Let's take an honest look at the Shark steam mop. We discuss the features, consumer reviews and compare Shark mops against other steamers in the market.
Are they as great as those infomercials make them out to be?
Shark’s line of steam mops are created by the company Shark and are otherwise known as the Euro-Pro Corporation. These mops are heavily marketed throughout the US and world via many of those Television infomercials I’m sure you’re familiar with.
If you’re here, and want a realistic review of these mops, you’ve come to the right place.
We will discuss features, cost, consumer reviews and comparisons with other steam mops so that you can make a more informed choice.
The models that are currently available include:
---Shark S3501 Deluxe Steam Pocket Mop
---Shark S3101 Steam Mop
---Shark S3202 Deluxe
---Shark SC630 Portable Steam Pocket
---Shark Vac Then Steam Mop
---Shark Light & Easy Mop
Main Features and Functionality Of The Shark Steam Mop:
Almost all of the Shark steam mops are particularly light in comparison to other brands of steam mops including Bissell, H20 etc.
They weigh in the range of as little as 3 lbs to 6 lbs. Because these mops are so light, it makes handling them easier and creates the least resistance when pushing along your floors.
However, many consumers agree that because they are so lightweight, they can be a bit flimsy. Many consumers prefer the Bissell steam mop in this category as they tend to be sturdier, more durable and last longer.
Each steam mop comes with at least 2 microfiber cleaning pads. These pads are very absorbent and strong and easily “capture” dirt within its fibers.
If you’re buying a steam mop, it is recommended that you purchase one with microfiber pads as these will provide you the most bang for your buck. These pads can be washed and reused repeatedly.
The Shark steam pocket mop is different in that it provides two sides for cleaning. The mop head is double sided which allows you to simply flip it over and continue cleaning.
This is particularly useful when you have large areas to clean and don’t want to go through the trouble of changing cleaning pads mid-cleaning.
Additionally, you usually get a triangular shaped head along with the normal mop heads. These are interchangeable and are great for use when you need to clean tight areas and around furniture.
It is particularly useful for mopping around the toilet.
One of the notable features of Shark steam mops is that they have adjusted most of their models to increase the power cord length.
This has always been a concern among customers, since many other steam mops have cords that are simply too short!
Thankfully, Shark has addressed this issue and their cord length ranges from between 20 to as much as 30 feet in length. This provides you with more than enough length to easily clean an entire room or hall.
The Shark steam cleaners are relatively inexpensive especially when compared to the cost of other brands of steam mops. They are usually cheaper than Haan, Steamboy, H20 and Monster mops.
The Bissell steam mop is however priced similarly to the Shark. This is however subject to change and varies a lot depending on where you buy.
The best place to buy steam mops is on Amazon.com as their prices tend to be much lower.
In comparing consumer opinions about the Shark steamer, many people agree that the Shark delivers just the right amount of steam.
There are ongoing debates that the Shark beats the Bissell steam mop in this category as some think that the Bissell produces too much steam.
Another great feature is that the Pocket mop absorbs the majority of the water residue that is left behind when steam cleaning. This helps your floors to dry much faster.
Also, if you have both hard floors and carpets, the Shark includes a carpet glider attachment which allows you to steam clean your carpets. This allows you to get dual functionality with a Shark.
All of the Shark models need very little prep time before being ready to steam: between 15 and 40 seconds and the Deluxe S3202 model even provides continuous refill.
This means that you can refill the tank at anytime, even while cleaning so that you can clean for however long you desire without stopping.
Popular Shark Steam Mop Models and What Consumers Say
Now we shall have a quickly look at some individual models that are popular and widely used. Instead of just listing out features, we will provide you with what you really want to know: what are the experiences of people who have actually used it?
The detailed reviews covering features and other information will be covered in subsequent articles which are linked to at the bottom of this page.
Consumers liked that this model has a bigger tank than other steamers which can hold about 1 ¾ cups of water. The long power cord is a huge plus which was well appreciated as well as the 360 degree swivel head.
Many found that it worked superbly on their floors and even though it left behind some water, it dried quickly. What’s interesting is that many of the reviewers either "love" this mop or flat out hate it.
The negative reviews include that Shark has poor customer service which was outsourced to countries where they didn’t speak English very well.