Gone are the days when all that robot vacuums did was suck dirt and debris. Today, the latest dust-busters have high-end specs that include innovative mopping technology and AI-based navigation. The Roborock S7 MaxV and Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni are two such robots.
Both introduced during CES 2022, the vacuum and mop combos bring a plethora of features to go along with their cleaning capabilities. Arguably their biggest draw, however, are docking stations that can also clean the robots — and in the Deebot’s case, hot-air dry its mop pads.
Sleek and premium-priced, the S7 MaxV Ultra and X1 Omni are worthy rivals. So which one should you buy?
Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra vs Deebot X1 Omni Comparison Chart
Design and Dock
Roborock’s S7 MaxV Ultra robot and base have functionality in mind. On the other hand, Ecovacs approaches its Deebot X1 Omni and OMNI station with a minimalist aesthetic.
Despite their variety, robot vacuums typically come in a circular form. Roborock and Ecovacs don’t divert from this template. However, Roborock’s S7 MaxV Ultra is the smaller unit, coming in at 13.8 by 13.9 inches. It also sports a lower 3.8-inch profile that’s friendlier to furniture than the Deebot X1 Omni’s 4.1-inch height.
Most of these robots’ components overlap. At their top, you’ll find key buttons, although the X1 prefers to keep it simple with just a power key. There’s also a raised disc imprinted with their logos and which conceals the LiDAR sensors. Meanwhile, their S7 MaxV Ultra and X1 Omni are clad in plastic bumpers to protect the advanced navigation sensors on the front.
Looking at their underside, you see a few differences between the units. Roborock’s vacuum only comes with one side brush, while the Ecovacs X1 Omni has two. The S7 MaxV Ultra’s charging contacts are near the front, one on each side of the omnidirectional wheel. With the X1 Omni, the charging contacts are on the rear end of the vacuum. Outside these components, the MaxV Ultra and X1 Omni have all the expected features — main wheels, a brush, cliff, and carpet sensors.
The main draw of these robot vacuums is their docking stations. However, these aren’t your usual charging bases. Here, Ecovacs takes its aesthetics seriously. The company hired the Danish firm Jacob Jensen Design to bring to fruition a sleek and minimalist robot and base.
Although large, the OMNI station hides its compartments behind an almost seamless unit. It’s capable of separating clean water from sewage, refilling your X1’s water tank, and emptying its bin. Moreover, the base can wash the X1’s mop pads and dry them with hot air.
That drying part is what Roborock’s Empty Wash Fill Dock lacks. Although it’s the company’s most advanced today, it doesn’t come close to the design of the OMNI station. Roborock lets you know exactly what it is, with clear bins for emptying the MaxV Ultra’s dustbin, washing its mop, and refilling the water tank. There’s also a dedicated area near the base for cleaning the vacuum.
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra and Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni boast AI-powered mapping and navigation technology.
To move around your home, the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra and Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni use LiDAR navigation. The technology is fast becoming a standard in flagship bots. Where the two truly make headway, however, is in solid object avoidance. Most robovacs will simply avoid anything in their way. With the MaxV Ultra and X1 Omni, the units recognize the obstructions.
Roborock calls its technology ReactiveAI. This combines laser navigation with an RGB camera and 3D scanning. Aside from building a precise map of your home, it allows the MaxV Ultra to identify hazards in a room and react to them accordingly. For instance, the robot can vacuum close to shoes or table legs. However, it’ll avoid pet waste, power strips, and wires. You can read more about this machine learning feature in our Roborock S7 vs S7 MaxV comparison.
On the other hand, Ecovacs markets its technology as AIVI 3D Tech. Like the MaxV Ultra, the X1 Omni uses an RGB camera called AIVI 3.0 and its TrueDetect 3D sensor to identify and recognize common household obstacles. Powered by AI computing, the X1 Omni learns with each cleaning task which hazards to avoid. It can even recognize humans. And with its LiDAR navigation, it can also map your home quickly and efficiently.
Both technologies identify the location of the obstacles with impressive accuracy. They also work any time of the day. With their respective 3D scanning, these robots can maneuver their way even at night.
Vacuum and Mop Features
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra has the edge over the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni when it comes to cleaning.
For all their advancements in navigation, it’s easy to forget how powerful these vacuums are. Roborock, for instance, doubles the suction power of the S7 MaxV Ultra from the original S7 series to 5100Pa. It also comes with a durable all-rubber main brush installed on a multi-directional floating mechanism. This allows the brush to stay close to the floor across uneven surfaces. And since it’s all rubber, the main brush is less prone to tangles.
As for mopping, Roborock uses what it calls VibraRise. The technology employs sonic vibrations that allow its mop module to vibrate 3,000 times per minute. It also comes with an innovative auto-mop lifting feature. Here, the MaxV Ultra’s mop module lifts when it detects carpet. It then adjusts its orientation to mop hard floors and vacuum carpeted surfaces.
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni has a slightly lower 5000Pa suction power. It’s not a big gap compared to Roborock’s, especially since the X1 Omni has two side brushes. This gives it the edge in agitating more dirt and debris. Like the MaxV Ultra, the X1 Omni’s main brush floats for better ground contact. However, the bristled brush invites more tangles with pet hair and carpet fluff.
The X1 Omni’s mop module doesn’t lift. But its circular mop pads also rotate, albeit at a slower 180 times per minute, a feature it calls OZMO Turbo 2.0. Mop pads are also kept moist evenly through the electronically controlled reservoir. The only downside is that the tank capacity is just 80ml, considerably modest next to the Roborock’s 200ml.
Smart Features and Runtime
Roborock’s S7 MaxV Ultra boasts two-way video call support, while Ecovacs’s Deebot X1 Omni markets a built-in voice assistant.
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra and Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni are smart appliances as much as they are powerful vacuum mops. Both have a companion app where users can save maps, set cleaning schedules, and adjust robot settings. Here, Roborock’s app feels a bit more intuitive than what Ecovacs offers. Through the Roborck app, users can also make video calls with the MaxV Ultra, which comes with an onboard mic.
As expected of flagship bots, the MaxV Ultra and X1 Omni support voice control. Roborock relies solely on compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Homeowners can also set up Siri shortcuts. On the other end, the X1 Omni supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, too. However, it also comes with a built-in assistant called YIKO. This is handy if you don’t have Alexa or Google Assistant devices.
Battery life goes the way of Roborock. Despite having similar 5200mAh batteries, the MaxV Ultra boasts a runtime of 180 minutes. The only caveat here is that the robot should be in Quiet Mode. Meanwhile, Ecovacs markets the X1 Omni with 120 minutes of runtime.
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is great if you want a powerful vacuum and mop. On the other hand, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni will appeal to those who want a balance of form and function.
Robot vacuums and mops are getting smarter year in and year out. The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra and Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni attest to this. Both units have their share of innovative features, from mop-lifting functions on the MaxV Ultra to built-in voice assistants on the X1 Omni.
Looking at their specs, Roborock has a slight edge in vacuuming and mopping. Aside from better scrubbing, you get a larger water reservoir. The MaxV Ultra’s mop-lifting capability is also a game-changer in the industry. Moreover, the ability to make video calls using a robot vacuum is something out of a sci-fi movie. The best part is the MaxV Ultra is cheaper than the X1 Omni.
With the slightly more expensive Ecovacs bot, you’re paying for the marriage of form and function. The robot’s OMNI station is one of the best designed, a rarity in a robovac market with utilitarian tendencies. Although it can’t make video calls or lift its mop, its base station does almost everything the Roborock offers while also drying mop pads. If you want aesthetics with substance, the X1 Omni should be worth the extra dollars.
In terms of power, the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra has a longer runtime and higher suction power rating than the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni. When it comes to their base station, however, the X1 Omni’s edge is that it can also hot-air dry mop pads.
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is not compatible with Apple Homekit. However, you can enable Siri shortcuts through the Roborock app.
The Deebot X1’s OMNI station has a 3-liter dustbin capacity that can be used for up to 60 days.
Roborock has reassured customers that the S7 MaxV Ultra does not save a single image. It shares that the RGB camera is used purely for obstacle avoidance.