By Andrew Liszewski
Cleaning the toilet, and the area around the toilet, isn’t exactly the most exciting way to spend your free time. But up until today, pawning that task off on automatons hasn’t been possible because none of them are small enough to squeeze into those tight spaces. But the new Scooba 230 from iRobot, which is downright adorable, should have no problem making its way into every crevice of even the tiniest of bathrooms.
It’s just 3.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, but it still features a three-stage cleaning system that washes, scrubs and squeegees the floors as it does its thing, and it will even vacuum up the excess liquid so floors dry even faster. And in order to remain compact it’s got a clever active reservoir system, where the clean water reservoir shrinks as it’s being used, freeing up space to store the dirty water that’s been sucked up. It also seems to pack all of the features of its larger vacuuming brethren we’ve come to rely on, like smart navigation and Virtual Walls to keep it where you want to it to clean.
It’s expected to be available sometime this Spring for $299, which is about $50 more than the Mint Sweeper revealed at last year’s CES, but the 230′s advanced features seem to make up for the difference in price.
[ iRobot Scooba 230 ]