With allergy rates on the rise and more and more doctors concerned about the effects artificial detergents may have on our bodies, there’s a growing tendency to turn to natural cleaning options. On top of that, researchers found that using steam to sanitize and scrub surfaces is an easier, more effective, and much safer choice than chemical cleaners.
Harness the power of steam and kill up to 99.9% of germs while simultaneously sweeping away dirt and grime from both hard floors and carpets.
A Quick Comparison
Before we jump into detailed reviews of these market-leading steam mops, let’s take a quick look at the most important advantages and the biggest drawbacks of each. We hope this table will help you narrow down your choices and evaluate what you really want from a steam mop.
Good: This is a full-function steam mop with numerous attachments including a hose, capable of handling difficult messes while scenting your home.
Not so good: Unsurprisingly considering its virtues, this cleaning machine both weighs and costs more than most.
Bottom Line: If you need something that can handle almost any kind of dirt, own pets and don’t mind the cost, this is not a bad choice.
Good: This mop comes with a broad, rectangular and smaller, pointed head to make both wide-area and detailed cleaning easy.
Not so good: Is not able to function as a handheld steamer or vacuum, and is on the expensive side compared to some others.
Bottom Line: If you want an easy-to-use steam mop that can be used on laminate and bamboo flooring, as well as in tight spaces, this one is worth a detailed look.
Good: This steam mop offers a scrubber brush, three steam intensity settings and scented fragrance discs to freshen your home.
Not so good: The carpet glide attachment has to be bought separately, the water tank’s cap breaks easily, and there’s no “Off” switch.
Bottom Line: This affordable steamer has several good points for its price, in particular the built-in scrubber which helps remove stuck-on messes swiftly and simply.
Good: This appliance’s versatility – it works as a mop, a carpet cleaner and a handheld steamer – makes this a pretty good buy considering its affordable price.
Not so good: Doesn’t come with as many attachments and functions as some other multi-functional steamers, and feels like it could break easily.
Bottom Line: If you want a very lightweight multi-functional steam device that won’t see constant or heavy-duty use, the Dirt Devil should satisfy.
Good: Multiple steam settings, a self-attach/detach mop pad system, and a lightweight design are among its most noteworthy qualities.
Not so good: The thick, soft material on this mop’s pads makes it difficult to clean tough, caked-on slops and grime.
Bottom Line: If you have a delicate floor or just want something capable of giving your floor a basic steam clean, this will help you with that and a little bit more.
Good: This dual-tank system infuses detergent into your steam for extra cleaning power when you need it.
Not so good: Does not include features such as adjustable steam settings and accepts only the manufacturer’s own detergent.
Bottom Line: This mop has a lot to offer at a low price. If you’re willing to work with a triangular mop head and don’t need something feature-rich, this is a good choice.
Good: The convenience of a built-in vacuum makes this a suitable choice for people with large homes and little time.
Not so good: Does not come with a carpet glider, and the vacuum doesn’t produce as much suction as a dedicated appliance would.
Bottom Line: If your home is large, contains little carpeting and gets cleaned frequently, this vacuum-steam mop may actually cut your cleaning time in half.
Good: Can optionally use ordinary towels instead of the manufacturer’s pads and cleans surfaces other than floors.
Not so good: This is one of the heaviest steam mops on our list. Although it can be used upside down, this will take a toll on your arms.
Bottom Line: If you’re strong enough to handle its 9½ pound weight, this more expensive multi-purpose steamer can certainly make your life easier.
Good: Affordably-priced, well-built and effective at its job, this mop deserves recognition for being an affordable option that punches above its weight.
Not so good: Doesn’t come with a carpet glider or in fact any other special attachments, limiting its usefulness.
Bottom Line: Considering the price of this mop, the lack of special features makes sense, but it’s still a good choice for cleaning hard floors.
Good: This mop includes three steam settings, a carpet glider attachment, and uses a triangular rather than right-angled head.
Not so good: Isn’t capable of being a handheld steamer, doesn’t come with scrubbing pads, and the manufacturer requires you to pay for return shipping in case of a warranty issue.
Bottom Line: If you mostly want a somewhat basic, easy-to-maneuver steamer mop that fits into corners nicely, this is worth looking at.
Good: Not really a steam mop but similar, this machine vacuums up its own water/detergent mixture as it goes, leaving the floor mostly dry and very clean.
Not so good: Uses chemicals, is pretty heavy, doesn’t work on carpet, and the motor should really have been a bit more powerful for better reliability.
Bottom Line: If your floors often look nasty and you don’t mind using soap, this may be your best bet for achieving clean (but not sterilized) floors.
Good: The mop attachment can be removed to make it a handheld steam cleaner, while multiple vents ensure even coverage.
Not so good: The build quality isn’t great considering the price, while the manufacturer doesn’t have a great reputation for after-sales service.
Bottom Line: If you’ve previously owned a HAAN steamer, you might well be drawn to this one. However, if you just want an economical multi-functional appliance, another might be best.