The 9 Best Mops of 2021

For dust- and dirt-free floors

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Quickly clean your floors with this versatile microfiber mop that does an excellent job of picking up dirt and hair.
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Lightweight, mess-free, and budget-friendly, this mop can be used on all common hardwood surfaces and washed by hand or machine.
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This budget-friendly kit includes a microfiber mop that can be used wet or dry and a splash-guarded bucket with a foot pedal.
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With three steam settings, this mop heats up quickly and can tackle grime, brighten grout, and remove sticky spots.
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Best for Hardwood Floors:
Swiffer WetJet Hardwood Mop Kit at Amazon
This lightweight mop is ideal for finished hardwood floors and has a swiveling head to help reach tight corners and small spaces.
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Clean your floors with no effort with this robot cleaner that cleans a variety of floor surfaces and can even reach tricky spots.
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This easy-to-use sponge mop reaches tight edges and corners and has a sturdy steel pull and a heavy-duty lever.
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This mop is great for cleaning up dust, pet hair, and sand as well as all of those dusty areas that are hard to reach.
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This convenient mop cleans effectively on a variety of surfaces and since it has a spray bottle attached, you don't need a bucket.
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When it comes to cleaning floors, vacuuming is undoubtedly important. However, simply sucking up crumbs, dust, hair, and other debris doesn't always get the whole job done, and sometimes, it's just not the best tool for the job. To get spic-and-span floors that are free from dust and grime, there's really no way around it: You'll need to wield a mop.

There are a lot of options out there, from robots, sprayers, and disposable pads to sponge, string, flat, and twist-head mops. When browsing options, you'll want to consider the handle length (some are longer than others, and many are adjustable), as well as the mop head type and material. Ultimately, your gadget of choice 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

18" Professional Microfiber Mop | Stainless Steel Handle | Premium Mop Pads + 2 FREE Microfiber Cloths

Handle Length: 42–70 inches | Mop Head Type: Flat | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

What We Like
  • Machine-washable pads

  • Works on all hard floors

  • Wet or dry cleaning

  • Telescope handle

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for scrubbing

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.

What Testers Say

"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

Libman Wonder Mop

Handle Length: 55.2 inches | Mop Head Type: String | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Mess-free design

  • Machine-washable head

  • Works on all hard floors

What We Don't Like
  • May need to be replaced every year or so

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

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

Handle Length: 24–48 inches | Mop Head Type: Spin | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

What We Like
  • Comes with bucket

  • Adjustable handle

  • Machine-washable head

What We Don't Like
  • Small mop head

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 24 to 48 inches, a feature that taller users will particularly love.

What Testers Say

"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

Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop Hard Floor Steam Cleaner, Blue

Handle Length: 28.6 inches | Mop Head Type: Flat | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

What We Like
  • Heats quickly

  • Kills 99.9 percent of germs

  • Long power cord

What We Don't Like
  • Some assembly required

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.

What Testers Say

"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 Hardwood and Floor Spray Mop Cleaner

Handle Length: 46 inches | Mop Head Type: Flat | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Disposable pads

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • May need to be replaced every year or so

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.

What Testers Say

"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

 iRobot Braava Jet 240 Superior Robot Mop

Type: Steam | Power: Rechargeable lithium battery | Dimensions: 6.7 x 7 x 3.3 inches

What We Like
  • Hands-off cleaning

  • Lithium-ion battery

  • Gets hard-to-reach areas

What We Don't Like
  • Small water tank

  • Expensive

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

Casabella Original Mop

Handle Length: 52.5 inches | Mop Head Type: Flat | Mop Head Material: Sponge

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Durable handle

  • Works on all hard floors

What We Don't Like
  • Sponges fall apart after a few uses

An easy-to-use sponge mop can handle tough messes in places other mops have a hard time reaching, including tight edges and corners. 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. 

What Editors Say

"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

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Handle Length: Not listed | Mop Head Type: Flat | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Highly absorbent

  • Machine-washable pads

  • 360-degree swivel

What We Don't Like
  • May need to be replaced every year or so

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

Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Floor Cleaning Kit

Handle Length: 54 inches | Mop Head Type: Flat | Mop Head Material: Microfiber

What We Like
  • Works on all hard floors

  • Bucket-free system

  • Large water tank

  • Machine-washable pads

What We Don't Like
  • Trigger can be finicky

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 is 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.

Final Verdict

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.

Best Mops

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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.

Maintenance

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.

Wringing mechanism

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.

FAQs

Can you mop all types of floors?

Generally speaking, all types of hard floors can be mopped. In most cases, it's not the cleaning device that matters so much as the cleaning solution, 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 flooring 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, the most important thing is to clean the pad regularly, preferably after each use. Luckily, many of today's mop heads are machine-washable, which makes it easy to keep them clean.

Another option is to get one with disposable pads, which you'll throw away after each use. For spray mops, you'll want to 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 make sure to read the user manual before cleaning out the tank.

How often should your mop head be replaced?

Twist mop heads with traditional bucket systems should be replaced every two or three months with weekly use. After several uses, the material will get dingy and won't clean as effectively. Plus, it'll begin to harbor bacteria.

Having said that, machine-washable 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.

swiffer wetjet floor spray mop
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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.

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