iRobot Braava 380t Review | Robot Mopping With Ease

Braava 380t Review

Many people might have heard about Roomba (the automated robot vacuum cleaner), but have you heard of an automated mop?

Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it? But does it get around the whole areas you want to be cleaned, and does it do the job well? What’s the performance like? That’s all we are going to find out in this iRobot Braava 380t review.

Like the iRobot Roomba, the iRobot Braava 380t is a scientifically advanced automated cleaning and mopping machine that rushes around your house, doing your floor cleaning thereby allowing you to get on with every other household things you need or want to do.

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1-minute iRobot Braava 380t review

iRobot Braava 380t Advanced Robot Mop- Wet Mopping and Dry Sweeping Cleaning Modes, Large Spaces

The iRobot Braava 380t is a mopping robot designed to give you sparklingly clean floors every day in the easiest possible way. It uses dry or humid cloths to mop hard surfaces to get rid of your home’s dust, dirt, and smudges to keep it looking its best. 

The iRobot Braava has two modes of cleaning to choose from, depending on the job you need to do. Braava 380t dry mops your floors in sweep mode, using dry cleaning cloths to move in straight lines. It also uses a special back and forth mopping action in mop mode, and damp cleaning cloths to lift dirt from the surface and grime off your floors.

With the Pro-Clean System included in Braava 380t, a special Reservoir Cleaning Pad dispenses liquid throughout the cleaning cycle to keep the cloth damp. 

Cleaning cloths with Braava’s removable multi-purpose magnetic cleaning pad are easy to attach and remove. 

The NorthStar Navigation System 2 works like an indoor GPS, projecting a signal that your Braava 380t keeps track of so it where it was and where it needed to go.

  • Accurate sweeping and mopping coverage.
  • It has a compact design and practically silent.
  • Long battery life with up to 150 minutes of run time for mopping mode and 210 minutes for the sweeping mode.
  • Easy-to-use with a simple interface.
  • It doesn’t come with remote control.
  • No scheduling options.
  • It does not go back to its dock once you’re done mopping and does not self-charge.
  • Cleaning availability is limited and needs a GPS cube so that it can navigate properly.
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iRobot Braava 380t Advanced Robot Mop- Wet Mopping and Dry Sweeping Cleaning Modes, Large Spaces
  • Capacity volume: 0.25 gallon; Advanced Robot Mop with Pro clean system enables triple pass mopping action for everyday dirt and grime

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Full iRobot Braava 380t review

How it Works

The iRobot Braava 380t is easy to use. Just attach the cleaning cloth and press either ‘Mop’ or ‘Sweep,’ for it to go to work.

In Mop mode, the Braava damp mops the floor to clean away smudges and dirt. It uses a back and forth action much as I would normally use when mopping the floors to give them a really good clean look.

In Sweep mode, the Braava dry mops the floors sweeping up dirt, hair, and dust move in straight lines for the most efficient cleaning.

In either mode, you can use disposable cleaning cloths or, better still, microfiber cloths that can be easily washed and probably reused over and over again.

The fibers on the clothes cling and attract dirt and greasy grime so you can clean and mop just with water use, which I LOVE because I try to avoid using lots of chemicals in my home.

The robotic mop on tiled floor with wooden floor in the background of this iRobot Braava 380t review

Performance

Braava 380t robot mop delivers a performance that’s a whole different level compared to its competitors. The robot mop Braava 380t comes with both dry and wet cleaning modes. Although these methods of cleaning are not so different from each other, they both offer features and advantages that make each one its own.

Wet mode. The wet or mopping mode also utilizes the Northstar navigation system. The device cleans differently in this mode. Instead of single, long passes across rooms, it will make several passes across the same room area to ensure that all dirt and grime are lifted from your floor before moving on to a different area. Fill the reservoir with water and the recommended cleaning fluid to keep it damp at all times

Dry mode. The dry or sweeping mode is where the unit goes around your home to sweep its floors. You don’t need any water or cleaning solution to operate this model. Once you set the Braava 380t on the sweeping mode, it will start making passes back and forth across every room it’s set to clean. To create an effective cleaning pattern, you have to use the Navigation Cube.

The Braava 380ts cleaning capability is rather impressive. It can clean nearly all types of flooring and track the most efficient paths while doing so. It also creates an extremely low sound while carrying out its task. However, one of its drawbacks is that while using and removing the cleaning pads and cloths, there is still some unavoidable work involved on your part.

The cleaning performance at this robotic floor mop is excellent. But remember, it needs to be run regularly and keep on top of the cleaning to get the best out of it. If you just run it once a week, it will struggle.

Ease of set up and use

As with the it’s predecessor, the Braava 320, the Braava 380t comes with a unique design and two-tiered shape. Its body is made of glittering black plastic on its sides with matte black plastic.

  • Control and performance. The unit has three buttons for power, mop, sweep, and a receiver sensor at the top. Its sensor receiver receives a signal from the Northstar Navigation Cube to remind the robot mop of the areas in your home it has already cleaned up.
  • Cleanup. You need to attach one of the cleaning pads which come with it to its front end when you use the device. With the help of small magnets, these pads are held in place.
  • Aesthetics. The 380t Braava boasts a sleek and modern look. Its all-black style is combined with the lights of the blue button, making it simple and yet attractive.

You have to charge it first before you can use the unit. Place it in an upright position on its charging dock, plug it in and then wait until the Power button shows a solid blue light.

The Braava 380t uses the regular charging port to charge completely for at least four hours. Once charged to its full capacity, attach for cleaning the appropriate microfiber cloth and pad.

The Braava 380t using the NorthStar navigation box

Braava 380t Reliability

Braava 380t is quite reliable for hardwood floors, tile, or stone; this is a powerful vacuum and mop. It gets the job done, and the floors will be looking mighty shiny after a Braava 380t mopping. 

The battery lasts for a long time. You can clean over 1500 sq. ft., and it still had some power left. So, it has a very good run time.

One thing you might not like is the fact it needs a separate navigation cube. This is a little bit old nowadays and I’d expect it not to be needed, but it’s not the end of the world. I’d rather have it than not have any smart navigation at all. 

The square shape helps it get into corners easier, which is always good, and the construction seems durable enough to survive a house with kids and even pets. 

It has a cool modern, streamlined look that is designed to be reliable and easy to use, which it is.

Ongoing Maintenance

For the most part, the iRobot Braava 380t mop works as advertised, although the biggest complaint is the lack of onboard sensors which means, it can’t detect the object that it’s running into; it will be very nice if an onboard sensor is added to it. 

Maintaining the Braava 380t is quite simple. There are only a few key areas to pay attention to, none of which require a lot of time or effort.

  • Change the cleaning cloth – The cleaning cloth needs to be washed or changed after every major cleaning cycle.
  • Change cleaning pad – The cleaning pad needs to be changed if you move from wet or damp mopping to dry sweeping.
  • Replace the battery – Replacing the battery should be completed if you notice the battery of the Braava 380t not holding a charge, or if it has died entirely.

Annual maintenance costs for the Braava 380t lands around $5 / year. This will cover replacing the battery every three years. Once you run out of the cleaning cloths that come with the Braava, you should get a pack of washable microfiber cloths.

The iRobot Braava 380t in it's charging cradle

FAQs on Braava 380t Review

  1. Does this product include the charging cradle?

    Yes, the iRobot Braava 380t includes the turbo charge cradle. It also includes a NorthStar Navigation Cube.

  2. Does the iRobot Braava 380t dock itself when it has finished?

    After a cleaning cycle, Braava does not return automatically to the charging cradle for recharging.

  3. Can I use a cleaning solution with Braava 380t?

    'Braava jet Hard Floor Cleaning Solution is the only solution that can be safely used in your robot mop. Please do not use other cleaning solutions.

  4. How long does Braava battery last?

    The Braava 380t can run for up to 210 minutes for dry sweeping or up to 150 minutes for wet mopping.

  5. Does Braava jet avoid carpet?

    Braava detects area rugs and raised transitions to the carpet so it can avoid driving on to them.

  6. Can you use Braava on hardwood floors?

    This is safe on most hard floors, including sealed hardwood.

  7. Are Braava jet pads reusable?

    The Washable Wet Mopping Pads tackle dirt and stains and are washable and reusable.

  8. Does it vacuum area rugs?

    This item is made to dry sweep or wet mop floors. This does not include area rugs. 

iRobot Braava 380t Review — final thoughts

The Braava 380 t iRobot is an extremely convenient way to clean your floors, especially if you are a very busy person.

With a single push of its power button, you can easily clean your home. You also don’t need to worry about storing it as once done with the cleaning task; it will go back to its dock and automatically power it off. 

Anyone who has stone, hardwood, or tile will be delighted with the 380t mopping iRobot Braava. 

If you are looking for something a bit smarter, then the iRobot Braava m6 is a bit more expensive, but has a few more cool features such as auto-docking and doesn’t require the navigation cube.

But overall, this is a very good choice for your home mopping robot.

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