The 6 Best Mops to Buy in 2018

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Dread mopping? You're not alone – it can be messy, time-consuming and just plain exhausting to scrub a dirty floor. But take heart: Today’s mops won’t necessarily doom you to sloshing around with a heavy bucket or rinsing a dirty mop head in the sink.

Be sure to pick the right mop for the level of grime you’re dealing with. Dust mops are meant for quick touch-ups between deep cleans. They’re convenient for picking up pet hair and other dry debris, but won’t do much for sticky spills or...MORE 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. That’s especially important for hardwood floors that can sustain damage if they get too wet. And don’t forget spray mops – they use built-in cleaners and easy spray controls for the ultimate in convenience, but they may not be able to replace wet mops for tougher jobs.

No matter what you need, one of these six mops should be able to leave your floors gleaming: 

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    If you need a reliable mop suited for all kinds of messes, thousands of reviewers recommend you 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...MORE 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. 

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    Looking for a lightweight, inexpensive wet mop that won’t let you down? The O-Cedar Light ‘N Thirsty is reliable and budget-friendly, reviewers say. It’s recommended for hard flooring including tile, ceramic, linoleum and marble, and some users also like it for wood floors, too. Owners say they’re able to really get into nooks and crannies with the mop head, and they appreciate how light and easy to maneuver it is, too. 

    The O-Cedar’s super-absorbent, non-woven cloth mop heads are washable up to...MORE around 50 times – after that, users can purchase new mop heads for about $9. Users say the material does a great job of soaking up water and messes without excess dripping, but some still recommend using it with a wringer bucket to make it easier to manage. A few grouse that the handle is a bit too short, and some owners say they find the mop heads a little too skimpy for larger messes.  

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    The best-selling Swiffer WetJet is still one of the best spray mops on the market, according to hundreds of happy users. They say 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...MORE 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, owners say: 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. They 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. 

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    Thousands of happy reviewers say that the best-selling O-Cedar Easy Wring Microfiber Spin Mop is the twist mop they want in their 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...MORE 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 reviewers particularly love. Though feedback is overwhelmingly positive, some owners say the plastic is flimsy and breaks down over time. 

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    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...MORE easily. Besides being a workhorse in cleaning it looks good too! 

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    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...MORE 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.

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