Swiffer is the big name in the mop market, and its Swiffer Wet Jet gets the most attention in reviews. This model uses a cleaning-solution dispenser mounted on a handle, coupled with replaceable cleaning pads. On the plus side, the pads mean you don't need a bucket of water, and you needn't wring out dirty water. On the downside, the pads aren't that absorbent, so you can't clean a large area without replacing it. Secondly, the cleaning solution bottles (*Est. $6 each) are proprietary -- making it tough to refill them with your own cleaning solutions unless you use some MacGyver-like maneuvers to rig the bottles. In the long run, something like the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop (*Est. $40) is less expensive, since this mop uses washable microfiber pads and refillable cleaning-solution bottles.
User reviews are mixed for the Swiffer WetJet, with almost as many one-star ratings as five-star scores at Amazon.com. Some WetJet owners say dirt gets pushed around more than cleaned up. Other owners find the fragrance of the solutions too strong, and that the cleaning solution and replacement pads are too expensive.
On the plus side, the Swiffer WetJet is lightweight and easy to use, and if you're patient, you can often find the replacement pads and solutions on sale. Experts at Slate and Real Simple magazines suggest using the Swiffer WetJet for light duty mopping in between more thorough cleanings with a traditional mop such as the Libman Wonder Mop (*Est. $13). Real Simple magazine explains that two or three pads are required for an average 15-by-15-foot kitchen and trying to conserve pads results in transferred dirt back onto the floor. The Swiffer Wet Jet starter kit, which includes two disposable cleaning pads and one 500 mL bottle of multi-purpose cleaning solution, comes with the mop. Four AA batteries (not included) are required to operate the spray mechanism – a feature which is a bit loud according to Slate magazine.
1. Slate Magazine
The Swiffer WetJet comes in second place in this comparative test of seven mops. Author Elaine Blair says it is the best option for those that want to "get rid of the bucket." It has thick, absorbent cleaning pads and battery-operated jet spray that is easy to use but it doesn’t clean as effectively as traditional mops.
Review: Top Mops , Elaine Blair, Dec. 15, 2004
2. Real Simple
Real Simple magazine tests several mops and recommends four of them. The Swiffer WetJet is suggested for light duty cleaning. Editors warn that it takes two to three cleaning pads to thoroughly clean a 15 by 15-foot area and that skimping on pads will transfer dirt back on the floor.
Review: Best Mops for the Job, Elisa Huang
More than 150 users at Amazon.com comment on the Swiffer WetJet, giving it an average overall rating of three out of five stars. Several reviewers love the convenience of the mop but many wish that refills weren’t so costly. Many say that the Wet Jet is best for small spaces.
Review: Swiffer Wet Jet Starter Kit, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Swiffer Wet Jet is rated and reviewed by about 50 users at Walmart.com where it earns an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. Reviewers are generally pleased with the convenience of the mop and say that it cleans thoroughly and quickly. Several lament the cost of replacement pads and cleaning solution.
Review: Swiffer WetJet All in One Power Mop Kit, Contributors to Walmart.com