In our cross-comparison between the Braava Jet 240 and the Braava Jet m6 I came to the conclusion for most homes, you’re better off purchasing the m6 even though it is more expensive. The Braava Jet m6 is a fairly expensive robot as it retails for $499.99 but I have never seen it listed for that much on Amazon. It’s typically $399.99 on Amazon and I have seen some sales drop it to as low as $349.99.
But even though its price tag is a bit high in my opinion it’s worth it and I am going to break down how and why I came to this conclusion.
Design & Form Factor
Design matters more than just for aesthetics when it comes to cleaning robots. You want them to be able to do two things primarily well. They need to be short enough to fit under most pieces of furniture and they need to be able to clean along edges such as your baseboards. The Braava Jet M6 comes in at the following dimensions 3.5 x 10 x 10.6 inches (HWD) it fits underneath my entertainment center, media console, and bookcases without any issue. For comparison, the smallest mopping robot iRobot makes the 240 measures 3.3 inches in height. While the m6 is around 4 inches longer in width it can clear most areas without issue.
There is the usuals you would expect that every other website goes over spray nozzle in the front, carrying handle is on the top, there are sensors for cliff detection, a room confinement sensor, LED indicators, etc. It visually looks appealing for a Robot it’s solid white (matte) with black accent trims for the areas where dirt is likely to become an issue.
The box comes with the charging base charging cable (obviously) a trial of iRobot’s cleaning solution which I personally am not a fan of (I have been using Method Floor Cleaner in my unit), and some non-reusable cleaning pads. I highly recommend you purchase the optional reusable cleaning pads as it will save you a lot of money over time in comparison to the disposable pads.
|Dimensions||10.0 by 10.6 by 3.5 inches|
|Battery Life||160 minutes|
Before we cover how well it cleans let’s talk about all this robot offers compared to some of the other entries. You primarily get Amazon Alexa & Google Home Integration. This is a standard feature on most Wi-Fi-connected bots and it works quite well. I will say from my personal experience it works better on Google Home than Amazon Alexa (who routinely didn’t understand the command). You also get recharge and resume which is important if you live in a larger home where you primarily have hardwood or tile flooring.
Recharge and resume is a requirement for larger homes (no matter the bot you’re currently looking at). Bots with this functionality also typically come with mapping software. The Braava Jet m6 when you run it the first couple of times needs access to all rooms to properly map your home, (pickup any rugs that you can as well (but if you’re using a large area rug don’t worry it won’t run over them)). With recharge and resume let’s say the bot manages to clean your kitchen and living room but it needs to charge before it can finish your bathroom and master bedroom. The bot will return to its base station, charge and then only go back to those other rooms this is primarily what separates a “smart bot” from a “dumb bot” is this feature. I have tested it and it works flawlessly no matter which rooms I specify for it to clean.
You can have the Braava Jet m6 clean rooms on a schedule (either individual rooms or your full house) I personally have it set to clean on Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10am. Just remember to change the cleaning pad after the runs or you’re going to have some problems!
It will bump around a little bit particularly around furniture legs I have some barstools that have really thin legs that it will tap with its side bumper. When it does, it backs up and goes around the legs the second time without much of an issue.
The Braava Jet m6 has proven to be quite strong at cleaning especially now that I have it scheduled to do so on a regular basis. I do have some recommendations though if you’re going to use this in a primarily hardwood floor home. You need to either have a vacuum such as the S9 or I7 which integrate with the m6. Alternatively run a dry sweeping run first to prevent the mopping functionality from smearing dirt around. This is common sense to a lot of people but I have seen tons of online reviews where the bot gets blamed for this.
Furthermore in the iRobot app you can modify the sprayer output and cleaning behavior. As you can see below.
As you can see I am running it on the lowest settings and it never needs to dock to clear my entire place (around 1200 square feet) of which all except the closets are hardwood floors. However, I have tested the standard mode and it really does make the floors shine I haven’t tried on maximum spray and with the deep option yet but I honestly don’t really need to. I now effectively don’t mop the floors except to spot clean the impossible to reach areas (behind my sliding bedroom door, and behind the couch).
The Braava Jet m6 is quite honestly amazing especially when you compare it to other entries including the 240 and 380t which while they are less expensive, they don’t work well for whole house solutions. Meanwhile the m6 has proven to be a reliable everyday cleaning solution and even though my method cleaner wasn’t on their list of approved cleaners I have yet to run into any issues. I currently run a half and half solution (which might sound a little strong but my previous hand mop I exclusively used the cleaner).
If you have any questions regarding the bot feel free to ask below and I will try to answer them. Or feel free to register and connect on our forums, to ask other owners questions!
Braava Jet m6
The Braava Jet m6 is a powerful robot that can truly clean your whole house. It's smart and outside of the occasional bumps it's a great way to keep your floors clean with minimal work on your part.
- Small footprint
- Solid navigation features
- Google Home & Amazon Alexa Integration
- Won't Remove Stains (not that you expect it to)