bObsweep PetHair robotic vacuum cleaner and mop review

bObsweep PetHair robotic vacuum cleaner and mop review

When it comes to the robotic mop market, any claim to tackle pet hair efficiently is a bold one. So, just how does the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop stand up to the competition? Quite well, as it happens, so long as you are prepared to change your personal habits to accommodate it.

The bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop (Link)

The bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop is an affordable robotic floor cleaning solution. The manufacturer boasts it as a 5-in-1 cleaning solution, but as so often is the case, they are quite generous with their classifications. Still, there are some cleaning functions at which the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop excels.

The Basics

The bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop is sold as a vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, UV sterilizing, and air purifying machine. For a low price and under 6lbs, it seems too good to be true for one machine to wear so many caps and wear them well and, sadly, it is. Don’t get us wrong, there are some redeeming features to this affordable floor care solution especially at this price point, just don’t expect a miracle.

The Nitty Gritty

Affordability

The bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop is affordable, there is no doubt about that and the washable mopping cloths add no additional expense. The HEPA filter requires replacing once in a while, but with two additional filters included in the box, it doesn’t seem like this is an additional cost of real concern for a while. Plus, a 2-year warranty on the lithium battery that powers the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop helps to ensure at least two years of battery power.

But cost aside, how does the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop measure up?

Sound

The 750RPM motor that makes this such a powerful vacuum also means that bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop is louder than some of the other robot mops out there. It’s still not as loud as running a regular vacuum around the house, but it’s not the kind of floor cleaning robot that you can let run while you’re holding a conversation (unless you like to talk really loudly).

Navigation

The bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop utilizes infrared sensors to find its way around a cleaning area. Additional dirt sensors help to focus attention on extremely dirty areas and edge sensors keep the robot on track and away from stairwells.

The bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop features three cleaning modes that use either a “waffle track” pattern, a “wall track” pattern, or a “spiral track” pattern to clean. This combination of patterns as well as the “auto-adjusting” feature that allows the unit to pass from room to room unhindered, make sure that the floors get quite a thorough cleaning.

But how does the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop fare when it comes to obstacles? If we’re talking about pet hair, “Bob” cuts through it quite seamlessly in vacuum mode. If we’re talking about managing room to room transitions without getting stuck, “Bob” handles this quite well too. What “Bob” doesn’t do well, however, is clutter. If you (or your partner, ahem) are the type of people who leave socks on the floor or charging cables draped across the carpet, you’re not going to enjoy “Bob” one bit and the feeling is likely mutual. Anything remotely “in the way” that the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop deems should not be there will cause it to get stuck. So, if you live a cluttered life and have no inclination to change your habits, forget bringing “Bob” home, he’ll only get on your nerves.

Cleaning Cycles

The bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop offers a vacuuming, mopping, UV sterilizing and air purifying cleaning option. These cleaning and purifying cycles can be run on an autopilot mode where the system runs until the battery drops to 15% and then it seeks out the charging base. There is also a quick clean option, which sets the machine to clean for 30 minutes before going to “standby” mode. Lastly, there is “touch up” mode which cleans a small area for 15 minutes before going into “standby” mode.

Cleaning Ability

When it comes to vacuuming, there is no doubt that the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop can clean with the best of them. It has an incredibly large bin which can hold 1L of pet hair or debris and the powerful turbo motor sucks it up quickly. When it comes to sweeping, the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop has a brush and a squeegee which manage to scoop up what pet hair is left after running the vacuum. Then there is the “mop” function which, like the Rollibot BL619 is something of a scam. Mopping for the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop is no more than dragging around a damp microfiber cloth. While this can certainly “mop” the floor, it also requires rinsing and rewetting of the cloth periodically to get any cleaning out of the process. Then there is the UV light sanitation issue…again, like the Rollibot BL619, there is something quite deceptive in the marketing of this feature. While UV sanitation in a moving vacuum can damage bacteria, it simply doesn’t expose bacteria to the light for long enough for it to completely kill it off. At least the HEPA filtration manages to catch some of the dust, allergens, and other nasties that get kicked up during cleaning.

Is the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop Worth It?

The Braava Jet 240 is still our preferred robotic mop of choice, but if you have a pet-filled household and need a powerful robot vacuum with a large reservoir, this is a wise investment to make. Would we recommend it as a mop? No. Would we endorse it for germaphobes everywhere? Never. But if you’re in the market for a Roomba with a larger bin, this is a good option for you.

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