The best robot mops do something the best robot vacuums can't: Clean up spills and stains on your kitchen, bathroom, and hardwood floors. That's because instead of a vacuum, the best robot mops have a scrubbing pad and a water reservoir they use to soak up spilled milk and other things that have dried and stuck to your floors.
There are a wide range of robot mops, from models that cost less than $200 to ones that cost $700 and up and can be controlled with Alexa or Google Assistant. In between are plenty of other options, including hybrids that can both vacuum and mop in one go.
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What are the best robot mops?
After testing a number of models, the $449 Roomba Braava jet m6 is the best robot mop overall. Its advanced mapping lets you not only clean where you want it, but also to steer clear of where you don’t. It was also the most thorough cleaner of all the robot mops we've reviewed, too. At $500 it's an investment, but is one that will keep you from mopping and sweeping.
For hybrid cleaning, we like the Roborock S7 because it’s able to vacuum and mop floors at the same time. It’s the ultimate in efficiency as far as we’re concerned. Plus, it features obstacle detection and will work the night shift as a roving home security monitor. For around $649, all of those features don’t come cheap, but for homes with primarily bare floors we think it’s worth it.
Don’t want to splurge on robots to do your dirty work? For a dedicated robot mop, check out the iLife Shinebot W400 for $249. We like that its clean and dirty water tanks show just how much grit and grime it is picking up. For a hybrid solution, the iLife V8s Pro is a good choice for $169. It doesn’t offer laser navigation, mapping, or no-go zones, but it’ll vacuum up pet hair and mop away dirt on your floors.
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The best robot mops you can buy today
The iRobot Braava jet m6 is the robot mop that does it all. This impressive bot not only cleaned better than every other competitor, but it uses the same advanced navigation found in the Roomba s9 robot vacuum to clean and map your home. Within the iRobot app, you can command the Braava jet m6 to clean specific rooms or areas while avoiding no-go spots such as pet food bowls.
We like the easy-to-fill removable water tank, too. When the mop’s battery gets low, it’ll head back to its base, recharge, and then get back to work. But perhaps the flashiest feature of the Braava jet m6 is how it works in tandem with the Roomba s9 and Roomba i7. When either of those vacuums has finished cleaning and returned to its base, the mop goes to work. Not only will your floors be vacuumed, they’ll be freshly mopped as well. We are truly living in the future.
Like the Braava jet 240, the Braava jet m6 uses proprietary wet and dry cleaning pads that are available in reusable or disposable versions.
Read our full Braava jet m6 review.
As the best robot mops go, the iLife Shinebot W400 hits the sweet spot between price and performance. Though it just uses plain tap water to clean your floors, we were impressed with how much dirt the mop removed from our floors. Better yet, we could see exactly how much grime was removed thanks to the separate onboard clean and dirty water tanks. The Shinebot W400’s mopping prowess is thanks to the twin power of a reusable microfiber brush roll that scrubs dirt away and a rubber scraper squeegee that helps remove dirty water and other debris.
The Shinebot W400 was a well-behaved robot mop as well, never venturing onto even the thinnest rug in our testing. Instead of an app, the W400 is controlled via remote control or the buttons on the bot itself. From here, choose one of four cleaning patterns: Area, path, spot and edge.
While this mopping-only bot offers good cleaning performance, it’s a bit tall at 4.6 inches high and might not fit under kitchen cabinets. And, when this robot mop is done cleaning, your cleaning job begins. After each use, iLife recommends cleaning the dirty-water tank, the microfiber brush roll, the scraper and the filter with running water. Then the parts must be left out to air dry. It’s a bit of work, but the Shinebot W400 gets the mopping job done.
Read our full iLife Shinebot W400 review.
The very small and very budget-friendly iRobot Braava jet 240 is particularly good at cleaning small spaces, but still impressively quick when cleaning larger areas. For first time robot mop users, the Braava jet 240 is a great starter device. We were impressed at how well it cleaned edges and liked the fresh scent left from the disposable cleaning pads when it was done. For less than $200, it’s an easy way to keep your floors clean without lugging out the mop and bucket on a daily basis. While it doesn’t have the customized mapping and other bells and whistles found on the Braava jet m6 or on many hybrid robots, it will leave your floors cleaner than it found them.
There are three types of proprietary pads made by iRobot that work with the Braava jet 240: a white, dry sweeping pad; an orange, damp sweeping pad; and a blue, wet mopping pad. Each type of pad is available in a 10-pack for $7.99. Reusable, washable pads are available in addition to disposable ones. A set of three reusable pads, which includes one of each type, is available for $29.99.
Read our full Braava jet 240 review.
Until the Roborock S7, most of the hybrid robot vacuums/robot mops we've tested have been good, but not great, at either task. The S7 is the first such device we'd actually trust to vacuum and mop without close supervision. That's because the S7 is smart enough to know when it's on a rug, and can lift its mopping pad so that your carpet doesn't get soaked.
As a vacuumer, the S7 was pretty good — it's not the best with pet hair — but it was fast and thorough. It also has niceties such as multi-floor mapping, no-go zones, and scheduling. If you're looking for a robot vacuum that can also mop, the Roborock S7 is worth a look.
Read our full Roborock S7 review.
This hybrid robot vacuum and mop won’t clean out your wallet, but it will clean up your floors. What the iLife V8s lacks in bells and whistles, it makes up for in cleaning prowess. The iLife V8s has four different cleaning modes that work in both mop and vacuum modes: Classic, which sends the bot bouncing off of walls; Path, a methodical, M-shaped cleaning pattern; Edge, for cleaning along borders; and Spot, for targeted cleaning. As with most robot mops, the company recommends vacuuming prior to mopping.
To activate the mop on the iLife V8s, switch out the dustbin for the water tank, dampen and attach the microfiber mopping pad and choose a mode using the included remote control or on the bot itself. The V8s will get to work. iLife says the 300ml water tank is roughly enough to clean one room and recommends refilling the tank before cleaning the next room. Because it lacks Wi-Fi connectedness and isn’t capable of mapping, you’ll want to keep an eye on it while it cleans. No one likes a squishy carpet.
Roborock’s update to the S5 hybrid, logically named the S5 Max, put a special emphasis on mopping performance. For starters, there’s a larger, 290ml electronic water tank. Plus, the detachable microfiber mopping pad is spring-loaded, meaning the pad will apply consistent pressure on surfaces as it cleans. This leads to more consistent mopping results.
Controlling the S5 Max is as easy as opening the Roborock app on your smartphone. The Wi-Fi-connected bot is capable of creating and saving editable maps of your home. Create a schedule, customize cleaning routes, and demarcate “no-mop” zones from the palm of your hand. This sleek-looking 2-in-1 offers several cleaning modes for vacuuming — Gentle, Silent, Balanced, Turbo and Max — but also offers customizations in mop mode, too. Choose from low, medium, or high water flow depending on the surfaces you’re cleaning. Better yet-- the flow level can be adjusted from room to room.
The Eufy RoboVac L70 Hybrid 2-in-1 robot vacuum and mop utilizes an upgraded laser navigation system and is rated for a long, 150-minute runtime. Better yet, should the battery run low, the RoboVac L70 Hybrid will return to its dock, recharge, and then resume cleaning where it left off. The accompanying EufyHome app allows you to adjust mopping power, customize maps, and set virtual boundaries.
Mopping with RoboVac L70 Hybrid is straightforward: Add water to the removable tank that sits just above the dustbin, dampen the microfiber pad and attach it to the bot. The RoboVac L70 Hybrid cleans in a methodical, serpentine pattern that ensures no floor area is untouched — unless, of course, you’ve set up a no-go zone for it.
How to choose the best robot mop for you
Currently, there are two categories of robot mops: devices that only mop and hybrid robots that mop and vacuum. Generally, both kinds range in price from under $200 to about $500. However, there are a few hybrid models that include features which drive the price up to $800.
If there’s already a robot vacuum running around your home, a dedicated robot mop will complement it nicely. You’ll always want to run the vacuum before mopping to ensure your floors are free of dust and debris. A mop dragging a pile of wet dog hair around your floors will surely lead to streaks. It’s also gross. If you already own an iRobot Roomba s9+ or Roomba i7+, that sequence can happen automatically. The iRobot Braava jet m6 can be triggered to start mopping when either one of those vacuums finishes its work.
For homes that have not yet adopted a robot vacuum, a hybrid robot vacuum and mop may be a better choice. The vacuum functions on many of the mid-to-high range 2-in-1s usually include Wi-Fi connectivity, customizable maps, single room cleaning, and no-go zones. Most of these functions transfer over to the mopping side and some add water flow control and no-mopping zones. Be aware that some hybrid robots are better at avoiding carpets and rugs in mopping mode than others. If your home has several rugs, a hybrid robot with no-mopping zones may be best for you.
It’s worth noting that the primary cleaning method for the vast majority of these devices is plain water. Most manufacturers specifically caution against using any kind of cleaning solution, with one notable exception. iRobot sells a separate hard floor cleaning solution for use with their Braava jet line of robot mops.
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