Roborock is known for manufacturing some of the best robotic vacuums in the industry.
Now, they’re dabbling into the cordless vacuum niche, and the H6 is their first cordless stick vacuum that took three years to develop.
There’s nothing special about the exterior design; it has some cool features that I’ve never seen with other cord-free products I’ve tested.
This Cordless Vacuum Will Run For Up To 90 Minutes!
Roborock H6 Review
Roborock has some pretty lofty claims with its first cord-free product. They say that this vacuum is the first to use a lithium polymer battery, which is the same one used inside drones. It’s a big reason why the H6 has such a long run time and yet still weighs around 3 pounds. Like the Tineco Pure One S12, it has a status screen, but much more compact to save space. While it uses a trigger, it also has an electronic lock that keeps the motor running without having to squeeze it continually.
- The lithium-polymer battery will run close to 90 minutes in specific configurations.
- This lightweight cord-free vacuum weighs just 3 pounds.
- It comes with a bevy of attachments that makes gives this vacuum a lot of versatility.
- All tools have a quick release latch that makes it easy to attach or remove.
- It has a fully sealed system with two HEPA filters.
- Small dirt capacity.
- Swivel steering lacks side to side play which makes it feel rigid to use.
- No hygienic system (can be messy to dispose of dirt).
What to expect from the Roborock H6?
Roborock is known for its robot vacuums such as the S5, S5 Max, and S6. All these products use high-quality materials that will last.
The Roborock H6 is no different, but instead of using white, they opted for a darker theme – a charcoal gray and red combo that resists stains better.
The overall design mimics the Dyson V7 and V8 models, but the H6 has some unique features which we’ll look at one by one in this section.
There will be two options available – a model with the soft roller and another with the standard brush roll.
The soft roller works really well at cleaning hard floors. I’ve tested it on debris such as dust, sand, and Cheerios, and there weren’t any issues. Steering is responsive as it can turn up to a 90-degree angle.
Roborock also has an option with the standard brush roll that works best on carpets. It is similar to the Dyson V8 direct-drive head in that it has both stiff and soft bristles plus a seal behind it to help funnel debris to the intake manifold. Unfortunately, it isn’t as good as the Dyson V8 head in terms of steering and deep cleaning as it picked up less than 90% in the deep cleaning tests.
Electronic Trigger Lock
While the H6 has a very responsive trigger switch that turns on the motor almost instantly as you squeeze, it also gives you the option to keep it in the on position electronically.
Behind the trigger is a small button that turns on this feature.
On top of the vacuum (right behind the filter) is a status screen with various icons lined up.
The first icons you’ll see are the lock and unlock icon, pressing the button I mentioned earlier will toggle between the lock and unlock icons.
In the unlock position, the motor powers up when the trigger is squeezed and shuts off when released.
However, in the lock position, the motor stays on when the trigger is squeezed. Even if you squeeze it a second, third, fourth time, it won’t turn off the motor. Only when you press the button behind the trigger will it shut down.
On top of the H6 body is a small screen that provides information about the battery status, power settings, trigger settings, errors (if any), and much more.
Since the vacuum is compact, so is the screen, but the black and white scheme is easy to read.
Lithium Polymer Battery
One feature not found in other cordless vacuums so far is the 3,610mAh lithium-polymer battery.
Roborock says that this is the battery used inside drones, and they’re the first to use this inside a cord-free product.
It’s a big reason they say why the H6 will run for as much as 90 minutes and yet still weigh less than 4 pounds.
This battery can last for up to 800 hours of usage and maintain 85% of its capacity after 600 cycles.
One downside is that the battery is built-in, which means when it goes bad, you’ll have to replace the whole vacuum.
The H6 has a five-stage filtration system that will keep dust and allergens up to 0.3 microns inside the dust cup.
Roborock says that their design uses two HEPA filters that include a pre and post-motor filter that are washable.
The H6 dust cup has a similar design as a Dyson V6 in that it is aligned vertically with a trap door at the bottom.
If you put it side by side with the V6, it almost has the same capacity which is around 400 milliliters.
Unfortunately, like the V6, the Roborock H6 does not have the hygienic system that the newer Dyson cordless-vacuums have.
How much power does the Roborock H6 have?
Looking at the Roborock website, it says there that the H6 utilizes a 420 watt brushless motor with maximum suction of up to 25,000 pascals.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a uniform spec that all manufacturers use to disclose power figures.
One way to gauge the power of a vacuum is by using an anemometer that records airflow.
I measured it in two areas – the wand and the main cleaning head.
|Wand||21.94 CFM||28.52 CFM||44.3 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||17.4 CFM||22.3 CFM||31.57 CFM|
Despite the lower airflow, cleaning floors thanks to the well-designed cleaning head (more on that below).
The standard brush roll didn’t have any issues with picking up stuff like dust or quinoa on hard surfaces.
How long does the Roborock H6 run?
One of the loftiest claims of Roborock with the H6 is its ninety-minute run time.
To see if this is accurate, I ran the vacuum from full to empty in different power settings, using non-powered tools and the main cleaning head.
|Cleaning Head on Hard Surfaces||56:44||34:38||10:20|
After some tests, the H6 didn’t exactly reach the 90-minute mark but it was close. It ran for 86 minutes and 52 seconds, to be exact.
The timer feature on the H6 is quite accurate with a margin for error of around +/-20 seconds. So the time left on the screen I would say accurate within that 20-30 second range.
This feature takes away the guesswork because it provides information on how much time is left with the charge.
How does the Roborock H6 clean?
Like most other cordless stick vacuums, the Roborock H6 is a versatile product capable of cleaning a variety of areas inside the home.
However, it’s primary function is to clean floors. There are two H6 options – one with the soft roller for hard surfaces and another with only the standard brush roll that’s excellent for carpet.
Looking closely at the standard brush roll of the H6, it seems almost identical to the Dyson V8’s direct-drive attachment but with a different swivel mechanism.
While testing the swivel steering, I found it too be a little too rigid and doesn’t have as much turning radius as a Dyson.
The good thing is that it goes almost flat and cleaning underneath furniture won’t be an issue.
Aside from the two floor tools, the H6 has several other tools that give the consumer flexibility to clean different areas in the home.
One of my favorite tools is the flexible hose that allows users to clean tight areas inside vehicles.
Combine that with the auto-lock feature adds a lot to the usability.
It doesn’t have the sheer quantity of tools as a Tineco A11 or a Dyson V8, but I feel that these tools are adequate for daily cleaning.
To see how well the Roborock H5 does at cleaning different types of dirt, I put it through a series of tests.
The standard tests include surface debris tests on stuff like quaker oats, coffee grounds, quinoa, and pet litter.
Another test I do is the large debris test to see how it does on stuff like Fruit loops.
Recently, I added another type of dirt, which is sand, to see how this vacuum does on hard floors and carpet.
First, let’s look at the overall scores.
Carpet (Surface Pickup)
Carpet (Deep Cleaning)
Hard Floor Cleaning
Without the soft roller attachment, I thought that the H6 will struggle on hard floors, so the high scores are surprising.
The beauty of this vacuum is even at the lowest setting, it did exceptionally well with the exception of the Quaker oats test where I needed to use the highest setting to pick everything up.
Despite the struggles with Quaker oats in the low and middle power setting, it still picked up almost everything when I switched to the max setting.
The other stuff like coffee, quinoa, and pet litter, will not be an issue.
Sand on Hard Floor Test
One of the most challenging stuff on clean on hard surfaces is sand. To see how good the H6 is, I scattered 50 grams of it on a test area.
This test has several parts. The first part is how well the H6 can pick up in the different power settings. Second, is how much of the 50 grams it can pick up.
In two tests, the Roborock H6 picked up an average of 99.8%. I used the low and middle setting in the two tests.
One quirk though is that there will be bits of sand left on the initial forward pass, but it eventually picks it up on the backward pass.
Remember that the standard brush roll of the H6 is best utilized on carpets, but the better than expected results on hard surfaces is a pleasant surprise for me.
If I could nitpick on anything, it would be the strong vibration from the brush roll. It can get annoying over time, but that’s my observation.
There are three test categories, which include surface cleaning tests on low and mid pile carpet, plus a deep cleaning test on mid pile carpet.
For all the surface debris tests, I scattered 50 grams worth of quaker oats, coffee, quinoa, and pet litter.
On deep cleaning tests, I scattered 100 grams of sand on medium pile carpet to see how much of it the H6 can pick up.
One thing to note with the main cleaning head of the H6 is it has a sensor within the brush roll that detects the surface. Even in the lowest setting, if you’re cleaning carpet, the motor will automatically increase airflow to compensate.
It’s a similar technology found in the Dyson V11 that does the same thing.
Low Pile Test Results
While it did not get a perfect score, the H6 did well in all of the tests. One quirk with the main cleaning head is that it doesn’t pick everything up in the initial forward pass, but it does so on subsequent passes.
It does have a tendency to kick debris backward on stuff like Quaker oats and quinoa, but that’s because there’s a big pile of it. On smaller messes, it won’t be an issue.
Mid Pile Test Results
The H6 did slightly worst on mid pile carpet. One thing I noticed on this surface is there’s less of the debris kicking behind the cleaning head as it was on the low pile carpet. Perhaps it’s the ticker carpet strands providing more cushion.
I did most of the tests using the middle setting which I think is the best mode when cleaning carpet.
The litmus test for any cordless stick vacuum is the deep cleaning test.
For this, I used an industry-standard test where I scattered and rubbed 100 grams of sand on a test mid pile carpet.
I did four separate tests – two using the middle setting and another two in the max setting.
The reason I did this is to see how much can the H6 can pick up even in the middle setting because it runs longer in this setting.
In the middle power setting, the H6 was able to pick up 79.3% (average of two tests). And in the max setting, that number goes up to 87.95%.
How loud is the Roborock H6?
To measure how much noise the H6 produces, I use a sound meter a few feet away and measured the noise with the main cleaning head attached.
I did this because you’ll most likely use it in this configuration.
Here are the results:
- Low: 70.3 dB
- Mid: 71.7 dB
- High: 73.7 dB
The motor itself isn’t loud in the low and mid settings without the main cleaning head. But with the standard brush roll producing a whiney noise, it makes it louder.
What comes in the box?
Here’s what you will get out of the box.
- Carpet brush: Roborock’s version of the standard brush roll that will work best on carpets.
- Dusting brush: A narrow brush with semi-stiff bristles for cleaning vents, keyboards, dust, etc.
- Mini-motorized brush: This tool is the smaller version of the carpet brush that has its own powered brush. It works great for cleaning fabric upholstery or carpet stairs.
- Crevice tool: The narrow design of this attachment makes it ideal for cleaning tight areas around cushions or seats.
- Flex tube: An extendable hose where you can attach non-motorized tools such as the crevice or brush tool and further extend the reach.
|Brush roll on/off||No|
|Charging time||3-4 hrs.|
|Battery life||up to 86 mins.|
|Net weight||3 lbs.|
|Filter type||1 pre-motor HEPA (washable)|
1 post-motor HEPA (washable)
|Dust capacity||0.4 li.|
Does the Roborock H6 provide good value?
The Roborock H6 isn’t available yet in Amazon, but reports say that Roborock will sell it for around $449, which is lower than the current price of the Dyson V10 and V11.
So the question is the H6 better than these two?
One thing going with the H6 is its lightweight design. The whole vacuum weighs around 3 pounds – much lighter than any of the other two Dyson products I mentioned.
Cleaning performance on hard floors and carpet is top-notched even with just the standard brush roll. This was a surprise to me because the Dyson V8’s direct-drive head doesn’t do as well.
The tools that come in the box, in my opinion, are enough for daily cleaning chores.
One concern I have would be the battery which isn’t removable. But the 800-hour lifespan I feel is long enough for several years of service.
However, Roborocks say that the 2-year warranty will cover any issues with the battery, free of charge if it goes bad within the warranty period.
If Roborock can somehow make the battery removable just like with the Tineco, it would be a huge plus.
4 Reasons why you should buy the Roborock H6
- Extended run time: While it didn’t reach 90 minutes, the H6 ran for over 86 minutes which is the longest so far of all the vacuums I tested from one battery.
- Cleans floors well: The standard brush roll is well-designed and didn’t have issues in the cleaning tests (aside from the Fruit loops).
- A versatile stick vacuum: It comes with enough tools that will clean different areas well. I like that it has a hose attachment that improves usability.
- Lightweight: At just 3 pounds, the H6 is one of the lighter cordless stick vacuums available.
The verdict: Who should buy the Roborock H6?
I had my doubts, but the Roborock H6 exceeded expectations.
This cord-free product is an excellent option for folks who want something lightweight and compact without compromising cleaning performance.
The 90-minute run time claim is ambitious, but the H6 came close in the tests I did (more than 86 minutes).
Even at the lowest setting, the H6 has enough airflow to pick up surface debris on hard floors and carpet.
So the long battery life is not just hype, but it’s something practical in the home.
There are some issues such as the lack of a turning radius and a smallish bin that won’t hold a lot of dirt. It also lacks the hygienic system, so expect to get dirty fingers when emptying it.
Overall, Roborock did an outstanding job with their first cordless stick vacuum when it comes to the most important aspects which are cleaning and usability.
Roborock H6 Review: Roborock's First Cordless Stick Vacuum
- Ergonomics - 94%94%
- Surface Cleaning - 99.34%99%
- Deep Cleaning - 83.62%84%
- Quality - 94%94%
- Design - 92%92%
- Value - 93%93%
The Roborock H6 is another great alternative to a Dyson cord-free product based on the tests I did. It actually exceeded my expectations when it comes to its performance on hard surfaces even with the standard brush roll as it did well in nearly every test with the exception of the Fruit loops debris test where it just lacks clearance to fit. I would say that the standard brush roll is good enough to clean hard surfaces and carpet if you don’t mind the amount of vibration it has when cleaning the former. The run time is also another strong suite as it was very close to the 90-minute claim. Even if it did not exceed it, the fact that Roborock was able to squeeze that much without sacrificing cleaning performance is an incredible achievement.