The one housewarming gift I wanted for myself in our new house that we’re closing on TODAY was a robot vacuum. I know I swore I’d never want any kind of household appliance as a gift from my husband but I’d make an exception for a robotic vacuum. Or any robot that does household chores, and other things I hate for that matter.
I’ve been getting mixed reviews about Roombas but mostly positive raves. I mean, apparently the thing can get stuck under a couch from time to time, or confused around your kid’s toys but hey… I can put toys away. Or rather, I would put the toys away if I had a robotic vacuum. How’s that for motivation?
Anyway, my blogger prayers were kinda answered when iRobot requested I review their Braava floor mopping robot. I say “kinda” because it’s Roomba’s cousin. She’s not a vacuum. I’m drawn to the appeal of a vacuum that can suck up dirt and pet hair versus pushing it around my floor. But beggars can’t be choosers now can we? The Braava also has remarkable Amazon reviews and it could eliminate the need for me to use a Swiffer mop, and do the daily maintenance of tile floor dusting and mopping because let’s face it… I hate mopping too, and I don’t do it nearly enough.
I was SO excited to bust it open and get it going but then I remembered I have 900,027 boxes staked throughout my duplex at the moment and I don’t want to risk one of them toppling over and crushing my new pet. Or worse, it getting lost in this wreck of a house… Or stolen by an envious mover who has also always dreamed of having a robotic pet vacuum.
The movers are coming this weekend and I’ll have brand new tile floors through the kitchen, halls and family room. Once we’re in I’m going to put this baby to work. I’ll give you my 100% honest opinion on how effective it is, and let you know if it’s worth putting on your Christmas list. If so, I’m going to buy myself a Roomba as well to run along side this baby so every day I can keep my brand new floors swept and mopped, without doing it myself.
I could cry just thinking about that.
*This post is sponsored by iRobot