I recently bought an iRobot Braava Jet "Robot Mop" and I love it. It was actually my 3 year old who started calling it "Robot Mop". I decided to review it here for myHomeUpgrades.com.
We already had a Roomba vacuum, and it does a great job picking up dirt and dust. But we've got a ceramic tile kitchen floor and hardwood floors everywhere else. We've also got a toddler and a newborn. And I was getting tired of mopping the kitchen floor and cleaning the hardwoods with my Shark steam mop. I still use the steam mop for spot cleaning. But for routine floor cleaning, the Robot Mop does a better job!
The Braava Jet is much smaller than a Roomba. It's only about 7" x 7" wide and 3.5" tall, so it's great at getting into and out of tight spaces. The Braava Jet doesn't get stuck nearly as much as my Roomba. To keep it out of a specific area, you can set an invisible line that it won't cross. It uses just hot tap water, so it's chemical free. It uses different mop pads for different surfaces. Each type of pad is specially coded to tell the Braava Jet how much water to spray onto the floor — more for ceramic tile, less for hardwoods. It mops my kitchen twice in one run, uses a back-and-forth scrubbing motion, and takes about an hour to do a large kitchen. Afterward, it returns to the spot where I started it. And, oh yeah, it mops my floors by itself!
You can use disposable pads, but I've started using these reusable mop pads made just for the Braava Jet by DerBlue.
The different colors are for different surfaces. Blue for tile, orange for hardwoods, and white for dusting only. The holes on the back side of each pad are different. They work as a code to tell the Braava Jet how much water to spray onto the floor. More for ceramic tile, less for hardwood floors, and none for dusting. So, again, all you have to do is pick a pad and click it on to the bottom of the Braava Jet. The Robot Mop does the rest.
How does it the Robot Mop clean your hard surface floors? Here are the basic steps:
Afterward, your floor even feels better on your feet because you didn't have to work for it. (Now I feel like Ali Wong! LOL) Right after I ran it the first time, I actually told my husband,
"Honey I'm in love... and it's not with you!" - Me
The Shark steam mop does a good job, especially for spot cleaning gross, sticky messes. But it's kind of a pain to set up. The steam mop pads are harder for me to put on and take off, and you have to deal with the cord. Plus, let's face it. The steam mop won't push itself!
It's a lot easier to let the Braava Jet do the routine floor cleaning. First, it's much easier to change the Braava Jet mop pads than the Shark steam mop pads. The Braava Jet pads just click on and off. So, it goes on easily, and when the Robot Mop finishes cleaning, you just click the dirty mop pad off into the sink or into the washer. You don't even have to touch it. Plus, they air dry! (Don't put them in the dryer.)
Next, with the Braava Jet there's no cord to trip over. Also, like the Roomba vacuum, the Braava Jet is even better and more sensitive than the Roomba vacuum at avoiding obstacles like kitchen table legs, chairs, and floor runners. Like when it bumps on the threshold lip between my kitchen tiles and the hardwood floors, it will turn around. Plus, it's very quiet, much quieter than my Roomba.
"The Braava Jet mops my floors and does a great job. I don't have to deal with it. " - Me. (Really, I talk about it all the time!)
Plus, there's an app you can use to remotely run your Braava Jet.
Mostly, though I can just set up the Braava Jet and let it do the work. About an hour later, my kitchen floor is clean. It also works great on my hardwood floors.
Rachel is a homeowner, a wife, and a working mother of two young children. She and her family live in the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina.
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