iRobot is known globally as one of the pioneers of robotic vacuums thanks to the success of Roomba but did you know that iRobot also makes other robots that perform different tasks?
The Braava 380t is one such product that has two cleaning modes – a dry wipe mode and a wet wipe mode.
This product does not contain any vacuum motor, so you will not be able to use this effective cleaning for a large area.
Works best in the kitchen
It will work best for cleaning a confined area such as the kitchen or bathroom.
Braava was formerly known as Mint’s robotic floor wiper, but after it bought iRobot Evolution Robotics for $74 million, the Mint was renamed Braava.
This product will only work on exposed floor surfaces such as tile, marble or linoleum, and unlike Roomba vacuum cleaners that automatically return to the charging station after a cleaning cycle, this robot does not give you that advantage.
You will have to hold this robot after scanning and place it perpendicular to its charging base. And when you need to use this again, you’ll have to pick up the robot, put it on the floor, and then run the cleaning process again.
Quick look at the features
- It uses Northstar’s GPS navigation system to help the robot keep track of the areas it has cleaned until it has finished its scanning cycle
- Two cleaning modes – sweep mode and wet wipe
- The turbocharged cradle charges the robot in just 2 hours
- Microfiber towels included – white dry towel and blue wet wipe
- Since it does not have a vacuum motor, this robot is very quiet
- 1 year warranty from iRobot
- Ideal for mopping bare floors such as tiles and marble
- Uses efficient cleaning mode thanks to NorthStar Navigation using GPS signal
- Microfiber mops are reusable, so you don’t have to constantly buy new pads
- Simple easy to use interface
- No remote or scheduling
- When the scanning is finished, you will not return to the charging station like Roomba, and you will have to carry it to its charging base
- Towels are small so won’t work well in large rooms
- Only cleans light to moderate dirt
What do you expect from this sweeping and scanning robot?
First things first, this robot doesn’t have any vacuum motor in it, so don’t expect it to suck up dirt like the Roomba.
What it contains is a microfiber towel that clings to microscopic dust and dirt. In essence, this product works like Swiffer and only Swiffer does the work for you.
Like the newer Roomba 980, it does so in a back-and-forth cleaning motion and then works the edges. Unlike Roomba, it does not have any dirt container, all dirt sticks to the mop. It also does not have any rule to return to automatically when the cleaning cycle is over.
You will have to carry it and place it on a charging stand.
Then when you need to use it again, pick up the robot, take it where you want to clean, and choose the cleaning mode.
There is no remote control feature or any scheduling feature in this robot.
At the top of the robot there are three buttons – the wipe button is on the right, the power button is in the middle and the wet wipe button is on the right.
Simple and easy to use but you don’t get a remote control.
North Star Navigation
This robotic wiper is based on a cube-like device called Northstar Navigation. It uses GPS signal to help the robot map the area and keep track of the areas it has covered.
According to iRobot, this device uses a signal to set the area, map obstacles, and drop off points, and this device is basically the eyes of the robot. Without it, the robot won’t function properly.
You have to place this cube on a high point inside the area that this robot will scan.
Two cleaning pads
Out of the box, this robot has two cleaning pads. The white pad for sweeping and the blue pad for wet or wet wiping. Along with the two pillows there are two brackets – one with a water tank for wet mopping and a bracket for sweeping.
Both use magnets to stick to the robot making it easy to attach and detach.
Like I’ve mentioned several times in this review, this robot doesn’t have the traditional charging dock that a robot vacuum does, and instead uses what iRobot calls a charging stand where you have to physically attach the robot after the cleaning cycle.
It only takes 2 hours to recharge with this charging stand.
Navigation and cleaning performance
This robot has two cleaning modes, a wiping mode with a white microfiber towel and a wiping mode wet with a blue towel.
In sweep mode, the Braava will go in a straight staggered pattern similar to that of the Neato and Roomba 980.
In scanning mode, it does the same pattern but moves back and forth similar to what it does when scanning.
Watch this video to see what I mean…
You’ll notice that even on soiled tiled surfaces using a microfiber towel dampened with water and a cleaning solution, it did a really good job of cleaning the floor.
Note that it did not attach the water tank, but rather a wet towel.
Use a wet towel
If you are going to start with a dry towel and the tank is full, you will need a little to get the towel wet. But if you start with a wet towel, you’ll see the effects right away.
I like to use this technique because it eliminates the waiting time plus the back-and-forth sweep gives extra excitement.
With a dry sweep mode, it won’t do a good job because it lacks the back-and-forth sweeping motion needed to remove dirt.
Good combination with a robot vacuum
It’s best for you to use a robotic vacuum if your goal is just to pick up dirt and dust.
Here’s another video of the Braava 380t this time cleaning a completely dirty floor full of foot marks, pet hair and other nasty stuff….
What do consumers say?
Lots of consumers agreed on one thing, this robot won’t clean floors deeply. This product is great for moderately dirty floors. Anything dirtier, you’ll need a hand mop.
If you try to use this on a very dirty device, you will end up disappointed as it does not have any cleaning mechanism like the one in the iRobot Scooba.
For those who were able to use it were happy with how it helped their scanning needs.
Great as a daily cleanser
If you use this every day, you will notice that your floors will be cleaner, and since this is a standalone device, all you have to do is get it from the charging station, place it in the room you want to wipe and then turn it on.
It will do the rest for you. A full charge lasts about 3 hours.
not a sweeper
As a dry mop/broom, don’t set your expectations too high as this robot will disappoint you as a sweeper.
You can only pick up so much dirt with a dry, even damp, microfiber towel, and it will only work in a small room.
This is best paired with a robot vacuum like Roomba, Neato, Xiaomi or ILIFE.
Also, you can’t schedule this to clean automatically and it doesn’t come with a remote control.
|Battery Type||2000 mAh Nickel-cadmium|
|charger type||charging cradle|
|Shipping time||2 hours|
|Water tank capacity||Unavailable|
|Dirt Capacity (Dry)||Nobody|
|the show length||3 hours|
|net weight (with battery)||4 pounds|
|Purchase Weight||8.7 EGP|
|bin full indicator||
|Cleaning sessions per week||
|Accessories included||charging cradle
1 – wiper bracket
1- water tank
2 – microfiber towel
Northstar Navigation Cube
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this robot on Amazon for less than $250. This will be eligible for free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.
Amazon also sells extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want even more peace of mind.
This robot is a great choice if you want a cleaning tool to clean any bare floor such as tile or marble. I love the swipe back and forth it brings to the table.
You can use hot tap water in addition to a cleaning solution to help remove dirt and grime from these types of surfaces.
Having a water tank is a good solution. But I feel you should still start with the dry mop. Without the wet mop, it will take some time for it to get wet.
You can buy an extra mop so that you have an extra mop while cleaning the other. These mops are machine washable, but remember not to apply any fabric softener, just use regular detergent.
Overall, this is a good buy that’s probably a better solution than the more expensive Scooba.