Pros: Clean water used all the time
Cons: Gets stuck from time to time, didn't work out of the box.
I was a using Swifter Wet Jet which soaks up the water (like a disposable diaper) but still you were passing that dirty pad over and over the floor. I purchased a mopper like you see at a grocery store for one of our company's locations and thought, "gosh, a smaller one of those at home would be the answer". Viola`, here comes Scooba! When Woot came out with them (woot.com) for $229, I couldn't resist. I have about 700 sf of hardwood in my kitchen and about 450 sf of tile in my master bath and it is a chore to mop it every two or three days with little kids.
Our cleaning lady hurt her back and told us she was dropping her clients. We took up the task but were falling behind on the mopping, the vacuming was held up by the Roomba, but the mopping was a sore subject.I love the fact that this unit uses clean water to apply and never recycles it like a mop did. The cleaning solution can be seen as both a positive and a negative depending on your outlook on life. If you are a "cup half empty person" you aren't going to like the requirement by iRobot that you use their solution. If you are a "cup half full" person, you will appreciate the time that Clorox and iRobot spent developing a cleaning product that would work in perfect unison with Scooba. There are discussions out on the web about alternatives you can use in Scooba that are cheaper. I for one, don't plan on using them. There is a reason iRobot chose a specific cleaner.Does it cost more than a mop and bucket, yes. Is it easier than a mop and bucket, yes. Then again, if you are an owner of a Scooba, you have already taken a $200-$400 bite to buy an electronic mop so why would you complain about the $5-6 for a bottle of cleaning solution. It would be like complaining about the price of gas in your Ferrari.
Speaking of cleaning solution, the Clorox cleaner for the Scooba imparts a nice, fresh smell in the room. You don't get the "hospital fresh" bleach smell when you use this. But you do know some cleaning has taken place. In fact, you can't use bleach in Scooba, it says so right in the instructions and even on Scooba itself. The bleach can cause corrosion of electronic parts vital to Scooba's operation.Scooba seemed to get down into the grout lines of the tile in my bath room. Granted, I didn't have globs of mud or peanut butter (like another reviewer used, but who wouldn't wipe that up before mopping?) I have only had Scooba get stuck in one location and that is because of the location of an air vent combined with the half octagon shape of the particular area of my bathroom.If you have a Roomba, don't expect Scooba to zip around at the same pace. Scooba goes about half as fast. He also is a little taller so he can't get under everything that Roomba can. You will find all the same familiar beeps and braps that Roomba makes to tell you what is going on. If iRobot ever comes out with a docking station, I would bet Scooba will even have the same backup beeper Roomba has.The cleaning of Scooba is a no brainer. Clean two filters, the brush assembly and rinse out the tanks and you are done. You can't expect a cleaner to clean itself can you? It does take SOME effort after all when Scooba is doing all of the drudge work.
What don't I like about Scooba? I wasn't too happy about the fact that it didn't work right out of the box, but customer service at iRobot got me back on track. The pump had a clog of some sort and they had me use a turkey baster (yes for real!) to push water through and clear the blockage. It worked fine after that.
I was glad to see that Target is carrying the cleaning solution for these. Of course, I found this out after I ordered a five pack of bottle from iRobot.
All in all, it seems worth the money to me.