Vacuum steam mop combos put the power of a broom and a mop into one machine. "That's very innovative, but each function must be efficient to make this a worthy cleaning tool," says Mariette Mifflin, an appliance expert at About.com. "Being able to change from sweeping to steaming is especially handy for cleaning occasional messes, such as those usually found under the table after a meal."
Experts say the Reliable Steamboy T2 (Est. $130) is one of the best vacuum steam mop combos because it delivers both excellent sweeping and mopping. "We were impressed with its well-designed features, ability to achieve spotless floors without much effort and surprisingly how much fun we had while cleaning," say experts at AllergyBuyersClub.com. The Steamboy T2 has an 8-inch sweeper and an 11-inch steaming pad. The sweeper isn't designed to vacuum carpet, but "it does a nice job with picking up spills, dust and general light debris from hard floor surfaces," according to AllergyBuyersClub.com. Because you can run the sweeper and steamer at the same time, the Steamboy T2 is especially handy for cleaning up spills without a hassle, reviews say. For a spotless shine, though, Mifflin recommends using each function one a time, changing mop pads in between.
The Steamboy T2 is ready to go in about 20 seconds, with steam hot enough to disinfect floors. Owners say comfortable handling and good agility make it pretty easy to use. A few flaws hinder its convenience, including a bulky mop head that can't easily clean along baseboards and a short 16-foot power cord. Reliable covers the Steamboy T2 with a one-year warranty, which is half as long as warranties from brands such as Bissell and Hoover.
Few vacuum steam mop combos can deliver the powerful dual performance of the Steamboy T2, but reviews say the Bissell Steam&Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner 46B4W (Est. $100) is a good runner-up. "You'll get plenty of runtime on a single tank (more than 20 minutes in our test!), and the Bissell's generous 28-foot cord gives you plenty of reach to clean," say Good Housekeeping editors. Reviewers say the Steam&Sweep has excellent mopping performance, leaving hard floors streak-free. The sweeper is best for light-duty dirt and, although the Bissell can sweep and mop at the same time, users get the best results by doing one task first and then the other.
Both experts and owners say that setting up the Steam&Sweep is easy, but handling is only average. Christina Peterson at Good Housekeeping loves "...its easy-to-fill, large-sized water tank, which remained nearly half full even after steaming for 30 minutes." It also features a 28-foot power cord, onboard power switch and steam-ready light. "Most of the time it does glide quite easily," says a user at Amazon.com, but "when you're steaming there is intermittent resistance to sliding on floors that you either have to push REALLY hard, or you have to keep picking it up and moving it forward and then pulling it back on the floor."