Despite it being an essential task — especially in bathrooms and the kitchen — few people truly enjoy mopping a floor. Imagine if you had something that could do it for you without complaining and that didn’t require buckets of water, a dirty mop, back-breaking effort, or worse, getting down on your hands and knees? Enter the robot mop.
Similar to their robot vacuum counterparts, few robot mops are deep cleaners, but they can add an extra level of clean to your routine and cut down on the number of times you have to do a deep cleaning session. The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab evaluates hundreds of products each year, including specialized floor cleaners like mops and robot vacuums. That means we know what actually works, and what doesn’t when it comes to cleaning.
When we test any wet floor cleaning tool, we evaluate how well it picks up dried messes (like sticky jelly and coffee dribbles) that we’ve applied to test floor panels installed in our Cleaning Lab. We also look at how easy it is to use and maintain and how much or how little water it leaves behind on wood, vinyl, and tile floors, to assess any potential damage. The robot mops below were selected based on experience with a brand, review of product information, videos, and online consumer reviews, and interviews with manufacturers:
What to look for when buying a robot mop
First, you’ll have to decide between the three types of robot mops – wet mops, dry-sweep and mop combos, and mop and vacuum combos. Wet mops squirt water onto your floor to loosen dirt, then wipe up the soiled liquid. Very few suction up the dirty water. Others that combine vacuuming or sweeping with mopping use damp disposable or reusable microfiber pads to wet-clean hard floors.
Next, you should also consider:
- Battery life. Look for rechargeable batteries that last at least 90 minutes. If you have a larger space to clean, look for robot mops that recharge and resume, returning after charging to where they stopped cleaning to finish the job.
- Easy setup and maintenance. The easier the better when it comes to charging the robot mop, filling and emptying the water tank, removing or replacing the cleaning pads, and setting it up to clean once or on a regular schedule.
- Safety for floor surfaces. If your home is mostly wood floors, be sure the robot mop you select is designed to clean that surface. All robot mops are safe for vinyl and tile floors.
- Floor and carpet sensors. If you have a mix of carpet and wood floor, choose a robot mop that can determine the difference. Some robot mops have mapping features, which allow you to select only certain areas to clean.
- App integration. This is helpful if you like to see what your robot is up to, access maintenance issues, or schedule cleaning sessions in advance or while you are away. You can also set up no-go zones that should not be cleaned via app instead of manually blocking off the space.
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Best Overall Robot Mop
Braava Jet M6 Robot Mop
If you’ve been looking for a smart robot mop to clean multiple areas in your whole home, take a look at iRobot’s Braava jet m6. iRobot vacuums always do well in GH Cleaning Lab tests and an early version of this model that we tested was no exception. This robot mop comes with pads for dry sweeping and two types of wet cleaning pads — disposable and reusable. It dispenses warm water through an adjustable spray nozzle to moisten grime and gunk before one of the wet pads cleans dirt from your hard floors.
To grab any pet hair and dust bunnies before wet mopping, let the Braava jet m6 loose in dry-sweeping mode, so the electrostatic pad picks up the debris. Braava knows enough not to spray water when the dry pad is installed, and with its Smart Mapping technology, learns the most efficient way to clean the rooms in your home, even on multiple levels. The Braava jet m6’s mapping accuracy improves the more often it cleans and through the app, you can select which rooms to clean, and which to skip, schedule cleanings when you are away from home and have it overlap passes for a deeper clean.
Its square design helps the Braava jet m6 reach deep into corners and mop along baseboards. When the battery needs charging, or the water reservoir needs refilling, Braava returns to its charging dock and resumes cleaning when it is ready to go out again. Braava jet m6 can clean up to 1,000 square feet on a single charge. After cleaning, simply release the dirty cleaning pad into the trash, or wash the reusable ones in your washer and air dry.
- Cleans up to 1,000 square feet on a single charge
- Wet- and dry-mopping capability
- Square shape removes grime from even deep corners
Best Value Robot Mop
Jetbot Robotic Cleans
Samsung’s double-pad JetBot covers twice the ground of other robot mops in a single pass. It comes with two sets of microfiber pads, one for dry buffing and the other for wet cleaning. Simply fill the reservoirs above each pad with tap water to keep the spinning pads continually moist as it cleans. You can select from eight different cleaning modes and patterns to tackle edges, focus on dirty spots, clean randomly and more. The JetBop slim design makes it easy to store and there’s even a handheld mode for using it on stairs and other above-the-floor surfaces. At this great price, it comes with a remote control and a drip tray, but isn’t as sophisticated as some we have seen. You’ll have to block off areas you don’t want it to go and it doesn’t sense on its own when it’s finished cleaning. Each charge provides up to 100 minutes of run time, so in our tests we were able to clean a vinyl kitchen floor and a ceramic tile entry and hallway with time to spare. And the dirty pads came out of the wash looking brand new!
- Reasonably priced
- Easy to use and store
- Cleans well
- Doesn’t shut off automatically when finished
- Can’t program it to avoid certain areas
Best Robot Mop and Vacuum Combo
DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI
The latest offering from Ecovacs, the Deebot OZMO T8 checks all the boxes for an ideal combo robot vacuum and mop, and includes peace of mind too. The sophisticated encrypted HD livestream lets you keep an eye on what’s happening while you’re not there, so you can not only see when Fido is jumping on the couch, but voice technology now allows you to stop him in his tracks.
From one of the top brands in our recent test of robot vacuums, the Ozmo T8 has improved its obstacle detection, making it less critical for you to pick up toys, shoes, and even cables before instructing the robot to get to work. More accurate multi-floor mapping makes it efficient at cleaning your home.
When the water tank and mopping pad is installed, the Ozmo T8 knows to vacuum and mop simultaneously. Water seeps through the mopping pad to damp-wipe your floors, but only after dirt is first sucked up by the vacuum. It can identify carpet, and won’t go onto it if the Ozmo T8 is in mopping mode. If your carpet needs cleaning, you’ll need to detach the mopping pad first.
Smartest Robot Mop and Vacuum Combo
RoboVac L70 Hybrid
Eufy’s L70 Hybrid robot vacuum and mop combo uses laser navigation and real-time mapping to help it find the most efficient route for cleaning your home. The L70 suctions up dirt and debris, while its carpet detection capability not only increases the vacuum’s suction to clean carpets more thoroughly, but also helps the L70 avoid carpets it may come across while mopping. For added peace of mind, you can also set no-mop boundaries though the app for any areas you’d prefer the Eufy not to go. Additionally, the app allows you to set up cleaning schedules, choose certain rooms to be cleaned, activate spot or mop-only cleaning, and adjust the suction power and mopping flow you’d like.
When the mopping module is installed, the L70 knows to mop and vacuum. A handy waterproof mat attached to the charging dock protects your floor from drips until you have an opportunity to remove the mopping module and pad. As an added bonus, it has washable filters which reduces the number of times they must be replaced. Reviewers raved about how powerful the vacuum is, and how easy it is to empty the dirt bin after each cleaning. Slightly higher than 4 inches, it’s taller than most, but a great value when you consider its bells and whistles.
Best Robot Mop for Small Spaces
Braava jet 240 Robot Mop
This budget-friendly cutie-pie is ideal for small spaces like bathrooms and kitchens. Only 7 inches square and less than 3.5 inches high, the iRobot Braava jet 240 can easily maneuver around toilets and under cabinets, which we observed in GH Cleaning Lab tests of an earlier model. It dry-sweeps first to pick up lint, dust, and hair before damp- or wet-mopping for a more intense clean. Add hot water or the iRobot Hard Floor Care cleaning solution to the reservoir. And don’t worry: Even if you have water in the reservoir, with the dry sweeping pad, it will not spray water.
Different pads for the different cleaning modes slide in under the robot – you can choose either disposable pads, or reusable ones, making it even more budget-friendly. A button-release when you’re done drops the disposable pad into the trash, or releases the reusable one to put into a washer.
The Braava jet 240 cleans in a grid mode, using bump navigation to maneuver around bathroom pedestals and toilets, chair legs, and other obstacles, and can cover about 200 square feet before the removable battery needs charging. It takes about an hour to recharge. The mop syncs to the iRobot app via Bluetooth, allowing you to set up spot cleaning, start and stop the robot, check battery life, adjust the volume of water spray, and even set up a virtual boundary. When you’re done, it’s small enough to live under the kitchen sink, even on its side.
Best Robot Mop & Vacuum Combo for Large Areas
DEEBOT OZMO T5
This combo vacuum and mop is especially smart. The Deebot OZMO T5’s carpet detection technology not only increases suction power when vacuuming carpets, but also avoids wet mopping while on a carpet. And for extra peace of mind, through its Wi-Fi connected multi-level mapping capability, you can set up virtual boundaries to stop the OZMO T5 from going onto your carpet in mopping mode.
Deebot’s Ozmo scored highly in our recent test of robot vacuums for its great suction and how easily it vacuumed debris from carpets and hard floors. The Ozmo T5 has a long run time: The battery can last over 3 hours. When the battery runs low, it will return to the dock to recharge, then resumes cleaning where it left off.
Like other combo robot vacuum and mops, to start mopping, simply fill the water reservoir and attach a mopping pad. Water seeps through the pad (you control the rate of flow through the app), and the damp pad cleans your vacuumed hard floors. The app also lets you set up cleaning sessions, choosing days, rooms, and floor levels, and the robot vacuum and mop can be activated remotely too.
Quietest Robot Mop and Vacuum Combo
A combo vacuum and wet mop in one, this stylish robot (available in three colors, including white) makes quick work of keeping your hard floors clean while you’re busy with other things. The Roborock S6 maps your home as it cleans, and Wi-Fi connectivity to its app makes it easy to schedule a cleaning session for your whole home, or just a room or two. The S6 knows where it’s cleaning, and where it’s been. In our recent test of robot vacuums, it was super easy to set up too.
If the battery runs low, the S6 will return to its dock to recharge before resuming where it left off, and it can clean for up to 3 hours on quiet mode. In fact, at 56bD, it’s the quietest combination robot vacuum and mop we’ve found. The S6 can vacuum and mop simultaneously, but can’t differentiate between carpet and hard floor, so you’ll need to protect your carpet by setting up virtual barriers through the app. You can choose a washable microfiber pad, or disposable mop pads to make clean-up a breeze, and adjust the water flow through the pad.
Are robot mops worth it?
Yes, especially for families with pets or small children or for anyone who wants to keep their floors cleaner than they have the time or energy to devote. Most robot mops are able to get under low furniture and can clean into corners and along edges, but they work best if you pick up and straighten the space before starting the mop: Like their vacuum counterparts, robot mops can get stuck on small obstacles, and can be confused in rooms crowded with furniture.
Just like if you were using a standard bucket and mop, you need to vacuum or sweep up fluff and dust first. You will still need to manually clean up big spills: Very heavy soil may be a bit challenging for them to handle, but a robot mop does save time, and helps keep dirt from building up, so you have fewer labor- and time-intensive deep cleanings to do.
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