The problem of the cute housekeeper goes without saying -- moving anything adorable into an active domicile is bound to lead to insecurities, rivalries and even jealousies between unrelated cohabitants. If television has taught us anything, it has taught us that. This dilemma is resolved quite elegantly by the robo-housekeeper. While cute and often even adorable, the only jealousies to be contended with must exist between the bot-vac and the mopping bot-vac, with both of them keeping a sensor on the window-bot. Although most bot-vacs are round little fellows, some of the cross-over units have right angles, leading to corner dissing and edge-envy in certain circles.
The robo-moppers shape up differently from the carpet bots so as to square themselves with the flat edges so popular around living quarters. This lets them clean up in places bot-vacs only dream of. Of course, exceptions exist in carpet sweepers like the straight-edged Neato XV-21 but the limitations of the circular design make its continued use counter-intuitive when faced with the functional alternative. Just as with the window-bots, such as the Ecovacs Winbot W930, the robo-moppers are good at edge work.
The iRobot Braava Jet 240 is pretty cute as mops go. A tiny truncated cube, it scoots about squirting water onto the floor and then Swiffering it up with its mopping pad. Befitting its proportion, the Braava Jet 240 only professes its optimal performance on areas of 150 to 200 square feet. Its direct relative, the iRobot Braava 320, expands that area to 250 square feet. The Braava Jet 240 utilizes a vibrating cleaning head to actually scrub the floor. Its cleaning pads have detergent premixed in them which is activated by the water offered by the little squirt. It operates in 3 modes – dry sweeping, damp sweeping and wet-mopping – determined by the mop head applied to the unit. Of interest, it has no remote control and it won’t even return to its charging station like any self-respecting robo-mower would.
This little guy is the Wall-E of floor cleaners . . . it's amazing how such a small amount of water can make such a difference with the disposal cleaning pads.
Braava is super easy to use with no complicated processes or confusing instructions. My only problem with this product is the short battery life.
Unfortunately, the new Braava lacks some of the best features — it can't be controlled via remote or mobile app and won't automatically return to a charging dock.
When the robot finishes its cycle, there's a lever underneath its top handle that you can pull to release the pad from the bottom — you don't have to touch it yourself.
Unlike the latest Roomba, the Jet does not have a camera or optical sensors. Instead, it records the dimensions of the space based on the items it bumps into.
If you have a hardwood room without a door, the Braava Jet's Virtual Wall feature tells it not to pass the area immediately behind it before the robot starts cleaning.
Cleverly, the bot will wipe an area, then back up and spray what it just covered before wiping it again, which helps it avoid accidentally spraying any furniture.
Braava jet can cover roughly 200 square feet on a charge. It has no special charging station . . . plugs into a wall wart like a more traditional consumer electronic device.
The other issue with the Braava Jet is its long-term costs. The Jet comes with two of each kind of cleaning pad — refills for each of them currently cost $7.99 for 10.
When the cleaning is done, there's even a handy eject button, so you don't have to get your hands dirty when you change the pad.
. . . The Bravaa Jet managed to clean up a freshly spilled coffee spill without leaving any residue behind.