We recently reviewed the Braava Jet m6 and found it to be the strongest option in our opinion in the robot mopping market. We even compared both the 240 and the m6 against one another and determined which one was better under certain circumstances. So, let’s take a look at a deep dive into the 240 and see if it’s the robot mop for you and you’re home.
You can purchase the Braava Jet 240 for retail of $199.99 but I routinely see it around $179.99 on sites like Amazon. This robot is great for small spaces such as a couple of rooms or a small apartment this is not going to be a whole house cleaner and let’s explore why.
Design & Form Factor
When it comes to size this robot is small, very small but arguably it’s most important attribute is its height which comes in at 3.3 inches. The m6, by comparison, is 3.5 inches but it’s also twice as wide as the 240 so this is something to keep in mind. It will fit under tables, bar stools, entertainment centers, and bookcases in my home without issue. It’s smaller width also aided it when cleaning under chairs as it was less likely to bump into them. You shouldn’t have any issues with it clearing most items in your home.
The robot’s dimensions are as follows 6.7 x 7 x 3.3 and it weighs around 3 pounds. There aren’t many controls for the bot as it’s not able to be controlled from your phone so you have the clean button on top which is used to start, stop and set barriers for the robot. Underneath the bot you have the eject button for the pads, and the cap for you to add cleaner or water.
To round it all out it’s visually appealing the bot is matte white and has a blue accent and looks visually appealing (as most iRobot products try to be).
The Braava 240 is not a smart robot it doesn’t have Wi-Fi connectivity allowing you to control the device from your mobile phone. There are three different cleaning modes though that you should be aware of.
Wet Mopping: This is basically how you would mop the floors with a standard bot the robot will do three passes over any given area making sure the area is clean. iRobot claims this mode will clean up to 200 Square Feet which seems about right keep in mind though this mode uses the most battery and water.
Damp Sweeping: In this mode the robot will perform two passes over any given area and uses less water which extends its range, iRobot claims up to 250 Square Feet can be cleaned with this which sounds a little bit higher than what I was getting but not too far off.
Dry Sweeping: In this mode your bot will go in a straight line not using any water to sweep your floors with a single pass. This mode uses no water and will give you the most range.
The robot uses color coded pads that are disposable I personally recommend grabbing the reusable pads as the disposable pads can get quite expensive you can purchase the reusable pads online from amazon or target.
Now, we need to discuss why I don’t recommend this for even slightly larger homes and it’s lack of recharge and resume. The 240 has no clean base which means it can’t return home when it needs to charge it will simply stop running wherever it runs out of charge on. My condo is around 1300 square feet all of which is hardwood floors (except for tile in the bathrooms, and the closets which have carpet the closets will be factored out). Let’s take the closets out of the picture if I wanted around 1100 square feet cleaned I would have to drop my robot in say the kitchen let it run until it dies. Pick it up recharge it fill it back up and do this 5 times or so. Meanwhile, my Braava Jet m6 doesn’t need any of that. This is the achilles heel of the 240 it’s only meant for small spaces. While you could purchase 2 of them for the price of an m6 you’re also creating an additional bot you need to pickup, refill, change it’s pad just to clear the same space.
The robot did a fine job at cleaning the space it managed to reach it was perfectly adapt and really did behave like the little brother of the m6 in the way it did its job. It did a fine job at cleaning on the mopping mode even though its range was something to be desired. I will say the bot shines in spot cleaning when you just want to drop a bot and clean the surrounding floors instead of doing it yourself but personally, I would rather just ask my Google Home to mop the floors instead of picking up a bot and dropping it on the floor.
I personally went with a mix of water and method hardwood floor cleaner to clean the floors and it worked just like my own m6. This bot does not integrate with the i7 or S9 so keep that in mind as well if you’re thinking about purchasing a robot vaccuum from the iRobot family.
The Braava Jet 240 is only good in areas where you have very little hardwood floors or tile. If your home is mostly carpet except for your bathrooms or kitchen this is a good bot, but if you’re expecting it to clean your whole home you will not be pleased. For this reason I don’t personally find myself recommending this bot especially with the rise of hardwood floors and tile in american homes and carpet being “out”.
If you have any questions about the bot feel free to ask below and I will try to assist you!
Braava Jet 240
The Braava Jet 240 is a fine bot if you have a really small space or minimal amounts of tile/hardwood floor. While it's cleaning abilities are on par with the m6 it lacks the important recharge and resume functionality to function well in larger homes.
- Small footprint
- Great cleaning abilities
- Fairly quiet
- Lacks Google Home or Amazon Alexa
- It's small tank and battery make it useless in larger homes
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