I had a great time testing the top-of-the-line Roomba 780 last month—after all, there’s nothing like having a dust-busting robot scour your floor on a daily basis. But in the end, the effective but pricey Roomba turned out to be too big and bulky for my smallish Brooklyn apartment.
A good $100 cheaper than the most inexpensive Roomba model, the $199 Mint robot exchanges the Roomba’s circular body for a square shape, all the better for tackling tough-to-reach corners.
And instead of vacuuming up dust and dirt, the Mint sweeps your hardwood floors with dry or wet microfiber cloths—so yes, we’re basically talking a robotic Swiffer (and the Mint does, indeed, work with Swiffer refill cloths).
Like the Roomba, the self-guided Mint feels its way around your floor, scooting around obstacles and avoiding stairs with the help of a compact, cube-shaped module that sends out a wireless navigation signal. (“Indoor GPS” is how Mint manufacturer Evolution Robotics describes it.)
The Mint, which has been on the market for more than a year now, will sweep 800 square-feet of floor space for about three hours on a single charge.
And then there’s the just-announced, $299 Mint Plus, which will go for four hours and cover up to 2,000 square feet, provided you’ve got two NorthStar navigation cubes handy. (An extra cube goes for $39.)
Pretty neat—although if you’ve got carpeted floors to clean, you’re better off ponying up for a Roomba.
So, any Mint owners with experiences (good or bad, of course) they’d like to share?