What every best Steam Mops has:
- A large water tank.
- An easy-fill design.
- Variable steam control.
Kevin Purdy spends 38 hours on research and testing seven steam mops, ultimately narrowing it down to two top picks. One caveat: Purdy makes a pretty strong case here that no one really needs a steam mop and notes you should never use them on hardwood floors due to the possibility of damage. Despite Purdy's ambivalence, testing is well-detailed for those who still want a steam mop.
Bryan Yu spends 30 hours of research and two weeks of testing six steam mops to recommend three: a basic pick, a multipurpose pick, and a budget pick. However, one of these is a steam cleaner with a mop head attachment. Still, testing is very well-detailed, the mops are ranked against each other in a variety of categories, such as heat time, floor drying time, etc., and there is a lot of other useful information here, too.
Top Ten Reviews says they test many of their products, but it's often not clear whether they have done so or not. That's not the case with steam mops, though, where testing was clearly performed and their picks include products not seen in other roundups. Criteria in which the steam mops are ranked include performance, design, accessories and support.
Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of users comment on steam mops at Amazon, and we're seeing better ratings this year than in past years. This is an excellent resource for a getting a good overview of a steam mop's durability as many owners go back after months or years to update an original review. Also, manufacturers often comment on negative reviews, offering a window into their customer service.
Owners rate and review steam mops at Walmart, some of which are exclusive to Walmart, including a couple of Shark models. Some steam mops get hundreds of reviews, and they tend to be detailed and helpful. Walmart does import some reviews from the manufacturer's website, most notably Bissell and Shark.
While Best Buy does not carry as many steam mops as some other sources, it is a very helpful site for those looking to find reviews of some of the most popular steam mops. All of Best Buy's reviews are unique to its site.
There are not very many steam mops available at Home Depot, and they don't get as many reviews as seen at sites such as Walmart or Amazon -- although a couple of popular models get several hundred. Most of the feedback is from Home Depot users, while other reviews are taken from the manufacturer's website.
Target is a popular destination for household products and they carry some steam mops. As with some other review sites, many of the reviews are imported from the manufacturer's website, rather than being unique to Target.