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Roborock H6 Adapt cordless vacuum review: Clean air, clean home

roborock h6 adapt review
Roborock H6 Adapt cordless vacuum review: Clean air, clean home
MSRP $450.00
“The Roborock H6 Adapt's incredible suction sucks up everything while keeping the air clean.”
  • Lightweight, with powerful suction
  • Quiet, except on the highest suction mode
  • Five-stage air filtration to improve air quality
  • Numerous accessories make it easy to clean anywhere
  • Shorter battery life on high-power modes
  • Takes four hours to fully charge

Robot vacuums provide a consistent level of clean and unmatched convenience, but there are certain jobs they just cannot do — for example, cleaning the stairs. Robot vacs aren’t great at spot cleaning, either.

Where a robot vacuum struggles, a cordless stick vacuum can get the job done. Thanks to a slew of stick vacuums that have come onto the market in the past few years, users have a lot to choose from. Now, Roborock has added another option with the H6 Adapt, a Red Dot 2020 winner for its design.

The Roborock H6 Adapt combines five-stage air purification with powerful cleaning and a lightweight design to provide a product that is not only easy to use, but on can actually improve air quality while keeping the home clean.

Small, lightweight, and powerful

The Roborock H6 Adapt might be the lightest stick vacuum I’ve ever used. The main body is only three pounds, and the attachments hardly weigh anything at all. It easily cleans up messes and doubles as a duster for keeping cabinet tops clean or sucking cobwebs out of corners.

Because it doesn’t require a stand, the H6 Adapt is the perfect vacuum for small spaces. You can just plug it in to charge, although it does include a wall mount that can charge the vacuum and doubles as an accessory rack. It’s a necessary addition, too, as the H6 Adapt comes with a slew of different accessories.

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The primary accessory is the baton, a 30-inch extension that any of the other accessories acn fit into. The H6 Adapt also comes with a larger carpet brush for vacuuming the floor, a motorized mini brush that is perfect for stairs, and a dusting brush.

It also comes with a crevice tool for vacuuming tight corners, as well as a flex tube to access to hard-to-reach areas. All of these accessories give the H6 Adapt the ability to clean a variety of different areas. You can use it to vacuum up around the kitchen table, suck up a flour spill in the kitchen, and tidy up the car after a long road trip.

Max Mode feels like it will suck the paint off of a car.

The battery is rated for up to 90 minutes of continuous suction, although this does vary in actual usage. The type of accessory and the cleaning mode you choose can have a major impact, especially if you choose Max mode. This mode ramps the suction power to the maximum amount possible, but shortens battery life in a big way. That said, if you need to deep clean an area, Max Mode feels like it will suck the paint off of a car.

Powerful suction meets air purification

Many people find stick vacuums to be less sanitary, and this is sometimes the case. Many vacuums allow dirt particles to escape from the container, resulting in worse air quality than when you started. That isn’t the case with the Roborock H6 Adapt.

As someone who is highly allergic to cats but still owns one, the furniture in my home is vacuumed on a regular basis. A couch is less relaxing when sitting on it causes you to break out in hives. Some vacuums will cause an allergic reaction just by vacuuming cat hair, but the H6 Adapt does not.

I have sneezed less, especially when using the higher-power modes.

It contains the hair inside its dust bin and is capable of eliminating up to 99.99% of allergens under 3 microns in size as you clean. Roborock specifically lists cat dander as one of the particles it eliminates, alongside dust mites, mold, pollen, dog dander, and other pollutants.

While I normally remain skeptical of air purification claims until they can be proven, the H6 Adapt has demonstrated just how effective it is. I have sneezed less, especially when using the higher-power modes to clean cat hair from furniture.

An LED readout provides all the information you need

The H6 Adapt has an LED readout on the handle that provides you with information at a glance. It shows three main things: Whether the vacuum is locked or unlocked, the amount of battery life remaining, and the current suction mode.

Knowing how much battery life remains is fantastic. It shows as both a percentage and as a specific time. You can track down to the second how much more life the battery has before you’ll need to stop and charge. This amount varies wildly depending on the mode, For example, with 49% battery life remaining, Eco mode (the lowest suction mode) provides just over 41 minutes of life, while standard suction mode provides just over 21 minutes and Max suction mode provides only five minutes.

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There is a button at the end of the handle you can tap to swap between suction modes as needed, as well as a button the side that locks the vacuum. Doing this means you can release the trigger and it will continue to work. Farewell, sore fingers!

After a minute of inactivity, the screen will automatically turn off to preserve battery life. It takes roughly four hours or so to fully charge the battery after you wear it down, so if you have a large home and you plan to vacuum the entire area, picking up a spare battery is a good idea.

Easy dirt disposal

All stick vacuums work roughly the same way, with a release latch to open and empty the dust bin. Too often, this latch is on the bottom of the dust bin — in other words, opening it results in a shower of dust and dirt on your hand.

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The Roborock H6 Adapt delivers an easy solution to this. Just below the trigger is a switch that opens the dust bin. Hold the vacuum over the trash can and press the switch to drop the contents of the dust bin into the trash. The top of the vacuum opens to allow access to the filter should it ever need to be replaced. The entire vacuum has a modular build that makes it easy to swap out pieces without difficulty.

Our take

The Roborock H6 Adapt is an excellent option that provides thorough cleaning while addressing air quality issues within the home. Its light weight makes it a great solution for individuals twho might not be able to lift heavier weight. The $450 price point is steep, but the H6 Adapt is more affordable than some of its competition like the Samsung Jet 90 ($649) or the $600 Dyson V11.

How long will it last?

The Roborock H6 Adapt is built out of hard plastic. This durable material is what gives it a lighter weight than the competition, but that doesn’t mean it’s flimsy. The vacuum feels strong, so I fully expect it to last for years to come, especially with proper maintenance. If something should go wrong, Roborock offers a one-year warranty from the date of purchase.

Is there a better alternative?

If you’re looking for comparable suction at a more budget-friendly price, you might consider the Tineco Pure ONE S11 at $300. It lacks some bells and whistles, but will get the job done for less. On the other hand, the Dyson V11 Torque Drive is top-tier when it comes to raw cleaning power. While you will pay more, your carpets will be clean.

Should you buy it?

Yes. The air filtration will improve the air quality in your home by ensuring all dirt and allergens remain trapped firmly inside the vacuum.

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