If your floors look dull and dirtied as of late, one of the best robot mops can help. A robot mop will provide the finishing touches to your hard floors, effectively mopping them as it works its way around. Because of this, they work well in tandem with a robot vacuum. Some robots even function as both vacuums and mops, for added functionality. But, what are you looking for from a robot mop?
It should clean your floors in a single sweep, picking up any spills or muddy prints with ease, and leave behind streak-free and gleaming results which dry all too quickly. It should be able to navigate from room-to-room seamlessly, avoiding furniture while achieving even coverage. You also want a design with is generally easy to use, including an app which is simple to navigate. But, how can you tell when you’re getting all of the above?
That’s where we can help. We’ve done the research and have tested a range of robot mops to find those that tick every box. We had a selection of models clean a 70-square-foot area of hardwood floor to see how each performed, checking for stain removal as well as the finish left behind. We also conducted extensive online research to find the models which have the most to offer, based on specifications and reviews. We then compiled our results to form the below list. These are the best robot mops.
The best robot mops you can buy today
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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 — some of the best Roombas. 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.
The Braava jet m6 uses proprietary wet and dry cleaning pads that are available in reusable or disposable versions. The only cleaning solution recommended for use with this bot is proprietary, but you can't have it all. Plus most robots mops can only function with water alone, so this does give you added cleaning power.
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.
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, although it can still catch on the edges.
As a vacuumer, the S7 was pretty good — it's not the best with pet hair — but it was fast and thorough enough to feature as one of the best robot vacuums. 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.
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. The only downside with this model is that, at 4-inches tall, it's going to struggle to fit under some cabinets and furniture, which isn't ideal.
The Narwal T10 comes with an unusual design, in that it’s a hybrid robot vacuum and mop, and yet it puts more emphasis on its mopping capabilities. Consequently, what you would expect to be a self-emptying charging base, is actually designed exclusively to maintain the mop heads. The base works by containing two water tanks, for clean and dirty water respectively. There’s no actual tank on board the robot mop itself — instead the mop heads are scrubbed and cleaned via the base with fresh water applied. This naturally doesn’t make it the fastest cleaner, because it needs to keep returning to the base every few minutes.
Despite this, we were pleased with the overall mopping performance. Our floors were left streak-free and the dirty water in the base confirmed its effectiveness. It didn’t seem to push dirt around the floors either, which other models on test have done. It’s not the best on the market for vacuuming having said that, only collecting 63% of debris overall. So, we definitely recommend it more as a mop than a vacuum. Be warned that the app isn’t as intuitive as it could be either. It’s a great mop on the whole for simple tasks, but you wouldn’t want to spend time programming it and trying to control its boundaries. It's also not the cheapest model out there either, which is another reason it features lower in our list.
How we tested the best robot mops
Our results are compiled from a combination of in-house testing alongside extensive online research. Those models which are tested hands-on are assessed on performance and design, taking into account how effectively the robot mop navigates as well as cleans. In terms of cleaning performance, we time each robot mop to see how long it takes to clean a 70-square-foot area of hardwood floor, after which we assess how much dirt remains on the surface. We also consider how intuitive each robot mop is to operate, factoring in the layout of its app.
Those which have been selected based on online research must demonstrate highly rated as well as consistent reviews. On top of that, the specifications need to be as good as it gets, with a sizable water tank and ample battery life. We also made sure to consider different types of robot mops to cater to different homes such as hybrid vacuum mops and dedicated models.
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How to choose the best robot mop for you
If you’re new to the robot mop market, you may have noticed that there are two types to choose from: dedicated robot mops and hybrid vacuum-mop designs. Each vary in price, although you’re looking at around $200 as a minimum to over $800 to get one with all of the bells and whistles.
If you already own one of the best robot vacuums, don’t bother with a hybrid design. Instead, get a dedicated robot mop to compliment it. You must always vacuum before you mop, otherwise the chore is counter-productive. Some brands sell both kinds of robot which can communicate with one another. In doing this, they clean in the correct order automatically. So, if you own the iRobot Roomba s9+ or Roomba i7+, and you purchase the iRobot Braava jet m6, these will pair with each other and will always vacuum prior to mopping.
If you’d rather not have two separate machines, then a hybrid robot mop might be the way to go. These double up as vacuum cleaners, and can come with added features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, mapping, single room cleaner as well as no-go zones. As they function as mops as well, water flow control and no-mopping zones might be added features too. However, it’s worth noting that, in our experience, some hybrid robot mops struggle to detect and avoid carpets and rugs. So, if you own a lot of rugs, look out for the no-mopping zones feature, which is useful in these circumstances.
Are robot mops worth it?
Compared to manually mopping, a robot mop will not apply as much pressure or focus when necessary. However, a robot mop is ideal for everyday cleaning across all of the hard floors in the house and will deal with light spills, such as muddy paw prints. It will also save you from reaching for the mop and bucket and doing the work yourself!
Robot mops will also keep on top of regularly cleaning the floors, which is an easily forgotten or delayed chore. You can also schedule a robot mop to run when you’re not at home, which means you won’t have to wait around for the floors to dry while boxed into a corner.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the majority of robot mops will only work with water, with the exception of iRobot, as they sell a separate hard floor cleaning solution. So if you want to use cleaning chemicals, it likely won’t be possible. Robot mops can also be an expensive investment, so make sure you have enough hard floors to warrant the cost.
How much should you spend on a robot mop?
Depending on the features and functionality, a robot mop can cost anywhere from $200 up to $1,400 — so it’s essential that you start browsing with a budget already in mind. Hybrid vacuum mop designs tend to cost more versus dedicated models because of the additional settings and increased versatility. After all, you’re technically getting two appliances in one. If you opt for a robot which comes with a self-emptying base, capable of refilling the water tank and even cleaning the mop cloth, then that’s bound to add to the price tag as well.
In the end, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good robot mop, as our test results show. So, you should only invest in the added features if you intend to put them to good use. We recommend deciding on both your budget and what you want from your robot mop before you start perusing. That way, you can avoid breaking the bank when you don’t have to.
If you're in the market for an affordable robot vacuum, be sure to check out the best cheap robot vacuums. Or if pet hair is more of a problem, check out the best robot vacuums for pet hair.
Robot mop tips
- Clear the area before you mop. Just like robot vacuums, robot mops can get stuck and bump into obstacles as they clean, so move anything out of the way that might cause a problem. For instance, chairs can be difficult to navigate, so stack them if possible.
- Don’t assume you can add cleaning chemicals to your tank. Always check the manual to see what it recommends, but most robot vacuums can only be used with water. If you want to sanitize your floors, you will need to do this separately. iRobot is one exception, as they sell a separate hard floor cleaning solution for use with their Braava jet line of robot mops.
- You should clean the pad regularly following the care label instructions. Use biological detergent on the hottest temperature it allows for a thorough clean.
How often should I run my robot mop?
There’s no strict rule on how often you should run your robot mop, but for general guidance, once every 1-2 weeks should suffice. More often may be required if there’s increased footfall, or a sudden spill. But, don’t run it more than necessary, otherwise you will make your robot mop work harder than it should and reduce its lifespan.
It’s important to remember that your robot mop should only run after your floors have been vacuumed. Otherwise, it will simply drag dirt around with it as it works, causing more mess. If you’re using a robot vacuum and mop in tandem, try to schedule them so they work in the right order. Some models are advanced enough that they can communicate with one another and work in sync automatically.
Unfortunately, your robot mop won’t replace your standard mop and bucket just yet. It’s designed for light, everyday stains, rather than a thorough wash. So you will still need to find the time to mop by hand once in a while. But, a robot mop will certainly help you keep on top of this chore.