The steam mop or steam broom is an altered version of the mop that is used to clean floors such as and including hardwood floors, tile, carpet, kitchen floors and more.
So how does it work?
The mop comes equipped with a tank or water reservoir which becomes heated to produce steam. The temperatures reach up to 120 Degrees Celsius or more depending on the steamer.
The mops may have one or up to even fifteen jets to allow the steam to be released onto a microfiber pad. The steam which is “injected” into the pad causes the pad to draw the dirt from off of the floor and deep into the pad where it is locked in.
When cleaning with a steam broom, the pad basically retains the dirt and after use should be washed.
The microfiber mop is generally reusable which makes it a very economical way of cleaning.
Additionally, you get to clean all of your floors without the use of chemicals or detergents and have them even cleaner than if you did use them.
This mop is superior to the traditional mop as it does not leave any residue on your floor. When mopping using the traditional mop, you are spreading the dirt and water around the floor as the mop strands do not effectively retain the dirt.
This causes you to do even more work by repeatedly mopping the area until it is clean.
The heat from the steam kills 99% of bacteria, dust mites and other harmful organisms on your floors making them perfectly safe and clean for your enjoyment.
These mops are better to use than traditional mops on wood floors as they would not cause the natural shine to wear out as quickly as using chemicals and detergents on them.
Some steamers can be even used on carpets to refresh them and remove light stains! Of course a steam mop cannot replace a vacuum or SteamVac when it comes to cleaning your carpets, but they are certainly capable of touch up jobs.
There are numerous brands of steam type mops on the market today. These include offerings from all of the major home cleaning brands: the Haan steam mop, Bissell, Oreck, Shark (Euro pro), Lysol, Eureka, Reliable Steamboy, h2o mop, Dirt devil, Euroflex, Smart mop and so many more.
With so many mops with different features and prices, choosing one can be a bit of a headache. However, we have analyzed consumer trends and reviews on these mops and shall present the top steamers that have the best reviews, features and cost.
Why is Bissell the top pick?
This cleaner has over 700 reviews that give it an overall four out of five star rating on Amazon. Consumers simply love this steam cleaning mop and it comes competitively priced at under $100.
This steamer does an excellent job on all types of bare floors including vinyl, tile, hardwood, laminate etc. It does a great job cleaning hard and sticky messes off of floors and is easy to operate.
This machine is not flimsy by any means and is sturdily built to withstand some wear and tear. This is certainly a high quality mop on a low end budget.
It provides great floor coverage and edge cleaning. It is lightweight at 9 lbs and is simple to put together and operate.
The main downside of this product is the cord length which is only 18 inches which means that you will have to use an extension cord. It is a minor setback for such a great machine.
This steamer comes in at 2nd place with over 600 reviews and a four out of five star ratings on Amazon. However, Amazon consumers aren’t the only ones with great things to say about this floor cleaner.
Consumers over at Wize, Bestbuy and Epinions also had great reviews. It offered similar cleaning power of the Bissell 1867-7, a continuous steam capability, adjustable handle for easy storage and their Magic Cloth does a superb job at absorbing dirt from floors.
The downside of this machine? Well, you definitely shouldn’t dry it in the dryer as shrinkage may occur and certain precautions should be taken when using the machine to avoid heat damage to your floors by the continuous steam option.
Make sure to turn off this function when setting down the steamer.
The Eureka 313A is quite cheap at under $80, but its performance is far from being cheap!
This steam cleaner comes in 3rd with over 200 reviews and a four out of five star rating.
Consumers love this product for many reasons (Not just its celebrity as seen on Tv mop status!).
The cleaner provides double the cleaning surface where you can simply flip it over while cleaning to use the other side. The mop heats up very quickly, almost immediately after being plugged in.
The cord is quite long (30’) which enables you to maneuver easily around the room if it is large and the steam dries very quickly.
The cost however, is a bit high at around $80 - $99 which is one of the downsides of the Shark s3501.
Over 150 customer reviews and a 2.5/5 star rating, the H20 steam mop comes in fourth on our list of top mops.
This cleaner does an excellent job when it comes to cleaning hardened messes like syrup and peanut butter. It is easy to set up and use and can be used on all types of floors.
It is a tad bit expensive at over $150 and has a few disadvantages which include a short cord and can leave behind too much water if care isn’t taken.
The head is triangularly shaped and it provides 360 degrees of motion which allows it to fit into tight corners and clean narrow spaces.
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