7 Best Robot Mops of 2023, Tested & Reviewed by Experts

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7 Best Robot Mops of 2023, Tested & Reviewed by Experts

Thanks to the improvement of robot vacuums and robot mops over the years, hands-free cleaning is more efficient than ever. Though even the best robot vacuums and mops won't totally replace a deep-cleaning, they are convenient, easy to use and reduce the number of times you’ll have to pull out a traditional mop. And the best part? Most of them can do so with just the push of a button — no buckets or heavy bottles of cleaner necessary.

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Care and Cleaning Lab, floor cleaning is one of our most tested product categories with experts testing dozens of the newest steam mops, traditional mops, vacuums in every form and more each year. We continuously test new models throughout the year as innovative features are introduced to the category like robots with self-emptying bases and robot models designed with pet owners in mind.

When we test any wet floor cleaning tool, we evaluate how well it picks up dried messes (like sticky jelly and coffee dribbles) that we’ve applied to test floor panels installed in our Cleaning Lab. All of the robot mops that also vacuum go through our robot vacuum evaluations too. We also look at how easy the device is to use and maintain as well as how much water it leaves behind on wood, vinyl and tile floors to assess any potential for floor damage. The robot mops below were selected based on our testing experience and a thorough analysis of product information, videos, online consumer reviews and information from manufacturers.

At the end of this guide, you’ll find more on how we evaluate robot mops in our Lab plus everything you need to know to shop for the right robot mop. Looking for more innovative products to help keep floors sparkling? Check out our guides on the best mops for hardwood floors and the best vacuum mops. And as Amazon Prime Big Deal Days approach, peruse potential discounts so you can add a robot mop to your Amazon cart and spend less.

We've tested many models from iRobot, including the newest j7+ Roomba Combo vacuum and mop and an early version of this mopping model, and they have always performed well in our Lab tests.

The Braava Jet M6 robot mop is the perfect partner for the brand’s large selection of robot vacuums. Online reviewers rave about its quiet and effective cleaning. With overwhelmingly positive online reviews from consumers, plus our experts’ experience with the brand, we chose to include this new version of an old favorite as our best overall robot mop pick.

Its square design helps the Braava reach deep into corners and mop along baseboards. Because it can be used with warm water, it can more easily loosen up dirt and stains, leaving floors cleaner. When the battery needs charging, or the water reservoir needs refilling, Braava returns to its charging dock and resumes cleaning once it is ready to go out again. It can clean up to 1,000 square feet on a single charge and afterward, removing the mopping pads is easy.

If you already own an S, J, I or 900 series Roomba, you can connect it to this Braava to mop floors after the Roomba has vacuumed. It can also dry sweep thanks to disposable electrostatic pads. While the sweeping pads are installed, the M6 will not dispense any water onto your floors.

The most unique feature of Samsung’s Jetbot Robot Mop is that it can be used to clean both floors and walls. The handle at the top of the device allows for easy holding to scrub vertical surfaces like tiles in the kitchen and bathroom.

We tested this model and continue to use it at home to maintain vinyl kitchen sheet flooring without too much hassle. Our experts were impressed by the 100-minute runtime and double water tanks that made cleaning up a vinyl kitchen floor, ceramic tile entry and hallway possible without refilling or stopping to recharge. The reusable wet cleaning and buffing pads are machine washable and appeared brand new after washing, even after cleaning up messy stain-causing spills in our tests.

There's no need to connect the Jetbot mop to an app as it comes with a remote that allows you to select from eight different cleaning modes including edge cleaning, intensive and auto. The Jetbot's slim design makes it easy to store and, while it doesn't have the sophisticated self-emptying bases of some other robot mops we’ve tested, it does come with a drip tray for storage. It can sense when it’s coming too close to furniture or carpeting, but you'll have to physically block off rooms you want it to avoid and manually shut it off when it's finished cleaning.

If you find yourself constantly mopping your floors and picking up pet hair, consider Dreametech's L10S Ultra robot vacuum and mop. This model is a more feature-packed version of the L10 we previously included in this guide, and it was as impressive as the original in our Lab tests.

Up against 10 of its self-emptying counterparts, it earned the second-highest overall maneuverability score. A bottle of the brand's floor-cleaning solution is included with the robot. It conveniently stores inside the charging base where it also automatically dispenses the right amount onto the mopping pads before each cleaning task. Unlike many other models we've tested, with this robot, we saw noticeable lightening of sticky stains after just one pass. Like with other models from the brand, the L10S Ultra requires no manual dustbin or mopping pad removal. The base automatically empties the bin and begins washing and drying the pads as soon as a cleaning task ends.

When the L10S Ultra sensed a carpet, it quickly raised the mopping pad enough to avoid wetting it. Once on the carpet, it left them almost completely pet-hair-free. After self-emptying, no pet hair was left behind in the dustbin or clogging the brush roll. During our ease-of-use tests, it excelled for its easy-to-use app which gives users the ability to schedule cleaning tasks, adjust water and suction levels and view a live feed from the robot's onboard camera as it cleans. Though it is one of the most expensive robots we have ever tested, we think its performance and features make it worth it.

We've been testing the X1 Omni from Ecovacs at home for over a year and continue to be impressed by its performance. It has cleaned under couches, beds and dining room table legs without getting stuck even once.

There were a few instances where it would seemingly go around small pieces of debris instead of picking them up, but these were infrequent and could be remedied by setting the robot to make a second pass for deeper cleaning of our test floors. In a home with hardwood floors throughout the living room and bedrooms, it mopped well without overly wetting the floors or leaving any streaks behind. Tiled kitchen floors were a little trickier with some old water spots remaining even after a second deep cleaning pass.

Its charging base doubles as a clean water reservoir and extra-large dust bin, plus it automatically washes the mopping pads when the robot finishes cleaning. Unlike other robot mops, you don’t need to own an Amazon or Google Assistant device to use voice commands. Just saying “OK Yiko” wakes up the X1 Omni, though sometimes it responds when we aren’t talking to it.

The Omni talks to you as it’s cleaning too, letting you know when the mopping pads need to be cleaned and alerting you when it is finished. Through the app you can control the suction power, the amount of water that is dispensed to the mopping pads, whether you want the robot to make one cleaning pass or two and set no-go zones and schedules for cleaning.

During our latest robot mop test for our 2023 Best Cleaning and Organizing Awards, Ecovacs' T9+ had the best mopping performance of the six models we tested. Sticky chocolate syrup, lipstick and dry jelly stains were completely removed from our test floors after just one pass.

The vibrating mechanism it uses to scrub floors was incredibly strong without compromising its vacuum power, shaking the whole robot as it made its way through our obstacle course. Though it struggled a bit with the debris we sprinkled into tight corners, it left the rest of our test floors almost totally debris-free. Small obstacles like a pair of shoes and a small toy meant to mimic dog poop were avoided entirely by the T9+ too. If you also want this robot to clean carpets and rugs at home, you'll have to remove the mopping pads as it will avoid carpets while they are installed.

Like most other app-connected robot mops, you can control the suction power and amount of water that is dispensed onto the mopping pads via the app and schedule cleanings for a later time. The map this model created of our obstacle course was one of the most accurate.

From the app, you can view, edit and label areas, plus see the furniture in your home in 2D or 3D. Needing just under 8 minutes to clean up our obstacle course, we think this is a great model for small homes as it can complete a small cleaning task much faster than any of the other models we tested. The charging base's small footprint also makes it especially space efficient, and it can still hold up to 60 days' worth of debris like bases twice its size. Unique to this model is the air freshener pod you can install into the robot to release a pleasant, light scent as it makes its way through your home.

We previously had an older model form Roborock in our guide, but have replaced it with this more automated, feature-packed model from the brand.

It’s a self-emptying robot vacuum and mop that cleans floors with sonic vibration technology. In our tests, it wowed us with its excellent floor coverage, going back to cover the corners of a room it missed on the first pass. It automatically lifts the mop pads when it senses carpets and adjusts the suction and mopping intensity according to the room it’s cleaning. No need to label rooms in the app either — the S7 can identify what room it is based on the furniture it observes while mapping. It did a great job of avoiding large furniture but struggled with smaller items like a pair of slippers in our test area.

The large charging base has three tanks: one for clean water, one for dirty water and another for dry debris. It automatically refills the water tank on the robot, washes the mopping cloth and holds multiple sessions’ worth of debris, making the oh-so-important robot clean-up just a little bit easier.

The base is not very pleasant looking, but if you don’t mind filling the water tank and emptying the dust bin manually, you can also purchase the S7 MaxV robot vacuum and mop without the self-emptying base. From the Roborock app, you can adjust the suction, choose different cleaning modes, set no-mop zones, track the robot’s cleaning route and set cleaning schedules for different rooms in your home.

Dreametech's line of robot vacuums and mops has been performing well in our Lab tests for several years. This combo vacuum and mop earned a spot in a previous year's Cleaning and Organizing Awards and, at the time, was one of the first models we had tested that dries the mop pads after it cleans.

The charging base is bulky but not a total eye sore in the corner of the room, and it houses clean and dirty water tanks big enough to hold multiple cleaning sessions’ worth of water. After it finishes cleaning, the robot automatically goes back to its base and washes and dries the mop pads with hot air. For its price, we were a little disappointed to find that it did not automatically empty the dust bin into the base.

When we tested it at home, our expert found the app easy to use and helpful to keep track of where the robot was, how far along it was in the cleaning session and if it got stuck anywhere. The app also lets you set up cleaning sessions to just vacuum, just mop or do both at the same time. On a single charge, the W10 can run for over 3 hours, though it likely won’t need that long to get through a cleaning session. It finished two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen (plus halls) in under an hour.

While the manufacturer says it is safe to use on hardwood floors, we found it left floors a little damper than we would have liked, but its two pads scrubbed thoroughly with just one pass over messes.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab tested its first robot vacuum in 2002. Since then, we've tested hundreds of robot vacuums and mops in our Lab, putting each through rigorous performance and ease-of-use tests. Most recently, we tested 11 self-emptying robot vacuums and six combo vacuum mops that were submitted for our 2023 Best Cleaning and Organizing Awards. We test robot vacuums as frequently as we test full-size vacuums in our Lab and have collected data from dozens of consumer testers who have tested models for us.

As part of our robot mop test, we evaluate how well each device can clean up sticky stains from numerous floor panels in our Lab. If they have vacuuming or sweeping capabilities, we use testing procedures developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission and ASTM International for testing robot vacuums.

These dry cleaning tests include pickup of debris in a straight line from bare floors and carpets and in a custom-made two-room obstacle course. We evaluate how much debris each robot picks up, how much time it takes it to clean and how long each battery runs. We also evaluate how well each robot can clean under low furniture and around tight corners and maneuver from one type of flooring to another. Models that create maps of the space they clean are also evaluated for the details in the maps they create.

For our ease of use tests, we rate each robot mop's user manual, how easy it is to use the controls and app, initial setup and how easy it is to remove and clean all parts of the robot mop after use.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing the best robot mop for your home.

✔️ Dry-sweeping vs. vacuuming: Most of the robot mops you'll find on the market also do some kind of dry clean-up — they either sweep using a dry pad to lift up dust or vacuum with suction. Models that double as vacuums will have the added task of emptying a full dust bin after cleaning (unless they also come with a self-emptying base), while models that dry-sweep will need the sweeping pads discarded or washed after each use. If your floors are especially covered in debris, letting the device vacuum before setting it to mop will yield better results.

✔️ Easy setup and maintenance: The easier the better when it comes to charging the robot mop, filling and emptying the water tank, removing or replacing the cleaning pads and setting it up to clean once or on a regular schedule. The easiest to maintain are models that come with a self-emptying station that only needs to be emptied every 30 days or more. Most of the new models we’ve tested in the Cleaning Lab now come with a QR code on the packaging for easier app setup too.

✔️ Battery life: Look for models with a runtime of at least 90 minutes on a single charge. Most robot mops now recharge and resume cleaning to finish the job if the battery starts to run low mid-cleaning. If you have a large home, this is an especially important feature to look out for.

✔️ Safety for floor surfaces: If your home is mostly wood floors, be sure the robot mop you select is designed to clean that surface. Soft, fluffy brush rolls or robot mops with no brush rolls at all are best. For wet mopping of wood floors, look for a model that allows you to adjust and control the amount of water that goes into the pads. All robot mops are safe for vinyl and tile floors.

✔️ Floor and carpet sensors: If you have a mix of carpet and hard flooring, choose a robot mop that can determine the difference to avoid wetting your carpets. Many models are able to lift the mopping pads off the floor’s surface a few millimeters when a carpet is detected, but this may not be enough for homes with thick, plush carpets. Instead, look for robot mops that have mapping features that allow you to select only certain areas to clean or have no-go zone strips that you can manually set up around your thick carpets.

✔️ App integration: Most new robot mops and vacuums can be paired with an app to save maps of your home, set cleaning schedules, select cleaning modes or see what your robot is up to while you are away. While not all robots require an app to work, they do make using a robot mop a more valuable experience. If you’d prefer not to use an app, look for a model that has at least a power and dock button right on the robot or charging base and comes with a remote control.

Yes, especially for families with pets or small children, or for anyone who wants to keep their floors clean without devoting too much time or energy to doing it manually. Most robot mops are able to get under low furniture and clean into corners and along edges, but they work best if you straighten up the space before starting the mop. Like their robot vacuum counterparts, robot mops can get stuck on small obstacles and can get confused in rooms crowded with furniture.

For models that just mop, you will need to vacuum or sweep first, and you will still need to manually clean up big spills. Very heavy soil may be challenging for robot mops to handle, but they do save time and help keep dirt from building up, so you have less labor- and time-intensive deep cleanings to do.

Like robot vacuums, robot mops need regular maintenance to keep them working in tip-top shape. This includes similar tasks like removing hair tangles from the brush roll and wiping sensors for better navigation.

But because these models also use water to clean, there's an extra step of making sure the robot’s pads or mopping cloths do not remain wet and trapped under the device for long periods of time. Bacteria love moist, dark spaces and if your robot mop doesn’t dry its mopping pads automatically, it’s a good idea to remove them, wash them (if the manufacturer says it is safe to do so) and set them somewhere flat to dry in between mopping sessions to avoid any mildewy smells from growing on them.

If the robot mop you own is app-connected, make sure you are downloading the latest software updates for the model through the app too. These updates will often improve a robot's navigation and object identification capabilities. Most user manuals have thorough instructions for keeping robots working well and it is always best to follow those instructions before trying anything else.

Unless otherwise stated by your robot mop’s manufacturer, you should not use any floor cleaners, vinegar or hot water in your robot. In fact, doing so could void your model’s warranty. There are some brands like Shark, Bissell and Narwal that make floor cleaners specifically formulated for use in their brand’s robot mops. This is the only way we recommend using floor cleaners in your robot mop’s water tank.

Jodhaira Rodriguez has been testing floor cleaning appliances since her very first week in the GH Cleaning Lab a year and a half ago. Most recently, she conducted a full test of self-emptying robot vacuums and tested all of the robot vacuums and mops that were submitted for consideration for this year's Cleaning and Organizing Awards. She personally tested four of the models featured in this guide.

Lynn Redmile conducted the last full category test of robot mops in the Cleaning Lab. She has tested dozens of robot vacuums and mops and other floor-cleaning appliances for the Home Care and Cleaning Lab.

From 2021 to 2023, Jodhaira (she/her) was a product reviews analyst in the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Home Care & Cleaning Lab, where she tested and wrote about home appliances, cleaning products and cleaning tips. Prior to joining GH, she graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in forensic science and spent two years as an analyst in an environmental lab in Queens.

Lynn Redmile (she/her) is a contributing product reviews analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she's been evaluating beauty, textiles, home, pet and cleaning products since 2012. She brings over 30 years of data analysis experience to the role. When she’s not managing testing data, you’ll find Lynn photographing jazz musicians, dancing and traveling to experience new cultures and food.

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