last update: 21st January 2019
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- Best steam mop in 2019: The definitive guide
- Benefits of a steam mop
- Factors of choosing a steam mop
- Top rated steam mop for hardwood floors 2019
- Top model reviews
- The buying guide
Steam cleaning is one of the best ways to clean the carpets and hardwood floors because the water can be heating up to 120 Celsius degree to disinfect the floors without leaving any chemical residue. Especially when steaming the hardwood floors, a steam mop can take away footprint, stains, embedded dirt and 99% bacteria without the need of any chemical.
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Benefits of a steam mop
- Scrubs sanitize and shines the floors without using chemicals
- Kill 99% of bacteria
- Clean the floor gently, can be used for different surfaces such as hardwood, tile, stone, marble, ceramic, linoleum and laminate flooring. Sometimes you can use to steam carpet, rug, counter top and other places.
Factors of choosing a steam mop
Like any electronic cleaning machine, choosing a steam mop requires you to understand some technical specifications such as built-in heater power, variable steam control, water filter and your using demands. To understand more about a steam mop specifications, you can read the steam mop buying guide.
Top rated steam mop for hardwood floors 2019
We have researched over 40+ available steam mop models on the markets from famous brands such as Bissell, Hoover, Dirt Devil, Shark, Sienna,… to bring you the short-list of best steam mop (for hardwood floors) list 2017-2018.
Top model reviews
1. Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop Hard Floor Steam Cleaner
“PICK ME because I’m the No.1 most popular, choosing by nearly 10 thousand users”
If this is the first time you are trying a steam mop, then Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop Hard Floor Steam Cleaner is the best choice for you because this model is trusted by nearly 10 thousand users since it appeared on the market (2013). At an unbeatable price and a lot of deluxe features, this model from Bissell can be regarded as “all-in-one” steam mop for all types of hard floors.
There are a lot of useful features that can be found on Bissell 1940 steam mop such as variable steam level setting ( which is an important feature so you can use it on different types of floors and stains), built-in scrubber (for deep cleaning the crevice and worst stains). This model comes with 2 scented discs that you can use it and leave a spring breeze fragrance afterward.
Pros and cons of Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop Hard Floor Steam Cleaner
2. Shark Steam Pocket Mop (S3501)
The Shark Steam Pocket Mop (S3501) is one of the most popular choices, this steam mop has several remarkable advantages when compared with other rivals, such as bigger water chamber (450ml), longer power cord (20 ft.) for maximal maneuverability, double-sided microfiber mop pads and very cheap in price. This steam mop can clean on sealed hard floors such as wood floor, tile, linoleum, and vinyl. It is super lightweight (only 4.9 lbs.) and has variable steam settings for your different cleaning purposes.
Pros and cons of Shark Steam Pocket Mop (S3501)
3. O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop reviews
The O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop is another best-rated steam mop for cleaning wood floors and other surfaces such as tile, vinyl…Besides steaming hard floors, this model has a snap-on glider for cleaning carpet and rugs too. This steam mop has a triangle head which is quite unusual but it is very important when cleaning the corners and hard to reach edges (if you notice, this design is very rare that can only be seen on O-Cedar and some Bissell Steam mops). The O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop also share similarities with other best-rated steam mops such as variable steam settings, quick heat up, lightweight and it is fully assembled as a finished model so you do not need to do any custom installation. Last but not least, this steam mop is quite cheap, it is a worth to penny steam cleaning tool that you need for your home.
Pros and cons of O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop
4. BISSELL Steam Mop Select, Titanium, 94E9T
The BISSELL Steam Mop Select, Titanium, 94E9T possesses all of the features you need for a steam mop to clean the wood floor such as lightweight, swivel head in triangle shape for cleaning the corner better, chemical-free steaming and it has 2 mop pads (one soft and one built-in scrubbing strip for better cleaning the stains). If you are a fan of Bissell cleaning machine, you will be surprised by the price of this model because it is very cheap (around 60 bucks). However, you should notice that this model only has one steaming level, meaning you can’t adjust the steam. Users recommended that this model works well on hardwood floors but be careful when using on peel-and-stick laminate floors (because the steam can’t be adjusted, certain laminate floors can’t suffer the heat)
Pros and cons of BISSELL Steam Mop Select, Titanium, 94E9T
5. Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop (S3973D) reviews
The Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop (S3973D) is the newest generations of the steam mop from Shark brand. If you love to enjoy latest technologies or just to want to clean the toughest stain on the hardwood, sealed hard floor or to use as a portable handheld steam cleaner for other places, then you can rely on this Pro Steam Pocket Mop (S3973D). This steam mop is designed with an incorporate steam blaster to attack and loosen the worst stains better.
Unlike casual steam mops, this model uses different mop pad type (dual-sided dirt grip pads) which can be used on both sides and absorb the water better than others. The model has an intelligent steam control for cleaning, scrubbing or mopping on any surface you want.
Particularly, when you need to clean the countertop or the curtain, this steam mop can be converted into a portable handheld steamer by a quickly released button. It can be considered as the ultimate steam mop for all cleaning purposes
Pros and cons of Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop (S3973D)
The buying guide
In order to choose a suitable steam mop for your home, you should consider your cleaning demands to pick the best model for your need.
If you have to clean the hardwood floors
Most of the steam mop on the markets are suitable for cleaning the hardwood floors. When choosing a steam mop for hardwood, you can consider some other benefits such as variable steam control, scrubbing head (to clean the worst stain), big water chamber, long power cord, long warranty time. Besides, you should consider your cleaning area to choose the mop pad suitable for your home (triangle mop pad is best for home with a lot of hard to reach edges, but you will need to spend more time to clean big area than casual model)
One of the most recommended steam mops is Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop Hard Floor Steam Cleaner (if you don’t have many corners in the room) and another recommendation is O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop (for home with lots of corners).
If you have to clean multi surfaces
Basically, except for wooden floors, a steam mop can clean many hard floors such as tile, ceramic, vinyl, linoleum…However, the cleaning performance on each type of surface can be different. Some steam mops work well on tiles and grout while others can’t remove the grout. If you need to clean more tiles and grout than wood floors, you can rely on models with a higher steam setting, scrubbing head or built-in steam blaster to clean the worst stains and grout easier.
If you need to steam the rugs and carpet, make sure to choose the model that is capable of carpet steaming because not many steam mop can work on carpet.
If you need to steam cleaning the laminate, make sure to choose models having variable steam control and choose the steam level suitable to your laminate flooring types.
Some of the steam mops can be converted into a portable steamer for treating counter top, kitchens,…, so if you want to clean above-flooring areas, check for models that can be converted into the portable unit.
One of the most recommended for cleaning multi surfaces steam mop is Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop (S3973D)
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