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Best Steam Mop

Has anyone ever referred to you as “house-proud”? Do you love the feeling you get after a good, thorough clean of your home? Have you ever considered the billions upon billions of bacteria living on your floors? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be interested in purchasing a steam mop.

Unlike your standard old mop, this kind generates hot steam and uses it to kill almost all of the bacteria on your floors. Say goodbye to buckets of dirty water and potentially harmful cleaning detergents – steam mops are safe, easy to use and cost effective. To save you time and effort, we’ve put together a list of the best steam mops on the market in the hopes that you’ll find one you like and never look back.

Best Steam Mop 2018 – Compared

Below, you’ll find a table where we’ve listed the name of each product we’ll be reviewing today, along with a couple of their attributes. Please don’t make any decisions based on this, it’s more to give you a brief overview of the kind of mops we’ve picked out for you. Here are the best steam mops 2018.

Product NameMop ShapeTank Size (oz)
BISSELL Steam Mop SelectTriangular17
Swiffer SteamBoost Deep Cleaning Steam MopRectangular10
O-Cedar Microfiber Steam MopTriangular14
Shark Steam Pocket MopRectangular15.8
Monster EZ1-XL Pro Floor SteamerRectangular17
Hoover WH20445PC Floormate SteamscrubTriangular8.7
BISSELL Symphony Pet All-in-OneRectangular13
Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket MopRectangular7.4

With the basic information out of the way, we’ll now be going more in-depth with each individual product, listing its strengths, its weaknesses and where we think it would be best suited. We’ve got quite a few fantastic mops to talk about, but let’s start with the BISSELL Steam Mop Select. 

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BISSELL Steam Mop Select – Best Budget Triangular Headed Steam Mop

The BISSELL Steam Mop Select is perfect for your first foray into steam cleaning, thanks to its low price tag (retailing under $60) and its triangular mop head which is designed to fit neatly into corners or other tight spaces.

This mop comes in three parts, and assembly consists of simply slotting these pieces together and plugging it all in. The tank is easily removable and holds a very respectable 17 ounces of water, although it’s important to remember: this water will be heated up; and turned to very hot steam, rather than used on the floor directly, and as such will cover a much larger area than you might expect.

Steam is expelled through nine plastic holes on the underside of the mop head and after a short warm up time (around 30 seconds or so) can be produced by holding down the trigger on the mop handle. This trigger doesn’t require any pumping to build pressure – it just works!

Holding down the trigger ensures that you don’t accidentally leave the hot steam on one spot for too long, thereby saving your floors from streaking, bubbling or damage to their finish, but can result in mild hand cramps, especially if you have a large area to clean. Think of it this way: whenever your hand starts to feel uncomfortable, it’s time for a cup of tea.

This mop comes with two interchangeable, machine washable pads; one is smooth and is for your everyday mopping, whereas the other has a series of abrasive strips and is intended for more stubborn messes. As ever, we’d recommend testing the abrasive pad on a small section of flooring first, just to make sure that it doesn’t damage it, before normal use. This mop isn’t suitable for use on vinyl or unsealed wooden floors, but for laminate or tiles, it’s perfect.

The mop head can tilt and swivel with your movements, although it can also be locked in place for easier storage. It weighs just 5.4 pounds and measures at 45” tall, so whatever your build, you’ll have no trouble using this product.  The power cord is 18 feet long, so there’s more than enough to allow for even the largest of rooms, and this can, of course, be combined with an extension cable for an even longer reach. To make this product even more attractive, it comes with a limited one-year warranty (if you’re not using the mop for business purposes) which offers free repair or replacement should anything break during operation.

Overall, there’s a whole lot to like about this steam mop. Firstly, it’s inexpensive, secondly, it comes with reusable mop heads which saves you money in the long run and thirdly, perhaps most importantly, it does its job very well indeed.  If you’d like to have floors clean enough to eat off of, without spending hundreds of dollars, you can’t go wrong with the BISSELL Steam Mop Select.

PROS
  • Interchangable, machine washable pads
  • Light and easy to assemble
  • Large water capacity
CONS
  • Trigger can cause hand cramp when used for a long time
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Swiffer SteamBoost Deep Cleaning Steam Mop – Best Rectangular Headed Steam Mop

The Swiffer SteamBoost Deep Cleaning Steam Mop might not have a name which rolls off of the tongue, but it does have an advantage over the Steam Mop Select in the form of an even lower price. Does this mean that Swiffer cut corners with this product, though? Thankfully, no. The manufacturers have lowered the cost by making some smart design decisions.

Firstly, whilst the mop we reviewed above uses machine washable mop heads, this one opts for one use, disposable heads. This is great news if you’re a germophobe since you never have to worry about sterilising the outside of your washing machine, but it does come at a cost, both figuratively and literally – refill packs can cost more in the long term and aren’t what you’d call environmentally friendly (although the scented ones smell pretty good).

There is a way around this, however. You can attach a microfiber cloth in the exact same way as you’d attach a refill mop head, and save money this way.

The second cost cutting measure involves cutting back on accessories. There is no abrasive mop head here, and it’s rectangular rather than triangular, but for what it’s worth, it’s a more versatile mop than most.

Take, for example, the Select. It leaves streaks on vinyl floors, but this model can not only deal with vinyl, it can clean marble, stone, ceramic, laminate and sealed wood as well with no fuss whatsoever. It even does a pretty good job at removing grime from the grout in between tiles, something a lot of more expensive mops can’t do well.

This mop comes in three separate parts, so it’s a two-second job to assemble, and at just 4.4 pounds, it’s super lightweight. This means that it’s easy to use even if you have a bad back (and let’s be honest, if your old mop didn’t give you one, you’re an exception). The tank holds 10 ounces of water, which is pretty average, and there’s a 30 second heating up time before it can produce steam.

Swiffer don’t recommend adding anything other than water to the tank, so if you wanted to use a special cleaning product, you’d have to spray it onto the floor and then mop it, rather than mixing it with the water directly. This is typical of steam mops, though since there’s no telling what a cleaner might do at 200oF.

If we had to find a flaw in this model, it’d be that while the head does swivel, it’s a little loose and can sometimes be tricky to control. All things considered, though, for under $55, this is the best you’re going to find. This mop’s cleaning performance is spectacular and rivals those in a higher price bracket, plus the ability to clean almost any type of flooring is a huge plus. Whether you’re new to steam mops or just have a limited budget, this mop is worthy of your consideration.

PROS
  • Cleans a variety of floor types
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Cleans grout easily
CONS
  • Disposable mop heads
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O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop – Best General Use Budget Steam Mop

As the price starts to climb, you’ll notice that the mops we review start to become easier to use and more advanced, and this definitely applies to the O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop. Bear in mind that we’re not talking about a huge price increase, just $20 or so.

This mop comes in two parts – the handle and the tank. Snap these together, plug in and you’re good to go. The power cord is around 20 feet long and the mop itself is 4 feet, 3 inches tall. It’s a bit heavier than the others, weighing 7.5 pounds. This is still light enough to easily use, so it’s not a problem in any way.

This model uses microfiber heads to maximise your cleaning potential. Better still, they can be cleaned in your washing machine, with each head good for up to 25 washes. They attach to the mop itself with Velcro strips and are held nice and tightly. The head itself is triangular and is great for mopping in those hard to get areas of the room.

One key difference between this and other models is that the O-Cedar has is its method of venting steam. Whilst the models above have required you to hold down a trigger, this one will create steam continuously as long as the power switch on the mop is turned on (unless you run out of water, of course). This prevents your hands from becoming uncomfortable but does mean that you could damage your floor if you prop the mop up for a second to answer the phone. Remember – even coverage is best, and turn it off if you need to leave it mid-clean!

The mop takes 20 seconds to heat up, during which time it will hiss quietly. After this, though, it’s almost silent and even allows you to customise the amount of steam which is created via a control dial on the mop’s body. Another bonus? It comes with a snap on glider which allows you to use this mop to steam clean your carpets. Given that professional carpet cleaners can charge up to $75 per room for this, that’s not a bad deal!

The O-Cedar performs very well at cleaning most floor types, although it leaves streaks on marble flooring. We liked that the instructions go into detail about the best way to declog the tank since we know that hard water is an issue which affects many locations around the world. Since this mop takes 110V, if you’re outside of the US, you’ll probably need a converter before you can safely use this product.

Ideally, we’d have liked to see a rough mop head for cleaning up more stubborn messes, but given the included glider attachment and the level of control that this mop offers, we’re certainly satisfied, and we’re sure you will be too.

PROS
  • Steam control option
  • Can clean carpets
  • Fast heat up
CONS
  • Care needed when using due to automatic steam production
  • Slightly heavier than expected
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Shark Steam Pocket Mop – Most Economical Steam Mop

Shark is a well-known name when it comes to household cleaning. They have a wide range of vacuums, mops and shampooers, but they do have a bit of a reputation for being on the slightly more expensive side. To see whether you can expect the same high quality in their lower end products, we’ve decided to review the Shark Steam Pocket Mop.

The height and weight of this mop are comparable to the other low-budget options we’ve discussed, at 45” and 4 pounds respectively. The handle of the mop can be adjusted to allow for users of varying heights, and the mop itself is light enough to manoeuvre with ease. Similarly, it has a heating up time of 30 seconds or so that must take place before steam can be created. At 25 feet long, the power cable is more than adequate and ensures that you won’t run out of cable easily.

The mop heads are rectangular in shape and like the O-Cedar, they’re made of a microfiber material to maximise the amount of grime picked up. There is one advantage that this model has over the others: these heads are double-sided, which means you have to clean them 50% less often. The pads are machine washable, although you might want to pick up a couple of spares since only one is included with the mop. Luckily, the replacements are pretty inexpensive, so you don’t have to worry about that.

It’s important to note that whilst the pads can survive the washing machine, they will shrink if used in the dryer, so they should be strictly air dried in order to prolong their life.

This mop has a different steam delivery method from the others, too. Whilst the models above have relied on a trigger or on/off switch to know when you want steam, this mop uses the natural force of your movements to create pressure and expel it. You may find that this takes a while to get used to, but once you get it, it’s like riding a bike. Stubborn marks may require a little more force than normal, as well as a few passes with the mop.

Most sealed or glazed floor types will be fine with this mop, so surfaces like tile, laminate or vinyl will cause no problems at all. As ever, it’s important that you know exactly your flooring type beforehand, and if you’re not sure, test the mop on an inconspicuous area first.

If you’re worried about spending this much money on a mop, you can breathe a sigh of relief: all Shark products come with a free one-year warranty (this doesn’t cover damage caused by putting things other than water into the tank, so please don’t do this).

Taking all of the above into account, we think it’s fair to say that this product is of a pretty high standard. Although it differs in some ways from similarly priced models, it doesn’t lack any of the expected features – it just implements them in a slightly different way.

PROS
  • Double sided, machine washable pads
  • Free one year warranty
  • Long power cable
CONS
  • Mop heads have to be air dried
  • Steam delivery method takes some getting used to
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Monster EZ1-XL Pro Floor Steamer – Best Mid-Budget Steam Mop

We’re always sceptical of products with overly fierce names like “Black Knife” or “Ultra Stealth”. Does a mop really deserve the name “Monster”? It’s for cleaning floors, after all. Well, actually, the name is justified in this case, since this mop is significantly larger than comparable models.

The pads are 25% larger than the standard heads included with most other mops and allow for cleaning a massive 16” wide area of flooring in a single pass. Two pads are included as standard, and these attach to the mop via Velcro strips and can be machine washed, but are not suitable for use in a dryer. We did notice that it can be difficult to locate additional pads for sale, so you may want to snap these up if you do manage to find any.

This model has a considerably longer warm up time than its competitors, at 3-5 minutes, but it’s for good reason. Firstly, the tank is huge, holding 17 ounces of water, which is almost double the capacity of the Swiffer. More water means a longer heating time, of course. The second justification for the wait is that the built in boiler needs to heat up too. Yes, this mop has a boiler.

Steam mops do a fantastic job of cleaning floors, but sometimes leave a small amount of water behind, and the boiler in this model produces additional steam to evaporate this as you go, which means faster, more efficient cleaning, and so is worth the wait, in our opinion.

The base of the unit has two different jets: some on the bottom, and some on the front which allow you to clean harder to reach spots. As such, there are two control methods based on which jets you’d like to use. The frontal jets are activated by pressing a trigger on the handle, and the bottom jets are activated automatically when you lower the handle from the upright position. The flow of steam is then stopped when the handle is returned to its initial position, making it safe to leave if someone knocks at the door or you feel like a break.

The body of the mop has power and steam ready lights, as well as a childproof water tank cap, which is useful if you have curious children around. The mop itself goes up to 48” tall and weighs 9 pounds, so it does have a little additional weight, but offers a taller handle than most. The mop head doesn’t swivel, unfortunately, and moves in a very vacuum like way – straight forward, straight back, and requiring manual adjustment to turn. A carpet glider is also included, which is great news for anyone with both soft and hard flooring in different areas of the home.

There is a lot to like about this mop: it offers many features that its rivals just don’t. The automatic floor drying and multiple jets allow for easier use and more control than is usually provided, and although we’d have liked some swivel control, we’re willing to overlook this in light of the other advantages of this product.

PROS
  • Two steam jets
  • Automatic steam start/stop
  • Dries the floor as you go
CONS
  • Replacement mop heads can be hard to find
  • No swivel control
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Hoover WH20445PC Floormate Steamscrub – Easiest To Use Steam Mop

We think it’s safe to say that Hoover is a well-known and reputable brand, right? When your company name starts being used as a verb, you know you’ve made it. It’s for this reason that we won’t accept less than the best from Hoover, and thankfully the WH20445PC delivers.

This mop weighs 6.7 pounds and has an adjustable height, sure, but that’s all standard stuff. What has Hoover provided in this mop that might exceed your expectations? Well, for a start, the triangular mop head pops off to reveal a built-in scrubber. This means that if a standard steam clean just isn’t getting the job done, you can call in the big guns.

That’s not all, though. The entire bottom half of the mop is detachable, which transforms it into a much smaller, handheld steamer which is not unlike a Dustbuster in terms of look and feel. This allows for greater portability and versatility, which is even further enhanced with the twelve piece accessory kit that comes free with this model. It includes various clip on accessories such as a steel wire brush for the toughest tasks, a scraper and an assortment of crevice attachments. It seems as though Hoover have taken what works from their vacuum cleaners and applied it to a steam mop, and honestly, it seems to have worked.

The power cable is 28 feet long and the tank holds 8.7 ounces of water. This might not sound like a lot, but it’s enough to clean around 800 square feet of floor without a refill (or use on the highest steam setting for a constant nine minutes), so we think that’s pretty good. The body of the mop has power on and steam-ready lights, as well as a dial that allows you to change the volume of steam produced, giving you more control over your cleaning.

Steam is expelled when you hold the trigger on the handle in and stops when the trigger is released. We’ve detailed the problems with this setup above, so we won’t reiterate them, but long story short, it’s not so bad. Thanks to its light weight, this mop is very easy to manoeuvre and can be reclined by pushing a rear mounted foot pedal, the same way you’d recline a vacuum.

It’s obvious to us that the justification for the slightly higher cost of this model is the handheld steamer. You might not think that you’d use it, but let us ask you this: isn’t it a nightmare cleaning the top of your stove? A minute or so of steam and all that remains is to wipe the grime off with a cloth – done. The applications are endless: upholstery, carpets, showers, the sky is the limit.

Hoover have done really well with this model, it’s incredibly versatile thanks to its two modes of operation and the included accessories, built in floor scrubber and steam control really make it an invaluable addition to your arsenal.

PROS
  • Steamer can be removed and used independently
  • Includes 12 accessories
  • Built in floor scrubber
CONS
  • Slightly more expensive than similar models
  • Trigger based steam control
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BISSELL Symphony Pet All-in-One – Best Combination Vacuum/Steam Mop

The last BISSELL steam mop we reviewed was one of the least expensive in this list, so we decided to see if the same quality applies to their more expensive models too. Now, bear in mind that we are getting into true cleaning enthusiast territory here: this model costs more than $100, but we’ll explain why.

Firstly, this is both a steam mop and a vacuum cleaner – and get this, these functions do not have to work independently of each other. In other words, you can vacuum and steam clean at the same time. This product was designed specifically for pet owners, and as anyone with a long haired dog will know, a standard vacuum just isn’t strong enough to collect all that hair. That’s why BISSELL have included extra strong suction in this product, great news for pet owners everywhere.

They’ve also included their patented no hands vacuum emptying system, which is a fancy way of saying you just push a lever and all the dust falls directly into your trashcan. The steam mop function works very well and can be used in either low steam or high steam modes. There’s a nice touch that none of the other mops have included: you can add scented disks to your water tank for a nice, fresh smell. It’s a feature a lot of people won’t care about, but when you’re spending a lot of money, it’s the little touches that count.

The mop pads are of the disposable microfiber variety and provide an 11” cleaning path, which is certainly respectable enough. Unfortunately, there’s no swivel to the head, so any turning will require briefly lifting the mop up, but thankfully it only weighs ten pounds or so, so it’s not going to be a struggle to do this. The power cord is of a decent length too, at 25 feet. This means that you’re probably not going to have to unplug and find another socket unless you’re moving from room to room.

You can switch between vacuum, low steam and high steam modes by using the handle-mounted touch controls. Initially, we were a little concerned that these would be too sensitive and be accidentally triggered during normal use, but they’re pretty decent and require a solid touch to register.

When you spend serious money on a product, you’d expect some kind of reassurance that it’s not going to break after a week. This reassurance comes in two forms with this product – the first is the BISSELL is a well-known brand (one of the market leaders, in fact), and the second, more concrete form is the two-year limited warranty that you get upon purchase.

This is a product that’s built to last, there’s no doubt about that. Whether you’re just looking for a steam mop, or you’ve just realised that your vacuum cleaner is showing its age, the BISSELL Symphony Pet All-in-One is a fantastic choice that will last for years to come.

PROS
  • Can vacuum and steam clean at the same time
  • Very strong suction
  • Low and high steam modes
CONS
  • Pretty pricey
  • No swivel control
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Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop – Best High-Budget Steam Mop

Here’s another product from Shark, although it costs a bit more than the last one. It looks to justify the increased cost by adding a range of features that Shark’s less pricey models just don’t have, such as a removable steamer similar to the Hoover WH20445PC’s.

This mop has a power cable which is 22 feet long and weighs a reasonable 4.8 pounds. The height is adjustable and goes up to 51.2”, making it the tallest mop we’ve reviewed. The mop pads are double-sided, machine washable and feature a special attachment and removal system which ensures you never have to touch the pad itself – this is excellent news for people with a germ phobia or very grimy floors. Each pad is expected to last around two or three months, after which point Shark suggest you replace them.

Shark have also included a few accessories along with the mop itself: a three-foot long hose, a triangular scrubber mop head and a garment steamer to allow you to freshen up clothes or fabric items like couches or mattresses. Think about it – when was the last time you cleaned your mattress? We’re betting it was a while ago, so consider this: you know that feeling you get when you sleep on a fresh, newly laundered set of sheets? Image that, but with a brand new mattress.

This model takes around 30 seconds to heat up before use and boasts both low steam and high steam modes to allow you to go the extra mile for stubborn messes. The removable steamer allows you to steam clean things other than floors too like walls, counters or bathtubs, whilst being very easy to use and simple to set up. It should be noted that when in handheld mode, it’s not wireless – it shares the same power cord, after all.

Shark offer a one-year limited warranty with this product, which should offer you some peace of mind. It covers all of the usual things like defective mops and part replacements but does not cover damage caused by adding anything other than water to the tank. Some people are tempted to add a spritz of vinegar or essential oils to their water for better cleaning, but it’s a bad idea, so please don’t.

All things considered, this is a pretty solid product. It’s a steam mop for your home that will provide easy cleaning of difficult to reach areas, ones which traditional floor based steam mops just wouldn’t be able to handle. The included garment steamer is a bigger bonus than most people would consider and the no touch release system is something that we think should be included as standard on all mops, really. If you have the budget for it, this is a steam mop that goes the extra mile and which won’t let you down.

PROS
  • Steamer can be removed and used independently
  • Includes garment steamer
  • No touch mop pad removal
CONS
  • Pretty pricey
  • Power cord could be longer

Best Steam Mop - Buyer's Guide

When you first look at a steam mop, they can seem confusing. How do they work, can I use them on my floors? Thankfully, they’re a lot simpler than they appear, although there are some things you should think about before you buy one, which we’ve covered below so that you can make the right decision for your needs.

Mop types

There are a few different types of steam mops on the market, the first of which is pretty standard. It’s a mop that shoots steam out of the bottom of the head and cleans the floor, simple. However, there are more advanced types around, and perhaps one of those might suit your needs a little better, so it’s worth taking a look at them.

You can find steam mops that include a vacuum cleaner, steam mops where the steamer can be removed and used as a handheld cleaner for awkward surfaces. Some even have floor scrubbers and carpet cleaners built in! You may have the choice of additional steam jets to spray steam in front of the mop in order to reach under crevices, so spend a while comparing models before you commit to one.

There are a few different control types too: the most common is a trigger system, where steam is dispensed as long as the trigger is held down, and stops when the trigger is released. These are fine, but can sometimes cause discomfort in your hands if you use them for too long. The second type is an automatic release, wherein a constant flow of steam is dispersed for as long as the mop is powered on – it’s important to keep moving with these models since you can damage the floor if the mop is left too long in one spot.

Included Extras

Some steam mops offer you the world in terms of included extras, while some include just one or two which prove to be more useful in the long run. Before committing to a product, ask yourself whether you’ll ever actually use the accessories. It might be nice to have a veritable cleaning swiss army knife, but realistically, most of the time, all you’ll need is a scrubber of some kind.

Check to see if the mop offers a warranty too – often the manufacturer will offer one, even if it’s not explicitly mentioned on the site you bought it from. Hey, the worst that can happen is you don’t get one, right? And if that happens, you’re no better or worse off than before.

Purpose

How do you plan to use this mop? Regular use once or twice a week? Multiple times a day? If you plan to use the product heavily, you’ll really want a warranty since it gives you a bit of protection. Is the power cord long enough or will you accidentally unplug it every time you go more than 10 feet away? Similarly, does the tank hold enough water? You can get away with a smaller tank if you don’t mind refilling it now and then, or if you only have a small area to mop, but for large floors, you’d benefit from a larger tank.

Is the floor even suitable for steam cleaning? Whilst most are, any kind of unsealed or waxed flooring will be damaged by the high temperatures of the steam, so it’s important that you know exactly what you’re dealing with. If you’re unsure, you can save yourself some heartache down the road by testing the mop on a small, discreet area of the floor first.

If you want to use your steam mop to clean things other than floors, there’s a handy guide available here.

Conclusion


As you can see, there is a steam mop for just about any budget, any situation or any surface. Each of the products we’ve reviewed is fantastic in its own way, but the one that stands out most to us is the Hoover WH20445PC.

It provides everything you need to clean just about any kind of mess and allows you to remove the steamer for handheld use, plus it features a built-in floor scrubber – considering many steam mops do a great job of cleaning, but often fail to remove dirt spots on the floor, this is a very welcome addition.

We think it’s important that you know: our research was, as always, very deep and very broad. For every item that makes it onto one of our lists, there are usually ten or more that didn’t make the cut, so you know we’re serious about bringing you the best products available.

We hope you’ve found this article helpful, and with a bit of luck, you’ve found a mop you like, maybe even learned something along the way. If this is the case, we’d like to ask you to consider leaving a rating or a comment since your feedback really is important to us. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this, and have a wonderful day.