There are, in fact, certain people in our house that like to clean the floors. I don’t happen to be one of them. So, when I was asked to review the iRobot Braava 380t that I’d only seen on commercials, I was more than happy to give it a try.
Of course, I did have some doubts that a little floor mopping robot could win the battle of our dirty floors. It was up against some pretty tough competitors:
(clothing & hair-brushing = totally optional)
Since this was an official product review, I didn’t ask my husband for one bit of help putting it together. And, I’m happy to report that I did it all by myself without any trouble (which is saying a lot because I’m easily confused by instruction manuals. . .).
After charging it, I was eager to give it a try and just attached the dry cleaning cloth (which came with it, but can also be replaced with Swiffer and other store-brand dry or wet cloths).
This is the little magic box that comes with it. The Northstar Navigation Cube sits nearby and emits a signal, acting as a guide for your robot:
There are two settings—sweep and mop—that work on hard surfaces. It cleans in sections, first to the right and then returns to the left. After it does the open areas, it cleans along the edges of furniture and walls. Way more thorough than I am. . . When it’s done, it returns to the place it started and powers down automatically. (It also plays this little song that reminds me of that Simple Simon game when it starts and finishes.)
To say the least, we were all fascinated:
After about two minutes of running in the entry way:
(This, by the way, is usually one of the cleaner spots in our house. . . I was too ashamed to show you what it looked like after it tackled the kitchen.)
Fortunately, it automatically pauses if you pick it up or push any button during cleaning. Or, until he just loses interest and discovers other things. . .
This little holiday helper came just in time for our busy December. There’s about 124 things I’d rather be doing than cleaning my floors. . . Watching Elf with my kids, “pinning” recipes I’ll probably never try, plucking my eyebrows (yes, I hate cleaning floors just that much).
If you feel the same—or have somebody on your shopping list that does—you can purchase it on the iRobot website and at select national retailers. You can learn more about the iRobot (aka #holidayhelper) here:
Thanks to iRobot for sponsoring this post.