Mint and Braava Comparison: Braava 380 Vs Mint Plus 5200
The following account: Braava Vs Mint takes a look at the Evolution Robotics Mint re-branding to iRobot Braava -- and points out any improvements that have been made in this recent transition as well as any other notable differences (and remaining similarities) between the Braava and Mint mopping/sweeping robots through a breakdown analysis. Hopefully, this article will quickly clear up any confusion you may have surrounding the two models when comparing them & you can ultimately choose which one is right for you and your cleaning needs.
Brief Overview: basically iRobot used to sell the Mint (4200) and Mint Plus (5200), but have re-branded them (with a few updates & tweaks) into the iRobot Braava 320 and 380t, respectively. For a summary comparison head to the conclusion below. Also, for the sake of comparison & clarity I will specifically refer to the Braava 380t and Mint 5200, so bear in mind some of the specifications and features mentioned won't apply to all models within the Braava & Mint ranges.
iRobot Braava 380t Mopping Robot Cleaner
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Braava: Dry Sweep - 1,000 Sq ft. | Mopping Coverage - 350 Sq. ft. |
Mint: Dry Sweep - 800 Sq ft. | Mopping Coverage - 350 Sq. ft. |
The (practically) 'hands-free' cleaning operation in both devices is pretty much identical, where they basically offer a dual modle where you can choose between a dry sweep (which usually people opt for first) to remove household dust, pet hair etc. -- with the sweeping microfiber cloths and wet mop to remove deeper dirt, bacteria (which the Braava has been proven to destroy 98% of) and stains -- using the mopping pre-moistioned pro-clean microfiber reservoir cloth pads.
iRobot Mint Plus (5200) Hard Floor Cleaning
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Braava (380t): NorthStar Navigation System (2)
Mint (5200): NorthStar Navigation System (2)
They both are installed with the same indoor GPS like system helping the Mint and Braava to map out a plan of where to clean next and for it to form a 'methodical' and sophisticated cleaning cycle' e.g. what angles to approach certain areas of flooring (how many times), what to do with obstacles, whether it is mopping or sweeping etc. The Mint plus and Braava 380t also come with special NorthStar navigation cubes to allow automatic and continuous cleaning from room to room, cube to cube.
Braava (380t): Square | Pro Clean System |
Mint (5200): Square | Pro Clean System | Quick Clean Mode
Both are shaped like a square, although the Braava does come with a special edge cleaning technology to get right up along the sides of skirting that the Mint doesn't offer. They also both offer a pro clean system -- which basically re-moisturises the mopping cloth with a special cleaning solution frequently to keep it damp (such a feature isn't offered with the Braava 320 and Mint 4200), allowing for a more effective clean.
The Mint does offer a quick clean mode that basically allows open areas to be cleaned and not a 'perimeter' clean (to edges) to get more cleaning done fast, this feature however has been discontinued with the Braava.
Braava (380t): Dry Mop: 4 hrs | Wet Mop: 2.5 hrs | Charge: 3.5 Hrs
Mint (5200): Dry Mop: 4 hrs | Wet Mop: 2.5 hrs | Charge: 4 Hrs
As you can see compared to other robotic cleaning devices, the Mint Plus and Braava go on for an extensive time, so is perfect for those who are after extensive mopping or have the larger home. But between them, there is practically no difference -- the Braava being a little quicker to charge.
All the Braava and Mint models are backed for 12 months on a coverage program that covers cost of parts & labour in case any defects are to occur during that period.
Dimensions & Weight
Braava (380t): 38 x 11.5 x 33 cm | 1.8 kg | Color: Black (and the 320 version white) |
Mint (5200): 21.6 x 7.8 x 24 cm | 3.6 kg | Color: Black (and the 4200 version white) |
Accessories - What's in the box?
Braava (380t): "Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot, Wall Charger, NiMH Battery (2000 mAh), NorthStar 2 Navigation Cube, 1 Multi-Purpose Cleaning Pad, ProClean Reservoir Pad, 2 “C” Batteries, Turbo Charge Cradle, Cloths: 1 Microfiber Sweeping Cloth & 1 Microfiber Mopping Cloth"
Mint (5200): "Mint Plus Robot, Reservoir Mopping Pad, Sweeping & Cleaning Pad, NorthStar Navigation Cube w/ 2 x C-batteries, 2 x dry microfiber cloths, 2 x wet mopping microfiber cloth, Power adapter, Quick start guide, User manual"
Average Review Rating (source Amazon.com)
Braava (380t): 4.3 out of 5 stars from 40 + reviews.
Mint (5200): 4.3 out of 5 stars from 150 + reviews.
Note: the braava is considerably more quiet in operation then the Mint as well.
Conclusion - Finally Summary Comparison - Mint Vs Braava
In fairness, the models (Braava 380t and Mint Plus) are pretty much identical in almost every aspect (even including price -- approximately $300), but as the Braava does offer a slight edge in terms of battery life and cleaning ability, this would be the device I'd go for. In all, the Braava (Mint) is an excellent cleaning device that will certainly serve you well in cleaning your hard based floors (whether they be tile, wooden, laminate etc.) to a high standard.
But, which will you buy the Mint or Braava?
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