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First Look: This robo mop makes a solid floor scrubber
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First Look: This robo mop makes a solid floor scrubber

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iRobot's Scooba 450 is one tough floor mopping bot.

So, we've reviewed a couple of light duty robot floor cleaners here at CNET appliances, but we haven't taken a look at the heavy duty robot cleaners. Let's take it up a notch. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET appliances and this is the iRobot Scooba 450. [MUSIC] So one thing that separates this floor cleaner from the others you've seen, is that it doesn't have reusable or disposable pads. This one also comes with a water reservoir, but not just one water reservoir, it has one for dirty water, and one for clean water. So you don't get them mixed together, and then recycled back onto your floors. One thing I really love about this robot mop, is that it does everything for you, from sweeping to drying. First, it sweeps the floors and puts down a layer of cleaning solution. Then it scrubs the floors, and then it dries them for you. One thing that's handy, is that you can program the space that you wanna clean. So it can do a 150 square foot space, takes about 20 minutes. Or a 300 square foot space, it takes about 40 minutes. But that's also kind of limiting, it's not a very large space. Another limitation is that the battery only lasts for 40 minutes, so you can only do one 40 minute, 300 square foot cycle, before it needs to be charged again. So, if you had a 1,000 square foot space of hardwood floor that you needed to clean, before company came over later that night, you might just wanna do it yourself. It would probably take less time. I tested this on hardwood, vinyl, and tile floors and it did a very good job overall. It did struggle, however, on corners. The rounded shape and the lack of a side brush. Really gave it a bit problem. One thing that I thought was impressive, is that it cleaned up mud that had been sitting on the hard wood floor for about 24 hours. It also handled the marinara sauce, and the canola oil very well. It did struggle a little bit with the marinara, on the vinyl floor, because it stained it a little bit. So, while it did better overall than a lot of the other mopping robots. They aren't really designed for the same purpose. The other ones are more for light maintenance cleaning, and this one is for more heavy duty scrubbing. So, it may not seem like a fair comparison, but if I were choosing between the two, I would probably pick this one, because it can handle everything, from light maintenance to work. On up to more heavy duty stains and spills. So while I really like this $600 robot floor cleaner, I think there's some room for improvement. I really wish it could automatically return to a dock. I really wish that you could program schedules, so that it could run while you're at work or sleeping. And I really wish the battery lasted longer. Thanks for watching, I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET, and this has been a review of the iRobot Scooba 450. [MUSIC]

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