iRobot Scooba 380 Robot Cleaner Review
The iRobot Scooba 380 washes floors and removes up to 98% of common bacteria while it’s at it. It can clean up to 850 square feet on a single charge, and the tank only needs to be refilled every 425 square feet. It uses the same prep, wash, scrub, squeegee cleaning system as previous Scooba models and can clean tile, linoleum and hardwood floors. The cleaning solution can be refilled with a simple tap water and vinegar mixture, making upkeep easy, and the small form factor allows it to manoeuvre easily underneath large furniture such as beds, couches and chairs.
iRobot Scooba 380 Features and Specifications
- Shipping Weight: 17 pounds
- A full charge allows the Scooba 380 to clean 850 square feet (3-4 rooms)
- Autonomous cleaning pattern covers each area of floor an average of 5 times
- Preps, washes, scrubs and squeegees sealed hardwood, tile and linoleum floors
The reviews for the Scooba 380 are an interesting mix. Many people have rated it highly ( 4-5 stars ) but went on to list four or more major complaints in a long review. These reviewers enjoyed the product for what it did, enough to rate it highly, but had serious concerns about the flaws they experienced.
Those that have the most issues with the iRobot Scooba 380 are those coming from owning a Roomba previously. The complaints in this vein are numerous and mostly well founded. Some are smaller, like the faulty charging station that ships with every unit so one must use a cord to charge it, and the plug for said cord being very hard to orient into the socket on the side of the device. But there are some larger issues mixed in as well, like sensors not working right and the unit constantly getting stuck, and the large amount of water left on the floor after a cleaning cycle. The most common complaint from previous Roomba owners however is that the build quality seems much worse than the 500 series Roomba, the sensors don’t engage well, the device has sharp and poorly fitted corners, and it just looks worse.
Despite the all of the negative talk however there are quite a few who still praise the Scooba for what it does well. It may leave water on the floor and not give it a complete “just mopped” shine, but it cleans very well, taking out old and stubborn stains easily. It’s very easy to use it with cheap cleaning fluid ( vinegar and water ), so keeping it going is less costly.
Some reviewers even point out that many issues can be solved with simple work arounds, and that the majority of claims are unfounded. If your device is leaving too much water on the floor for example, just pull the squeegey completely straight. Some as plain as replacing the battery when the unit is dying before a cleaning cycle is complete, can eliminate many of the common issues other users mention.
Overall the Scooba 380 is a worthwhile product for those that absolutely despise mopping floors, but still has several annoying kinks. However with a few very simple workarounds it can be a useful addition to your household cleaning arsenal.