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Best robot mops in 2021

By Katie Mortram Meghan McDonough 

Keep the mop and bucket in the closet: The best robot mops are here

iRobot Braava M6

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The best robot mops will clean and buff your floors in a single sweep, leaving streak-free results. These handy little robot cleaners are designed to compliment your robot vacuum cleaner, so once the vacuuming is finished, your robot mop will take over to wash your freshly swept floors. They’re useful appliances to own if you have a lot of hard floors, or if you often deal with muddy pawprints or spills in the kitchen.

As well as dedicated robot mops, hybrid vacuum-mops are also available. Because of this, prices can really vary anywhere from $200 to over $700, so it’s important that you consider what you need before you begin looking. We’ve pulled together this guide on the best robot mops to help you decide — some are great value for money, while others come with the latest features.

What are the best robot mops?

After extensive testing, our results showed that the Roomba Braava jet m6 is the best robot mop you can buy. It’s moderately priced at $499 and comes with some useful features. The advanced mapping capabilities mean you can map out exactly where you do and don’t want it to go. We found it to be the most thorough of those we tested and at under $500, it’s not an unreasonable price to stop you from ever mopping again.

If you’re looking for a robot vacuum which mops, then we would recommend the Roborock S7. It comes with obstacle detection to stop it from knocking over valuables and will automatically lift its pad when it reaches a rug or carpet. It’s a good performer for a hybrid machine and while it won’t come cheap at $649, it’s the best option for those with both hard floors and carpet.

If you’re looking for the best value robot mop, then the iLife Shinebot W400 is the one for you. At just $229, this model wont break the bank, but will still deliver in performance. We particularly like that you can see what it’s picking up in the dirty water tank. If you want a budget hybrid solution, then the best would be the iLife V8s Pro. At just $219, this really is a bargain. It doesn’t offer some of the premium features such as laser navigation, mapping or no-go zones, but it will still get the job done.

Read on for all of the best robot mops.

The best robot mops you can buy today

Best robot mops: iRobot Braava jet m6
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1. iRobot Braava jet m6

Best for whole home mopping and mapping

SPECIFICATIONS

Size: 10.6 x 10.6 x 3.5 inchesWeight: 4.85 poundsMapping: YesSmart home compatibility: Alexa, Google AssistantTODAY’S BEST DEALS$399

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REASONS TO BUY

+Thorough cleaner+Respects map boundaries+Cleans in tandem with some Roombas

REASONS TO AVOID

–Expensive–Proprietary cleaning solution and pads

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.

Best robot mops: iLife Shinebot W400
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2. iLife Shinebot W400

The best robot mop for those on a budget

SPECIFICATIONS

Size: 11.5 x 11.1 x 4.6 inchesWeight: 7.72 poundsMapping: NoSmart home compatibility: NoTODAY’S BEST DEALS$199.99

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REASONS TO BUY

+Good cleaning performance+Dirty water tank captures dirt and grime+Reusable microfiber brush roll

REASONS TO AVOID

–Cumbersome cleaning process after use–Bulky–Too tall to clean under kitchen cabinets

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.

Best robot mops: iRobot Braava jet 240
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3. iRobot Braava jet 240

Best robot mop for those on a budget

SPECIFICATIONS

Size: 6.7 x 7 x 3.3 inchesWeight: 2.7 poundsMapping: NoSmart home compatibility: NoTODAY’S BEST DEALS$186.76

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8 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆

REASONS TO BUY

+Lightweight and compact+Multiple cleaning modes+Replaceable battery

REASONS TO AVOID

–Must purchase washable or disposable replacement pads–Drags dirt around

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.

Best robot mops: Roborock S7
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4. Roborock S7

Best robot vacuum/mop hybrid

SPECIFICATIONS

Cleaning Performance: 93Pet Hair Score: 85.8Bin Size: 470 mlSmart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google AssistantSize: 13.9 x 13.8 x 3.8 inchesWeight: 10.4 poundsTODAY’S BEST DEALS$649.99

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REASONS TO BUY

+Accurate carpet detection+Fast mapping+Auto-raising mop works well

REASONS TO AVOID

–Dividing spaces in app can be glitchy–Mop pad can catch on area rugs

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.

Best robot mops: iLife V8s
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5. iLife V8s

A robot mop/vacuum under $200

SPECIFICATIONS

Size: 13 x 12.6 x 3.2 inchesWeight: 5.9 poundsMapping: NoSmart home compatibility: NoTODAY’S BEST DEALS$219.99

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REASONS TO BUY

+Inexpensive+Methodical cleaning pattern mode+Quiet in mopping mode

REASONS TO AVOID

–Not Wi-Fi connected–Needs supervision in mop mode

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.

Best robot mops: Roborock S5 Max
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6. Roborock S5 Max

Best for consistent hybrid mopping

SPECIFICATIONS

Size: 13.8 x 13.8 x 3.8 inchesWeight: 7.8 poundsMapping: YesSmart home compatibility: Alexa, Google AssistantTODAY’S BEST DEALSCHECK AMAZON

REASONS TO BUY

+Attractive design+Spring-loaded mop pad+Customizable no mop zones

REASONS TO AVOID

–Expensive

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.

Best robot mops: Eufy RoboVac L70 Hybrid
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7. Eufy RoboVac L70 Hybrid

Hybrid cleaner offers long battery life

SPECIFICATIONS

Size: 14.02 x 14.02 x 4.02 inchesWeight: 8.49 poundsMapping: YesSmart home compatibility: Alexa, Google AssistantTODAY’S BEST DEALS$397

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REASONS TO BUY

+Methodical cleaning pattern+Laser navigation+Long battery life

REASONS TO AVOID

–Too tall to fit under some cabinets and furniture

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

When you start shopping for a new robot mop, you will notice there are two designs to choose from — dedicated robot mops and hybrid robot vacuum-mops. Both types tend to range in price, from below $200 to around $500. Although, there are a few premium models out there which will drive the price to over $800.

If you already own a robot vacuum cleaner, we recommend opting for a dedicated robot mop, rather than a hybrid design. You should always vacuum before you mop, otherwise any dirt on your floors will be dragged around and contaminate the water as the robot mop cleans, making the whole task counterproductive. Some brands sell both types of robot cleaner and these can communicate with each other to schedule themselves in the best order. 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 don’t own a robot vacuum cleaner, and you’d rather have one machine than two, then a hybrid design might be best. As these models function as vacuum cleaners, some will come with Wi-Fi connectivity, customizable maps, single room cleaning and no-go zones. Being a mop as well, you might also find features such as water flow control and no-mopping zones. Be cautious though that some hybrid robot cleaners struggle with avoiding carpets and rugs when in mopping mode. If you own quite a few rugs, look out for the no-mopping zones feature.

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.

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.
  • More: Take a low-tech approach to cleaning with the best vacuum cleaners

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