The Braava m6 robot mop is the only current iRobot robot mop with features such as wifi-integration, Imprint Link technology, zoned mapping, and Recharge & Resume. It’s incredibly well-built, easy to use, navigates well, and is a great robot to dust and mop.
This is one of the most advanced mopping robots on the market with a ton of cool, interesting, smart features, but is it worth the hefty price tag? We are going to find out the answer in this iRobot Braava m6 review.
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Quick iRobot Braava Jet m6 review
The iRobot Braava Jet m6 might sound like a simple little box. But in reality, this is an extensively upgraded Jet 240 version. The Jet m6 is the kind of mop for a tech lover, complete with mobile app control and Alexa / Google Home voice commands. It’s versatile, too, acting as both a mop of dust and a wet mop.
The Braava Jet M6 iRobot is like a motorized Swiffer — both the wet and the dusting. It zips through hard surfaces (read: no carpeting), sweeping up dust and dirt and/or spraying water as it goes, and a cleaning solution as it goes, while its absorbent pads mop and scrub the area just sprayed on.
It is also environmentally friendly in that it is compatible with reusable washing pads, although disposable pads are an option, too. The Braava Jet m6 has also been designed with edges in mind and has the same smart mapping functionality as its vacuuming siblings.
You can equip the machine for mopping or dusting with either wet or dry-cleaning pads, respectively, and if you use it with the former one, it also has a small “Precision Jet Spray” to dampen the floor in front of it before mopping.
If you are wet mopping, just fill the tank with water to generate the jet spray, or a combination of water and the proprietary cleaning fluid from iRobot. In theory, you could fill it with whatever cleaning solution you want, but doing so could damage the unit and cancel your warranty.
Overall it is expensive, but I can say quite confidently, the best robot mop that is currently available. It’s not the fastest and there are a few niggles, such as it struggles with elevated thresholds, more than 3mm and you’ll probably be picking it up to move from room to room, and sometimes there is the odd streak, but on the whole, excellent.
- Easy to set zones and virtual barriers
- Wifi connectivity through a smartphone, Alexa, and Google Home
- Precision water spray
- Auto-detects the type of cleaning pad
- Auto return to charging dock with drip tray
- May leave streaks on darker flooring
- Battery life per charge is relatively short
- Comes with only four disposable pads
- Washable pads are pricey
- Has trouble going over thresholds higher than 3mm
- Bundle with 7 Extra Dry Sweeping Pads
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Full iRobot Braava Jet m6 Review
How it works
First, it has to learn that your home is the area you want to mop up. It may take 2-5 training runs before it finally makes perfect mapping of your area.
If you want to, the m6 can use dry cleaning pads, but it is designed to be a mopping robot, cleaning your floors with water (or cleaning solution). You fill a tank onboard the robot, and it sprays water in front of it as it cleans, being careful not to get unnecessarily wet baseboards or obstacles. Unlike a vacuum, where one powerful pass is usually enough, you can instruct the Braava to pass over your entire floor anywhere from 1 to 5 times, depending on how sticky things have gotten.
You can select the amount of water that it uses, too: more is fine for tile, but you might want to limit the water used on your fancy hardwood.
Once the Braava is done, it’ll autonomously return to its charging dock (complete with drip tray), just like a Roomba.
Flexibility at your fingertips
The iRobot Braava jet m6 adapts to your specific cleaning requirements, with two modes to choose from. Use dry sweeping mode to collect dirt, dust, and pet hair, or use the wet mop mode to break down kitchen grease and other sticky messes.
Control on the go
The iRobot Braava m6 Robot works in tandem with the iRobot HOME app (required for download) to give you full control via your smart device.
Operating it is a breeze, you can schedule operating times, customize settings or specify which rooms to clean even if you’re not at home.
Knows the best way
Braava analyzes the layout of your room using the Imprint Smart Mapping technology, determining the most optimal way to navigate and remembering you floor plan. Its maximized-edge design allows the robot cleaner to easily get into tight corners and other hard-to-reach areas.
A great investment for the connected smart home, the iRobot Braava jet Robot Mop works with Alexa and Google Assistant (download required), giving it the ability to respond to your voice-executed commands.
The iRobot Braava m6 is as smart as robotic mops come. While robot vacuums are plentiful, robot mops are harder to come by, mainly due to the challenges posed (mainly how do you carry and balance water), very few companies have tried. But this has pretty much nailed it.
It takes a few runs to learn you home, but soon it will be whizzing merrily away, wiping up everything in its path.
Dusting is a breeze for this robot, but it can sometimes come unstuck with wet mopping of really dirty areas. As it relies on dampening an area and then running over it with a cloth, it just hasn’t got the pressure required to remove stubborn stains.
As with most robot mops (and vacuums) this is for daily maintenance cleaning, run it every day and you’ll be impressed by how clean your floors are maintained throughout your home, from kitchen tiles to wooden floors in your living room. If you run it once a week, you may end up disappointed as it won’t be up to the job.
There is also the issue of crossing thresholds from room to room. If yours are slightly elevated, then it may incorrectly think it is stairs and not pass. At which point you will have to pick it up and move it. An inconvenience for sure, but not a deal breaker.
Ease of set up and use
The Braava M6 is incredibly easy to use and set up, with the instructions being very clear on how to assemble it and get it working.
First, you assemble a charging base station, if you want to call it that as there is almost nothing to it.
Next, you plug in the base station to an electrical outlet while connecting your mopping robot to the charging station.
From there, after a few clicks, you should easily be able to connect the device to your home Wifi.
In most cases, the Bravva m6 goes through a firmware update process for about ten minutes. After that, install a cleaning pad and pour in some cleaning solution; again, it is really easy to do.
After a few hours of charging, you are fully ready to begin. I must say this is easy to set up and use for someone who gets frustrated at complicated setups of new tech products.
Keeping the Braava m6 in working order is also pretty easy (as you might have imagined).
The iRobot m6 includes disposable cleaning pads, but you will almost certainly want to add washable cleaning pads.
Braava Jet m6 water tank
The water tank just slides out and there is a small-cap on the back to add water and detergent; as for the water reservoir, just make sure that it is full before starting a cleaning cycle. If the Braava detects that it has run out of water during a wet mopping cycle, it may return to the charging dock prematurely.
IRobot Braava M6 is a great deal when it comes to robotic devices, and it is also reliable, coupled with top-notch features.
The app is fantastic, and mapping technology is very accurate. Braava is very delicate and has amazing technology to navigate objects and optimize how much surface it can clean.
It doesn’t just drive away when it hits something. It figures out if there is another way around the object.
The only complaint so far is that the tank sensor will occasionally indicate the tank is empty when it’s full. Removing and reinserting the tank fixes it, but it can be obnoxious if it’s set on a schedule, and hours later, it never starts cycling.
FAQs on Braava Jet M6
- Can you put the cleaning solution in Braava jet m6?
The iRobot Hard Floor Cleaner and iRobot Braava jet Hard Floor Cleaning Solutions are the recommended solutions for use with Braava 300 series or m6.
- What is the best iRobot Braava?
The iRobot Braava Jet m6 is an excellent robot mop with plenty of smart features for automating hated household chores. While the Jet 240 and the 380t are also solid options, this is certainly the m6 stands out as the alpha of the pack.
- Is Braava jet safe for hardwood floors?
Yes. Braava is designed to clean hard surfaces such as; wood, tile, vinyl, linoleum, and laminate.
- Should I sweep before mopping?
It is best to always check your floor first and sweep dust mop, or vacuum to remove large pieces of debris and stray hair. But you do not have to.
- Is it possible to use reusable pads?
Yes, washable wet mopping pads are available for the Braava jet m6.
- Can you reuse Braava pads?
The iRobot Braava m6 is supplied with disposable pads but you can purchase reusable mopping pads that can be cleaned in your washing machine.
- Can this be used on Pergo flooring?
Braava is designed to clean hard surface floors, including wood, tile, vinyl, linoleum, and laminate.
- How will it function if you don't have very good Wifi coverage?
Braava has the ability to clean with or without using the Wifi Connection. Simply use the buttons located directly on the robot if the signal is not strong enough to connect.
- Does it sweep and mop?
Yes, it does, but you have to change pads as it has a certain pad for dry sweeping, which is a static sweep (does not suck debris in and there's no bin to empty), so a light sweep is just fine but dirty it'll need some help. Then the mop one is similar to a Swiffer pad and does a surprisingly GREAT job with mopping!
Braava Jet M6 review — final thoughts
The Braava Jet m6 is quite honestly amazing, especially when you compare it with other entries, including the Braava 240 and 380t, which, although they are less expensive, do not work as well for larger houses.
The Braava m6 robot mop is the latest iRobot mop to launch. It has smartphone control or voice control wifi-integration and the ability to connect with other robot vacuums (including the Roomba i7 or S9 series).
Recharge and resume help ensure the area is clean before a cleaning cycle ends while cleaning zones keep you in the loop about where the m6 has or has not been cleaned. If you’re looking for an ultra-smart robot mop, then the m6 is arguably the best-built robot mop.