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The Best Steam Mops on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

While we’ve written about our favorite vacuums here before, along with the best robot vacuums, mop slippers, and even a giant lint roller for pet hair, we decided to expand our cleaning-supply coverage to include bacteria-killing mops. Here are the best steam mops on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best-rated steam mop

Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop

Reviewers of the Bissell 1940 PowerFresh mop repeatedly praise its ability to handle the most stubborn stains and messes, even 10-year-old dirt-caked grout, according to one reviewer: “When I was deciding whether or not to purchase this mop, I had one concern: Can or will it effectively clean our 10-year-old grout? It cleaned my grout! Granted I used the little scrubber brush on the back of the unit (which I do wish were a little longer), but I carefully pressed on it with my foot so it would ‘scrub’ and reach down in the gap, and in two minutes’ time the floor went from black to nearly new clean.” Another reviewer claims this Bissell steam mop is effective because it gets terrifyingly hot but warns that “when using your foot to press down on the scrubber, be careful! The steam can burn your toes (yes, it gets that hot — which is good!)” It also easily cleans other pesky messes like pet hair and litter. Another user adds, “We have five cats — yes, five cats — and this mop has cleaned up their hair and the litter that sticks to floors outside the litter box like a plague. It cleaned that up! I KNOW, CRAZY!”

Best-rated (less expensive) steam mop

Shark Steam Pocket Mop

Many reviewers of the Shark Steam Pocket Mop claim it did a better job at lifting dirt and grime than professional cleaning services they’ve used. One reviewer writes, “No disrespect to the cleaning service, because they did their best, but this mop pulled up the ground-in dirt and grime that a traditional mop couldn’t hope to touch. The bright white mop cover came up dark brown after just one pass!” Others who need to clean large areas appreciate the Shark’s powerful steam function. One notes, “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?” The Shark Steam mop gave another reviewer “OCD-perfect results” and sanitized the floors “without the use of toxic chemicals.” Others love the mop’s 25-foot power cord, which means, as one reviewer describes, “no stopping midway to find another outlet. I cleaned my galley-style kitchen (approximately 18 feet long) and small dining area with only one refill of the water tank and only used one of the large pads.”

And now some micro-picks for every type of steam mop you might be looking for.

Best steam mop with triangle scrubber

The Bissell Steam Mop Select’s triangular head is loved by reviewers who have small or oddly shaped rooms. As one person writes, “Our bathroom is small, with only about a 12-inch clearance on one side of the toilet, and a 7½-inch at the back. With a regular mop, I had to use the mop sideways and didn’t feel that it was doing the best job, especially by the back wall. The steam mop solves that. The head moves enough to get the 12-inch gap in one pass, and I can get to the back wall in two (one pass from each side of the stool). No more need to get a sponge and bucket to feel that the floor back there is getting clean!” Another reviewer confirms it works great in bathrooms, noting that “it rotates nicely to make cleaning around the toilet so much easier.”

Best steam mop for spot-mopping

O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop

For spot-mopping spills and messes, like one reviewer who had “dog-water dripping spots showing up on the tile constantly,” the O-Cedar excelled at lifting isolated stains: “With this steam mop, the dog-drip disappeared! My husband usually is down on his hands and knees scrubbing these stubborn spots, but with the mop it’s just a matter of going back and forth a couple of extra times to get the stubborn doggie slobber spots out!” Another adds that the O-Cedar “does great with the unidentifiable sticky spots from having a baby and a toddler. I just let it sit over the mess for a few extra seconds and it steams it away.”

Best all-in-one steam mop and vacuum

Bissell CrossWave Multi-Surface Wet-Dry Vacuum

“I used to ‘mop’ on my hands and knees and rinse the rag between sections because traditional mopping smears the dirty water around the floor rather than removing the filth like elbow grease does,” writes one meticulous reviewer, who adds, “This machine sucks the dirty water off the floor and out of the cleaning brush as you go … It definitely saves you physical effort; it’s as easy as a thorough vacuuming. And it cleans WELL. Dare I say better than hands-and-knees cleaning section by section.” As another reviewer notes, “I have 2 small children who are ALWAYS spilling milk, water, juice, food, snacks, and more. We have oil splatter from frying, coffee grounds, and 3 shorthair dogs that all shed (even though you wouldn’t think they shed this much, they DO). But one pass with the CrossWave and these nasty spots and my floors are as clean as when they were first installed.” Reviewers also like that they no longer have to sweep before mopping their floors, because of the CrossWave’s wet-dry vacuum design. As one person writes, “I purposely did not vacuum, dust, or sweep floors from the day I ordered it. I was SHOCKED when I finished and cleaned out the dirt-collection cup. Thought I kept a truly clean house! This little machine even picks up the driveway grit from the scatter rugs by our doors.”

Best steam mop with detachable scrub brush

Bissell 1806C Powerfresh Deluxe Steam Mop

The Bissell 1806C Powerfresh Deluxe has a removable mop head and steam brush that reviewers recommend for lifting stains that might otherwise require some additional elbow grease. As one reviewer who purchased this Bissell for a cleaning job writes, “One of the nicest features is the brush, which is very handy for cleaning grout.” This reviewer estimates that “the original brush shows a little wear after cleaning about 1,600 linear feet of grout, with about 15 strokes per foot. (No guarantee against tendinitis of the elbow after doing this kind of work, though)” but notes that “replacement brushes are available from Bissell and are inexpensive.” Another person — who “used the scrub brush with the hot steam to easily scrub off dried orange hard-water residue that lined the bottom outside of the shower door” — remarks that without the brush, they “would have had to use a knife to loosen up hard residue” in addition to doing “lots of hand scrubbing.”

Best steam mop with detachable garment steamer

Reviewers praise this Shark steam mop’s garment-steamer attachment, which offers a far more efficient alternative to pressing clothes with a standard iron. One reviewer, who “bought this to make cleaning my tile floors easier,” was surprised to discover “how easy the handheld attachments would be to use! It’s great for mopping and I love it dearly, but the true gem of this is the clothing- and curtain-steaming attachments. My husband’s business attire is the WORST to iron, and I hate doing it. Never again. His suit jacket took me TWO MINUTES to steam (no joke!).”

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