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iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot - SCOOBA230

Abt Model: SCOOBA230 | UPC Code: 885155000606
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Scooba Uses A Rigorous Three-Stage Cleaning System To Wash, Scrub, Then Squeegee Vacuum Up The Dirty Water/ Quickly And Easily Washes Floors In Your Kitchens, Baths And Other High-Traffic Areas/ Cleans Up To 150 Square Feet In A Single Session/ Advanced System Of Software And Sensors Allows It To Sense Its Environment/ Two Cleaning Cycles/ Black Finish
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iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot, Model SCOOBA230

Our newest and most compact floor washing robot, Scooba 230 brings high-performance scrubbing to tight, hard-to-reach spaces in bathrooms and kitchens, including around the toilet and under cabinets. Scooba 230 cleans tile, linoleum or sealed hardwood floors using a three-stage cleaning process that neutralizes up to 97% of common household bacteria*. All you have to do is sweep!

Features:

Thorough Cleaning:

  • Scooba uses a rigorous three-stage cleaning system to wash, scrub, then squeegee vacuum up the dirty water, a sequence that neutralizes up to 97% of common household bacteria*
  • Scrubbing brushes loosen stains, dirt and grime while the squeegee-vacuum picks up virtually all the dirty water, leaving only clean behind
  • Advanced water management system uses an active-reservoir design to keep the cleaning solution and dirty water separate inside the robot, while minimizing the product's overall size
  • Works with regular tap water or Scooba Hard Floor Cleaner, Natural Enzyme Formula

Complete Coverage:

  • At just 6.5 inches in diameter, Scooba can clean where dirt and grime hide
  • Quickly and easily washes floors in your kitchens, baths and other high-traffic areas
  • Pushes past soft areas like curtains to clean beyond them
  • Cleans up to 150 square feet in a single session

iAdapt™ Responsive Cleaning Technology:

  • Scooba's advanced system of software and sensors allows it to sense its environment to clean more of your room, more thoroughly
  • With iAdapt Technology, Scooba cleans every section of your room multiple times, getting into tight, hard-to-reach spaces, including around the toilet and under cabinets
  • Scooba selects from dozens of robotic behaviors more than 60 times per second to optimize coverage of every section of your room
  • Wall-Following ensures the most thorough floor coverage possible
  • Cliff detection sensors allow Scooba to avoid stairs and other drop-offs

Added Convenience:

  • Easy to use: just sweep the floor, then fill the robot, press "Clean" and Scooba 230 does the dirty work
  • Removable bottom plate snaps on and off without tools for easy cleaning of the brushes and squeegee
  • Two cleaning cycles: a 45-minute cycle for larger rooms or a 20-minute cycle for smaller areas
  • Virtual Wall® Technology keeps the robot in the areas you want to clean and out of the ones you don't
  • Compact size makes it easy to carry, recharge and store

What's In The Box:

  • iRobot® Scooba® 230 Floor Washing Robot (with 1 Robot Battery, 1 Removable Bottom Plate)
  • 1 Compact Wall Charger
  • 1 Storage Mat
  • 1 Scooba® Virtual Wall®
  • 4 Packets of Scooba® Hard Floor Cleaner, Natural Enzyme Formula

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 3.5"
  • Diameter: 6.5"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 3 lbs
  • Shipping: 5.3 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer):
    • 1-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty On Robot
    • 6-Month Limited Warranty On Battery
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
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Sensor TypeCliff Detection Sensor
Number of Sweep Arms1
TypeRobotic
BaglessYes
ColorBlack
Cord Length (feet)Cordless
FlooringHard Floor
Hand ToolNo
Hepa FilterNo
PetsNo
Steam CleanerNo
Wet / Dry SurfacesYes
  

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iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot
 
3.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Cleans effectively (3)
  • Cleans under furniture (3)
  • Covers entire room (3)
  • Easy to empty (3)

Cons

  • Inefficient (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Tile floors (4)
  • Small rooms (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Homeowner (5), Frequent user (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great little robot

My kitchen floor has been slated for replacement. It is a very cheap linoleum and about 130 sq feet in area. Despite my best effort and mutiple methods of cleaning and various cleaning...Read complete review

My kitchen floor has been slated for replacement. It is a very cheap linoleum and about 130 sq feet in area. Despite my best effort and mutiple methods of cleaning and various cleaning products, it has not been clean in months. I have two dogs who track in everything. The floor was last mopped about five days ago. After two runs by Moppet (Scooba 230) both of which returned dark brown/gray dirty water the floor shines, actually has visable depth and is noticably different to walk on ie my shoes grip the surface. I may not have to replace the floor after all. The down side is brush plate will have to be replaced about every three months (educated guess at this point) and all parts and cleaning solutions are only avalible on line which adds shipping costs. If you get one bear in mind you will need a place to keep it charging 24/7 and do follow the directions because they work.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Close, but no cigar...

I love everything about this thing...
Except for the way it works.

On the plus side, the unit is VERY small and compact. It is light and...Read complete review

I love everything about this thing...
Except for the way it works.

On the plus side, the unit is VERY small and compact. It is light and easy to use, and it stores easily. Plus, let's face it, it is adorable.

BUT. And this is a huge BUT...
The cleaning capability is hugely disappointing. It works by drooling out water and solution, driving over it with a stationary brush (if you can call it a brush), and sucking the water back up. In contrast, the larger Scooba has a rotating brush that really scrubs your floors. After I let this little princess do her thing, I can rub the floor with a moist towel and still see dirt (yes, I use her after my Roomba does her thing). And don't even think of using her in the kitchen. Not gonna cut it.

My strong recommendation: resist the urge to get this smaller form factor, until iRobot figures out how to add on rotating, scrubbing brushes.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The little engine that could!!!

By 

from Burlingame, CA

About Me Homeowner

Pros

  • Cleans Under Furniture

Cons

  • Can Get Stuck

Best Uses

  • Small Rooms
  • Tile Floors

Comments about iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot:

This little guy is small but mighty. I've owned full size scoobas and while they do a fantastic job cleaning, their size limits them to the areas they can be used. The 230 solves that problem by its smaller size thus allowing it to get behind toilets and whatnot. If you have some liquid spills that have dried on your floor, the 230 will effectively remove them over its cleaning cycle. it can also be used in larger rooms if you break them up using the included virtual wall. Maintenance is fantastic too - a lot less involved than the older scoobas actually. All you do is flush the two tanks and rinse the removable bottom brush plate.

The only complaint I have is that the 230 seems to have problem with rooms with vinyl/linoleum where the floor curves upward to meet the wall. One of my bathrooms has this type of situation and the 230 encounters the upward curve between the floor and the wall, it gets stuck on the incline before its front bumper is activated. Other than that issue I absolutely love this little guy.

PS. I-robot please make the wheels available as replacement parts! Thanks!

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Little Bot for Tight Spaces

By 

from Albuquerque, NM

About Me Homeowner

Pros

  • Cleans Effectively
  • Cleans Tight Spaces
  • Cleans Under Furniture
  • Covers Entire Room
  • Hassle Free Operation
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Long Charge Time
  • Not User Repairable

Best Uses

  • Vinyl Floors

Comments about iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot:

This is a great little cleaner bot for getting into tight spaces. It will clean around toilets, and under furniture with ease. Despite its small size it cleans very well. The key is to sweep the floors first and use Scooba frequently. It's not going to clean really dirty muddy floors, but it is perfect for maintaining a clean floor. I learned that it works better to use only 1/2 of the recommended amount of cleaner (1/4 cap instead of 1/2 capful). Using too much cleaner leaves a sticky residue on the floor.

My only complaints are its disposable engineering and the fact that it takes a long time to recharge. The first problem would be difficult to correct without a total redesign. Unfortunately, unlike the Roombas, there are almost no user replaceable parts on the Scooba 230. If it breaks and it is out of warranty, you'll most likely have to buy a new one.

The second problem would be simple to correct if iRobot designed an external battery charge stand that could keep 2-4 batteries charged and ready to go. You can buy a second battery, but the only way to charge it is in the Scooba. NiMH batteries don't hold a charge well, so this option isn't a very good one. Therefore you can only run it for one 45 minute cleaning cycle at a time with an 8 hr. recharge time.

If you are like me and you dislike mopping and like robots, it is a good product. With a few improvements, they could make this good bot a great one.

  • My Robot's Name:
  • Scooby Two

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

My floors are clean!

By 

from The South

About Me Homeowner

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Floor Dries Quickly
  • Hassle Free Operation
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Not Sure Yet

Best Uses

  • High Traffic Rooms
  • Small Rooms
  • Tile Floors

Comments about iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot:

First I'd like to acknowledge Irobot for their customer-service. My first one didn't drive straight right out of the box. I sent an e-mail to Irobot and they responded to the next day. I had an option of taking it back to the store, or they would send me a new one. I went back to the store and exchanged it. The second one runs fine. It's easy to setup. Filling it and emptying it is easy and quick too. He will run for about 45 minutes on a charge. It runs out of water before it runs out of battery, at about the 40 minute mark. First let me tell you what I hate about mopping, and then you will understand the pros of this Irobot. I don't mop often enough. Besides hating the mopping part, I don't like splashing water all over my trim, and it takes forever to dry. Just an overall pain. Scooba uses less than 2 cups of water for cleaning. And it dries within seconds! Scooba does get around the back of the toilet on my first floor, but will not go behind the toilets on my second floor. Scooba is rated to clean 150 square feet. I have tasked Scooba to do too much; my bottom floor is 260 square feet. I could setup the light house, but I'd rather just let it go. Even so it will nearly cover the entire space in the runtime. It just doesn't make as many passes as it would like to. Even so my floors look and feel clean. Something to keep in mind, if your floors have years of caked on dirt, Scooba will not polish them. In other words don't expect Scooba to correct what's been neglected. Also you will need to sweep floors before you begin. I have an Irobot vacuum that does that for me twice a week, so my floors are always crumb free anyway. I'm trying my best to keep the ants and the cockroaches outside where they belong. I figure a clean floor is the best way to start. I have Irobot to thank for years of cleanliness!

  • My Robot's Name:
  • Little Scoob

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little robot

By 

from Michigan

About Me Meticulous Cleaner

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Efficient
  • Powerful
  • Simple Instructions
  • Works as advertised

Cons

  • Charging Jack Poor Design
  • Easy To Drop When Wet
  • Expect 3 Mo Brush Life
  • Long Charge Time

Best Uses

  • Cleaning
  • Home
  • Kitchen And Bath

Comments about iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot:

My kitchen floor has been slated for replacement. It is a very cheap linoleum and about 130 sq feet in area. Despite my best effort and mutiple methods of cleaning and various cleaning products, it has not been clean in months. I have two dogs who track in everything. The floor was last mopped about five days ago. After two runs by Moppet (Scooba 230) both of which returned dark brown/gray dirty water the floor shines, actually has visable depth and is noticably different to walk on ie my shoes grip the surface. I may not have to replace the floor after all. The down side is brush plate will have to be replaced about every three months (educated guess at this point) and all parts and cleaning solutions are only avalible on line which adds shipping costs. If you get one bear in mind you will need a place to keep it charging 24/7 and do follow the directions because they work.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for the bathroom

By 

from MA, US

About Me Homeowner

Pros

  • Cleans Effectively
  • Cleans Under Furniture
  • Covers Entire Room
  • Hassle Free Operation

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Rooms
    • Tile Floors

    Comments about iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot:

    This is like having a maintenance robot out of a movie. It cleans as good as any upright cleaning machine. This is not for someone who is looking to clean the bathroom when it looks like a pig pen. There is not a machine you can buy that beats a mop and bucket for cleaning pig pens. I never help it get unstuck unless it calls for help. If you wait it will get unstuck. It's fun to watch. If it gets stuck under your sink cabinet it's because the toe space is less than standard. Someone was too cheap to block it up to match the flooring height. Don't blame iRobot, blame to guy who put the sink in. It works great for me, I run it before the floor looks like a head of cows came thru.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really nice bathroom cleaning robot

    By 

    from Baltimore MD

    About Me Homeowner

    Pros

    • Cleans Effectively
    • Covers Entire Room
    • Long Run Time

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bathroom duty

      Comments about iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot:

      This is a really nice little robot. I've owned mine for over 6 months, and I use it every few days in one of the bathrooms. It's smaller than the Scooba, so it can get behind the toilet and into the corners.

      The only trick is that you have to clean the squeegie every time. Just wash the rubber pickup part until any debris in there is washed out. Simple.

      This saves me time, and is as good in the bathroom as my Scooba 300 is in the kitchen.

      • My Robot's Name:
      • Mo

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      1.0

      Poor quality

      By 

      from Huntington, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Inefficient
        • Poor Design
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot:

          Poor quality. Unit cleaned in streaks...left residue

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Very disappointed

          By 

          from San Francisco Bay Area

          About Me Frequent User

          Pros

          • Easy To Empty
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Inefficient
          • Leaves water all over
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot:

            My unit often leaves large puddles of water all over the floor. It's practically useless. Although iRobot was very patient walking me through getting the unit primed, once I did get it working I was told several times that my expectations were too high or that my floor was problematic. If I expect the floor to look better than just throwing several glasses of water all over, I guess my expectations are high.

            In their defense, I will say that this is the first irobot product that I have ever found disappointing. I love all my roombas and my first gen scooba. I just don't think this unit was ready for release to the general market.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            It has its uses

            By 

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Frequent User

            Pros

            • Dries fast
            • Easy To Empty
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Battery life
            • Weak Function

            Best Uses

            • Hardwood Floors

            Comments about iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot:

            I bought this robot to suppliment my large Scooba. I have always liked the power of the large Scooba, but found it a hassle to pick up all the furniture, drag it out, wait for its slow cycle to finish, and wait for the floors to dry. It is also just a bit too big to effectively clean small areas because it is so large.

            The Scooba 230 is great in ways the large Scooba isn't, and not very good at the things the large Scooba is great at. The 230 is very speedy and the floors dry very quickly. Its small size gets into small places better, like the areas next to the toilet. You can drop it down without moving chairs out of the way and it still covers most of the area. It is extremely quiet, so I can turn it on any time without disrupting other activities.

            However, it does not clean the floors nearly as well as the large Scooba, because it only lightly drags a stationary brush over the applied water. I often find that spilled liquid stains aren't cleaned completely and need to be wiped with a sponge after the cleaning cycle is complete. It also does not clean the grout between tile well, so it is better for flat floors.

            The Scooba 230 is a nice product for freshening floors between normal cleanings, but I would not use it as a primary cleaning tool.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fabulous unit

            By 

            from IL

            About Me Frequent User

            Pros

            • Easy To Empty
            • Easy to Use
            • Efficient
            • Powerful/Good Suction

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Hardwood Floors
            • Tile Floors

            Comments about iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot:

            I 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.

            Great unit all around and found it to be worth every buck I payed! :)

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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