Best Steam Mops 2023
The best steam mops offer intense power to tackle even the most germ- and dirt-infested floors. In fact, they’re so powerful that regular pugs – and even newfangled robotic pugs – just can’t hold a candle to most of them. However, not all of these handy gadgets are created equal, and it’s important to do your research before you buy – or use ours. (They’re also relatively expensive, so choosing the “wrong” model can cost you.) Our top pick for 2023 is Bissell’s PowerFresh Deluxe, which offers built-in spot cleaning functionality and is relatively affordable to boot.
Of course, it’s important to note up front that these cleaning accessories aren’t right for every home. “While steam mops are amazing tools for cleaning tile floors, they’re not compatible with all floor types,” says Mallory Micetich, household expert at Angi. Steam mops can actually damage vinyl floors, nor are they recommended for all types of hardwood. It is important to check the manufacturer’s instructions before purchasing any of these devices. If you Do However, if you have the right flooring, these mops can be an impressive addition to your cleaning arsenal, says JustAnswer home and appliance expert Aaron Wilson. He notes that they are “less labor intensive” than traditional mops. Find ahead of time a list of the best steam mops on the market and prepare to take your house cleaning to the next level. (While you’re at it, check out our list of the best robotic mops, best vacuums, and best handheld vacuums.)
Is it worth buying a steam mop?
For most buyers yes – but the answer to that question ultimately depends on the different types of flooring you have in your home. “Steam mops are a great option for people who have tile floors,” says Micetich. “They’re convenient, quick, thorough, and quick-drying, which makes them the ideal way to clean tile floors.” These mops can also be helpful for people who have trouble repeatedly bending down to wring out traditional mops, she points out. Finally, as Wilson adds, steam mops are also “great for cleaning and sanitizing floors,” along with removing stains and some discoloration.
Do steam mops damage vinyl floors?
They can, which is why steam mops are not recommended for vinyl floors. “The hot steam released by a steam cleaner can penetrate vinyl and cause damage,” comments Micetich. In particular, the steam can bend and warp vinyl and even loosen the adhesive that holds the flooring together. Keep in mind that this applies to all types of vinyl floors, including vinyl planks. While steam mops can generally be used on sealed floors, Wilson says you should be careful using them on hardwood as well.
Is steaming floors better than mopping?
A lot depends on your goal and how much work you are willing to put into the cleaning. “Steaming is usually better than wiping,” says Wilson. “It’s less labor-intensive, as well as being faster and more efficient.” Micetich adds, “Steam mops are becoming more popular because they’re convenient and easy to use, but they don’t always do a better job than mopping the old-fashioned way.” Again, steam mops don’t compatible with all floor types; However, they allow you to sanitize your floor without harsh chemicals.
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