A Mop I’m really WOWed about…Seriously!

To whomever asked for the in-depth review of Nellie’s WOW Mop, your wish is my command.

Cost: $199.00 + Free shipping ($199.99 with Amazon) <– click to order!

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Nellie's Wow Mop

I LOVE how easy this mop is to use. I LOVE not having to hurt my back with any tough scrubbing. I’m not totally enamored with the price point, but the trade off is I literally walk behind this mop while it does the cleaning for me.

I did take off half a star because of the awkward charging port and the fact that it takes up a lot of floor space. The rest of the cons are not a bother to me, and the pros absolutely outweigh them.

Specs:

  • Lithium battery voltage: 2000 mAh, 35 W
  • Run time: 55 minutes
  • Charge time: 3-5 hours
  • Oscillation/vibration rate: 1000 cycles per minute
  • Cleaner reservoir (tank): 200mL/6.7fl oz
  • Headlamps: 2 small lights on the front of the machine to help you see under furniture
  • Battery / Charge lights: 3 lights that make it easy to see how much battery you have and if it is charging/full
  • Box size: 15.375 in. x 13.375 in. x 4.625 in. (HxWxxD)
  • Machine size: 46.375 in. x 11.5 in. x 13.5 in. (HxWxxD)
  • Machine weight: 5.2 lbs
  • Handle range of motion:
    •    Front to back: ~90° (*Mop turns off in upright position )
    •    Side-to-side: ~100° (~40° each direction)

What’s in the box:

  • 1 – Nellie’s WOW Mop (disassembled)
  • 2 – Nellie’s WOW Wet Floor cleaning pads (the machine uses 2 pads)
  • 1 – measuring cup
  • 1 – charging cord
  • 1 – user manual

I also ordered:

A second set of Nellie’s WOW Wet Floor cleaning pads and a set of the dry sweeping pads. I like to mop a couple of times a week, and I didn’t want to be constantly washing pads, but that is just me.

What is it replacing?

A Swiffer WetJet and iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop.

My reviews for each of those: Swiffer WetJet (here) and Braava 380t (coming soon).

Unboxing:

The Nellie’s WOW Mop comes in a fairly small box (13.375 in. x 15.375 in. x 4.625 in.). The mop is disassembled, but it takes less than 20 seconds to snap the handle together. Mine came partially charged, so I was able to verify that it indeed turned on. However, like all electronics, the manufacturer recommends you give it a full charge before operation.

First Use:

Oh my word!! I was so enamored when I first started it up, that I ended up cleaning the whole downstairs without even noticing. This mop is crazy fun. Weird to say that about a mop, but it is actually FUN!

I had just mopped my floors two days prior, so there wasn’t a lot to clean, but I was impressed how much this mop picked up.

Battery Life:

I’ve managed to mop my whole house without needing a charge between floors. I hadn’t actually run out of battery mopping my house, so ran it down from a full battery. I stopped it after an hour because I was well past the listed time and I frankly needed some quiet. It should be noted that all three indicator lights were still lit after a full hour.

Gunk Test:

  Linoleum & Wood Laminate
Chocolate, Burned Yes, but took a little work
Chocolate Sauce Yes, but took several passes
Coffee, Ground Yes, but for future reference you should absolutely follow the manual and vacuum up loose particles before mopping. This one took a bit of work, but I got it all!
Coffee, Liquid Yes, no problem, but the coffee ran into the Gatorade and made a huge puddle
Gatorade, Red Yes, no problem
Hairspray Yes, no problem, but a lot sticky
Jelly Yes, some smearing occurred as I ran into the ketchup
Ketchup Yes, no problem
Laundry Detergent Yes, no problem, but a bit bubbly
Liquid Starch Yes, no problem
Lotion Yes, no problem
Mud Yes, this was weirdly the easiest of the non-liquids
Mustard Yes, some smearing
Peanut Butter Yes, surprisingly easy
Syrup Yes, but peanut butter and syrup is super gross once smeared on the floor
Toothpaste Yes, took some work, but mostly because this was about 10 minutes into a long line of crap
This only shows about a third of the mess.

Everything mopped up! YAY!

Okay, now when I say I tested a lot of gunk, I mean I put a ton of stuff all over my floors, left it to get nice and sticky, didn’t soak up any liquid, then ran the WOW Mop over the whole thing. All for science!

The pads on the right are after the gunk test. The left is the second pass.

Really, no prior pick up or vacuuming. No changing of the mop pad half way through. I ran it until the floor was clean. I did change to a new set of pads after cleaning up everything to see how much I’d left behind. Truthfully: not much. Mostly I missed a spray of coffee grounds (again, the manual says vacuum loose particles first…).

This took me about 12 minutes to get down the two lines without changing the mop pads. I believe it would have taken me 3x as long with the WetJet, and I probably would have changed pads every 4 messes.

The second pass took less than 4 minutes. I think I actually spent more time making the messes than cleaning them up, which is fantastic.

Pros:

  • Ease of use: practically no effort; just walk around
  • Oscillation: does all the scrubbing work for you. This also helps the floor cleaner dry faster than my WetJet and Braava
  • Refillable: use any solution you want
  • Low / No ongoing costs: you’re only paying for charging power and cleaning solution. Eventually you’ll need to replace the pads, but they’re only $20
  • Auto-off: pop the handle in the upright position and the machine turns off
  • Self-standing: GREAT for when you need to wrassle furniture out of the way
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to read charge lights: can see in both dark and light rooms with no trouble; clearly indicates when charging and when full

Cons:

  • Expensive start-up cost (but you’re paying for a mop you just walk behind…it does all the work!)
  • Charge port: the placement of the charge port is awkward. You have to dig out a rubber cap from the front of the machine. The rubber cover is to protect it from liquids because it is in front…where the sprayer is. I’d prefer a charger in the handle or on top of the base, and a port without a cover
  • Cleaning Reservoir: cannot tell how much is left inside or how much more solution to add until it overflows
  • Somewhat large footprint
  • Cannot be hung for storage (this makes me nervous to leave pads on there in between quick cleanings
  • Range of motion: cannot tilt the handle fully side-to-side; sometimes I accidentally switch it off trying to move the handle front and back
  • Handle buttons: the sprayer and power button are too close
  • This isn’t a con, per say, but since there is no effort, I’m not getting a higher heart rate, which means I’m not getting any workout minutes on my FitBit. =/

Tips for Use:

  • Slightly dampen the pads before use (NOT dripping wet; I just lightly spray them with water)

Cost Comparison:

Nellie’s WOW Mop vs. Swiffer WetJet

For the sake of this chart:

  • All prices are from Amazon.
  • I used WetJet solution cost for both mops in order to compare apples to apples.
  • I listed out the disposable pads vs. reusable pads for the WetJet. This makes a huge difference in cost.

The main difference between the WOW Mop and WetJet is how much effort it takes: none vs. total manual labor. If you have a bad back, splurge on the WOW Mop!

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