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Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940

Est. $90
December 2013
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Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940

  • Cleans without streaking
  • Variable steam control; three settings
  • Sanitizes with water
  • Takes up to 20 seconds to disinfect
  • Not versatile
  • No cooling stand
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Bottom line

Reviewers appreciate the excellent performance and easy handling of the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940. This basic steam mop can clean tile, vinyl and hardwood and heats up in only 30 seconds, but isn't built for scouring grungy grout or cleaning other surfaces. Because it takes up to 20 seconds to sanitize, reviews say the PowerFresh is best for mopping only, not disinfecting. Bissell's two-year limited warranty is outstanding at this price.


Leaves sealed flooring sparkling. With its thick mop pads, "vinyl floors with little channels and slightly lifted patterns are no problem" for the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940, says Erica Ryan, a blogger for Reviews say its built-in Easy Scrubber is great for removing stubborn stains, but the PowerFresh isn't strong enough for scouring stained grout. The water tank "holds 15 ounces which should last you about a half an hour and will finish more flooring than you'd think unless you're sanitizing," says Ryan. Comments on durability are rare. The Bissell comes with a two-year limited warranty.

Ease of use

Fast to heat up, slow 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. "The generated steam does not get as hot as some of its competitors and, therefore, it takes longer to sanitize than others. You have to leave it in one place for 15 to 20 seconds to fully sanitize JUST that one spot...twice as long as similar models," says Ryan.


Accessories not included. The Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 comes with two microfiber mop covers and two scent disks. The cleaning covers are machine washable and "antimicrobial so you don't get that yucky, old mop smell from them," reports Ryan. The scent disks act as air fresheners without leaving any fragrance on the floor. A cooling pad is not included, and Ryan says you'll have to find a safe place to park the unit as it cools.

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Erica Ryan gives the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 a thorough review after testing it in her home. The Bissell does an excellent job of cleaning; while it's capable of sanitizing, the 20-second wait time is too long. This basic mop maneuvers well and is a good value.

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


Bissell's PowerFresh Steam Mop is one of the few steam mops that gets 4 stars out of 5 or higher ratings at Out of the more than 375 owners who review the mop here, most say it has excellent cleaning performance and is user-friendly, and give it an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Review: Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop, Contributors to, As of December 2013

3. posts about 290 owner reviews of the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop, about half of which come from Most users are pleased with its cleaning performance, giving the mop a 95 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 December 2013

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