Best Steam Mops
We think that life is just too short to hassle with old-fashioned and outdated cleaning tech such as the traditional mop and bucket. Investing in an innovative steam mop can not only save you a lot of time, but it will give all of your interior floors a fresh and clean shine. These products typically have a water reservoir that is easy to fill, and typically can run for up to 20 minutes before it needs to be refilled. The base usually has a soft cleaning pad that is either made from reusable microfiber material, or it just uses disposable pads that can be tossed into the trash can when you are done with them. So next time you clean your floors make sure you have your new steam mop handy, to get the best clean quickly and efficiently.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 13 hrs of research
Easy to use
Comes with a lot of extra attachments
Users find that it heats of water very fast and effectively
- LIGHT 'N' EASY
- Luna Sienna Plus SSM-3016
- Shark Ninja
- Bissell PowerFresh
- Haan SI-25
- BISSELL Symphony Pet
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top Ten Steam Mops
1. LIGHT 'N' EASY
Easy to use
Comes with a lot of extra attachments
Users find that it heats of water very fast and effectively
LIGHT 'N' EASY was a name that we noticed came up again and again and is widely regarded as one of the best designs currently on the market. What users loved most about this model is that it comes with a lot of attachments that make it capable of cleaning just about everything in your home- even your carpet!Read more
This unit stands up to be just over 46 inches tall and almost 12 inches wide. It has a long narrow handle that is able to be detached to make for easy storage. What makes this unit unique is that the steamer base is able to be unfastened from the long handle, and can be affixed with any number of attachments that are able to clean a wide variety of surfaces such as windows, drapes, dress shirts, kitchen surfaces, and windows.
How it works:
To use this unit on your hard floors, simply fill the base container with water. Users have the option to add a little bit of their favorite cleaning solution, but LIGHT 'N' EASY finds that water paired with their cleaning head is adequate to make your floors really shine. Plug this unit into a wall outlet and press the on button. Adjust your water level to control how much moisture penetrates the surface, and begin wiping the fabric base along with your floors. The head of this unit is just a little bit wider and thicker than some of the other on the market, so you might need to add the triangle attachment to get into those smaller spaces.
This is one of the most expensive units out there on the market, and might even run you about the same price that you paid for your modest vacuum cleaner. However, considering how many unique attachments that you receive with a purchase that is able to clean just about anything, we feel it is well worth the slightly padded price tag.
If cost isn’t something that it an issue for you, the LIGHT 'N' EASY is going to be the perfect solution to be able to clean all of the hard surfaces of your home in record time. Plus, they offer a special attachment that is sold separately that will allow you to even use their product to really deep clean your carpets.
2. Luna Sienna Plus SSM-3016
Detachable base with many attachments
Holds 50.7 ounces of water
Luna might not carry the same amount of household clout as Bissell or Hoover, but they have a long line of satisfied customers that love the function and versatility of their products. This unit is great because it not only has a lot of power, but it comes with a myriad of attachments that make it great for cleaning just about any surface in your home.Read more
We love the look of this unit. It as a solid white plastic frame that is accented with pops of purple around the tank, knobs, and handles. What’s different about this design can be found in the head. The head offers a traditional square design, but it has a series of lights around the front so you can really see what you are cleaning, especially in you are in a room with few windows and low light.
How it works:
There are three main pieces to this unit: the head, the handle, and the water chamber. To clean floors, attach all of these components together and plug it into the wall. Users can adjust the moisture setting with the series of LED-lit buttons on the front of the unit. The microfiber head is perfect for all surfaces, and the unit vibrates to help kick off any hard to clean stains and spills. To use in other afters of your home, simply disengage the water chamber and attach any of the included attachments for a more concentrated level of heated water in bathrooms, kitchens, and even automobiles.
The price of this unit is one of the most expensive designs out there on the market. However, we feel that the function, power, and versatility of this design makes it well worth the extra cost.
This unit is lightweight, it holds enough water for 20 minutes of continuous use, and it has a lot of added attachments that will allow you to deep clean just about everything in your home. It might have a bit of a high price tag, but users find that it is worth the cost.
Gets water really hot
Comes with attachments that work on hard to reach surfaces like drapes and windows
Some users found that it leaves too much water behind
The SKG 1500W is perfect for smaller spaces, or for rooms that have a lot of tight corners that standard designs have a little bit of difficulty reaching. Users love how versatile this product is, and the ability to clean just about anywhere that could benefit from a little bit of heated moisture to make your home shine like new.Read more
What we immediately noticed about this design is how sharp it looks. It has a shiny black plastic shell with electric green accents along the front and on the knobs and buttons. The head has a triangular shape that it is just a little bit larger than other similar designs, which means that it can fit into small spaces while still covering a lot of ground. It uses a reusable microfiber towel for floors and has an attachment for the base that allows you to use this on carpeting.
How it works:
Once it is turned on, the water in the chamber can heat up to 212 degrees within a short amount of time. You can use this unit like a typical design that runs along floors, or you can use the shoulder strap to sling it over your back and use the attachment on windows, drapes, mirrors, and kitchen surfaces. Basically, any surface in your home that could benefit from heated moisture can benefit from the SKG 1500W.
The cost of this unit runs about in the middle of the road in terms of price. It isn’t the most expensive design out there but is far from being the least expensive. Considering how effective this unit is, and how it can be used on most surfaces of your home, we feel comes in at a great price point.
We should note that weighing in at just over 12 pounds, this is one of the more heavy options out there on the market, and it might make it a little uncomfortable to sling it over your shoulder. However, users love the power behind this unit- it can water really hot to ensure your floors can really shine.
4. Shark Ninja
Touch-free loading and unloading- never need to touch the head
Lightweight and easy to use
Spot shot for concentrated moisture
Adjustable heat setting
Cannot remove the water tank
What users love most about the Shark S5003D design is that is is not only incredibly effective, but it is also simple to use. The head of this unit is where it really shines- it can swivel in any direction, and can flip over to offer up a little bit of concentrated moisture in on stuck on stains. Plus, the head is made from soft materials that will be easy on your floors, and can simply be tossed into the washing machine.Read more
One of the things that users love most about this product is that it is incredibly lightweight and easy to use. It has a round handle that is easy to grip and can be slipped through your arm and carted around the house in the crook of your elbow to allow you to make use of both of your hands. The tank is able to hold about 22 mL of water, and the grip pads are made from a soft cloth that can be tossed into the washing machine when you are done.
How it works:
Like we said earlier, there will be no need to buy additional pads due to the fact that this uses a reusable microfiber cloth. What’s great about this design is that you can affix and remove the cloth without even bending over. Simple place the cloth onto the floor, and attach it to the base. When you are done, press the release button to drop it right into the laundry basket or washing machine. It has an 18-foot cord that will be perfectly long enough for most rooms, and while you clean it has a continuous flow of moisture to ensure that your floors get clean. Plus, if you have a hard to remove a stain, simply flip the base to the other side to let off a powerful stream of moisture.
The Shark S5003D packs a pretty steep price tag, but it is nowhere near the most expensive unit out there on the market. Users find the price tag to be a great deal because this unit is so incredibly easy to use, and generally love how clean it can get their floors in their home.
If you don’t want to bother with a lot of attachments, and you just want something that can really perform in getting your floors to be incredibly clean, the Shark S5003D will be the perfect addition to your cleaning arsenal.
5. Bissell PowerFresh
Easy to fill the water tank
Adjustable moisture level
Washable microfiber pad
Can make the floor a little to wet
When it comes to cleaning floors in your home, Bissell has been getting in on the action since 1876. It should come to no surprise that they are topping our list with their PowerFresh design. Users love this unit because it is not only a little more affordable than some of the top tier designs, but it is also incredibly easy to use and has a lot of adjustable features to work on almost any type of hard surface.Read more
This unit is just a little bit bulkier than some of the other options, which some users do not like. However, the white plastic shell with a blue water tank is still incredibly lightweight and easy to use. What users really like about this design is that the cleaning pad has a chamber to hold a fragrance disc so that you can fill the air with a fresh smelling scent that will fill your home.
How it works:
What we liked most about the Bissell PowerFresh design is that it is incredibly easy to use. The water tank is able to be detached, and it is small enough that you can fill it up right at the kitchen sink. Plug it into an electrical outlet, and adjust the power setting to emit the level of steam that you feel your floor needs. Once you are finished, simply pull the pad off of the base and toss it into the washing machine to be able to be used again and again.
While this isn’t the most affordable option out there on the market, it is one of the less expensive high-end designs. Considering that it comes from a trusted brand such as Bissell, we feel that this at an excellent price for this product.
It should be noted that the base of this unit doesn’t swivel as much as some of the others, which much might make it just a little bit more difficult to get into those hard to reach spaces. However, users love the addition of fragrance discs, and it is incredibly easy to use.
Dual tank gives users the option to use a cleaning solution
Affordable price point
The water tank is difficult to remove
It wouldn’t be a floor cleaning party if Hoover didn’t make an appearance at least once. Hoover has been in the business of making great household cleaning appliances since 1908, so it is no wonder their design is making our list. Users love this unit because it is not only easy to use, but it comes with a dual tank that uses a nontoxic cleaning solution so you know that your floors are clean.Read more
What makes the Hoover stand out from the rest is the dual tank design. Users will have the option of just using water, just using a cleaning solution, or using a marriage of both to get their floors exceptionally clean. Weighing in at just over 10 pounds, it’s not the lightest unit out there on the market, but it is incredibly effective. It comes in a teal plastic shell with black accents and sports a triangular swivel head to get into those hard to reach places.
How it works:
The dual tanks make this unit incredibly powerful. To use, simply fill the water tank with water, and use the Hoover cleaning solution to fill the other tank. If you simply want to use water only, that is an option. The 30-foot power cord will be able to reach wall to wall of almost any room, and the triangular head it perfect for getting into tight corners and behind toilets. The knobs on the front allow users to adjust the power setting of the water that is emitted. When you are finished, simply toss the microfiber towel into the washing machine. This unit comes with 3 microfiber pads, so you won’t have to wait until laundry day to use it again.
This is one of the more affordable options out there on the market. Not only does it come in at an affordable price point, but it also comes with a limited 2-year warranty from Hoover if anything goes wrong with your product.
If you want something that uses more than just heated water to clean your floors, this is going to be your best best. Users love the Hoover cleaning solution because it is non-toxic so you can feel at ease allowing your little ones playing on the floor, and it gives off a fresh and pleasant scent.
Heats up incredibly fast
Lightweight- only weighs 5 pounds
Water could get hotter
The O-Cedar design is made for those that are working in smaller, tight spaces. What makes it stand apart from many of the others is in its innovative head design that is made to get into just about any corner of your home. Plus, it is incredibly lightweight which users really love.Read more
What stands out most about this product is the innovative design that doesn’t really look like any of the others out there on the market. It has a long handle that is quite a bit taller than some of the others, and a short, triangle base. This base doesn’t cover as much surface area as the standard square designs, but it can really squeeze into some tight spaces like under cabinets, corners, and behind toilets. It uses a small microfiber cloth that can be tossed into the washing machine when you are finished.
How it works:
Simply plug the unit into a wall outlet and adjust the steam level. There is no on or off button, which some users do not like. This unit is able to go from cold to hot steam in just 15 seconds of turning it on. You can also adjust the moisture level with the easy to use red knob found on the front. After you are done cleaning your floors, simply toss the microfiber cloth into the washing machine to use on another day. What’s great about this design is that it comes with a spare cloth so you don’t have to wait until laundry day to clean your floors again.
Due to the fact this unit it just a little bit smaller than some of the others out there on the market, it sports a smaller price tag as well. It isn’t the least expensive unit out there, but if you want something that users love, that is lightweight and effective, this is well worth the price tag in our opinion.
If you are living in a small apartment with a lot of tight spaces and corners that the traditional rectangular heads just can’t seem to fit into, the O-Cedar Microfiber is going to be the very solution to your problem. The innovative head can fit into almost any space, and it is smaller and lightweight so that it won’t take up that much room in your closet.
8. Haan SI-25
Heats up water incredibly fast
If you want something that looks incredibly sharp and modern on the outside and has all of the power to get your floors shining like new- the Haan SI-25 is an excellent choice to add to your cleaning arsenal.Read more
There are no gimmicks, no extra features or attachments, and no complicated systems when it comes to the Haan SI-25. It is simple and easy to use and gets your floors incredibly clean. The exterior has a solid black shell with a burnt orange head as well as orange accents on the buttons.
How it works:
From the time that you plug it into the wall, it takes about 20 seconds for the water to become heated- which is incredibly fast. Once it is ready to go, simply swipe the head with the microfiber cloth over any surface for a deep clean that is able to even penetrate stains. When you are finished, simply toss the microfiber towel in the washing machine for the next time you clean the floor.
The price tag for this unit is just a little steep, but it is slightly more affordable than some of the higher tier models. Considering how easy it is to use, and the rave reviews of users praising how powerful this unit is, we feel that it is well worth the slightly padded price tag.
Perhaps you aren’t interested in designs that have a lot of extra attachments to use throughout your home. Sure, they might be useful, but you are ultimately going to need to find someplace to store them, and some attachments you may never need at all. The Haan SI-25 is small, sleek, and powerful- perfect for those that just want clean hardwood floors and nothing more.
9. BISSELL Symphony Pet
Easy to use
Vacuums as it cleans floors
The power cord is located inconveniently
Your furry family members can bring a lot of joy into your life, but they can also bring a lot of mess and fur on your floors. If you find you have to take your vacuum cleaner to your hard surfaces before busting out the mop, the BISSELL Symphony Pet All-in-One might be the tool that you need to save yourself a massive amount of time while keeping your floors shining like new.Read more
This unit is just a little bit bulkier than most of the others, but that’s only because it is able to execute more tasks. It has a modest size debris collection chamber as well as a water chamber. These features make this unit not only a little bulkier but also a bit heavier than some of the others we have seen on the market. It uses two tools for getting surfaces clean- microfiber towels, as well as disposable pads for messes that just need to be thrown away.
How it works:
Instead of moisture coming from the sides, it comes out directed from the base so users will only be able to detect a little bit of moisture coming from the sides. To use, simply fill the water chamber with tap water, and turn the unit on. It takes about a minute for the water to become hot enough to use, and a red indicator light to turn from blinking to solid when the water it hot enough. While it is running, it is also picking up debris in the collection chamber that detaches and can be emptied with just one hand. When you are finished, simply toss the microfiber cloth into the laundry bin to be washed.
The price tag on this unit makes it one of the most expensive designs out there on the market, but that higher price point to due to the fact that of serves more functions than the standard model. We feel that the added features of this design will be well worth it to pet owners that have trouble keeping their floors clean.
All pet owners struggle with the same issues- keeping floors clean from mud and fur and accidents that happen when you have furry family members. The BISSELL Symphony Pet All-in-One is designed to help the masses at bay all while saving you a lot of time and energy.
Heats water in 20 seconds
Comes with additional attachments
The water tank can leak
What we liked most about the Greatic design is that comes in at one of the most affordable price points on the market while still offering users an innovative design and a lot of power to get floors incredibly clean. Plus, it comes with a lot of extra attachments to get your entire house smelling fresh and clean without a lot of extra cost to you.Read more
This unit comes in a bright white plastic case with playful green accents around the front buttons, and handle. It uses reusable microfiber towels that can be thrown into the washing machine when you are done with cleaning. The triangular design of the head is perfect for getting into tight spaces such as under cabinets or behind toilets.
How it works:
The water reservoir is able to detach so that you can fill it up under your kitchen sink. It holds about 380 mL of water, which is pretty impressive compared to some of the other units on the market. Simply plug the power cord into a power source, and wait for the water to warm- which takes up to 20 seconds. This unit will run for about 20 continuous minutes on the highest setting before the water reservoir needs to be refilled.
The thing we like most about this design is that it comes in at a really affordable price point. This is one of the most affordable options out there on the market, and users love how easy it is to use as well as how well it performs at getting their floors to shine like new.
If you want something that is really able to get your floors clean, but you don’t want to spend the money as some of the high-end models, the Greatic is going to be the perfect solution to cleaning your floors at lightning speed.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
We, like you, love to save money when we can. While we tried to select a few options that were reasonably priced, we steered clear of the options that had a price tag that seemed too good to be true. Typically when a product such as this has an incredibly low price tag, a quick visit to user reviews will reveal that the product either isn’t very powerful and effective or that it won’t last more than a few months without breaking down. We made sure to select a few products that had a reasonable price point while still having positive user reviews. For the most part, however, you are going to have to dish out a little bit of money to ensure that you purchase a product that will be powerful enough and will last for you many years to come.
There is nothing that is going to take up as much room as the traditional mop and bucket, but that didn’t stop us from trying to save you just a little bit more closet space. We were drawn to products that had a lower profile and a slimmer base. Often, that means that the water reservoir doesn’t hold as much water as some of the bulkier, heavier designs. However, what we discovered is that users are far more inclined to continue to refill the water chamber rather than fuss with a heavy and bulky design that isn’t very easy to use. We also liked designs that were able to be disassembled to make for easy storage, especially in shorter, more narrow spaces.
Ease of Use
The end game here is to offer something that will be able to get your floor shining like new when you are running a little short on time. That’s why we made sure to select products that were easy to use. Users typically prefer water reservoirs that detach from the entire unit so they can put their directly under the faucet for easy filling, rather than filling up a cup and putting that into the reservoir directly on the unit. We also made sure to select designs that weighed between 5-10 pounds so they were easy on tired backs from a full day of work. One of our favorite features was the ability to heat up the water in under 20 seconds. Many of the higher end models took upwards of 60 seconds to get hot enough, but there were come out there like the Haan design that went from plugged in to read yo go in just 20 seconds.
Just like with anything else in life, we like things that come with additional features and are versatile to allow you to clean other parts of your home. We were drawn to products that a base that was able to be detached, and hoses that have a myriad of attachments to clean spaces such as automobiles and widows. One feature that users really appreciate is the carpet attachment feature. If your carpet is smelling a little bit stale and you feel it needs something more than a simple vacuuming, simply attach the carpet attachment onto the base of your unit and use the power of hot moisture to lift up some of the more set in odors to leave your house smelling fresh.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Have you looked at your old mope lately? When you took it home from the store it was bright and fresh with a full head of pristine white hair. However, the more used it, the thinner the hair became, and the bright white color is now the color of the dirty water that you just keep dipping it into. Continually dipping the head into the used water only serves to push the germs and bacteria around your floor, and it does very little to kill them. Plus, it is often messy, heavy, and quite the pain to fill up and dump that big bucket of gross floor water. With most of these designs, your hands barely have to make contact with water, let alone wring out a dirty mop head. Plus, it gets your floor a whole lot cleaner than any traditional method.
Other Factors to Consider
Before you dive head first into some of these designs, first take into consideration the type of space that you are cleaning. If you have an open floor plan with wide open spaces of hardwood or ceramic, you might want to opt for something that has a wider head that will really be able to cover a lot of surface area. If you are living in a smaller apartment or a space that has a lot of nooks and crannies and sharp angles, the small, triangular design might fit your needs better. This model doesn’t cover the same amount of ground like the larger designs, but it is really great about getting into smaller spaces. Another thing that you want to keep your eye on might seem insignificant- but can be a real pain if you overlook it, and that’s the matter of cord length. Those living in smaller spaces don’t really need to consider this feature, but if you have large rooms you know that a short cord can be a real annoyance. We found that the length of the cords varied a lot. Some were only 12 feet, while older were up to 30 feet. If you take into consideration your needs for your home, keeping your floor clean with the help of a steam mop will be incredibly easy and hassle-free. Plus, the less time spent cleaning means more time for adventures!
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Do I need to use a cleaning solution?
We know, it may seem a little bit strange that these units are able to clean without using any type of cleaning solution or soap. Homeowners typically feel that the only way to get something clean is to employ some type of soap, but that just isn’t the case. These products are able to not only get surfaces clean from spills and mud that has been tracked in on shoes, but it kills up to 99.9 percent of bacteria including E.Coli, and other microorganisms as well as mold and viruses. Keep in mind, however, that not all products are created equal. In order to kill off these types of evildoers, the temperature of the water must reach at least 175 degrees.
q: What is the benefit of the triangle head design?
While it may seem like this head won’t really cover a lot of ground, they offer users the added benefit of really being able to get into tight spaces. Often, people who are working with a limited amount of space only use these products to get the big bulk of the area, and then ultimately wind up on their hands and knees with a damp rag cleaning in places like under cabinets and behind the commode. The triangular designs are perfect for squeezing into tight corners that a standard model wouldn’t be able to reach, even if it had a swivel neck.
q: Is the steam hot?
Yes, the steam is very hot. It has to be hot or else it wouldn’t be able to kill germs and bacteria without the aid of a cleaning solution. To be able to kill germs, the temperature of the water needs to reach at least 175 degrees. In some brands, the water reaches temperatures of upwards of 212 degrees. This means that it is going to get the floor pretty hot, and you certainly want to ensure that you keep little ones as well as bare feet away from the water while it is in use.
q: Can I use them on my hardwood floors?
Yes, you can use these products on hardwood floors that are sealed. If you are unsure if your flooring is sealed or not, we suggest placing a drop of water in an inconspicuous place. If one of the water dries, it leaves a mark, it means that your floors are not sealed and you should not expose use these products on them. If you are sealed, these products should not harm your flooring. It is important to add, however, that using any type of cleaning solution on them could create streaks or create a cloudy film on the surface. For best results, be sure to skip the cleaning solutions and opt only for water.
q: Can I use them on the carpet?
Many products out there on the market come with an attachment to the base that will allow the user to use it on their carpet. While it won’t necessarily clean the carpet with the microfiber they way it can on hard surfaces, it can help lift up sale odors from your carpet to leave your room smelling fresh and clean. The attachment is typically just a plastic frame that goes around the surface of the head to allow you to glide it along the carpet more easily without the microfiber creating friction.
q: Are there any types of floors that I shouldn’t use them on?
You can use this product on pretty much any hard surface in your house. Due to the fact that it doesn’t use any chemicals that could potentially be harmful, the sky’s the limit. You can use it on tile, laminate, ceramic, hardwood (as long as it has been treated), and some have even used it on cement.