Roborock E5

For multiple rooms

For multiple rooms

With mop

With mop

Climbing height

Climbing height

0.79 cm

Cleaning area

Cleaning area

2152.6 ft2

App control

App control

Mapping

Mapping

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Roborock E5 review and test

Expert:
Klaus Bachmann
Testing methodology:
1.1
Date published:
2023-05-19
Last modified:
2023-05-22

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Good cleaning performance
  • It comes with a remote control

Cons

  • No object avoidance technology
  • No accessories to create virtual barriers or carpet avoidance technology when the mop is attached
  • Inefficient cleaning
  • Few possibilities for customization of the cleaning

Verdict

The Roborock E5 is a budget-friendly robot vacuum cleaner with pros and cons. Its affordability, inclusion of remote control, and good cleaning performance are positive aspects. However, there are a few drawbacks to consider. The E5 lacks object avoidance technology, so it can get tangled in cables, or collide with objects like animal water bowls. Additionally, when the mopping cloth is attached, it doesn't have carpet avoidance technology, requiring manual setup of barriers. The cleaning takes a long time, and limited customization options are available.

Roborock E5
Roborock E5 (Image: Reoverview)

The E5 is from Roborocks budget series of robot vacuum cleaners. It is a successor to the E4 model and has been upgraded in a few areas. The robot is built with gyroscopic navigation, a simple system that still enables it to clean systematically.

We have tested and reviewed the Roborock E5 in accordance with our testing methodology 1.1 for robot vacuum cleaners.

Roborock E4 vs. Roborock E5

The Roborock E4 and E5 are pretty similar. They differ in suction power (The E5 has a suction power of 2500 Pa, whereas the suction power for the E4 is 2000 Pa). Also, the E5-version comes with a remote control.

Who is the Roborock E5 suitable for

  • If you are looking for a simple robot vacuum cleaner, that is easy to control and which does not even need to be connected to an app (you can instead use the supplied remote control), the Roborock E5 might be the right robot vacuum cleaner for you.
  • If you are looking for a budget robot vacuum cleaner with good cleaning performance, The Roborock E5 is a good choice.
  • The Roborock E5 is best suited to small and medium-sized households, because its navigation system is not that advanced. We recommend a robot vacuum cleaner with a camera- or laser-based navigation if you have a large household, for example, the Dreame D10s Pro or the Roborock S7.

Who should not buy the Roborock E5

  • If you have carpets and want to use the mopping function, this robot vacuum cleaner might not be the right choice, because it is not built with an automatic function that prevents it from cleaning carpets when the mopping cloth is attached. The only way is to set up “invisible walls” or physical barriers manually. Also, there are no accessories included to set up “invisible walls” with this robot.
  • The Roborock E5 is not built with object avoidance technology, preventing it from getting tangled in cables, driving into animal water bowls, etc. If you have a home where such items lie on the floor (and you don't clean them up before cleaning), you should not choose this robot vacuum cleaner. Instead, we recommend a robot vacuum cleaner with object avoidance technology, such as the Roborock S7 MaxV, the Roborock S8, or the iRobot Roomba j7.

Navigation

The Roborock E5 is built with gyroscopic navigation
The Roborock E5 is built with gyroscopic navigation (Image: Reoverview)

The Roborock E5 is built with a dual gyroscopic navigation system, enabling the robot to create an internal map and clean systematically, thus getting around and cleaning all rooms.

However, the navigation system is simpler than camera or laser-based navigation systems, and does not offer the same options for customizing the cleaning. In addition, the robot also tends to clean the same areas several times, which makes the cleaning process much longer. However, the gyroscope navigation technology is also what keeps the price of the robot vacuum cleaner down.

The robot vacuum cleaner gets around the home fine, but it runs over the same places several times, meaning cleaning takes a long time. For example, it took the robot 71 minutes to clean an area of 39 m². This means it cleans around 33 m² per hour. In comparison, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI and the Roborock S6 MaxV clean 60 m² per hour in the same household environment.

This inefficient process means a cleaning session takes much longer than robot vacuum cleaners with more advanced navigation. However, as our cleaning tests demonstrate (I will get into this later), the robot also does an excellent job in terms of cleaning performance.

Object avoidance test

The robot was tested in our object avoidance test, where we tested its ability to navigate around the following five objects:

  • A fake poop
  • A rolled up cable
  • A piece of clothing
  • A pet water bowl (filled with water)
  • A can

The Roborock E5 is not equipped with cameras and does not utilize object recognition or avoidance technology. It is also clearly shown in the test where it fails to avoid any objects (and therefore achieves a score of 0 points).

The robot is built with sensors to sense large objects and therefore does not bump into them hard, but when it comes to smaller objects used in our tests, it cannot register them. It is worth noting that if you have dog bowls or the like, you risk the robot vacuum cleaner bumping into them and pushing them around or spilling water from water bowls onto the floor.

If you have pets, it might be a better choice to pick a robot vacuum cleaner with object avoidance technology, and then you might like the Roborock S7 MaxV, or the Roborock S8 instead.

The objects on the floor before the avoidance test started (Image: Reoverview)
The objects on the floor before the avoidance test started (Image: Reoverview)

The objects on the floor when the avoidance test was finished
The objects on the floor when the avoidance test was finished (Image: Reoverview)

Cleaning

The Roborock E5 cleaning the floor (Video: Reoverview)

The Roborock E5 has a maximum suction power of 2500 Pa, which is quite good, especially for robot vacuum cleaners in the budget price range.

We tested the robot's ability to collect sand and rice on a parquet floor. We conducted the following clean-up tests on a parquet floor:

  • Test 1: We tested the robot's ability to pick up 50 grams of sand on a parquet floor.
  • Test 2: We tested the robot's ability to pick up 50 grams of rice on a parquet floor.

In both tests, the robot did an almost perfect job and collected 98% of the sand, and 100% of the rice.
The robot vacuum cleaners that have been through this test have generally done very well. It shows whether the robot vacuum pushes the dirt away or manages to collect it.

In the test, the robot vacuum cleaner came out well in the corners, but compared to the more expensive robot vacuum cleaners we have done the same test on, it took significantly longer (approx. 2x as long) to clean the enclosed area where the test was performed

The parquet floor before the sand clean-up test started
The parquet floor before the sand clean-up test started (Image: Reoverview)

The parquet floor when the sand clean-up test was finished
The parquet floor when the sand clean-up test was finished (Image: Reoverview)

The parquet floor sand clean-up test (speed x 20) (Video: Reoverview)


The dustbin before the parquet floor cleaning test with sand started
The dustbin before the parquet floor cleaning test with sand started (Image: Reoverview)

The dustbin when the parquet floor cleaning test with sand was finished
The dustbin when the parquet floor cleaning test with sand was finished (Image: Reoverview)

Carpet cleaning

Roborock E5 cleaning a carpet
The Roborock E5 cleaning a carpet (Image: Reoverview)

The Roborock E5 is built with carpet detection and increases suction power to maximum when it detects a carpet. It's a handy feature that provides deeper carpet cleaning, but it's a common function among robot vacuum cleaners. The disadvantage of this function is that the robot vacuum cleaner starts to make more noise when it cleans the carpet, but you can switch the function off if you want in the robot vacuum cleaner's app.

The robot vacuum cleaner did very well in our carpet cleaning test and collected 34 grams of sand (68%). This is better than many high-end robot vacuum cleaners we have tested have been able to do (for example, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI only collected 24 grams of sand). However, it should also be noted that the Roborock E5 took 2-2.5 times as long to finish the task and ran over the same spots repeatedly before it was finished.

The carpet before the test started
The carpet before the test started (Image: Reoverview)

The carpet when the test was finished
The carpet when the test was finished (Image: Reoverview)

The carpet cleaning test (20 x speed) (Video: Reoverview)


The dustbin before the carpet cleaning test started (Image: Reoverview)
The dustbin before the carpet cleaning test started (Image: Reoverview)

The dustbin when the carpet cleaning test was finished
The dustbin when the carpet cleaning test was finished (Image: Reoverview)

Mopping

The Roborock E5 can simultaneously vacuum and mop. The robot can vacuum and mop up to 150 m² on one charge. The mopping provides an extra layer of cleanliness and enables the robot to remove stains that vacuuming alone cannot remove.

However, using the mopping function also comes with some drawbacks, mainly because the robot is built with gyroscopic navigation and therefore cannot create "no-go zones", and isn’t built with technologies that prevent the mop cloth from touching the carpet. The mopping cloth should not be used on carpets, so if you have carpets and you want to use the mopping function, you must manually set up barriers to prevent the robot from cleaning the carpets. The robot doesn’t come with any accompanying accessories to create barriers, such as magnetic boundary strips, which are accessories in some other budget robot vacuum cleaners.

We tested the robot vacuum cleaner's mopping capabilities. We tested the robot's ability to remove three dry stains of the following:

  • A dry stain of ketchup
  • A dry stain of coffee
  • A dry stain of sour cream

Once again, the robot vacuum cleaner did an excellent job and completely removed the ketchup and coffee stains. The sour cream was partly removed. However, once again, the robot did take 2-2.5 more time than other robot vacuum cleaners we have tested to do the job. As you can see in the video with the mopping test, the robot vacuum cleaner manages to remove the stains because it runs over them so many times.

The parquet floor before the mopping test started
The parquet floor before the mopping test started (Image: Reoverview)

The parquet floor when the mopping test was finished
The parquet floor when the mopping test was finished (Image: Reoverview)

The mopping test (20 x speed) (Video: Reoverview)

Battery

Roborock E5 returns to the docking station (Video: Reoverview)

The Roborock E5 is equipped with a 5200 mAh battery, which is quite powerful and means it can clean for up to 200 minutes at a maximum. This is long enough to clean most households with one charge. However, the robot creates an internal map when cleaning, and if it doesn't finish cleaning before the battery runs out, it will return to the charging station, recharge and return with the cleaning after it has charged. This means it can also be used in larger households. However, we recommend a robot vacuum cleaner with interactive mapping capabilities if you have a large home, such as the Roborock S7 MaxV, or the Roborock S8).

App

The Roborock E5 can be connected to the "Mi Home" app from Xiaomi (Roborock is owned by Xiaomi). The setup is easy.

The robot doesn't create an interactive map. Therefore, the number of functions in the app is also limited: You cannot set “No-go zones", choose “Selected room cleaning”, etc., as you can with a robot vacuum cleaner with interactive mapping capabilities.

On the app's front page, you can quickly get an overview of the following:

  • Area of cleaned area
  • Percentage of battery left
  • Time cleaned

Further, you can control the following:

  • If the robot should return to the docking station
  • If you want the robot to start cleaning
  • Suction power settings (Silent, Balanced, Turbo, or Max)

The app allows you also to:

  • Set further vacuum settings
  • Set a Timer / Schedule plan
  • Control the robot's voice and volume
  • See the cleaning history
  • See a maintenance schedule

The app is easy to navigate but doesn't have many functions, so that's to be expected.

With most high-end robot vacuum cleaners, you must have the app to control the robot correctly. This is not the case with this robot vacuum cleaner, which can easily be controlled with the included remote control.

Mi Home App
Mi Home app (Image: Reoverview)

Mi Home App
Mi Home app (Image: Reoverview)

Mi Home App
Mi Home app (Image: Reoverview)

Noise emission

The noise emission test of Roborock E5
The noise emission test of Roborock E5 (Image: Reoverview)

We measured the robot's noise emission by registering the maximum registered noise emission and the average noise emission in three different suction power settings. The test was conducted in the following suction power settings:

  • Silent mode
  • Balanced mode
  • Max mode (strongest suction power)

The result was the following:

  • Silent mode: Max measured noise emission 63.6 dB and average noise emission 61.5 dB.
  • Balanced mode: Max measured noise emission 64.9 dB and average noise emission 63 dB.
  • Max mode: Max measured noise emission 70.4 dB and average noise emission 66 dB.

The measurements show the robot vacuum cleaner is average in terms of noise emission. It would have been quieter in Max mode if it had a lower maximum suction power.

Design and shape

Roborock E5 seen from above
Roborock E5 seen from above (Image: Reoverview)

The Roborock E5 has a round shape and is built with one side brush. The round shape is the most common across robot vacuum cleaners and is ideal as it allows it to get out of tight areas easily.

The robot has a 0.64 liter dustbin, which is large compared with other models and means you don't have to empty the dustbin that often.

The water tank has a capacity of 0.18 liters which is relatively small and means you have to fill the water tank often if you want to use the mop function.

We measured the width of the main brush of the Roborock E5 to 6.6 inches, which is a standard size. The main brush is made of hair and rubber.

The robot has an EPA 11 filter, which is washable.

The underside of Roborock E5 without the mopping cloth attached
The underside of Roborock E5 without the mopping cloth attached (Image: Reoverview)

Dimensions and weight

The robot vacuum cleaner measures:

  • Height: 3.74 inches
  • Width: 13.78 inches
  • Depth: 13.78 inches

This is a common size for robot vacuum cleaners, and means that it is sufficiently low to clean under most furniture, such as a couch or bed.

Remote control

The Roborock E5 comes with a remote control called "MagBase™. The remote control enables you to:

  • To control the robot's movement (can be useful if you want to direct the robot vacuum cleaner to an area with some dirt).
  • Start / Stop cleaning
  • Start "Spot Cleaning"
  • Set the suction power level
  • Return the robot to its Dock

The remote control can be helpful in households that want a simple robot vacuum cleaner to clean now and then without it having to be too technologically advanced (as it might be for a robot vacuum cleaner with required app setup, etc.).

The remote control uses 2 AAA batteries.

The MagBase™ remote control
The MagBase™ remote control (Image: Reoverview)

Climbing ability

The climbing ability is stated to be 0.79 inches by the manufacturer.

Dirt disposal base station

The robot vacuum cleaner doesn't come with a dirt disposal unit. Thereby you will need to empty the dust container regularly yourself and refill the water tank.

You can find the best robot vacuum cleaners with dirt disposal base stations here.

Maintenance

The maintenance is shown in the app
The maintenance is shown in the app (Image: Reoverview)

As with all other robot vacuum cleaners, the Roborock E5 requires regular maintenance and purchasing of new parts. In the app, you can find the time remaining before maintenance for specific components.

The day-to-day maintenance consists of the following:

  • Empty the robot's dustbin.
  • Clean the robot's main brush.
  • Refill the robot's water tank (if you use the mopping function).
  • Clean the robot's mop (if you use the mopping function). Recommended to be cleaned every 60 minutes of use.

The more infrequent maintenance consists of the following:

  • Cleaning the robot's sensors (every 30 hours).
  • Replace the filter (every 150 hours).
  • Replace the side brush (every 200 hours).
  • Replace the main brush (every 300 hours).
  • Replace the robot's mopping cloth (when needed). It is recommended to change it every 3 - 6 month.

Measurements in test

Parquet floor cleaning test results
Parquet floor, 50g sand
98% collected
Parquet floor, 50g rice
100% collected
Carpet cleaning test results
Carpet, 50g sand
68% collected
Object avoidance test results
Object avoidance, total score
0 points
Object avoidance, fake dog poop
Not avoided
Object avoidance, rolled up cable
Not avoided
Object avoidance, pet water bowl
Not avoided
Object avoidance, a piece of clothing
Not avoided
Object avoidance, beer can
Not avoided
Mopping test results
Mopping, dry ketchup stain
Completely removed
Mopping, dry sour cream stain
Partly removed
Mopping, dry coffee stain
Completely removed
Noise emission test results
Noise emission, Silent mode
63.6 dB
Noise emission, Balanced mode
64.9 dB
Noise emission, Max mode
70.4 dB
Testing methodology
Testing methodology
1.1
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Specifications

Battery
Max runtime
200 min
Charge time
150 min
Type of battery
Li-ion
Battery capacity
5200 mAh
Automatically docks and recharges
Yes
Cleaning
Cleaning area
2152.6 ft2
Suction power
2500 Pa
Maximum climbing height
0.79 cm
Power
58.0 w
Dustbin capacity
0.64 l
Type of filter
EPA 11
Carpet Boost
Yes
Scheduling function
Yes
Shape
Round
Number of side brushes
1
Mopping
Mopping function
Yes
Water tank capacity
0.18 l
Vibrating mop
No
Automatic mop lift
No
Navigation
Mapping-Sensor
Camera
Object recognition
No
Stair sensor and object sensor
Yes
For multiple rooms
Yes
Control
App control
Yes
Remote control
Yes
Voice control
Yes
Alexa voice control
Yes
Cleaning station
Automatic dirt disposal
No
App-functions
App control
Yes
Interactive mapping
No
Digital Blocked Area
No
Zoned Cleaning
No
No mop zones
No
Multi Floor Maps
No
Selected Room Cleaning
No
Dimensions and weight
Height
3.78 in
Width
13.78 in
Depth
13.78 in
Weight
6.53 lbs

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Max runtime 200 min 180 min 180 min
Charge time 150 min 240 min
Type of battery Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
Battery capacity 5200 mAh 5200 mAh 5200 mAh
Recharge and resume function
Automatically docks and recharges
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Cleaning area 2152.6 ft2 2152.6 ft2 3228.9 ft2
Sound level 67 dB 67 dB
Suction power 2500 Pa 2500 Pa 5100 Pa
Maximum climbing height 0.79 cm 0.79 cm 0.79 cm
Power 58.0 w 68.0 w 74.0 w
Number of cleaning modes
Dustbin capacity 0.64 l 0.47 l 0.4 l
Type of filter EPA 11 EPA 11 EPA 11
Carpet Boost
Scheduling function
Shape Round Round Round
Number of side brushes 1 1 1
Washable filter
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Mopping function
Water tank capacity 0.18 l 0.3 l 0.2 l
Vibrating mop
Automatic mop lift
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Mapping-Sensor Camera LiDAR LiDAR+Camera
Object recognition
Stair sensor and object sensor
For multiple rooms
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App control
Remote control
Voice control
Alexa voice control
Google Home voice control
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Automatic dirt disposal
Dustbag capacity
Automatic water tank refilling
Automatic mop drying
Automatic mop washing
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App control
Interactive mapping
Real Time Tracking
Digital Blocked Area
Zoned Cleaning
No mop zones
Multi Floor Maps
Selected Room Cleaning
caret-up caret-down Dimensions and weight
Height 3.78 in 3.82 in 3.82 in
Width 13.78 in 13.78 in 13.9 in
Depth 13.78 in 13.78 in 13.78 in
Weight 6.53 lbs 10.36 lbs

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