Best Steam Mop
Steam Mop Buying Guide
Steam mops are enjoying a surge in popularity as they replace the traditional mop and bucket approach to cleaning floors, offering steam scrubbing action at the push of a button. In addition to their relative ease of use over manual scrubbing, the hot steam has the added benefit of sanitizing the cleaned area. Spills can easily be contained, and some units will even clean carpet or upholstery. But owing to a wide variety of models on the market, each with their own features, knowing what to look for when making a buying decision can be an onerous task. Not all steam mops are created equally, and some carry features which aren't necessary for most buyers, while others lack those which are important. In this article, we'll examine the features to look for when buying a steam mop.
As models will vary by way of the features they offer, there is a corresponding variety of features available. Specifically, some factors to look for are:
Ease of use. The mop should have an intuitive interface with ease of use in mind.
Variable steam control for more efficient cleaning.
Portability. The unit should be lightweight and portable, making it easy to carry and move about, especially while in operation.
Cleaning Power. The cleaning and scrubbing power of steam mops vary, and the scrubbing power is an important factor to consider.
Multi-surface ability. Is it able to handle all types of surfaces, including ceramics, tile, and wood flooring? Is it safe for those surfaces?
Accessory tools. Does the unit come with attachments designed to handle different jobs, such as telescopic handles, fabric cleaners, etc?
Machine-washable pads for easy cleaning.
While price is always a factor in a purchasing decision, the most expensive model is not always the best choice. Similarly, a less-expensive one may not always be a bad buy, either. Steam mops tend to start at around $80 and work their way up into the hundreds.
Steam Mop Reviews
Bissell Powerfresh Steam Mop Review
Type of Product
- Weight:8.3 lbs
- Height: 43 inches
- Width: 13 inches
- Accessory tools: None
- Steam Settings: 3
- Works on most surfaces
- Cleans grout well
- Easy to use interface
- No accessory tools
- Not designed to handle fabrics and upholstery
- Our Report
Bissell has been a household name for decades, and the Powerfresh Steam Mop is an elegant yet simple entry into the home cleaning arsenal. While it may lack many of the bells and whistles of more expensive products, the Powerfresh does what it does and does it well. While its lack of features may be a turn off for some, the unit has proven to be a hit with consumers and critics alike.
The Bissell Powerfresh is a no-nonsense but powerful steam mop, offering variable steam control that purports to clean surfaces twice as fast as competing mops. Weighing 8.3 pounds, it is light and portable. As well, the steam power kills 99.9% of germs, making sanitizing your floor incredibly easy. The interface offers exceptional ease of use; simply plug it in and the indicator will tell you when it's ready to go. A drop-down "easy scrubber" can be deployed for extra cleaning power to tackle harsh dirt, and the ability to add Febreze fragrance disks ensure you'll be left with a freshly scented area. One great thing about the Powerfresh is that it excels on multiple surfaces, and the variable steam control makes it safe even for wood floors. But where the product really shines is with grout - customers rave about its ability to clean off residue stuck between tiles. Powerfresh comes with two pads, one soft and one designed for scrubbing, and both are machine washable. One downside is the lack of accessories, meaning no extra telescopic handles or tools for cleaning hard-to-reach areas.
Cleans twice as quickly as comparable steam mops
Kills 99.9% of germs
Built-in Easy Scrubber to tackle dirty areas
Febreeze fragrance disks
Shark Steam Pocket Mop Review
Type of Product
- Weight: 4.9 lbs
- Height: 52 inches
- Width: 12 inches
- Accessory tools:1
- Steam Settings: 2
- Good at cleaning corners
- Easy to operate
- Able to clean carpets
- Lacks power compared to others
- Varying steam
- Our Report
While lacking the brand name recognition of Bissel, the Shark Steam Pocket Mop is a serviceable mop that should get the job done. Lightweight and coming equipped with a directional nozzle, this steam mop is worthy of attention..
The Shark Steam Pocket Mop sports a swiveling head with detachable carpet glider that allows you to clean tight corners. The carpet glider is a welcome accessory, seldom seen in products of this price range. The interface is extremely simple, making for good ease of use. Lightweight and portable (it weighs a mere 4.9 pounds) and mobile, this mop will easily allow you to wield it around. The water heats up quickly, in as little as 30 seconds according to the manufacturer, and sports a large water tank that extends the cleaning range and time. While larger tanks can affect a mop's weight, the overall lightweight construction of the Shark seems to negate this as a factor. And it is rated for multiple surface types, specifically tile, linoleum, and wood flooring. The pads are detachable and are machine washable. While it does offer varying steam intensity, it lacks the direct steam variable control of the Bissell, opting instead for a system requiring you to press harder for more steam. This can be a bit of a nuisance, since adding extra pressure can be a challenge for some users. As well, it lacks the cleaning power of some comparable models, many at a similar price point.
Directional nozzle to get into tight corners
Fast heating time, ready to use in as little as 30 seconds
Large water tank
Detachable carpet glider
Eureka Enviro Hard Surface Floor Steamer Review
Type of Product
- Weight: 8 lbs
- Height: 49 inches
- Width: 12.5 inches
- Accessory tools:None
- Steam Settings: 1
- Easy to maneuver
- Adjustable handle
- Changing the cleaning pads can be difficult
- Lacks steam power
- No ability to vary steam settings
- Our Report
One of the oldest steam mops on the market, the Eureka Enviro Steamer is a higher-priced product that has a difficult time competing with its lower-cost brethren. While still an effective steam mop, it lacks features and usability that makes it a questionable purchase.
The good news about this product is that it's relatively easy to maneuver. It's lightweight (7.9 pounds) and portable, making it comparable to the Bissell. And the addition of an adjustable, telescoping handle is one feature which seems to be lacking on many units and is a definite plus. As well, the user interface features only a power button, the epitome of simplicity, making it easy to use. It is rated for most floor types, although the manufacturer states that laminate flooring should be avoided. And the pads can be placed in the wash for cleaning. However, the positive aspects of this device pretty well end there. It's otherwise been rated a clunky process to fill the tank since the included measuring cup is only half the size of the receptacle, requiring multiple fills. Additionally, changing the pads can be a bit of a process and lacks the ease of both the Bissel and the Shark. The lack of scrubbing pads gives it less than effective cleaning power. It's not very good for corners, either, as the head lacks the ability to swivel. Some consumers report that the unit doesn't produce much steam, and it lacks the ability to vary the steam intensity. Finally, one would expect that the mop would come with some accessory tools considering the price, but alas that is not the case.
Large cleaning head
The Final Verdict:
It's rare that a product at the lower end of the price scale proves to be the superior one, but in this case, the Bissell Powerfresh Steam Mop would seem to represent the best purchase option overall. Lightweight, maneuverable, easy to use and with an effective cleaning power using variable steam settings and an included scrubbing pad, Bissell's entry has most of the features that you would want to look for. All in all, it's a decent purchase for the price and represents much more value than its higher priced cousin the Eureka Enviro.