One way to mop floors without using those chemical-based cleaners especially in homes that have kids is to use a steam mop.
These mopping equipment uses steam power to clean all manners of floors and in many cases achieving the same level of efficiency as the regular mops.
Steam mops come with some excellent floor cleaning feature that makes your life easier and have some advantages over the regular mopping devices.
One benefit is that they use less water since the common one can provide dry steam for proper floor mopping. Another benefit is that they are very easy to use compared to order mopping equipment.
As easy as steam mops can be to operate you still need to consider certain things before going for any. This will ensure that you get the most out of your cleaning equipment
Here are the top Steam Mops in 2020
Bissell Powerfresh Steam Mop 1940
The two pads are washable for reuse
Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop
Eureka Enviro Hard Surface Floor Steamer
Best steam mop for hard floors
Shark Steam Mop S3101
Best portable multipurpose steam mop
Hoover Floormate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner
Excellent on tiles, vinyl, hardwood, and laminate floors
Bissell Powerfresh Deluxe 1806
Leaves fresh scent behind
Bissell Steam Mop Select, Titanium, 949ET
Best low-budget steam mop
McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner
Massive scrubbing power
Vapamore MR-100 Primo Steam Cleaning System
Versatile heavy-duty cleaner
Light N Easy Multifunctional Steam Mop 7688ANW
Lightest steam mop on the list
Bissell Powerfresh Steam Mop 1940: Best for Pets
Pets, especially your doggie, can be the best thing to happen to you. But keeping the balance between a clean and hygienic home and a well-raised pet can be daunting.
That is exactly why I am recommending this mop model here. Bissell Powerfresh steam mop is designed from the ground up to be the perfect cleaner for hard and sticky messes, particularly pet poops that are difficult to remove.
Just fill-up the 16oz water tank. Choose the ideal steam level among the 3 options to ensure the right amount of steam is dispensed as you clean. And get started cleaning your hard floor whether granite, linoleum, marble, sealed hardwood, or ceramic.
Each Bissell Powerfresh 1940 comes with a dedicated flip-down easy scrubbing brush to easily break up those feces that are stuck inside grouts more effectively.
And as a set of special spring breeze discs are included in the kit, you can get your floors cleaned whilst leaving your home in fresh-scent at the same time.
Bissell Powerfresh 1940 prepares your steam to be ready to use in just 30 seconds after the tank (which is enough to clean a total of 1, 000 square ft floors at once) is filled. The 23ft power cord is extensive enough to clean from room to room without having to unplug.
Finally, thanks to the 3 steam levels, Bissell is a great choice for when you have multiple types of floors to clean. Just switch through the levels on the fly.
- Power rating; 1500 watts
- Power cord length; 23ft
- Water tank capacity; 16oz
- 1 piece of microfiber scrubby pad
- 1 piece of microfiber soft pad
- 2 pieces of spring breeze discs
- Weight; 6lbs
- The two pads are washable for reuse
- Best steam mop for cleaning pet mess
- Eliminates odor with fragrance
- Cleans more rooms at once
- Stands on its own and easy to use thanks to the swivel steering
- A low-quality tank cap
- Can’t be used with cleaning solutions
Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop: The Cleaners’ Choice
If you run a local cleaning service, this can be the best investment you can make into your business.
As the name implies, Shark professional steam pocket mop is engineered to be a high-end cleaning solution for the professional cleaners.
This model S3601D prepares super-heated steam in less than 30 seconds for a chemical-free 99.9% sanitization of hard floors, rugs, tiles, laminate, marbles, bamboos, or carpets.
It boasts of an extra-large water tank, making it possible to complete a gig at a go without the need to refill over again.
In the same light, thanks to the integrated pocket technology, this model allows the use of both sides of each washable cleaning pad, minimizing your service delivery costs whilst securing a faster drying time for each gig.
But here’s what is really special. Shark S3601D comes with 2 detachable mopping heads for distinct purposes. The rectangular head has a larger surface area to wipe-clean a larger surface at a go, cutting operation time even smaller.
On the flip side, the triangular head establishes easy access into tight corners for effective cleaning without the need for an additional handheld scrubber. And as both heads are detachable, they can leave good impressions on greasy, messy countertops or other dirty surfaces above the floor.
Needless to say, just like every other high-ends on the market, Shark S3601D has a 3-level (dust, mop, and scrub) steam control, an extensive power cord of 22ft, and a super-lightweight body for a fatigue-free job.
- Steam capacity; 17oz
- Power; 1550watts
- Voltage; 120V, 60Hz
- 1 rectangular mop head (detachable)
- 1 triangular mop head (detachable)
- Power cord length; 22ft
- 2 pieces of cleaning pads
- Dries faster
- Superior cleaning result at a pass
- Usable on all floors
- Best steam mop for the professionals
- Gets rid of sticky messes from the hard-to-reach spots
- No frequent refill of the extra-large tank needed
- Uses less power
- Easy to maneuver
- A fully-controlled steam dispensation
- It doesn’t stand on its own
Eureka Enviro Hard Surface Floor Steamer
This 313A model from Eureka is designed solely to be the perfect maintenance tool for hard floors.
Before going into the details, note that this model’s voltage is American-only and not suitable to be used in the UK so you may just want to stop here to check the next reviewed mop down below.
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The Eureka model 313A gets hard floors steamed without getting it wet or leaving a smudge or streaks behind.
It features a 17oz steam tank for heavy-duty operations and a steam-level indicator light so you don’t get stopped out unaware.
Meanwhile, the package comes with a funnel together with a cup so you can fill the tank safely without wasting water away.
Unfortunately, the only snag with this design is that it takes minutes for your water to get heated, unlike the previously reviewed brands that take a maximum of 30 seconds.
But to make it up, Eureka 313A produces the most heated steam compared to its counterparts, enabling a scrub-free removal of sticky hard mess.
Finally, the adjustable-height handle of this device establishes easy operation and handling by anybody regardless of height or mopping experience.
- Power cord length; 25ft
- Water-level indicator light
- Steam tank capacity; 17oz
- Power; 6.5amps
- Measuring funnel and cup
- 1 preheating/cooldown tray
- 2 pieces of washable steam pads
- 1 piece of cloth clip
- Weight; 7.5lbs
- Best steam mop for hard floors
- Extensive cords to reach across big rooms
- Doesn’t leave streaks or smudges behind
- Dries faster leaving a great shine on the floor
- Massive steam compartment for up to 10 minutes of operation
- Adjustable handle for comfort
- Detrimental to laminate floors, hard floors-only
- Takes 5-6 minutes to prepare steam
Shark Steam Mop S3101; Portable/Multipurpose Gear
The model S3101 is another steam-based mop from Shark, designed to be an all-round multipurpose cleaner for all types of floors. It has a featherweight of 5 pounds that is comfortably easy to maneuver around the rooms, with thanks to the soft-grip handle that leaves no strain on your hands.
Though the water compartment is quite small and you’ll need to refill it often when maintaining a large room, Shark Steam Mop S3101 delivers superheated on-demand steam consistently after 30 seconds of heating up. Right inside the box, you find 2 pieces of triple-layer microfibre washable pads crafted to be tough on stubborn greasy stains by loosing, locking, and lifting.
My final verdict though. Whether you are looking to give the kids a straight learning curve into home maintenance or you’re looking for a backup mopping steam-based device for small rooms, toilets and bathrooms most especially, you can never go wrong with this one.
The small head fits into place, standing the mopping device on its own when not in use. Did I mention the quick release power cord that enables you to operate wirelessly, free from the hassle of a dangling cord?
- Overall weight; 5lbs
- Releasable 20ft power cord
- 2 pieces of washable microfiber pads
- Heat preparation time; 30 seconds max
- Steam compartment size; 8.4oz
- A manual steam control system
- Best portable multipurpose steam mop
- Lightweight and easy to assemble
- A durable unit made to last
- Dries faster
- A good learning one for the kids
- Can be used wirelessly for freer movement
- Safe cleaning on both soft and hard floors
- The limitations of a short power cord
- Small water compartment
Hoover Floormate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner/Wet/Dry Vacuum: Best Combo
Now, this is a more sophisticated steam-based mop-vac exclusively for the experts.
The Hoover Floormate Deluxe mop-vac is a combination of a mop and a vacuum cleaner for heavy-duty cleanings.
With the integration of a dual-tank technology, this equipment dispenses steam from a separate tank whilst absorbing the used water along with liquid messes into the other tank in tandem.
This way, you no longer have to push dirty water against your floor again. Neither would you have to wait forever or do the extra drying job to get all mopped surfaces dry in no time.
Though this is a rather expensive model, Hoover Deluxe offers more for the money with an all-new patented spin-scrub technology that rotates tough brushes in 360-degrees against hard stains.
For your solution-based operations, there’s a fingertip clean boost control for shooting detergents at the most difficult messes, thereby relieving you of the need to use a manual scrubbing brush. The rotary brushes together with the dual-tanks are all you need to rinse with water after use.
And to speak that they are reasonably easy to detach and fix back in place, with or without the comprehensive user’s manual.
My verdict is, as long as you don’t have a problem operating high-tech equipment like this one and you have enough budget for it, Hoover Deluxe is the heavy-duty combo home maintenance equipment for the job.
- Clean water compartment capacity; 48oz
- Dirty water compartment capacity; 48oz
- 360-degrees counter-rotating spin-scrub technology
- Wash/dry mode selector
- Cord length; 20ft
- Power; 3.5amps
- 1 piece of an 11.5inches removable nozzle
- Removable rotary brushes
- Overall weight; 13.8lbs
- Excellent on tiles, vinyl, hardwood, and laminate floors
- Great for both steam-based or solution-based cleaning
- Offers more water space for a no-refill long session cleaning
- The spin-scrub technology scrubs sticky stains with no scratch
- Easily reaches into grouts and other tight corners
- Cleans and dries in tandem
- Easy to maintain
- It will leak water away when not in use (always remove or empty tank after use)
- Not for the beginners
Bissell Powerfresh Deluxe 1806: Best for the Kitchen
Not only for the kitchen but for every hard floor surfaces that are frequently messed-up with grease, oil, or other sticky petroleum, say your garage.
Bissell Powerfresh Deluxe 1806 makes the removal of stuck-on messes easy by using a detachable tough spot-boost brush.
However, when used on mild stains, this Bissell 1806 uses its all-inclusive microfibre pad gently on granite, ceramic, tile, linoleum, marbles, and hardwood.
Though not being able to use your washing detergents with this unit can be a limitation but with the included Spring breeze fragrance disk, you leave your spaces teeming with natural scent immediately after cleaning.
About the usability, Bissell Deluxe 1806 can be comfortably maneuvered underneath and around furniture/home pieces of equipment, thanks to the responsive swivel steering.
Also, there’s a water cup included in the package for convenient filling of the steam compartment. Overall, the 25ft power cord is reasonably extensive enough to mop-clean a room completely without the need to unplug.
This along with the 12inches wide cleaning path of the mop head establishes faster, effective floor maintenance. More on the features below.
- Power; 12amps
- Voltage; 110volts
- Power cord length; 25ft
- 1 piece of washable soft pad
- 1 piece of washable scrubby pad
- 2 pieces of Spring breeze fragrance discs
- 3-level steam control
- Steam tank capacity; 16oz
- SpotBoost brush
- Overall weight; 6lbs
- Measuring cup
- Leaves fresh scent behind
- The detachable head can be used to mop surfaces above the floor
- Easy to fill with the included measuring cup
- Steam-ready in 30 seconds
- Best steam mop for the kitchen or garage
- Highly responsive swivel steering for usability
- Good on tough spots of both laminate and hardwood
- The tank is nondetachable
Bissell Steam Mop Select, Titanium, 949ET; Budget Choice
Being on a budget doesn’t have to essentially translate to claiming all the low-quality things that life has to offer.
So to speak, if you’re a budget buyer, this Bissell Titanium 949ET can be the best steam-only floor maintenance equipment for your 60 bucks. Superlightweight and highly navigable, this design is engineered to give your floor a serious 100% chemical-free cleaning without the hassle.
Using a triangular steam mop head, the Bissell Titanium 949ET easily moves around and underneath those hard-to-reach corners to eliminate filths in various forms.
To help save costs whilst securing deep cleaning at the same time, each of the incorporated microfiber mop pads is supported with micro-ban protection.
The only bottleneck in using this model however is the rather too short cord that is restricting.
That aside, Bissell Titanium 949ET is safe to use on laminate floors or even a far more delicate floor that is susceptible to warping, all thanks to the on-demand button-controlled steam dispensation.
Also great on lux vinyl flooring, Bissell Titanium 949ET cuts hours off of your cleaning job, especially where dogs or cats pee and poo.
- Tank capacity; 17.1oz
- 2 pieces of microfiber mop pads
- 1 triangular head
- Mop-and-bucket switch
- 30 seconds of steam preparation
- Power cord length; 18ft
- Overall weight; 6lbs
- Best low-budget steam mop
- Easy to assemble and use
- The triangle head conveniently reaches hard-to-reach spots
- Easy-press steam trigger
- Tough on pet poops/pees
- The short power cord is restrictive
McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner; Best Heavy Duty All-Purpose Gear
McCulloch MC1275 is a heavy-duty chemical-free cleaning machine for all surfaces whether above or at the ground level.
For windows, countertops, floors of all kinds, autos, or even grills, it delivers a steady, continuous pressurized steam for 45 minutes straight from a 48oz extra-large tank.
Safely fill using the filling cup and funnel whilst the inbuilt heater boils up your tap water to up to 212-degrees steam in 8 minutes.
The only reason to not love this machine is its rather too-short cord and bulkiness. But those shouldn’t be a problem anyways as long as the whole machine moves on its own four wheels.
McCulloch comes with everything you need as a professional cleaner. Nylon brushes, scrub pads, brass brush, squeegee, mop pads, floor mop heads, and more.
Also, to eliminate the snags of the short cord, a 9ft steam hose is provided so you can reach positions away from the power source more easily.
Finally, this system is built to meet the USA voltage requirement and is equally backed by 2 years of warranty coverage.
- 2 pieces of 19inches extension wand
- 5inches squeegee
- Utility brushes
- Steam hose length; 10ft
- 1 measuring cup and water funnel
- Water tank capacity; 48oz
- Voltage; 120volts
- Power cord length; 15ft
- Power; 1500watts
- Operation time; 45 minutes
- 1 triangle brush
- Overall weight; 10lbs
- Steam pressure; 43psi
- Heating time; 8 minutes
- Steam lock switch
- Massive scrubbing power
- Effectively brushes away grime and grease
- Large water tank for heavy-duty cleaning
- Automatic/manual steam control
- Easy, smooth navigation caster wheels
- Best heavy-duty steam mop for all purposes
- A great way to end bed bugs too
- Very heavy and bulky
Vapamore MR-100 Primo Steam Cleaning System: Premium Quality
Though this may be the most expensive system on this list, the Vapamore MR-100 is a full-functional heavy-duty cleaner with wheel caster movable 1.6-liter water tank and an operation time of 1 hour that is enough to deep-clean an entire house per tank.
It comes with all the needed cleaning accessories, both a rectangular head for open space cleaning and a triangular head for tight corners mopping.
The built-in heater prepares steam of 220-210 degrees in minutes which is, in turn, dispensed on-demand.
Whether you’re looking to maintain a super-clean pet cage, clean grout lines on tiles effectively, control pets in your furniture, or for other household equipment maintenance, this system here is the holy grail.
- Water compartment capacity; 1.6-liter
- Power; 1500watts
- Microfiber floor pads
- Rectangular and triangular mop heads
- Nylon grout brush
- Carpet slider and jet nozzle
- Fill funnel and measuring cup
- Brass metal brush
- Operation time per tank; 1 hour
- Voltage; 120volts
- Heating time; 11 minutes
- Sound level; 30db
- Versatile heavy-duty cleaner
- Light, easy to use and maintain
- Tough on stains and bed bugs
- Sturdy and well-built
- Effective on mildew, mites, dust, sticky messes, or liquid wastes
- Quite bulky
- Takes time to prepare steam
Light N Easy Multifunctional Steam Mop 7688ANW: Random Pick
The last on the list is yet another multifunctional design but this time from Light N Easy.
The 7688ANW model is the real definition for a deep-cleaning steam-only cleaner for the bathroom, kitchen, upholstery, and dining rooms.
It features a smart switch to put your steam-outflow on autopilot regardless of whether you’re operating on the HI or LOW or MID steam level.
Other than serving as a floor mop, the mop head is detachable for transformation into a garment steamer or a handheld steam cleaner for the countertop and other raised elevated surfaces.
Just change the removable pads and make the right replacement for the job either with the bonnet pad, the jet nozzle, or the scrubber hard brush.
- Heating time; 30 seconds
- Smart switch
- Water tank capacity; 11.5oz
- Overall weight; 3.5lbs
- Operation time; 25 minutes
- Power; 1150watts
- Cable length; 20ft
- Lightest steam mop on the list
- Removes stubborn stains faster
- Dries faster
- Prepares steam faster (it mostly takes 20 seconds)
- Limited water tank space
What to consider before buying Steam Mops
Buying steam mops can turn out to be daunting, considering the hundreds of models and tens of brands available on the market today.
To escape the noise and make a blameless purchase decision, here are the factors you should bear in mind before buying that steam mop.
Do Your Findings
Before even looking through the product description, check the manufacturer’s name for a background check.
In my own experience, however, some of the most reliable brands for steam mops that don’t disappoint are; Shark, Bissell, Haan, Hoover, Oreck, Swiffer, McCulloch, among others. But again, do your findings yourself.
Depending on your preference and if you have more than one flooring material to clean, the steam control of your cleaner must be carefully decided.
For instance, suppose there are lux floors, hardwoods, and laminate floorings in the same building, a 3-level steam control cleaner is ideal to switch between the steam heat intensity so you don’t end up ruining a delicate flooring like the laminate one or end up not cleaning your white tiled floors effectively.
Additionally, mops with both lock-on and manual steam control are the best so you can be more decisive as per when you want your steam dispensed on autopilot and when you want to take charge.
Whilst you may be more concerned about buying a piece of equipment that doesn’t extend your power bill, contact the manufacturer to confirm if the same model is usable in your location. This saves stories that touch.
Microfiber pads are the most effective on sticky hard messes but ensure that your mop comes with those that are washable so you can use them over again to save cost.
Maneuverability, ease of use, and assembly
Can it be used right out of the box? If not, how many steps does it take to set it up? Also, check the type of locomotion technology used. Swivel steering-based steam mops are much easier to use.
If you’re buying your mop as an escape to never have to hold a scrubbing brush again, then a triangular mop head will effectively reach into those hard-to-reach corners.
The rectangular mopping heads, on the other hand, cover a wider surface at a pass for faster operation.
Nevertheless, in both cases, ensure that the mop heads size is more than 10inches wide. Also, if you’re going for a non-detachable head, make sure it doesn’t get mess stuck in it. Otherwise, a detachable mopping head is a great option.
Water compartment capacity
Again, this should be decided by the number and size of the spaces you’re expecting to clean. From experience, a 16oz water tank Bissell or Shark is enough to effectively clean a 1000 square ft room provided the surface is not overly messy.
Cord type and length
Power cords between the length of 20-28ft are great but spotting anything above that is a plus that you don’t want to overlook. Meanwhile, some models feature detachable cords that allow freer movement and effective cleaning.
Are you looking forward to both a detergent-based and steam-only mopping? With that question answered, align your cleaner choice with your expectation.
While it takes some models just 20 seconds to be steam-ready, other models take 5-10 minutes. In the same way, how long the mop operates before you’ll have to refill the tank should be considered.
Multi-Purpose or Not
Steam mops basically performs the function of mopping floors with heated steam for a germ-free sanitization without the use of solutions. Be that as it may, there are mop-vacs engineered to be the mashups of a vacuum cleaner and a steam mop. Get picky.
Size and overall weight
A piece of bulky equipment can be difficult to use and space-consuming. Check through the product description to confirm portability. This is especially important if you’re looking to travel with your cleaner often or you have limited storage space for it.
Stand-up mop or not
If it doesn’t stand on its own then it must come with standing support for your own convenience.
Comfort and safety
You don’t want to get a strain cleaning, right? Make sure the handle is either padded or flexible. The water tank cap too should be durable and able to hold tight so you don’t end up with burns from spilled steam.
Beyond by BLACK+DECKER Steam Mop
The BLACK + DECKER Steam Mop (TM) is a must-have for all homes and makes cleaning up after children or pets a breeze. Does not require harsh chemicals. This steam mop is safe to use on hardwood floors, tile, and laminate. The steam mop heats up within 30 seconds. The easy-glide microfiber pad glides across the floor with ease and is machine washable and reusable. This set includes (2) Standard Lift + Reach (TM) Wiper Pads (SMP20) and (2) Lift + Reach (TM) Triangle Wiper Pads (SMP30). About Beyond by BLACK + DECKER Beyond from BLACK + DECKER curated DIYer’s and home improvement enthusiasts. Make DIY projects fun again with easy-to-use power tools and efficient appliances to tackle tasks of all sizes. Home, garden and yard maintenance has never been so easy.
It simply removes tough dirt and grime with water, without adding harsh chemicals. The Triple-shaped Lift + Reach (TM) head easily reaches tough areas like corners and cleans better than traditional mops. Safel for use on a variety of surfaces – granite, stone, sealed tile and mortar, and sealed wood. Fast warm-up time for faster cleaning. Microfiber pad moves easily across surfaces to collect dust and dirt
PowerFresh 2-in-1 Lightweight Swivel Steam Mop
This versatile machine sterilizes and removes 99.9% of germs and bacteria* when used as a floor steamer. But that’s not all, it also works as a portable steamer and an extended-release steam cleaner! This means you can naturally clean sticky grime off your kitchen floor, scrub grout on shower walls and steam clean your bathroom sink, all without having to switch machines. There is no hassle with the manual pumping procedure to get steam with the PowerFresh 2-in-1 Multi Surface Steam Mop. Additionally, it has two on-demand steam starters; Simply press the trigger and you can control the amount of steam while cleaning.
Every purchase saves pets. Bissell is proud to support the Bissell Pets Foundation and its mission to help rescue homeless pets. Ease of cleaning and sterilization. Bring the natural cleaning power of the steam to a variety of hard surfaces in your home. Steam cleaner in one device. It works as a floor steam mop or portable steamer to clean hard surfaces above the floor as well. Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Used to disinfect hard floors. Removable handle. Use in manual mode for extended steam cleaning.
Getting the right steam mop depends majorly on your needs and your budget. Either through my recommendations or my buying guide, I hope you’re finally able to buy the right one.