May 18, 2024

Put merely, the Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely is probably the most full robotic vacuum and mopping system that cash – albeit a variety of it – can purchase. Roborock has quick turn into the go-to model for bleeding-edge good cleansing and with the S8 MaxV Extremely, the characteristic record is bulging on the seams with all-number of bells and whistles that can make your automated cleansing a seamless expertise. Matter is a disappointment, for now, however that is not Roborock’s fault and does not make a substantial amount of distinction to the general package deal.


  • Unimaginable 10,000Pa suction

  • Improved VibraRise mopping

  • Scorching water and sizzling air cleansing

  • Improved AI detection

  • Improbable pet modes


  • Costly

  • Matter is a non-runner

  • Non-removable mop pad

Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely: Introduction

Roborock S8 MaxV top view
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  • Kind: Robotic vacuum cleaner with mopping options
  • Docking: 2 docks on supply together with mains refill and drainage system
  • Navigation system: Precisense LiDAR

Roborock tends to make use of CES to whip the covers off of its newest flagship robo cleaner, and CES 2024 was no exception, with the Chinese language model unveiling the Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely on the large Las Vegas expo.

The S8 MaxV Extremely provides a heck of a variety of additions to the characteristic record and spec-sheet of the earlier top-dog – the superb Roborock S8 Professional Extremely.

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Roborock fashions in contrast

One of many large new additions, when it comes to large image good residence information, is the truth that the S8 MaxV Extremely brings Matter to the robotic vacuum cleaner get together; robo cleaners have been one of many new machine classes added by the CSA again in October 2023, when it launched Matter 1.2.

Information: Matter good residence

Nevertheless, as you’ll see in my Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely assessment beneath, that Matter addition is a little bit of a non-entity proper now, which is a disgrace.

However don’t let that put a dampener in your expectations of the latest flagship from the model which is extensively thought of the most effective within the enterprise proper now.

The Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely is an absolute beast of a cleansing machine, which comes with an absolute beast of a price-tag… however I’d say it greater than justifies its value.

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Learn on to search out out why…

Design and parts

Roborock S8 MaxV camera
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  • FlexiArm Design Aspect Brush
  • Refill and drainage dock an possibility
  • Heated air dryer system

Yearly, Roborock’s flagships get a bit bit extra futuristic trying however, let’s face it, there’s not an excessive amount of you are able to do – design-wise – to make a robo cleaner step out from the group… except you might be Dyson, in fact.

The S8 MaxV Extremely, which is available in black or white, has a little bit of a sports activities automobile look about it in comparison with older Roborocks, however is basically nonetheless only a flat, spherical machine on wheels, measuring 353 x 350 x 103mm, with these acquainted management buttons up prime alongside the LiDAR turret.

Roborock S8 MaxV lidar sensor
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On the highest is a lift-up flap that homes the small bin. This lifts out for cleansing and it’s value doing this on occasion, with a purpose to take away any filth and to scrub the filter.

You gained’t have to trouble emptying the bin although, because the dock takes care of this.

Roborock S8 MaxV bin
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Look beneath although and also you’ll see that there’s loads of new additions on board, most notably the brand new FlexiArm Design Aspect Brush and the Additional Edge Spinning Mop System.

Roborock S8 MaxV side brush flex arm
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Roborock S8 MaxV extra mop
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These are basically a robotic arm and further pad that reach to scrub hard-to-reach areas, with greater than 99% nook protection, we’re reliably knowledgeable.

It’s just like what we’ve seen from the likes of the iRobot Roomba Combo j7+, however much more hidden and delicate; it simply tucks in on the entrance subsequent to the cameras and sensors.

Just like the S8 Professional, as a substitute of a single curler there at the moment are two that spin in alternate instructions. This not solely aids mud and filth pick-up, however the opposing rollers additionally forestall hairs from getting wrapped round.

Roborock S8 MaxV underneath bottom
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The S8 MaxV Extremely that I’ve had on check for this assessment got here with the model’s new RockDock Extremely 8-in-1 dock dock, however there’s additionally a brand new dock on supply too, that may be plumbed straight into your water provide and waste, very similar to a washer or dishwasher.

The ‘Refill and Drainage System’ dock is clearly a lot smaller than the dock which wants water tanks, it measures in at simply 419 x 409 x 300mm

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The 8-in-1 dock measures the identical width and depth, however these two tanks up prime – one for clear water and one for soiled waste water, take the peak as much as 470mm.

Roborock S8 MaxV water tanks
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On both RockDock Extremely mannequin you’ll need to empty the mud bin each 6-8 weeks or so, and also you’re fortnightly water tank emptying and filling for the non-plumbed possibility.

On each fashions there’s a piece hiding the mud bag and the detergent compartment. To get to it you merely pop the magnetic entrance panel off.

Roborock S8 MaxV dust bin bag
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Eco-charging is supported, in case you reside in a area the place power costs fluctuate at particular time intervals.

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Each of the docks supply sizzling water cleansing and sizzling air drying – however extra on that in a bit.

Roborock S8 MaxV heated dock air
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Options and in use

  • DirTect acknowledges varieties of firt
  • Reactive AI 2.0 avoids obstacles
  • 10,000Pa suction score

There’s loads of new Roborock software program on board to create the final word cleansing efficiency, together with the DirTect, which acknowledges various kinds of filth and adjustments cleansing settings accordingly, and Reactive AI 2.0 for superior impediment recognition and avoidance; we’re instructed that 73 object varieties may be recognized and you’ll even have your S8 MaxV Extremely take an image of any that it detects because it goes about its enterprise.

A whole lot of the large new additions are {hardware} reasonably than software program primarily based, although. First up is a whopping 10,000Pa suction score, by far the most important we’ve ever seen from a robo cleaner.

That 10,000Pa score, plus the Carpet Enhance+ tech has just about eradicated cat hair from my home.

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Earlier Roborocks I’ve examined at all times did a implausible job, particularly on hardwood flooring, or eliminating pet hair and tremendous mud however this additional suction energy, plus that FlexiArm Design Aspect Brush have actually made a distinction in rooms the place we’ve got carpet or rugs.

The twin curler system additionally works brilliantly; I reside with three women (and a cat) who all appear to shed hair consistently however after weeks of use, the rollers on my S8 MaxV Extremely have remained clear.

The fantastic thing about utilizing a high-end Roborock has at all times been that, it doesn’t matter what surfaces you’ve gotten in your home, you’ll be able to just about push ‘begin’ and the machine and its software program will work out what’s what.

That’s much more the case with the S8 MaxV Extremely, due to the brand new AI Sensible Plan tech on board, which takes care of any eventualities that it might come throughout; suppose completely different flooring varieties, no-go zones, cussed stains, thick rugs, pet bowls and an entire lot extra.

You may, as I’ll discuss within the subsequent part, tweak your S8 MaxV Extremely’s settings to your coronary heart’s content material with a purpose to create the precise kind of unpolluted you need, however you actually don’t need to with all of the good AI software program already in place.

Navigation with the S8 MaxV Extremely is excellent, due to the improved LiDAR, mixed with the digital camera on the entrance, it might shortly transfer round a home, and infrequently will get caught. Roborock informs us that mapping is 6x quicker with the brand new flagship.

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Mopping perform

With regards to mopping, the S8 MaxV Extremely takes what was already a successful combo from its predecessors however provides an entire bunch of latest options to the combo.

With the brand new flagship, there’s a heavy emphasis on warmth – the brand new RockDock Extremely not solely empties, refills, and dispenses detergent to the robotic, but in addition washes the mop with 60°C sizzling water and dries with 60°C heated air to forestall odor and mildew build-up.

It’s just like the mopping dock on the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni, and it really works rather well.

VibraRise, the title Roborock provides to the performance of lifting the mopping pad when carpet is detected, reaches model 3.0 with the S8 MaxV Extremely, including two vibration modules, 20mm lifting, and 4000rpm high-speed sonic mopping.

A brand new addition to the mopping combine is that the dock now boast an auto detergent dispenser; a 580ml tank that can add detergent to the clear water combine. Roborock states you need to solely use pre-approved detergents however I’ve been utilizing a regular flooring cleaner for a number of weeks now with no ill-effects.

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Roborock S8 MaxV detergent tank
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Mopping is the world the place you get probably the most freedom to customise in order you get the setttings precisely as you need on your particular onerous flooring / carpet setup.

Within the app you’ll be able to edit your surfaces within the map, selecting between carpet, tile and floorboards. On the later, you’ll be able to select horizontal or vertical preparations in order the robotic know that optimum approach to clear.

When the S8 MaxV Extremely is on the market doing its mopping-thing, it should return to the dock for mop washing. Throughout this mid-clean-clean, there’s tech within the dock to detect how soiled the mopping pad is and it’ll enhance the frequency of the mop cleansing breaks if wants be.

In the event you don’t belief the mop to carry sufficient to maintain your costly carpets and mats dry then you’ll be able to set the robotic to prioritize vacuuming carpeted areas first, in order it goes to them earlier than any mopping commences with a dry mop pad.

Not like the S7 MaxV, you’ll be able to’t really take away the mopping pad although; so you’ll have to put some religion into that 20mm carry, which is an unlimited enchancment on the 5mm carry from earlier fashions.

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I’ve a thick rug in a hardwood front room space and I’ve by no means observed any wetness in any respect on it, following a twin vacuum and mopping session.

On mopping-only cleans, the comb can even carry by 20mm, in order to not go away streaks in your mopped flooring.

There’s quick, commonplace, deep and deep+ cleansing, relying on the extent of muck you need it to cope with.

I discovered that it managed to cope with some pretty powerful, cussed stains and I might go away the robotic to go about its enterprise, solely stepping in with a daily flooring cleaner each couple of weeks.

App and digital assistants

The Roborock app is sensible and permits you to actually peronalize your cleans. It’s the identical Roborock app we all know and love however, while you faucet into the S8 MaxV Extremely, the UI has really been revamped for the brand new top-tier mannequin.

But it surely’s a well-recognized affair nonetheless although, with multi-mapping, 3D mapping and cleansing modes galore on supply.

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Roborock S8 MaxV room settings
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9 occasions out of ten I’ve simply been utilizing the usual clear modes, with my rooms divided and sequenced within the app, however it is usually nice to have the ability to specify issues like an ‘after dinner’ clear or a ‘kitchen deep mop’ too… you’ll be able to create routines that specify the place, when and the way you need cleans to happen and provides them names like these.

You can too add these shortcuts to widgets in your smartphone, which is tremendous useful.

Roborock S8 MaxV routines in app
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A whole lot of the settings for what the S8 MaxV Extremely is able to, above and past the default out-of-the-box settings, may be discovered within the varied menus on the app.

For instance, you’ll need to allow the aspect brush in a piece known as ‘AI Laboratory’ and also you’ll additionally discover an possibility in right here to allow deep cleansing on spots the place additional filth is detected.

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With the S8 MaxV Extremely, Roborock has additionally taken a leaf out of Ecovac’s ebook by including its personal voice assistant to the combo, as a result of why not eh?

Personally, I feel it could have made extra sense to enhance the Roborock abilities and integrations with the likes of Alexa or the Google Assistant, that are nonetheless fairly restricted, however the “Hey Rocky” characteristic works properly sufficient, letting you specify room cleansing, cleansing modes, mop washing and loads of different granular controls merely utilizing your voice.

One new characteristic that’s extremely gimmicky, however that I completely love, is the pet detection perform.

Already with the likes of the Roborock S7 MaxV Extremely, Roborock customers have been in a position to make use of the digital camera tech on board to make use of their robo cleaner as a makeshift safety digital camera, utilizing the app as a distant viewer as their robots patrol their homes.

You may even do two-way calls when on this ‘safety digital camera’ mode.

All of that’s nonetheless obtainable with the brand new flagship, with some additional – pet-based – bells and whistles. Within the app, in case you allow pet detection, you’ll have the ability to ship your S8 MaxV Extremely out to find your pet.

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Throughout cleans, there’s additionally an choice to have your S8 MaxV Extremely seize ‘pet snaps’… i.e. pictures of your pets when it spots them.

One other pet-focused characteristic is that it’ll detect the place meals and water bowls are, and provides these areas some additional consideration.

Now, I discussed Matter up prime as a serious new addition to the combo however, and this isn’t actually Roborock’s fault, however there’s nothing Matter in regards to the machine because it stands.

That’s as a result of, though robotic vacuum cleaners have been added to the Matter household on the finish of final 12 months, they nonetheless aren’t supported by Amazon, Google, Samsung or Apple – that means you gained’t have the ability to add the Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely as a Matter machine to your good residence ecosystem of alternative in the mean time.

Nevertheless, that Matter performance is within the combine – so take it extra because the S8 MaxV Extremely being future proof, for when the good residence platforms catch up.

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Battery life and upkeep

Battery life, from the 5,200mAh battery, is quoted at 180-minutes though that is on the bottom energy mode.

Nevertheless, we’re on the level now the place, even on most and deep-mop modes, that robotic vacuum cleaners can deal with massive areas on a single cost.

Upkeep is basically dealt with by the dock, though you’ll need to empty the soiled water tank, add recent water to the clear tank on the non-plumbed model, and substitute the mud bin bag each few weeks.

It’s additionally value cleansing the robotic’s sensors with a material, and cleansing out the bin manually as soon as a month – and the app will remind you to do that.

Ultimate ideas

In the event you’ve the finances for it, then the Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely is the final word robo cleansing machine.

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It takes the success of earlier flagships and provides options like sizzling water and sizzling air cleansing to the combo, in addition to a raft of additional {hardware} and software program tweaks.

It’s costly, but it surely’s value it.

How we check

Once we publish our evaluations, you’ll be able to relaxation assured that they’re the results of “residing with” long run checks.

Robotic cleaners normally reside inside an ecosystem, or a variety of merchandise that – supposedly – all work in concord. And they’re designed to supply a variety of various cleansing choices. Subsequently, it’s not possible to make use of a robo cleaner for per week and ship a verdict.

As a result of we’re testing good residence equipment all day, on a regular basis, we all know what issues and the way a selected good cleansing machine compares to alternate options that you may also be contemplating.

Our evaluations are complete, goal and honest and, in fact, we’re by no means paid on to assessment a tool.

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Learn our information on how we check robotic vacuum cleaners to study extra.

FAQs

Does the Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely assist Matter?

Sure, the Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely is a Matter machine however you gained’t have the ability to add it to your Matter good residence system simply but.

Is the Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely a mop too?

Sure, there are superior mopping options with the Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely.

Is the Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely the most effective Roborock?

The Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely is at present the flagship Roborock robotic vacuum cleaner.

Roborock S8 MaxV Extremely: Introduction: Specs

Kind Robotic vacuum and mop – black or white
UK RRP £1,699
US RRP $1,799
Measurement (Dimensions) 353 x 350 x 103mm
Launch Date April 2024
Sensible residence Ecosystems Amazon Alexa and Google House
Suction 10,000Pa
Bin capability 270ml
Water tank measurement 100ml
Dock kind 2 choices: 8-in-1 dock or refill and drainage dock
Run time 180mins
Battery measurement 5,200mAh