With a sweeper in the front and a steamer in back, the Bissell Steam&Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner 46B4W can tackle two jobs at once. Good Housekeeping gives it an A-minus overall, saying the Steam&Sweep has outstanding mopping performance but rates only fair at sweeping. The Bissell features a two-year warranty, a removable water reservoir and long power cord. Reviews say it can be difficult to push and the bulky head doesn't reach all the corners.
Powerful steaming, light-duty sweeping. "As a steam mop, the Bissell Steam&Sweep excels," say Good Housekeeping editors. "It did a great job removing stuck-on stains from vinyl and ceramic tile, getting dried soda off in a mere two strokes from ceramic tile. As a sweeper, though, we found it only fair at removing debris from bare floors." Reviewers say the Steam&Sweep is best for light cleaning or steaming only. Bissell includes a two-year limited warranty, one of the longest for steam mops. A few owners report issues after about 12 months, mostly with the steamer breaking or not heating properly.
Bulky design. The Bissell Steam&Sweep is one of the heaviest steam mops in our report and can be difficult to maneuver, according to users. Good Housekeeping says it "doesn't glide as smoothly on vinyl flooring as other steam mops do." An Amazon.com owner says, "I can't quite get into the corners as much as I'd like because of the shape of the mop head and the position of the mop pad." The trigger requires constant pressure when steaming, which is awkward for some. On the plus side, reviewers like that the Steam&Sweep stands upright on its own, includes a 28-foot cord and has a removable water tank.
For hard floors only. Christina Peterson at Good Housekeeping says, "You can use this steam mop on ceramic tile, vinyl, marble, stone, and sealed hard wood floors." However, the Bissell Steam&Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner 46B4W doesn't include extra attachments and isn't capable of freshening carpets or steaming vertical surfaces. Two washable mop pads are included and are easy to attach, according to Good Housekeeping. A built-in water filter prevents minerals from building up inside the mop, which can clog steam holes and inhibit performance. Replacement filters cost $18 from Bissell. The Steam&Sweep also features a ready light, a power switch and a brush switch.
1. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping gives the Bissell Steam&Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner 46B4W an A-minus rating after testing it alongside 15 other steam mops. The steamer does an outstanding job of removing dried soda and stubborn stains, but the sweeper delivers only fair performance. Editors praise the removable water tank, 28-foot power cord and long runtime.
Review: Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner, Editors of Good Housekeeping, June 2012
2. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping picks the Bissell Steam&Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner 46B4W as the cleaning product of the month in this brief single-product review. Tester Christina Peterson says the Steam&Sweep can vacuum oatmeal and remove shoe scuff marks at the same time.
Review: Cleaning Product of the Month - Bissell Steam & Sweep, Christina Peterson, Oct. 1, 2010
More than 230 owner reviews are available at Target.com, which includes reviews from Bissell.com and BazaarVoice.com. The Bissell Steam&Sweep gets 3.5 stars out of 5, with many users appreciating the convenience of sweeping and mopping with one machine. A number of them say the vacuum is best for light-duty cleaning.
Review: Bissell Steam and Sweep Hard Surface Cleaner - Silver (46B4), Contributors to Target.com, As of December 2013
Ratings are split across the board here for the Bissell Steam&Sweep, with an average score of 3.1 stars out of 5. Users praise this steam mop for its ability to vacuum and mop with one machine. Some say performance is mediocre and the Bissell is too awkward to be convenient.
Review: Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Steam Mop 46B4, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013