Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Robot vacuums have seriously taken over the internet, but vacuuming is such a mind-numbing chore that it's easy to see why no one can shut up about these devices (including us). Mopping is the only thing that might be worse than vacuuming -- that hardcore scrubbing is no fun. However, we haven't really seen robotic mops take off in the way their vacuum counterparts have.
You already know iRobot makes little robots that can automatically vacuum your floor. But did you know they offer mopping robots too? Less famous than iRobot's Roomba line is the company's Braava series of mopping robots. The Braava jet 240, announced in March, is the latest one, and it has three modes: wet mopping, damp sweeping, and dry sweeping--and the device will automatically choose the correct mode based on which type of cleaning pad you attach. Maxing out at around 200 square feet of cleaning per day, this is a solution designed for kitchens or bathrooms.
Robot vacuum pioneer iRobot has big plans in the works. From new Roombas that clean themselves to smart vacuums that communicate with floor-mopping machines, and even robotic lawn mowers, iRobot has been busy. But while these sophisticated home care systems sound impressive, even useful, they suffer from one glaring downside. They are all staggeringly expensive. This move by iRobot is no accident.
Select iRobot robotic vacuums and mops are on sale on Amazon for up to 43% off as of Dec. 2: OUR TOP PICK: iRobot Roomba i7 -- save $300.99 BEST BUDGET PICK: iRobot Roomba 675 -- save $100.99 BEST ROBOTIC MOP DEAL: iRobot Braava Jet M6 -- save $100.99 Need a new vacuum, but missed out on this year's Cyber Weekend sales? Don't worry about it-- Consumer Reports' 2020 Best Time to Buy Things list says the whole month of December is one of the few times of the year where we see deep discounts on vacuums across most major retailers. Indeed, Amazon still has kept several iRobot robotic vacuums and mops on sale at their Black Friday and Cyber Monday prices as of Dec. 2, with discounts as high as 43% on select models. You didn't really miss out at all.) Here's the lowdown: Boasting ten times the suction of iRobot's popular 600-series models, the Roomba i7 is a powerful and sleek robot vacuum with some brains to match: It comes equipped with adaptive navigation and Smart Mapping technologies on top of virtual assistant compatibility.
Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Our colleague Marc Saltzman from USA TODAY is here to share some insight into how smart robots can help do your housework and make your life easier. Now that society is cautiously opening up ahead of the fall season, the last thing you want to do is more work around the house. Not to mention, you might be busy getting the kids ready for another school year – at home, in class, or a bit of both. Fortunately, technology can help, so you can focus on what matters.