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Last updated: 02 October 2018

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 Recommended list 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.

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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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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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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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  • Time in use until tank empty (min)
  • Measured wattage (W)
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  • 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
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