Here are some things to consider when choosing the best robot mop for your home.
✔️ Dry cleaning vs vacuuming: Most of the robot mops you’ll find on the market also do some sort of dry cleaning – they can either sweep with a dry pad to lift dust or vacuum with suction. Models that double as vacuum cleaners will have the added task of emptying a full dust container after cleaning, while dry-mopping models will need to dispose of or wash the cleaning pads after each use.
✔️ Battery Life: Look for models with batteries that last at least 90 minutes on a single charge. Most robot mops now recharge and resume cleaning to finish the job if the battery starts to run low, but if you have a large home, make sure this is a feature your robot has.
✔️ 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. The easiest to maintain are models that come with a self-emptying station that only needs to be emptied every 30 days or so. Most of the new models we tested in the Cleaning Lab now have a QR code on the packaging for easier program setup as well.
✔️ Safety for 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 rollers or robot mops without brush rollers are best. To wet mop wood floors, look for a model like the one from Ecovacs above that allows you to adjust and control the amount of water that goes into the pads. All robot mops are safe for vinyl and tile floors.
✔️ Floor and carpet sensors: If you have a mix of carpet and hard flooring, choose a robot mop that can tell the difference to avoid getting your carpets wet. Many models can lift the mop pads a few millimeters off the floor’s surface when detecting a carpet, but this may not be enough for homes with thick, soft carpets. Instead, look for robotic mops that have mapping features that allow you to select only certain areas to clean or have no-go zone strips that you can manually set up around your thick carpets.
✔️ App Integration: Most new robot mops and vacuums can be paired with an app to save maps of your home, set cleaning schedules, access maintenance issues, select cleaning modes or see what your robot is up to while you’re away . While not all robots require an app to work, they do make using a robot mop a more worthwhile experience. If you prefer not to use an app, look for a model that at least has a power and dock button right on the robot or charging base and comes with a remote control.