Keeping your hardwood floors clean is easy with iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot.
The Braava is the product of iRobot’s $74 million dollar acquisition of Evolution Robotics, makers of the Mint robotic floor mop.
Rebranded and rereleased as the Braava, the “whisper-quiet” floor cleaner will mop dust, dirt, hair, and grime off of any hard surface, according to iRobot.
For basic cleaning, this robot might make sense, but it misses some key features like autorecharging and scheduled cleanings
The Braava 380t looks a lot like the Braava 320. It measures 9.6 by 8.5 by 3.1 inches (WDH) and weighs in at 4 pounds.
There are just three simple function buttons on top of the device: Power, Mop, and Sweep, along with navigation system indicator lights underneath.
There’s a handle on the back that allows you to pick up and transport the robot vacuum easily.
Before cleaning, you must charge the Braava. Stand it up on its back to access the charging port, plug it in, and wait for a solid blue light to appear on the Power button.
It takes about four hours to reach a full charge. Charge should last for up to four hours of sweeping or two-and-a-half hours of mopping.
A Turbo Charge Cradle is available for about $59.99, which charges the Braava to full capacity in just two hours.
Once fully charged, you need to attach the appropriate cleaning pad and microfiber cloth for sweeping or mopping.
The Braava comes with one multi-purpose cleaning pad, one reservoir mopping pad, one microfiber cloth for sweeping, and one microfiber cloth for mopping.
The cleaning cloths are all machine washable, and can be used hundreds of times.
The pad for mopping comes with a small built-in reservoir you must fill up with water before using. The pads are held in place by magnets, and are easy to put on.
You cannot use the mopping and sweeping cloths and pads interchangeably.
Before it can start cleaning, you must turn on the included, battery-powered NorthStar Navigation Cube. When you turn it on, a flashing blue light will appear.
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Place the Cube on a counter or table with a clear view of the ceiling, and point the flashing blue light toward the center of the room.
This will help guide the Braava around your room.
iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot
Braava 380t includes a detachable Reservoir Pad that fills and empties easily over the sink.
To use, pour in water or mild solution, close the fill cap, attach a damp Pro-Clean microfiber cloth and place the Reservoir Pad back on Braava.
Braava 380t has NorthStar Navigation System 2 which works like an indoor GPS. It projects a signal to determine, and later map, its location in your room.
With NorthStar 2, simply place a Cube in the first area you’d like to clean and place additional Cubes set to different channels in other rooms or areas you would like iRobot Braava 380t to reach.
The robot is constantly communicating with the NorthStar cube, which maps out the ceiling in order to deduce the shape of the floor.
The robot’s sensors then allow it to adjust the cleaning patterns dictated to it by the cube for greater precision.
The advantage with this system is that a single cleaning session won’t dry the battery, since the robot stops once it’s cleaned the entire surface.
As Braava finishes cleaning one room, it will travel from channel to channel thoroughly cleaning floors as it goes.
It uses a combination of dry and damp microfibre cloths.
Before you can start cleaning, you have to insert the microfibre cloth. There are two cloths. Each of a different fabric.
The blue cloth is for damp mopping and the white cloth is for dry sweeping.
The Pro-Clean System combines dry and damp, using a reservoir and a pad to dampen the cloth during cleaning.
The cloths (included) are washable and the multifunction pad accepts disposable cloths.
There’s also a large handle on the bot for easy transport. To charge the Braava 380t, you just plug the adapter into any socket.he Braava 380 is intended to clean 90 m² surfaces.
Area can be doubled with the use of additional NorthStar navigation cubes. Just keep in mind that each additional Cube costs around $39.99.
The Braava iRobot 380t has very few buttons. The ON/OFF button shines red while the robot is charging and turns to blue once it’s charged.
The same light is used to indicate errors, switching from red to blue, flashing or staying lit, and flashing different numbers of times to indicate different errors.
iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot uses sensors to detect empty spaces.
No boundary markers are included. if you have any especially dangerous areas on your floor like balconies or any drops, then you’ll have to use objects to stop the Braava iRobot 380t from dropping.
The robot follows precise navigation patterns while making any necessary adjustments to avoid obstacles.In damp mode, it moves forward to backward like a broom.
The iRobot 380t is not designed to clean multiple rooms and the navigation system won’t distinguish two distinct areas.
The Braava doesn’t use suction like a robot vacuum does. Instead, it mops and/or sweeps up dust with the cloths.
The 380 does a great job covering the surface, even when there’s furniture in the room.
The iRobot Braava 380t does an excellent job picking up dust, pet hair and people hair using the microfibre cloths. It doesn’t vacuum.
It won’t pick up larger objects such as cereal, cat litter or bits of gravel that you’ve dragged in from your garden.
It even cleans corners and skirting boards as the cloths stick out from the sides.
iRobot says the Braava 380t is “whisper-quiet“, capable of cleaning while you sleep. And they are not wrong.
It is so quiet you will have to watch out not to step on it by accident.
Since there are no spinning side brushes or inward air movement, the Braava doesn’t get caught up in cables or rug hairs and it does not clean rugs and carpets.
There are four cleaning modes. Dry and damp which can be run in normal mode or in quick, 15-minute cycles.
To use the quick cycle mode, you just hold either the dry or damp button for a few seconds.
iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot
Braava 380t includes a detachable Reservoir Pad that fills and empties easily over the sink. To use, pour in water or mild solution, close the fill cap, attach a damp Pro-Clean microfiber cloth and place the Reservoir Pad back on Braava.
The navigation cube is included and comes with two batteries. You can add more cubes to increase the robot’s surface area.
The Braava 380 doesn’t consume much power, because it doesn’t need a motor for vacuuming. Only one to move around.
As a result, each charge lasts three to four times longer than many robot vacuums.
iRobot Braava 380t can move under chairs, couches and bookshelves without any problem.
It precisely moves around obstacles, such as table feet and lamps.It isn’t the most delicate robot around and has a tendency to knock objects.
The Braava 380t is not compatible with any kinds of cleaning detergents, so never put anything but water inside. It does not wash floors.
It only mops them without using any cleaning solution.
iRobot Braava 380t Performance
Once you’re all set up, all you have to do is press the Mop or Sweep button and let the iRobot Braava 380t do the rest. The Braava 380t only works on flat surfaces, like tile or hardwood floor.
The Braava 380t uses a mostly forward motion to sweep, pushing forth and carrying dust, debris, and plenty of pet hair.
It doesn’t vacuum, which means you’re going to need to clean off all that debris it picks up by hand rather than emptying out a bin.
After a thorough sweeping, you can set Braava to mop. To do this, it employs a back-and-forth technique in which it leaves a liquid trail in the shape of the letter Y.
The main problem is that the Braava iRobot 380t pays the same amount of attention to each area it cleans, so it will spend just as much time on a dried up spill as it will on a perfectly clean section of floor.
Maintain gleaming hard floors, every day, with help from the Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot. Smart navigation works like an indoor GPS to help Braava keep track of where it's been and where it needs ...
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If you have a large home with a mix of wood floors, tile, and linoleum, this nifty machine makes maintaining them a breeze. But Braava 380t is not robotic vacuum for for carpets.