Technology has changed many aspects of our lives. Not only has it changed the way we interact with each other, but it has greatly impacted the way we clean. For one thing, there are many gadgets out there nowadays that we can use for cleaning such as vacuum cleaners, steam mops, and carpet cleaners—most of which were unheard of back in the day. Perhaps even more impressive, however, are the robotic vacuums that have entered the market in the past decade. Capable of sweeping and mopping, these machines have exploded in popularity over the past few years. If anything, more and more people are relying on robots to do their vacuuming for them.
On this page, we will be taking a look at one of the most popular robot cleaners out there—the iRobot Braava Jet 240. Bluetooth enabled, this device is a 2-in-1 system that is designed for both mopping and seeping. How does it compare to some of the other iRobot models? What are some of its main features? Is it smart enough to go around furniture and stairs? These are some of the things that we’ll be examining in our review. Wondering whether or not it’s worth buying? Hopefully, you’ll have your answer by the end!
The iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop
iRobot is a global pioneer in the robotics industry. For more than two decades, they have been developing technologies in the areas of human-robot interaction, navigation, and mapping. Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, the brand has built a number of consumer robots including autonomous floor moppers, and vacuum cleaners, all of which have grown in popularity over the past few years. Some of their most popular models today include the Roomba, an automated vacuum, and the Braava, a floor mopping robot. For many years, the company also created military robots, such as those used for bomb disposal. In order to focus more on the consumer market, however, they sold the military robotics business in 2016.
The iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop offers you an easy way to keep your floors clean. Small and compact, it is capable of mopping and sweeping even the most hard-to-reach areas such as around toilets and under kitchen cabinets. Depending on the type of cleaning pad attached, the robot will either enter wet mopping or dry sweeping mode, the former of which features a vibrating cleaning head and a Precision Jet Spray. Worried about it harming your walls and furniture? Don’t be—it’s incredibly smart. Not only will it avoid objects, but it will also go around stairs. Bluetooth enabled, it can even be controlled via a mobile app. Great for a variety of surfaces, the Braava can be used to clean hard floors including tile, hardwood, and stone.
As with most cleaning robots, the iRobot Braava Jet 240 comes with everything that you’ll need to get started. More specifically, you’ll be getting:
- 2 Wet Mopping Pads
- 2 Damp Sweeping Pads
- 2 Dry Sweeping Pads
- 1 Battery Charger
- 1 Lithium-Ion Battery
As you can see, the robot comes with three types of cleaning pads, each of which is meant for a different purpose. To get started, you’ll first want to charge the battery; simply place it into the provided charger (you’ll have to plug it into an outlet). Once it is fully charged (it should take around two hours), insert it into the back of the robot. From there, select a cleaning pad that matches how you want to clean your floor and slide it into the track on the bottom; it should click into place. As mentioned earlier, the Braava will automatically recognize the pad and adjust its cleaning mode based on the chosen pad.
Wet Mopping Pads: Designed for wet mopping hard floors
Damp Sweeping Pads: Designed for cleaning dust and dirt with a cleaning agent
Dry Sweeping Pads: Designed to trap dirt, dust, and animal hair
As it is, however, the cleaning pads that come with the kit are the disposable kind. In other words, they will probably only last a couple of cleaning sessions before having to be thrown away. If you wanted to, though, there are reusable pads that you can buy separately on their website (more on that later). Personally, I would highly recommend the washable type as they tend to last quite a while (they are also more economical in the long run!).
The iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop comes with a variety of smart features that enable it to clean and sweep with minimal supervision.
For one thing, it comes with a built-in Virtual Wall Mode that allows you to control exactly where it will go and clean. More specifically, you’ll be able to create an invisible barrier, one that will prevent it from entering or exiting a particular room. By dividing a large room into smaller areas, you’ll also be able to clean the floor more efficiently. To activate the mode, press and hold the “Clean” button until two lines appear on the top of the device. Once it has entered the mode, the robot will mark an invisible boundary in its internal map; even when it’s cleaning, it should not go beyond the invisible line.
As you can expect, it also comes with a feature that allows it to remember where it has gone. With that, you won’t have to worry about it cleaning the same area over and over. When it comes across furniture and walls, it will also slow down as to prevent damage. On top of that, it is equipped with sensors that enable it to avoid stairs; it will also avoid riding up rugs. Once it’s done cleaning, it will return to its original position and automatically turn off.
Last but not least, the Braava Jet can be connected to the iRobot Home app via Bluetooth. Once it has been synced, it will allow you to clean from anywhere with the push of a button—even if you’re not home. Not only will you be able to monitor the robot’s activity, but you’ll be able to schedule cleanings for any day of the week. You can even turn on push notifications for real-time notifications! If you wanted to, you can also view statistics about charging time, coverage and cleaning time with the Clean Map Reports. Voice assistant functionality is also available in English.
Potential Issues or Pitfalls with the iRobot Braava Jet 240
Looking at some of its reviews, many people have pointed out that the cleaning pads are quite small (smaller than a Swiffer). As a result, it might not be able to pick up all of the dirt off the floor, especially if you’re mopping a large room. Given that you’re using the disposable pads, you’ll probably have to swap them out fairly frequently. For this reason, it’s probably better to get the washable pads instead; that way, at least you won’t have to keep on buying pads.
Depending on what you’re used to, you might also find that the battery life is short. To give you a better idea, it generally lasts anywhere from two to three hours on wet mopping mode. Speaking of which, it also does not have the ability to charge itself; that is, there is no charging station for it to return to when the battery runs low. As a result, it tends to “die” in the same area where it’s cleaning when there is no power left. Ultimately, you will have to physically change out the battery when this happens. If you have a large house, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a spare battery.
The water tank, which is used for wet mopping and damp sweeping, is also quite small. If you’re cleaning a large area, you’ll likely have to refill it a few times. To do so, open the cap by lifting and swivelling it open. For easier filling, you’ll want to tilt the robot slightly so that the front left corner is pointing downward; it also helps to pour slowly as there is a filter at the top. For some people, this might take a bit of practice. As a general remember, you do not want to put anything other than water into the tank—this means that you will not be able to use any type of cleaner with the robot.
In addition to that, there is a chance that the cleaning pads will leave streaks on the floor. As you can imagine, they tend to be quite noticeable if you have dark coloured hardwood. While there’s no surefire way to prevent this, it may help to keep an eye on the pad as this tends to happen when it becomes too damp. Having said that, many people have not had any issues with the robot leaving any residue. In the end, it depends on the type of flooring that you have in your home.
Don’t worry too much though, iRobot does offer a limited warranty on their cleaning robots. More specifically, the Braava comes with a one-year guarantee for parts, including the battery. It’s worth noting, however, that the warranty is only valid on products that are purchased through their official website and authorized resellers; using the robot outside of North America will void the warranty. To be eligible, you will also have to register the robot’s serial number on their official website. For more information, be sure to check out their returns page.
Does it Clean Well?
There’s no doubt that the Braava is capable of cleaning the floors. Sure, the pads might be a tad small, but they still get the job done. Personally, I believe that you’ll get the best results if you use the dry sweeping mode first, prior to wet mopping; that way, most of the dirt and dust will be gone from the floor as to not overwhelm the pad. You might find that it’s a bit on the slow side, but really, it does a good job of what it’s supposed to do. Whether it’s food crumbs or pet hair, it’ll have no issue picking it all up. Just imagine—clean floors everywhere in the house and all you need to do is push a few buttons!
The wet mopping mode also works great. Once you attach a wet pad, the robot will give the floor a few passes by moving left, right, and ford. While the Precision Jet Spray helps to loosen dirt and debris, the Vibrating Cleaning Head tackles all of the stains. Designed for most hard floors, the Braava will make three separate passes; after cleaning the room, it will turn around and go over the same area again twice. As far as its moving pattern goes, it drives forward, then backwards, and then forwards again, all while alternating from side to side.
In terms of damp sweeping, I find that it isn’t as versatile as the other two settings. For starters, the robot only moves forwards and backwards in this mode; second of all, it will only arc once. If you want to thoroughly clean your floor, it’s probably a better idea to just use the wet mopping function. If you’re short on time, however, it might be a good option as it doesn’t leave the ground too wet.
How To Use The Robot Mop
The iRobot Braava 240 is very easy to use. Provided that you’ve inserted the battery, all you need to do is slide in a cleaning pad at the bottom (for wet/damp mopping, you will also have to fill the tank with water). With that, the device will automatically enter the appropriate mode. From there, press “clean” twice to start the cleaning cycle.
Cost and Pricing Information
The iRobot Braava 240 is the most affordable out of all of the Braava models. As a matter of fact, it is currently priced at $169.99 on their official website (marked down from $199.99). While it’s true that it’s a bit more expensive than some of the other brands, you have to remember that it also uses some of the most advanced technologies. For one thing, it’s capable of mapping your house—something that many other units are not capable of.
Aside from the robot itself, you’ll need to buy cleaning pads. As explained earlier, there are two different types—disposable and reusable. If you want to be more economical, the latter is definitely a better option. Not only can they be washed up to 50 times, but they are also fairly priced. For a pack of two, it will cost you $19.99, which works out to be around $10 each. In contrast, the disposable pads are $7.99 for a pack of ten (wet mopping, damp sweeping and dry sweeping pads are priced the same). Don’t be fooled by the cheaper price, though—it easily adds up! After all, ten of them won’t last you long at all, especially if you have a large house.
The iRobot Braava Jet 240 Mop Review Overall – Is It Worth It?
Easy to Use7.5
Easy to Use
Can be controlled remotely via app
Comes with 3 different cleaning modes
Water tank is small
There is no docking station
Battery life can be short
The iRobot Braava Jet 240 is a relatively affordable cleaning robot. Small and compact, it has no problem cleaning under furniture such as cabinets and dressers. Depending on the type of pad that you attach, it will enter one of three modes—dry sweeping, damp sweeping, or wet mopping, all of which can be controlled remotely via the iRobot Home app. Incredibly smart, it will not only avoid the stairs, but will slow down around the walls as to prevent damage. There are, however, a few things that you should take note of. For one thing, the battery life can be short; the water tank, which is used for two of the cleaning settings, is also quite small. Sometimes, it may also leave noticeable streak marks on the floor. Nevertheless, it is a decent choice for those who are wanting to enter the world of robot cleaning.