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  • Value: 17/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Ease of Use: 19/20
  • Aesthetics: 18/20
  • Sparkling-Clean Floors: 16/20
TOTAL: 88/100

Giving someone a robot vacuum or mop for the holidays might seem like the cleaning equivalent of last year’s out of touch Peloton commercial: “I see you could use some help around the house! Here, let this little robot take care of the basic degree of cleanliness that you can’t seem to master!” But rather interpret the gift as an insult, I’m imploring you to consider it the ultimate present…for yourself. This little robot mops your floors for you, so you can kick back and keep binging the best Christmas rom-coms of all time (or whatever’s keeping you glued to the TV these days).

Robot mops can easily set you back anywhere from $150 to more than $500, depending on the make and model. Which can, understandably, make it tough to justify buying, considering an old-school mop is $16 on the higher-end. But when I learned that Samsung’s Jetbot was temporarily $50 off—reducing the price from $299 to $249—and I started considering all the time I could be saving by having the device clean for me. So, I decided to test it out and it’s now my third-favorite child, behind my actual daughter and my robot vacuum. Here’s why.

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Setup Is Practically Foolproof

You simply pull the bot out of the box, charge it up, wash the cleaning pads and you’re ready to get started. At first, I was a little bummed that the device didn’t have an app that could track its progress or allow me to clean the floors while I was away from the house. But anyone who’s owned more than a few smart gadgets can attest that those apps are often glitchy, run in the background unnecessarily and slow down your phone. And with a device this easy to use, you truly don’t need it.

Before each cleaning session, you fill the Jetbot’s two rotating wheels with water, dampen the cleaning pads—which come in a deep-cleaning “mother yarn” and a quick-cleaning microfiber cloth—and pop them onto the machine. Then press start. That’s it.

Each rotating pad has its own water tank, which is good for a 50-minute clean.
CANDACE DAVISON

It Was a Little Zany at First

The first time I ran the Jetbot, it seemed to go at warp speed, spinning in circles like an out-of-control top and fumbling onto my low-pile carpet. I was convinced this was a disaster. I turned to the manual and realized I had it on “intensive” clean mode (one of eight options offered, which range from a “focused” spot clean to an edge clean that gets into the corners of the room). When I switched settings to "step cleaning," it slowed down, seeming to “step” around the the carpet as it shimmied left and right across the floor.

You Still Have to Do Some Work

The biggest con, in my experience, is pretty unavoidable: You’ve got to refill each of the water tanks after each use and clean the mother yarn/microfiber pads. (Cleaning the pads is as simple as popping them in the washing machine, but still.) As awesome as it would be to press a button and never worry about mopping at all, Jetbot isn’t Rosey the Robot from The Jetsons.

CANDACE DAVISON

It Cleans Hard-to-Reach Corners

However, Jetbot does save you one huge annoyance: Having to scrub that four-inch space under your kitchen cabinets, where crumbs and drips seem to mercilessly accumulate. The cleaning pads extend just beyond the robot, so it can reach those little nooks that other robot mops and vacs miss. And if it doesn’t get quite close enough for your taste, Jetbot comes with a remote control, so you can maneuver it yourself.

My Absolute Favorite Feature

The true victory, though, is what surprised me the most: At first, it didn’t seem powerful enough to scrub dried spills and scuffmarks, particularly when I saw it glide right over them without lifting much. Give it time—during the device’s 50-minute runtime, it’ll make multiple passes over your floors, eventually lifting caked-on grime. Intense scuffmarks may still require manual scrubbing, but for keeping things clean day-to-day, the Jetbot gets the job done (all while taking up half the space of the typical robo-cleaner, I might add).

BUY IT ($299; $249)

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