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Pause for a second and try to imagine the outcome of a dusty floor that only gets mopped but not vacuumed… A shoddy cleaning job, huh? Well, that’s what you get with a robot mop WITHOUT the sweeping function or a sweeping robot WITHOUT the mopping function.
With a robot vacuum mop, however, seeing vacuuming and mopping happens simultaneously–and autonomously–floors stay fresher and cleaner. Not only that, but you’ll also save money: instead of buying two devices, you buy only one.
Best robot vacuum with mop reviews
Here are six of the best robot vacuum and mop to buy.
The Braava Jet m6, a robot mop, for example, has been reported to leave streaks. Also, with most robot vacuum mops, the only way to avoid soaking the carpet is to remove the mopping attachment. It’s also IMPOSSIBLE to control water flow.
That changed with the s5 Max.
First, the Roborock s5 Max doesn’t leave tracks behind (or at least I haven’t seen anyone reports it does).
Second, the rate of water flow is adjustable in the app.
While it remains impossible to stop mopping on carpets when the mopping module is installed, you can create no-mop zones in carpeted areas. Keep in mind, removing the mop attachment will cancel any active no-mop zones. Meaning each time you remove the tank to (maybe) refill or swap wipes, you’ll need to create a new no-mop zone.
Ideal for large homes, the s5 Max has a 290ml water tank alongside a battery that can last up to 180 minutes on a single charge. It automatically recharges and resumes too and has the smart top-up function.
Not a cheap hybrid robot and probably won’t give you the same result as a mop stick and bucket. But as far as a robot vacuum and mop is concerned, the Roborock s5 Max comes close enough.
So if you’re looking for a decently priced s5 Max with self-cleaning ability, or the Ozmo t8 without the huge price tag, the m7 Pro is probably what you’re looking for. Currently around the $500, the m7 Pro puts up a good challenge to other high-end robots in abilities and performance–vacuuming, mopping, floor mapping, smart app integration, custom area selection, virtual boundary settings, etc.
Worth mentioning is the fact that you can vacuum separately, mop separately, or do the two simultaneously.
Also, the m7 Pro makes sense for carpet and pet owners considering its 2700Pa suction. As a result, the m7 Pro is pretty loud, even in its quiet mode.
Keep in mind, the auto dirt disposal base sells separately from the main unit. The water reservoir is 110ml. No full bin or empty tank sensors/notifications either. There’s the m7 and m7 Pro. The M7 has one side brush and one contact (for charging). The m7 Pro has two charging contacts (one for charging and the other for automatic dirt disposal).
If you like the m7 Pro, don’t mind its dust container and prefer something quiet. Roborock s6 is a perfect choice.
One of the quietest floor robots at 56 decibels and although more expensive than the m7 Pro while also lacking a dust collector, is a smart, advanced, and reliable vacuum and mop robot nonetheless.
160 ml water capacity, and like its predecessor, the s5–an electronic water tank and the no-mop zone remain unavailable. However, there’s a switch to adjust water flow, and an upgraded processor that aids faster and more accurate cleaning.
A 297 ml electronic water tank, with no-go and no-mop zone functions; plus, it supports up to four-floor plans. Think of the Roborock s6 MaxV as the s5 Max with eyes and a bigger brain.
With its two front-facing cameras, the s6 MaxV negotiates around socks, power cords, kids’ toys, and other small objects more intelligently. The s6 MaxV is also advertised as having the ability to avoid poo. From what I can tell, it looks like the poo recognition thing can use some improvements. Thankfully, Roborock confirms the robot self learns, so we’ll see.
Also, through your phone and with the aid of its cameras, you can see what’s going on in your house and have a one-way conversation with your dog.
Roborock says it doesn’t duplicate, store, or load images to the cloud. If you aren’t entirely convinced, I recommend getting the s5 Max instead.
Advanced, powerful, smart, and the latest release from Roborock. The s6 MaxV is pricey, though.
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo t8
Priced around $800 at Amazon coupled with the video manager thing and its two front-facing cameras. Then there’s an option to get the big dustbin similar to a Roomba i7+ or Shark IQ.
Besides the self-emptying function, the t8 is an Ecovacs product, while the s6 MaxV is a Roborock product.
Although with a lesser water capacity (240 ml vs. s6 MaxV’s 297 ml), the t8 covers just enough (up to 3000 sq ft) on a single charge. A single charge lasts over three hours, depending on the mode being run, plus the t8 has the Recharge and Resume function. Still, with the t8, there’s an option to get the oscillating mopping head, which gives near the same performance as a standard mop and vacuum.
Next, there’s the Carpet Detection function to ensure carpets get those fresh vacuum lines without ever getting soaked.
Further, two extractors (one brush, one brushless) comes with a package of the t8. These can come in handy if you’ve got a hardwood floor with a mix of carpets and pets.
Faced with a choice between the s6 MaxV and the t8, I’d recommend the s6 MaxV at least for now. The software of the S6 MaxV is better refined, plus Roborock offers one of the best products and customer support.
Roomba i7 plus + Braava Jet m6
From iRobot, the makers of the I and S robot vacuum series, the Braava Jet m6 is currently the smartest and most efficient robot mop. Plus, via Interlinking, you can get the Jet m6 to automatically mop after the i7 plus.
The “+” after the I and S vacuum models indicate the package includes the large dustbin. The i7 and s9 are ideal for persons who don’t mind checking and emptying the small dustbin in as many times as required during a cleaning run.
What to look for when buying a vacuuming and mopping robot
If you have rugs, a 2-in-1 robot with the Carpet Boost function makes sense. All six items reviewed have this function.
If you have pets or live with people who have long hairs, get a robot with a rubber or brushless extractor. Ozmo t8 and Roomba i7, #5 and #6 respectively on this list, have this feature.
If you have a mix of carpet and hard floors, look for a robot vacuum mop with carpet recognition and avoidance abilities. Whether combined with the Carpet Boost function (as is the case with Ecovacs robots) or available through virtual boundary settings in the app (as is the case with Roborock robots), all featured items have this function.
Furthermore, a large water tank (bonus point if it’s electronic) makes perfect sense since you get longer working hours (very helpful if you have a huge space) and more intensive mopping.
Mapping is one last feature I can’t recommend enough. This feature gives your robot kind of its mind and brain. Floor mapping powers the intelligent navigation of a robot, to include other functions such as room and zone cleaning, and custom blockages. All five featured items have this function.
Robot vacuum vs. robot mop vs. robot vacuum mop
Dust, dirt, pet hair, human hair on carpets and hard floors are better served to robot vacuums given their hardware (side and center brushes) and working methodology. Robot vacuums in the entry through intermediate levels (starting at around $200) might just as well suffice. The more advanced options with mapping and auto-dirt emptying such as the Roomba i7+ & s9+, Shark IQ, Proscenic m7 Pro or the just-released Ozmo t8–typically priced $500 and above–are a lifesaver if you’ve got complicated floor plans or own a German Shepherd, Lab or other dog breeds that shed a lot.
A dedicated mopping robot is in order if the cleaning requirements involve getting rid of wet dog prints or stubborn stains and grime on tiles, laminates, or hardwood floors. Braava 240, 380t, iLife w400, typically priced under $400, are an excellent place to start. Still, there’s the smarter, advanced, and powerful Braava Jet m6, priced around $500, that takes a back and forth approach to mopping, a nice attempt at duplicating the vibrating brush mop head of the Ozmo t8.
Finally, a robot vacuum mop–available as a combo (s5 Max, s6 MaxV, Ozmo t8, etc.) or dynamic duos (Roomba i7+ and Braava Jet m6 or Roborock s4 + Braava Jet m6)–is ideal in a situation where the cleaning need involves sweeping and wiping (dust, dirt, stains; not water puddles or pet urine). Dedicated robot vacuum and mops AREN’T cheap, though (could cost more than a thousand dollars).
How does a 2-in-1 floor robot work?
Having established 2-in-1 robots work just as well as two robots (one vacuum, one mop) while helping you save money. Now it’s clear how a dedicated robot vacuum mop would work given two devices are involved. But are you confused or in doubt about the possibility of a single robot managing vacuuming and mopping?
Most hybrid robots vacuum and mop simultaneously. Their vacuum/main brush is in front; that way, the floor is vacuumed before being mopped. Mopping floors with area rugs here and there presents a problem as the machine will run the wet mop pad over the rugs the same way it runs over floors. For units that don’t have carpet recognition, there’s an option to block off carpeted or problematic areas in the app. Mopping is turned on by default once the robot detects a filled water tank and cloth, and deactivated when removed.
To (or not to) use Bona or other third-party cleaners with the mop feature?
Except for when the device in question is the Jet m6, which uses a proprietary, expensive cleaning liquid. Other manufacturers advised using only water. With or without a vibrating mop head, most floor robots and mops clean well with just water.
Are you still wondering the advantage of buying a robotic that is both vacuum and mop?
A robot vacuum mop combo or dedicated robot vacuum and mop does two things you don’t have to do: vacuum and mop. Plus, it and does that while saving you the money you’d have splashed on two devices that don’t perform significantly better.
Floor robot technology is rapidly improving. The mopping feature, for now, can be best compared to a damp rag being wiped along the floor. It’ll grab the fine dust and maybe some larger shoe/paw prints; if you do a zone clean up and do 3X times, it cleans as good as your steam mop. However, any refunds or rejections from a cat should be manually cleaned up.
It helps if mopping is done every day so that there isn’t much build-up of dirt. The more you use the mop feature, the least dirt you’d be washing out of the pad.
It’s OK to use the washing machine to wash the mopping cloth with warm water and cleaner. Just don’t make cloth too crinkled. Otherwise, it will affect the mopping performance.
You also wouldn’t want to leave the mop head on for more than a day, or it may start to get stinky. The app reminds you to remove the mop head after use.
Lastly, identify your cleaning requirements and seek out from the featured items that one robot to match. Pay attention to the associated cleaning situations and the buying guide section.