The best mopping robots of 2021: reviews and buying advice


When it comes to hated housework, mopping is likely to be more despised than even vacuuming (although we agree that cleaning toilets tops the list). Dirty water, back pain, and the fact that most homes have far fewer scrubbable floors than carpets make the job too easy to neglect.

However, as with the vacuum cleaner, robotics has come to the rescue. Robotic mops don’t require cumbersome buckets or dirty mop heads ringing. All you need to do is fill your tank with water, place them on the floor, hit the start button, and get out of the way. Some will even vacuum or sweep the floor first, freeing you from that chore as well. They won’t eliminate the need to use an old-fashioned rod mop every now and then, but they can make the floor a lot easier to clean when you do.

Updated October 18, 2021 with our review of the Roborock S7. The best robot vacuum / mop hybrid we’ve tested to date, the LiDAR-equipped S7 features an innovative mop assembly and sonic scrubbing technology, and it gets even better when paired with Roborock’s optional self-emptying base. For those reasons, it supersedes the Roborock S6 as our top pick for vacuum / mop hybrids.

Here are our current top picks for robotic mops. This is an evolving category (manufacturers are still experimenting with what makes a robot mop good), so there can be significant variation between products in terms of features and functions. Still, there are some basic things to look for and we’ve included them below our picks to help guide you if our top picks don’t meet your unique needs. Or you can click here to skip to our latest robotic mop reviews.

Best robot mop

IRobot’s Braava Jet m6 knocks its little brother, the Braava Jet 240, out of its position as our favorite mopping robot. Not only can this larger unit clean larger areas, it can also work in conjunction with select Roomba robotic vacuums, with one cleaning debris and then signaling to the other that it’s time to scrub. Yes, it’s an expensive double whammy, but it sure beats manual labor.

Runner-up

The iLife Shinebot W400 uses a unique four-step cleaning method that moistens the floor with clean water to loosen dirt and stains, cleans them with a microfiber roller brush, sucks the dirty water into the robot, and scrapes away any residue that stay. It also keeps clean and dirty water in separate tanks to prevent cross contamination of your floors. The results are quite close to what you would get with a mop. However, the volume of the Shinebot w400 can be a hindrance in small spaces, making it more suitable for homes with many open floors.

Best Vacuum / Mop Hybrid

The Roborock S7 better balances vacuuming and mopping modes and produces more impressive results than any of the competing hybrids we’ve tested. This LiDAR packing robot comes with an innovative mopping suite and sonic scrubbing technology that allows it to loosen stains, something that most robot vacuum / mop hybrids, who simply drag a damp cloth across the floor, are incapable of. of doing. And with a maximum suction of 2500 Pa, the S7 is no slouch when it comes to vacuuming floors and carpets. You can even pair it with Roborock’s optional self-emptying dock, which detects when the S7 returns to its charging pins and automatically vacuums the contents of your trash can.


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