Is a robot vacuum cleaner with a mop the best way to keep your house clean?
Smart devices and homes have the capacity to make our lives significantly easier, and a smart vacuum with a built-in mop makes some serious promises on that front. After all, something that can keep your floors free of dust and dirt without any input from you can save hours of time every month.
But do they actually deliver, and can a robot vacuum cleaner really keep your floor clean and tidy?
The best robot vacuums with built-in mops for 2021
Roborock S6 MaxV
Our favourite mop equipped robot vacuum, the Roborock S6 MaxV is a genuinely impressive overall hoover, as well as packing a smart mopping system into its slimline frame.
First off, like a vacuum, it’s very respectable, with 2500Pa of suction, easily enough to deal with carpeted floors and larger particles of dirt. Twin cameras provide constant area scanning, using Roborock’s ReactiveAI scanning system that recognises unknown objects and decides what to do with them.
To navigate around your home, the system uses LIDAR laser scanning to make its maps and advanced route management that synchronises near perfectly with the app. Built-in multi-floor mapping lets you create profiles for up to 4 floors in your home, and the app can handle 10 no-go zones, 10 no-mop zones, and 10 invisible barriers. Per floor of your home.
This is backed up with a solid 180 minutes of run time, which the manufacturers say will cover 2580 sq. ft of space, and a dedicated pet mode that searches out hair and dander, as well as avoiding any unfortunate presents that have been left behind.
As a mop, it’s impressive, with a large internal water reservoir and different programmable mopping levels for different rooms. The app also has built-in smart scheduling; which means it will clean all of the dry rooms first, then move to the remainder and engage mop mode.
So are there any downsides to the S6 MaxV? A few, but they’re all relatively minor. One, there are occasional issues with Wi-Fi connectivity, but this generally happens in areas with bad reception anyway.
Second, and strangely, if you decide to order this vacuum from Amazon, you have to ensure that you order the power cable separately. It doesn’t cost extra or anything, but there’s still a process to go through, which is irritating.
But as an overall deal, the S6 MaxV is perfectly equipped to deal with almost any situation you might throw at it, and it’s also surprisingly reasonably priced, to boot.
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8
We’ve already reviewed Ozmo T8’s sister model, the N8+, and were incredibly impressed by the powerful performance, and the sheer amount of gadgets that Ecovacs managed to pack into a standard sized frame.
Let’s start by addressing performance, which is a fine 2300Pa of suction. That’s decent, but not exceptional, as we’ve seen much more powerful suction from equivalently priced vacuums. However, it’s not a bad performance, at all, and this is more than powerful enough to clean your home and pick up 99% of what it might face.
The run time is a monstrous 180 minutes, which is basically the best we’ve seen and let this cover around 3200 sq. ft of space. The base itself isn’t just a charging station, it’s an emptying station with a 2.5l reservoir; enough to last around 2 to 4 weeks.
The sensor tech is also one of the best we’ve seen. A suite of TrueMap lasers constantly reads the environment around the vacuum and filters it back using AI technology that identifies obstacles and how to navigate around them, at up to 4 times faster and twice the range of standard laser mapping.
The mopping systems are just as impressive, with an oscillated mopping system that works at 480 times per minute, and has the option of 4 different flow levels that lets this actually clean tough stains, rather than just wiping a floor enough to leave it shiny.
Deebot seems to love on-demand HD video and remote controls in their vacuums. It’s an option we don’t see often, but it’s a useful thing to do, letting you manually drive the bot around your house like a drone, check on pets, or scoot under sofas just to see what’s going on. (Just us? Okay then.)
Finally, you have all of the other expected sensors and systems, including a comprehensive app, Alexa voice controls, and a long 2-year warranty.
So why is this not on our top slot? The answer is simple. The Ozmo T8 is literally the best robot mop on the list, but the S6 MaxV just slightly edges it out in general features. So that’s the decision point, and in our opinion what should be swaying you when you’re making your choice.
Coredy R750 3 in 1 Robot Vacuum
The best budget robot vacuum on the list, the Coredy R750 packs a surprising amount into its sleek chassis by focusing on the core functions and performance over flash and extra features.
To begin with, the vacuum itself is solid, with 2000Pa of suction backed up by a decent suite of sensors that can spot down intervening furniture and navigate around it. Zoning is controlled through old-fashioned boundary strips, which is a shame, and means that you might want to spend a little more if you have a particularly complicated house layout.
But that’s balanced out by simple but powerful controls. The app is well laid out and simple to understand, with timer scheduling, real-time monitoring of your vacuum, and the option to link into Alexa for voice controls.
The mop system is also really decent, with 3 different cleaning modes and automated water control, letting it clean what needs to be cleaned while keeping your carpets free of water.
It’s also worth pointing out the general build quality. Out of the box, this feels reassuringly heavy and well made and has a long battery life of 120 minutes.
All of this adds up to a winner. While larger houses might want something a little more feature dense, for smaller homes, student flats or similar, this packs more than enough power for the job.
By far the most powerful vacuum cleaner on the list, the M& by Midea stands out primarily because of its ridiculous 4000Pa suction power.
It’s worth reiterating that performance standard because it’s up to twice as strong as standard models, which is, frankly, absurd. It can be set to 3 levels of power, with an auto-boosting function that increases suction when it’s over the carpet, and powering back down when it’s over flat flooring to increase battery life, covering up to 2700 square feet and 150 minutes of power. But realistically, with the power this puts out, we wouldn’t expect it to hold out that long.
The brushes are backed up with a reliable mapping system. The water reservoir is a little lower than we’d like (around 20% smaller than expected) but should cover most of its square footage without issues. You just need to refill it more often.
The sensor suite is equally impressive, with a huge 30 sensors that accurately map out your home, with the option for deep cleaning individual rooms via the app, or voice controls through smart home hubs. Unfortunately, the app is a little complicated to navigate, and there’s a learning curve too, for example, set up a schedule that you don’t see on better-known brands.
It’s the little things like that, and the lower water capacity and tendency to burn through the battery, that holds this back. It’s still a really impressive piece of gear, and it’s going to leave your home impressively clean, it just … lacks a little polish.
Are robot vacuums with mops worth buying?
In our opinion, the answer is obviously a loud and hearty yes.
But that comes with some caveats.
First off, a robot vacuum, mop or no, is never going to be able to clean your floors in the same way you can. First, they’re working off of sensors and artificial intelligence, so miss the occasional spot of dirt.
Second, a robot vacuum has no way to sit down and scrub at a particular ground area of dirt. It does what it does. (Except for the models that actually do this. More on that later.)
But that doesn’t matter, because the situations that a robot vacuum can’t deal with are few and far between. It’s the difference between having your home at 98%. Realistically, no one except you is going to notice the dust under the sofa that makes up that last 2%, and it’s so much simpler to go round after an electronic hoover when it’s done.
What a robot vac offers are convenience and time. Correctly chosen, they’ll keep your home clean and fresh, with zero input from you, and that’s more than worth the entry price.