Review: iRobot Scooba

I missed this Michael Kanellos piece on CNet (from Oct) about living with a Scooba, the iRobot cleaning bot that both vacuums and washes floors. I’ve seen lots of people faun over it, how cool the concept of an affordable robot that can clean the horror that is the bathroom floor — okay, MY bathroom floor, anyway — but I’ve seen little about how it actually works in the wild. With the Roomba, I waited several gens to get one ’cause I heard that earlier versions were less-than-reliable. I suspected the same was true for Scooba, and this review bears that out. The main cons seem to be that it’s very noisy and it leaves a watery film on wood floors that needs to be wiped up or it could damage the floor.