Introducing the Braava Mopping Robot

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You’re probably familiar with the Roomba – a ‘robot’ that vacuums your house hands free. It sounds like something from The Jetsons, but it’s real – and it has a sister that can do your mopping. The Braava mopping devices come in two models, – one that is brand new – that claim to be able to handle sweeping and/or mopping of large and small spaces, cleaning of hard-to-reach dirty places, saving the navigation needed for multiple rooms. Braava is also supposedly a very simple robot that anyone can use.
Here’s an overview of the two available models, to help you choose the one that is right for your space.

Braava jet

The Braava jet is the newest model of moppers from iRobot, and it is at a lower price point than their existing model at just $199. The main features include:

  • Ability to clean up to 200 square feet in damp or dry mode
  • Ability to clean up to 150 square feet in wet mode
  • Made for hard floors in kitchens, bathrooms, and other small areas in the home
  • Has three modes: wet mopping, damp sweeping, and dry sweeping
  • Uses a systematic cleaning pattern
  • Features a square shape and has a compact size so that it can clean under and around toilets, as well as corners and under cabinets
  • Adapts to obstacles by slowing down so that it is gentle when cleaning along your furniture, walls, and fixtures
  • Has a built-in detection for ‘cliffs’ that help it avoid falling down drop-offs and stairs
  • Will not ruin your carpets or get them wet, since it avoids riding up on them
  • Will return to the place that it’s cycle started, so that you always know where to find it when you are ready to start it again
  • Shuts down automatically when it finishes its cleaning cycle or encounters a problem
  • Allows Virtual Wall Mode so you can create invisible boundaries

Braava 300 Series

The Braava 300 Series is iRobots older mopping device, and it runs about $50 more than its newer model, at $255. The main features include:

  • Cleans up to 1,000 square feet in sweep mode, or up to 210 minutes
  • Cleans up to 350 square feet in mop mode, or up to 150 minutes
  • Made for hard floors in multiple large rooms in the home
  • Has two modes: mop or sweep
  • Uses iAdapt 2.0, with Navigation Cube, to keep track of its current route and its future route
  • Can cover large areas in just a single mop or sweep cycle
  • Use additional NorthStar Cubes to run expanded cleanings in multiple rooms, large or small, with a single cycle
  • Works with many popular cloths and pads, or use iRobot’s reusable microfiber cloths
  • Can pause a cycle, then resume later
  • Has a built-in detection for ‘cliffs’ that help it avoid falling down drop-offs and stairs
  • Will return to the place that it’s cycle started, so that you always know where to find it when you are ready to start it again

Are you an iRobot vacuum bot or mopping bot user? What do you think of these products? Sound off in the comments!

Photo by: Kārlis Dambrāns

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Julie R.
Julie is totally technology driven. She is an early adapter, getting the newest devices first and loves seeing how they work. She is the first one called when her friends need help setting up networks, new computer systems, printers and cool home automation devices. She loves being the token "dork" in her group of friends.

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