Best Steam Mops

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 29, 2019
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 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Water tank capacity
Mop head width
Steam adjustment
Attachments
Cable length
Weight
Warranty
 
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
The additional carpet refresher attachment allows removing any pollutants.
CONS
The mop gets hot after use, so you might need to wait for some time for cooling down.
OUR VERDICT
The easy-to-use Bissel steam mop will cope with any task quickly and faultlessly, leaving a pleasant aroma in your home upon completion of the job.
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
The triangle pads expand the applicability of the mop.
CONS
The operation of the pump is done manually to get the steam.
OUR VERDICT
This floor steamer is worth your attention as it is able to cover larger areas than other mops. Moreover, you will get several nozzles for cleaning different surfaces.
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

The Smart Switch ensures comfortable and easy unit activation by simply tilting the handle. It will prevent excessive water consumption and save you the need to refill the tank too often. 

CONS

The quality of cleaning pads is a bit low. 

OUR VERDICT

Multifunctionality is definitely the forte of the LIGHT 'N' EASY steam mop. Powerful and efficient, the appliance can be used not only as a floor cleaner but also as a handheld steam cleaner for removing hard to clean dirt from different surfaces, a garment steamer, and an upholstery and window cleaner.

detailed parameters
Power

1550 W

Water tank capacity

11.5 fl. oz.

Mop head width

11.8"

Steam adjustment

3 levels 

Attachments

1 x pad, 1 x attachment for window cleaning, 1 x attachment for furniture

Cable length

20 ft

Weight

4.9 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 

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 1940

Design

The BISSELL 1940 Powerfresh features a steam generator of 1600W that gets ready to use in approximately 30 seconds. The water tank is able to contain 16 fl oz of water and will let you work for 12 minutes without stops. The SmartSet™ Steam Control on the front panel allows you to set the blast of steam in 3 levels (Low, Medium, High). The mop also comes with a Removable Easy Scrubber for cleaning of grout and dirt in crevices.

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

Performance

This steam mop is excellent for cleaning of ceramic, vinyl, and wooden floor, as well as 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. The scrubber will help you to get rid of dirt in the cracks that are especially typical for parquet floors. What is more, the steam mop is able to sterilize your floor; you just have to hold it in the same place for 15-20 seconds.
Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop, Floor Steamer, Tile Cleaner, and Hard Wood Floor Cleaner in the use

Usability

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 power cable will let you use the mop in large rooms without extension cords. 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 when you're done. This is an outstanding feature, not all steam mops can boast of it, so try it!

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

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Shark S3501

Design

The Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop features a water tank of 15 fl oz that will be enough for 15 minutes of the cleaning session. Besides, the mop is equipped with a soft-grip telescopic handle and a steam generator of 1550W, that will deliver a super-heated vapor in just 30 seconds after starting. The steam intensity is adjusted by shifting the control upward or backward. In such a way, you can easily set the amount of steam you need.

Review of Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop Hard Floor Cleaner

Performance

Double-side micro-fiber pad of this steam mop allows you to cover twice the cleaning area with a quick flip of the mop head. The Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop will please you with a good kit including rectangular mop head with 2 all-purpose cleaning pads and 2 steam duster cleaning pads. In addition, the package includes a triangular mop head for cleaning of corners or curvy items. Finally, the carpet glider will help you to clean your carpet or sofa, protecting it from the blast of steam.

Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop Hard Floor Cleaner in the use

Usability

This Shark steam mop features the cleaning pads that can be used from both sides. If one side gets dirty, simply turn the mop head over and go on cleaning! As a result, you will do the job twice quicker, having saved your efforts. The easily adjustable handle will let you customize the mop height for each member of your family. All these features make the Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop easy to use and manipulate.

Detailed review of Shark S3501 Steam Pocket Mop Hard Floor Cleaner

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Light 'N' Easy S3601

Functional Flexibility Is the Key

Cleaning is the least favorite task for most homeowners, especially when it comes to removing some old or ground-in dirt from different kinds of surfaces. To make cleaning chores less of a trouble, manufacturers of household appliances resorted to the steaming technology and applied it in steam mops and compact handheld steamers. Meanwhile, the Light ‘N’ Easy goes even further and presents its multifunctional steam cleaner that combines the functionality of several units in a single appliance.

What you’ll get is an efficient steam mop with a detachable handheld steaming unit onboard that also serves as a water reservoir for the mop. Hosting 1550 watts of power, this model consistently generates really hot steam to kill any germs, bacteria, and viruses and efficiently sanitize the house surfaces without the use of any chemicals, giving you the peace of mind regarding the safe and healthy environment. Meanwhile, 3 steam settings will help select the right steaming intensity and temperature for different cleaning tasks that range from light dedusting to deep cleans.

When used as a mop, the unit perfectly suits for cleaning all types of hard flooring, be it wood, tile, stone, or laminate. It will quickly and easily remove dust, grease, stains, hardened scum, and even mold. With an optional carpet glider, you’ll be able even to refresh low and high pile carpets. Along with a standard floor head, the package also includes a flexible hose, jet steam nozzle, and a smaller head with a cloth pad to quickly turn a removable water tank into a garment steamer, counter cleaner, furniture cleaner or window cleaner. De-wrinkling clothes and drapes, cleaning sofas and coaches, removing oily stains from kitchen tiles, sanitizing sinks and hoods, and a lot more other cleaning tasks can be accomplished in an effective and almost effortless manner.

Review of Light 'N' Easy S3601 Multifunctional Steam Mop

Simple and Smart Helper

In addition to the ultimate functional versatility, the Light ‘N’ Easy steam mop offers the benefit of extremely easy operation. Once plugged in, the appliance will heat the steam to piping hot and be ready to use in less than 30 seconds. All made of highly durable plastic, the device is pretty lightweight and a breeze to handle and carry around. An upright design and ergonomic handles make it comfortable and convenient in use while a 20-ft power cord ensures easy maneuvering and pretty large coverage.

What’s more, to start steaming, there is no need to constantly press the handle or switch. Thanks to the built-in Smart Switch technology, it is enough to simply tilt the mop handle to release the steam and move back to the vertical position to stop steaming. A handheld unit also features a smart sensor to control the steaming by covering the sensor with your hand.

To round things up, if high cleaning efficiency and multifunctionality are what you need for your household cleaning routine, the Light ‘N’ Easy will fit you just right. It fully lives up to its name making cleaning chores light and easy tasks.

Light 'N' Easy S3601 Multifunctional Steam Mop 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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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, cleaning head, and handle. The main unit commonly features a water tank, steam generator and control elements. Let’s describe steam generators in more detail. Their power ranges from 1200W to 2000W, and the higher it is, the more powerful the steam is. The power of a steam mop is also vital for its starting time. Then, we proceed with the attachments (cleaning pads). They can be of rectangular and triangular form for cleaning areas around furniture or sanitary equipment, as well as roundish items. Some attachments are able to rotate for more effective cleaning. The control elements may be located on the main unit and handle; generally, they include “on” button and steam regulator. The steam can be gradually adjusted by rotating the regulator or operating the pump. The steam adjusting may be fixed as well; you should choose one of a few levels by pressing an appropriate button. It is worth noting that steam mops may come with and without steam regulators. Furthermore, a steam regulator adjusts not just the blast of steam, but dampness and heat too. This is very important since an excessive dampness or heat may damage the floor, particularly if it is made of a soft wood. Some models feature steam regulators that are able to shut the steam off for conventional damp sweeping.

Performance

The performance of a steam mop is the next point to pay attention to. It commonly depends on the water tank capacity and additional attachments that expand the field of application. Look at steam mops with large water tanks to avoid frequent refilling. The supplementary attachments and pads will make cleaning far more effective and fast. For instance, a wide attachment will let you cover a big area for one sweep with minimum time and efforts. If you need to wash the floor only, look for washable microfiber pads for parquet or linoleum flooring. If you need to remove dirt in corners or cracks or clean tiles, microwave oven, or even bathroom, you will need a special attachment generating powerful and vapor jet. Should you clean carpets or sofa from dust or spots, use the special cleaning pads that save the appearance.

Usability

The cleaning without chemicals is probably the main peculiarity of steam mops. When you use a steam mop, you may not worry about the health of your kindred and pets that love to rest on a cool floor. Besides, a steam mop will be a great choice for the allergy sufferers, as the steam kills all the offending agents. In addition, you will save a considerable amount of money for antiallergic medicines. Pay attention to weight and length when you choose a steam mop. If a mop is heavy, you’ll not get much pleasure of it and will get tired quickly. So, we advise you to look for medium-weight steam mops that will be easy to carry and maneuver. Consider the handle length; it should be long enough to reach the needed places and let you work without a chair. Lastly, check the length of power cable. It's all simple, if you don’t want to run between the power sockets in your house or apartment, look for the models with long cables.

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