Here are a few things to consider when choosing the best robot mop for your home.
✔️Dry-sweeping vs vacuuming: Wet mops squirt water onto your floor to loosen dirt, then wipe up the soiled liquid, but very few suction up the dirty water. Most of the robot mops you’ll find on the market also do some kind of dry clean-up — they can either sweep using a dry pad to lift up lint and hair or vacuum with suction. Models that double as vacuums will have the added task of emptying a full dust bin after cleaning, while models that dry-sweep will have to have the sweeping pads discarded or washed after each use.
✔️Battery life: Look for rechargeable batteries that last at least 90 minutes on a single charge. If you have a larger space to clean, look for robot mops that recharge and then resume cleaning to finish the job.
✔️Easy setup and maintenance: The easier the better when it comes to charging the robot mop, filling and emptying the water tank, removing or replacing the cleaning pads and setting it up to clean once or on a regular schedule. Easiest to maintain are models that come with a self-emptying station that only needs to be emptied every 30 days or more.
✔️Safety for floor surfaces: If your home is mostly wood floors, be sure the robot mop you select is designed to clean that surface. All robot mops are safe for vinyl and tile floors.
✔️Floor and carpet sensors: If you have a mix of carpet and wood flooring, choose a robot mop that can determine the difference. Some robot mops have mapping features, which allow you to select only certain areas to clean. Others need to have no-go zones set up manually using tape.
✔️App integration: This is helpful if you want to see what your robot is up to, access maintenance issues or schedule cleaning sessions in advance or while you are away. You can also set up no-go zones that should not be cleaned via the app instead of manually blocking off the space.