If you have areas that require mopping, then you should consider a robot mop for the next addition to your smart home. This guide will introduce you to the best robot mop based on your home.
There are several options to consider when buying a robot mop. There are mops that can handle your entire home to mops that are perfect (and priced right) for that small entryway that always has dirty footprints.
Small Room Mopping
Whole Home Mopping
Small Room Mopping
Light Vacuum + Mopping
Strong Vacuum + Light Mopping
Mop & Vacuum Hybrid
Invisible Wall Barrier
(Set in App)
(Set in App)
Jet Spray and Vibrating Pads
Jet Spray and Pads
Spray, Scrub Brush, Suction and Scraper
Vacuum and Side Brush, Water Drops and Pad
Vacuum with Main Brush and Side Brush, Water Drops and Cloth
Alexa Control *
6.7 x 7 x 3.3
10 x 10.6 x 3.5
11.1 x 11.5 x 4.7
11.8 x 11.8 x 3
13.8 x 13.7 x 3.8
* Start and stop your devices with Amazon Alexa voice control.
Are you thinking about upgrading your cleaning chore with a robot mop? If you are, there are a couple of things you should take into account.
The type of floor in your residence is a crucial factor in selecting this cleaning tool. If your home mainly consists of laminate floors, then you need a mop that uses just a small amount of water to prevent warping and other problems. Learn how water damages laminate floors here.
Similarly, tile flooring requires a cleaner designed specifically for that surface. Essentially, it should be able to access and clean the grout lines between the tiles. Good news is that most robot mops can clean hard floors such as tile, laminate, and vinyl with ease.
The bad news is that some homes have a variety of floors or carpeting as opposed to just one type of floor such as wood. In this case, you should go for a hybrid robot mop that can also function as a vacuum.
The next thing you should think about is the size of your home. In particular, you should calculate the total surface area of your floor.
This metric will help you determine the ideal water tank capacity and battery life to look for when shopping. For a larger home, ensure the mop’s battery and tank capacity can last long enough to clean your home in one swoop.
Without a doubt, vacuuming and mopping floors will release dander, dust, and pollen into the air. Whether or not you’re allergic to these debris, they’ll make you susceptible to sneezing and irritation.
To prevent this, you need a robot mop with an effective filtration system, capable of trapping all these particles instead of spreading them through the air. The most recommended are HEPA filters as they can capture even the tiniest dust particles.
Regardless of whether they’re hybrid models or not, robot mops generate noise. However, some are louder than others.
The standard unit used to measure the amount of noise is decibel (dB). The higher the decibel figure, the louder the gadget is. Thus, if you have occupants or pets that are very sensitive to noise, choose a robot mop with lower decibels.
For homeowners interested in an affordable and smart mopping cleaner, the Braava Jet 240 is a great option.
The box-shaped robot measures 6.7 x 7 x 3.3 inches and weighs slightly under 3 pounds, making it a lightweight and compact unit. This means it is suitable for cleaning smaller areas like apartments and condominiums, where often, the hard floors are reserved for bathrooms, kitchens and entryways.
But the key highlight of this robot mop is its easy navigation. Here’s how complex it is to use it: start by charging the battery then insert it in the mop. Place your preferred cleaning pad on the bottom part, set the mop down and switch it on. A few minutes later and you have clean floors.
Included in the package are three different cleaning pads. The wet pad is meant for a thorough scrubbing of soiled floors while the damp pad is designed for lighter cleaning. There’s also a dry sweeping pad, which is great for removing dirt, hair and other easily-collectible materials.
If you prefer a robot mop that has all the frills then the iRobot Jet M6 is just what you need.
With Wi-Fi integration, zoned mapping and Imprint Link technology, this mop has certainly taken things a notch higher.
This cleaner comes in an all-white case with a couple of silver and grey accents. So how exactly does it work?
The M6 employs a special cleaning mechanism called Imprint Technology. This technology functions by mapping out the different zones that need to be cleaned. If you’re controlling it using the iRobot Home app, you can assign specific names to these spaces.
What’s exciting about the zoned cleaning is that it lets you navigate the mop using voice-controlled devices like Alexa and Google Assistant.
The Imprint Technology works in conjunction with Imprint Link. The latter is a feature that allows this mop to communicate with other iRobot’s smart vacuums, specifically the Roomba s9, s9+, i7 and i7+.
If you own any of these smart vacuums, you can program it to sweep your home. Once it completes vacuuming, it will notify your Braava Jet M6 so that it can start mopping.
Another plus of this robot mop is its recharging capability. This robot is able to return to its station, charge up and resume cleaning.
A versatile cleaner with simple navigation, the ILIFE W400 is a cheaper alternative to other feature rich robot mops.
One thing that we really love about this robot mop is its user-friendly panel. This has very few and straightforward controls: start/stop, switch mode and a voice alert button, which tells you the gadget’s status.
You can also keep tabs on the battery and water tank levels using the controls on this panel.
The various cleaning modes of the W400 are suited for different applications. While in path mode, the mop independently and strategically cleans a large space.
The Spot Mode is meant for cleaning a small section in a spiral manner while the Edge Mode is meant for cleaning along walls and side bars. The last is Area Mode, which causes the mop to clean only the section that is in immediately around it.
To activate any one of these modes, just press the ‘switch mode’ button on the panel. You can also use a remote control that’s included in the package.
The ILIFE V5s is a 2-in-1 robot mop and vacuum cleaner that can tackle any type of flooring.
The ILIFE V5S mop can clean both thin carpets and different types of floors. These include hardwood, vinyl, laminate, marble and linoleum.
As for carpet-cleaning, the emphasis is on the thin variety because it’s likely to get stuck on ones that are thicker and heavier.
Being a multipurpose cleaner, this gadget can be used for vacuuming and mopping. And the good thing is that it transitions from one cleaning system to another very smoothly.
Like most robot cleaners, it also has several cleaning modes. The auto cleaning mode comes in handy when you want to clean an entire room. What’s unique about this setting is that it automatically adjusts the intensity of cleaning depending on the dirt it encounters.
With the edge cleaning mode, the mop concentrates on the areas along the edges of the walls and around corners.
The spot-cleaning mode causes it to focus on a given section while schedule cleaning mode allows you to program the specific time of the day when it should start running.
Also incorporated in this tool are some anti-collision and anti-fall sensors. The first set of sensors detects and avoids obstacles on the cleaning area while the second set prevents the mop from falling off a stairway.
A robotic mop and vacuum in one. This is a fully featured and very cable robot.
Cleaning is one aspect where the S5 really shines. It uses a 2-step technique of sweeping and mopping.
For sweeping, it uses a high suction vacuum that draws all the dust into the bin. The mopping system, on the other hand, works so effectively that it leaves no water streak or stains.
This mop also comes equipped with a smart navigation technique. This is made possible by the No Go Zones and Barrier Tape features. The No Go Zone lets you determine which sections of the room the mop should avoid. With Barrier Tape, you can virtually section off rooms in the app that you want the cleaner to stay out of entirely.
The only problem with the V5s is its size. At 3.8 inches tall, this mop is not going to fit under low-clearance furniture, meaning that you might still be forced to mop some areas manually.
The Roborock S5 is a great choice if you need a vacuum as much or more than a mopping robot.
Robot mops are primarily for convenience. They exist to make our lives easier. That said, these cleaning robots don’t come cheap. What makes robot mops really worth the investment is the fact that they save us a lot of time. Time is a valuable resource, and we cannot afford to waste it.
Instead of spending an entire afternoon mopping the house, you could be spending it with your loved ones, learning a new recipe or completing a work report. Sure, devoting an hour or two every week to clean may not seem like much. But if you sum it up, that is valuable time that you could spend on other activities.
Getting to save such a huge chunk of time is important for homeowners who invest in robot mops.
Other perks of robot mops include:
Imagine coming home to a clean, germ-free and sparkly environment.
Convenient for sure. However, this feature is also great for people with allergies. By the time you get back home, there aren’t any dust particles lingering in the air.
In most cases, you can configure the robot mop to run at a specific time but also on select days. So if you like, you can schedule the robot on weekdays and then do a more thorough cleaning during the weekend.
When you’re mopping your house, it’s likely that you clean around the couch, bed, and other furniture but neglect to mop underneath. After all, you don’t have enough time to start moving these large furniture around.
But with a robot mop, you can clean every section of your home including those areas that are very difficult to reach.
Some robot mops have a spot cleaning mode. This comes in handy when you want to clean one specific area that has a spill, stain or mess.
Hybrid robot mops are designed to vacuum and mop. Such cleaners can also be used on a variety of surfaces; be it tile or wooden flooring.
Barriers keep the robot mop from going into specific areas. You will find mops with magnetic barriers, laser barriers or virtual barriers that you draw in a map on the app.
If you’re a pet owner, you will greatly appreciate the ability to setup a virtual barrier. With a virtual wall, you don’t have to worry that the mop will knock over your dog or cat’s food dish.
There are dozens of high-quality robot mops that you can choose. But in my opinion, the iRobot Braava Jet M6 is the best robot mop for true mopping.
The iRobot M6 does a great job of getting dried stains off your floor while navigating around rugs and other carpeted areas.
It has advanced mapping technology, virtual walls for “no go” zones, and it works in conjunction with the iRobot vacuums to get a complete clean.
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