I haven’t found a lot of bObsweep reviews that explain the details. So here is a more structured and detailed review of bObsweep:
Let’s start with the mopping feature:
The mopping is a really important bonus for me, because my entire living room, kitchen and master bedroom is hardwood and only the two smaller bedrooms are carpet. The floors in my 2 bathrooms are tile too. Simply vacuuming doesn’t really clean the hardwood floor and I use the mop quite often.
There are two drawbacks with the mop: one is that you have to attach it every time you want to mop and remove it again when you don’t want it mop which is a pain in the neck. The second drawback is that since the mopping cloth is small, it gets dirty quickly and you have to wash it after every use, unless you clean everyday. Furthermore, if you don’t mop for a while, and the floors get more dirty, to get clean floors, you will have to stop bObsweep after 30 minutes or so, replace the cloth and run it again, because the mopping cloth gets dirty quickly. So it’s a bit tricky. The advantage is that bObsweep’s mopping is quite efficient for a robot and especially if you spray surface cleaning stuff on the cloth it does a good job of mopping. I would design it differently though, to have the mopping extension installed behind bobsweep instead of under it and make it bigger so that it could carry a bigger cloth.
So, I am sure if you have heard anything about bObsweep you know that its dustbin is quite larger than other robots because almost half of their website is dedicated to reminding you that! So let’s keep that aside. I am going to start with what I see to be short comings: bObsweep does not pick up everything in one pass, so it comes back for what it has missed (not always). So you can sometimes see bObsweep going through one area of your house 3 times while it completely leaves untouched some other spot. That means if you have a larger house, chances are you will have to run bObsweep more than once to make sure it covers the entire place (and I have a mid-size 3 bedroom). The good thing about bObsweep’s vacuuming is that it is good with the corners especially when it moves linear.
So the remote is a nice feature but man it took me a while to get used to it! It was very frustrating at first because when you try to use the remote to take Bobsweep close to objects it automatically stops. At first I didn’t know what to do so I emailed them to get some info. They were nice and quick in getting back to me but it would have been better if the manual was more descriptive. Basically you can’t make bObsweep run into the wall head on; you have to run it against the wall with parallel to it with its right side against the wall since that is where the side brush is. Overall, the remote is not that user friendly so do expect to have difficulties with at first.
BObsweep’s side brush is quite ordinary but its main brush is fantastic. It is larger than any other robot’s main brush that I have seen and is designed really well for picking up longer hair (we do not have pets but my wife has very long hair).
Bobsweep’s battery lasts about an hour on full charge which is not bad considering the size of the machine and the weight of its full or even semi-full, 1 litre dustbin. Also, I always have the UV light on when Bobsweep cleans which sucks up more battery. It is quite disappointing though that bObsweep stops vacuuming once its battery is near empty and it starts looking for its docking station with its vacuuming feature turned off (of course it still mop if the extension is attached). I think it is designed this way to conserve energy or something while it is looking for its docking station, but I’d just rather have it vacuum to the last second it has battery. Unfortunately, this is not possible unless you manually control the robot using the remote control.