5 of the Best Robotic Mops: Is It Time to Throw Away Your Mop?

Mopping the floor has got to be up there in the things-I-hate-to-do-list.

Do you ever wish that you could just outsource your mopping duties at home?

No I’m not talking about hiring a helper because that would be very costly. I’m talking about a robot mop doing it for you anytime you want it to without complaining a lick.

In this article I’ll reveal 5 of the best robotic mops in the market – all of which have varied features and prices that will suite your needs.

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Model
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Run time
150 - 210 mins.
3 hrs.
140 mins.
90 mins.
140 mins.
Diameter (inches)
15
13.39
13.39
12.2
11.81
Height (inches)
4.5
3.15
3.62
2.99
2.76
Cleaning radius
350 to 1,000 sq. ft.
Up to 200 sq. feet
150 - 200 sq.m.
180 sq.m.
90 - 150 sq.m.
Mopping modes
(1) Dry sweep
(2) Wet mop
(1) Dry sweep
(2) Damp mop
(3) Wet mop
(1) Wet mop
(1) Wet mop
(2) Vacuum
+ Dry mop
(1) Wet mop
(2) Vacuum
+ Dry mop
HEPA filter
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Water Tank Capacity
N/A
150 ml
.45L
0.3L
0.3L
Battery
2,000 mAh NiMh
Li-Ion
2,600 mAh Li-Ion battery
2,600 mAh Li-Ion battery
2,600 mAh Li-Ion battery
Charge time
2 hrs.
2 hrs.
appox. 300 mins
appox. 300 mins
appox. 300 mins
Warranty
1 yr.
1 yr.
12-months / 45 day moneyback guarantee (read warranty details here)
12-months / 45 day moneyback guarantee (read warranty details here)
12-months / 45 day moneyback guarantee (read warranty details here)
Price

Why do you need one?

The market for robotic vacuums is growing each year because of the increasing busyness of people.

A lot more families are dual-income which means both husband and wife have work – that means less time to do tedious chores.

The increased disposable income means these couples can afford luxuries like this and the great news is you don’t need to speed more than $400 to buy something decent thanks to Chinese brands like ILIFE.

How to choose a robot mop?

You have a few options when it comes to choosing functionality.

In my opinion the best of the bunch is still the iRobot Braava that combines true back-and-forth mopping motion and efficient navigation but these robots cost over $200 and don’t have any scheduling at all.

Another option would be the Scooba, another iRobot product. This is the only robot in the market the deep cleans bare floors like tile using stiff bristles and then sucks up excess water. Unfortunately the Scooba has been discontinued by iRobot and the ones you see for sale are mostly secondhand units.

If you can get one that’s in good condition, you’ll have yourself a tool that will deep clean sealed flooring tile or granite but it will not come cheap.

The last option would be robot and mop hybrids that can vacuum and mop – sometimes at the same time! Some brands that offer this include Moneual Rydis, ILIFE, Jisiwei and Ainol to name a few.

The latter three are Chinese made brands that are starting to make a name for themselves in the market.

Unlike the Braava, these vacuum and mop hybrids don’t have a true back-and-forth mopping motion. These products use the same pattern when vacuuming as it would when mopping so these machines will not do well in terms of agitation but if your goal is maintenance mopping these machines will do the job.

Our Pick: iRobot Braava 380t

Hands down the iRobot Braava will provide consumers with the truest mopping functionality out of the 5 robot mops featured in this list.

Unlike the hybrids I mentioned in the previous section, the Braava 380t does not have any vacuum functionality – this is a robot mop in the truest sense of the word.

Out of the box it comes with two brackets and cleaning cloths – for dry mopping/sweeping and wet mopping.

Press on the wet mopping mode and this robot will go in an efficient cleaning pattern (similar to a Neato) and then go in the same short back and forth mopping motion – similar to what you would do with a hand mop.

Watch this video to see what I mean…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPlzA2Ur1Gk

This robot uses the “NorthStar Navigation Cube” that acts as the eyes of the 380t to help it track its location, build a map of the area, avoid obstacles and avoid cliff points like stairs as it encounters them.

iRobot recommends placing this cube in an elevated area like the countertop.

However all is not well with this mopping robot, it does not have a docking station where it goes back to after a cleaning cycle.

What it has is a charging cradle where you will have to physically pick up the robot and charge manually.

Another downside is the inability to schedule which means this isn’t totally hands-free and since the mop is small, you can only use this in a very small area and multi-room mopping is not possible.

But if your priority is wet mopping this is your best option. The best way to use this soaking it with warm or hot water from the tap, wring out excess water then attach it to the wet mopping bracket and let it run in wet mop mode.

By doing this you don’t need to wait for the mop to be wet because it is already damp and you can also spray cleaning solution (iRobot sells this by the way) and take full advantage of the mopping motion that this bring to the table.

Bottom line: This is the best true robot mop in the market right now bar none. It is efficient, gives you decent agitation with the mopping motion and does not cost as much as a Scooba. Remember that this machine does not have any vacuuming functionality so you may want to consider investing in one like a Roomba 980 or 960.

The Spraying Robot: iRobot Braava Jet 240

Most of the robot mops I’ve tested and talked about in this blog use a built-in water tank system that rely on gravity for the water to reach the microfiber pad underneath.

This is where the Braava Jet 240 is unique. Instead of water slowly dripping down towards the mop underneath, it has a spray in front that automatically squirts water in front of the robot before it goes through its mopping motion.

It has three cleaning modes – a dry mop, damp mop and wet mopping mode.

In the dry mopping mode, the robot simply goes in a straight back and forth pattern (again, similar to a Neato). This mode is designed to dry sweep dust and other small bits and pieces of dirt that may be stuck on the floor.

The small mop means that it will only cover a small area up to 200 square feet.

When you switch over to damp mop mode, it goes in a similar back and forth pattern as it would in dry mop mode but it will squirt water and the head will vibrate giving it some agitation.

In wet mopping mode, the robot will spray water, vibrate and go into the mopping motion. iRobot says that this mode provides the best agitation and will be able to clean relatively fresh coffee stains.

iRobot also designed it in such a way that you don’t need to press a separate button for every cleaning mode. There is a single button on top and it reads the pattern cut out on the disposable mops to choose the right cleaning mode.

Disposable mops you say, what if I want reusable pads?

Yes, this robot uses disposable pads and it can get pretty costly if you use this every single day.

The good news is you can buy blue reusable pads (these are washable by the way) for around $20 for a pack of two. Each of these will last for around 150 to 200 uses – much longer than the disposables.

Remember these pads are designed for wet mopping use only which is the cleaning mode you’ll probably use most often.

iAdapt 2.0

Unlike the Braava 340t that uses a “Navigation Cube”, this robot does not need a separate device to help it navigate. It comes built-in with the iAdapt 2.0 navigation algorithm which is similar the navigation of top-of-the-line robots like the Roomba 980.

This simply means efficient navigation without going over the same area twice. The downside again is after the mopping cycle is done, you still have to pick this robot up and plug it to recharge.

Bottom line: The Braava Jet 240 is a newer and cheaper version of the Braava 340t that uses a spraying mechanism to spray water. It has a similar efficient cleaning pattern as the 340t but without the need for the navigation cube. It mainly uses disposable pads but reusable pads are also available for sale.

Value for Money: ILIFE V7S

Over the past two years, one manufacturer has been making waves in the robot vacuum market niche thanks to its polished and yet affordable products.

I’m talking about the ILIFE brand and the V7S is one of its best products to date. It combines excellent vacuum functionality and mopping capabilities that make it a popular choice among consumers, particularly in Europe.

The V7S has one of the largest mops and water tank capacities in the market today. Its water tank is capable of holding around 450 milliliters of water which is enough to mop a large room without having to refill it.

Here’s the mop in action…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4hxs2lHP3g

Like most robotic mops in the market, this robot also relies on gravity to transfer water from the tank to the mop which also is one of its biggest downsides.

Since it only relies on gravity, water will continue to drip down even after you turn off the robot and when you leave it long enough, the mop will become soaking wet and leave a very big wet spot.

But that issue could be solved with the newer version called the V7S Pro. I have not tested this product but once I do I will give you an update.

Another downside is that this robot simply drags the mop around and does not have the mopping motion that a Braava has so agitation suffers a little bit.

One technique I like to use is pre-soaking the microfiber mop with distilled water then spray it will cleaner and put less water inside the tank.

Bottom line: The V7S (and subsequently the V7S Pro) has the biggest water tank of the bunch which allows it to mop a larger area longer. It does not have the mopping motion that a Braava has but it makes up for it by going back to the dock by itself when it finishes mopping. The newer V7S Pro also gives you the option to schedule mopping – this is a feature I’ve yet to see in other robot mops.

Vacuum and Mop: ILIFE X5 and V5 Pro

While the V7S has both mopping and vacuuming functionality it can’t do these functions at the same time.

Just in case you need a robot that can do both simultaneously you need to check out the ILIFE X5 and V5 Pro.

In terms of product design, both of these products function like the V7S – it uses a water tank that relies on gravity to slowly drip water down to the microfiber mop.

The biggest difference would be the size of the mop. Instead of covering a third of the robot, the mop on the X5 and V5 Pro covers barely half the underside.

This design feature will allow consumers to use the robot as a mop and vacuum simultaneously but without the water tank. If you want to damp mop and vacuum at the same time, you obviously have to soak the mop in water and then spray cleaning solution.

Here’s the mopping demo of the V5 Pro…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C0hngNuld4

Bottom line:  If you need a quick mop and don’t have time to manually vacuum tiled floor then this is a great tool to have. Both of these machines are the same except for some scheduling improvements found in the V5 Pro.

Conclusion

These 5 robotic mops are the best in the market in my opinion in terms of value for money and performance. If you want a true robot mop then I suggest you go with either of the two iRobot Braavas featured but if you aren’t willing to spend $200 or more then any of the three ILIFE robots I recommended will do – all of them will do a decent job mopping any sealed floor surface.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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