The robots are stealing all of our jobs, but this is one I’m happy for them to take.
Completely automated, portable vacuum cleaners have been the biggest development in cleaning technology since…well…regular vacuum cleaners.
Not only did they provide an elegant cleaning solution, they also doubled as excellent portable DJs:
The next evolution is the iRobot Braava Jet 240 that does the dirty work of mopping your floors.
We found the set-up to be incredibly simple.
Charge the batteries, fill up the water compartment, slide on one of the pads and press the ‘CLEAN’ button on the top.
One of the biggest reasons consumers avoid new technology like this, especially in the 40+ demographic, is the perception that it’s going to be too complex to work.
iRobot has clearly prioritised ease-of-use with this latest offering, and they’ve done it really well.
I’d feel comfortable giving this to my technophobic dad as a birthday present, safe in the knowledge that he could figure it out without smashing it against a wall.
In our experience, it’s not a completely set-and-forget experience – it covers about 20 square feet and does a reasonable, but not perfect, job of manoeuvring around obstacles, so expect to give it a bit guidance here and there.
Similarly, it’s not quite as deep of a clean as you’d get with a modern hand-held steam mop, but all you have to do is press one button and you can give it a once-over.
We really enjoyed that the floor dries quite quickly and the Braava doesn’t make a heap of noise – we chucked it on in the office while people were working and no-one found it particularly intrusive.
It’s retailing in Australia for $479 which I feel is about par-for-the-course. It’s certainly a luxury, and if you’re pinching pennies a mop and bucket will do the trick just fine.
But if you have a bit of spare dough to throw around, you’ll get value for money – I mean, can you really put a price on avoiding chores?