iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

November 19, 2013 by
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iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

  • Keeps on Cleaning- Braava’s rechargeable battery cleans for up to 3 hours dry sweeping on a single charge, or up to 2 hours wet mopping
  • Knows where not to go- Braava’s smart sensors avoid stairs, area rugs and raised transitions to carpet
  • Pet-Perfect- Braava is ideal for picking up pet hair every day, but its whisper-quiet operation means your pets won’t be bothered while Braava cleans
  • Cleans Edges- Perfect Edge technology allows Braava to clean right along walls and edges, and around chair legs and other obstacles for a complete clean
  • Quiet operation and compact shape. Sweeps and mops hard surface floors. Sweep and Mop Mode.

List Price: $ 299.99

Price: $ 288.00

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3 Comments on iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

  1. S. Brooks on Tue, 19th Nov 2013 4:48 am
    38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good for maintenance, but will not clean a dirty floor, October 8, 2013
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    S. Brooks
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    This review is from: iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot (Misc.)
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    I so desperately wanted this to work. As the mom of two kids under five, my floors remain perpetually sticky thanks to spilled juice, dribbled dinner, and a host of other toddler-induced messes. I was thrilled thinking that this floor mopping robot would help make my work load easier. It made me sad to learn that it did little more than just wipe my floors down. I tried it a few different ways: once with the dry sweeping cloth, once with water and the wet mopping cloth, and once with a swiffer wet cloth. It is super easy to use and after the first time I used it, it seemed to learn my kitchen fairly quickly. The bottom of the cloth showed that it had picked up some dirt, but there were still several spots of the floor that I later had to go back and clean by hand. If your floors are already in fairly good condition and you just want a quick touch-up between deep cleanings, I think the Braava can handle that, but if your floors are genuinely in need of mopping, this isn’t going to make them sparkle.

    My kids did find it highly entertaining. My two-year-old ran around the house yelling that the “Robot is going to eat my toes!” Don’t worry, no toes were consumed in the testing of this product. The device itself is very easy to use. The reusable cloths attach easily, and the Swiffer brand cloths I had on hand also fit without any problem. It plays a cute tune when it’s done mopping and then it returns to the place where it started. The charging dock charged it fairly quickly and the charge lasted long enough to clean my kitchen, entry-way, and two bathrooms (and still had charge left).

    If your floors just need a wipe down, this baby can definitely handle that. If your floors need to be scrubbed, it’s not going to do that for you (as much as I wish that it could). The cube GPS positioning program worked fairly well. There were just a couple spots on my floor where it didn’t quite make it all the way to the wall, but for the most part it did a decent job. Not enough to blow me away (especially at this price point), but an OK job. My son asked me if the robot was my friend. I answered “Yes, anything that cleans my floors while I relax in the living room is a friend of mine.” It’s great in theory, and will do the job for light cleaning, but don’t expect too much from this floor mopping robot.

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  2. Chester Chen on Tue, 19th Nov 2013 5:44 am
    34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One diligent silent worker…, September 4, 2013
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    Chester Chen (Singapore) –
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    This review is from: iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot (Misc.)

    Just received my Braava 380t and really happy with it.

    Had previously bought a Mint 4200 and this is like his elder brother.

    It is really an all-in-one package, and love the charging cradle the most.

    Just place the unit on it and it will automatically charge it!

    The indoor GPS system is really quite impressive, never missing a spot, but coverage is a little limited.

    Bought another lighthouse so that the Braava can cover the entire living, dining room and kitchen.

    It is silent, and watching TV or radio isn’t a problem, while letting it work! Dog friendly too, at least for my 3 dogs, totally ignoring it.

    The reservoir for water is so much better now (than the Mint 4200), not having to stop and wet the cleaning cloth etc.

    Together with my Scooba 770 (vacuums), this is the ideal partner (mopping)!

    Only discrepancy I had was that the box stated and came with 2 sweeping cloth and 1 mopping cloth while the description above says 2 of each. 🙁

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  3. Dan on Tue, 19th Nov 2013 6:18 am
    30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    With proper expectations set, this is the droid you’ve been looking for., September 25, 2013
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    Dan (Boston, MA) –

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    This review is from: iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot (Misc.)

    We’ve had this little guy for about a month and have been using it pretty much every other day. I couldn’t be happier with it’s performance.

    This little robot is a helper, and keeping that in mind, you’ll find your floors stay much cleaner in between your more dedicated cleaning sessions.

    That’s not to say you’re completely out of the picture. You have a responsibility to use this robot, and while his AI is quite impressive at times, it is still an appliance. This is not entirely a “set it and forget it” robot. Think of it as other helpful appliances. Your dishwasher is great! But you still need to properly load it, pre-rinse when necessary, and occasionally still scrape some dry food off of a fork with your thumbnail. Your washer and dryer are fantastic! But you still need to make time for use in your evenings, transfer from one to the other, and darn it, they still don’t fold your clothes.

    The Braava, is like an appliance in that way. You don’t need to babysit it (other than your first few run-throughs) but you need to be aware of it, take it from room to room, change pads, and charge as necessary.

    Our home is ~1600 square feet and mostly hardwood floors with area rugs centered in the dining room and living room.

    The Braava works most efficiently in our kitchen (pretty much rectangular) and bedroom (again a square with the bed, which comes all the way down to the floor, is centered on a wall and all of our dresser/end tables are legged tall enough for the little guy to easily get under.

    The only prep these rooms need when I put Braava to work are; Kitchen) move the two little rug mats we have out of the way. Bedroom) move the dog bed out of the way.

    The dining room and living room are connected through a doorway, and I suspect I’ll want to get another Northstar Navigation cube to just combing them. As it is now, the Braava gets places I’d never get with a broom. Under the couches, under the book case…it’s great.

    It’s quiet enough to let run while we’re cooking, eating, watching TV etc… (though it’s a little louder when mopping)

    The methodical way in which it cleans was a surprise and is sometimes even fun to watch. They way it reacts to corners, walls, and furniture legs is impressive and it diligently works around them to cover every inch it can get to.

    I found the Braava stuck once, so it’s the one room that I wouldn’t put it in and then leave the house. That room has an older couch where the arm “slopes” in towards the base. This slope was such that the Braava wedged itself and couldn’t get unstuck. The rest of our furniture, though, is pretty straight angled and tall enough for the robot to clean under.

    It does a wonderful job identifying our area rugs and the more open your floor plan, the quicker it will get around and signal it’s done.

    We use disposable swiffer pads for dry mopping and the reusable micro fiber for mopping.

    We have a dog and a dirt driveway (wooded house) so we definitely are happy with the help in keeping sand, dirt, and hair to a minimum. Yes, the dog barked a lot at first. Yes, he got used to it within the first hour. Yes, we made a funny youtube clip of it which you can view here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RksT_RyG9as

    Very please with this robot so far and would recommend it to anyone, assuming they know that they do need to actively use it in order to keep the house clean.

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