Sick of scrubbing and mopping those hardwood or tiled floors? Well why bother when there are floor cleaning robots that will do the job for you?
Once you have invested in an automatic cleaner you will quietly laugh to yourself as you remember the time you wasted cleaning floors in the ‘bad old days’, make hard work a thing of the past with your very own robotic housemaid.
iRobot Scooba 450 Floor Washing Robot
Best Robot Floor Cleaner 2015
The iRobot Scooba is closely related to the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaning robot but with a major difference, the Scooba not only cleans but also washes, scrubs and squeegee dries your hard wood, tiled or linoleum floors, all at the touch of a button.
When you wash your floor with a conventional mop, dirty water tends to get spread around your kitchen, the iRobot Scooba takes a much more hygienic approach to cleaning by keeping its cleaning solution in a separate tank, ensuring that only clean fluid gets applied to the floor surface.
Once you have tried the innovative, easy to use iRobot Scooba 450 Floor Washing Robot, you will never go back to using a mop and bucket, do they even still make those things?
iRobot Scooba 450 Robot Mop – Video Review
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One thing that separates the iRobot Scooba 450 from other light weight cleaners is that it doesn’t use reusable or disposable pads, it also comes with a water reservoir but not just one, it has one for dirty water and another for clean water, so you don’t get them mixed together and recycled back onto your floors.
One thing I really love about this robot mop is that it does everything for you, from sweeping to drying, first it sweeps the floors and puts down a layer of cleaning solution, then it scrubs the floors then it drys them for you.
One thing that’s handy is that you can programme the space that you want to clean, so that it can do ‘A’ a 150 square foot space that takes about 20 minutes or a 300 square foot space that takes around 40 minutes, however that also kind of limiting as it’s not a very large space.
Another limitation is that the battery only lasts for 40 minutes, so you can only do one 40 minute 300 square foot cycle before it needs to be charged again. So if you had a 1,000 square foot space of hardwood floors that you needed to clean before company came over later that night, it may be quicker just to do it yourself.
The iRobot Scooba 450 was tested on hardwood, vinyl and tiled floors and it did a very good job overall, however it did struggle on corners, the rounded shape and the lack of a side brush really gave it a bit of a problem.
One thing that was impressive is that it cleaned up mud which had been sitting on the hardwood floor for about 24 hours, it also handled the marinara sauce and the canola sauce very well.
So while it did better overall than the other mopping robots, they aren’t really designed for the same purpose, the others are more for light maintenance cleaning and this is for more heavy duty scrubbing, while this does not seem like a fair comparison but if I was choosing between the two, I would probably pick the Scooba, because it can handle everything from light maintenance work on up to more heavy duty stains and spills.
iRobot Braava 380 Floor Mopping Robot
The iRobot Braava is a wet or dry floor cleaning mop, when dry mopping it moves in straight lines utilising dry cleaning cloths to pick up dirt, dust and hair, however when wet mopping Braava uses a special back and forth action and damp cleaning cloths to lift surface dirt and grime.
This industrious robot cleaner will pick up dirt and dust from virtually any hard surface, whether it’s hard wood, laminates, tile and even stone, keeping those floors looking shiny, all week long.
There is a lot of artificial intelligence built into this cute little robot and it can clean under sofas, tables and get into tight areas, wall following technology helps this compact robot to clean right along walls, baseboards and the edges of your floor, while smart built in sensors allow it to avoid stairs, rugs and raised transitions to carpets.
A truly useful addition to any fleet of robot cleaners or the perfect investment if this is to be your first robot purchase.
Robomop Robot Floor Cleaner Floor Sweeper
While researching robot floor cleaners we stumbled upon this little oddity and simply had to include it. Now, lets get a few things straight, it doesn’t wash or scrub and has none of the capabilities of the iScooba but what it does do it does very well and at a fraction of the price of its more advanced contemporaries.
What it does is sweep and dust floors, automatically, which is a real time saver especially for pet owners, who may have to clean up dog or cat hair every day.
Incredibly cheap, incredibly useful and fun to use, if you have a hard floor you have to own one of these.