Roborock just unveiled its first-ever stick vacuum. Dubbed Roborock H6, the vacuum performs impressively, offering decent suction, runtime, and a high level of usability. But can it take on established brands? Roborock is not a new company in the vacuum market. They have been around for some time but only produced robots. Join me as I compare the Roborock H6 with Dyson’s V11 to see which brand offers the best features and cleaning abilities.
- 1 Introducing Roborock H6
- 2 Roborock H6 vs. Dyson V11 – Quick Specs Table
- 3 Roborock H6 vs. Dyson V11 – A Detailed Comparison
- 4 Roborock Vs. Dyson V11: Which one to Choose?
- 5 Final Thoughts
Introducing Roborock H6
Roborock just announced their first cordless at CES 2020. Sure, one of the spinoffs, Roidmi, already rocks the cordless world with models such as NEX. But it was time for a change, and that is what the H6 promises:
Roborock H6 vs. Dyson V11 – Quick Specs Table
|Roborock H6||Dyson V11 Torque Drive|
|Dimensions||8.4 × 4.3 × 43.3 inches||10.3 × 9.8 × 50.6 inches|
|Weight||3 lbs||6.7 lbs|
|Suction power||140 AW||185 AW|
|Voltage / watts||21V / 420W||25V / 525 W|
|Expected charging time||4 hours||4.5 hours|
|Expected run time||Max 90 minutes (eco mode)||Max 60 minutes (eco mode)|
|Dustbin capacity||13.5 oz (0.4 liters)||25 oz (0.75 liters)|
|Noise level||68-72 dB (Eco mode to Max mode)||70-78 dB (Eco mode to Boost mode)|
|Warranty length||1 year||2 years|
|Country of manufacture||China||China|
|Price||approx. $450, available in Q2 2020||$682.31|
Roborock H6 vs. Dyson V11 – A Detailed Comparison
Both vacuums are designed to clean a variety of floors, from hardwood, tile, laminate, to different types of carpets. However, the large Dyson V11 produces a much stronger airflow. With these different engines and other airflow technologies, V11 produces 185 AW suction power compared to 140 AW of the H6. The difference is not really that large, taking into account that most cordless units struggle around 100 AW.
In addition to the powerful cleaning, the Dyson V11 offers lossless suction with its cyclone separation system. The two vacuums also come with attachments for different surfaces. On the Roborock H6 is a soft roller brush for delicate floors and another anti-static and anti-tangle brush for carpets.
The H6 outperforms the V11 is some areas, though. Despite its lower suction, the H6 provides for more specialized cleaning. It comes with different brushes for hard surfaces and carpets, which makes it suitable for homes with multiple floors. When vacuuming carpets, the H6 activates a 50-watt motor that spins the brush roll at a speed of 4 000 RPM.
Overall, the cleaning power of the Dyson vacuum is higher, seeing that it comes with a more powerful and high-speed motor. However, the H6 scores high when it comes to specialized vacuuming depending on floor type, plus it offers sufficient suction for different surfaces. Both vacuums auto adjust suction when they sense a carpet, although you can still do it manually.
When rating cordless vacuums, battery capacity is an essential consideration. It shows how long the vacuum can work on a task. You can also use it to gauge a vacuum’s cleaning power. The Dyson V11 comes with a 7-cell Ni-Co-Al (Nickel Cobalt Aluminum) battery. Roborock equipped the H6 with a Li-Po (Lithium-Ion Polymer) battery, the first of its kind to be used on a cordless vac.
The Dyson V11 battery takes 4.5 hours to charge, while the one on the H6 takes only 4 hours. Surprisingly, the Roborock cleans for a longer period than the Dyson despite its faster battery charging. That could be attributed to the more powerful engine of the V11, although battery technology also matters. While the H6 runs for 90 minutes non-stop in Eco mode, the V11 will only do it for one hour.
The highest speed setting brings down the runtime to around 10 minutes for both vacuums. Unless you have to use maximum suction most of the time, you should find the Roborock H6 satisfactory with its long runtime. It means getting more done per single charge, which suits a home with large areas to clean. You get a charging dock with both the V11 and H6, plus a wall rack to hang the vacuum while it charges.
Dust bin and Filtration
Dyson vacuums generally have large bins. The V11 comes with one whose size is almost double that of the H6. It has a capacity of 25 oz (750 ml) compared to only 13.5 (400 ml) of the Roborock H6. While the dustbins of either vacuum empty hygienically, Dyson offers a better mechanism; a shoot-to-empty system that provides a safer way to discard dirt.
The filtration level of both vacuums is efficient enough and safe for allergy sufferers. Dyson vacuums use one of the most effective debris capture technologies called cyclonic separation. That’s what you find on the V11. The vacuum contains a total of 14 cyclones and a HEPA filter, which work together to trap 99.97% of particles as small as a third of a micron.
The Roborock H6 relies on a HEPA filter to contain particles. It performs equally well and retains 99.97% of particles measuring as tiny as 0.3 microns. Both vacuums are safe to use, seeing that each comes with a HEPA filter. The main advantage of the V11’s filtration system is that the filters will not clog quickly.
Depending on the model, a Dyson V11 will come with these accessories: main floor head, extension wand, motorized mini brush, combination tool, dusting brush, crevice tool, and stubborn dirt brush. As you can see, the range of tools and attachments cover every cleaning task from floors, upholstery, to carpets.
The Roborock H6, on the other hand, is accompanied by the following attachments and tools: main floor nozzle, flex tube, carpet brush, motorized mini brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. Here, you’re also assured of a cleaning nozzle for every surface.
Judging by the number and types of accessories for each vacuum, you will see that both come with enough tools to clean different places. Differences will, therefore, mostly appear in the amount of suction power, brush roll design, and if the tool is motorized or not.
The Dyson V11 produces between 70 and 78 dB depending on the speed setting in use. According to the manufacturer, the vacuum uses various technologies to suppress noise. I find it somewhat loud, though, but within acceptable limits.
The Roborock H6 emits 72 dB in Max mode, which is at the same level as the V11. Clearly, none of the vacuums is super quiet. However, that’s understandable for a device that produces over 100 AW of suction and uses a spinning brush roll, which, in most cases, means a separate motor.
Portability and Storage
The Roborock H6 is the lightest of the two vacuums. Designed to resemble and feel like a handheld, it weighs a mere 3 lbs. The Dyson V11 is much on the heavier side, at 6.68 lbs. The H6 is so portable that you can use it as a conventional handheld and clean a wide range of surfaces. The V11 offers limited mobility, especially when you have to clean your car or high places such as ceilings, windowsills, and others.
The H6 is also more compact than the V11. It measures 43.3 x 8.4 × 4.3 inches. The Dyson V11 is bulkier, being 50.63″ long, 10.28″ high, and 9.84″ wide. The Roborock vacuum, therefore, performs better in tight places. When compared to the Dyson model, it offers a higher level of versatility. The compact nature also means easier storage, although both brands come with wall mounts.
As we have seen, the Dyson is bulkier, which makes it less comfortable to use. Both vacuums feature a simple design, though, plus they have easy-to-reach controls and settings. The Roborock H6 features a sizeable OLED screen that displays various reports such as the remaining battery charge, the vacuuming mode in use, and maintenance alerts. The V11 uses a similar display but the LCD type.
When it comes to cleaning time on a single charge, the H6 takes the lead. You can use it for up to 90 minutes non-stop, which is useful when you have to clean large areas in each session. The runtime shortens to only 10 minutes when on the highest Boost setting. The Dyson, on the other hand, cleans for 60 minutes, which drops to around 12 when you engage the Boost mode.
The articulating handle used by the two vacuums makes steering them around a breeze. Cleaning under furniture, too. The bigger sized Dyson V11 will not go into small spaces, though, which is one of its drawbacks. Both models glide on floors smoothly, and you shouldn’t find pushing them on different floors difficult. That includes even carpets, both high and low pile.
The detachable handheld makes the two versatile. However, the Roborock H6 offers more advantages owing to its lightweight nature both as a stick and handheld. As we have already seen, discarding the contents of a V11 dustbin presents no challenge. You press a button, and the dirt comes out instantly. The H6 offers a decent system to empty the bin, too, although not as efficient as that of the V11.
The Dyson provides more space to hold dirt than the Roborock. It uses a larger dustbin (compared to the one provided by the Roborock H6). That means you will emptying the H6 more frequently. However, 13.5 oz would still be adequate if your home is low-traffic. Or, if you prefer to use the vacuum mostly as a handheld. Both vacuums come with a wall mount where you can place them for both storage and charging.
When it comes to maintenance, the V11 carries the day. The cyclonic separation system means fewer costs to keep the vacuum going. It relieves you of the need to keep changing the filters. However, the Roborock H6 comes with washable filters. Save for the many times to take out the filters for cleaning, you will not worry about buying new ones now and then.
The brushes of both the Dyson V11 and Roborock H6 are designed to resist tangles. However, you still need to clean them from time to time. The brushes are easy to remove. The dustbins are also easy to take out for cleaning. Of the two vacuum producers, Dyson seems to have focused more on making things easy for the user. From filters that take a long time to clog, a dust bin that comes out in an instant, to the anti-tangle brush roll, the V11 is less demanding to maintain.
Warranty and Price
The Dyson V11 is backed by a 2-year guarantee, while Roborock offers 1 year for the H6. The length of the warranty of the H6 is what’s standard on the market. I wouldn’t find that worrying, though, given that Roborock has always manufactured quality vacuums. Besides, they’re known to honor their warranties.
Talking about price differences, the Roborock has been the budget-friendly brand with its robot vacuums. And that’s despite them coming equipped with advanced features. That’s what the new Roborock H6 offers. Compared to the Dyson V11, the amount you spend is much lower, enough to qualify to be called pocket-friendly.
Dyson vacuums are among the most high-priced on the market. However, their high-end features and strong suction justifies the price tags. Few brands can compete with Dyson models, save for a few areas such as weight and size.
The Roborock vacuum costs less than the Dyson. And while low-cost is often associated with inferior features, that’s not the case with the H6. The vacuum offers impressive cleaning power and runtime, the two major features to consider when looking for a cordless stick vacuum.
Roborock Vs. Dyson V11: Which one to Choose?
After the comparisons, it’s clear that each vacuum has both strong and weak sides. The Roborock H6 offers exceptional versatility with its lightweight nature and slim design. It also cleans for a little bit longer than the V11, allowing you to finish tasks on time. Its battery charges for a much short period too, which means fewer delays with the cleaning chores.
Unless you have lots of high pile carpets to vacuum, a lot of dirt to clean every session, and stubborn debris, the Roborock H6 would be an excellent option. It offers an acceptable level of suction, plus it’s compact and light enough to be used by most members of your family. With HEPA filtration, it also keeps allergens trapped and provides safe cleaning.
The Dyson V11 suits heavy-duty cleaning with its high suction. I would recommend it if you have a lot of debris to clean. It offers ample space to store dirt and long enough runtime. Although heavier and bulkier than the H6, the V11 cleans floors impressively. The filtration system is super-effective, with the ability to trap most allergens for a safer home.
Both the Roborock H6 and Dyson V11 clean superbly. The V11 is more powerful, though, while the H6 scores high on weight and compactness. The type to choose, therefore, depends on your particular needs. If looking for a highly usable vacuum and your home is mostly bare floors, I would recommend the Roborock H6. For a home with lots of carpeted areas, or if you already have a handheld for lighter tasks and tight places, I would advise you to pick the Dyson V11.
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