I’ve written a fair bit about the various Roombas I own, but I haven’t really talked about the one other iRobot product I own. I consider it a Roomba, but technically the Braava Jet is not a part of the Roomba lineup, but it does come from the same trusted and experienced company, iRobot.
I had actually been holding off for a wet mop Roomba that existed years ago, but they ended up being discontinued. I was sad to hear that, but they weren’t all that reliable so I don’t blame them for not wanting to continue with that lineup. However other companies like RoboRock seem to have it figured out. So I’m still interesting in getting something like that for deeper cleans.
In any case, we got the Braava Jet as a wedding shower gift and I was quite excited from the get go. That gift was clearly bought with me in mind 🙂 It’s a much simpler system which sprays water in front of it and pushes around a cleaning pad. The cleaning pads are disposable and there are wet, damp and dry versions that you can buy for it. You can also find washable pads on amazon for a reasonable price.
It’s been over a year now and we are still using the original bottle of cleaning solution, you only use a capful each time so it lasts for a long time. We mostly use wet or damp pads (I prefer wet) and I order them off amazon as the unofficial ones are cheaper and work just as well. I did intend to get a reusable one but have not bothered thus far. I will say the pads aren’t the cheapest so there is a moderate cost to use this device.
It does pair with the iRobot Home app which is nice. I can’t say I ever really used it until I picked up the Roomba i1 and had to set it up all over again. Generally speaking I just put it where I need it and hit the start button.
One thing that is interesting about this device is it does not have a charging dock. Instead you pop out the battery and stick it into a wall charger. It’s not really a big deal but I just thought that was interesting as it’s my only iRobot product that works that way. As for the battery itself it does seem to last a long time, I’ve had it running in the basement for a good 45+ minutes right now and it’s already on lap two of the area is cleaning. And because the battery is so easily removed you could have two ready to go if you have a bigger space to clean, but so far I haven’t felt the need to get a second. Generally I only use it in the kitchen or basement and quite sparingly at that.
Overall, the iRobot Brava Jet is a great investment for anyone who wants to save time and effort when it comes to cleaning their floors. While the branded cleaning pads and cleaning solution are effective, they can be expensive to replace. By opting for third-party cleaning pads and vinegar, you can save a significant amount of money while still enjoying all the benefits of this innovative floor cleaning robot. And if you’re looking for a good wedding or shower gift, I’d say they make a fantastic gift.