iRobot Scooba 230

March 2nd, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

iRobot Scooba 230 reviewOverview

Not all dust and dirt are created equal. Some of them stick into the floor long and hard getting rid of them is going to be such a struggle. Though powerful vacuum cleaner may be able to lift them off, it doesn’t mean the floor is back to its normal look. Sometimes you have to do something more, such as mopping the area. Mopping, however, requires a good amount of time and plenty of your energy. If you don’t want the back-breaking—literally and figuratively—activity, you may want to use the Scooba 230. This may be considered a cross between a vacuum cleaner and a mop, a good transition if you’re used to Roomba vacuum cleaning machines. It shares a variety of similar features, such as cliff sensors, iAdapt technology, and wall-following technology; yet it makes itself still different with special solutions, 3-step mopping system, and water management method.


  • Vacuums and mops the floors
  • Allows scheduling of cleaning time
  • Returns to its base for charging
  • Deals with smaller rooms, including bathrooms
  • Works with linoleum and sealed hardwoods
  • Easy to operate and use
  • Follows a three-step cleaning process
  • Works with virtual walls to create your confined area
  • Washes even underneath furniture and around toilets
  • Takes care of around 150 square feet of space per charge
  • Has a water management system to separate dirty water from the solution
  • Wipes out around 97 percent of common household bacteria
  • Is compact and light


  • Produces some noise
  • Does not pick up dirt as effectively as vacuum cleaners
  • Sometimes gets caught under the cabinets
  • Sometimes charges too quickly


  • Water management system
  • Dirt Detect technology
  • Onboard scheduling
  • Charging home base
  • Scrubbing brushes
  • Three-stage cleaning system
  • iAdapt technology and wall-following technology
  • Measures 3.5 inches in height and 6.5 inches in diameter
  • Weighs 3 pounds
  • Virtual walls and cliff sensors
  • 1 year limited warranty for the robot, 6 months for the battery

Detailed Review

If you’re looking for a cleaning machine that doesn’t just vacuum but also mops, you may want to set your sights on Scooba 230. This is actually a special robot mop that shares some functions with Roomba vacuum cleaners. For example, there’s the onboard scheduler to compel the robot to clean at your preferred times (and even if you’re out of the house), as well as a docking station for self-charging. It also detects dirt, but not as efficient as the Roomba. To make sure it doesn’t fall off, there’s a cliff sensor. You can also define its cleaning space via the virtual wall lighthouses. (Keep in mind that Roomba’s virtual walls may be incompatible with the Scooba.)

Unlike the other Scooba model, 380, this one is incredibly light and compact. It’s much easier for you to move this around or store. It is also smaller, so it gets underneath furniture more quickly and effectively. Nevertheless, its size also covers less area. If you have a large space, the cleaning time is often extended as it has to go back to its base multiple times. Like a lot of vacuums, this produces some noise, which sometimes annoys pets.

Since this is an automated mop, it has a tank to hold the water. There is also a separate bin for dirty water. It follows a three-stage cleaning process, which are washing, scrubbing, and squeezing the water off the floor. Sometimes it leaves the floor wet or damp, but the water tends to evaporate quickly. You can actually use tap water, but its special formula leaves a cleaner and healthier floor, killing around 97 percent of the bacteria.

Scooba 230 may not be the best option if you’re battling with a lot of pet hair, as it may only blow it away. Rather, go for Roomba vacuum cleaners for pet hair.

Maintaining Scooba 230 may be expensive, especially if you’re using the special solution. Some owners complain about technical issues a few months after the unit is bought.

User Comments

have no idea why the other person rated this unit 1 star, but shame on him/her. SERIOUSLY THE BEST UNIT EVER!!! I have the other scooba and although the new design is taller, it is woo much more powerful. You can depend on this thing to clean the floors when you are just too busy to take care of it yourself.


I use this in my bathrooms and the small area of hard floor by my front door. It does a good job and it gets into nooks and crannies better than the larger Scooba. It gets around the toilet!

—D. Knight “Dee Dee,”

I AM OVER THE MOON!!!! I don’t know what the others are talking about. I would order 100 of these!

—M. Lashbrook,



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