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iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Scrubbing Robot + Essentials Kit

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  • At just 6-1/2-inch in diameter, scooba can clean where dirt and grime hide
  • Scrubbing brushes loosen stains, dirt and grime while the squeegee-vacuum picks up virtually all the dirty water, leaving only clean behind
  • Works with regular tap water or scooba hard floor cleaner, natural enzyme formula
  • Quickly and easily washes floors in your kitchens, baths and other high-traffic areas
  • Cleans up to 150 square feet in a single session

Product Details

Scooba 230 Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004VMXDMU
  • Item model number: 27001
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,255 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

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iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot + Essentials Kit


iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot cleans on its own so you don’t have to.

iRobot’s newest and most compact floor washing robot brings high-performance scrubbing to tight, hard-to-reach spaces in bathrooms and kitchens, including around toilets and under cabinets. Scooba 230 cleans tile, linoleum and sealed hardwood floors using a three-stage cleaning process that neutralizes up to 97% of common household bacteria*. The included Virtual Wall keeps Scooba out of off-limits areas. All you have to do is sweep!

This model includes a 12 month limited warranty for the robot and a 6 month limited warranty for the included battery.

3-Stage Cleaning (1) Applies cleaning solution, (2) Scrubs, (3) Vacuums dirty water



Product Features

Innovative 3-Stage Cleaning System - First, Scooba lays down fresh cleaning solution. Then, it lightly scrubs the floor. Finally, the robot squeegees up the dirty water and germs.

Active-Reservoir Water Management System –This innovative system uses a partitioned bladder to keep cleaning solution separate from dirty water. This enables using only clean water to scrub the floor while maintaining the robot’s compact form factor.

iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology –iRobot’s advanced system of software and sensors that allows Scooba to clean more of your room, more thoroughly. Scooba covers every section of your floor multiple times, cleaning areas you can’t easily reach including under furniture, around everyday obstacles, along walls and under cabinets. It even avoids rugs, stairs and drop-offs.

Scooba Virtual Wall -Included Virtual Wall keeps Scooba cleaning where you need it and blocks off-limit areas.

Easy & Flexible –Let the robot do the work for you, Scooba cleans floors at the touch of a button. It is safe to use on tile, linoleum and sealed hardwood floors and cleans with Scooba Hard Floor Cleaner, Natural Enzyme Formula, water and vinegar mixture, or clean tap water.

Compact Size –At only 6” wide and 3.5” tall Scooba 230 cleans next to toilets, under cabinets and other hard to reach places. It is ideal for bathrooms, entryways and other high traffic areas up to 150 square ft. that need frequent care.


What’s In The Box?

  • 1 iRobot Scooba 230 (with 1 Robot battery, 1 Removable Bottom Plate)
  • 2 Scooba Virtual Walls
  • 3 Extra Bottom Plates
  • 1 Compact Wall Charger
  • 1 Storage Mat
  • 4 Packets Scooba Hard Floor Cleaner, Natural Enzyme Formula
  • Owner’s Guide & Documentation
*Requires 2 'D' batteries (not included)










Scooba 230
Scooba 390
   Features
Ideal For
Small Spaces
Bathrooms, entryways and other high traffic areas that need frequent care.
Large Spaces
Kitchens and other large areas with sealed surfaces.
Cleaning System
3-Stage Cleaning System
First, Scooba lays down fresh cleaning solution. Then, it lightly scrubs the floor. Finally, the robot’s vacuum squeegees up the dirty water and germs.
4-Stage Cleaning System
First, Scooba 390 preps the floors by picking up dirt, crumbs and other debris. Next, Scooba washes, applying only clean solution on the floors. Then powerful brushes scrub the floor to remove dirt, grime and stuck-on messes. Finally, a squeegee vacuum lifts dirty water from the floors. Scooba 390 does all of this in a single pass.
Water Management System
Active-Reservoir Water Management System
This system uses a partitioned bladder to keep cleaning solution separate from dirty water, so only clean water scrubs the floor.
Clean Water Management System
This innovative system uses a separate tank to keep cleaning solution away from dirty water. Unlike a mop, which spreads around dirty water, this enables using only clean water to scrub the floor.
iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology
iRobot’s advanced system of software and sensors that allows Scooba to clean more of your room, more thoroughly. Scooba covers every section of your floor multiple times, cleaning areas you can’t easily reach including under furniture, around everyday obstacles, along walls and under cabinets. It even avoids rugs, stairs and drop-offs.
iRobot’s advanced system of software and sensors that allows Scooba to clean more of your room, more thoroughly. Scooba covers every section of your floor multiple times, cleaning areas you can’t easily reach including under furniture, around everyday obstacles, along walls and under cabinets. It even avoids rugs, stairs and drop-offs.
Product Specs
Compact Size - 150 Square Feet Coverage
At only 6” wide and 3.5” tall Scooba 230 cleans next to toilets, under cabinets and other hard to reach places.
Extensive Coverage - 450 Square Feet Coverage
Scooba 390 has a wide cleaning head ideal for kitchens and other large areas. It makes at least 3 passes over every area for thorough cleaning.

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Customer Reviews

Not real good at cleaning floor initally.
S. Jain
I really hope irobot considers recalling this product, extremely disappointed.
johnman69
Sent it back ASAP - have received my refund.
Bruce Spence

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By online shopper on December 3, 2011
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This robot does NOT work on tile floors.

Tile floors become slippery when wet, so the robot just spins its wheels.

Another problem is that its bumper does not react to obstacles too well, so in addition to half the time stuck in the middle of the room (because of traction problems), it spends another half of the time against the wall. Maybe 10% of the time is spent actually cleaning. That puts a lot of load on tires, so I expect this to get worse over time. Wheel-spinning also confuses its cleaning algorithm, because the robot "thinks" it is moving in a straight line all this time.

I did not return this robot right away. I tried using it in different conditions: I thought of maybe keeping it, but a couple of months later it was clear that I can't use it like this, so I contacted iRobot Customer Service.

Now iRobot Customer Service...

After learning that this has been happening since day one, iRobot asked me to "clean" the robot, and see if that fixes it. (How?) After a couple of more e-mails they told me to contact iRobot Sales department to return it, which I did. Sales said I am "outside of 30-day return window" so they won't take it back.

If my robot is defective and they can't fix it I deserve a refund. If it is not defective, then this is a design flaw. Then why are these sold at all, and advertised as bathroom cleaning robots? (Bathrooms have mostly tile floors.) And why can't I get my money back?

To get iRobot a better shot at diagnosing the problem, I even made a video for them. But they don't let you upload videos because the file is "too big" for their servers. OK then, I used my own FTP server, but then they said that they couldn't play it. I guess I will post it here then so that everyone could see.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Harry on December 4, 2011
I use the scooba 230 in combination with a roomba 555 (which is more or less the European version of the American 560 model). The roomba is scheduled to wipe the floors of my complete flat three times a week. Unless the roomba I don't use the scooba to mop my whole place at once. Generally I use it to mop the most trafficked parts. I let it mop the bathroom (small tiles) and the place behind the kitchen counter (PVC), each in the short mopping cycle, and the hallway (large tiles) in the full mopping cycle every week. And I guess that's what it is designed to do. If you think you can use it like a roomba or the bigger scooba models to take care of your complete house in one run, you'll be probably disappointed.
Some say the scooba 230 leaves streaks behind, this problem is solved by using only half of the recommended amount of cleaning solution. It carries only about half the amount of water than the big scoobas, so why should it need the same amount of cleaning solution? By using less of it you not only solve the problem of the streaks, you also save money since you don't have to buy a new bottle every so often.
The scooba 230 sometimes takes it's time to get moving again after it bumps into an obstacle. I think that's because it does not have the little third wheel the roombas have. I think this wheel is used to meassure velocity (that's why it's black and white: to count revolutions by means of an optical sensor). Without this information the little scooba cannot realise as easily as the roomba that it has actually stalled. But every time I observed this problem I did not intervene at once and just waited to see what happens next. And actually every time this problem occurred, after a couple of seconds the scooba did change it's direction all on it's own.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Baer B. on March 23, 2012
This is a cute little robot with an attitude. It dashes around happily, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, and it is fun to watch. Its cleaning action, however, is so-so. It pushes a thin film of water around but it is poorly equipped to pick it up. It also performs poorly with actually cleaning the floor and picking up dirt. You end up with a wet floor with rolled up dirt particles everywhere
The one advantage over its bigger version, the scooba, is that it can get into small space, such as around a toilet. That is probably its only sensible use I can think of.
Worth the money? Not sure.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Knight on December 11, 2011
..in spite of the poor reviews. First, let me say where I'm coming from so you can tell if this will apply to you. I hate mopping floors. I mean I really hate it, so I am tolerant of anything that will mop for me. Also, I already own a Roomba Vacuuming Robot and the larger Scooba 350 Robot. (Did I mention that I hate cleaning floors?) Also, I have vinyl floors in my bathrooms, so I can't say how well this will work with tile.

I use this for what it's intended, and so far, I'm very pleased with it. I haven't had it long (it's an early Christmas present), so I'll update this review if I change my mind later.

I use this in my bathrooms and the small area of hard floor by my front door. It does a good job and it gets into nooks and crannies better than the larger Scooba. It gets around the toilet! (Which is what I really wanted) I don't plan on using this one in the kitchen--for that, I recommend big brother (sister?). According to the iRobot website this one is recommended for about 150 sq ft and the larger one is for 500 sq ft. In my experience, that is about right.

So my recommendation is to choose which Scooba to get based on the size you have to clean. By the way, I've had the large Scooba for over two years and it is still going strong.
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