Steam mops are one of the longest-lasting and sanitary cleaning tools for cleaning floors. You might think they are just useful because they can clean floors more quickly than a regular mop, but they also do a deeper cleaning faster.
Most steam mops kill over 99% of any bacteria, and because they only use hot water, you might fall in love with it if you can’t handle the smell of strong cleaning products.
Here are the best models on the market this year. Let’s check them out!
Our Top Steam Mops List
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1. Bissell PowerFresh 1940
This is one of the most popular models out now, and that is probably because it is one of the most powerful units available. It has a standard square-shaped , a rounded and slim tank, and a pretty regular cord and handle area.
The only downside of this model (though not a biggie) is that regardless of the level it is on, it can steam out a few inches around the , meaning it might be a little warm on your close to the mop. However, as long as you are standing at least a or two away from the , this can be one of your best options if you plan on either doing deep cleaning to remove old grime or regular sanitizing.
- Is one of the most popular and durable
- Heats up quickly
- Is easy to use
- Pad is easy to remove and clean
- Can mist out around the pad
2. Light ‘N’ Easy Multi Functional Steam Mop
This mop’s tank is detachable, but it can also be used as a handheld unit to either steam clothes or clean other surfaces like bathroom and kitchen counters. The handle can also be extended depending on the user’s height, too.
The unit can heat up quickly, but the tank is a bit smaller than average. If you are planning on using it for cleaning multiple areas in one day, you can expect to fill it up at least a few times. Although, a full tank is large enough to steam several of your shirts or pants in one sitting.
- Is one of the most popular models
- Is one of the strongest models
- Attachments work just as well
- Can be tricky with edges and corners
3. Bissell Sapphire PowerFresh Deluxe 1806
This model can be used as a normal steam mop, but the pad and head can be removed around the joint that allows it to swivel. Without the head, there are small fine bristles that you can use to clean a particular spot that is in a corner or other compact area.
On the other hand, if you plan on using it in another room, you can count on waiting for a minute or so for it to heat back up again; it cools down pretty quickly once unplugged. On the bright side, it does come with a measuring cup for refilling the reservoir, and it is designed for you to be able to tuck/store it within the mop, too.
- Easy to assemble
- Easy to change and clean the pad
- Easily moves around corners and edges
- Heats up quickly
- Quickly cools down if unplugged
4. Shark Genius S5003D Hard Floor Cleaning System
This mop is a little more simple in its design, but you might notice it is pretty similar to the first model. This is one of your more expensive options, and you might find it a little less free-moving than some of the other mops, but it is one of the more simple and powerful models you could get.
Although, unlike the other models, this one has a setting that folds the pad in on itself before releasing it, meaning you do not have to touch the now dirty pad to throw it into a laundry basket.
- Easy to assemble
- Has a thick and soft mop pad
- Easily moves around corners or edges
- Can remove scuff marks quickly
- Can be difficult to use
5. PurStream ThermaPro 10-in-1
This is another model that has a detachable tank, but when it is detached, it does seem to have more handle room than some of the other models. You can also see into the tank to see if it is near empty or not.
It is one of the more affordable and powerful models. The one downside that we have noticed would have to be that when it is being pulled back, it seems to angle up more and raise off of the floor.
Because of this, most of the cleaning is done in frontward strokes, meaning you may have to mop over areas twice as much depending on how dirty the floor is. On the other hand, lifting the mop at an angle when doing backstrokes seems to be a quick and easy fix for you.
- Is simple to use and assemble
- Is affordable
- Heats up quickly
- Can be difficult to use backwards
6. Bissell PowerFresh 2075A
The last on this list, this is one of the rare mops that has the tank and controls all in the handle of the mop instead of in the middle of the body. It can also be detached from the pole of the mop and used with other attachments for a variety of cleaning you need to be done.
It is one of the more expensive models and does seem to use up water faster than some of the other mops, but because of the design, you can find it easier to fill up compared to the others since you do not need to bend over to detach the reservoir or lift the unit to directly fill it up. It is great for hardwood floors.
- Handle can be extended
- Is simple and easy to use
- Handheld unit is just as powerful
- Heats up quickly
- Needs to be refilled more often
Verdict & Review
Our pick out of all of these is the Bissell PowerFresh 1940. It has one of the larger-sized tanks, a longer-than-average cord, and is one of the most powerful and most affordable steam mops on the market at this time.
You just have to make sure that you keep a safe distance between you and the pad while the mop is on to avoid any steam burns.
In order to be warm enough to sanitize, the mop has to heat up to at least 170 degrees Fahrenheit, and while most mops do, there are a few that are cheaper in quality that cannot reach that minimum temperature. Because of this, the water cannot evaporate after you mop which can lead to slippery tiles and possibly even water damage. Some of the higher quality mops can heat the water up more or reach the minimum temperature within less than a minute.
Remember, the hotter the temperature, the more likely you can do a better job at cleaning, sanitizing, and drying quickly, but you also have to be more careful when using the mop to avoid getting burned.
Size and weight
If you do not want to keep refilling the water reservoir, then you will probably want to get a mop with a larger tank, but that means the mop will be heavier. Most mops have a dry weight of around 4 to 7 pounds, but there are a few out there that can weigh more than 10 pounds.
The average water take size is usually between 10 to 16 ounces, but again, they can come in smaller or larger sizes depending on the model.
Controls and features
The controls can be found in either the top, within or near the handle, or around the midsection of the mop. Some come with only a low and a high setting while others can have a few more settings or levels.
When it comes to the features, some can come with attachments or detach from the main unit itself for you to get to hard to reach places, steam things besides flooring, and more. If you are looking for a mop with a lot of controls and features, you might have to spend some extra time or money since they are a little rarer, but they can be worth it.
However, if you are looking for a multi-purpose mop, then they can be quite useful and convenient, but you will probably have to refill the water reservoir more often if you plan on using it for multiple types of cleaning in one day.
Ease of use
If you want a mop that is a little more easy to use when it comes to bordering corners or furniture, then you will probably want to pick one with a turning joint at the base, just above the mop portion.
These joints can allow the mop to pivot better, but they can be easier more which can be a good thing if you are always paying attention to where the mop is going. If not, you can find it pretty easy to slip or lose control, putting you at risk of getting burned.
Steam Mops FAQ
How are they different from regular mops?
A regular mop needs to be dunked into a bucket that is filled with water before being applied to the floor. You can tell that they are less effective and sanitary than a steam mop, especially if you do not boil your water first. They also cannot be cleaned as easily, making them have a shorter lifespan.
Can you use a steam mop on other floor types like carpet?
Yes, steam mops can be used for practically every kind of flooring out there. You can sanitize carpets, but you cannot clean them as well as you could with hardwood, linoleum, or tile flooring; carpet cleaners are needed for a deep cleaning for carpets.
However, whether it is because of the material of the carpet or the temperature of the steam mop, some carpets react differently to a steamer and can take longer or shorter to dry than others.
You can either test a small section out first or look up other users’ experiences with steaming the same type of carpet as yours.
What kind of water can I use?
Unlike a regular mop, a steam mop should be used with distilled water to prevent premature aging to the mop. You could use water from your tap, but it can contain high amounts of minerals like calcium and magnesium which can dirty and ruin the inside of your mop over time.
How does a steam mop work?
You would fill up the water reservoir that is either built into the mop or can be detached from it. This water is then heated by the mop directly and, once it is hot enough, it is applied to whatever floors you are going clean and sanitize using it.