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When it comes to cleaning floors, vacuuming is important—but doesn’t get the whole job done, and sometimes a vacuum is not the best tool for the job. To get spic-and-span floors that are free from dust and grime, you’ll need to wield a mop.
There are a lot of options out there, from robots to sponge mops. Your choice of mop will depend on the type of floor you're cleaning, your mopping preferences, and your budget.
Here, the best mops in a range of categories.
Best Overall: Microfiber Wholesale 18" Professional Microfiber Mop
Our top pick is a simple, sleek choice made from microfiber, which does an excellent job of picking up dust, dirt, and hair. This versatile option can be used wet or dry. If you use it wet, dampen the pad with water. No need to immerse it in a bucket or even use soap.
This mop comes with several reusable microfiber pads, a dry sweeping pad, and two microfiber cleaning cloths. The pads can be thrown in the washing machine after use. The mop is ideal for any hard surface, whether made of linoleum, hardwood, or concrete. Since the handle is adjustable, you can telescope it to a comfortable length. It’s effortless, fast, and you won’t have to haul out a whole bunch of accessories.
"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
Best Budget: Libman Wonder Mop
This mess-free mop makes mopping easy. You soak the mop head in water, use the wringing sleeve to twist out the extra water, and never touch the grimy mop head or hot rinsing water.
The mop is made with wide microfiber strips that grab dirt. Once done with the mop, remove the head, hand wash it, or toss it in the washing machine to clean off the dirt.
This lightweight mop is suitable for use on all common hardwood surfaces. The construction is sturdy and durable, so it’ll last for a long time. Replacement mop heads are available when needed.
Best Mop and Bucket: O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop & Bucket System
The best-selling O-Cedar Easy Wring Microfiber Spin Mop is the mop and bucket system 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 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.
"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
Best Steam Mop: Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop
If you’re looking to give your floors a thorough clean and eliminate germs and bacteria, the Bissell Power Fresh is the way to go. This one offers a scrubber brush to help tackle any grime or sticky spots.
Minor assembly is required. To use it, fill up the water tank. It has three steam settings and heats up in 30 seconds once it's plugged in. If you want a scent, drop in a fragrance insert. This mop will brighten grout and help your floors achieve a like-new state of cleanliness.
"The PowerFresh is one of the lightest steam mops available, which made it easy to push around. The light design also helped us store it in the closet when we were finished. Unfortunately, there’s no way to hang the mop, so it took up some real estate on the floor."—Brie Dyas, Product Tester
Best for Hardwood Floors: Swiffer WetJet Hardwood and Floor Spray Mop Cleaner Starter Kit
Swiffer WetJet is a classic choice for a reason. It’s small and lightweight, making it easy to store and use. The mop’s swiveling head helps you easily reach tight corners and small spaces.
The mop is ideal for finished hardwood floors, cleaning without leaving streaks or residue. This bucket-free option makes it an easier mop to use since there’s no prep work required and no dirty bucket full of water to handle at the end.
"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
Best Robot: iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop
If you have a Roomba or other robot-powered vacuum cleaner, you’ve already embraced the power of technology to help you keep your home clean. This iRobot robotic device extends the concept to robotic mopping. Like the Roomba, it will travel throughout your home, making its way under and around the furniture to spray and clean the floors.
You can opt to use this robot cleaner to sweep your home or do a wet or damp mop. It can be used on a variety of floor surfaces. It works well in areas that need frequent clean-up, like the bathroom and kitchen.
This robot comes with a battery, battery charger, and several cleaning pads. This mop is adept at reaching tricky spots and gives you a clean similar to the Swiffer WetJet, except you don't have to lift a finger in the cleaning process.
Best Sponge Mop: Casabella Painted Steel Original Mop
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, featuring 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 for properly wringing out the sponge head. The mop head is made of a 10-inch reusable cellulose sponge. Replacement heads are easy to reorder. This cleaning workhorse also looks good.
"Mopping is not generally a wonderful household chore, but it's a little less unpleasant when you own the right mop. I can attest to the effectiveness of this one, which I've owned for a year now. The handle works well, as does the sponge, which is easy to replace or remove for cleaning (yes you have to clean your cleaning tools!) when necessary. This is a traditional upright mop, and I like that about it. It's easy to figure out and store." — Mélanie Berliet, General Manager
Best Dust Mop: LavoHome Super Absorbent Microfiber Noodle Dust Mop
If your floors collect dust, sand, pet hair, cat litter, or dirt, this mop can be incredibly helpful. It’s designed to reach into corners and follow along baseboards. It can also be used on dusty corners of the ceiling. It’s far more effective than a broom and dustpan.
The mop head is removable and can be thrown in the washing machine after use. If you plan to store this mop in a closet afterward, the end folds flat for easy storage in small spaces.
Best Spray: Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Floor Cleaning Kit
If you want to mop the floor and skip the bucket, spray mops serve this purpose. The Rubbermaid Reveal mop comes with a refillable bottle that slots into the mop’s pole. Fill the bottle with water and the cleaning solution of your choice, and use the spray trigger to dispense the liquid as needed.
This mop s equipped with reusable microfiber pads and a non-scratch scrubber as well. It can be used on a variety of surfaces in your home, including hardwood and laminate. The all-in-one Rubbermaid Reveal mop is lightweight yet sturdy and speeds up the cleaning process by eliminating the need for a bucket.
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 mop and bucket, we recommend the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop & Bucket System. It has a built-in, hands-free wringer that's easy to use.
What to Look for in a Mop
Wet vs. dry
Are you looking for a mop to dust hardwood floors or deep-clean tile? Dry mops are more effective for cleaning dust and pet hair. Wet mops are great for cleaning bigger messes and keeping tile looking clean and sparkly. Some flat-head mops, most made of microfiber, are designed to be used both dry and wet.
Take note of whether a mop features a machine-washable head. Most microfiber or chenille mop heads are removable and easy to clean between uses. Sponge mops are more difficult to clean and need replacing more frequently, adding to the cleaning tool's expense.
A good wringing mechanism is important for eliminating excess water from the mop head; it enables you to sop up messes more effectively. 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.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Madeleine Burry, a freelance writer who's covered everything from bedding and sewing machines to cleaning tools. In addition to The Spruce, her work has appeared on several leading publications. To make this list, Madeleine considered each mop's maintenance needs and wringing mechanism, as well as whether it's a wet or dry mop.