We Put These Robot Mops to the Test to See If They Could Tackle Paw Prints, Mud, and Messes

The results surprised us!

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Robotic mops are a convenient way to touch up your floors and leave them sparkly clean a few times each week, with minimal effort on your part. They are self-navigating devices powered by rechargeable batteries and since they have water reservoirs and removable pads, you won't have to deal with a mop or a bucket. Some will even suck up pet hair and dust bunnies, too.

However, just as robot vacuums can't fully replace traditional vacuuming, you shouldn't expect a robot mop to replace manual mopping. They simply can't replace good old-fashioned elbow grease — and won't completely remove dried-on stains, either. For the best results, we recommend you sweep or vacuum your floors prior to running them, too — just as you would with a regular mop.

We tested a few robot mops and found that they are best for in-between cleanings, like before friends arrive for dinner, or to give the bathroom floor a quick scrub-down. Even though you shouldn't expect them to mop up spilled food, drinks, or your pet's accidents, they will come in handy for cleaning up some muddy paw prints on your floor after a rainy day.

Speaking of pets, know that robot mops and vacuums may not be a wise investment for pet owners, because they could turn a small mess into a much bigger mess by running over a pile of poop and spreading it throughout your home. No robot mop is perfect; each one we tested had the occasional hiccup where it'd get some cords tangled in it or get caught under some chair legs.

Regardless, we think you'll be more than pleased with a robot mop, especially our top pick. Robot mops will make your life easier. All you have to do is press a button and the robot will do its thing. You'll be pleasantly surprised with how well they clean your floors.

1 iRobot Braava jet 240 Robot Mop
amazon.com
$169.00

Best Overall

Pro: Small enough to clean hard to reach areas

Con: Can only cover 200 square feet

Upon unboxing the Braava jet 240 and seeing that it’s just 7 inches long and fits in the palm of our hand, we didn't have high hopes for it to clean our wood floors — especially considering the fact that our testing space is also the home to a husky and a German shepherd. However, this little guy — who we nicknamed "Mud" — pleasantly surprised us. Even after a rainy day that resulted in paw prints plastered everywhere, the Braava jet erased them like a champ.

During our tests, we were able to get over 2 hours of use out of its rechargeable battery. We loved how easy the Braava jet is to operate. You just plop on its battery, put one of three cleaning pads on it, and press a start button. That's it! There's a pad for dry sweeping, one that lifts dirt and traps dust, and a damp one for scrubbing.

Even better, this robot mop avoided obstacles better than other models, it didn't get stuck as easily, and it wasn't as loud. We liked that it cleaned along baseboards and the bottom edges of our kitchen cabinets, and we were happy that its pads are reusable. Although we wish it came with a charging base like other Roomba vacuums, we don't think this minor inconvenience is a deal-breaker — especially considering the Braava jet's affordable price.

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2 ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 930
amazon.com
$538.93

Best for Large Homes

Pro: Doubles as a robot vacuum

Con: Gets stuck easily

ECOVACS' offering is bigger than iRobot's Braava jet mops, so it holds more water, covers a larger area, and is faster at cleaning. However, at nearly 4 inches tall and with a 14-inch diameter, the vacuum just can't go as many places. Plus, it has a hockey puck-shaped sensor at its top, which makes it harder for it to get under furniture.

We think it's the best robot mop vacuum hybrid you can buy, if you can afford it. Like most robot vacuums, the Ozmo 930 has its advantages and weaknesses. We were fond of its dual spinning brushes which effectively swooped pet hair into its path to get sucked up. We were impressed that it was smart enough to detect rugs and automatically switch from mop to vacuum modes. We think you'll appreciate its smart features, too (just make sure you disable your 5GHz Wi-Fi network when setting it up, since this one only pairs to your router's 2.4 GHz frequency).

As for the downsides, the Ozmo 930 was needier than other robots we've tested. The vacuum will talk to you and say things like "Brush is tangled; please clean my brush," and “I am suspended”— its SOS call when it loses contact with the floor. Our review unit seemed to have a vendetta against dog bowls, and would get stuck under our bowl holder, or on the placemat that we had beneath our pup's water bowl. You'll also want to clean up any cords or toys you have on the ground before you start the cleaning cycle.

Despite these shortcomings, we were still satisfied with its ability to clean the floors. However, we think the Braava jet 240 did a better job at mopping, since it was able to wipe clean harder-to-reach areas, like around the toilet — and it sprayed water directly on the floors. But the Braava jet can't vacuum carpets, let alone cover a 2,000-plus-square-foot home with hard flooring throughout. So, if you want a robot mop/vacuum combo, this is your best option. It'll cost you a pretty penny, though!

3 ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner
amazon.com
$209.44

Pro: The best affordable smart robot mop vacuum combo you can buy

Con: Only has one dusting brush

If you don't feel comfortable dropping over $500 on a robot mop that doubles as a vacuum, the ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro is the next best option. It's fittingly ReviewLab and BestReviews' runner-up option for the best robot mop, too. Although it won't spray water like the Braava, it still has a water reservoir for wetting an included microfiber pad and cleaning your floors. 

Plus, it packs plenty of smart features that allow you to schedule automatic cleanings, control it with your voice, and monitor the vacuum's status from your phone. Additionally, the vacuum is outfitted with sensors to avoid obstacles like staircases or furniture, and it will automatically return to its charging dock when it runs out of battery life.

You can expect the same 110-minute run time with the M80 Pro as the Ozmo 930, but this model only has one brush compared to the 930's two, and its suction power isn't as strong — so, it is better suited for low-pile carpets. On the plus side, it has a larger 500-milliliter capacity bin compared to the 930's 470 milliliters. ECOVACS recently announced a new vacuum, the DEEBOT OZMO 610, but it has an even smaller 450-milliliter bin and costs $350, so we think you should stick with the M80 Pro instead.

4 ILIFE V5s Robot Vacuum Cleaner
amazon.com
$189.75

Pro: The ILIFE V5s automatically returns to its dock to recharge itself

Con: Some users report that this robot cleaner occasionally falls down stairs

The ILIFE robot mop used to be the most affordable robot mop you could buy. However, iRobot recently discounted its iRobot Braava jet 240 model, so this one is now about $20 more expensive. It's a good vacuum-and-mop combo that can clean your hard floors (wood, tile, marble, or laminate) and vacuum up pet hair, dust, dirt, and debris. We appreciate its sleek looks and gold exterior, too.

It won't have any issues slipping under sofas or beds, and it effectively navigates around furniture. Even better, it comes with a dock that it will return to after it cleans for around 100 minutes. We think it's a good choice for shoppers on a budget looking for a robot mop/vacuum combo.

It's worth mentioning that ILIFE recently announced a robot mop, dubbed the W400. It's the only robot mop that has a microfiber roller to scrub floors and separate compartments for clean and dirty water, so you may want to hold off on the V5s until it is released.

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