We Tested the Best Mops That Will Leave Your Floors Spotless

Our favorite mop is the BOSHENG Mop and Bucket

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Cleaning your floors can be a sticky situation if you don't have a quality mop. We purchased dozens of mops and put them to the test on different surfaces in The Lab and at home, scrubbing up fruit punch, barbecue sauce, damp potting soil, and dry paprika to evaluate effectiveness, maneuverability, and ease of setup and maintenance.

Our favorite, the BOSHENG Mop and Bucket, has a two-compartment bucket to clean and dry the mop head, comes with three washable pads, and tackles various types of wet and dry messes with ease.

Here are the best mops, backed by our testing.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: BOSHENG Mop and Bucket with Wringer Set

4.8
The BOSHENG Mop and Bucket with Wringer Set includes three washable, microfiber pads.

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    3/5
  • Effectiveness
    5/5
  • Portability
    4/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4/5
  • Maneuverability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Microfiber pads perform well on a variety of surfaces and messes

  • Bucket wrings out head for you

  • Easy to navigate around obstacles

What We Don't Like
  • Vague instructions

  • Longer cleanup time

What do buyers say? 89% of 400+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

The BOSHENG Mop is everything a cleaning tool should be. It excels on virtually all types of flooring, cleaning up both wet and dry messes with ease, and it comes with an intuitive bucket that wrings out the head for you. Our testers couldn’t say enough good things about the top-notch design and performance of this helpful set, and gave it a 5-star rating for effectiveness, maneuverability, and value. They noted the flat mop was able to clean up the fruit punch, barbecue sauce, damp soil, and dry paprika thoroughly and all "without requiring too much effort." They also noted that the swivel connection between the handle and the mop head made it very easy to navigate this mop around obstacles and into tight areas.

This mop comes with three washable, microfiber pads that can be used wet or dry. The unique bucket has two compartments: one for your water and soap, and one for wringing it out. The microfiber pads attach via velcro, and our testers loved that it was easy to set up and extremely low-maintenance. The only real "downside" we could find was that the mop takes longer than others to break down. The bucket, while absolutely essential to its functionality, according to our tester, needs to be emptied and washed, and the mop pad also needs to be wrung out. In addition, the bucket needs to be refilled a bit more often, but is ultimately great for storing the mop in your home.

All in all, this mop is a stellar addition to any cleaning closet, and our tester's favorite that they tested in The Lab by far. "This mop was pretty close to perfect," they said, additionally noting, "I would buy this mop, which says a lot, because I don't think I've ever purchased a mop in my life." You can count on it be a great option for all floors in any home, thanks to its versatile and gentle cleaning pad.

Dimensions: Mop, Not listed; Bucket, 9 x 7 x 15.4 inches | Weight: 3.89 pounds | Handle Length: 48.6 inches | Mop Type: Flat | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

Best Budget: Swiffer 2-in-1 Sweeper Dry and Wet Sweeping Starter Kit

4.8
Swiffer Sweeper 2-in-1 Mops

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    5/5
  • Effectiveness
    4/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    5/5
  • Maneuverability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Extremely lightweight

  • Disposable cloth pads

  • Good for small living spaces

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for large messes

  • Need to buy replacement pads

The Swiffer Sweeper is a very popular option for both wet and dry mopping, and it lived up to the hype during our testing. This lightweight mop is a breeze to set up, and you can’t beat the convenience of simply throwing away the disposable cleaning cloths when you’re done. (It took our testing team just five seconds to remove a cloth and throw it away.) Our testers rated it 5 stars for almost every attribute—and overall, we think you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better mop at such a budget-friendly price. 

The Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kit comes with 10 disposable pads—seven dry pads and three wet ones—and you can buy more at virtually any big-name retailer. While buying replacement pads does add to the lifetime cost of the flat mop, the product is safe to use on all floor types and gets into tight areas easily. We did find that it’s best for smaller messes, since the design isn't very heavy-duty. Additionally, it wasn’t a top performer during our dry mopping tests, leaving behind a small pile of dust after several strokes. However, the mop swivels well and is generally just as great as you've heard it to be.

Dimensions: 23.03 x 5 x 2.01 inches | Weight: 1.14 pounds | Handle Length: 23.03 inches | Mop Type: Flat | Mop Head Material: Cloth

The Swiffer Sweeper 2-in-1 mop sits on a tile surface during The Spruce's mops test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Tamara Staples

Best Spray: Swiffer WetJet PowerMop Starter Kit

4.9
The Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit includes a spray mop and variety of cleaning pads.

Walmart

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    4.5/5
  • Effectiveness
    4.5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    5/5
  • Maneuverability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Easy to attach and remove pads

  • Works on most hard floors

  • Cleaning solutions available

What We Don't Like
  • Need to apply pressure to tough stains

  • Some parts feel flimsy

The Swiffer WetJet boasts the same convenience as the beloved Swiffer Sweeper, but it offers more cleaning power thanks to its on-board cleaning solution. You can spray the solution using a button on the handle, and then use the disposable cleaning pads to trap dirt and grime on your floor. While you'll need to apply pressure to tough stains, the starter kit does come with a variety of mopping pads for targeting different spills, stains, and messes.

The Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit comes with six heavy-duty mopping pads, four original mopping pads, a bottle of cleaning solution, and batteries, which is key since the spray mop requires four AA batteries to operate. All in all, setting up this product is a breeze, though, and our tester loved the curved handle of the WetJet, which makes it more ergonomic to use. In their home, they found the spray mop was able to remove most stains and scuffs with just a few passes—though, tougher stains did require a little more elbow grease. When it comes to freshening up the mop, they noted that it's "as easy as it gets." Just know: this pick isn't as budget-friendly as it may appear. "I put a significant dent in the cleaning solution that was included," our home tester said. "You’ll probably find yourself needing more within a few uses."

Dimensions: 27.34 x 5.51 x 4.37 inches | Weight: 3.85 pounds | Handle Length: 45.96 inches | Mop Type: Spray | Mop Head Material: Cloth

The Swiffer WetJet and all of its included components sit on a carpeted surface in a product tester's home.

The Spruce / Camryn Rabideau

What Our Testers Say

"I particularly liked the curved handle of the WetJet, as it makes it more comfortable to hold and steer around the floor—no awkwardly turning your arms to get into corners. It’s a small detail, but one that’s often overlooked with other mops."—Camryn Rabideau, Product Tester

Best Steam: Bissell PowerFresh 3-in-1 Mop and Steam Cleaner

4.4
Bissell PowerFresh 3-in-1 Mop and Steam Cleaner

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    5/5
  • Effectiveness
    5/5
  • Portability
    4/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    5/5
  • Maneuverability
    4/5
What We Like
  • Three operation modes

  • No dirty water to clean up

  • Can use as a clothes steamer

What We Don't Like
  • Relatively expensive

  • Only two included mop pads

  • Has a cord

The Bissell PowerFresh costs more than your average mop, but it offers a lot more functionality, as well. This mop uses hot steam to clean and sanitize hard floors without any chemicals. Plus, it boasts a large collection of attachments so you can use it throughout the house. The included attachments and accessories include a grout tool, angle tool, flat scraper, bristle scrub brush, and clothing steamer—many of which can be stored on the bottom of the unit for convenience. 

You can use this mop on virtually any sealed floor, as well as tile, bathroom surfaces, appliances, and more. It has two steam settings, and while it was effective at picking up messes, our tester did wish that it came with more than three mop heads, as they can get dirty quickly while cleaning. This is also a corded pick, so you're a bit limited as to where you can clean, and assembly definitely takes longer than a standard, simple mop that's essentially ready for use out of the box. However, that comes with the territory, and our tester was ultimately thrilled to use this product in more ways than one. Since there are no temperature control settings, they just made sure to hold the handheld iteration of the steam mop away from delicate fabrics they were treating.

Dimensions: 46.5 x 14 x 9.5 inches | Weight: 6.4 pounds | Handle Length: 46.5 inches | Mop Type: Steam | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

Bissell PowerFresh 3-in-1 Mop and Steam Cleaner

The Spruce / Katie Begley

What Our Testers Say

"I often get overwhelmed by added accessories that come with these cleaning tools; most end up lost in my house before I ever put them to use. I was able to store all of the tools in the included black mesh bag to keep them together, a nice feature. I could also store frequently used smaller tools in the mop unit."—Katie Begley, Product Tester

Best Sponge: Casabella Painted Steel Original Mop

4.8
Casabella Original Mop

Amazon.com

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    4/5
  • Effectiveness
    4/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4/5
  • Maneuverability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Wringing mechanism

  • Easy to store

  • Backed by a lifetime guarantee

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't come with any accessories

  • Not a great fit for hardwood floors

As the name implies, a sponge mop has a sponge-style head for scrubbing your floors. Due to its absorbent nature, it's not the best option for moisture-sensitive floors like hardwood. However, surfaces like tile will be easy to clean with the Casabella Painted Steel Original Mop. We didn't test it in The Lab, but our home tester put it through its paces and found the lever and wringing mechanism to be very impressive. They didn't get stuck, even after many uses, and made preparing this mop for a new use fairly simple. Plus, the sponge was good about not leaving too much water behind.

Though, you'll want to toss a couple replacement sponges into your cart before checking out, as they don't come with the model and will be necessary down the line. Katie Berry, The Spruce's Cleaning Review Board member, does stress that you can't throw the sponge of a sponge mop in the washer, like you would with a microfiber mop pad. Instead, you need to clean and disinfect it by hand after use. This can be an annoying step, but having a replacement sponge can ensure that your cleaning isn't totally interrupted.

Our tester also noted that the handle was comfortable to grip. It has rubber grips at the top and center, so you can easily move the product back and forth on your floors. The top of the handle also features a hole for when it's time to store this mop in your cleaning closet. Now, you will need to provide your own bucket for water, but will enjoy that the mop feels sturdy and durable, and can reach into tight areas thanks to its compact design.

Dimensions: 52.5 x 10 x 3.5 inches | Weight: 2.1 pounds | Handle Length: 48 inches | Mop Type: Sponge | Mop Head Material: Cellulose sponge

Casabella Painted Steel Original Mop

The Spruce / Sage McHugh

What Our Testers Say

"The painted stainless steel handle is smooth to the touch and easy to clean. I love that the handle reclines horizontally—almost to a flat position—so it can go under low furniture."—Sage McHugh, Product Tester

Best Spin: O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System

4.5
O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop and Bucket Floor Cleaning System

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    5/5
  • Effectiveness
    5/5
  • Portability
    4/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    3.5/5
  • Maneuverability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Bucket with pedal-powered compartment

  • Triangular head

  • Adjustable handle

What We Don't Like
  • Materials aren’t the most durable

  • Mop head is tricky to clean

The O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System is a smart twist on a traditional string mop. It comes with a special bucket with a pedal-powered compartment that spins water out of your mop, making it quick and easy to wring out water and dirt. In our testing, we found the mop works quickly and efficiently on large spills, soaking up any liquids readily. It performed equally well when used to pick up dry paprika thanks to its microfiber strands, and earned a 5-star rating for effectiveness. 

While many mop heads are rectangular, the O-Cedar Mop has a triangular head that fits into corners easily. Our testers liked that it was easy to maneuver around obstacles, like a chair leg, and said they actually much preferred it in comparison to the traditional, rectangular-style mop head. Our biggest complaint with this mop is that grit and grime gets stuck in the head, making it hard to clean out once you’re done mopping. However, the heads are machine-washable, so you can let your washing machine take care of the hard part, if needed. In addition, our tester gave this mop a 4.5-star rating for overall value because they weren't sure how long it was made to last. Plus, Berry notes that the O-Cedar mop is quite bulky to store and may not be the best option for someone who lives in an apartment or small space. That being said, the price point is great for what you'll get—including an adjustable handle that can be extended up to 51 inches.

Dimensions: 19.5 x 11.5 x 13.35 inches | Weight: 4.89 pounds | Handle Length: Up to 51 inches | Mop Type: String | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

The O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System sits on a tile floor during The Spruce's mops test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Tamara Staples

Best Microfiber: Microfiber Wholesale 18" Professional Microfiber Mop

4.8
Microfiber Wholesale 18" Professional Microfiber Mop

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    4/5
  • Effectiveness
    4/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    3.5/5
  • Maneuverability
    2/5
What We Like
  • Large pad is ideal for big spaces

  • Heavy-duty, telescoping handle

  • Adjustable handle

What We Don't Like
  • No way to wring it out

  • Hard to tighten handle

This oversized mop from Microfiber Wholesale is ideal if you have a lot of floor to clean. Its rectangular mop head is 18 inches wide and comes with both wet and dry microfiber mopping pads, allowing you to soak up spills or pick up dust bunnies. In our testing, we found that it does a good job soaking up spills, but is not as effective cleaning up dry materials. Our tester noted that they felt the mop was limited, since there's also no way to wring it out. "The pad absorbs liquids well," they said, "But without a capacity to rinse and wring it out, it still feels very limiting in its cleaning capacity."

One of the standout factors of this mop is its telescoping metal handle, which felt substantially more heavy-duty than most of the other options we tested. We also loved that it can extend up to 70 inches, making it an amazing option for a household with several members who want to help with chores. Just know: You'll want to put the microfiber pad in the washing machine to clean it in between uses. Our tester tried running it with water in the sink and noted that it wasn't very effective at getting the sticky, messy spills out. In addition, the handle may need to be tightened often, according to our in-lab tester. "This feels like a high-quality, durable product, though I find myself having to really work at tightening the shaft to keep it from collapsing."

Dimensions: 42 x 7.5 x 1.8 inches | Weight: 4.65 pounds | Handle Length: Up to 70 inches | Mop Type: Flat | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

The Microfiber Wholesale 18" Professional Microfiber Mop sits on a tile surface during The Spruce's mops test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Tamara Staples

Best Heavy-Duty: Rubbermaid Self-Wringing Ratchet Twist Mop with Blended Yarn Head

4.1
The Rubbermaid Self-Wringing Ratchet Twist Mop has a blended yarn head.

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    5/5
  • Effectiveness
    3.5/5
  • Portability
    3/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    5/5
  • Maneuverability
    3/5
What We Like
  • Heavy-duty design

  • Self-wringing mechanism

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy when wet

  • Not the most absorbent

There’s no mess you can’t tackle with the Rubbermaid Self-Wringing Twist Mop. In testing, we were impressed by this mop’s heavy-duty design—which features thick strings that offer superior scrubbing power. The head has double tail bands and looped ends that prevent the strings from getting tangled. But, we did note that its microfiber strings aren’t the most absorbent. However, our tester didn't mind the slight lack of absorbency as the mop excelled in other areas, like being easy to push and move around. They awarded it a 3-star rating for maneuverability because the threads can dangle a bit, but noted they were the right length and could cover a great deal of surface area.

You'll have no issues getting into crevices with ease, with this mop in your cleaning closet, or preparing it for a fresh use. Our testing team liked that you’re able to wring the mop out by pulling it taut and then twisting it against a ratcheting mechanism on the handle. The mop is quite heavy when wet, but is ultimately a durable product that's built to last. Our tester just recommended looking for another option for a small space.

Dimensions: 55 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches | Weight: 1.2 pounds | Handle Length: 54 inches | Mop Type: String | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

The Rubbermaid Self-Wringing Ratchet Twist Mop with Blended Yarn Head sits on a tile floor during The Spruce's mops test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Tamara Staples

Best Mop and Bucket: Simpli-Magic 79229 Spin Mop Including Three Mop Heads

4.6
The Simpli-Magic Spin Mop comes with three mop heads.

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    4/5
  • Effectiveness
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4/5
  • Maneuverability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Includes bucket with built-in wringer

  • Lightweight design

  • Durable materials

What We Don't Like
  • Hard to remove mop heads

  • Bucket is a bit big for storing

For those who like having a bucket to dunk their mop in while completing their chores, the Simpli-Magic Spin Mop includes a microfiber string mop and bucket with a convenient foot-operated wringer. In our testing, this mop was able to absorb a variety of materials with ease, barely leaving any residue behind. We like the built-in wringer that lets you clean the mop easily during use, and leaves the head damp enough to clean any surface but not overly wet. Our tester noted that the instructions for setting up the mop could have been clearer, but that, in general, the mop was very user-friendly. They gave it a 5-star rating for effectiveness, portability, and maneuverability.

Now, this mop and bucket set do get somewhat heavy when filled with water, but not more than you’d expect. Our only real complaints about this product are that the heads are somewhat hard to remove, and the bucket is a bit big and would take up a lot of real estate in a closet. If you live in a small living space, you may want to find a more compact option.

Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 11 inches | Weight: 5.89 pounds | Handle Length: Not listed | Mop Type: String | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

The Simpli-Magic 79229 Spin Mop sits on a tile floor next to a product tester during The Spruce's mops test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Tamara Staples

Best Combo: Shark VacMop Pro Cordless Wet/Dry Stick Vacuum

4.9
shark-vacmop-wet-dry-stick-vacuum

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Setup
    5/5
  • Effectiveness
    5/5
  • Maneuverability
    5/5
  • Ease of Emptying
    5/5
  • Noise Level
    5/5
What We Like
  • Cordless design

  • Budget-friendly price tag

  • Very quiet operation

What We Don't Like
  • Short battery life

  • Need to buy replacement pads

Instead of vacuuming then mopping, you can tackle both tasks at once with the Shark VACMOP. This vacuum and spray mop combo uses powerful suction to pull dirt and debris into its disposable VACMOP pad. Once all your loose debris is picked up, you can spray cleaning solution from the on-board container to make any hard and sealed floor shine. In our testing, we loved that this cleaning tool is lightweight and easy to maneuver into tight areas, like under a bar cart. A light on the floor head also allows you to see into poorly lit areas that you'd like to vacuum and mop. As an added bonus, it's cordless, making it that much more convenient. A long-term, at-home tester found that the battery life is generally long enough to complete several small tasks or one big deep clean of a townhouse. They like charging the vacuum overnight so they can wake up and use it again.

At The Lab, testers gave the VACMOP 5 stars for effectiveness and portability, noting that it's quiet, as well. However, just keep in mind that the mopping pads double as a dirt chamber. While you'll receive a couple in the original package, you'll also need to purchase more refill pads to continue using the VACMOP to tidy up your space.

Dimensions: 47.87 x 9.5 x 5.3 inches | Weight: 5 pounds | Handle Length: 28.34 inches | Mop Type: Mop and vacuum combo | Mop Head Material: Cloth

The Shark VACMOP glides over a hardwood floor during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

Expert Buying Tip

"How you clean your wood floors depends on whether or not they have been sealed. If new, ask your installer this question. If you inherited the floors, rub your finger across the surface. If a smudge appears, the floor likely has been sealed and waxed.”—Vera Peterson, President of Molly Maid

Compare

Overall Rating Setup Effectiveness Portability Ease of Cleaning Maneuverability
The BOSHENG Mop and Bucket with Wringer Set includes three washable, microfiber pads.
Best Overall:
BOSHENG Mop and Bucket Set
4.8
3 5 4 4 5
Swiffer Sweeper 2-in-1 Mops
Best Budget:
Swiffer Dry and Wet Sweeping Starter Kit
4.8
5 4 5 5 5
The Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit includes a spray mop and variety of cleaning pads.
Best Spray:
Swiffer WetJet PowerMop Starter Kit
4.9
4.5 4.5 5 5 5
Bissell PowerFresh 3-in-1 Mop and Steam Cleaner
Best Steam:
Bissell PowerFresh 3-in-1 Mop and Steam Cleaner
4.4
5 5 4 5 4
Casabella Original Mop
Best Sponge:
Casabella Painted Steel Original Mop
4.8
4 4 5 4 5
O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop and Bucket Floor Cleaning System
Best Spin:
O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System
4.5
5 5 4 3.5 5
Microfiber Wholesale 18" Professional Microfiber Mop
Best Microfiber:
Microfiber Wholesale Professional Microfiber Mop
4.8
4 4 5 3.5 2
The Rubbermaid Self-Wringing Ratchet Twist Mop has a blended yarn head.
Best Heavy-Duty:
Rubbermaid Self-Wringing Twist Mop
4.1
5 3.5 3 5 3
The Simpli-Magic Spin Mop comes with three mop heads.
Best Mop and Bucket:
Simpli-Magic Spin Mop
4.6
4 5 5 4 5
shark-vacmop-wet-dry-stick-vacuum
Best Combo:
Shark VacMop Pro Wet/Dry Vacuum
4.9
5 5
Final Verdict

No matter what you’re cleaning, the BOSHENG Mop and Bucket will get the job done in a flash. We loved this mop’s unique two-chamber bucket, which makes wringing out dirty water easy. Plus, it performed extremely well, both wet and dry, on a variety of surfaces. For those who don’t mop frequently or are looking to spend less, the Swiffer Sweeper 2-in-1 Starter Kit is a more budget-friendly option. It stood out in our testing thanks to its extremely compact and lightweight design, and ability to maneuver around any and all obstacles easily. 

Best Mops

Lara Antal / The Spruce

How We Tested the Mops

At The Lab in Industry City, Brooklyn, we cleaned up with 15 mops to decide which product was best for which job. We cleaned with additional products at home, tasking them with real-world situations and spills.

At The Lab, our testers started with the setup of each mop. To test effectiveness, they then spilled sticky fruit punch and barbecue sauce on three surfaces: tile, laminate, and hardwood. They tried to clean up the spills with just warm water, and noted whether the mop could tackle the spill with total ease or if more scrubbing and elbow grease were required. Testers then spilled damp potting soil and dry paprika on the surfaces, and tried to clean up those messes, too. We followed each of these tests up with a swipe of a paper towel to see if any residue remained on the floor.

While they cleaned, our testers also took note of how easy to use or unwieldy each product felt, and whether it got a lot heavier when soaking wet. This led to a portability rating. They tried to use the mop around the legs of chair and navigate it into tight areas to test its maneuverability. Lastly, we evaluated the ease of cleaning the mop and preparing it for a fresh use, by either wringing out the wet mop, squeezing out the sponge, or replacing the cleaning cloth. We looked at the price of each product and rated its overall value, given our experience. After 16 hours of testing in The Lab, and many more hours at home, we narrowed our testing insights down to what we believe are the best mops for your money and household.

What to Look for in a Mop

Type

When thinking about mops, you may picture traditional string mops, which feature long strands of absorbent fibers, but there are lots of different mop styles available today. String mops tend to be useful for heavy-duty jobs, and picking up both wet and dry messes on a variety of surfaces. They can sometimes come with a bucket that allows you to wring them out and prepare them for a new use, and feature a wringing mechanism that twists and bunches up the mop head.

However, there are also flat mops, which use easy-to-clean microfiber or cotton pads. Some even use disposable pads. They're arguably the easiest to clean up after and can also be the easiest to store. If you're living in a college dorm room, apartment, or RV, a flat mop may be the best mop for you. They're typically good at reaching tight areas, but also may not be the best option if you deal with heavy-duty, sticky spills regularly.

Sponge mops, which are very absorbent, are also an option, but not typically great for use on any floor that's sensitive to moisture. You'll want to steer clear of them if your space mainly has wood floors that you're looking to spruce up on a weekly, or everyday, basis. Dust mops, on the contrary, can be a great option for picking up dry messes on wood floors, or any surface that you'd like to be gentle on.

Lastly, there are spray, steam, and robot mops, which are all a bit more advanced. Spray mops can hold and apply cleaning solution to your floor with the press of a button, so you don't have to carry your bucket of water around. Steam mops can lift tough stains, and also tend to be multi-functional tools you can use on upholstery too, with the proper attachments in tow. “As opposed to using harsh chemicals, steam mops heat water to sanitize flooring," says Vera Peterson, President of Molly Maid. "For those that are sensitive to chemicals, a steam mop makes for the perfect alternative!”

The most advanced option, robot mops, turn cleaning into a hands-free experience. Though they definitely are the most expensive option, they'll clean all your floors on their own—just like a robot vacuum—and can often be controlled through an app.

Portability

It’s important to consider the weight and portability of the mop you choose, as a heavy mop can be cumbersome to use. Aside from looking at the weight specification for a product, factor in the style of the mop when thinking about portability. String and sponge mops tend to absorb a lot of water—this can make them substantially heavier during use. They also may come with a bucket that's hard to carry up a flight of stairs or into another room. Flat mops are typically the most portable, but you should also look for products with a grippy handle or a mop head that isn't too big in comparison to the length and durability of the handle for the most comfortable experience.

Ease of Cleaning

As you mop, chances are you’ll need to dispose of dirt or spills you’ve picked up along the way. This is where wringing out your mop comes into play. Many mops today have self-wringing mechanisms, so you don't have to do this work by hand. Your mop might come with a self-wringing bucket or built-in handle mechanism, both of which make maintenance substantially easier. Other mops require you to switch out the cleaning pad by hand, and throw it away or put it in the washing machine.

Be sure to check how often the manufacturer recommends replacing the mop head, and the cost of replacement parts, as well. A reusable cleaning pad may not be the easiest to swap out, but will be a cost-effective option in the long run. A self-wringing bucket might be the easiest option for cleaning your mop, but will be heavier to carry and use. What you choose ultimately comes down to personal preference.

The BOSHENG Mop and Bucket with Wringer Set mops up dried paprika on a tile floor during The Spruce's mop test at The Lab.

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Standout Features

Multipurpose Design

Mops with a multipurpose design are significantly more expensive than a simple, flat mop. However, it may be worth investing in this type of mop if you want to tackle more cleaning tasks with just one cleaning tool. There are robot mops that double as robot vacuums, steam mops that double as nifty upholstery cleaners with the proper attachment applied, and upright mop-vacuum combos that will have the same look and feel as a cordless stick vacuum.

Aside from packing a lot of cleaning power into a single tool, these multipurpose models are helpful when it comes to budgeting for and storing your cleaning supplies, since you don't need to buy and find homes for many separate tools.

Smart Mapping

The beauty of robot mops is that they often have smart sensor technology that not only navigates independently, but also learns the layout of your home. What's more, they can usually find their way back to their charging and self-cleaning station without you lifting a finger. In addition, many robot mops can detect both wet and dry messes and adjust accordingly. This feature is worth splurging on if you want a true, hands-free experience.

Wall Mount

A wall mount makes storing your mop a total breeze. It saves you space by giving your cleaning tool a designated spot in your cleaning closet, separate from the precious real estate on the floor. Once it's set up, a wall mount helps all members of your household know exactly where to find your mop, and put it away.

Some steam cleaners and cordless mop-vacuum combos also have charging stations that double as wall mounts. This ensures it's always powering up when not in use and gives you a designated space to store the tool and all its attachments.

The Yocada Sponge Mop gets wrung out over a white bucket during The Spruce's mops test at The Lab.

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FAQ
  • Can you mop all types of floors?

    Generally speaking, all types of hard floors can be mopped. However, be sure to pick a mop type that's compatible with your surfaces. In most cases, moisture-sensitive floors, such as hardwood, shouldn't be paired with a water-absorbent sponge mop.

    You'll also want to pay attention to the solution you use, as some formulas can affect the finish, dull the surface, or scratch it. Be sure to check which type of liquid cleaners are recommended for your specific material. When in doubt, use a mild, neutral solution.

  • How can you keep your mop clean and sanitary after use?

    To keep your mop sanitary, clean the pad regularly, preferably after each use. Many of today's mop heads are machine-washable, which makes it easier to keep them clean.

    Another option is to get a mop with disposable pads, which you'll throw away after each use. (Berry notes that disposable wet pads are designed for use in one room before it's time for a new one.) For spray mops, clean out the water tank after every few uses (if not every use). A mild solution containing distilled white vinegar and water should do the trick, but be sure to read your user manual for any specific care instructions before cleaning out the tank.

  • How often should your mop head be replaced?

    String mop heads with traditional bucket systems should be replaced every two or three months with weekly use. After several uses, the material will get worn and dirty, and won't clean as effectively. Though, Berry notes that if you can launder your string mop head, it can last for much longer. "A better rule of thumb is to replace it when it still looks dirty despite laundering," she says.

    Having said that, machine-washable cleaning pads don't need to be replaced as frequently. Many of them last for 50 or more uses, though it varies among brands and designs.

The Spruce's product testers mop up spills on hardwood and tile surfaces during the mops test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Tamara Staples

Why Trust The Spruce?

Camryn Rabideau is a freelance writer and product tester for The Spruce, who has ample experience testing cleaning products. She helped test several of the mops we recommend on this list, including the Swiffer WetJet and Microfiber Wholesale 18" Professional Microfiber Mop. For this piece, she also consulted testing insights from The Lab, where our product testers put 15 mops through a variety of head-to-head tests.

Camryn also interviewed Vera Peterson, President of Molly Maid, for more insights on how to select the best mop for your home, as well as general tips on mopping floors. Katie Berry, The Spruce's Cleaning Review Board member, also weighed in on the best practices for using and cleaning a mop. Camryn has been writing for The Spruce since August 2017, and has also contributed to Forbes, USA Today, and Food52.

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