Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 Review

Est. $85
June 2015
by ConsumerSearch

Best basic steam mop

  • Simple to use
  • Cleans without streaking
  • Variable steam control; three settings
  • Takes up to 20 seconds to disinfect

Bottom line

Owners say the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 is a top performer on tile, vinyl and wood floors -- although be sure you can use a steam mop on your hardwood floor -- and even cleans dingy grout. It heats up in only 30 seconds, but, because it takes up to 20 seconds to sanitize, reviews say the PowerFresh is best for cleaning only, not killing bacteria.

Breaking it down


A basic package. The Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 comes with two microfiber mop covers and two scent disks. One cleaning pad is for general cleaning, the other is for scrubbing, but both are machine washable and antimicrobial to resist odors. The scent disks act as air fresheners without leaving any fragrance on the floor, which a number of reviewers say the like, because it offers up a scent of "clean" that plain steam does not. A cooling pad is not included, so you'll need to find a safe place to park the unit as it cools.


Leaves sealed flooring sparkling. With its thick mop pads, users say the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 cleans vinyl floors well, even those with shallow channels or patterns. Its built-in Easy Scrubber is reported as great for removing stubborn stains, but it earns mixed reviews for deep cleaning grout -- some say that it has virtually restored their grout to a like-new appearance; others say it cleans, but not as well as a dedicated steam cleaner (which we cover in a separate report). The 15-ounce water tank lasts about 30 minutes, which most say is plenty of time for most floors, although it won't last as long if you're sanitizing since that operation uses more steam. We found very few complaints about durability. The Bissell comes with a two-year warranty.

Ease of use

Fast to heat up, slower to sanitize. Most reviews give the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 high marks for being easy to assemble and use. According to owners, the 12.5-inch mop head swivels effortlessly, has a low profile to reach under cupboards and cleans right up against the baseboard. Although it's capable of disinfecting, this option can be time consuming, according to reviews. "Steam Queen" Erica Ryan says in order to sanitize you have to leave the mop in place for 15 to 20 seconds. Having said that, most owners say they don't use the PowerFresh for sanitizing anyway, merely for the opportunity to clean their hard floors more deeply than a regular floor mop can, so that doesn't seem to be much of a deal-breaker. The removable water tank makes it very easy to refill and the tank does not need to cool down before refilling. The PowerFresh does not have a power button, so it must be plugged in and unplugged to power on and off.

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Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 Reviews


Erica Ryan gives the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 a thorough review after testing it in her home. She says the Bissell does an excellent job of cleaning; while it's capable of sanitizing, the 20-second wait time is too long. She ultimately awards the PowerFresh 4.4 stars out of 5.

Review: Bissell 1940 PowerFresh Steam Mop Review, Erica Ryan, Sept. 4, 2013


Bissell's PowerFresh Steam Mop is the highest rated steam mop at, earning 4.4 stars out of 5 in more than 3,200 customer reviews. Most agree that the PowerFresh has excellent cleaning performance and is very user-friendly.

Review: Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop, Contributors to, As of June 2015

3. hosts more than 325 owner reviews of the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop, about half of which come from Users are universally pleased with its cleaning performance, giving the mop a 100 percent recommendation rate. Ease of use and good handling are two other perks commonly mentioned.

Review: Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop, 1940, Contributors to, As of June 2015

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