If it seems like there is never a convenient time for having to mop your floors, then maybe it’s time to get someone else to do it. Better yet, why not have it done automatically by one the 5 best robot mops available today?
If you're ready to say goodbye to wringing out mops and backbreaking chores, then read on to see the most important factors for choosing a robot mop. Plus, you'll see our reviews of 5 of the best options out there. We'll even tell you which one we like the best because it’s time to say goodbye to that old mop and bucket.
Things You Must Consider When Shopping For A Robot Mop
Robot mops can be very convenient in helping you stay on top of daily household chores. But before you run and grab the first one you see on the shelf, there are a few important factors you need to consider so that you pick the one that best meets your needs.
Choosing the Right Functions
Not all robot mops are created equal. Some are simply designed to mop your floors. Others are designed to vacuum your floors in addition to mopping them.
These multi-function versions may be your best options but even they are not all the same. There are two basic types. One variety has a water tank as well as a dustpan. This allows the unit to vacuum or wet mop your floors. Unfortunately, they can't do both at the same time and you will need to attach the water tank along with a mopping pad if you want to switch from vacuuming to mopping.
Other multi-function models do not require a water tank. They are capable of dry or damp mopping your floors. For damp mopping, you will have to manually wet the pad multiple times during the cleaning cycle in order for it to work well. These types of devices don’t usually work as well as those robot mops with water tanks.
Understanding What Work You Still Have to do
Robot mops are not yet capable of doing everything all on their own. You will still have to do some pre- and post-work on your new little machine to make sure everything gets done right.
Some of the tasks you will need to perform include emptying and refilling the water tank. You will obviously have to fill the tank before a cleaning. However, depending on the size of the room you are cleaning, you may have to refill it during the operation.
You will also have to switch out dust canisters for water tanks.
These multi-function robot mops can’t do this on their own just yet. You may also have to supervise your robot to make sure doesn’t try to suck up stray socks or power cords. Not all sensors are created equal and some models are not capable of complicated navigation.
Determining Size and Type of Floors to Clean
The size of your home could impact the type of robot you purchase. If you have larger rooms, then you are going to need one with with long battery life. You would like for the little guy to actually be able to finish the job. These robot mops don’t climb stairs either, so if you have multiple levels you will need to move the mop around as well as be mindful that it doesn’t go tumbling down the steps.
The type of floors you need to clean should also be considered. Most of the robot mops can handle hardwood floors with no problem. Tile floors and linoleum can also be handled by most of the models. You may need to make sure the model you choose can handle uneven surfaces.
While you won’t be mopping your carpets, if you plan to use your multi-function robot to vacuum as well you need to know the types of carpet you are dealing with. Not all robot vacuums can handle all types of carpet.
Batteries, Size, and Sensors
We briefly mentioned batteries earlier but they are worth a bit more detail. Most automatic floor cleaners can run for at least an hour before needing a recharge. You really shouldn't consider one that won't last at least that long.
The top end of battery life is a whopping 200 minutes. The longer the robot can go, the more thorough cleaning you are likely to get. A battery life indicator is a good feature as well.
Size matters for robot mops. While larger robots can cover more ground with each pass, smaller robots are better at getting into tight spaces and underneath furniture. You should consider the layout of your rooms and the furniture involved as part of your purchase decision.
These robot mops use sensors to navigate their way around your room. They also use them to avoid getting caught up in furniture or falling down the stairs. Some come with navigation capabilities to help outline the contours of a room.
Others can work with invisible barriers, so you can block off rooms that don't need to be cleaned. The most advanced models have 3D mapping technology to create a visual representation of your home for better navigation.
Our Mopping Robot Reviews For 2018
Now that you have an idea of what to look for in a robot mop, here are 5 models that are strong contenders to be your next automated cleaner.
The Braava 380t is one of the quieter models in our top 5 listing. It is also an easy to use model. This mopping robot has a proven track record of cleaning hardwood floors extremely well.
Featuring a Smart navigation system that works like an indoor GPS, the Braava 380t is able to keep track of its location. This helps it to know what has been cleaned and what still needs to be serviced.
You can choose to use the 380t to dry sweep your floors or you can have it damp mop to get a beautiful clean for your floors. The Braava is only 3.1" tall so it can easily fit under most furniture, beds, and kickboards.
It has a long battery life and can be fully recharged in as little as two hours with its Turbo Charge Cradle.
Overall the Braava 380t is a fantastic, deep cleaning robot mop.[/expand]
With both vacuuming and mopping features, the INLIFE i7 offers one of the best combinations of cleaning capabilities and price.
It has proven to give solid performance across all of its cleaning modes. The i7’s powerful suction combined with dual side brushes and one rolling brush will give your house a thorough cleaning time after time.
Battery life is better than average for up to 80 minutes and its auto recharging is sufficient. When mopping floors, the i7 does a good job of not over wetting the floors and leaving unsafe, slippery surfaces.
You can use its docking station to set automated cleaning schedules on whatever days and times you prefer. There are 5 cleaning modes that can be selected with the remote control.
When it’s done cleaning it will automatically return to its docking station and recharge.[/expand]
This versatile cleaner is extremely powerful but also extraordinarily quiet. This combination allows the bObi from bObsweep to scrub your dirtiest hard floor surfaces with relative ease.
In fact, it is specifically designed to clean pet hair and the paw prints that your fur babies tend to leave around the house.
This is a sweeping and mopping machine and Its technical features include a wireless remote, automatic charging, touchscreen buttons and obstacle sensors.
Its multi-tiered brushes are capable of five different cleaning modes. If you have messy pets around the house then the bObi Pet Robotic cleaner is a strong contender.[/expand]
Long battery life and sturdy construction are the hallmarks of this Robot cleaner from ECOVACS.
The DEEBOT M80 Pro is a robot vacuum and mop combo. It comes with a separate water tank attachment and mop pads.
This robot mop can work with your Alexa Voice or be controlled with a Smartphone App. The ECOVACS app allows you to select cleaning modes, schedule cleanings, and monitor the health of your unit.
With its Smart Motion Cleaning and Anti-Collision/Drop Sensors, the DEEBOT M80 can navigate its way around your home. It also features 3 specialized cleaning modes and comprehensive anti-collision protection.[/expand]
Another affordable model, the ILIFE V5s is best known for its sleek design combined with ample power to provide deep cleaning of the dirtiest of hard surfaces. It is especially good for cleaning hardwood floors.
Specially designed to be small, slim, and light, the ILIFE V5s smart sensors allow it to easily navigate under all sorts of furniture such as sofas, beds, and kickstands.
It also has a quiet operation, so you can use it any time of day or night.
While its battery life is shorter than other models on our list, the V5s will automatically return to its docking station to recharge after it finishes its cleaning cycle.[/expand]
And the Winner is…
While you can expect an excellent clean from any of the robot mops on our list, the Braava 380t from iRobot is our choice for best all around.
Battery life is really good and the Turbo Charging Cradle gets the 380t back in the action in around 2 hours.
The Smart Navigation system allows the Braava to easily navigate around your rooms and your furniture. Powerful, quiet and effective at cleaning all your hard surfaces, the Braava makes an excellent choice for the robot mop that will have you spending less time cleaning and more time enjoying life.