The best steam mops

Grab one of these best steam mops to help you deep clean. From cleaning tiles to polishing hardwood floors, your home will be sparkling in no time

Best steam mops: Shark Klik n' Flip S6003UK

On the hunt for the best steam mop to help you whizz though the cleaning? We get it – cleaning the floor with a mop and bucket can be arduous, and the lingering chemical smell from a floor cleaner can be off-putting, too. For an efficient, chemical-free way to clean your floors, investing in the best steam mop is the way to go.

While the initial outlay may seem a tad excessive to some, a steam mop will last and last, and you won't have to fork out for floor cleaning fluids, either, so it will more than make up for it. Plus, it will be quicker, too. Have a read of our guide to the best steam mops, taking into account the kind of surfaces you’re cleaning. 

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What is the best steam mop?

We think the best steam mop you can buy is the Shark Klik N’ Flip Steam Pocket Mop S6001UK. It's easy to use, heats up in 30 seconds, has an average sized water tank and it can be easily stored away. What more could you need?

How to buy the best steam mop

Cable length

All steam mops are corded, so depending on the size of your house or the amount of plug sockets you have dotted around, be wary of the cable length. The models with the longest cable lengths are the Vax Steam Fresh Power Plus Steam Cleaner and Shark Klik n' Flip S6003UK Smartronic Deluxe Steam Mop, each at 8 metres long.

Water tank

Look at water tank size. Those who live in a flat or a small house don't need to be as worried about this, but if you live in a larger home, opt for a mop that has a large water capacity to save having to top it up regularly.

Power

Higher wattage doesn't necessarily mean better performance; in fact, our number one pick has a lower wattage than our second pick, but it has a better performance and takes less time to heat up. It's all about balance...

Heat up time

Waste no time waiting for your mop to heat up, the majority of our picks heat up in just 30 seconds. Or, if you prefer a model that takes a few minutes to do its thing while you go round the house and pick things up off the floor, we've models that have a longer heat up time.

Weight

Opting for a lightweight steam mop is a smart thing to do, especially if you have stairs in your home. The lightest on our list is the Vax Steam Clean Multi S85-CM Multifunction Steam Mop, coming in at just 2.1kg.

THE BEST STEAM MOPS

Best steam mop you can buy: Vax Steam Fresh Power Plus Steam Cleaner

1. Vax Steam Fresh Power Plus Steam Cleaner

Best steam mop you can buy: an ideal all-rounder for convenient steam cleaning of different areas

Specifications
Cable length: 8m
Water tank: 350ml
Heat up time: 30 seconds
Power: 1600W
Weight: 3.4kg
Reasons to buy
+Easy steam and detergent release controls+Comes with accessories+Hands free pad replacement+Heats up quickly
Reasons to avoid
-Water tank isn't huge

For use with or without detergent, this steam cleaner will do a fantastic job of quickly removing grease and grime. If you do decide to add detergent, you can control how much you use and how much steam it emits by using the fingertip controls. Featuring a range of accessories such as a carpet glider and a soft scrub brush (included), this steam mop can be used on a range of surfaces, making it well worth the spend. In our opinion, this is the best steam mop you can buy.

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Best steam mop for stains: Karcher SC3 Steam Cleaner

2. Kärcher SC3 Steam Cleaner

Best steam mop for stains: for a powerful mains powered steam cleaner, this Karcher is a good choice

Specifications
Cable length: 5m
Water tank: 1ltr
Heat up time: 30 seconds
Power: 1900W
Weight: 3.1kg
Reasons to buy
+No detergent required+Continuous steam
Reasons to avoid
-Shorter cord

While the price for this steam mop may be that bit more than our top pick, for the additional outlay, you do get a bigger reservoir and more power. However, because it's bigger, it's heavier and not quite so easy to handle. That said, it provides reliable continuous steam and doesn’t require the use of detergent to deep clean your floors. The Kärcher also comes with a range of attachments, allowing you to use it on all floor types, and your upholstery, too. Read our review of the Kärcher SC3 Easy Fix steam cleaner for more.

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Best steam mop for features: Shark Klik n' Flip S6003UK Smartronic Deluxe Steam Mop

3. Shark Klik n' Flip S6003UK Smartronic Deluxe Steam Mop

Best steam mop for features: this steam mop has different features for different floor types

Specifications
Cable length: 8m
Water tank: 380ml
Power: 1200w
Heat up time: 30 seconds
Weight: 2.3kg
Reasons to buy
+Light+3 settings+8m long power cord

This Shark steam mop has a stamp of approval from cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, so it has a big tick from us too. Although the water tank is smaller than others on our list, the fact it's extremely lightweight, it heats up in 30 seconds and it has three different steam settings makes it more than worthy of our third spot. The double sided cleaning pad absorbs liquid and traps dirt, while also eliminating 99.9 per cent of common household bacteria. A must if you have children or pets! For chemical-free deep cleaning, there really is nothing better to help you do the job. Find more ways to get rid of household germs in our guide.

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Best steam mop for large areas: Polti Vaporetto Pro 95 Steam Cleaner

4. Polti Vaporetto Pro 95 Steam Cleaner

Best steam mop for large areas: great for cleaning both regular and specialist areas

Specifications
Cable length: 8m
Water tank: 1.3ltrs
Heat up time: 9 mins
Power: 1100W
Weight: 5.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Huge reservoir for continuous cleaning+Five-bar pressure output
Reasons to avoid
-Takes a while to heat up-Pricey

There’s no denying that the cost of this steam cleaner is pretty steep, but thanks to a range of specialised features, it should do a great job of cleaning a huge range of surfaces. From its five bar pressure boiler and adjustable steam output to its huge reservoir and eco function for less consumption of water and electricity, this Vaporetto certainly offers good control and performance matched with great functionality. 

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Best steam mop for multi-purpose use: Morphy Richards 720026 Complete 12-in-1 Steam Cleaner

5. Morphy Richards 720026 Complete 12-in-1 Steam Cleaner

Best steam mop for multi-purpose use: a great all-rounder for when you want to carry out a spring clean

Specifications
Cable length: 5m
Water tank: 400ml
Power: 1600w
Heat up time: 30 seconds
Weight: 2.9kg
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+12-in-1 cleaner+Triangular floor head
Reasons to avoid
-Isn't amazing with very tough stains

If you like the sound of the Polti Vaporetto Pro 95 Steam Cleaner but want something that can also clean your upholstery and surfaces, this Morphy Richards 12-in-1 model is the best steam mop for you. It has an average size water tank, heats up quickly and is available at a very reasonable price. A great all-rounder for carrying out those chores you hate quickly and easily. It comes with a detachable handheld steamer for when you're cleaning those hard-to-reach areas, and you can also use it to clean everything from your worktops, shower door, BBQ or oven. The best part? It has a triangular floor head to make your life that little bit easier when you're trying to clean into corners (don't underestimate that as a bonus).

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Best steam mop for easy storage: Thane H20 HD Advanced Steam Mop

6. Thane H20 HD Advanced Steam Mop

Best steam mop for easy storage: lack storage space? this foldable steam mop is the best option for you

Specifications
Cable length: 6m
Water tank: 0.4L
Heat up time: 25 seconds
Power: 1500W
Weight: 3kg
Reasons to buy
+Foldable for easy storage+Great value+Quickest heat up time on our list

This Thane model is a direct contender to the Vax Steam Fresh Power Plus Steam Cleaner that takes our first spot. While the tank is just that bit smaller and the power output is just that bit less, when it comes to cleaning, this Thane promises to be just as good. The device is foldable, easy to fill and comes with a range of accessories for cleaning a variety of surfaces. The best steam mop for those who lack storage space in their home.

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Best lightweight steam mop: Vax Steam Clean Multi S85-CM Multifunction Steam Mop

6. Vax Steam Clean Multi S85-CM Multifunction Steam Mop

Best lightweight steam mop: this affordable steam mop is ideal for the elderly

Specifications
Cable length: 5m
Water tank: 330ml
Power: 1300w
Heat up time: 30 seconds
Weight: 2.1kg
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+2-in-1 function+Lightest on our list
Reasons to avoid
-Smallest water tank

On the hunt for a lightweight steam mop? Maybe it's for an elderly relative, or you have lots of stairs you don't fancy lugging a huge machine up, or maybe you just don't want to risk the backache (we don't blame you). This Vax steam mop comes in at just over 2 kilograms, and what it lacks in weight it certainly doesn't lack in features. Much like many of our other choices, it heats up in just 30 seconds, but it can also be converted to handheld to clean everything from taps to tiles, windows and more. Our only complaint is that its water tank is smaller than others on our list, but if you've got anything smaller than a two-bedroom home or flat, you should be fine. For those who only have hard floors in certain rooms of their home, this is the best steam mop for you. 

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BISSELL PowerFresh Slim 3 in 1 Steam Mop

7. BISSELL PowerFresh Slim 3 in 1 Steam Mop

Best steam mop for small homes: this slim steam mop is ideal for storage in small homes or flats

Specifications
Cable length: 7.6m
Water tank: 300ml
Power: 1500w
Heat up time: 30 seconds
Weight: 4.74kg
Reasons to buy
+Can be wall mounted+Easy to steer+Comes with range of tools

Complete with an extension wand and a tool kit to clean those hard to reach places, this slim steam mop by Bissell is the best option for those with small homes due to its small water tank and easy storage features. It's 3-in-1, so you can clean your floors and your work surfaces as it converts into a handheld model. Much like a stick vacuum cleaner, it's easy to manoeuvre around furniture and into corners, and once you've finished using it, it can easily be stored in a small cupboard. It also comes with a wall mount for convenience, and it holds all the tools neatly, too.

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