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Steam mop reviews

Last updated: 01 March 2016

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 canister steam mops. 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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Steam mops come in barrel/canister form as well as the more typical stick type and we define both types as being steam mops (steam mops can sometimes be referred to as steam cleaners or steam systems). Steam cleaners which have suction abilities are not part of this category.

Features

Steam ready indicator
Removable water tank
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.

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

Specifications

Weight (kg)

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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).

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Water tank volume (L)
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Capacity of the steam mop's water tank. Canister/barrel models, by design, have a larger capacity and will require less topping up.

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Test results

Overall score
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The overall score is made up of stain cleaning performance (50%), ease of use (30%) and floor wetness (20%).

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Stain cleaning score
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How well the steam mops clean a range of common substances off vinyl floor including a muddy footprint, tomato sauce, soy sauce, mustard, coffee and red wine.

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Ease of use score
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The ease of use score (30% of overall score) is made up of: mop head moving score, ease of using the controls, mop reach and replacing the mop pad.

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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
  • Water tank volume (L)
  • 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)
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