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For tile floors, traditional mops can often leave stains and debris behind. Additionally, if residue gets down into the grout or into cracks, a traditional mop does not stand a chance. For these tough situations, a steam mop has the ability to heat, soften, and lift tough and hard-to-reach residue right off the tile.
The trick is knowing what type of steam mop to use and what features to look for, all of which depend, in part, on your tile and the layout of your home. However, whatever mop you need, you should look for these following general features: reach, temperature, build quality, and tank size.
Our Top List
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This steam cleaner offers a large 1.6-liter tank with a heavy-duty 1500 watt heating element capable of bringing the steamer to a high top temperature in just 11 minutes. Consistent hot steam at 220 Degrees Fahrenheit can be delivered continuously for up to 60 minutes. Normally found on commercial units, the electronic solenoid valve opens and closes the steam flow from the machine electronically vs mechanically from the handle keeping the lines as dry as possible for dryer hotter steam. It includes 20 accessories/attachments to help with multiple jobs within your home.
The Vapamore Primo steam cleaner uses just water allowing you to clean your home without the need for harsh and expensive chemicals. The Primo makes cleaning simple in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, tile floors, and automotive. It is great for combating bed bugs, smoke scent and other odors, and other pesky stains and spots around the house. It uses distilled water to steam and is 100% chemical free.
- Helps kill bed bugs
- Helps remove smoke smell
- Large 1.6-liter tank
- Retractable power cord for neat storage
- Lifetime warranty
- Heavy at almost 19 pounds
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Keeping your home clean has never been easier for pet owners. The Symphony Steam Mop from Bissel allows you to vacuum and mop all at the same time, making any pet mess a breeze to clean. However, what makes this mop stand out is the pad’s multi-functionality and the hands-free emptying system.
For instance, the reusable, washable pads are perfect for everyday cleaning, and when you are faced with tougher jobs, the microfiber pad will not let you down. Most important, though, are the included disposable pads. For the unfortunate times your pet makes a terrible mess, these pads are invaluable.
Another great benefit of this steam mop is the hands-free emptying system combined with the separate dirt tank and water tank design. The result is no more damp, smelly cleanup. Once you simply push the lever, the dirt and debris easily drop into your trash without getting you or your clothes dirty.
We also like the how easy Symphony is to operate as the high- and low-steam adjustments are located on the handle. Finally, the steam mop is perfect for a variety of floors, such as tile, ceramic, and sealed hardwood. You can also safely use it on linoleum, granite, and marble.
- 30-second heater warm up
- Hands-free emptying
- Disposable pet pads included
- Up to $10 donated to the Bissell Pet Foundation for every purchase
- For use on multiple floor types
- 25-foot cord
- May not pick up larger crumbs and debris
- Heavy at just under 10 pounds
3. Dupray Neat Steam Cleaner Multipurpose
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Gone are the days of back-breaking grout scrubbing. In fact, you may never have to clean by hand again. The multipurpose steam cleaner from Dupray is exactly that: multipurpose. It can handle any cleaning or sanitation job your can throw at it.
The steam superheats to 275 degrees Fahrenheit delivering cleaning strength to easily tackle dirt as well as tough stains and grease. It does the job while also delivering sanitizing power to kill 99 percent of viruses and bacteria from any type of floor as well as practically any other surface.
With up to 50 minutes of cleaning time, this lightweight cleaning machine makes absolutely any job a breeze. Although you can use microfiber pads, there is no need to purchase pads or special cleaners as you can use any cloth or towel along with regular tap water.
In terms of functionality, the steam-lock design allows for continuous steam cleaning while the built-in funnel makes for mess-free filling. At 16 feet, the extra-long cord in combination with the six-foot six-inch steam hose ensures you can reach anywhere that needs cleaning.
- Professional 18-piece accessory kit
- Chemical free
- Kills 99 percent of viruses and bacteria
- For floors, furniture, toys,
- Two-year boiler warranty
- Extra hot steam might cause burns if you are not careful
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The PowerFresh Deluxe steam mop’s sanitizing power makes it extremely easy to eliminate up to 99 percent of the bacteria and germs on your floors without the need for harsh chemicals. This lightweight steam mop includes an on-board spot brush designed to tackle even the toughest, sticky messes.
PowerFresh comes complete with two types of pads, each of which is expertly designed to meet your cleaning needs. Additionally, the microfiber mop pad will help you keep your floors clean each day while the microfiber pad with scrubbing strips makes short work of any stuck-on, tough-to-clean mess.
In terms of continued sanitizing power, we think you will appreciate the inclusion of Microban within the pads. Microban helps to prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria, providing the pads an extra layer of protection.
Finally, with four different BreezeFragance discs included, in addition to enjoying sparkling floors, you will also enjoy the refreshing spring scents as you steam mop your floors to perfection.
- Four fragrance discs included
- Microban infused pads
- Eliminates 99 percent of bacteria and germs
- No harsh chemicals
- Some users report leaking after just a few uses
5. Shark Genius S5003D Hard Floor Cleaning System
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At a mere 5.8 pounds, the Shark S5003D packs a whole lot of cleaning power across multiple settings and features. Designed for use on a variety of hard floors including tile and hardwood, the Shark Genius Hard Floor Cleaning System is a perfect addition your cleaning arsenal.
The ability to adjust the heat levels across different cleaning jobs means you can easily tackle just about any job. To rid your home of the most stubborn messes, you can simply choose the Steam Blaster setting. Additionally, the 30-second heating time makes any job a breeze.
When it comes to scrubbing power, we think you will appreciate the double-sided grip pads that maximize your cleaning efforts by reducing the need to scrub your floors. Because the pads are extremely absorbent and dry with ease, you can actually use one pad per cleaning, even in large homes.
Finally, the touch-free technology ensures you never have to touch a dirt-filled pad. In fact, you can release the pad directly into your washer with just the touch of button.
- Three cleaning levels
- Eliminates 99 percent of bacteria
- Heats up in 30 seconds
- 22-foot power cord
- Reusable, extra-wide pads included
- Lightweight ergonomic design
- 350 ml water tank is smaller than other shark products
- Water tank is not removable
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The combination of three cleaning levels, a flip-down scrubber, and high heat makes the PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 from Bissell a powerful contender in the fight against stubborn, stuck-on messes. Additionally, it is perfect for all flooring types, including tile, ceramic, and hardwoods.
A notable feature of this steam mop is the pivoting head, which makes it a lot easier to maneuver compared to other steam mops. The detachable carpet glider that allows you to also freshen up the carpets in your home is another nifty feature.
For larger jobs, the 473ml water tank is a great benefit, allowing you to clean multiple rooms without the need to stop and refill the tank. Additionally, the water heats up within 30 seconds. You are also sure to enjoy the 23-foot power cord as there is no need to keep plugging and unplugging to get the job done.
In terms of a clean finish, the included fragrance discs as well as the option to use Scent Waters (sold separately) adds fresh aromas you are sure to enjoy.
- Easy to assemble
- Pivoting head
- Detachable carpet glider
- Only six pounds
- Highest steam setting leaves moisture behind on hardwood floors
- Pads may bunch up during use
7. Steam Mop Cleaner ThermaPro 10-in-1
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Ready to go within just 30 seconds, the ThermaPro steam mop from PurSteam is, perhaps, the most versatile cleaning system available. In fact, the company’s statement “cleans literally everything” is not to be ignored as this 10-in-1 steam mop is designed to clean floors plus other surfaces from concrete and stainless steel to carpets. Simply put, the versatility of this steam mop is unmatched.
The multiple accessories, including a variety of brushes, help make even the hardest to reach areas super easy to clean. Additionally, since you can use tap water, this steam mop is safe for use around children and pets as it does not require harsh chemical kills up to 99.99% of germs.
You can choose from three steam-cleaning modes to address your cleaning needs, helping you to protect more delicate surfaces. The microfiber replacement pads are washable and are comprised of ultra-fine fibers that are extremely gentle, making them safe for use on sensitive floors and leaving them looking like new.
The built-in handheld steamer as well as the flexible hose are both great features as they allow you a higher level of control regarding exact placement of the steam cleaning power. Finally, this versatile 10-in-1 steam mop cleans floors as well as carpets and is great for steaming garments and cleaning additional household surfaces, such as mirrors and glass.
- Uses tap water
- Cleans carpets
- Two-year warranty
- Kills up to 99.99 percent of germs
- Some users report the head of the mop is too light and will lift from the floor as they pull the mop back towards themselves.
8. LIGHT ‘N’ EASY S3601 All-In-One Steam Mop
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In terms of ease of use, the Light ‘N’ Easy mop is just that – light to use and easy to maneuver around your soon-to-be clean floor. At 6.3 pounds, it is solid enough to feel substantial yet light enough to prevent stress on your back or arms.
However, its slim design and lightweight construction notwithstanding, this steam vacuum is a cleaning workhorse. It heats water to 110 degrees, which is hot enough to permeate stubborn stains and to saturate debris in the grout. Once the dirt is softened, the soft-bristle mop head absorbs and mops up everything. Because of the wide mop head, you can accomplish plenty of work in no time.
Although it is specifically designed for laminate hardwood, tile, and grout, the iron tank separates from the main handle, making it possible to spray clothes and remove wrinkles. Additionally, it comes with a wand brush that allows you to spray and clean walls, corners, and window sills.
- only three mop heads are included
- online one detachable wand head included
- Users noted that the attachable cleaning pads are flimsy.
- Unit doesn’t clean grout well.
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One of the lightest, slimmest models in the market the Microfiber steamp mop is designed to reach into corners and under tables without hurting your back or straining your arm. Weighing in at only 80 ounces, it is also lighter than most steam mops.
It features variable heat, and it can reach peak temperatures within 20 seconds. In terms of ease of use, the mop head removes easily and is washer safe. Because you can toss it into your clothes washer with other towels, we love the fact you will not have to spend money on replacement heads.
- Triangular head for corners
- Wash-safe mop head
- Small tank
- Short cord
10. iwoly M11 Steam Mop
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Resembling a lightweight vacuum cleaner, the M11 steam mop plugs into any 110-volt wall socket. It can steam water within 60 seconds, and like a regular iron, the water is hot and capable of soaking and dispersing debris and dirt in moments.
Like an iron, the steamer button is within thumb’s reach on the handle. In terms of ergonomics, the handle fits nicely into hands of many sizes. Additionally, the swivel head allows the unit to be pushed or pulled at a variety of angles, which ensures you do not have to bend as you mop.
The water tank is clear, so you can see the water level. Additionally, the easy-pull tab allows for quick, secure, leak-free filling.
Note: although this model holds only 14 ounces of water, the steam heats very hot. Consequently, you can often get more done with less water.
- Iron-type functionality
- Narrow design for easy use
- Holds only two cups of water
- Gold finish might not be the right style for everyone
11. Bissell PowerEdge Lift-Off Steam Mop 20781
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This slimline steam mop has a near 90-degree mop head, which will clean just about any corner. To use it, simply tuck the triangle head into the corner, squeeze the spray button, and the entire corner area is saturated with hot, cleaning water. In addition to being designed for corners, the triangular head makes it perfect for cleaning grout.
In terms of ease of use, to fill this unit, all you need to do is separate the water tank from the main body and fill it under the faucet. Once the tank is filled, you can re-attach it to the mop. However, the water tank is also fitted with a steam nozzle, providing you the extra ability to clean counters or other hard-to-reach corners.
An extra accessory is the bristle brush, which allows you to scrub grout clean.
- Comes with bristle brush
- Triangular head
- Detachable steam cleaning
- Small water tank
- Only comes with one pad
- Might not be best for taller users
Summary & Review
All of the mops in this list are winners and get the job done with more or less comfort and versatility. You can see Bissell dominates the market with consistently reliable machines. However, if you’re looking for the most professional and sanitary clean, The Vapamore MR-500 Primo Steam Cleaner is the way to go.
The high level clean it can give you in your own home simply cannot be beat by any other non-commercial machine and will have you seeing your house through a new set of eyes.
A Buying Guide
Because steam mops can be quite complicated and come with a variety of features, we have broken the essential components into a list that covers exactly what to look for. Check this article if you also want to take hardwood floor steam cleaning into consideration. You might also want to look into tile cleaning machines.
Of course, steam mops with larger tanks can hold more water, allowing you to clean more square footage between fill-ups. However water is heavy, so a larger tank can also significantly increase the weight of a mop, making it hard to push, pull, or lift to clean steps.
The best tank-to-weight ratio seems to be approximately two cups to one quart. Anything more a quart can become bulky. Fewer than two cups can lead to multiple fill-ups as the water dissipates too quickly.
Build quality is of primary concern as steam mops must be durable yet lightweight. For instance, the handle and base need to be solid and not prone to bending. Aluminum mops are lightweight and rigid, able to handle any type of use you can put them through. That said, if the aluminum is thin, the unit can have a cheap feel.
Plastic steam mops are just as lightweight as aluminum mops, but to get the same level of sturdiness, the plastic must be thicker. Additionally, thin mops might exhibit a certain degree of wobble, which you do not want when you are heating water and mopping floors.
Additionally, these mops heat water, so you need to buy one with solid connections and safe builds, something that can be missing in low-quality units.
Finally, the mop must have solid ball bearings and a quality gimbal head. Make sure you do not buy a metal-based mop with plastic bearings and gimbal head. The latter break long before the mop!
That said, metal threads on the mop can be thin and easily strip. Plastic units, however, are typically molded, offering much thicker threads that last longer.
Because you do not really know the quality prior to getting the mop home, look for a generous 12-month warranty. Additionally, read online reviews, which will help you identify specific problems and their frequency.
Depending on your size, you might need one that compresses down to 30-inches in length, or you might need one that has a 40-inch or 42-inch reach. Telescoping handles are the only way to get adjustable reach, but you need to make sure the locking mechanism is of a solid build. Additionally, the longer the handle, the more the handle will wobble or bend.
Simply put, you should not be able to reach the heating elements. These should be buried deep within the base or the steamer tank. Make sure the base and / or the steamer tank are both of solid construction and cannot be pried apart.
In terms of heating capacity, a mop offering hotter water will be able to lift up more stains and debris than one that only warms the water. In terms of heat, look for one that can heat at least to 110 degrees while noting that a mop that can heat water very hot should offer some type of variable heat settings.
Additionally, hot water tends to discolor wood-laminate floors, so you need to make sure your mop has a setting for different floors. Finally, some steam mops will heat the floor if they are left sitting directly on the tile. This heat can discolor tile or other materials. Worse, heating and cooling tiles makes them expand and contract respectively, which can result in cracks. To avoid discolorations or cracking, make sure the mop comes with a heating pad that will absorb the heat without damaging or discoloring the tiles.
Some of the best units will have rear wheels that allow you to roll the mop. These rear wheels usually work in conjunction with one or two front rubber feet that lift the mop off the ground. Similarly, some mops are set on casters, which allow you to roll the unit from place to place. Additionally, the casters elevate the mop, keeping the heat from reaching the floor.
Mops can be bulky, and the ones that offer the best reach must have a compact design. For instance, some mops have telescoping handles that shorten the length of the handle. Once the handle is compressed, it should fit right into a couple of clasps positioned on the tank’s frame.
Additionally, some offer a narrow design that store water vertically. The slimline designs, for example, allow you to slide the unit into a utility closet without taking up unnecessary space.
Finally, if your steam mop has a swivel head, it should rotate and fold flat against the pole for easy storing. Some mop heads swivel but only to a matter of 10 degrees or so. If the mop head only slightly swivels, it will not store properly. For instance, if you store it mop head down, the mop head will always be on the floor. Conversely, if you store it mop head up, you will always have to look at a flat mop head base.
Ease of use
Ease of use involves being able to maneuver the unit according to the needs of your home. If you need to clean tile along the base of an elevated bathtub, you will need a lightweight unit that does not fight you when you lift it.
Additionally, the swivel head should be able to rotate and maneuver into your house’s tight corners. The steaming mechanism should be easy to operate, usually with a squeeze of a button. In terms of the mop head, it should be easy to install and remove for cleaning or replacement.
Finally, the power cord should easily and securely wrap onto the base of the mop. Better yet are the ones with cords that auto retract. Finally, if you do not like cords, you can get a cordless unit that heats the water via a battery.
Longer power cords, of course, allow for greater range. That said, they can also increase the weight of the mop and serve as an annoying obstacle. For the most versatility, look for a power cord in the 12-feet to 18-feet range. Anything longer will add too much weight to the steam mop.
The steaming mechanism should have an auto-shut-off feature that keeps the heating elements from overheating. Additionally, many of the best mops have an indicator light, showing you when the water has reached peak temperature. In terms of the power cord, the safest cords are fitted with a surge fuse that will throw the fuse if splashed with water. To reset these safety fuses, all that is required is to push the red button.
The steam should spray as close to the floor as possible. It should not be raised high above the floor so as to cause steam to dissipate through the air. Finally, the base should be broad enough and easy enough to handle, so it does not tip over during or after use.
Each steam mop should come with replacement mop heads. Additional components that can make your job easy include detachable wands for cleaning walls or counter tops. For grout, look for units that come with detachable bristle brushes. These brushes can make cleaning rough services easier than wiping with a cloth.
Many steam mops also vacuum. However, such units do not offer much vacuuming power. As such, you can save time, money, and hassle by purchasing a steam mop designed to do one thing well instead of a vacuuming mop that does many things poorly.
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