Sanitation is ridiculously important, especially when you have children and pets who can – and often will – spread bacteria to the busiest areas of your home. Using a steam mop doesn’t replace traditional cleaning, but it does remove pathogens and dirt from your home by absorbing them into the mop pads.
Steam cleaning gives you a cleaner, more livable home. If you like to skate in your socks in the hallway or walk barefoot in the living room, using a steam mop will ensure that the heels of your feet don’t turn gray anymore. Without further ado, these are the best steam mops on the market to keep your home clean and free of debris.
BISSELL PowerFresh LiftOff
Bissell is one of the biggest names in cleaning, and for good reason: they get by with as little hassle as possible. While Bissell is powerful, they are also inexpensive (most of the time). Designed to be economical, PowerFresh steam mops are one of more than a half-dozen steam mops in existence today.
Start by filling the tank and turning on the steam function. It only takes thirty seconds for a full tank to be heated to the point of emitting steam. Although the tank capacity is designed to be light, thirty seconds to liftoff is still a pretty long time. You’ll be able to move around the house thanks to the long 10 meter power cord. For large rooms like your living room, you should be perfectly equipped to spray the entire area without the cable being too tight.
You should never use a steam mop on sealed floors, but some steam mops are designed specifically for tile, or exclusively for hardwood. The PowerFresh can be used on granite, marble, ceramic and more. There is virtually no limit to where you can use it in your home.
In your kit, you’ll find a microfiber pad to help you clean, as well as a scented disc to help the small laundry in the room freshen up as soon as you’re done. The power consumption of this is middle of the road, so if you live in a mobile with a 100-watt circuit board, it shouldn’t make the lights flicker just by using it. For more quality cleaning products to help keep your floors spotless, check out our guide to the best mops.
Bissell will be all up and down on this list, and while the Bissell Vac&Steam is not the steam mop designed for everyday use, it does have a special set of features for pet owners. Nothing is worse than stubborn stains on fabrics like microfiber and suede on your sofa. If your dog doesn’t listen and keeps climbing on the furniture, you’re going to end up with quite a mess to clean up.
First and foremost, it kills 99.9% of bacteria caused by pets and children. If you have both, this is like the ultimate hybrid model for taking care of everything on your floors. The centrepiece of this unit has to be the detachable head with the nozzle.
Although it’s designed like a mop, the two-in-one unit comes with a nozzle that allows you to easily clean your furniture at the same time. Slide the hose over your microfiber sofa to steam clean it and bring out the colors of previous stains. Since this is an added benefit of this steam mop, note that it will do a lot of the work, but not all the heavy lifting. You’ll still need to use rags to get rid of the remaining dirt.
Your purchase includes a long power cord as well as a fair energy rate. Thirteen different tools come with this steam mop, allowing you to control the cleanliness of your home with one simple operation. If you also have carpets in your home, be sure to check out our guide to the best carpet rakes and choose the right one.
Shark steam mop
Normally when you hear about Shark, it’s for their expensive but functional vacuums. They are also a great manufacturer of impressive steam mops. The Steam Pocket Mop is compact in size, and is designed for smaller spaces and rooms thanks to its lightweight tank. It can’t be used in large rooms in your home, but it will do its job wherever you use it.
Despite its compact size, your power cord has an excellent 50-foot slack and a steam system that kills up to 99.9% of all bacteria. Shark includes two washable microfiber cloths with your purchase, so you can switch in the middle of steaming to your own cloth, then throw both in the washing machine. They are best suited for washing in an HE washing machine without a central turbine. The water is heated in just thirty seconds, but if you want, you can use the crank function to start steaming a little faster. It’s small and powerful, and the fabric wraps around the entire unit. Just turn the direction of the cloth halfway through to extend the life of each microfiber pad if you want. Our guide to the best handheld vacuums features more products that will make cleaning easier and more enjoyable.
Hoover S2IN1300C 3in1 Steam Broom Cleaner
Hoover is basically the most stereotypical vacuum company on the planet, but like most of these vacuum companies, Hoover has also dipped its toes into making steam mops. For starters, the tank isn’t the largest, but it’s enough to cover most individual rooms before you have to refill it. With a separate tank for detergent and another for water, it mixes as you use it.
Now, Hoover’s SteamScrub Pro Mop doesn’t exactly have the most important features, but the triangular mop head is a must. It lets you get into cracks like a champ, whether you have a standard or atypical room shape and design. Hoover designed this mop primarily for tiled floors, and while it works on hardwood, the high level of steam is better suited to harder surfaces like stone and tile. With the high output, you may find yourself moving further across the floor than with another steam mop you’ve owned in the past. That’s all there is to it. For more must-have products for your household, check out our guide to the best upright vacuums.
Bissell CrossWave Floor and Carpet Cleaner
Now we come to the big gun. Bissell has another model that is basically the best hybrid cleaner on the planet. The CrossWave is cleverly named for its ability to work on hard surfaces as well as carpet. It works as a shampooer when you need it, and as a steam mop for your other floors.
With its dual tank design, the CrossWave moves clean, hot water across the floor, then vacuums it up like a vacuum and dumps it into the dirty tank. Both of these tanks are removable for quick filling and cleaning, but they are small (Bissell tried to keep this unit compact), so keep that in mind when you go to use it.
I’ve talked a bit about the power consumption of these units, as having a low-current circuit is very important in a mobile home or cottage style home. This floor and carpet cleaner draws 4.4 amps, but that’s mostly reflected in the power of the motor. As a high-powered cleaner, it removes sticky stains on both tile and carpet in a way that far exceeds what most steam mops are capable of. If you read the buying guide at the end, you’ll find that this unit is actually free of some of these provisions. The trade-off is that it is an expensive device, so if you need an all-in-one that is built in a compact size, this is the way to go.
- Easily cleans carpet and tile/hardwood floors
- Dual-action brush roll removes tough, sticky stains
- Powerful 4.4 amp motor keeps everything clean
- Dual tank system sucks up dirty water
Steam mop buying guide and FAQ
How we chose our steam mop selection
You can’t just blindly select the best products, especially when it comes to cleaning. You need the best results imaginable to keep your carpets and tiles clean and tidy. So we took it upon ourselves to dissect every attribute you need in a quality steam mop. We’ve analyzed everything from brands to how you can rate the reviews submitted by users to help you form an opinion on a product before you buy. Price, floor type, adaptability, it’s all here.
The brand name is important here. You’ll probably recognize some of the biggest names on this list, and that’s because they’ve been a trusted source for steam mops (and other cleaning devices) for decades or more. Brands really come into play when you talk about warranties. A reputable company will honour their warranties without a hitch, provide their own customer service, and usually offer money-back guarantees or longer warranties than the national average. It’s good to choose a brand you know and a brand you trust.
Reviews – We use user reviews to help us weed out shoddy equipment and gadgets from all the buying guides we produce. When it comes to cleaning, people are very particular. So it’s hard to find a steam mop based on user reviews alone. That’s why we test everything for you, so you can form an opinion based on the best products on the market. During our preliminary process, we take user reviews into account to decide which products are worth our time and which are simply not worth looking at.
Price – When don’t we all think about price? Steam brooms aren’t twenty dollar Swiffers that you can pack into a small space; they are premium machines, so of course, price is going to come into play. We’ve done our best to maintain a good balance of inexpensive models, premium units, and mid-range steam mops to fit any budget. But sometimes there are items on the lower end of the price spectrum that just aren’t worth it.
Accessories – These are not priorities, but the accessories you can equip your steam mop with are great additions. Most of the time, it will be a nozzle hose or shrink tool to get into hard-to-reach areas, or extra steam pads that help remove dirt or have a higher absorption capacity.
How to get the best results when using a steam cleaner
The first thing to do is to know what your steam mop is for, so you know what to expect.
You should use your steam mop to not only clean but also sanitize floors. This is especially important if you have children and pets; the last thing you want is for your children to get sick from eating something off the floor that has been soiled by your dog’s paws. Anything can happen, which is why it is important to have sanitary floors.
It is also necessary to eliminate odours and keep dust at bay. Know what you want from your steam mops before you start using them.
To get the best results with your steam mop, follow these tips and information every time.
Start with a dust-free floor: it may seem counterproductive, but your steam mop is actually used to clean up stuck-on dirt, grime and remove bacteria from underneath. Those hard-to-reach places. You should sweep and/or vacuum before using your steam mop, and perhaps use a rag if that is appropriate for the situation. You don’t want to give your steam mop unnecessary work. The goal is to move it around and glide it around as you use it so you don’t have to steam over every spot super slowly. Keep it moving so you can use the steam to remove as much bacteria as possible and absorb all the stuck-on grime without having to refill your tank multiple times.
Don’t scour dirty floors: You’re spreading steam, which is water vapour. If the floor is mostly clean and clear, it will just soak up to the mop. That’s what you want to happen. However, if all that water vapor has a ton of dirt to stick to, it’s going to turn it into a mess. Steam mops are not meant to replace traditional mops or sponge mops; they are for maintenance, disinfection, and keeping the place nice and clean. Use them for light-duty tasks and to keep a clean house.
Switch mops: We all want to save money and be a little stingy when we can, but don’t cut corners when it comes to mops. Just like the last tip, you’ll end up spreading dirt instead of absorbing it properly. Treat your mops like paper towels; at some point, you just know when to throw one away.
Do not use on unsealed floors: Your hardwood floor is sealed, your linoleum is sealed, and your tiles are hopefully sealed. Raw plywood is not sealed, and it will be forced to mildew if you use a steam mop. If you don’t know if your floors are sealed or not, then you should play it safe and not use a steam mop on them. Either refinish and seal your floors before using one or find a way to contact the person who installed your floors and ask them. Mould and wood rot can act quickly and cause thousands in property damage; don’t take this lightly.
Move at a steady pace; you’re going too slow, and you’re just soaking the floor without really getting the dirt up. You go too fast, and you just miss everything. Move at a steady, even pace throughout. If you’ve listened to our previous tips on cleaning your floors with a steam mop, you’ll have a pre-cleaned floor that the steam mop can glide across with no problem.