Mopping rates highly on most households lists of chores to avoid. Filling up buckets, dirty mops and the repetitive nature of mopping means most people will put it off until they have guest’s worth mopping. Thankfully just like the automation of hoovering with robots like the Roomba, there are now many contenders for automating your mopping. The product range has been slower to develop than robotic hoover because people tend to have less space that requires a mop as opposed to a vacuum.
But if you have a big house or prefer harder surfaces over carpet than a robotic mop may be just what you’re looking for.
- Our Top Choices for The Best Robotic Mops
- What to Look for When You are Buying Robotic Mop
- The Verdicts
Our Top Choices for The Best Robotic Mops
So, without further ado. Our crack team of reviewers has tested the six best robotic mops on the market for you in your own home. Giving you a full break down of specification and jumping into the pros and cons of each robot, and what would be the best buy for you bearing in mind all the criteria, price and of course what you will be cleaning.
|Product Name||Size and Dimensions||Battery Life |
|Remote Control?||Phone Control||Best Use For?|
|Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop||7.72 lb, 13.8 x 13.8 x 3.9 inches||65||Yes||No||Pets, High Traffic households|
|Proscenic 790T Robot Vacuum Cleaner||10.45 lb, 13 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches||100||Yes||Yes||Floors with few objects, light mopping|
|ECOVACS Deebot M80 Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Mop||15.65 lb, 13.9 x 13.9 x 3.3 inches||110||No||Yes||Large Homes|
|ILIFE V5s Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with Water Tank Mop||4.5 lb, 11.8 x 11.8 x 3 inches||90 – 110m||Yes||No||Regular home, Smaller areas|
|iRobot Braava jet 240 Robot Mop||3 lb, 6.7 x 7 x 3.3 inches||60||Yes||No||Small Rooms|
1. Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop
The Bobsweep is heavily targeting families with pets in its marketing. With a vacuum cleaner with 4X Boost which can be used to lift stubborn pet hair. Bob is a multifunction vacuum and mop with a coverage of 1,000 sq. Ft which will meet all but the largest houses.
The Bob comes with two invisible blocks, which creates walls preventing Bob from entering certain rooms, which also technically means the Bob doesn’t have intelligent floor mapping. The water reservoir is substantial containing the companies patented 5 in 1 cleaning formula.
You can control and programme the Bob for up to 7 days using the remote control. The UV light feature allows the robot to pick up dirt and stains other robots would miss. A nice feature is that Bob is auto recharging, which is important for people with families and busy lives who have bought a robot mop to save time and allow them to concentrate on other things.
2. Proscenic 790T Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The Proscenic can be controlled by voice through Alexa, using a remote control or through your mobile phone. You can even see a map of what your robot is cleaning from your app which is cool. The Proscenic also promises auto navigation which means the robot will take the most efficient route across the floor for cleaning. Though some report that the object detection technology is not as good as advertised.
Another multifunction robot, but many reports state that the mop is not as good as the vacuum. The Proscenic offers an impressive array of technology, from high-performance to proprietary design technology which enables deeper cleaning as well as dual filtration technology.
The multiple cleaning modes are unique to the Proscenic, allowing it to go on Auto mode, edge only or cleaning the area within a room assuming the edges are obscured by furniture. The robot cleaning can also smoothly climb up over a 15 mm bump when switching from floor to carpet. Like the Bobsweep, the Proscenis is also auto charging.
3. ECOVACS Deebot M80 Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Mop
The Ecovacs Cleaning Mop comes in as the biggest and heaviest robotic mop at almost 16 pounds, which is five times as much as the lighter robot we review. Like the Proscenic the Ecovacs can be voice controlled through Alexa or using a smart-phone application.
The major selling point of the Ecovacs is the size of its water reservoir and dustbin. In terms of dimensions, the Ecovacs is not much bigger than any other cleaning robot in class. Which means it is ideal for larger than regular houses which have a bigger floor space that they want to clean regularly.
A unique cleaning mode the Ecovacs has is the Intensive mode, where the robot can stop and spin at a greater number of revolutions concentrating on a small area, great for areas which have a high concentration of grim and dirt.
The Ecovacs is self-charging and its 100+ minutes run time is reflective of the need for a longer cleaning time due to its size.
4. ILIFE V5s Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with Water Tank Mop
The ILIFE is a lightweight, low volume work model. Coming in at the more affordable end of the price scale, it offers all the features you would need from a robot without the bells and whistles. The Chinese company has been making robots for over ten years so have a good track record.
The robotic mop offers a dual action function like its other counterparts, with a smaller dustbin and water tank meaning its ideally suited for an average sized house. It offers a full range of impact sensors, bumpers as well as cliff sensors stopping it falling off the stairs.
The ILIFE will auto dock and recharge when running low on battery and offers an impressive cleaning time of 90 minutes. The robot doesn’t offer as many cleaning options as other models but promises a new model with increased suction power and battery life.
5. iRobot Braava jet 240 Robot Mop
IRobot is the leader in the field, like Roomba for Robotic vacuum cleaners. The Braava features a precision jet spray which is unique and allows the robot to tackle particularly difficult stains and give a deeper clean compared to its competitors.
Unlike any of their models, we have reviewed the Roomba does one thing and does it well. Mopping using their proprietary pads, it can adapt to a wide range of surfaces and uses intelligent technology to navigate around common hard to reach places like toilets and sinks.
The Spray is used as the infra-red sensor looks for items in front of the Braava, and then sprays to release dirt and grime. You can also programme the maps that the Braava generates by putting in invisible walls if you have areas you want the Braava to avoid.
However, unlike all the other models the Braava is not rechargeable and therefore is ideal for those who are on a budget and have a regular sized house. Or who feel they can remember to pick up the Braava after cleaning and plug it in to recharge.
What to Look for When You are Buying Robotic Mop
Choosing a robotic mop is a costly decision. There are several factors that you will want to consider before purchasing:
Size and Dimension
Unlike robotic hoovers, a robotic mop will be bigger as it needs a water tank to mop. You will want to think about the ideal height for your robot, considering the furniture and layout of your home.
Larger robots may also not be as fast as smaller robots. But the smaller the robot, the less coverage it will have due to the size of its water tank, and potentially the battery as well. Larger robots also tend to be less maneuverable.
All mopping robots are not made equal. More expensive robots will use proprietary algorithms that will allow the robot to scan each room using an infra-red sensor, and then plot the most efficient course to take. Bearing in mind water reservoir and battery life.
Less expensive robots will not have this function and proceed to move around the room in straight lines bumping off furniture as it goes along. Floor mapping is beneficial in larger homes, but in a regular sized house, it’s probably not something you need to worry.
Battery & Charging
Most of the robot mops we will look at have battery life from 30 to 90 minutes. Always use robots with a lithium-ion battery which can retain a charge and be recharged many times over. Replacing a robot’s battery is costly enough, for you to consider buying a new robot.
Crucially some robots contain rechargeable batteries which must be physically removed, charged and then replaced. While more expensive robot mops will plug themselves back into a charge point when they are getting low on battery. If you have a hectic life and feel you will just forget to recharge the robot mop and it will end up living in a cupboard forevermore.
Then you may be best paying a bit more for self-charging. That also means that the mop can be programmed to clean on demand. Meaning you don’t even have to worry about thinking about whether the floors need mopping.
Multifunction or Dedicated Mop
Some mops can also be used as a vacuum. Considering the cost of buying a separate robotic mop and vacuum, most people would go for a multifunction device.
Understandably a dedicated mop will perform better than its multifunction counterpart as it is specialized to a task, generally will have a bigger water reservoir and offer multiple modes of cleaning, like wet, damp and dry mopping. But there are better performing multi-function robots o the market as the sector develops.
Before you buy a robotic mop, have a rough idea of the square footage that you need to clean. Mops vary I coverage from 150-1000 sq. Ft and this also depends on the mode of cleaning. Bigger floor space means you will want to consider a premium model or even two robots starting from opposite ends of the house. Also, you want a mop that will work well on various surfaces like hardwood floors, linoleum, and carpet.
Higher end robots will be programmable and fully automated, apart from needing to fill the water reservoir and empty the waste bin. A programme gives you full flexibility to get your robot to clean whenever you like, wherever you are, generally from the comfort of a mobile application.
Dustbin and Water Capacity
A larger dustbin and water tank will mean that the robot can clean for longer. But more weight may drain the battery life and reduce the amount of time the robot can clean for before needing to recharge. Try to balance this against the coverage area that the robot is going to need to clean.
The more extended the warranty, the more durable the product is as a rule. A robotic mop is a complex piece of machinery with sophisticated electronics. Having a warranty which covers various parts of the robot will reassure you especially if you buy a more expensive model.
From high-end mops that cover over 1000 square feet to specialize mops best for small rooms, these five models bring the best of all worlds. But in our opinion, the best all-rounder was the Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop. We felt that it’s an innovative, high-powered cleaning system, as well as smart functions.
Like the UV light which means it is ideally suited for busy households with babies. Meant the Bobsweep is ideally suited for mopping, hoovering and general cleaning up for those with high footfall, pets, and children.