Spray mops have swept into the heart of many homeowners. They get the same job done, but they are more comfortable and less messy to move around your kitchen or bathroom than a classic mop and bucket set. When picking out a spray mop for your home, it's key to consider the mop's size, power source, solution, and ease of use, and how these features will translate to cleaning your floors.
Kristiana Laugen, former home expert at Handy, says to consider the size of the area you want to clean first to find the best fit for you. “If you’re primarily cleaning open floor space, opt for a bigger mop to help you clean the space efficiently and quickly," says Laugen. "On the other hand, if there are a lot of obstacles, you might want to look for smaller mops, so you don’t have to worry about moving furniture every time you have to mop the floors.”
The good news is, with so many mops to choose from, you're sure to find one that suits your space. Our top pick is the BISSELL SpinWave Expert Hard Floor Spin Mop because it is user-friendly and efficient, and it offers two kinds of pads for more targeted cleaning.
Here are the best spray mops to clean your floors with total ease.
BISSELL SpinWave Expert Hard Floor Spin Mop
Dual rotating heads for efficiency
Includes two types of pads
While all spray mops combine the classic steps of wetting and scrubbing your floor, this SpinWave mop from BISSELL takes it one notch further, thanks to the dual rotating pads. Instead of relying on elbow grease to run the mop over stains and smudges, the oscillating pads do the bulk of the work for you, scrubbing dirt and stains from tile, laminate, hardwood, and other sealed hard flooring. It's available in rechargeable and corded versions—we've chosen to feature a traditional wall-powered model since it tends to be the more cost-effective option.
The SpinWave Expert Hard Floor Spin Mop comes with two types of microfiber pads—one set for scrubbing and one set for a softer clean. Both of the pads prove to be eco-friendly since they can be washed and reused. A very helpful trigger on the handle lets you control the amount of spray used, too. BISSELL has a large selection of cleaning solutions designed for different flooring types, and a trio of floor cleaning samples come with this spray mop so you can try some out at home.
At just under 15 pounds, it's lightweight and not as cumbersome as other floor-cleaning devices, and it still features a wide cleaning path and a swiveling head. While this option is on the expensive side when compared with manual mops, we think it's a worthy investment for anyone who wants to streamline their cleaning routine.
Price at time of publish: $114
Dimensions: 27 x 16 x 8 inches | Weight: 14 pounds | Power Source: Corded | Mop Head Material: Microfiber | Machine-Washable Head: Yes | Compatible floor types: Sealed floors
Swiffer WetJet PowerMop Starter Kit
Easy to attach and remove pads
Different cleaning solutions available
Need to apply pressure to tough stains
Some parts feel flimsy
Mop pads aren't reusable
The Swiffer WetJet is one of the most trusted spray mops, and for good reason. It’s lightweight, versatile, and easy to use, and you can get a full starter kit at an affordable price. It comes with both original and heavy-duty mopping pads for tackling all types of stains and spills. These pads should be disposed of after use, making this spray mop pretty mess-free. Our tester put this product to use in their home and was particularly impressed by the standard pad's effectiveness. They noted that within a few back-and-forth motions, tough stains had disappeared. However, they also found that you may need to apply extra pressure to tougher spots, and the spray mop can feel a bit flimsy during use.
This spray mop weighs just four pounds and is incredibly easy to push around your floors. Our tester said, "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." In addition, Swiffer offers different cleaning solutions to use with the WetJet, so your floors are treated as precisely as fabrics in your laundry machines. It's a top-notch pick in our view, with a design you'll likely come to know, love, and reach for regularly.
Price at time of publish: $28
Dimensions: 46 x 11.3 x 5.5 inches | Weight: 3.85 pounds | Power Source: AA batteries | Mop Head Material: Disposable | Machine-Washable Head: No | Compatible floor types: All sealed, finished floors
Shark VacMop Pro Cordless Hard Floor Vacuum Mop
Sucks up larger debris
Touch-free pad disposal
Built-in LED lights
Low battery indicator
Need to buy extra replacement pads
We tested this thoughtfully designed spray mop in The Lab, and we loved that it features a vacuum component to capture debris. Our testers found the Shark VacMop Pro Cordless Hard Floor Vacuum Mop to be lightweight, easy to assemble, and simple to understand, too. The button for the spray feature sits right on the handle, so you can easily apply the included cleaning solution to your floor. When you’re done tidying up your floor, you can simply toss the disposable cleaning pad in the trash using the no-touch disposal system.
This spray mop comes with a convenient magnetic charger for its rechargeable battery, and there are LED lights built into the head, which help you to see dirt hiding in less visible areas of your home. It offers swivel-steering for superior control and a tiny indicator light on the body lets you know when the spray mop is low on battery life. Since debris is trapped inside the pad, there’s no need to empty a dust bin or clean a filter either. Keep in mind that these extra features contribute to its higher price tag, and you will need to also budget for extra cleaning solution and replacement pads. But, the cleaning tool does tackle multiple chores at once, so we think that the value is there.
Price at time of publish: $100
Dimensions: 48 x 9.5 x 5.4 inches | Weight: 3.3 pounds | Power Source: Rechargeable battery | Mop Head Material: Disposable | Machine-Washable Head: No | Compatible floor types: All hard flooring types
Best for Smaller Jobs
OXO Good Grips Microfiber Spray Mop with Slide-Out Scrubber
Extra scrubbing tool
Reusable solution bottle
Stainless steel pole
Solution bottle can be hard to remove
Thanks to a unique design feature, a compact scrubber head, the OXO Good Grips Microfiber Spray Mop allows you to clean in multiple ways. Simply press the pedal at the bottom of the handle, and the mop head will detach, revealing a small scrubber for more effective spot cleaning. (You can purchase replacement scrubbers if yours wears out.) We also like that the pole is made of stainless steel, so it both feels and looks more sturdy than some of its plastic counterparts.
This model uses a washable microfiber mop head that attracts dirt and dust, and it features a contoured handle and easy-to-use trigger for comfortable operation. You can add your own cleaning solution to the reusable bottle, which even has measurement markings to help you fill it. One potential trade-off with this spray mop is that the solution bottle can be difficult to remove at times, making it slightly tougher to maintain this mop than some of our other picks. But overall, if you often find yourself scrubbing and re-scrubbing the same spots on your floor (underneath a high chair, for example), you'll appreciate the convenience of this multitasking mop.
Price at time of publish: $40
Dimensions: 56.5 x 7.7 x 4.6 inches | Weight: 2.6 pounds | Power Source: Manual | Mop Head Material: Microfiber | Machine-Washable Head: Yes | Compatible floor types: All hard flooring types
Best for Hardwood Floors
Bona Hardwood Floor Premium Spray Mop
Extra-large mop head
Safe for unwaxed, unoiled, and polyurethane-finished wood floors
Comes with hardwood floor cleaner
Some leak and spray issues reported
Some spray mops can’t be used on unwaxed or polyurethane-finished hardwood floors. On the contrary, the Bona Hardwood Floor Premium Spray Mop is designed just for these surfaces. At 16.5 inches, it has an extra-large cleaning head that lets you make quick work of large rooms, and it comes with a cartridge full of the brand's floor cleaner, too—which happened to fare extremely well when we previously tested it in a home setting.
The Bona Spray Mop uses a machine-washable microfiber cleaning pad that's gentle enough to clean your stylish hardwood floors without scratching them, yet sturdy enough to withstand up to 500 cycles through the washing machine. It also has flexible rubber corners that prevent dings on your baseboards and furniture. While some shoppers report issues with leaks and the spray mechanism, the overall consensus is that this is a high-performing cleaning tool that works well on hardwood floors.
Price at time of publish: $42
Dimensions: 28.4 x 16.5 x 4.3 inches | Weight: 5.2 pounds | Power Source: Manual | Mop Head Material: Microfiber | Machine-Washable Head: Yes | Compatible floor types: All unwaxed, unoiled, polyurethane finished wood floors
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Floor Cleaning Kit
Safe to use on all hard floor types
Long-lasting microfiber pads
Includes two solution bottles
Spray can stop working at times
The Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop includes three reusable pads that are soft yet effective on flooring, making this pick a long-lasting addition to your home and ideal for streamlining your chores. The 16.5-by-5.5-inch microfiber pads are generously sized and convenient for cleaning large swaths of flooring. Plus, the pads can be machine washed whenever they get dirty, and they're constructed to last up to 100 washes each. Not only is this more eco-friendly than single-use pads, but you’ll also spend less on supplies for your mop over time. The mop kit also includes two refillable 22-ounce solution bottles, so you can keep two different cleaning mixtures on-hand as well, or keep one filled with water for rinsing.
This spray mop is safe to use on all hard flooring types, including hardwood, vinyl, laminate, and tile—though, you should tailor the cleaning solution you choose to your particular floors. The manual trigger design doesn’t use any batteries, and a small scrubbing pad on the front of the mop helps remove stubborn stains. Some users reported issues with the spray mechanism, although that's not uncommon for spray mops. Aside from that, and the fact that the large mop head size might be inconvenient for smaller spaces, we think it's a great choice.
Price at time of publish: $48
Dimensions: 54 x 16.5 x 5.5 inches | Weight: 1.38 pounds | Power Source: Manual | Mop Head Material: Microfiber | Machine-Washable Head: Yes | Compatible floor types: All hard flooring types
Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+
Combo mop and vacuum
Laser navigation to map rooms and avoid obstacles
Noisy during self-empty
The future is here, and it comes in the form of this robot mop and vacuum. The Ecovacs Deebot N8+ sailed through our lab testing, and went on to earn high praise from our long-term home tester who used it for months. "[T]his device has completely transformed my life," they said. "The time I spent vacuuming and mopping my floors is now free for other activities. The device does a great job of cleaning every inch of my floors." The mop comes with a reusable mopping pad and ten disposable ones.
Multiple steps and processes are automated—app set-up is a breeze, and it uses laser navigation technology to map your home and detect obstacles, and even locate rugs and carpets so it can adjust accordingly. It also empties itself (and holds up to two months' worth of dirt and debris). Our tester did note that the emptying process is a bit noisy, though not that big of a deal.
The only regular, hands-on maintenance you'll likely need to do is remove and clean (or dispose of) the mopping pad after use, and clean the vacuum's brushes regularly. As with all robot mops, it is pricier than manual options. But if you're looking for a way to streamline your cleaning routine, a robot mop and vacuum is an investment worth considering.
Price at time of publish: $700
Dimensions: 3.69 x 13.9 x 13.9 inches | Weight: 28 pounds | Power Source: Rechargeable battery | Mop Head Material: Brush, disposable pads, washable pads | Machine-Washable Head: Yes | Compatible floor types: All flooring types
Best with Washable Pads
NaturalKlean R1 Cordless Hard Floor Spray Cleaner
Can use with water or cleaner
30-minute run time
Self cleaning base
Small solution tank
Rollers can get dirty when cleaning large spaces
Not only does this NaturalKlean mop clean your floors efficiently and easily, but the base has cleaning capabilities of its own. After the dual rollers at the head give your surfaces a thorough scrub, a system in the base removes excess water and grime, readying them for the next round. They're also removable and washable, so you can toss them in your machine when they're ready for a more thorough refresh.
The mop has a rechargeable battery, which can last up to 30 minutes on a full charge. That should be plenty for most light clean-up jobs. When you're using this mop for a large area, or you find yourself using lots of water or solution over spots that need attention, this tank may require extra fills. While this can be annoying, it does help the mop stay light and maneuverable. Some shoppers also reported that the pads felt inadequate for collecting and holding large amounts of dirt, and required rinsing mid-cleaning. Though, since spaces and needs can vary, we still very much think this simple and sleek mop is a great option.
Price at time of publish: $85
Dimensions: 49 x 11.63 x 5.75 inches | Weight: 7.3 pounds | Power Source: Rechargeable battery | Mop Head Material: Microfiber | Machine-Washable Head: Yes | Compatible floor types: Tile, stone, sealed wood, oiled/waxed wood, PVC, laminate
Best with Vacuum
BISSELL 1785A CrossWave Floor and Area Rug Cleaner
Works with both soft and hard flooring
Microfiber and nylon brush roll
Includes multi-surface solution
Dual tanks can make the unit heavy
For anyone who wants to vacuum and wash your floors at the same time, the BISSELL Crosswave is well worth your consideration. Similar to our best robot selection, it allows for both vacuuming and mopping to occur simultaneously, allowing you to tackle both wet and dry messes on a variety of floor surfaces. The two-tank design also ensures that your dirty water isn't used to clean—though, it's worth mentioning that this makes the unit slightly more effort to maintain than single-tank options. We also like the cleverly designed brush roll that has both microfiber and nylon for a more versatile clean.
Perhaps it's not surprising that this is a pricier option than manual spray mops. After all, you're getting the features of a vacuum and a mop, making it a versatile two-in-one tool. Your purchase comes with one 8-ounce bottle of BISSELL's Multi-Surface solution, but you can opt to add on some extra brush rolls and/or bottles of extra cleaner.
Price at time of publish: $258
Dimensions: 46 x 12 x 10.5 inches | Weight: 11 pounds | Power Source: Corded | Mop Head Material: Microfiber, nylon | Machine-Washable Head: No | Compatible floor types: All flooring types
Rejuvenate Click n Clean Multi-Surface Microfiber Spray Mop
Multiple mop head attachments
Click-in grout brush included
Pieces may feel flimsy
Designed for Rejuvenate brand cleaners
With two full-sized pads for dusting and mopping, plus an additional scrub pad and a click-in scrub brush for grout, this Rejuvenate mop kit allows for easy adjusting when you have specific cleaning needs. You'll be equipped to handle everything from spilled sauce under your kitchen table to muddy footprints by the front door to grout in need of a refresh. We're also fans of how lightweight this mop is. At less than two pounds, it's a breeze to move and maneuver, and the pivoting mop head ensures you can reach corners and crevices. Though, some buyers do note that it can feel flimsy, so plan accordingly if you have heavy-duty scrubbing and scouring to do.
The mop is designed for you to use with Rejuvenate brand cleaners, and includes bottle adapters so containers can be directly connected. For some, this may be an added convenience, but others may find this limiting. Still, we appreciate the variety of mop heads and the additional pieces that make the kit a great option for anyone looking for a compact-yet-efficient set.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 49.5 x 17 x 12 inches | Weight: 1.8 pounds | Power Source: Manual | Mop Head Material: Microfiber | Machine-Washable Head: Yes | Compatible floor types: All hard flooring types
Best with Steam
PurSteam 10-in-1 Steam Mop
Quick heat-up time
Effective on stains
Mop head can flip up during use
When your cleaning needs require more than a simple spray, you may want to consider a steam mop. Their capabilities go beyond that of most spray mops, as the steam works to loosen dried residue and sanitize surfaces, including fabrics and upholstery. While a steam mop is not technically a spray mop, we think this top model is worth comparing to spray mops, depending on what you might need for your home. Our recommendation is the PurSteam 10-in-1 Steam Mop, an option that even made the cut in our list of top steam mops. "All the stains were completely removed," our product tester reported, not something that all steam mops could claim. They also appreciated how quickly it heated up, and that the mop alerted her that the steam was running low with a sound and vibration.
When it was in use, one complication was that the mop head flipped up a few times. Still, our tester concluded that it's "a very lightweight steam mop which made it really easy to move."
Price at time of publish: $81
Dimensions: 23.94 x 8.07 x 9.45 inches | Weight: 2.2 pounds | Power Source: Corded | Mop Head Material: Microfiber | Machine-Washable Head: Yes | Compatible floor types: All flooring types, upholstery
Our top pick for a spray mop is the BISSELL SpinWave Expert Hard Floor Spin Mop because it allows you to thoroughly clean and mop your hard floors with little more effort than the press of a button and a stroll around your home. If you prefer a pick that's more budget-friendly, consider the Swiffer WetJet PowerMop Starter Kit. It’s affordable, lightweight, and easy to use, according to our tester, and you can get various pads and cleaning solutions to work on different types of floors.
What to Look for in a Spray Mop
Size is a major factor to consider when shopping for a spray mop, because it decides how efficient and easy it'll be to clean your space and store the product. If you're looking for a mop to just tackle a kitchen and bathroom, you may be able to pick something smaller like our "best for smaller jobs" pick, the OXO Good Grips Microfiber Spray Mop. On the other hand, if your entire home has hard floors, then you'll want something with more robust features that's still easy to use over large areas. In that case, something like our "best overall" pick, the BISSELL SpinWave Expert Hard Floor Spin Mop, or our tried and true "best budget" choice, the Swiffer WetJet, might suit you.
Spray mops can be powered in several ways. The most basic option is a manual sprayer, which doesn’t require any batteries or charging. A few options that we included feature this style, like the OXO Good Grips Microfiber Spray Mop and the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Floor Cleaning Kit, our choice for the "best microfiber" mop. While these sprayers tend to be simple, effective, and often eco-friendly, the mechanics that power these models can break down after extended use. There are also battery-powered spray mops—some use AA or AAA batteries (like the Swiffer WetJet), while others have rechargeable battery packs (for example, our "best powered" pick, the Shark VacMop Pro Cordless Hard Floor Vacuum Mop). This type of power source is more expensive in the long-run, but it can make for more powerful and reliable cleaning.
Ease of Use
For an item that you'll be using regularly, tap into your inner Goldilocks to ensure you're selecting one that's just right for you and your needs: not too tall, not too short, but also not too heavy or too flimsy. Our recommendation is to look for a mop that’s tall enough to hold without bending over. In addition, it's useful to have a trigger right on the handle for easy spraying. Other factors to consider include helpful storage options, such as a built-in hanger or charging station (if you go with a powered option), and a button to eject the mop pad without touching it.
Ease of Cleaning
“Regarding the capacity of the spray bottle, it’s important to remember that spray mops do require refills,” says Kristiana Laugen, home expert at Handy. “Especially if you’re using it to clean larger rooms and surfaces, pay attention to the size of the spray bottle when looking for your spray mop." In doing so, Laugen says you won't have to frequently worry about refilling the cleaning solution—or spending money on the solution—prior to each use. Also, don't forget to consider the type and amount of pads that come with your spray mop, as well as your own cleaning style. If you tend to lean toward regular upkeep, you might not be fazed by a pad that fills up with dirt quickly. However, if you tend to wait longer in between cleaning, you could find that the pads become too saturated or dirty before you're done.
Compatible Floor Type
Thankfully, most mops put this information front and center since they don't want their product to damage your floors any more than you do. Just make sure to double-check how the mop you're considering will or won't work with your space. If you're not sure what material of floors you have, or you want the flexibility of something that can work with different flooring types, look for a mop that promises to work with all types of hard flooring. A steam mop like the PurSteam 10-in-1 Steam Mop can handle carpet, too.
Do spray mops need a specific cleaning solution?
The short answer is, it depends. If you buy a spray mop made by a brand that also produces solution, you might see that it recommends or requires you to use its cleaning products for the product to be effective, and you'll find that there may be structural elements designed around attaching the bottles to your mop. However, not all brands offer cleaning solutions, and the OXO Good Grips Microfiber Spray Mop, our "best for smaller jobs," and the NaturalKlean R1 Cordless Hard Floor Spray Cleaner, named "best with washable pads," are examples of mops with refillable containers.
Are spray mops better than regular mops?
According to Laugen, spray mops are a good fit for anyone who wants to make their cleaning routine more quick and efficient, but also thorough. “Especially if you’re constantly on the go and don’t have time to spend hours cleaning," says Laugen, "investing in a spray mop will prevent you from having to cut into your free time to ensure you’re thoroughly cleaning your living spaces.”
In addition, she says these picks are great for spill-ridden floors. “If you have little ones running around the kitchen leaving a trail of spills behind them, spray mops can quickly help you clean up the messes.”
How often should you replace your mop?
The beauty of spray mops is that they use removable pads, so replacing those allows you to extend the life of your pole. Once you’re finished cleaning, you simply take the pad off the mop. If it’s disposable, toss it in the trash, or if it’s reusable, put it in the laundry. You may also want to change your cleaning solution periodically and clean any refillable bottles. However, beyond that, these cleaning tools are extremely low-maintenance, so replacement needs will simply depend on how frequently and how rigorously you clean.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Dena Ogden, a lifestyle and commerce writer who’s been writing professionally since 2016, and with The Spruce since August 2022. She's written about everything from baskets and bins to carpet shampoos and robot vacuums. For this piece, she did thorough research on spray mops available at major retailers and beyond, and evaluated options based on key specifications, reviews, and cleaning methods. When applicable, she also factored in insights and results from our savvy testers who participated in hands-on mop testing in The Lab.
Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester for The Spruce, also contributed to this piece. She has personally tested the Swiffer WetJet, and she still uses it to clean her floors several times a week. While considering products to include on this list, she looked at their size, features, and power source, prioritizing options that are reliable and easy to use. She also spoke with Kristiana Laugen, home expert at Handy, for tips on selecting and using a spray mop.