The iRobot Braava jet m6 is the first mopping robot I have had at home, so I approached its capabilities quite carefully at first. Vacuuming is different, and wet mopping. A mopping robot is quite easy to assess, whether it is effective or its algorithm. You can see everything at a glance. With classic vacuuming, we may not see some omitted parts. When mopping the floor, you can see it all at once.
After nearly 2 years, however, I can say with certainty that my Grażyna (because that is what I called the robot) is doing very well. Since November 2019, we have not washed the floor in the entire apartment on our own. Our ritual is that we first release Janusz (our vacuuming robot) and then Grażyna. So we have it dusted and cleaned in one cycle.
First, a word about maps, because it is very important. It is worth releasing the device so that it accurately maps the whole apartment to us. Having a map divided into individual rooms, we can precisely indicate areas for cleaning. In my case, I never let the robot go around the whole apartment, I prefer to choose rooms or corridors, kitchens, etc. I do it mainly because of the pet and the time it takes to vacuum and wash a larger area. Being, for example, in the kitchen, I only let the robot go to the hall, because I don’t want it to run under my feet. Of course, this is just my whim and everyone can plan cleaning differently, including starting the robot remotely while at work (yes, there were times when we didn’t have to stay at home). Short, specific goals also mean that we have better control over cleaning time and the battery. Although this is very durable, in my case, cleaning the entire apartment would involve recharging the battery, which would extend the entire process.
The quality of cleaning the floor
At the beginning, one reservation, while answering any comments that appear. Human still washes and cleans better and more thoroughly than robots. If you are absolute pedants, do not buy robots. If, on the other hand, you want to have a clean every day, the robot will be your salvation. He will clean and wash the floor more often than you would like, you will see the results and I can assure you that you will be satisfied. Regularity is key here.
Yes, the robot is only a robot and sometimes it happens to miss something, once in 10 cycles we repeated washing a given room, because it did not quite enter somewhere. However, we did it by drinking coffee on the terrace, not getting tired and only reconciling with the extended cleaning time. In other cases, there will be no problem and the effect will be more than satisfactory.
When we talk about cleaning robots, there is also often an argument that people clean faster. Of course this is true. And again, if you like to clean and do it fast, you don’t need a job. However, if you consider it a regular waste of time (cleaning), it will not bother you that the robot will drive a little longer.
For example, Braava washed an area of about 25 m2 in 45 minutes. It is both a lot and a little. Compared to humans, it is very slow, but when this argument is omitted, the extended cleaning time proves the accuracy of the robot’s work. In fact, I consider Bravia quite thorough, her work pattern is that first she moistens the surface in front of her, and then mops the floor. And so, step by step, mostly walking in straight lines. For me and for my surfaces, this system is sufficient to clean the accessible parts of the floor relatively thoroughly.
It is also worth noting that Braava recognizes obstacles in its path and, for example, you will not systematically get your furniture wet. All thanks to intelligent maps and room mapping, which I already wrote about above.
The Braava robot app is the same app we use for other iRobots. In it, we can view the maps created by the robot during cleaning, set a cleaning schedule, e.g. when we are not at home, or check the history and statistics. In addition, we can also set mopping preferences, i.e. if we only have a slightly dirty floor, but a large area, we can set up a robot for it, or the opposite situation, where we have a smaller area, but heavily soiled. Then the robot cleans with maximum power, but this, of course, translates into the surface that it can mop in this mode.
The application is the basis for communicating with robots and as such does its job well, although its interface could be a bit simpler and more intuitive.
Grażyna made her debut in our home in November 2019. Since then, she has washed 1,876 m2 in 129 cycles. The total working time was 124 hours. For comparison, our Janusz, a robot vacuum cleaner, has 5322 vacuumed m2 in 626 cycles.
Both robots have been operating efficiently since the first start-up and no part was replaced by that time. However, in order for our robot to work flawlessly for years, it must be cleaned. And here, too, one can only praise the structural design of the device. Both brushes and rollers can be cleaned without technical knowledge or a manual. And you need to clean it, because dirt and hair can get caught in brushes. However, there is no fear that it will cause a motor burnout or something like that. The robot will stand and let us know through a notification in the mobile application that it has a blocked element and requires cleaning.
Braava na tak, ale…
If I were to mention what should appear in the next version of Braava, it would first of all be better cooperation with vacuum cleaning robots. From what I remember, the producer mentioned shared maps, but there are no such maps now. As a result, each robot has to build its own map of rooms.
The second thing is replacing and washing the mop. You have to do it regularly to prevent the dirty mop from getting dirty on the surface it was supposed to wash. So let’s have 2-3 material mops right away, before we start using Braave, thanks to this we will avoid unnecessary downtime.
The third thing is the application. It seems to be everything, we can use it to control both robots (fortunately Braava does not have its own application), but it is somewhat unintuitive and the interface is a bit too lazy, instead of allowing us to get to the most important functions right away. Fortunately, the manufacturer updates it quite often.
Without Braava, I can’t do it anymore
If I were to go back to manual floor washing today, I probably wouldn’t be able to do it anymore. Yes, washing is simple, but the time wasted on this activity, when I can do it really effectively for me, while I am not at home, is priceless. The currency that time is appreciated with age, when instead of cleaning up I can read a book or watch a movie, it is something worth paying for.
The price is about PLN 2,130, in my opinion, it is not excessive for what Braava can do, yes, it is not enough and not everyone will be tempted by such a device. In my case, assessing the convenience that I gained thanks to this investment, I can say that it is worth it.
I look forward to the next Braava versions, hope for a larger wash surface, an even better floor cleaning system, new options to indicate cleaning of soiled surfaces, the ability to adjust cleaning power on the fly depending on how dirty the floor is, etc.
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