It gives you time back to tackle the rest of your to-do list.

By Christie Calucchia and Bridget Degnan
Updated October 26, 2020
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Everyone has one chore that they dread more than any other. For some, it’s washing dishes or scrubbing toilets. For others, it’s mopping the floors.

Cleaning every square inch of your floors can feel like a time-consuming challenge, but the technology to make the activity obsolete is actually available for anyone willing to shell out some cash on a handy robotic mop.

Yes, you can purchase a robotic device designed to clean the floors for you with a precision jet spray and vibrating cleaning head. iRobot, the same company that creates the wildly popular (and helpful) Roomba robot vacuums, also offers the Braava Jet 240 Superior Robot Mop, a genius little gadget that anyone who hates cleaning the floors will appreciate.

The intuitive robotic mop automatically selects a cleaning method after you fill its tank with warm water and attach one of three different cleaning pad types: wet mopping pads, damp sweeping pads, and dry sweeping pads. The wet pads are designed to clean up dirt and stains while the dry pads will grab onto dust, dirt, and pet hair.

The device runs on a lithium ion battery that you can charge before use and is safe to use on all hard floor types, including wood, tile, and stone. All you have to do is attach a cleaning pad, press the clean button on the robot, and let the mop do its job. 

If you’re worried about the robotic cleaner entering carpeted spaces or rooms that you don’t want to mop, fear not. You can create invisible boundaries using the Virtual Wall Mode to keep the Braava jet exactly where you want it—this is one robot that won’t be taking over anytime soon. However, it is smart enough to remember obstacles, like furniture and walls, and will slow down near them for a seamless clean. 

After the compact mop has left your floors shiny and dust-free, simply eject the attached cleaning pad into the trash. The device even comes with a hidden handle so you can easily carry it and discard the used cleaning pads without getting your hands dirty.

With nearly 3,000 perfect customer ratings, it’s safe to say the small robotic mop gets the job done. Shoppers say it’s great for busy people who don’t have time to mop the floors or who simply don’t enjoy the task. They also note that it’s probably best for smaller spaces since the charge lasts for about two hours.

“I can't overstate how pleased I am with this machine! Setup is easy, it cleans right up to the wall, navigates furniture, and actually cleans the floor!” one happy shopper wrote. “If you're considering buying, I'd highly recommend the reusable cleaning pads. They clean much better than the disposable pads that iRobot sells.”

Another five-star Amazon reviewer said, “This is exactly what I was looking for. Nice-sized water reservoir, different pads for different amounts of water, and it does a nice job. Is it as good as a human being with a mop? Probably not, but I can run this machine every single day and I'm sure as heck not going to be mopping my floors every single day. Very satisfied.”  

Some customers go on to praise the compatible iRobot app you can conveniently download on your smart devices. “It shows when the battery is low, when the cleaning is done, if more water is needed, if the virtual wall is on, and if the cleaning pad needs changed. It doesn’t drop connection like other robot apps do. The Braava just needs to be turned on (it doesn't need to be cleaning) for the app to work,” one reviewer wrote

The iRobot Braava jet usually goes for $199, but right now you can get it on sale for 10 percent off its original price. Order one now to eliminate everyday mopping from your to-do list for good.

Credit: amazon.com

To buy: $180 (was $199); amazon.com.