Mint 4200

March 12th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

Mint 4200 reviewOverview

A lot of people actually don’t know how to qualify a Mint 4200 cleaner. Is it a vacuum cleaner, a sweeper, or a mopper? The answer is all of them. It doesn’t just remove the dirt and grime, but it also “mops” the area to ensure that the space is left very clean. If you’re looking for a good robot for everyday quick cleaning without spending too much money, you may find this model to be just what you’re looking for.

Pros

  • Covers very large areas despite the obstacles
  • Maps out the area and returns to its first space after cleaning
  • Gets underneath furniture and travels conveniently across floors
  • Sweeps the area then mops it with damp cloths
  • Comes with reusable and washable cloths and wet pads
  • Produces tolerable noise
  • Moves around fast

Cons

  • Cloths require cleaning and maintenance
  • Tends to be costly because of the cloths
  • Doesn’t pick up dust and dirt as effectively as other robot cleaners
  • Cloths accumulate dust and dirt too quickly
  • Doesn’t charge automatically
  • Sometimes wander around the perimeter area

Features

  • Northstar navigation
  • Reusable cloths and wet pads
  • Measures 9.6 inches in width, 3.1 inches in height, and 8.5 inches in depth
  • Has 1-year warranty
  • 3 hours’ charging time

Detailed Review

Mint 4200 is very different from the other vacuum cleaning equipment in the market. In fact, it’s hard to categorize this as a vacuum since it doesn’t really produce an airflow, which suctions the allergens off the floor. Instead, it uses microfiber cloths and wet pads.

It works by first mapping out the area through its Northstar navigation technology. Simply put, it first determines the area that needs to be cleaned then starts to move around. Unlike the Roomba vacuum cleaners that seem to move at no direction at all, just spiral and back-and-forth motion, Mint 4200 moves in a more methodical manner. Once it’s done cleaning the area, it goes back to its starting point, allowing you to conveniently pick it up from the floor. Northstar navigation gets rid of the need of the virtual walls, though sometimes it finds itself getting off track from its perimeter. Mint 4200 also doesn’t have extensive collision sensors because of its own “GPS.” Moreover, because it’s small at 3.1 inches, it can easily move around underneath furniture, tables, and sofas, to name a few.

As for the cleaning components, the cloths are the ones that pick up the dust and dirt, especially around the edges. The wet pads, meanwhile, serve as the “mop.” The former can actually pick up plenty of accumulated allergens. However, you may not be able to count on it with regards to extensive cleaning, as it doesn’t have a lot of power to lift off stubborn grime and dirt. Further, the pads and cloths have to be cleaned constantly. Otherwise, they become less efficient. With the lack of filters, it’s possible some of the dust will just go back into the atmosphere. You can pause the device, but doing so may remove the map, and it doesn’t know what to do anymore once it’s resumed. There’s also no self-charging home base, so you have to manually charge this upside down to your wall for around 4 hours, which, by Roomba’s standards, is long.  The device can actually detect drop-offs and overhangs, but for some reason, it registers such as an error.

Overall, Mint 4200 is a pretty, small, and functional cleaner you can count on for quick cleaning around the house.

User Comments

It does a good job of picking up dust from the floor. There’s a lot more than we thought ! To echo what others have written, it seems best for maintenence rather than a deep clean. 

—Xochimilco, Esq., Amazon

This item works well. I have had a scooba for years and the mint is much easier to use and clean. I did have a problem with the item when it was shipped to me and it had to be returned because of a battery problem, but the return was very easy and the replacement unit has worked great!

—sandra miller, Amazon

i love the mint, he is my favorite new toy. i would recommend this to everyone
such a nice little helper, that does your work for you.

—review from Walmart.com

 

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