Best Mopping Robot of 2019
Braava m6 Robot MopThe Braava m6 robot mop is the only current robot mop from iRobot with wifi-integration, Imprint Link technology, zoned mapping, and Recharge & Resume features. By any reasonable measure, the m6 is one of the best mopping robots (if not THE best) ever built. Check Price
- Dry sweeping pads or wet mopping pads automatically change cleaning cycle when installed
- Can clean large areas and use zoning technology to adapt to difficult layouts
- Pairs with the Roomba i7 or Roomba S9 for vacuum / mopping duo
- Pretty significant price jump between the Braava Jet 240 and Braava 380t compared to this newest Braava m6
See how Braava m6 compares to the other iRobot Braava robots. Click here. (jumps down the page).
Braava m6 Design
RELATED – Looking for a budget friendly mopping robot by iRobot? Check out our full review of the Braava Jet 240 mopping robot, which is a nice option for under for less than half the price.
What does it look like?
The Braava m6 has an all white body with silver and gray accents. with simple on-board controls or more advanced controls available when using the controls available on your smartphone.
How does it work?
The Braava m6 cleans using a physical mopping pad or a spray jet that wets the floor directly in front of the mop.
1. Imprint Mapping
The Braava m6 uses Imprint Technology to effectively navigate the area and determine where cleaning needs to happen. When paired with the app, you can assign different names to zoned spaces for a more accurate display of cleaning.
Zoned cleaning even allows for the Braava m6 to be paired with a voice-control device, like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
This makes it easy to activate the m6 with simple commands, like… “Braava, clean the kitchen.”
2. Imprint Link
Imprint Link is a secondary part of the Imprint Technology that allows the Braava m6 to communicate with the Roomba i7, i7+, S9, or S9+ robot vacuum.
Using the combination of these smart robot vacuums and the m6 mop, these two different styled devices work in tandem to vacuum, dry sweep, and wet mop all of the floors in your space.
When the vacuuming is done, the i7 or S9 will communicate back to the Braava m6 and let it know that it’s time to clean.
3. The Mopping Pads
The Braava m6 comes with a series of mopping pads designed for different messes:
- Wet mopping pads
- Dry mopping pads
Depending on the pad that is installed, the Braava jet will automatically adjust its cleaning mode to fit the appropriate pad.
4. Recharge and Resume
The Braava m6 doesn’t list a difinitive run time, as it can vary based on what cleaning pad you have installed. That being said, it does have the ability to Recharge & Resume.
The technology allows the mop to clean until the battery is low, return to the charger to juice up, and then continue cleaning after a charging cycle. It will automatically return to the last place it mopped.
This effectively allows the m6 to run for as long (or as little) as it needs in order to finish cleaning your home.
Braava m6 vs. 380t vs. 240
Before we dive more into the weeds, let’s talk a quick look at how the Braava m6 compares to the 2 other iRobot mops. It’s Braava m6 vs. Braava 380t vs. Braava Jet 240.
- Dimensions: 10 x 10.6 x 3.5″
- Water Tank: Unknown
- Dusting Coverage: Multiple Rooms
- Mopping Coverage: Multiple Rooms
- Run time: Recharge & Resume
- Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.5 x 3.1″
- Water Tank: 0.12 L
- Dusting Coverage: 1,000 sq. ft.
- Mopping Coverage: 350 sq. ft.
- Run time: ~150 mins.
- Dimensions: 6.7 x 7 x 3.3″
- Water Tank: 0.15 L
- Dusting Coverage: 200 sq. ft.
- Mopping Coverage: 150 sq. ft.
- Run time: ~180 mins.
Below we have more detailed spec comparisons between the Braava m6 vs. 380t vs. 240.
|Braava m6||Braava 380t||Braava Jet 240|
|Dimensions||10 x 10.6 x 3.5"||9.6 x 8.5 x 3.1"||6.7 x 7 x 3.3"|
|Weight||4.85 lbs.||4 lbs.||2.7 lbs.|
|Water Tank Capacity||Unknown||0.12 L||0.15 L|
|Sweeping Coverage||Multiple rooms & large spaces||1,000 sq ft.||200 sq ft.|
|Mopping Coverage||Multiple rooms & large spaces||350 sq ft.||150 sq ft.|
|Run Time||Recharge & Resume||~150 minutes||~180 minutes|
|Navigation||iAdapt 3.0 with vSLAM||iAdapt 2.0 with 'North Star' Navigation Cube||iAdapt 2.0|
|Cleaning Modes||2 (Sweep, Mop)||2 (Sweep, Mop)||3 (Sweep, Damp Mop, Wet Mop)|
|Mode Selection||Automatically select mode based on cleaning pad||Manually select mode||Automatically select mode based on cleaning pad|
|Remote Control||Yes, with iRobot app||None||None|
|Review||You're Reading It||Read Review||Read Review|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Size & Dimensions
Concerning size, the Braava jet m6 is the largest mopping robot to be manufactured by iRobot to date.
The full dimensions are:
- Width: 10″
- Depth: 10.6″
- Height: 3.5″ tall
- Weight: 5 lbs
For comparison, here are full specs on the other mopping robots in the Braava family.
Braava Jet 240
Accessories & Parts
Included with the mop itself are a few basic accessories.
The Braava jet m6 comes with:
- Braava m6 mopping robot
- Dry sweeping pads (qty: 2)
- Wet mopping pads (qty: 2)
- Mopping cleaning liquid
- Charging base
- Power cord
- Mopping Pads – The Braava m6 comes with 2 designated cleaning pads, one type for dry sweeping and one type for wet mopping. Once the pad is installed, the mop will automatically adjust cleaning cycles based on which pad is installed.
- Cleaning liquid – While you can technically use whatever liquid cleaning agent you prefer (or water), iRobot does equip the m6 with a small bottle of cleaning agent to get you started. Here’s a homemade hardwood floor cleaner recipe.
- Charging Base – This mopping robot will automatically return to the charging station when any given cleaning cycle is complete. It may also return in the middle of a cleaning cycle if the battery gets too low to continue cleaning. In this case, the m6 may charge up and then return to the last spot it cleaned once the battery has been sufficiently charged (Recharge & Resume).
The majority of products reviewed by the Modern Castle team go through a series of in-house tests to really see how these perform.
Since the m6 is so new we haven’t had a chance to complete our in-home tests yet.
That being said, based on what we learned during our cleaning tests of the Braava 380t and the Braava Jet 240, there are a few assumptions we can make about how well this model likely performs.
- Mud: 100%
- Honey: 100%
- Soda: 90%
- Sweeping: 100%
Braava Jet 240
- Mud: 95%
- Honey: 85%
- Soda: 70%
- Sweeping: 93%
As you can see, the Braava 380 was a pretty big jump in performance, compared to the Braava Jet 240. This is partially due to improved sensors and partially due to improved equipment.
The Braava m6 takes even bigger leaps in advancements over the 380t, which would likely yield even better results.
One note is on the soda test. In the case of the Braava 380t, the inability of the mop to capture all soda dropped was less of a sensor issue and more of a mop pad capacity issue.
When we tested these robot mops in-house, we poured our 3 oz of soda on the floor, which as it turns out is just a lot of soda for this style of mop to soak up.
NOTE: If you foresee yourself making larger liquid messes like this, you may want to consider a mop better equipped to handle liquids, like the Bissell Crosswave stick mop.
Setup & Usability
Like its Braava mopping predecessors, the Braava m6 is incredibly easy to set up and use.
There are cleaning buttons directly on the mop itself or you can access advanced features via smartphone app.
From the mop, you can:
- Start a cleaning cycle.
- Send back to the charger.
- Spot clean a small area.
Using the app, you can:
- View the cleaning performance.
- See a digital map of your space.
- Establish zones.
How to use the Braava m6?
Once you know how the controls work, getting started is as easy as:
- Insert a cleaning pad.
- Fill up the water reservoir (if needed).
- Press clean (on the mop or the app)
Maintaining the Braava m6
Keeping the Braava m6 in working order is also pretty easy (as you might have imagined).
The cleaning pads are all machine washable so its easy to cycle through those since each package comes with two of each type of pad.
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 back to the charging dock prematurely.
Is the Braava m6 a good value?
The overall value of the Braava m6 basically boils down to features. If you’re looking for a less expensive robot mop, the Braava 280t and the Braava Jet 240 certainly provide less expensive alternatives.
But if the advanced features of the m6 have caught your eye, it might make sense to bite the bullet and go for the m6.
Here’s exactly what you’re getting as “new features” on the Braava m6:
- Jet Sprayer – provides a direct stream of mopping liquid (only available on the Braava m6 or Braava Jet 240 – not available on the Braava 380t)
- Imprint Mapping & Zoned Cleaning – makes it easier to navigate larger spaces or complicated layouts (only available on the Braava m6)
- Imprint Link – allows the m6 to pair up with the i7 or S9 robot vacuum series (only available on the Braava m6)
- Recharge & Resume – sends the m6 back to the charger when the battery gets low in the middle of a cleaning, allowing it to juice up and then get back to cleaning when the battery is sufficient (only available on the Braava m6)
- Wifi-Connectivity – makes it easy to partner the m6 with your smartphone for more advanced controls (only available on the Braava m6)
Braava m6 Specifications
|Floor Type||All hard surfaces (indoor)|
|Imprint Link||Yes (compatible with Roomba i7 and S9 series only)|
|Returns||30 days via Amazon. Varies by retailer|
Who Should Buy the Braava m6?
Wondering if the Braava m6 mopping vacuum is right for you?
Overall, the m6 is an excellent robot mop and really excels at navigating large floor plans, integrating with smart technology, and cleaning performance.
Based on what we know of the m6 and the performance we can assume, I would recommend the Braava m6 if you’re looking for the following features in a robot mop:
- Want excellent navigation: The advanced sensors as well as Imprint Technology makes it easier for the m6 to navigate around large or complex spaces. Zoned cleaning puts more power in your hand and takes the guesswork out of what and where your m6 is cleaning.
- Want wifi-connectivity: The Braava m6 is currently the only exclusive robot mop by iRobot that comes with wifi connectivity. This makes it easy to control it from your smartphone or even voice control (when paired with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device).
- Want a partner for the i7 or S9: If you’re looking for the perfect partner for your robot mop, the m6 could be “the one” as it easily communicates directly with the Roomba i7 or S9 robot vacuums for a truly collaborative home cleaning experience.
For more information or the buy the Braava m6, check it out on Amazon.com.
NOTE – This is a pre-test review. That means we haven’t yet personally tested the m6. Our scores, notes, and opinions are based on iRobot’s specs, as well as our experience with iRobot’s other robot vacuums (both of which we have tested).
Arguably the Best Robot Mop Ever Built
- Design - 97%97%
- Performance - 97%97%
- Quality - 95%95%
- Usability - 97%97%
- Value - 95%95%
The Braava m6 robot mop is the newest mop to launch from iRobot. It has wifi-integration for smartphone control or voice control, as well as the ability to link up with other robot vacuums (including the Roomba i7 or S9 series). Recharge and Resume helps to make sure that the area is clean before ending a cleaning cycle while zones cleaning keeps you in the loop about where the m6 has or has not cleaned. If you’re looking for an ultra-smart robot mop, the m6 is a solid choice.