The Best Steam Mops on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers


Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about our favorite vacuums here before, twice actually, we decided to expand our cleaning-supply coverage to include bacteria-killing mops. Here, the best steam mops on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best steam mop overall

Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop
$76, Amazon

4.2 stars, 9,051 reviews

“I love this mop, but I was skeptical at first. One guy said in a review that he would sleep with it. I told myself, you won’t ever love a cleaning appliance like that. But then I got this and cleaned all my floors today. Twice. That’s how dirty they were (I thought they were pretty clean!) I would absolutely sleep with this mop. It’s easy to use with NO SCRUBBING and no streaking on my laminate! What?! Yes. It’s that good. Order it. You won’t be disappointed.”

Best steam mop with a triangle scrubber

Bissell Steam Mop Select
$45, Amazon

4.1 stars, 685 reviews

“I was told that steam mops were not all they are cracked up to be, and I’m finicky when it comes to cleaning my house, especially my kitchen and dining floors, which are that luxury vinyl. First, DO NOT BUY luxury-vinyl tiles for your flooring. It looks so nice, but cleaning the floors are a bitch, man. But, I digress. This steam mop has cut hours off of my mop job. Yes, I am that anal. I sweep, vacuum, and then mop. I use both pads for cleaning and switch them out when they get dirty. I rinse them out and continue to use when they fill up with dirt. In my house, there is a lot of dirt with a boy, three dogs, and five cats. Oh, and pee. Lots and lots of pee.”

Best small-scale steam mop

Shark Original Steam Mop
From $52 Amazon

4.1 stars, 1,171 reviews

“I’m very happy with this steam mop. It’s very basic, but gets the job done. Make sure to order a few extra washable pads: The mop only comes with one, and I usually use two or three a week. My primary concern when I ordered the Shark Light & Easy Steam Mop, was that it would be flimsy. The stem is rather flexible, and I occasionally worry that it’s going to snap, nevertheless, I am pretty aggressive when I mop, and nothing has happened thus far.”

Best steam mop for spot-mopping

O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop
$65, Amazon

4.4 stars, 536 reviews

“I have one of those tile floors that makes people curse. It shows every speck of dirt and water spot when mopped. To add to the challenge, I live where there is more dirt than manicured lawn and have two large dogs. My daughter, who researches EVERYTHING, got one of these and was so impressed that she brought it with her on her last visit so that I could try it out. I did and then ordered one right away. It works well, and it’s much less hassle than my old method of mopping. It makes it easy to spot-mop without dedicating an entire morning to the process. The only improvement I would like to see is a way to add a scent or my preferred cleaning solution, because I miss the smell of a freshly mopped floor. Even so, I’m quite happy with my purchase.”

Best steam mop with a double-sided scrubber

Shark Steam Pocket Mop
$60, Amazon

4.3 stars, 2,751 reviews

“Now I know products like these get bad raps, and they can be hit or miss with their longevity. That’s all a given. I’ve taken every measure to treat mine with tender love and care to hopefully maintain it’s life span. Steamer mops are AWESOME! With this one, I really dig how you can flip the head over to utilize the other side of the cloth. You get two cloths in the box. I bought it because we were housing some friends during Hurricane Irma who had dogs, and literally EVERY square inch of floor had to be cleaned. Too big a job for the ol’ knees, you know? I love the ‘OCD’-perfect results. And I LOVE knowing the floors are sanitized without the use of toxic chemicals. Filling it with water is VERY easy with the li’l plastic, spouted cup. It’s simple to use and heats up quickly, in like a minute or so. I’m way happy with it.”

Best all-in-one steam mop and vacuum

Bissell CrossWave Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vacuum
$250, Amazon

4.3 stars 701 reviews

“Okay, so I waited a couple of months to try this and then do a review. I have to say, this machine is awesome! I live in a fully tiled house in the desert with six big dogs. I clean about two times a week, and I’ve used this on the carpet in our house, too. The only problem is that I go through the solution you can buy from Bissell so fast. I decided to try the Mr. Clean concentrated cleaner, and I just put two drops into the whole bottle of water.”

The least-complicated steam mop

Light ’N’ Easy Steam Mop
$53, Amazon

4.7 stars, 448 reviews

“I had to write a review on this because I love it so much. This steam mop is simple. Everything about it is simple. There are no bells and whistles, but that is what makes it so easy to use. The mop pad attaches with Velcro, so no way that can malfunction. I have had others where I had to tuck it, and it wouldn’t push smoothly afterward. You plug it in and it turns on automatically, all you have to do is push down on the handle for the mop to steam. I like this because I don’t have to hold down any buttons, it comes naturally, while pushing the mop, to push it downward. This steam mop cleans really well; I’m very impressed by how well. I was surprised that it cleaned up a day-old jelly stain with ease. I like that I can remove the mop pad and toss it in my washer, rather than having to buy replacements. I like that it’s lightweight and quiet. Overall, I am really pleased with this steam mop.”

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The Best Steam Mops on Amazon