We updated this article in November 2021 to ensure all picks previously tested and vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances Lab were in stock and reflected current pricing. We also updated our Roborock recommendation to the latest model and added new picks from Ecovacs and Dreametech.
Mopping the floor might be an essential cleaning task — especially in bathrooms and kitchens — but few people truly enjoy it. Imagine if you had something that did it for you without complaining and didn’t require buckets of water, a dirty mop and back-breaking effort? Enter the robot mop.
Similar to their robot vacuum counterparts, few robot mops are deep cleaners, but they can add an extra level of clean to your routine and reduce the number of times you have to do a deep-cleaning session. The Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab evaluates hundreds of products each year, including specialized floor cleaners like steam mops and robot vacuums. That means we know what actually works — and what doesn’t — when it comes to cleaning.
When we test any wet floor cleaning tool, we evaluate how well it picks up dried messes (like sticky jelly and coffee dribbles) that we’ve applied to test floor panels installed in our Cleaning Lab. We also look at how easy the device is to use and maintain as well as how much water it leaves behind on wood, vinyl and tile floors, to assess any potential damage. The robot mops below were selected based on experience with a brand, review of product information, videos, online consumer reviews and interviews with manufacturers:
What to look for when buying a robot mop
First, you’ll have to decide between the three types of robot mops: wet mop; dry-sweep and mop combo; mop and vacuum combo. Wet mops squirt water onto your floor to loosen dirt, then wipe up the soiled liquid. Very few suction up the dirty water. Others that combine vacuuming or sweeping with mopping use damp disposable or reusable microfiber pads to wet-clean hard floors.
Next, you should also consider:
- Battery life. Look for rechargeable batteries that last at least 90 minutes. 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.
- 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.
- 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 app instead of manually blocking off the space.
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Best Overall Robot Mop
Braava Jet M6 Robot Mop
If you’ve been looking for a smart robot mop to clean multiple areas in your home, take a look at iRobot’s Braava jet m6. iRobot vacuums always do well in GH Cleaning Lab tests, and an early version of this model that we tested was no exception. This robot mop comes with pads for dry sweeping and two types of wet cleaning pads — disposable and reusable. It dispenses warm water through an adjustable spray nozzle to moisten grime and gunk before one of the wet pads cleans dirt from your hard floors.
To grab any pet hair and dust bunnies before wet mopping, let the Braava jet m6 loose in dry-sweeping mode, so the electrostatic pad picks up the debris. Braava knows not to spray water when the dry pad is installed, and with its Smart Mapping technology, it learns the most efficient way to clean the rooms in your home, even on multiple levels. The Braava jet m6’s mapping accuracy improves the more often it cleans and through the app, you can select which rooms to clean — and which to skip — schedule cleanings when you are away from home and have it overlap passes for a deeper clean.
The square design helps the Braava jet m6 reach deep into corners and mop along baseboards. When the battery needs charging, or the water reservoir needs refilling, Braava returns to its charging dock and resumes cleaning when it is ready to go out again. Braava jet m6 can clean up to 1,000 square feet on a single charge. After cleaning, simply release the dirty cleaning pad into the trash, or wash the reusable ones in your washer and air dry.
- Cleans up to 1,000 square feet on a single charge
- Wet- and dry-mopping capability
- Square shape removes grime from even deep corners
Best Value Robot Mop
Braava jet 240 Robot Mop
$169.00 (15% off)
This budget-friendly cutie-pie is ideal for small spaces like bathrooms and kitchens. Only 7 inches square and less than 3.5 inches high, the iRobot Braava jet 240 can easily maneuver around toilets and under cabinets, which we observed in GH Cleaning Lab tests of an earlier model. It dry-sweeps first to pick up lint, dust and hair before damp- or wet-mopping for a more intense clean. Add hot water or the iRobot Hard Floor Care cleaning solution to the reservoir. And don’t worry: Even if you have water in the reservoir, with the dry sweeping pad, it will not spray water.
Different pads for the different cleaning modes slide in under the robot; you can choose either disposable pads or reusable ones, making it even more budget-friendly. A button-release drops the disposable pad into the trash or releases the reusable one into the laundry.
The Braava jet 240 cleans in a grid mode, using bump navigation to maneuver around bathroom pedestals and toilets, chair legs and other obstacles, and it can cover about 200 square feet before the removable battery needs charging. It takes about an hour to recharge. The mop syncs to the iRobot app via Bluetooth, allowing you to set up spot cleaning, start and stop the robot, check battery life, adjust the volume of water spray and even set up a virtual boundary. Bonus: It’s small enough to live under the kitchen sink, even on its side.
- Square shape squeezes into corners
Best Robot Mop & Vacuum Combo for Large Areas
Deebot OZMO T5
$426.90 (29% off)
This combo vacuum and mop is especially smart. The Deebot OZMO T5’s carpet detection technology not only increases suction power when vacuuming carpets but also avoids wet mopping while on a carpet. And for extra peace of mind, through its Wi-Fi-connected multi-level mapping capability, you can set up virtual boundaries to stop the OZMO T5 from going onto your carpet in mopping mode.
Deebot’s Ozmo scored highly in our recent test of robot vacuums for its great suction and how well it vacuumed debris from carpets and hard floors. The Ozmo T5 has a long run time, cleaning over three hours on a single charge, so it can tackle a large area. When the battery runs low, it will return to the dock to recharge, then resume cleaning where it left off.
As for other combo robot vacuum and mops, to start mopping, you simply fill the water reservoir and attach a mopping pad. Water seeps through the pad (you control the rate of flow through the app), and the damp pad cleans your vacuumed hard floors. The app also lets you set up cleaning sessions, choosing days, rooms and floor levels, and the robot vacuum and mop can be activated remotely too.
- Easily cleans up debris
- Resumes cleaning after charging
Smartest Robot Mop and Vacuum Combo
RoboVac L70 Hybrid
$319.99 (42% off)
Eufy’s L70 Hybrid robot vacuum and mop combo uses laser navigation and real-time mapping to help it find the most efficient route for cleaning your home. The L70 suctions up dirt and debris while its carpet detection capability not only increases the vacuum’s suction to clean carpets more thoroughly but also helps the L70 avoid carpets it may come across while mopping. For added security, you can also set no-mop boundaries through the app for any areas you’d prefer the Eufy avoid. Additionally, the app allows you to set up cleaning schedules, choose certain rooms to be cleaned, activate spot or mop-only cleaning and adjust the suction power and mopping flow you’d like.
When the mopping module is installed, the L70 knows to mop and vacuum. A handy waterproof mat attached to the charging dock protects your floor from drips until you have an opportunity to remove the mopping module and pad. As an added bonus, it has washable filters, which reduce the number of times they must be replaced. Reviewers raved about how powerful the vacuum is and how easy it is to empty the dirt bin after each cleaning. Slightly higher than 4 inches, it’s taller than most, but a great value when you consider its bells and whistles.
- Uses washable filters
- Attachable waterproof mat
Best Scrubbing Robot Mop
Jetbot Robotic Cleans
Samsung’s double-pad Jetbot covers twice the ground of other robot mops in a single pass. It comes with two sets of microfiber pads, one for dry buffing and the other for wet cleaning. Simply fill the reservoirs above each pad with tap water to keep the spinning pads continually moist as it cleans.
You can select from eight different cleaning modes and patterns to tackle edges, focus on dirty spots, clean randomly and more. The Jetbot’s slim design makes it easy to store, and there’s even a handheld mode for using it on stairs and other non-floor surfaces.
At this great price, it comes with a remote control and a drip tray but isn’t as sophisticated as some we have seen. You’ll have to block off areas you want it to avoid, and it doesn’t sense on its own when it’s finished cleaning. Each charge provides up to 100 minutes of run time, so in our tests, we were able to clean a vinyl kitchen floor and a ceramic tile entry and hallway with time to spare. And the dirty pads came out of the wash looking brand-new!
- Reasonably priced
- Easy to use and store
- Doesn’t shut off automatically when finished
- Can’t program it to avoid certain areas
Best Robot Mop and Vacuum Combo for Deep Cleaning
S7 Robot Vacuum and Mop
A combo vacuum and wet mop in one, this stylish robot (available in black or white) makes quick work of keeping your hard floors clean while you’re busy with other things. The Roborock S7 maps your home as it cleans, and Wi-Fi connectivity to its app makes it easy to schedule a cleaning session for your whole home — or just a room or two. The S7 knows where it’s cleaning and where it’s been. In our recent 2021 Cleaning Awards testing, it was super easy to set up, fully covered our test areas and did a great cleaning job, especially when mopping bare floors by using sound waves to scrub away stuck-on messes.
If the battery runs low, the S7 will return to its dock to recharge before resuming where it left off, and it can clean up to 2,150 square feet in one session. The S7 can vacuum and mop simultaneously, and the mop now lifts when it detects carpet (or you can also draw a “No-Mop Zone” on the app). You can choose a washable microfiber pad or disposable mop pads to make clean-up a breeze as well as adjust the water flow through the pad.
- Super high suction power
- Good Housekeeping 2021 Cleaning Award Winner
Best Robot Mop and Vacuum Combo for Pet Hair
L10 Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Mop
$389.99 (20% off)
The L10 vacuum mop combo gets to cleaning quickly and often covers its perimeter. You can start by scheduling and controlling cleaning through its app. In our Lab tests, it navigated exceptionally well under chairs and around furniture legs without getting stuck. It spot cleans and knows when to return to home, a great option for picking up the frequent fluff your pet sheds around the house. Plus, the brush roll is a combination of soft bristles and rubber fins to minimize hair tangles, so it’s easier to clean than stiff bristle brushes.
Following a methodical path in hallways, it had no trouble picking up dust and debris along the way. While its bin is super easy to empty, it is open on one side, so some debris may fall out when you remove it. We appreciated the generously sized water tank that didn’t need frequent refilling even after thoroughly cleaning an entire kitchen floor.
- Easy setup
- Navigates well around objects
- No tangle brush roll
- No information about how it long it takes to charge
Best Robot Vacuum Mop for Hardwood Floors
Deebot N8 Pro+ Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner
$699.99 (13% off)
This smooth operator of a robot vacuum mop is so beautifully packaged it looks like a gift. It maps a room’s perimeter then methodically cleans the center and uses voice prompts that tell you what’s happening. Its long bristles sweep deep into corners while it runs nicely back and forth picking up debris. Mats and area rugs were no challenge as the Deebot N8 climbed onto them with ease. In our Lab tests, it mapped the entire kitchen and made its way where others couldn’t — under chairs and cabinet toe kicks — with ease. Because it left our floor only slightly wet, we’re calling it the best for hardwood floors. When finished, it announced it was done with cleaning, then headed back to its home base.
No worries if it seems to skip a section of the floor its first time out. It did so for us, but found its way back and didn’t miss a crumb. Its sensors help it navigate very well. If it does bump into any furniture or walls, it’s barely a tap. We like that its dust bin is tidy to remove with a handle and empty-at-the-bottom design to keep dust and debris from falling back out onto the floor when the cup is removed.
- Good at cleaning corners
- Maps perimeter well
- Easy dirt disposal
Are robot mops worth it?
Yes, especially for families with pets or small children or for anyone who wants to keep their floors clean without devoting too much time or energy. Most robot mops are able to get under low furniture and can clean into corners and along edges, but they work best if you pick up and straighten the space before starting the mop: Like their vacuum counterparts, robot mops can get stuck on small obstacles and can be confused in rooms crowded with furniture.
Just as you would if using a standard bucket and mop, you need to vacuum or sweep up fluff and dust first. You will still need to manually clean up big spills: Very heavy soil may be a bit challenging for robot mops to handle, but they do save time and help keep dirt from building up, so you have less labor- and time-intensive deep cleanings to do.
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