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Steam mop test

Last tested: 18 December 2015

With so many steam mops on the market, it can be hard to choose the right one for your home. CHOICE does the hard work for you by testing leading brands on tough stains. Our steam mop buying guide tells you what you need to look for, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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Our steam mop review covers both stick and barrel steam mops and cleaners. Our expert testers try out every steam mop to reveal:

  • what to buy
  • which clean floors best
  • which are easiest to use
  • which have the most features
  • which have the best member-rated reliability scores.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands have features like hand-held accessories and jet nozzles and which ones don't leave floors wet. Our CHOICE Buys will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

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This is the price we paid in March 2015.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 49 and 499

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Features

Steam ready indicator
Removable water tank
Water low indicator
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If the tank is clear, then this won't be necessary.

Carpet glider
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A carpet glider attachment is designed to freshen up and rejuvenate your carpets, although we find they won't actually clean them.

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Reach (m)
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Rather than just the length of the cord, this figure is the distance between the power point and the tip of the steam head, and includes the power cord (and hose and wand, if applicable).

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 5.2 and 8.4

Weight (kg)

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 1.6 and 4.6

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  • Overall score
  • Brand reliability score
  • Brand satisfaction score
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  • Floor wetness score
  • Overall handheld mode score
  • Stain cleaning score
  • Ease of use score
  • Heat up time (min:sec)
  • Time in use until tank empty (min)
  • Measured wattage (W)
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • Price paid
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Type
  • Carpet glider
  • Telescopic wand
  • Removable water tank
  • Hand-held tool
  • Jet nozzle
  • Refill while cleaning
  • Steam ready indicator
  • Steam 'on' lock switch
  • Steam 'off' lock switch
  • Water low indicator
  • Adjustable steam output
  • Accessories supplied
  • Weight (kg)
  • Reach (m)
  • Waiting time recommended before reservoir can be filled (min)
  • Warranty (yrs)
  • Origin
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