The Scooba 450 is called a floor scrubbing robot, but it's simply a high-tech robo-mopper. It uses a 3-cycle cleaning process -- a sweep and pre-soak, followed by scrub and squeegee-vacuum, then a squeegee finale. This process purportedly washes away up to 99.3% of bacteria. While manual mopping tends to reuse dirty water, the Scooba utilizes a dual-tank compartment, which keeps dirty and clean water or liquid floor cleaner separate. The Scooba possesses a 40-minute and a 20-minute cleaning cycle. It features iAdapt responsive navigation technology, which helps it avoid walls and stairs, and it will scrub up to 300-square feet in a single pass. This scrub bot comes with audible cues so that you can figure out what it's up to and how to interact with it. Also included are a wall charger, an advanced power system battery, a virtual wall barrier plus batteries, a bottle of iRobot Hard Floor Cleaner, and a manual.
iRobot was founded in 1990 by MIT roboticists whose goal was to make human life easier -- starting with theirs -- so they came up with a domestic robot, the Roomba, for that purpose. The iRobot Roomba 4230 is just one soldier in their army of home bots, a remote scheduling vacuum that cleans on command. The bright red iRobot Roomba 4100 is a much humbler unit that has trouble overcoming obstacles. On the other hand, the square iRobot Braava 320 is a mopping specialist, but its round cousin, the iRobot Scooba 450, is edging it out of the picture and back into a corner.
It did a pretty good job maneuvering around my kitchen table, but it definitely left inches of unmopped space between the table legs and the bot.
Due to the design of the machine’s front bumper, it also had trouble nuzzling right up to walls.
. . . My biggest issue with the Scooba is that it wedges itself under the counter, refrigerator, dishwasher etc. but cannot get itself out.
You might have to scrub the occasional caked-on mess yourself, but if used regularly, Scooba will almost completely eliminate the need for you to sweep and mop manually.
It makes quick work of any relatively fresh stains, and I was surprised by just how much dirt came out of the tank when it was finished cleaning.
In terms of performance, the Scooba isn’t particularly fast at the job, but what it lacks in speed it makes up for in thoroughness.
It appears that when it lays down water to "soak", most of the water evaporates before it gets back around to vacuum it up.
When you turn the Scooba on, it automatically sweeps and pre-soaks, scrubs, then finishes the job with a final squeegee.
The bottom line is that this works, sort of. It does leave streaks and rides over rugs and carpets which are big negatives for me.
It doesn't make any more sound than you'd expect — I was able to watch TV one room away without needing to adjust the volume a significant amount.