When it comes to household chores, humans have developed myriad ways to avoid doing them, offering such procrastination classics as, "Why clean when nobody comes over?" or "I’m the bread-winner, I shouldn’t have to clean the toaster." But eventually, unless you like wearing hazmat suits and negotiating territorial boundaries with cockroaches, stuff like mopping does need to get done. So industrious folks will either hire someone else to do it or delegate it to a machine. And that's where the mopvac slides in.
The iLife V5 both vacuums and mops because it is an overachiever with self-identity issues. Its roundness and versatility contrasts with the square lines and right angles of the Mint 4200 from Evolution Robotics. This company first launched the Mint in 2010, but since then it has been rebranded as the iRobotics Braava line. This is why it looks and works exactly the same as the iRobot Braava 320. It has the same NorthStar Navigation System that uses the NorthStar Cube to project a signal for the Mint to determine its location. When the Mint cleans, it employs a map of the area, and denotes walls, obstacles and drop-offs as it goes. After the Mint finishes mopping, it does a final edge cleaning before returning to where it started and awaiting praise.
The Mint 4200 can clean up to 800 square feet and likely that many round ones. In Sweep mode, it uses a dry cloth to pick up dust bunnies, pet hair and grit. In Mop mode, the Mint only cleans up to 250 square feet, utilizing a pre-moistened cleaning cloth and a back-and-forth motion to pick up deeper dirt. Disposable cleaning cloths or reusable microfiber pads are fine for the job. The Mint 4200 has a generous package that comes with the NorthStar Navigation Cube, 2 C batteries, 2 dry sweeping microfiber cloths, 1 wet mopping microfiber cloth, 1 power adapter, a quick-start guide, and a user's manual.
It cleans the designated floor and shuts off. I don't know how it works but it covers every inch of our floors. This cleaner has been an absolute back saver.
Its best feature, though, is ease of use--the Swiffer, Pledge, or reusable microfiber cloths are a snap to fit into the pad. When you're done you either discard or wash them.
It mostly works fine in my U shaped kitchen. It often gets hung up on the berber carpet that's butted up against the tile, though.
The square-like device quietly traps dirt within its microfiber cleaning pads using a smart guidance system . . . lasting up to three hours on a single charge.
I have used it on wood, ceramic and tile flooring. It works perfect for all these areas. I have had this for over a year and have never had a problems with it.
This is a brilliant product. First thing I did was throw away that pathetic GP 1500 mAH battery and changed it to a more powerful Sanyo 2000 mAH battery.
This thing simply pushes dirt, dust, etc around. Useless if your intentions are to utilize it as a result of having pets.
I have berber carpet, sometimes it will go over the carpet and get stuck there, I guess berber carpet is just too short for it to sense it.
It takes longer to set up the Mint than it does to actually sweep by yourself.