Operating Time (hours)
Warranty and Support
Very Good !
Summary : Braava 320 saves you time, cleans better and not that expensive. You don’t even have to configure the robot the first time around, just place it on the ground and click the “mop” button.
There are two types of houses – those that have clean floors, and those that don’t. The difference is noticeable… your floors “set the tone” of your house. Clean ones make it look tidy, whereas dirty ones leave you feeling like something is missing, even if everything else is clean.
The problem is that cleaning your floors is a nuisance. Not only because it takes a long time, but also because floors are (obviously) more prone to dirt and grime than any other surface in your home. You have to do it frequently.
The solution to getting rid of your mopping woes is the Braava 320 from iRobot. You insert a cleaning pad, place it on the floor, and press the “on” button. It cleans all of your floors with no input from you. It turns an annoying chore into… well, it completely removes that chore from your life. And you get that “cleaning lady just came” feeling because of how well it works.
North Star Navigation = No Work For You
As you can tell from the name, iRobot does one thing – make robots. And it does that one thing incredibly well. So well that you don’t even have to configure the robot the first time around… it’ll detect where your walls are with North Star Navigation.
It’s kind of like an indoor GPS. You take it out the box, load a mopping pad, place it on the ground, and click the “mop” button. It’ll take a few seconds to create a map of your floors, and once it does, it’ll tackle the area in a methodical, calculated fashion. This means that you cover the absolute most surface area with a single pad.
How many pads will I need?
That’s a great question. It depends on how large the area you want to clean is, as well as if you’re doing a wet or dry mop.
Each pad can only handle a certain amount of grime. Wet mops can handle 250 square feet, whereas dry mops can handle 800 feet. When you start your Braava 320, North Star Navigation will automatically divide your house into partitions of 250 or 800 feet. When it completes an area, it’ll beep, and you’ll have to change the pad and start it up again.
So really, the amount of pads you will need depends on how large your house is. If you don’t know the square footage of your house, measure it beforehand – the last thing you want is to not have enough pads.
The base unit comes with one multi-purpose cleaning pad, one microfiber sweeping cloth, and one microfiber mopping cloth. There are instructions within detailing when to use each different one. New clothes aren’t expensive – a pack of three is ten bucks.
What about walls?
If you take a look at the pictures of it, you’ll see that the iRobot Braava 320 is a square. This is perfect for those of you with a lot of nooks and crannies in your house – the machine will be able to clean right along the edges without any problem.
You don’t have to worry about scuffs or scrapes on your walls. The sensor built into the Braava 320 automatically detects where walls are, and it aligns itself perfectly with them. You’ll be surprised at just how close the machine can get to the wall without hitting it.
What about furniture and rugs?
Furniture – sensors on the Braava 320 automatically detect the legs of furniture. So let’s suppose you have a table in the center of your hardwood floor living room – it will clean around the legs, but it’ll never run into them.
Rugs – sensors on the Braava 320 automatically detect any “elevated” floor in your house. Obviously, you don’t want your rugs to get all wet – the Braava 320 will avoid all of them with its sensors and only clean hard floor.
Extra work on problem areas
Most houses have areas that get dirtier than others. For example, the space right next to your front door is going to have a lot more dirt on it than a section of your kitchen will.
All iRobot devices actually sense the amount of dirt in a certain area, and then react accordingly. So if it senses that the area is relatively clean, it’ll just do the standard once-over just like you would with a regular mop. But if it’s exceptionally dirty, it’ll go back and forth a few times, similar to the back-and-forth motion you’d make with a regular mop.
All of this is done automatically with no input from you. It only moves on once it detects that all of the dirt and grime is gone.
Worth the buy?
We think that the iRobot Braava 320 is a good buy. Here’s why.
Saves you time: over the next year, how much time will you spend mopping? A couple of hours? If you mop frequently… a full day or two in all? You get all of that time back if you get the Braava 320.
Cleans better: human error means that certain parts of your floors will be left dirty. With iRobot’s methodical cleaning methods, every single square foot of your house will look sparkling clean.
Not that expensive: The Braava 320 is only two or three times the cost of a regular, traditional mop. But you completely remove the chore from your life if you’re okay with paying a little more upfront. Also, because it uses each cloth more efficiently, you ultimately end up spending less money down the line.
One last thing – it’s quiet. Almost silent, in fact. You have to really listen to be able to hear it.
The reviews back up our opinions. The top reviewer “didn’t realize he was living in filth”, and another said it “doesn’t deposit any dirt or cat hair along the way”. It’s efficient, it’s fairly cheap, and it saves you a ton of time.
Click here to read all of the reviews on Amazon – someone who has left a review probably has a similar living situation to you.