Calling this device a robotic mop may be confusing since it can’t actually deal with wet surfaces. What it can do is pick up a fair amount of very small dirt particles and fluff such as pet hair without too much fuss on hard floor surfaces such as laminate, tiles, marble and linoleum.
The device runs for two hours before a recharge. Unlike the often irritatingly loud thrumming noise of a robot vacuum cleaner, the robot sweeper is fairly quiet. If you live in a multi-story dwelling you may need to keep an eye on the device, as it can tumble down the stairs.
The disposable electrostatic pads are easy to apply, and hold fast to the device throughout the cleaning session. The pads can’t be reused and a pack of 60 costs $26 – less than 50c per cleaning session. We found it to be effective in picking up pet hair, but not with anything coarser than fine dirt, such as toast crumbs.
The Virobi works in a random pattern, comfortably dealing with several sharp corners and turns. At only 7cm high, the robot can clean under most furniture, along walls and close to corner edges.
While it’s not expensive, its inability to pick up anything larger than the finest dirt particles makes the Virobi robotic mop little more than a mildly entertaining toy for your pet or toddler. Don’t throw out your vacuum just yet!