What We Like
2-in-1 design transforms into handheld steam cleaner
Eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and germs
Includes 13 accessories
What We Don't Like
Hard to fill water tank
Only two settings—low and high
Relatively heavy at 10 pounds
Steam mops are marketed as a modern alternative to good ol’ mops and buckets, but you might balk a little when you see the price of the Bissell PowerFresh Pet Lift-Off Steam Mop. At more than $100, does this appliance really add that much value to your home? Granted it comes to us from Bissell—the number one (highly trusted) manufacturer of floor care products in the U.S. We wanted to find out for ourselves, so we used it around the house, testing out all its attachments to determine whether it’s worth the price. Here’s what we found.
Setup Process: Quick and easy
The Bissell PowerFresh Pet Lift-Off Steam Mop requires little in the way of setup. After pulling it out of the box, all we had to do was install a single screw and fill the water tank. Full disclosure: the tank is a bit difficult to fill. We found that its location on the side of the unit isn’t super accessible. Once filled, however, the mop only took around 30 seconds to start steaming, and we were highly impressed with the sheer number of attachments it came with, including a grout brush, window squeegee, and angle concentrator tool.
The body detaches from the handle, which allowed us to use it as a handheld device with several different attachments, including a steam brush, scraper, and squeegee.
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Performance: Powerful and versatile
Once the mop started steaming, it was time for us to put it to the test. We found that it effectively cleaned a messy floor and even managed to pick up dirt from surfaces that appeared clean to the eye. The Bissell PowerFresh Pet Lift-Off Steam Mop is a bit heavier than most, but that doesn’t detract from its usability. The mop head has a scrubbing brush to help with stickier messes and the cleaning pad is easy to change, as it stretches to fit the mop head. The cleaning pads are also machine washable and we found that they dried quickly.
What’s great about this product is it’s more versatile than your average steam mop. The body detaches from the handle, which allowed us to use it as a handheld device with several different attachments, including a steam brush, scraper, and squeegee. We found these brushes handy for cleaning grout and kitchen appliances. Best of all, it comes with an attachment that we were able to use as a garment steamer (though only on low or high settings)—there’s even a hose we could attach, letting us clean hard-to-reach spots. Further, the Lift-Off comes with two fragrance discs that come in handy when using the fabric steamer attachment to clean furniture. The fragrant discs are mildly scented, which is a plus for households with allergy sufferers.
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Design: Good design, but hard to store
The Lift-Off is a well-designed tool, whether you’re using it as a steam mop or as a handheld unit. However, the mop has a predominantly white plastic body, which we suspect will eventually show scuffs and wear over time.
The biggest problem we had was figuring out how to store it. There’s no storage hook on the handle, and it has to be stored standing upright, probably due to the device being relatively heavy at 10 pounds. We would have also liked to see a better way to organize and store the accessories as the product came just with a black bag to place them in.
The Bissell PowerFresh Pet Lift-Off Steam Mop requires little in the way of setup. After pulling it out of the box, all we had to do was install a single screw and fill the water tank.
Price: Easy to justify
The Bissell PowerFresh Pet Lift-Off is one of the most expensive steam mops on the market. While that may dissuade you from purchasing it, its wide variety of uses means you can replace a few of the dated tools in your closet. The Lift-Off has so many other applications—it can be used to clean grout and even serve as a garment steamer—and it’s far more cost effective than buying a handful of additional specialty products.
Competition: Stick with Bissell
While close in price to the Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop System, we would still recommend the Bissell PowerFresh Pet Lift-Off Steam Mop, as its versatility gives this steam mop a competitive edge. Being able to use it as a handheld device for other cleaning purposes is a great feature that merits its higher price tag.
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If you’re looking for a high-end steam mop, we recommend the Bissell PowerFresh Pet Lift-Off. Any steam mop can clean the bathroom floor, but thanks to its attachments, the Lift-Off is the only one that can blast away grime that collects in grouted tiles. With its impressive variety of attachments, the Lift-Off has tons of different uses for any household, making it a worthwhile investment.
- Product Name PowerFresh Pet Lift-Off
- Product Brand Bissell
- Price $129
- Weight 10 lbs.
- Color White, orange
- What’s Included 13 attachments