If you have hardwood floors and have a shoes-off policy in your home, then most of the time you can get away with dry mopping your floors instead of vacuuming. It is light, easy work, and it doesn’t take all that long – but it is a chore of the type that can easily be passed on to a robot slave.
The robot in this case is called Mofa, it will quietly scoot around your floors with a microfiber mop, leaving cleanliness in its wake. Given that it is mop, not a vacuum cleaner, you are going to need to brush the dust and assorted detritus off it every once in a while – but it makes no noise, so should be easy on pets and crawling babies. It has a battery life of 1.5 hours.
The only thing that makes this author a little leery of the product is the price tag. At 7,800 yen (around $80), it almost seems too cheap. The growing e-waste pile in my shed is testament to the quality, or lack their of, of budget-oriented, Japanese-designed, Chinese-made electronics. It is priced right in As Seen on Television gimmick range. That is not to say that it won’t work – rather it is to say that one should exercise a little caution and not expect miracles from an $80 robotic cleaner. If the most exciting thing about a product is its price tag, it will probably disappoint.