s ready to use. You can also combine the tube with another accessory to vacuum more comfortably without bending over or simply reaching further.
The head is the most striking part of the Roborock H7. It is shaped like a jar and inside it houses a 500 ml capacity tank with the filtering system (lower part), a 480 W motor capable of generating a suction power of 160 AW (according to the manufacturer), and the battery.
To hold it we will use a handle similar to that of a drill, which will come into action when we press the button. The bad thing about continuously pressing this type of trigger is that the joint can suffer.
No problem, Roborock has thought of the details: there is a button that will allow the vacuum cleaner to work continuously without having to press anything. Of course, this way we will waste some battery when we are not vacuuming.
Although the grip is pleasant, the arm can end up suffering as a result of the weight and more if we have long accessories placed. Of course, if we are stopping or it is supported, it is not something significant either.
The third and last button on the head is located at one end and is used to alternate between the three available suction modes. As Dyson’s most premium model, the Roborock H7 has a screen from which to see the estimated autonomy that we have left based on the mode we are using.
It is true that with the support we can leave it stored taking up relatively little space, but if you want to leave it standing without it, it will cost you a lot to do so since vertical stability is rather scarce.
A cleaning capacity to aspire to the highest
To carry out this analysis, the Roborock H7 has replaced the Roomba i7+ and my Hoover Ultra Vortex, a robot vacuum cleaner, and a powerful handheld vacuum cleaner, respectively.
The idea is to evaluate its ergonomics, suction power (assessing the results visually), and its autonomy.
That it is capable of supplying two vacuum cleaners is good news: obviously using a vertical model without cables requires more effort (because they do not go by themselves) than robot vacuum cleaners, but the comfort and power of the Roborock H7 allow you to manage to clean the home with a single device.
My house is 65 – 70 square meters and I have a pet, so I vacuum every day. It costs my robot vacuum cleaner 45 to do maintenance cleaning and with this vacuum cleaner 15 minutes are enough for me and I get to the corners better.
With the medium power, the extension tube, and the multi-surface brush you can cover the entire floor and give a pass, focusing on the dirtiest areas.
The truth is that for floors I have not needed to use the most powerful mode, vacuuming hair, dirt, some grass, crumbs, and little else without problems.
Carpets retain dirt better than floors, so activating Turbo mode is a good idea… if the vacuum itself doesn’t do it automatically.
And it is that the Roborock H7 has a function that recognizes carpets and rugs and goes up to the Turbo in case we are not using the most ambitious power. It is true that it does not take much effort to activate it manually, but that way we forget.
Of course, if the carpet is very thin or short-haired, we may have to do it ourselves. At home, I only have a thick rug with long hair and it has always been right.
With carpets, the power has been satisfactory and moving is much more comfortable not having cables. Other textiles that I have cleaned have been the mattress and the sofa.
It has been a joy, both in terms of comfort and results. The fabric of the sofa is velvet and Lola’s hair sticks there, which is pleasing. With the small motorized brush and the medium power, a single pass has been enough to catch them.
So far I have had no problems with power, comfort, or autonomy. When turning on the vacuum cleaner with the lowest power, the screen shows 75 minutes, if we jump to the medium power the estimated duration is 45 minutes and with the maximum power, in theory, it would last a little more than 10 minutes.
Of course, with the most powerful mode, the noise is remarkable.
The litmus test is vacuuming my little Polo: because the cabin is small and a manageable vacuum cleaner is appreciated, because it is full of dirt and because vehicle upholstery is a magnet for hair, the trunk lid deserves a special mention.
Aware of the challenge, I charge the Roborock H7 to the maximum and I take the mini motorized brush, corner brush, and the brush that rubs. As soon as I enter, something is clear to me: to vacuum the hairs from the upholstery, no other power than the maximum is valid, so cleaning is against the clock.
You clean the dashboard and the doors without problems, but the result of the seats is surprising for good. Something worse is the mats and no, I don’t have time to get to the trunk because I run out of battery.
If your car is not very dirty or for a superficial cleaning or maintenance, this vacuum cleaner fulfills to spare. Of course, you want to spend time leaving it spotless, so a sled model is better or go to specialized cleaning centers with industrial vacuum cleaners.
In any case, the fact that it does not have cables allows you to maneuver calmly even in nooks and crannies such as under the pedals and to be able to clean without having to have a plug nearby.
By the way, in case you run out of battery, its charge is moderately fast: in just under three hours you have it ready to return to action. You can charge it either by placing it on the stand or by plugging the head into the charger.
Lights and shadows in maintenance
The Roborock H7 has a generous half-liter capacity tank that I’ve had a hard time filling up to the MAX line. But when the time comes, I didn’t have to worry too much: open the bin and hover the vacuum head over it, pull down on the tab in front of the trigger, and voila, the bottom lid of the bin opens and drops the dirt.
If you have respiratory and/or allergy problems and want to minimize contact with dirt, this vacuum cleaner has an alternative emptying system with a bag. You just have to place it, use the vacuum cleaner and when it is full and you go to take it out, it is automatically sealed.
The advantage is clear, but it also has its disadvantages: they only come in two units and when they run out you will have to buy more. And in the medium and long term, it is important that there is still a replacement. Although at that point you could use it without a bag.
The manual details in depth how to clean filters and parts. However, these are some of the most important and growing tasks:
- Pull the tab at the bottom of the head to remove the entire reservoir, allowing you to thoroughly clean it with water. The manufacturer recommends performing this task at least once a month.
- You can access the front filter when you have the tank removed and the rear filter from the top. You have to wash them with water and return them to their place when they are dry.
- We have already seen that fitting and releasing the accessories is easy and fast, which speeds up the task of cleaning. For a good operation of the vacuum cleaner, it is advisable to periodically clean the brushes.
At the bottom of the head, there is another tab that allows the entire reservoir to be removed for thorough cleaning. Roborock recommends washing the tank at least once a month. With this piece removed we can also separate the filters and wash them with water.
In the design section, we explained that the battery is integrated into the head. Well, it is not easily removable (something that is possible in other models), so when it deteriorates, we will have to resort to the technical service for a battery replacement.
Roborock H7, Techeen’s opinion
With the Roborock H7, Xiaomi’s participated firm wanted to aspire to the top and it shows. On a technical level, its ambitious combination of power and autonomy makes it possible not only to succeed but also to meet the mark on floors, carpets, mattresses, and even with the car.
In this sense, this vacuum cleaner can easily replace the classic sledge models.
Power and autonomy are the critical parameters of a cordless vacuum cleaner, but this Roborock H7 goes into detail. The design of some of its most important parts, such as the accessories or the shape of the lace, is quite reminiscent of the model of the reference brand in the sector, Dyson, and its V11.
And the truth, in action has little to envy. The choice of this model of the British firm is not accidental, although both integrate a panel that makes it much easier to know how much battery is left.
It is still an extra without which it can function perfectly, but it is appreciated.
Another very symptomatic detail of this commitment to leave nothing to chance is its way of storing it, with magnetic support that is very convenient to use, or the possibility of placing bags in the tank so as not to have to be in contact with dust.
The only “must” that we have found in the design section is that we can remove the battery ourselves to replace it with another or replace it in the long term.
The Roborock H7 is a high-end cordless upright vacuum cleaner, it stands out in design, performance, and also in price. And it is that with a PVP of 399 euros it cannot be said that it is a cheap model.
Of course, the comparison with the Dyson is inevitable: its “counterpart” the Dyson V11 costs 150 euros more. So yes, there are quite a few cheaper models, but if we want great power and autonomy with a premium design, the cost-performance ratio is very attractive.