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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Recommended retail or typical price.
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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.
Floor wetness score
The higher the score, the drier the floor. Note that models tested year to year (see "year tested") can't technically be directly compared as we changed our floor wetness scoring method, but results should be similar.
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Ease of use score
The ease of use 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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Time in use until tank empty (min)
How long you can use steam mop for before tank is empty.
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Water tank volume (L)
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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Shop Ethical rating
Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.
Steam ready indicator
Does the mop have an indicator that says when its ready to work/function with a full head of steam?
A carpet glider attachment is designed to freshen up and rejuvenate your carpets, although we find they won't actually clean them.
Some steam mops can be used in a hand-held mode using accessories that help you reach difficult areas such as shower cubicles.
Attachment that's suitable for cleaning small, hard to reach areas like behind toilets or in corners.
Refill while cleaning
Whether you can refill the unit "on the go". Some barrel-type cleaners have a huge capacity so this won't be a crucial function if you have one of these models.
Steam 'on' lock switch
A steam lock switch is handy so you don't have to keep holding down a button to release steam.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- CHOICE Expert Rating
- Floor wetness score
- Ease of use score
- Year tested
- Time in use (min)
- Measured wattage (W)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Product type
- Shop Ethical rating
- Water tank volume (L)
- Carpet glider
- Telescopic wand
- Removable water tank
- Handheld 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 (years)
- Country of origin