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Best Overall: Casabella Painted Steel Original Mop
The Casabella Original Mop is an imported Italian workhorse available in two colors: painted steel and blue. The sturdy mop has a heavy-duty lever that is made to be rust-resistant. The pole is made of steel. The mop head is super absorbent and delivers top-quality cleaning for quick pickups or for hours of deep cleaning. As mops go, this one is a beauty and it's built to last.
The original Casabella mop is more expensive than some other sponge mops but it is sold with a lifetime guarantee.
"My favorite feature is that the sponge is very dry if you wring it out all the way. I have terrazzo floors that get slippery when they’re wet, so I had avoided mopping the floors in the past. The Casabella mop is a welcome relief; it eliminates excess water." — Sage McHugh, Product Tester
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Libman Nitty Gritty Roller Mop with Green Cleaning Pads
Libman's Nitty Gritty Roller Mop is a handy tool for really dirty floors. With its added scrub brush, no mess stands a chance against it. The roller mechanism is controlled by a lever on the handle, and it allows you to squeeze as little or as much water as you like out of your sponge mop. The mechanism on the handle also provides an easy method to switch out the mop head without getting messy.
The steel handle is curved so more sponge surface comes into contact with the floor.
Best Budget: Superio Sponge & Go Mop
The Superio Performance Sponge & Go Mop is an easy-squeeze mop with an attachable scrubbing brush, which is handy when tackling stubborn stains. The extra long handle prevents back pain from bending over the mop. This affordable mop is small enough to fit in most buckets and is particularly handy for quick cleanups.
Best for Hardwood Floors: O-Cedar O-Cedar Wood-Matic Roller Mop
If your home is filled with wood floors, check out the O-Cedar Wood-Matic Roller Mop. As its name implies, this mop is designed specifically for cleaning hardwood floors. It uses a super-dry sponge that is designed to prevent excess water from damaging wood floors. The mop comes with a felt pad scuff eraser to gently remove marks and dried-on dirt, without scratching the floor.
Best Heavy-Duty: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Power Squeeze Mop
The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Power Squeeze Mop is all about the heavy-duty mop head with its magic erasers. Built to be 50 percent stronger than its competitors' mop heads, this mop offers Magic Eraser power to remove scuffs and dirt from the floor. The textured Magic Eraser pad is great for tough soil. The mop is lightweight and can be used on walls as well as floors.