The 4 Best Steam Mops

Steam mops can be very convenient since there is no squeegee to squeeze and no water bucket to fill. However, shopping for steam mops can be very confusing given the sheer number of choices. Which actually gets the job done? It can be difficult to sort out all the various bells and whistles, but the steam mops on this list performed well. These are the best of the best in terms of cleaning power and ease of use.

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    H2O Steam Mop
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    The H2O Mop has a unique triangular swiveling head that allows easy access to the small areas in bathrooms and kitchens. With a trigger function to control the output of steam, the H2O mop is a great choice for many floor types. Its thick absorbent cloth fits snuggly onto the mopping head and is efficient at absorbing water and cleaning the floors. This mop is surprisingly easy to use. It takes very little time for the mop to get warm enough for steam to come out. A gentle gliding motion with...MORE occasional steam is all it takes to get up even tough stuff off the floor.

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    Eureka EnviroSteamer
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    The Eureka EnviroSteamer uses continuous steam and a heavy-duty magic cleaning cloth to scrub vinyl, ceramic tile, sealed hardwood, laminate and more. On every floor type tested, the EnivroSteamer does an amazing job on the toughest and stickiest dirt. With fantastic edge cleaning and great swivel action, the Eureka EnviroSteamer is our new favorite tool. Instead of the triangle shaped mop head, the EnviroSteamer uses a rectangular shape.

    The EnviroSteamer also keeps a continuous steam going,...MORE unlike other brands that have a trigger mechanism. However, if you want more control over the steam output, this may be a downside. However, if you appreciate not having to work a trigger, you'll love the effortless design. The Envirosteamer is a little bit heavier than other mops, but it seems to glide just as smoothly across hard surface flooring.

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    Bissell Steam Mop
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    Bissell's steam mop is sturdy, sleek and effective on most floor types. The absorbent pads work well on tile, sealed hardwood, vinyl, laminate and other flooring types as well. The Bissell steam mop puts out a nice steady stream of steam using the trigger function. We love the look of this steam mop and the price is nice as well. Form meets function and it sports a beautiful color and design. And because Bissell has been making hard surface floor products for a very long time, they certainly...MORE seem to know what customers prefer.

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    Steamboy Steam Mop
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    The Steamboy Steam Mop is a great choice for consumers looking for a powerful steam mop with a sturdy design. It has a great steam output with a trigger control, and its cleaning pads are absorbent and machine washable. The Steamboy performs well on many flooring types, which is ideal for homes with different flooring surfaces. The Steamboy also does a great job on corners and edges. The cleaning cloth is sturdy and works great on multiple types of floors. The filling and refilling mechanism is...MORE easy to use and the mop seems to heat up quickly.

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    A Low-Tech Alternative

    Housewife mopping kitchen floor
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    When Consumer Reports tested steam mops to create their buying guide, they also tested a regular $15 squeeze mop using hot tap water and mild detergent. Their study found that while testers had to scrub floors harder and longer, and allow extra time to dunk the mop in the pail, the squeeze mop actually cleaned the floors just as well as the steam mops, if not better.