Amazon Review by Dan
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With proper expectations set, this is the droid you've been looking for.
We've had this little guy for about three months and have been using it pretty much every other day. I couldn't be happier with it's performance.
This little robot is a helper, and keeping that in mind, you’ll find your floors stay much cleaner in between your more dedicated cleaning sessions.
That’s not to say you’re completely out of the picture. You have a responsibility to use this robot, and while his AI is quite impressive at times, it is still an appliance. This is not entirely a “set it and forget it” robot. Think of it as other helpful appliances. Your dishwasher is great! But you still need to properly load it, pre-rinse when necessary, and occasionally still scrape some dry food off of a fork with your thumbnail. Your washer and dryer are fantastic! But you still need to make time for use in your evenings, transfer from one to the other, and darn it, they still don’t fold your clothes.
The Braava, is like an appliance in that way. You don’t need to babysit it (other than your first few run-throughs) but you need to be aware of it, take it from room to room, change pads, and charge as necessary.
Our home is ~1600 square feet and mostly hardwood floors with area rugs centered in the dining room and living room.
The Braava works most efficiently in our kitchen (pretty much rectangular) and bedroom (again a square with the bed, which comes all the way down to the floor, is centered on a wall and all of our dresser/end tables are legged tall enough for the little guy to easily get under.
The only prep these rooms need when I put Braava to work are; Kitchen) move the two little rug mats we have out of the way. Bedroom) move the dog bed out of the way.
The dining room and living room are connected through a doorway, and I suspect I’ll want to get another Northstar Navigation cube to just combine them. As it is now, the Braava gets places I’d never get with a broom. Under the couches, under the book case…it’s great.
It’s quiet enough to let run while we’re cooking, eating, watching TV etc… (though it’s a little louder when mopping)
The methodical way in which it cleans was a surprise and is sometimes even fun to watch. They way it reacts to corners, walls, and furniture legs is impressive and it diligently works around them to cover every inch it can get to.
I found the Braava stuck once, so it’s the one room that I wouldn’t put it in and then leave the house. That room has an older couch where the arm “slopes” in towards the base. This slope was such that the Braava wedged itself and couldn’t get unstuck. The rest of our furniture, though, is pretty straight angled and tall enough for the robot to clean under.
It does a wonderful job identifying our area rugs and the more open your floor plan, the quicker it will get around and signal it’s done.
We use disposable swiffer pads for dry mopping and the reusable micro fiber for mopping.
We have a dog and a dirt driveway (wooded house) so we definitely are happy with the help in keeping sand, dirt, and hair to a minimum. Yes, the dog barked a lot at first. Yes, he got used to it within the first hour. Yes, we made a funny youtube clip of it which you can view here. […]
Very pleased with this robot so far and would recommend it to anyone, assuming they know that they do need to actively use it in order to keep the house clean.