Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 4200
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- Compact robot floor cleaner runs up to 3 hours on single charge using microfiber cloths or most brands of disposable cloths
- Guided by North Star Navigation System to methodically clean open areas, around furniture and rugs, and along room perimeter
- Whisper-quiet operation; turns itself off when finished
- Low maintenance with no bins to empty or filters to change
- Measures 9.6 inches wide by 8.5 inches deep by 3.1 inches high; 1-year warranty
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The Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner from Evolution Robotics is designed exclusively for sweeping and mopping hard surface floors for you. Using dry and pre-moistened cleaning cloths, Mint picks up the dust, dirt and pet hair that constantly accumulate on floors. Mint's compact design gets into tight spaces, under furniture and into other areas that are hard to reach with traditional mops and sweepers.
where it cleans so it doesn't miss a spot (see larger image).
Guided by the NorthStar Navigation System, Mint methodically cleans open areas by moving back and forth in straight lines, working around furniture and rugs, and cleaning along baseboards.
Mint is easy to use. Simply attach your cleaning cloth of choice, choose sweep or mop and let Mint clean for you. Since Mint is not a vacuum, there are no bins to empty or filters to replace. So you can enjoy hassle-free clean floors every day.
The NorthStar Navigation System works like an indoor GPS that helps Mint keep track of where it has been and where it needs to go. Specifically, the NorthStar Cube projects a signal that Mint uses to determine its location. Then as Mint starts cleaning, it builds a map of the area as it goes, marking walls, obstacles and drop offs as it encounters them. After Mint finishes cleaning open areas and around obstacles, it performs a final edge cleaning along walls and furniture and then returns to where it started so you know right where to find it.
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Mint can map and clean up to 800 square feet either in a large open space or by discovering adjacent rooms. In mop mode, the cleaning area is restricted to 250 square feet to optimize cleaning while the cleaning cloth is wet.
Sweeps & Mops
Mint's dual modes let you easily maintain all your hard surface floors with one device. In Sweep mode, Mint uses a dry sweeping cloth to pick up dust bunnies, pet hair and grit from your floor. In Mop mode, Mint cleans with a pre-moistened cleaning cloth and a special back-and-forth mopping motion to pick up deeper dirt and grime. All it takes to switch modes is a fresh cleaning cloth and a press of a button.
Mint works with commonly available disposable cleaning cloths or with re-usable microfiber cloths. Mint's specially designed microfiber cloths can be re-washed and re-used hundreds of times. Different cloths have been developed to optimize both sweeping and mopping. Flat white microfiber cloths are ideal for attracting dust and dirt while dry sweeping. Textured grey cloths hold water and help loosen and grab deeper grime when mopping. Mint comes with a starter pack of 1 mopping and 2 sweeping cloths.
What's in the Box
Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner, NorthStar Navigation Cube with 2 C batteries, 2 dry sweeping microfiber cloths, 1 wet mopping microfiber cloth, power adapter, quick start guide, user manual. Backed by a 1 year warranty.
Care InstructionsTo keep your cloths in good shape for hundreds of hours of cleaning, please follow these laundering recommendations:
- Machine wash warm.
- Tumble dry low or air dry.
- Do not use fabric softener or bleach as these can degrade the cloth fibers over time.
Wet cleaning with microfibers is safe for sealed floor surfaces including tile, vinyl, laminate and sealed hardwood. Disposable pre-moistened cloths are usually safe for the same floor types, but always check the package to make sure they are safe for your floor type.
PLease see enclosed user manual for complete Mint usage
Cloth Care Instructions:
To keep your cloths in good shape for hundreds of hours of cleaning, please follow these laundering recommendations:
Machine wash warm
Tumble dry low or air dry.
Do not use fabric softener or bleach as these can degrade the cloth fibers over time.
Wet cleaning with microfibers is safe for sealed floor surfaces including tile, vinyl, laminate and sealed hardwood. Disposable pre-moistened cloths
Top customer reviews
My Roomba did terribly. It would get stuck in one section, the Neato XV was OK but would miss some parts. This thing does a great job of freshening up the floor and getting at just about everything due to it's small size!
One thing I did not know is the Mint comes with wet and dry reusable cloths for cleaning. They are great! It does pick up a lot of stuff, even if your floors look clean it's going to find something!
Wet pads are very good and stay damp for a longer amount time than I would have imagined. The floor is drier behind the mint than if I were mopping the floor myself!
I have found some things that confuse it. It doesn't like heater vents too much, especially larger ones (like intake vents) because it thinks it is falling off of a ledge. It will eventually figure it out though. It will get stuck on vertical blinds, so you might want to block them with something and it might get stuck if it drives into an area that is very tight and it decides it can't back out. After a few runs of finding what confuses it, it pretty easy to mint-proof a room.
Noise levels are good. It drives about very quietly. It is a bumper-bot though. Which is where most of the noise comes from. Though every bump really matters as it is mapping the room.
Speed is good. Not the fastest but very efficient. It really gets at every spot in a methodical fashion. I was impressed with the final "edging" step. Once it cleans the room it will clean the edge. Not just the outside edge, but also the "inside" edges such as area rugs, tables, islands and so on.
What is the practicality of this? I wouldn't have thought much for a Swiffer bot but something about the speed and thoroughness of it's cleaning really brings out much more grime than I would get myself. I notice it gets much more cat fur than I would because it doesn't blow it out of the way before getting to it.
The personality of the bot is OK. It's more like a clinical, efficient nurse doing it's job. It isn't quite as chipper as other cleaning bots but it gets the job done.
Battery life is good. Not the fastest at charging but a long enough life to get through more than a couple rooms per charge.
Can these guys get on making a vacuum bot now?
When I bought this, I knew that it was a wet dry floor duster. I wasn't sure what to expect and I was really interested in the way that it uses a cube to "GPS" the indoors and allegedly cover everything in a more complete way than Roomba.
To understand my thoughts about this device, it probably make sense to fill in the picture with my experiences and thoughts on the Roomba and Scooba. It may be a long review, be warned.
I started many years ago with the Red Roomba and I found that it was good at vacuuming the house. I've always had hard floors, sometimes linoleum in some rooms, wood in others, with rugs around here and there. I've been happy with the Roomba. It does have replaceable parts though, like brushes. If you don't maintain those, in a year or two the vacuum quality really suffers. I'm now on my third Roomba through trading in over the years.
In those years I've also had two Scooba devices. Those are real floor moppers/scrubbers. They spray down cleaner, scrub, and suck it back up. They're a bit of an engineering feat to me, and I had more warranty replacements than desired on the first one. The second one was solid.
Before the Mint, my routine is normally to run the Roomba once a week in the bedroom, and once a week in the kitchen/office/living room. Often I can hit all of those rooms on a single charge, and if not, it charges again in a couple hours and I can do half in the morning and the other half in the afternoon.
When it comes to Scooba, I used it more when I lived in a house with linoleum in the kitchen. I now live in a place with all wood floors and a carpet bedroom, so there is no white linoleum that needs constant wet attention. With the Scooba, it needs semi-regular use or it dries out inside and you have to prime the pump. It also uses a different type of battery that is safe with water environments, which takes longer to charge, has less of a life, and requires frequent charging to keep it ready all the time. I might use the Scooba only a few times per year because I move the furniture, pick up the rugs, and go all out. It really gets things scrubbed, but it's a job to do so I use it less frequently.
In comes the Mint. I hoped that the mint would be a Scooba light-- giving the floor a wet wipe without all of the work of the Scooba. See, the Scooba would get caught on the carpets if you don't move them/pick them up/roll them, so it's more work. I hoped that I could get a wet cleaning with less work. I like Robots, and I'm lazy. And so far it has worked out pretty well.
Others have reviewed the Mint and what it acts like, how it works, and its functionality, so I will only hit that in a small way later. But my conclusion is here: Every time I clean the floor with Mint, it get almost nothing. I run the Roomba once per week and while running the Scooba would come up with a bin of dark dark muddy water, the mint hardly has anything on its cloth.
I went on a journey to figure out how people are using Mint, and I asked a question to the other buyers: How do you keep the cloth wet enough? Some people change it mid work (which resets the routine on this model) and some people spray the floor with wet cleaner before it cleans. Neither of those were overly thrilling options in my mind.
The Mint does not replace the wet usage I got from the Scooba, nor does it actually suck up lint, nor also work on carpet like the Roomba. If it gathered dirt or lint or dust, I would think it fits somewhere in the middle. But it doesn't. Running the Roomba must be enough, and the Scooba is there when a wet clean is needed.
I had hoped this might be both devices in one, but it really isn't. I also don't think it's a bad device. If I didn't have a Roomba to use regularly, I am sure this would pick up more dirt, or push around more dirt because there is nothing else cleaning. That said, I did want to provide at least a little feedback on watching it do it's work:
1. Charging is slow SLOW slow. I mean, overnight slow. I know there is another more expensive option, but my Roomba isn't special and it can recharge in just a few hours.
2. It is very quiet. It almost feels peaceful. It cleans in little one foot swoths forward and back, not long passes like Roomba. Roomba has a high pitched plastic mechanical whine to it, while this one is almost silent. It does still bang into things occasionally, but even then it's less violent and less damaging to things. You can watch TV while it's cleaning, take a conference call, etc. Definitely not possible with Roomba or Scooba.
3. It does sometimes get lost. I live in an open floorplan that isn't a perfect square and sometimes in the far edges it bangs around because it's lost its home base connection.
If I had to chose one single product, it would be Roomba. If I had to choose a second, it would be this device. But the best solution of all, at a cost, is both a Roomba and a Scooba.
It's kind of like having a desktop computer, an ultrabook and a tablet. They're not the same but in the end they overlap enough that it doesn't make sense to have all three.
I'm interested in what others think! Open to comments below!
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