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Do you dread mopping? You're not alone—it can be messy, time-consuming, and just plain exhausting. Luckily, though, today’s mops no longer require a heavy bucket or manual rinsing, and with the right pick, the chore doesn't have to be as painful.
Dust mops are meant for quick touch-ups between deep cleans. They’re great for picking up pet hair and other dry debris but won’t do much for sticky spills or ground-in dirt. Wet mops (including sponge and twist mops) are better for tougher messes, and most have some sort of wringing mechanism that helps you control how much moisture to use. And don’t forget spray mops—they use built-in cleaners and intuitive controls for convenience.
Here, the best mops to get your floors gleaming now.
If you need a reliable mop suited for all kinds of messes, look no further than the Microfiber Wholesale Professional Microfiber Mop. Since it comes with two wet mop pads and a dust pad, it’s equally comfortable with heavy-duty and light touch-ups, and owners say the large, 18-inch mop head helps them speed through chores, leaving smaller mops in the dust.
Owners are most impressed with durability here: Unlike many flimsier competitors that rely on plastic parts, this Microfiber Wholesale mop has a stainless-steel handle and an aluminum frame that better withstands deep scrubbing and frequent use. The handle is height-adjustable from 4 feet to 6 feet, and the mop head swivels 360 degrees for comfortable cleaning under furniture, alongside cabinets, and in other hard-to-reach spots. The mop heads are machine washable and suited for use on all kinds of hard floors. Though a few users say its size makes it a bit heavy and more difficult to use in smaller rooms, the vast majority appreciate the size and say this is the mop to beat.
"I’m not going to lie—I was skeptical about how well this mop could clean using just water. Even after going around the room, the mop pad didn’t look that dirty. However, when I rinsed the pad out, it was like a mudslide coming out of the microfiber fabric. I have no idea where all that dirt was hiding, but I was extremely impressed that it managed to pick up all that grime."—Camryn Rabideau, Product Tester
The best-selling O-Cedar Easy Wring Microfiber Spin Mop is the twist mop you will want in your cleaning arsenal. It comes with a bucket that has a built-in, hands-free wringer that owners say is a snap to use. It can be controlled with a foot pedal – wring mostly dry for just a touch of moisture, or spin just a couple of times to leave more moisture for tougher jobs. The mop is safe on any hard floor, including wood.
The O-Cedar microfiber mop heads are suitable for wet or dry use, and the triangular shape makes it easy to clean dusty corners. The mop heads can be tossed in the washer for easy cleaning. Refill mop heads are available for about $8, and O-Cedar recommends replacing them every three to six months. The wringer bucket has a built-in splash guard, and the mop handle can lay nearly flat to maneuver under cabinets and furniture. The handle also telescopes from 33 to 51 inches, a feature that taller users particularly love. Though feedback is overwhelmingly positive, some owners say the plastic is flimsy and breaks down over time.
"While the small, flexible mop head was useful for getting under our clawfoot bathtub, into corners, and behind the toilet, it did make the cleaning process take longer than we would have liked—a larger mop would have made quick work of the room."—Camryn Rabideau, Product Tester
The best-selling Swiffer WetJet is still one of the best spray mops on the market, It's hard to beat the convenience of the no-bucket WetJet system, which is recommended for any sealed hard flooring including finished wooden floors. WetJet starter kits include a mop, 500-milliliter bottle of cleaning solution, and five mop pads.
The WetJet comes with two kinds of disposable mop pads: original pads suited for lighter duty, and pads with scrubber zones better suited for stuck-on gunk. Refills are relatively inexpensive at around $12 for a box of 24; new bottles of cleaning solution are under $5. Using the WetJet is easy: The pads attach to the mop head with Velcro, and cleaning solution is easy to spray onto the floor using a button on the handle. Users love the all-in-one ease of using a WetJet, and most say it’s a great way to keep floors clean from day-to-day. Others do caution that the WetJet may not be robust enough for a deep clean, though, and a few complain about broken spray jets or other durability issues.
"I was impressed at how well the Swiffer WetJet managed to trap dirt and scrub off old stains, even just using the standard cleaning pad. Some of the tougher marks required a bit of pressure on the handle, but within a few strokes, the splotches were history."—Camryn Rabideau, Product Tester
The only thing better than a mop that makes your job easier is a mop that does your job for you, which is just what this mopping robot from Braava does. It sweeps and mops your floors with just the touch of a button. This battery-powered machine will mop for up to three hours after you add water and a mild cleaning solution and program it.
When the job is done, just return it to its charging cradle where it will recharge in just about two hours. It comes with two microfiber cleaning clothes, one for dry mopping and one damp mopping. It’s quiet and smart enough to avoid things like stairs and carpets too.
Customers say it’s great on mud, pet hair and other messes, and they’re amazed just how easy it is to use and how quiet it is. Some caution, however, that it doesn’t do as good of a job as a traditional mop, and you’ll probably have to whip yours out occasionally for heavy-duty cleaning, but say this is great for in between. It’s also, of course, quite a bit pricier than traditional mops, but we think it's well worth it.
"Because you’re not supposed to use a heavy-duty cleaning solution, it’s not all that effective at removing dried-on stains and other splotches. To this end, it’s better suited for regular maintenance than it is for deep cleaning."—Camryn Rabideau, Product Tester
An easy-to-use sponge mop can handle tough messes in places other mops have a hard time reaching, including tight edges and corners. Buyers say the Casabella Original mop is one of the best on the market, with a very sturdy build that can stand up to years of heavy-duty use.
This Casabella Original has a sturdy steel pull and a heavy-duty lever to make sure you can wring out the sponge head properly. The mop head is made of a 10-inch reusable cellulose sponge that you can order replacements of easily. Besides being a workhorse in cleaning it looks good too!
A dust mop is a great tool for quick touch-ups, especially for pet owners who are constantly finding new clumps of pet hair lurking in corners or under furniture. The O-Cedar Dual Action Dust Mop is one of the best around for dry mopping, hundreds of enthusiastic users say. Most love the large, thick microfiber mop head, which is dense enough to grab dust, dirt, hair and more.
Like most O-Cedar mops, this one features a machine-washable head. It’s made of chenille and microfiber, and it can handle up to 50 trips through the washer before requiring a replacement – those run only about $9 each. Users say it’s easy to maneuver this mop, which swivels freely and can sweep under furniture and cabinets with a handle that can lie nearly flat. The handle also extends for taller users. Some reviewers caution that the connection mechanism between the mop and handle is just too flimsy, though.
Hardwood floors are gorgeous and durable, but they also take special care to keep them looking their best. This mop from O-Cedar gets high marks for doing just that. Designed specifically for hardwood floors, it can be used damp or wet (no chemicals necessary, just use water, and its microfiber surface is gentle on the wood, but tough enough to get up dirt, dust and pet hair.
It’s lightweight and has a swivel joint, so it’s easy to maneuver and get into all your corners and crevices. When you’re finished with the job, just throw the removable cover into the washing machine so it’s ready for the next round.
Customers give this mop high marks and are pretty passionate about it— it being a mop and all. One wrote: “It really will make your life easier, just as it says. It feels very strange to say I am impressed with this mop. But I really am.”
For a reliable mop that can be used wet or dry, you can’t go wrong with the Microfiber Wholesale Professional Microfiber Mop. It has an 18-inch mop head that swivels 360 degrees for comfortable cleaning under furniture, alongside cabinets, and more. However, if you prefer a twist mop, we recommend the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop & Bucket System. It has a built-in, hands-free wringer that owners say is easy to use.
Wet vs. dry Are you looking for a mop to dust hardwood floors or to deep-clean tile? Dry mops are more effective for the former and can be a good line of defense against dust and pet hair. Wet mops, on the other hand, are great for cleaning up bigger messes and keeping tile looking clean and sparkly. Some flat-head mops, which are usually made of microfiber, are designed to be used both dry and wet.
Maintenance Take note of whether a mop features a machine-washable head, making it easier to clean between uses. While many microfiber or chenille mops can be washed this way, other types—like sponge mops—are more difficult to clean. Additionally, it pays to consider the cost of replacement heads for any mop you choose.
Wringing mechanism The key to cleaning floors effectively is to have the right amount of moisture in your mop. There are various wringing mechanisms to help you accomplish this, and some are easier to use than others. In-bucket wringers will often do the heavy work for you and protect you from splashes, while mops outfitted with a manual wringer will require you to twist or pull to squeeze out extra moisture.