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The Best Steam Mops for Your Home

The Best Steam Mops for Your Home

By Marlene Eisner

January 25, 2021

No matter how often we clean the house, it seems to get dirty again in a blink of an eye — especially the floors. Of course, that’s no surprise, given all the foot traffic in the hallway and spilled food in the kitchen; also, not to mention what gets dragged into the basement. Using a traditional mop can do an adequate job picking up sand, dust and dirt, but for a real deep clean that sanitizes, there’s nothing like a steam mop.

After a long walk with your pet through a trail or a trip to the park with your kids, you don’t want to bring all of the outside, inside. Not only can you use it for your home but you can also use it for your car seats as well. Steam mops are amazingly effective at loosening and removing stubborn stains like jam, sticky syrup and muddy footprints from floors. They're also eco-friendly. Most steam mops are lightweight and easy to use, with pivoting heads and handles to get into tough spots. Some commercial, or all-in-one, models offer you more versatility to clean areas you rarely focus on.

Picking the right one comes down to the kind of surfaces you need to clean, and your general routine. Cleaning can be made easier with a steam mop. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for the best steam mops, along with details on the best features to consider when buying.

1. Editor's Pick: Bissell PowerFresh Pet Steam Mop

ProsCons
  • Odour-eliminating fragrance discs
  • Removable water tank for easy refilling
  • Comes with two reusable microfibre pads
  • Water tank is a bit small
  • Water tank can be difficult to remove

Key Specs

Item Weight: 6.2 lbs.
Type of Water: Distilled or demineralized water recommended
Warranty: 2, limited

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If you own a dog or cat, we don’t have to tell you how dirty floors can get. Between muddy paws and sticky accidents, it’s not just about the dirt; there’s the odour and bacteria to think about. This steam mop from Bissell is an ideal choice for anyone who wants an eco-friendly way to clean up after their pets. Even if you don’t have pets, we recommend this model for busy households with kids, friends and multiple family members.

The Bissell can eliminate 99 per cent of germs and bacteria, and is especially useful because its odour-eliminating discs, which not only clean, but odourize, your surfaces. What's more, the mop’s SmartSet digital variable steam-control system allows you to choose the level of steam you should use to clean your hard floors and surfaces, including: hardwood, ceramic, tile, granite, marble and linoleum.

2. Best Budget Option: Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop

ProsCons
  • Three steam controls
  • Dual-sided cleaning pads
  • No-touch dirt grip pad release
  • No grout-cleaner head attachment
  • Heavier than other models

Key Specs

Item Weight: 5.78 lbs.
Type of Water: Distilled or tap water recommended
Warranty: 1, limited

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This steam mop from Shark is a good introduction model for first-time steam mop users. Safely sanitizing and scrubbing your hardwood floors and surfaces, the steam mop has dual-sided grip pads and a steam blaster to attack tough, greasy messes. When you encounter a particularly dirty area, just flip the pad, use the steam blaster to infuse an extra stream of steam, and then wipe the mess away. That's all it takes with this one. It also has three settings that allows you to control the amount of steam you want to use on specific floor surfaces, and advanced maneuverability in its mop head allows for easy access in tough-to-reach spots like under tables, desks and chairs.

3. Best Lightweight Option: Light N' Easy Steam Mop Cleaner

ProsCons
  • Dries quickly
  • Swivel mop head
  • Comes with a carpet glider
  • Corded
  • Electrical cord could be longer
  • Small water tank

Key Specs

Item Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Type of Water: Tap
Warranty: 1

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If you're looking for a lightweight steam mop that's easy to maneuver and carry around the house, check this out. This model from Light N' Easy is perfect for condos with laminate flooring and basements with old tiles. It can eliminate various bacteria on your tile, grout, laminate floors, engineered hardwood floors, vinyl, carpet and stone. In just one minute of plugging it in, you can start cleaning, which is the benefit of having a corded steam mop cleaner. Also included is three washable, microfibre pads and a carpet glider as well.

4. Best All-in-One Steam Mop Cleaner: ThermaPro 10-in-1 Steam Mom Cleaner

ProsCons
  • Surface scrubber
  • Detachable section makes it portable
  • Comes with attachments to handle different cleaning tasks
  • Short cord length
  • More expensive than a regular steam mop

Key Specs

Item Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Type of Water: Tap
Warranty: 2

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Sometimes you want a device that specializes in only one thing. But when it comes to cleaning the house, why lug around a litany of equipment when one machine can do it all? For anyone who wants the cleaning power of a steam mop to work its magic on every area of the house and more, we recommend this model from Thermapro. It has 10 attachments to tackle pretty much any cleaning task. It heats up in 30 seconds and has three modes to clean your hardwood floors, vinyl, tiles, marble, ceramic and porcelain tiles. What's great about this model is that it has a detachable, handheld steam cleaner that can get to every area you can reach. Think about the areas above your cabinets or the wall behind your stove. It's also great for clothes, drapes and other fabrics.

5. Best Heavy-Duty Steam Mop Cleaner: Dupray Neat Steam Cleaner

ProsCons
  • Low moisture heat system
  • Comes with accessories or attachments
  • Steam lock for continuous steam
  • Waiting time of 20 minutes to refill
  • No water indicator to gauge how much water is left

Key Specs

Item Weight: 9 lbs.
Type of Water: Tap
Warranty: 2 (lifetime on steam cleaner boiler)

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For those who drive their kids around a lot and don’t have leather seats, the Dupray is a great model to ensure you’re killing the bacteria and germs that can be harmful to their health. It can easily remove dirt, grease, and stains while killing 99.9 per cent of bacteria, viruses, pathogens, bedbugs and mould from any type of floors or surfaces. The large sized 1,600 ml water tank provides up to 50 minutes of continuous cleaning time and is easy to fill using the built-in funnel.

Unlike other steam mops, there is no need to use special cleaning pads; any regular towel or cloth will do. The unit is lightweight and portable, and with an extra long 16-foot electrical cord and a 6-foot, 6-inch steam hose, you can get to all those hard-to-reach spots. It also comes with 18 accessories for flexible cleaning.

What to Look for When Choosing a Steam Mop

Ease of Use: There are a number of factors to consider ensuring the steam mop you purchase is easy to handle and use.

Tank Capacity: If you clean small areas at a time, you won’t have to worry about running out of water mid-clean. However, if you’re the type of person who devotes one day to clean the whole house, look for a steam mop with a decent water tank capacity. You may have to fill it mid-way through your cleaning, but it will be fewer times than if you’re starting off with a small tank.

Filling the Water Tank: Along with the size of the water tank, check to see how you’re supposed to fill it. Is it easy to remove from the base? Can you bring it to the sink to fill? If you can’t remove the tank, is there a hose or funnel that makes the process easier? This may seem like a small thing, but if you want to spend less time cleaning your house, having an easy and efficient way to fill the water tank is an advantage.

The Cord: One of the major complaints from people who have owned steam mops is the length of the cord. More often than not, it’s too short, meaning it has to be unplugged and plugged into a socket numerous times as you work through a space. This may not be a headache for cleaning a modern dwelling, since they tend to have many outlets, but some older homes may only have one or two outlets per room, regardless of the size, so in these cases, a long cord would be beneficial.

The Type of Water: The great thing about steam mops is that they clean and sanitize your floors using only water, with no harsh chemicals. That being said, some models recommend only using distilled water or distilled mineral water, which can be an extra expense. Other models work well with tap water so, if you want to save money, find a model that accepts regular water.

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