Monday, December 30, 2019

iRobot Braava Jet 240

My iRobot Roomba has been a real workhorse over the last several years and it shows no real signs of slowing down. It sits patiently in my living room and is ready to give the carpet a good cleaning at a moment's notice. It's not really suited to kitchen mopping duty, though. So, I thought it would be a great idea to enlist the help of a robot mop to help clean up the kitchen and dining area. After looking very long at the iRobot Braava Jet m6, I went with the smaller, less expensive iRobot Braava Jet 240.

Whereas the Roomba vacuums sit on a charger until you activate it, the Braava Jet 240 is more suited to be put away in a cabinet until you're ready to get it out to mop. It doesn't sit on a charger, rather, it comes with a rechargeable battery and a plugin charger. Once you're ready to have it mop, you select a mopping pad, either dry, wet/dry or wet and you set the little guy on his way. You can also pour some iRobot brand cleaning solution mixed with water into Braava Jet's tank for a little extra cleaning power. Personally, I use Bona, a water-based solution and I'm happy with the results. You can also purchase washable re-usable pads, but, for now, I'm content to use the disposable ones that came with the Braava Jet 240 as they seem to do the job just fine.

My kitchen and dining area is shaped like a T and is about 250 square feet. There are four entry points, three of which can be closed off by simply shutting the door. There's an open entry way from the kitchen into my living room, which I usually use an iRobot virtual wall to keep my Roomba from crossing over. The Braava Jet 240 doesn't respond to virtual walls, though. Rather, it has a "virtual wall mode" where you can start the Braava Jet 240 in a certain position and then tell it not to mop anywhere behind where you started it. Which brings me to my next point: unlike the typical Roomba, the Braava Jet doesn't navigate by randomly bumping into things. Instead, it navigates the room in a methodical manner and actually maps out the room.

But how well does it clean? Well, it's not a vacuum, so, if you have a decent sized mess, you're actually going to have to either sweep your kitchen or run a Roomba through it because the dry mopping pad will only do as well as a Swiffer Sweeper would. The damp mopping works pretty well and seems to take care of all but the most stubborn food stains. For best results, I run the Braava Jet 240 in dry mode and then in wet mode and it seems to do a good enough job.

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