iRobot Braava jet m6 mopping robot review

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You’ve probably heard about Roomba, a robot vacuum that cleans your floors any time you want via remote smartphone control. Or maybe you’ve even heard there’s a robot mop version called the Braava jet. iRobot has made some pretty serious upgrades to its vacuum and its mop, and they can now work together as a team to clean your floors, sweeping up first, then mopping everything down. The new vacuum on the team is the iRobot Roomba s9+ and the mop is the all new iRobot Braava jet m6. I’ll be reviewing both of them here on the channel, but in this post we’ll look at the Braava jet m6 mop; what makes it new and better, and how it interacts with the vacuum.

What is iRobot Braava jet m6?

The iRobot Braava jet m6 is a fully rechargeable, automated, smartphone-connected mopping robot and base station. You can choose disposable cleaning pads, or, and this is a new feature many folks have been asking for, iRobot also makes washable, reusable pads too. The Braava jet m6 mop will also handle dry sweeping, kind of like using a swiffer. Depending which pads you attach, the robot automatically knows what to do.

The previous Braava jet 240 was a great basic mop, and I was using it all the time until the m6 arrived, but it has a smaller battery so it was best for smaller spaces. The Braava jet 240 also cleaned in a rather haphazard pattern, whereas the new one has mapping capabilities so it can more effectively and efficiently clean rooms. More on that in a sec. While the Braava jet 240 had some smarts built in, the m6 has been fully upgraded.

What’s new in iRobot Braava jet m6 mop, compared to Braava jet 240?

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New m6 at left, compared to previous Braava jet 240

There’s a lot of new technology inside the iRobot Braava jet m6.

  • Uses iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology and Imprint Smart Mapping to get to know the home’s floor plan, giving you total control to choose which rooms are cleaned and when.
  • Features Maximized-Edge design to help the robot get into corners and along edges.
  • Imprint Link Technology enables cleaning automation between the Roomba i, s, and 900 Series Robot Vacuums with the Braava jet m Series Robot Mop. Imprint Link Cleaning is a feature that lets your Braava jet m Series Robot Mop to begin mopping after your Robot Vacuum has completed vacuuming.
  • Larger water tank; can now clean 2-3 times on a single tank. Plus it’s a separate removable tank now, and you don’t need the whole robot at the sink for filling
  • Home base station for recharging
  • Larger overall size/cleaning area: The Braava jet m6 Robot Mop is intended for large, whole home mopping and sweeping, whereas the Braava jet® 240 is intended for smaller spaces, like the bathroom and kitchen.

How to Set up iRobot Braava jet m6 robot mop?

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Let’s get to it! Getting this mop set up is super easy. You’ll want to plug in your base station in an area where it has clear access to come and go. You’ll need the iRobot app, and to sign up for or sign into your account.

From there you’ll choose the hamburger menu in the top left of the app and choose Add a Robot, then you’ll select your device, in this case the iRobot Braava jet m6. You’ll give the robot a name, then connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi by signing into your network. Then you put the robot into Wi-Fi pairing mode by pressing and holding the Spot and Home buttons simultaneously for two seconds. Your app should ‘see’ your robot momentarily.

Once it completes the Wi-Fi connection it might do a firmware update. Once that’s all done you’re ready to go!

Prepping the iRobot Braava jet m6 for cleaning

irobot, braaja jet, roomba, mop, m6, review, how, clean, floor, robotTo get the mop ready to clean you do have some homework. You’ll need to add cleaner to the tank and then fill with water. You’ll also need to slide a cleaning pad onto the mop, and you now have a choice if that’s a disposable pad or a washable one.

Using the iRobot app

The iRobot app is your control centre for your robot army. At its simplest you can turn the robots on and off inside the app but you can also do a lot more:

  • Schedule cleanings, either for a single instance in the future, or on a regular series
  • Check the history of the cleanings; so you’ll know if your bot encountered any trouble while it was working
  • Get help
  • Adjust settings
  • Find a lost robot, whether it’s under the bed, or behind the curtains
  • Adjust wet spray volume
  • Change cleaning mode from Extended Coverage/Light, to Standard to Deep
  • Access the Smart Maps (more below)

iRobot Braava jet m6 mopping robot: home mapping & smarts

irobot, braaja jet, roomba, mop, m6, review, how, clean, floor, robotThe new iRobot Braava jet m6 has smart mapping capabilities built in. The robot learns your home’s layout over a few days after you first get it, then allows you to go in and annotate the map, labeling each room so that you can schedule it to clean certain rooms on certain days, or to leave some rooms off.

You can merge, split and label rooms as you see fit.

Keep Out Zones & Room Dividers

The Smart Maps also allow you to lay virtual room dividers, and establish Keep Out zones, a new feature! Keep Out zones let you draw a virtual barrier around pet dishes, for example, to keep the robot from spilling their drinks.

How well does iRobot Braava jet m6 clean?

When I first reviewed the Braava jet 240, I wasn’t sure how much good a little roving box could really do on my floors, but I was very surprised at how well it cleaned.

Similarly the m6 does a surprisingly great job at cleaning the floors, in my opinion. I have two dogs and they love to be outside. Those wet and mucky paws are a constant presence in our lives, so being able to get the floors mopped every day while I’m at work really helps keep the overall dirt down and the floors clean.

There’s a noticeable grime factor when I remove the wet mopping pads in particular. Yuck! The iRobot Braava jet m6 definitely gets a lot of dirt off the floors.

What kind of surfaces can m6 clean?

This mop is designed to clean any hard flooring surface; from hardwood, to tile, vinyl and even concrete. If you’d normally mop it, you can robot mop it!

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What about stairs, hazards and carpets?

The iRobot devices are pretty smart. They can ‘see’ their way round obstacles or furniture, unwedge themselves from tight spaces, and they have cliff detection sensors to keep them from tumbling down any steps. In all the years I’ve been using robot vacuums and mops, I’ve never seen one fall.

They do get caught up occasionally, though. While they can disentangle themselves from cords and cables quite well, if you leave a tie or belt or think scarf on the floor, the Braava jet can get caught. You’ll get an error message on your app letting you know there’s a problem.

Similarly, the Braava jet m6 seems to be able to sense carpets and rugs and for the most part very deftly avoids them, meaning no soggy carpets.

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Removable water tank

Is the iRobot Braava jet m6 mop noisy?

This robot mop actually operates pretty quietly. You can hear it making a kind of ‘rrrrrrrrr’ sound as it’s running and spraying, but it’s not the kind of thing that would wake you up. I’ve actually had the mop run while we’re asleep a few times, and while that means we keep it out of the bedroom, it can get the job done without too much noise.

Cleaning modes: dry sweeping and wet mopping

The iRobot Braava jet m6 clean has two cleaning modes and a variety of cleaning settings:

Wet Mopping mode tackles sticky messes, grime and kitchen grease with water, cleaner and a special absorbent mopping pad.

Dry Sweeping mode captures dirt, dust and pet hair using electrostatic force like a swiffer.

You can tell your robot to clean lightly and cover more area, or go deep.

Extended Coverage/Light mode lets you get a light wipe down all over the house. Standard mode balances cleaning power with total area covered, while Deep mode picks up the most dirt, cleaning with max power, but covering smaller areas. You can change these modes even while the robot is mid-mop.

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How does Braava jet m6 work with Roomba s9+?

As noted, one of the biggest new features of this mop is its ability to clean in tandem with some Roomba vacuums. The iRobot Braava jet m6 can be set to come out and mop after the vacuum, like the iRobot Roomba s9+ has done its job sweeping up first.

To get your bots working in tandem it’s back to the app. Hit the Clean button, and you’ll have the choice of scheduling just the mopping action, or adding a sweep first. If you choose to sweep first, the mop will wait until the Roomba s9+ robot vacuum has cleaned up, then it will automatically launch itself after.

The new Roomba s9+ robot vacuum, by the way, is an entirely redesigned Roomba. It maps, remembers rooms, empties itself and works together with the mop. But it also features 30 percent wider rubber cleaning brushes, 40 times the suction of previous Roomba vacuums and a new 3D sensor that helps it navigate large spaces and get deep into corners. It also has a more squared front for getting into those tight spaces. There’s a full review on the iRobot Roomba s9+ here too.

I was fortunate enough to have both robots to test out together and I found they are a dynamite team. The user interface means it’s easy to run, or schedule the bots, and being able to have one go out, followed by the other is a time saver that makes my pet-worn floors super clean every other day. I really notice a difference in the floors at our house when the iRobot army has been in service.

iRobot Braava jet m6: Voice control with Google Home

It’s possible to control your Roomba or Braava jet with Google or Alexa. I won’t get into the nitty gritty on how to do this, but the short and simple version involves linking your iRobot device inside the Google Home app. Once connected, you can just say things like ‘Ok Google, start the m6’, and it will be off and running.

I found the Google Home connectivity worked great, and I was able to command my m6 easily just by asking.

iRobot Braava jet m6 : Cleaning pads and prices

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You will need special cleaning pads for your robot mop. They cost on average about $1.50CAD per pad for the disposables and $18 each for reusable ones.

Braava jet m6 cleaning pads retail for $9.99 CAD for a box of seven cleaning pads and can be purchased on www.irobot.ca or wherever the Braava jet m6 is sold. Washable wet or dry cleaning pads retail for $34.99 CAD for a box of two pads and are also available on www.irobot.ca

From my experience, I like the disposables a lot better. Less dirt, grime and hair to deal with. I did try rinsing the reusable, washable pads out in the sink, but it was kind of gross. It’s not the most enviro-friently option but it’s the cleanest one for me.

Overall review of iRobot Braava jet m6 mopping robot

I’m really happy with this mopping robot. It’s certainly more versatile and powerful than the older Braava jet 240 and it has a lot more smarts built in. I found all the features worked very well and above all the mop cleans up after me and my pets really well, and keeps the housework to a minimum.

Overall, I’m really happy with this mopping robot. It’s certainly more versatile and powerful than the older BraavaJet 240 and it has a lot more smarts built in. I found all the features worked very well particularly the tandem cleaning with the vacuum. The new removable water tank is so handy, plus the recharging station means the mop is always ready to go. Above all the mop cleans up after me and my pets really well, and keeps the housework to a minimum. There’s a lot to love about this bot. Any complaints? Surely folks will says the price is a definite downside and at about $699.99 CAD it is a tool with a hefty price tag.

I can definitely recommend the iRobot Braava jet m6 mopping robot. It sells for about $699.99 CAD on iRobot’s website and in places like Best Buy and Amazon.

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2 Comments

  1. Penny on December 1, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Fantastic review thank you. We have lots of ensuite bathrooms leading off carpeted bedrooms. I was hoping the Braava mop might be able to glide serenely over the carpet to get to the bathrooms a bit like the robot vacuums can travel to a new area without vacuuming all the way along the journey to the area. But I’m guessing from your review that that isn’t possible so I won’t be able to tell it to do Bathroom 1 and will have to take it over to each bathroom in turn – is that right?

    • Erin L on December 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      Exactly! You wouldn’t want it making a soggy mess of your carpets anyway. 😉

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