Best Steam Mops

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 20, 2020
Floor mopping is a labor-intensive task for any housewife. With that in mind, we'd recommend that you switch to using a steam mop that is much more convenient to use than a traditional mop. We have reviewed 5 best steam mops to help you choose the one that will be right for you. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Water tank capacity
Mop head width
Steam adjustment
Attachments
Cable length
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

Fitted with an additional carpet refresher attachment, this model allows removing any pollutants including stubborn an hard-to-remove dirt.

CONS

The mop needs some time to cool down after use.

OUR VERDICT

The easy-to-use Bissel steam mop will cope with any cleaning task quickly and faultlessly, leaving a pleasant aroma in your home upon completion of the job. One of the better options for those who need a high-quality and reasonably priced electric steamer for laminate floors, tiles, and hardwood.

detailed parameters
Power

1600 W

Water tank capacity

16 fl. oz.

Mop head width
13"
Steam adjustment
3 levels
Attachments

1x carpet refresher, 1x removable easy scrubber, 2x PowerFresh® pet steam mop pads

Cable length
23 ft
Weight
5.8 lbs
Warranty

2 years

PROS

Owing to the branded Steam Blaster™ technology, this mop can generate a powerful steam flow for quick and efficient removal of ground-in stains. 

CONS

The model has a relatively low capacity water tank.

OUR VERDICT

The Shark Genius stands out for the ultimate hygienic properties, letting you attach and take off the mop head after each use without touching the grip pads. Meanwhile, direct steam channeling evenly distributes the steam over the surface for maximum simple yet efficient cleanup.

detailed parameters
Power

1200 W

Water tank capacity

~11.8 fl. oz.

Mop head width

12"

Steam adjustment

3-stage electronic Intelligent Steam Control™, Steam Blaster™ technology

Attachments

2x Dirt Grip™ pads

Cable length

22 ft

Weight

6 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A cleaning head boasts a special compartment for scented discs to not only sanitize your floors but also to refresh your environment. And a 19 fl.oz. water tank won't need a refill too often. 

CONS

Digital steam controls need some time to get used to. 

OUR VERDICT

Suitable for all types of floorings and fitted with an oversized water tank and extra long power cord, the Bissel Deluxe steam mop is a perfect choice for larger households with open layouts and combination floors. Besides, thanks to a special SpotBoost™ brush to tackle stubborn dirt, it will become a real find for families with kids and pets. 

detailed parameters
Power

1320 W

Water tank capacity

19 fl. oz.

Mop head width

12"

Steam adjustment

Digital steam control 

Attachments

Mop pad, SpotBoost™ brush

Cable length

25 ft

Weight

5.7 lbs

Warranty

2 years 

PROS

Triangle pads greatly contribute to the versatility of this steam mop allowing you to apply it on virtually any surfaces and use it for different cleaning tasks. 

CONS

Manual steam control is somewhat inconvenient. 

OUR VERDICT

 Aside from the necessity to control the steam manually, this floor steamer offers all the same benefits and functions that the rest of the models. It is powerful, effective, and extremely affordable at that.

detailed parameters
Power

1550 W

Water tank capacity

15 fl. oz.

Mop head width
12"
Steam adjustment
Manual (pump)
Attachments

2x all-purpose cleaning pads, 2x steam duster cleaning pads, 1x rectangle mop head, 1x triangle mop head, 1x carpet glider

Cable length
20 ft
Weight
4.85 lbs
Warranty

1 year

PROS

This tool comes with a bunch of nozzles for different purposes so you can clean various kinds of surfaces, as well as baths, windows, kitchenware, junctures between tiles, furniture, and even car wheels.

CONS

The handle could be more comfortable.

OUR VERDICT

The Bissell 1544A PowerFresh is a multifunctional floor cleaner that can handle just about any dirt or stain. It delivers a powerful performance and includes 13 versatile tools, enabling you to clean all kinds of surfaces with ease. On top of that, it's a great sanitizer that can kill up to 99.9% germs and bacteria, making it a sound choice for allergy-sufferers.

detailed parameters
Power

1500 W

Water tank capacity

13.5 fl. oz.

Mop head width

13"

Steam adjustment

3 levels

Attachments

1x angle concentrator tool, 1x bristle brush, 1x cleaning cloth, 1x extension hose, 1x flat surface tool, 1x grout brush, 1x window squeegee

Cable length

25 ft

Weight

10 lbs

Warranty

2 years

Bissell 1940

A Powerful Cleaner

The BISSELL 1940 Powerfresh features a powerful 1600-W steam generator and heats up in approximately 30 seconds. The water tank is big enough to accommodate up to 16 fl oz of water, thus providing you with the option to run the appliance for about 12 minutes on high settings without stops. The steam levels are customizable and can be changed in three steps: low, medium, and high. In addition to adjustable steam levels, the BISSELL 1940 bundles a great set of attachments including Removable Easy Scrubber for cleaning grout and dirt in crevices. The carpet refresher attachment will make it easy to remove pet odors, leaving your house smell nice and fresh.

This steam mop does an excellent job of cleaning ceramic, vinyl, wood floor, and dirty grout. The mop comes with 2 PowerFresh® Pet Steam Mop Pads, Carpet Refresher Attachment, and Easy Scrubber. The white microfiber pad is best for delicate flooring like sealed hardwoods and laminate. The gray and white striped pad can be used for scrubbing heavily soiled floors.

Review of Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop, Floor Steamer, Tile Cleaner, and Hard Wood Floor Cleaner

... and a Feature-rich Helper

This model is equipped with a flip-down scrubber. This handy tool will help you to get rid of dirt in the cracks that are typical for parquet floors. What is more, the steam mop is able to sterilize your floor; you just need to hold it in the same place for 15-20 seconds. Its effective high-pressure performance can deal with practically any mess and kill all bacteria, making your place safe and clean in no time. However, be careful: the mop gets hot after use, so you may need to wait for it to cool down.

Last but not least, let’s have a look at the usability features. The BISSELL 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop is incredibly handy, having a mobile head and low profile for convenient cleaning under tables or wardrobes. The long 23-ft power cable will let you use the mop in large rooms without extension cords. Despite the fact that this steam mop is very powerful, this model is very lightweight and easy to carry around the house. It has a smart-designed ergonomic grip. Moreover, this floor steamer is equipped with 2 Spring Breeze Fragrance Discs. You should insert these discs into the mop pads before cleaning to get a pleasant and refreshing scent in your home. This feature is quite unique, making the BISSELL 1940 stand out from the crowd.

All in all, the Bissel steam mop will tackle any cleaning task quickly and efficiently. If you need a high-quality and budget-friendly electric steamer for laminate floors, tiles, and hardwood, this one will fit you just right.

Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop, Floor Steamer, Tile Cleaner, and Hard Wood Floor Cleaner in the use

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Shark S5003D

Get the Job Done from the First Time

The best thing about most steam cleaners is that they remove the toughest dirt from the surface after a single pass. That is to say, you won’t have to scrub the floor twice or more to make it clean. The S5003D Shark steam mop is the best proof of that. It is made to save users’ time on cleaning so that they have more time for themselves.

So, what does this model offer? Actually, a lot! Not only can you mop hardwood, laminate, or marble floors with this mop, you can also freshen your carpets and rugs, sanitize your furniture, grills, toilets, etc. In other words, there are very few things that this steamer can't clean. Such efficiency is achieved thanks to the Shark’s innovative mop head design and microfiber pads that catch almost any dirt, old or new, at once. Like many other new steam mops produced by this company, the S5003D comes equipped with the genius mop head that makes the replacing of mop pads a hassle-free process.

This model also features steam blaster technology that we’ve loved so much. The mop head is designed with steam channels which spread steam evenly throughout the mop so that you could clean from both sides of the pad by just flipping it. And if you need to apply more steam on a tough spill that has already dried out, you can use the steam blaster located behind the mop body beneath the handle. It blows steam directly on a dirty spot to soften and remove it entirely.

Review of Shark S5003D Genius Steam Pocket Mop System

Dust, Mop, Scrub

Aiming to save your nerves, time, and your floor from damage, Shark engineers have equipped this mop with the steam control function. It includes 3 modes: LOW, MED, and HI.

LOW mode is great for light cleaning and dusting because the temperature of the steam is rather low. So if you need to remove light dirt from hardwood or laminate which is more sensitive to high temperatures than stone, etc., this mode will be absolutely safe for your floors.

MED setting is for harder tasks and sealed surfaces. It is also suitable for everyday cleaning, sticky spills, and different small messes.

As for HI setting, it's designed for tough and deep cleaning. This mode can help you deal with the most stubborn dirt and grime.

Finally, talking about the usability of this mop, we can’t avoid mentioning its water container. The best thing about it is that you don’t have to wait until the mop cools down - you can add water while mopping, whenever you need it. Undoubtedly, with this Shark steam blaster, keeping your home tidy will be a pleasure.

Shark S5003D Genius Steam Pocket Mop System in the use

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Bissell 1806 Powerfresh Deluxe

A Stubborn Dirt Fighter

Live in a larger house with different types of flooring and open layouts? Or have kiddies constantly spilling and scattering food around the house and pets trekking dirt from the outside? If so, great chances are floor cleaning is a kind of a nightmare for you. This is where the Deluxe steam mop from Bissell will come to help and take every strain out of the floor cleaning process, no matter how dirty your floors are.

Just like any other steam mop, the Bissell Deluxe offers a strong power of steam to tackle dust and dirt that a vacuum cleaner won’t pick up. Saturated with steam, its microfiber cleaning pad will easily remove impurities from all kinds of surfaces, be it hardwood, tile, ceramics, marble, linoleum, granite, and can even refresh low-pile carpets and rugs. The cleaning head is swiveling, so, you can get underneath the furniture, navigate through heavily furnished spaces, as well as clean in the corners without a hassle. What’s more, a generously sized 19 fl.oz. water tank will save you the need to stop for a refill too often, while an extra long 25-ft power cord makes tidying up larger room and open areas much easier.

To optimize water consumption and maximize the cleaning process, this mop comes with an adjustable steam function. Thus, you can go for a low steam setting to simply refresh the floor and remove dry dust and tiny debris or choose a high setting to produce more steam that will loosen up some older dirt and gunk. Yet, what really makes this model stand out is a special onboard SpotBoost™ brush designed for removing grout, stubborn dirt and sticky messes without any scrubbing and scraping needed on your side. Simply use a foot lever to take off the cleaning and engage this little brush.

Review of Bissell 1806 Powerfresh Deluxe Steam Mop

... and an Air Refresher

Using only clean water to produce steam and applying no harsh chemicals and detergents, the Bissell Deluxe mop will eliminate almost 100% of germs and bacteria from your flooring. Yet, apart from sanitizing surfaces, this steam mop will also let you refresh the air in your living area. The model comes complete with a special compartment on the cleaning head to accommodate a freshening disc. The package already includes two scented discs and you can always buy some more optionally choosing the aroma to your liking. When inserted in a tray, the disc will produce a light lingering scent. Yet, if you want a more intense and rich aroma, place the disc into a small pocket right on the mop pad.

Summing up, distinguished by excellent cleaning performance, packed with handy options, and suitable for all types of hard floors, the Bissell Deluxe steam mop will become a real find for large households and families with small kids and pets.

Bissell 1806 Powerfresh Deluxe Steam Mop in the use

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Shark S3501

A Perfect Choice for Hardwood

The Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop is a powerful tool that's able to deal both with everyday dust and with ground-in dirt. It is fitted with a water tank of 15 fl oz and this means it'll provide you with up to 15 minutes of operation time. The water tank in this model is not removable, which some users may find to be a disadvantage. In our opinion, however, this shouldn't be an issue for most consumers because integrated water chambers, unlike those that can be removed, do not tend to leak. 

The Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop comes with a 1550 watt steam generator that heats water in 30 seconds after starting. This allows it to dry out all moisture almost instantly so the floor doesn't get sticky. The steam intensity is adjusted by pressing the control buttons located on the cleaning unit. You can increase and decrease the flow with a quick press depending on what type of floor you need to clean. All of these characteristics make this floor steamer one of the better choices for hardwood. Users who need a multi-functional floor steamer for chemical-free sanitation of their floors will not be disappointed with the Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop. 

Review of Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop Hard Floor Cleaner

Appropriate for Many uses

The double-side microfiber pad of this steam mop allows you to cover twice the cleaning area with a quick flip of the mop head. The Shark Steam Pocket Mop will please you with a good kit including a rectangular mop head with 2 all-purpose cleaning pads and 2 steam duster cleaning pads. All the pads are washable and reusable, so you don’t have to purchase them every time you’re doing the clean-up. In addition, the package includes a triangular mop head that expands the applicability of the mop. The triangle pads are perfect for cleaning corners or curvy items. Maneuvring the steamer is easy and convenient due to its comfy soft-grip handle and smart design. The model has compact enough dimensions to glide under low furniture and other hard-to-reach places. Besides, it comes with a carpet glider, meaning you will also have an option to use it on carpeted floors.

The feature we like about this Shark steam mop most is that both sides of its cleaning pads are suitable for use. This means once one side gets dirty, you'll be able to turn the mop head over and go on cleaning. As a result, cleaning will take you twice less time. Aside from this feature, the Shark steam mop comes with a convenient telescopic handle that you can pull to whatever height you'd like. Everything is very easy. However, the best thing about this mop is it's compatible with all surfaces. 

So, if you have a variety of floor types in your home, you'll be able to use it on all of them. The package contains several additional nozzles for cleaning wood, tiles, linoleum and vinyl floors. The cord of the unit is not the longest at 20 ft, yet the option to release and wind it back at a single press is certainly what we like.

Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop Hard Floor Cleaner in the use

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Bissell 1544A

Best Vacuum and Steam Mop Combo

Though primarily marketed for pet owners, the Bissell PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop has a lot to offer. In fact, it's one of the most versatile steam mops we've come across, with it being able to effectively tackle all kinds of contaminations on all types of floor surfaces, as well as performing wet cleaning. It is fitted with a powerful 1500-W steam generator and can be safely used on hardwood, marble, ceramic, linoleum, and granite floors.

Speaking of the steaming performance, the Bissell PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop needs no more than 30 seconds to heat up and start steaming, which is impressively quick. Plus, you get three steam levels to choose from depending on whether you need to mop hard floor or clean some delicate surfaces, like windows, counters, plumbing and many more. The water tank's integrated and has a capacity of 13.5 fl oz. This isn't much, but it will last up to 20 minutes of steaming which should be enough for quick cleaning around the house.

However, what really gives this mop a competitive edge is that it can be converted into a handheld model. Its body quickly detaches from the handle, allowing you to use the main unit in combination with cleaning pads for other purposes, which is a great feature that merits it a slightly higher price. Along with the ability to transform into a handheld, the Bissell PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop boasts an impressive variety of attachments including two scrubbing brushes that let it easily remove the dirt and grime from crevices and grout tiles. All this makes it one of the most versatile steam mops that can be found on the market.

Review of Bissell 1544A PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop, Floor Steamer, Tile Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, and Hard Wood Floor Cleaner

Packed With a Bunch of Attachments

As noted before, the Bissel 1544A floor cleaner includes an impressive variety of attachments. In the package, you get as many as 13 specialized cleaning tools for cleaning various surfaces - sinks, kitchen counters, bathroom tiles, wood floors, etc, and a bunch of scented discs for eliminating unpleasant odors, which is especially handy for households that have pets. You also get a special scrubber and an angle tool. These will allow you to pick up messes and sanitize toys and other things. Aside from such a rich package of additional cleaning accessories, people love that the pads here are washable, meaning you can always remove them and throw in a washing machine when you see they are dirty.

Perhaps the only problem with the Bissel 1544A is that it's not exactly lightweight. It weighs around 10 pounds, which is more than other entries. On the other hand, this results in better contact with the floor, which means you'll need to apply less pressure when cleaning stubborn grime. Besides that, there's nothing to dislike about it. The mop is powerful, versatile, effective, and easy to use. Plus, it's fitted with a long 25-ft cable for easy moving around the house. So, if you look for a versatile and practical steam mod that will allow you to clean just about any surfaces, this one from Bissel will fit the bill.

Bissell 1544A PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop, Floor Steamer, Tile Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, and Hard Wood Floor Cleaner in the use

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Comparison of Steam Mops

What Is a Steam Mop?

Surely, every housewife would like to spend little of her time on routine domestic chores. In order to satisfy these needs, manufacturers drive their products towards customers, making them user-friendly and easy to use. And steam mops belong on this list of products. Being more sophisticated tools than regular mops, these mops feature special systems that allow them to clean effectively not only floors but also all other surfaces around the house, such as tiles, fitments, windows, carpets, mirrors, etc. However, what truly gives them an edge over similar products is the kit of accessories that they usually come packed with. We will take a closer look at these and other parameters in the next paragraph.

We suggest you might also be interested in reading our reviews on steam cleaners (which are similar products to steam mops) and stick vacuums and electric brooms. And if you seek an easy way to keep your clothes neat and smooth anywhere, make sure to read on the 5 best cordless iron reviews.

What Features to Compare

Design

A steam mop usually consists of the main unit, a cleaning head, and a handle. The main unit commonly features a water tank, steam generator and control elements. Regarding the power, usually, it ranges from 1200 W to 2000 W, and the higher it is, the more powerful the steam will be. Also, the power determines how quickly the unit will heat up and start.

Speaking of attachments, steam mops may include all kinds of cleaning pads. They can be made of a rectangular or triangle form for effective cleaning around and beneath the furniture, as well as being round. Some of them may even rotate, letting you reach all nooks and crannies in your apartment/house.

Operating a steam mop is easy and hassle-free. The control elements are usually placed on the main unit and the handle. As a rule, they include only a couple of buttons, namely the on/off button and a steam regulator. Using this regular, you can adjust the intensity of generated steam depending on the kind of surfaces that you need to clean. However, it's worth noting that not all steam mops have this function. Some of them, instead, allow making changes manually, using the pump.

Aside from the intensity of the steam, you can also vary the level of dampness and heat. This is crucial if your floor is made of some soft wood. Besides, there are models that can act as a regular mop by deactivating the steam function.

Performance

By performance, we mean a water tank capacity and attachments included. Opt for models with a larger reservoir if you don't want to refill it too often in the process of cleaning, and choose more compact mops if you need a basic device for quick cleanups.

The included attachments and pads can broaden up the scope of the application, as well as making cleaning faster and more effective. For instance, an attachment with a wide head will let you cover a bigger area in one pass while requiring less time and effort on your side. Washable microfiber pads will come in handy if you want to use a steam mop for wet cleaning. And there are special attachments that will allow amplifying generated jet of vapor, making the device suitable for removing stains, grease, and other contamination.

Usability

Perhaps, the main strength of steam mops (and the reason why they are so popular) is that they allow cleaning surfaces without using detergents or harsh chemicals. This makes them especially suitable for families with children that may be prone to different reactions. This also makes them irreplaceable for allergy-sufferers. Not only do these mops use no chemicals that may trigger reactions, but also they are excellent sanitizers capable of killing up to 99.9% bacteria and germs, thus, improving the quality of the air that you breathe.

Last but not least, we recommend checking out the unit's weight - make sure the unit isn't too heavy and will be easy to move around. Also, consider the handle, as if you don't want to bend, it should be easy to adjust it in the length for comfortable handling by users of all sizes. Naturally, you should also check the length of a power cable. Obviously, you might not need the longest one, but you should make sure the length provided is enough to reach all the sockets in the room.

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