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Christmas Gift Guide

The iRobot Braava Jet 240

Available today

Three modes, three types of pads

Dry, damp and wet

Slide the pad in place

Ready to mop

Fill the reservoir

Install the battery

Systematic cleaning

Dry mode

Using the reservoir

Targeted spray

Water-activated cleaner

Double coverage

Obstacle avoidance

Circling the obstacle

Agitating dirt

Dumping the mess

Wet pad

Dirty damp pad

Triple coverage

Bottoms up

What's in the box

Replacement pads

Countertop cleaning

A handy handle

Eject the pads

Ready to test

With three mopping modes and improved navigation, the $200 iRobot Braava Jet 240 Mopping Robot wants to take care of any dirt you smudge on your hard floors.

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Available on the company's site today, you'll be able to purchase the new Braava from a number of appliance retailers starting April 1.

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The package includes three different types of pads, each specialized for individual modes of the Braava.

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In the box, you'll get two each of the dry pad, the damp pad and the wet pad.

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Pick your pad and slide it onto the mop.

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It'll snap in place when it's ready to go, and the Braava will sense which pad you picked and switch to that mode automatically.

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For the damp and wet modes, you'll need to fill the reservoir. Thankfully, the electronics are sealed, so you don't have to worry about ruining your mop by spilling.

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Snap in the battery and you're ready to go.

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The mop will systematically cover your floors, going back and forth like a zamboni while tracking objects, boundaries, and how far it has traveled.

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On the dry mode, it'll cover everything once.

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On wet or damp modes, it'll go over your floor multiple times, and spray water in its path.

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The Braava actually covers an area, then backs up and sprays so it doesn't accidentally spray your furniture.

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The water will activate the detergent in the damp and wet pads.

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The Braava then goes about its systematic cleaning, covering as much as 200 square feet in dry mode.

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When it senses an object, the Braava will form a path around it.

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It should circle objects intelligently while cleaning.

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The cleaning pads vibrate to help the Braava agitate and pick up more dirt.

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When you're done, you can simply hit a lever and release the disposable pad. It'll drop off into the trash without you needing to touch it.

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Here's the pad for the wet mopping mode.

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And here's the damp pad after a run.

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The damp mode uses less water than the wet mode, and goes over the floor twice instead of three times.

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The Braava Jet 240 is small and can fit into tight corners.

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Since the pads are disposable, you'll need to order more.

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A box of 10 new pads will cost $8.

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It has cliff sensors on each corner, so the Braava Jet could clean your countertop without falling off.

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The Jet doesn't cover a large area, but hopefully effective in a smaller one.

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Here's the eject button that removes the pads.

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We'll put the iRobot Braava Jet 240 to the test soon to see how well its new thorough mode of cleaning works.

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