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.
The editors at YourBestDigs.com spent 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 and another was recently discontinued. 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.
TopTenReviews.com 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 is well-documented. 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.com, 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.com, which offers brands such as Shark, Bissell, Dirt Devil and Hoover. Some steam mops get hundreds of reviews, and they tend to be detailed and helpful. Some reviews are exclusive to Walmart, others are imported from the manufacturer's website, most notably Bissell.
While BestBuy.com 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. Most get at least 100, with some getting several hundred reviews. Buyers can say if they would recommend the product, and all of the reviews are unique to BestBuy.com.
There are not very many steam mops available at HomeDepot.com, and they don't get as many reviews as seen at sites such as Walmart.com or Amazon.com -- although a couple of popular models get several hundred. Most of the feedback is from HomeDepot.com users, while other reviews are taken from the manufacturer's website.
Target.com is a popular destination for household products and they carry around 15 different 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.com.
Editors test and rate a variety of items on this retail website, including a handful of steam mops. Only those that steam at 200 degrees Fahrenheit or more, are user-friendly and don't super-heat the handle are included on their list, so reviews of some of the most popular mops are not available.
There are just a few steam mops included in this professional roundup, which is available only to subscribers of ConsumerReports.org. However, this is an archived review and the top tested mops that are still available get extremely poor owner reviews.