Here are some points to consider when choosing the best robot mop for your home.
✔️ Dry sweeping versus vacuuming: Most robotic mops you’ll find on the market also do some sort of dry cleaning – they can either sweep with a dry pad to pick up dust or vacuum with suction. Models that double as vacuum cleaners will have the added task of emptying a full dustbin after cleaning, while models that vacuum with a dry vacuum must dispose of the dustpans or wash them after each use.
✔️ Battery life: Look for models with batteries that last at least 90 minutes on a single charge. Most robot mops now charge and continue cleaning to finish the job if the battery starts to run low during cleaning, but if you have a large home, make sure your robot has this feature.
✔️ Easy setup and maintenance: Easier is better when it comes to charging the robot mop, filling and emptying the water tank, removing or replacing cleaning pads, and setting up a one-time or regular cleaning schedule. The easiest-to-maintain models come with a self-discharge station that needs to be emptied every 30 days or more. Most of the new models we’ve tested in the Cleaning Lab now also come with a QR code on the packaging to make it easier to set up the app.
✔️ Safety of floor surfaces: If your home has mostly wood floors, make sure the robot mop you choose is designed to clean that surface. Soft, fluffy brush rolls or robotic mops without brush rolls are best. For wet cleaning of wooden floors, consider a model like the Ecovacs above, which allows you to adjust and control the amount of water that enters the pads. All robotic mops are safe for vinyl and tile floors.
✔️ Floor and carpet sensors: If you have carpet and hard floors, choose a robot mop that can tell the difference so you don’t get your carpets wet. Many models are capable of lifting the wash pads a few millimeters off the floor surface when detecting carpet, but this may not be enough for homes with thick, plush carpets. Instead, look for robotic mops that have mapping features that allow you to select only specific areas to clean, or have no-go strips that you can manually place around thick carpets.
✔️ Application integration: Most new robot mops and vacuums can be paired with an app to store maps of your home, set cleaning schedules, ask for maintenance questions, choose cleaning modes, or see what your robot is up to while you’re away. While not all robots require an app to operate, they do make using a robot mop a more valuable experience. If you don’t want to use an app, look for a model that at least has a power and docking button right on the robot or charging base and comes with a remote control.