After having children and/or pets around the home, you soon realise how messy the place gets, especially kitchen floors. When our little one started ‘feeding herself’ in the kitchen, the bowl contents would often end up all over the floor and it would taken an eternity to clean up. We also have two dogs and the mud and hair just ends up caked all over our floors! You can find a number of steam mop reviews on this website.
What are the best steam mops available to buy in the UK – read our reviews?
At present, there are a good number of products on the market. They are becoming increasingly popular as people are becoming more aware how easy they are to use and most importantly how they save so much time, effort and ensure your surfaces are sanitised. We’ve selected five of the best steam mops which we hope will help you decide which product to buy.
The benefits of using a steam mop
It’s especially important to keep areas like kitchen floors (or any floor) and sanitised as possible. Now it’s never going to be completely sanitised for long, but using steam mop are addictive, believe me. Because they are so easy to use, I swear by them now. Usually, they take less than a minute to start working and you only need to go over the area a few times before stains have been removed. A big thumbs up for us and we’ve already ditched the wet mop and bucket in favour of our steam mop! Why spend ages with a soaked floor, after a back-breaking 15 minutes trying to get the floor clean with disinfectant? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve shouted at the kids to ‘mind where you go, the floor is wet’. So what are the benefits?
- no need to use detergents or disinfectants
Some models do enable the use of chemicals, but it really isn’t necessary. They can be used to make your floors and surfaces smell pleasant, but it’s an added expense.
- no need to scrub surfaces
Steam cleaning means less scrubbing. You glide the mop head across the surface and the steam lifts the dirt easily and the cleaning pad catches the dirt.
- no moving bacteria from one place to another
A very common problem for normal mops. The water and disinfectant is never enough to kill bacteria, so as you move the cleaning heads around the floor, the bacteria gets moved around and displaced. The water is never hot enough to kill the germs.
- the process is super fast
Imagine how long it takes to use a mop and bucket. You need to get the hot soapy water ready in the bucket, rinse the mop to expel any dirt from the last session and start scrubbing the floor, often going over the same spots because the grime won’t come off. The process can be exhausting, especially if you are elderly, disabled or live in a large house with hard floors and no carpets! This is why using a steam mop is much easier. The steam, being extremely hot, will remove dirt and grease efficiently and you don’t have to use much physical effort.
- no need to keep replacing your mop
After a while, normal mops become dirty and bacteria ridden. Some just simply fall apart and need replacing every 6 months or so. This is actually costly in the long run. If you use a steam mop, however, the cleaning pads will just need a wash in the washing machine and can be re-used. Of course, after a while the cleaning pads will need to be replaced, but the cost will be much less and most models come with spare pads.
- some steam mops can be used to clean cookers, ovens, hobs, bathrooms, grouting, tiles, upholstery, carpets, rugs etc
Some products not only clean floors, but will also include attachments to clean other surfaces such as tiles and the grouting in between them. This can usually take hours to do with normal manual methods. Other common areas steam cleaning can save time and money are cooker hobs and ovens. These are traditionally difficult areas because the heat when cooking can almost cement grease to the surface so using strong chemicals and elbow grease is usually the solution! Again, with using steam changes all of this. No chemicals are needed and gently passing the cleaner over the surface is all it takes to remove these stubborn areas. Carpets and upholstery can collect dirt and other problems such as dust mites and other bugs. Some steam cleaners come with upholstery or carpet pad attachments, which freshen the surface and get rid of bugs and bacteria. It does mean the area will remain wet for a short while. The H2O X5 is an example of a cleaner that can be used on upholstery and even clothes!
Which manufacturer is best?
Two bestselling steam mops are the Vax S2 and Vax S2S. These are both for use just on floors, but they are beautifully designed and very reliable (well it IS made by Vax!). Vax are a leading brand for all types of floor and carpet cleaning. They also specialise in vacuum cleaning and commercial cleaning machines. Black & Decker and Morphy Richards are also well known brands and produce various house hold products.
Here is a list of the best steam mops reviewed:
|Vax S2S Bare Floor Pro||Vax S6 Steam Mop||Vax S2 Hard Floor Master||Holme HSM2001||Black & Decker FSM1600||Vax S5 Master Compact||Morphy Richards Supersteam 70490||Karcher SC1020||Bissell Steam Mop||Montiss CSM5761M Premium|
|Reusable floor pads?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Use on surfaces other than floors?||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Usage time/minutes||10||45||10||20||Up to 40||30||25||25||15||-|
|Size of water tank/litres||0.5||1.6||0.5||0.45||0.5||1.2||0.85||1||0.5||0.6|
|Power cord length/metres||8||6||6||5||6||6||5||4||5.5||7.3|
|Time to start cleaning||2 minutes||12 minutes||1 minute||30 seconds||15 seconds||8 minutes||30 seconds||8 minutes||30 seconds||-|
|Warranty||2 years||2 years||2 years||1 year||2 years||2 years||2 years||1 year||1 year||1 year|
We hope you enjoy our steam mop reviews and we encourage you to read through the information provided in order to assimilate everything you need to know before making a purchase.