Best mop: the top products for squeaky clean hard floors

The best mop will get every type of hard floor sparkling clean. We've picked the top performers for efficiency, ease of use, and durability

Best mop: e-cloth mop in use on wood floors
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Is there really more to choosing the best mop than just going into your nearest supermarket and getting whatever they've got in the cleaning section? Well, yes. While there's nothing particularly wrong with a basic mop, if you've got 1) expensive hard flooring you'd like to keep in pristine condition; 2) and achy back/joints; 3) have environmental concerns and would like a mop with a washable or replaceable head, then this buyer's guide is for you. 

Oh, and did we mention that a high-tech mop is always going to be a more hygienic choice? Clever new-generation microfibre is much better at picking up dirt rather than smearing it around like the mops of yesteryear (we shudder just thinking about them).

Using anything from dust mops to spray mops, your floors will be gleaming in no time. Need more advice on buying? Jump straight down to tips on how to buy the best mop.

What is the best mop to clean floors?

We think the best mop you can buy is the Vileda Easy Wring and Clean Turbo Microfibre Mop and Bucket Set, however, if you're after a spray mop, we think the Beldray LA032133TQ Refillable Microfibre Spray Mop is a good choice.

These are the rest of our top picks, below. Keep scrolling for the full reviews.

  • Best string mop: Vileda Turbo Microfibre Mop and Bucket Set
  • Best spray mop: Beldray LA032133TQ Refillable Microfibre Spray Mop
  • Best steam mop: Shark Klik N’ Flip Steam Pocket Mop S6001UK
  • Best sponge mop: Casabella Original Mop
  • Best robot mop: iRobot Braava Jet 240
  • Best dust floor mop: Libman Freedom Dust Mop
  • Best versatile floor mop: Vorfreude – Floor Mop with Integrated Spray
  • Best eco friendly floor mop: E-Cloth Deep Clean Mop
  • Best floor mop for wooden floors: Bona Wood Floor Spray Mop Kit
  • Best floor mop for hard-to-reach areas: Oxo Microfibre Spray Mop
  • Best floor mop for absorption:: Vileda Magic Mop 3Action
  • Best plastic free mop: Full Circle Mighty Mop

THE BEST FLOOR MOPS

Best string mop: Vileda Easy Wring and Clean Turbo Microfibre Mop and Bucket Set

1. Vileda Easy Wring and Clean Turbo Microfibre Mop and Bucket Set

Best string mop: a mop and bucket set that doesn’t flood your kitchen floor (finally!)

Specifications
Type: String/spin mop
Mop head: Microfibre
Extra features: Bucket
Reasons to buy
+Triangular-shaped head+Easy to wring out
Reasons to avoid
-A little flimsy

Inexpensive and convenient, the Vileda Easy Wring and Clean Turbo Microfibre mop  and bucket combo is perfect for getting any mopping job done. 

What we like about it 
The bucket comes with a spout which makes it easier to empty, and the foot pedal aims to make it super easy to dry the mop out so you don't end up soaking your floors, and once you’re finished, mess is minimised. Not only is it simple and reliable, but the triangular shaped microfibre head is designed to make it easier to reach corners and pick up 20 per cent more dirt than a standard cotton mop head.

What we're not keen on
The mop handle does feel a little flimsy, but in terms of longevity, there's nothing to worry about.

Things to note
The head is easily machine washable or you can purchase an additional mop head whenever you require it. It also comes with the bucket included which features a water indicator to prevent overfilling.

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Best spray mop: Beldray LA032133TQ Refillable Microfibre Spray Mop

2. Beldray LA032133TQ Refillable Microfibre Spray Mop

Best spray mop: a great all-rounder ideal for everyday mopping

Specifications
Type: Flat/Spray mop
Mop head: Microfibre
Extra features: None
Reasons to buy
+Affordable but durable+Heads are machine washable
Reasons to avoid
-We can't think of any!

The price tag on the Beldray LA032133TQ Refillable Microfibre Spray Mop may be low, but the quality is very high. We think it's the best floor mop for everyday spray cleaning.

What we like about it
It's durable, makes an easy job of cleaning and it has a handle that acts as a trigger to release cleaning solution so you can target tough stains for maximum impact. The microfibre pad contains the first rather than pushing it around your floors, and it's machine washable. Its 350ml water cartridge also means you use fresh water with every sweep. The turquoise mop features an aluminium handle which is moulded for comfort and it's easy to manoeuvre under and around furniture. 

What we don't like about it
Nothing! We love everything about this mop.

Things to note
While it doesn't come with any extra features, this mop is extremely affordable and also durable, so we can't really complain. We've had ours for two years running and it's still going.

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Best steam mop: Shark Klik N’ Flip Steam Pocket Mop S6001UK

3. Shark Klik N’ Flip Steam Pocket Mop S6001UK

Best steam mop: the Klik N’ Flip cleans (and steams) your floors quick using zero chemicals

Specifications
Type: Steam mop
Mop head: Microfibre
Extra features: 2 mop heads
Reasons to buy
+Sterilises with no need for harsh cleaner +Easy to set up and use +Great for stubborn messes and allergy sufferers+Eliminates 99. 9% of common household bacteria
Reasons to avoid
-Only 15 minutes per tank  

If you’re not keen on using harsh chemicals or you simply don’t want the additional expense, this steam mop uses water to sterilise your floors. 

What we like about it
It takes just 30 seconds to heat up, it requires no cleaning solutions, is ideal for allergy sufferers and the microfibre pads that come with it are double sided. Ideal if you want to clean your kitchen and bathroom at the same time but don't want to use the same pad to do so. You can use it on all sealed hard floor surfaces from marble to laminate and also tiles, and it has a steam blaster mode to tackle those stubborn stains with ease. 

What we don't like about it
If you've a large area to clean (or want to deep clean), 15 minutes may not be enough charge. Just something to think about. Also it's corded so be sure to check that there's a plug socket near your wherever you're cleaning (in the bathroom can sometimes be a pain to get to).

Things to note
A steam mop is suitable for using on most floors regularly, but to be on the safe side, should only be used intermittently on limestone or marble. Always check that the product is safe to be used on the type of flooring you have.

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Best sponge mop: Casabella Original Mop

4. Casabella Original Mop

Best sponge mop: looking for a mop to help you clean tough stains? This Italian sponge mop will do the job

Specifications
Type: Sponge mop
Mop head: Sponge
Extra features: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Rust resistant+Great at getting tough stains out+Durable+Not too heavy+Wrings out lots of water
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't come with a bucket

With an easy-wring handle and a super absorbent (and replaceable) 10 inch sponge on the end, this Casabella mop is an oldie but a goodie. We think it's is one of the best floor mops if you regularly deep clean.

What we like about it
First of all, it's made from steel so is both durable and rust resistant. Secondly, it's super easy to wring out, as oppose to other wring-style mops that basically require a workout to rinse water from the head. And thanks to its spongy head, this mop picks up dirt and wrings it out with help from its heavy-duty lever, giving you peace of mind that you're not just spreading it around your home. It also makes the mop head as dry (and as clean) as possible after each use, meaning your floors will dry in no time. 

What we don't like about it
There's no spray mechanism and it doesn't come with a bucket. 

Things to note
It doesn't come with a change of head (they can be reused but eventually they'll break from wear and tear due to the fact they're sponge). Other than that, this fuss-free mop is amazing.

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Best robot mop: iRobot Braava Jet 240

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5. iRobot Braava Jet 240

Best robot mop: Hate mopping? This robot can do the job for you

Specifications
Type: Robot mop
Mop head: 2 types: cloth or microfibre pad
Extra features: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Knows to avoid rugs and carpeted areas+Can get into corners+Not noisy+Works with 3 types of mop heads – single use or reusable+Lightweight+Can dry mop, too+Small, so easy to store
Reasons to avoid
-Water needs topping up-Needs to be charged-Expensive for a mop

The iRobot Braava Jet 240 is the design to go for if you don’t want to spend time mopping your home. To get the mop ready, all you have to do is fill up its water tank, pop in a mop head (either a single use or microfibre version) and you’re set. The mop works by using a mixture of vibration and pressure to clean floors.

What we like about it
We’re fans of pretty much everything about this mop – especially the fact that it’s very easy to operate. Once on, it will use its intelligent software to adjust how much water needs to be used, and how many vibrations are required to clean the floor type, which could be hardwood, tiles or stone. Spilled coffee? Using its jets, the machine can tackle the stain with ease. 

The thing we love the most is how the machine knows where furniture is, and how to avoid it. You can select certain areas or rooms for it to stay away from, too – for example, the area near the dog’s bowls. The last thing we’re going to rave about is its battery life. It lasts for a whole two hours from one single charge so it can mop all you need it to in one go.

What we don’t like about it
There really isn’t anything we don’t like about this robot mop, but we’re very aware that the price tag doesn’t suit everyone. Stack its cost up against that of getting the cleaning done for you, though, and you might think it’s worth the investment.

Things to note
It does need to be charged, but it’s simple to do as the battery is removable and can be plugged into a wall socket.

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Best dust floor mop: Libman Freedom Dust Mop

6. Libman Freedom Dust Mop

Best dust floor mop: a large dry mop which is great for picking up dust and debris

Specifications
Type: Dust mop
Mop head: Microfiber & Nylon
Extra features: Comb
Reasons to buy
+Reusable up to 100 times+Comb reaches dust in tricky areas
Reasons to avoid
-Not for wet cleaning 

Mops don't always require a bucket of soapy water. If you’ve got pets that leave their hair everywhere, then the Libman Freedom Dust Mop is a great way to quickly and easily pick up all those hairs. 

What we like about it
This mop is for dry use only, but is especially good if you have a large surface area that often needs cleaning. It's easy to use and clean, and the detachable comb allows you to get to those hard-to-reach areas that end up getting very dusty. What more could you want?

What we don't like about it
It can't be used wet, so you'll need another mop for wet cleaning too. Just something to think about if you're tight on storage space.

Things to note
You can reuse this head up to 100 times. 

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Best versatile floor mop: Vorfreude – Floor Mop with Integrated Spray

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7. Vorfreude Floor Spray Mop

Best versatile floor mop: a reusable mop with a lifetime guarantee, this can be used as a spray mop, a steam mop or a dust mop

Specifications
Type: Flat/spray mop and dust mop
Mop head: Microfibre Spray mop
Extra features: Cold steam clean
Reasons to buy
+Use wet or dry+Reusable+Lifetime guarantee+Comes in three different colours+Bottle is BPA free
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than our other spray mop

Designed to provide a cold steam clean for your floors with its spray head, this versatile mop can be used with plain water or a cleaning solution, or dry as a floor duster. 

What we like about it
The microfibre pad aims to pick up dirt dust and hair in one easy motion, and the pad is reusable time and time again. It can also be used wet or dry for your convenience. It comes in three different colours if you're concerned about style, and it can be used to clean wood and vinyl floors too. If you don’t get on with traditional mops, this is a great space and time saver for the home as it's two in one. 

What we don't like about it
The only thing we will mention is that the price of this mop is more than our best spray mop, the Beldray LA032133TQ Refillable Microfibre Spray Mop, just something to think about.

Things to know
It comes complete with two cleaning pads and a pad renewer brush to help revive old-looking cleaning heads.

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Best eco friendly floor mop: E-Cloth Deep Clean Mop

8. E-Cloth Deep Clean Mop

Best eco friendly floor mop: a chemical-free mop that just needs water to work

Specifications
Type: Flat mop
Mop head: Microfibre
Extra features: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Choose from two head cloths+No need for chemicals but still removes 99% of bacteria+Handle extends
Reasons to avoid
-Some may prefer to use product

Looking for an eco-friendly mop? Your search is over. This E-cloth Deep Clean Mop requires no chemicals to leave your floors sparkling, just water to wet the microfibre mop head. 

What we like about it
The mop itself is made from durable, lightweight aluminium and it has an adjustable handle spanning 1.5m for those hard to reach places. Said to remove over 99 per cent of bacteria from your floors, it's also recommended by Allergy UK. You can also buy different mop heads to use on it to save space storing another item. Those who have pets should opt for the duster mop head, which removes dust, fluff and hair from hard floors with ease. Eco-friendly cleaning at its finest.

What we don't like about it
We personally don't mind not using cleaning products as it's better for the environment, however, we can imagine there are some people who prefer using products for peace of mind that bacteria is being killed/eliminated. Also, it doesn't have a spray mechanism which makes your job slightly harder.

Things to note
You'll need to either purchase a bucket for water or a spray bottle and use it at the same time. Just something to think about price wise.

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Best floor mop for wooden floors: Bona Wood Floor Spray Mop Kit

9. Bona Wood Floor Spray Mop Kit

Best floor mop for wooden floors: a refillable spray mop to keep wooden floors shiny

Specifications
Type: Flat/spray mop
Mop head: Microfibre pad
Extra features: Floor cleaner included
Reasons to buy
+360 degree swivel head+Reusable +Comes with cleaning solution
Reasons to avoid
-Only takes Bona cleaner

The Bona Wood Floor Spray Mop is specifically designed to clean your hardwood, laminate or other wooden flooring with care. 

What we like about it
Not so much the mop itself, but the solution it comes with needs its own shoutout as it's pH neutral, non-streaky and non-dulling. However, the two do work hand in hand. Both can be used on (sealed or unsealed) laminate, hardwood and even French-polished floors to keep them looking as good as new. The pads are also machine washable. Not only is it easy to use thanks to its trigger which sprays the solution on the area that needs cleaning, it's great value for money, and worth it because it makes such a mundane chore completely stress-free.

What we don't like about it
This mop is best used with Bona Wood Floor Cleaner, and the only downside is the fact that it can't be purchased in high street shops. However, it's worth noting that you could fill the bottle with your own cleaning product if need be, but that kind of defeats the point of purchasing the mop essentially. Also, you can bulk buy the cleaner in 4 litre bottles for an affordable price.

Things to note
This product comes with 850ml of Bona Wood Floor Cleaner included as well as a microfibre cleaning pad. Also, we feel the need to mention the fact that it has been used to clean places such as Westminster Cathedral, The British Museum, The National Gallery and Edinburgh Castle before. Also, they also sell another mop called the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Spray Mop which is ideal for those who have several types of flooring around their home.

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Best floor mop for hard-to-reach areas: OXO Microfibre Spray Mop with Slide-Out Scrubber

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10. OXO Microfibre Spray Mop with Slide-Out Scrubber

Best floor mop for hard-to-reach areas: a dual function mop that even gets to hard to reach areas

Specifications
Type: Flat/spray mop
Mop head: Microfibre
Extra features: Handy two-in-one function
Reasons to buy
+Clever design+Easy to clean hard-to-reach areas+Slimline design
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest option available

Designed with dual functionality, the OXO Microfibre Spray Mop is just what you need to clean various floors surfaces, including those areas that are often considered hard-to-reach.

What we like about it
Its large, microfibre pad makes everyday mopping easier than ever, while the Slide-Out-Scrubber is perfect for tackling tough stains. To use, you simply fill the bottle attached to your spray mop with your floor cleaner of choice, squeeze the handle and mop away; there's minimal effort required.

What we don't like about it
While we can't complain about the price as it's still affordable, this mop is still more expensive than our other spray mop picks, most probably because it's two mops in one, essentially.

Things to note
Looking for something to keep your wet room clean? Try OXO Good Grips' Extendable Tub and Tile Scrubber.

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Best floor mop for absorption: Vileda Magic Mop

11. Vileda Magic Mop 3Action

Best floor mop for absorption: a quick fix for accidental spillages or to have in a wet room

Specifications
Type: Sponge mop
Mop head: Sponge
Extra features: Spare head
Reasons to buy
+Comes with spare head+Tear resistant foam
Reasons to avoid
-Small -Needs bucket or bowl

Mopping up spillages doesn’t have to be so tricky/messy with this Vileda easy-to-handle sponge mop. 

What we like about it
This highly absorbent mop is ideal for tiled floors and features 3D flocked material in order to maximise particle pickup and remove any stubborn dirt. The sponge can easily be wrung out and the heads are interchangeable as and when you need to replace them. It's efficient, Mrs Hinch loves it and it's great value for money. The size of this mop also makes it ideal for smaller homes as it is easy to store away.

What we don't like about it 
It doesn't come with a bucket or bowl included.

Things to note
Nothing, it's pretty basic and has no-frills.

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the best plastic free mop Full Circle Might mop

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12. Full Circle Mighty Mop

The best plastic free mop

Specifications
Type: Microfibre mop
Mop head: Microfibre
Extra features: Recycled and eco0friendly materials
Reasons to buy
+Bamboo handle+Washable microfibre head

Been scouring the web for plastic free mops (that also work well)? The Full Circle mop is the solution.

What we like about it 

Firstly, the eco-friendly credentials: the handle is made from bamboo, which is a sustainable and biodegradable material. The head attachment is made from recycled plastic, and the microfibre head is machine washable. Users report that it's easy to use, lightweight, and works particularly well on wooden floors.

What we don't like about it

It's a shame that the manufacturer couldn't find a way to avoid using plastic altogether. Also, the mop has a long handle that isn't adjustable, which some people might find a little uncomfortable.

Things to note

This mop is all about effortless gliding; we don't advise putting too much pressure on it, as the bamboo handle might snap. 

How to buy the best mop

There are lots of different type of mop. The more complex the design, the more you can expect to pay for it. Also factor in that some need the heads replacing. Here are the main types of mop:

  • Flat mops or spray mops, have a spray mechanism inside; they feature either a reusable or one-use pad to clean with. 
  • String mops tend to be made of cotton, are durable and some come in spin versions to wring out as much water as possible, but they require a bucket.
  • Sponge mops are good for getting into tiles and normally feature a wringer mechanism to ensure you don't soak your floors.
  • Dust mops require no water and can be used to clean walls, lights and furniture. 
  • Steam mops are the best option if you're after something to help you deep clean, however they do come at a higher price.

Which material?
When you’re looking for the best mop, check the material of the mop head. The most popular choice is microfibre, as it's soft, hygienic and fast drying. Some mop heads are slightly abrasive and are made from stainless steel, plastic or microfibre. While these are excellent at removing stains and embedded dirt, they shouldn’t be used on limestone or marble as they’re too abrasive. Sponge is also a good choice as it's breathable and absorbent, and works well on flat untextured flooring. 

Does it require a bucket?
If you're after a quick and easy-to-use mop, it's best to steer clear of ones that require a bucket. Instead, opt for a spray mop for a faster finish; these mops-without-buckets also cut down on the amount of storage space you need to keep them – all you need to do is fill up the bottle with hot water and your chosen floor cleaner, attach it to the mop and you're away. Most mop heads are washing machine friendly too, giving them longevity (and, for you, cleaner floors), but do check first.

Weight
Important if you're less able or elderly, some mops can be weighty when loaded, so weigh that up (sorry) when you're buying. Note: spray mops might be heavier than classic mops, but you won't have the weight of the bucket to lug around.

Extra features
Some mops come with a free bucket, some extra heads or other accessories you may reach for when cleaning your home. If they don't, then be sure to check how much replacement heads cost before you buy.

What is the best type of mop to use on hardwood floors?

Your best option for hardwood floors is a mop with a microfibre head such as the Beldray LA032133TQ Refillable Microfibre Spray Mop, the  Vorfreude Floor Spray Mop or the E-Cloth Deep Clean Mop. This is because microfibre soaks in water and other liquids a lot more easily and quickly than other heads, and one thing you don’t want to do is soak your hardwood floors.

What is the best mop to clean laminate floors?

A spray mop is definitely the best choice for cleaning laminate floors. This is because laminate floors aren’t generally water resistant, and a spray mop lets you control the amount of water used when cleaning. We suggest the Vorfreude Floor Spray Mop, the Beldray Spray Mop, the E-Cloth Deep Clean Mop or even the iRobot Braava Jet 240.

What is the best mop to clean linoleum floors?

The key to washing linoleum floors, much like others, is to not soak them. Using the Vileda Easy Wring you can make your mop head as dry as you like. Another good option for linoleum floors is the E-Cloth Deep Clean Mop.

How often should I mop my floors?

Other sites may say you only need to mop your floors once every two weeks, but we say, do it whenever it’s needed. It’ll depend on whether you have pets, children and how many people come in and out of your house a week, after all. If you’re looking for a number, our tip is to mop your floors once a week, or after each time you vacuum. Of course, some weeks you may want to clean twice if have people coming over. We get it.

How often should I replace a mop?

That'll depend on how often you use yours, and whether the mop head is replaceable or detachable and washable. If the mop head is replaceable, discard yours after about six to eight months of use – sooner if you clean very often.

After a while, your mop will just be redepositing dirt and bacteria back onto your floor. IF you have a detachable, washable head, pop it in the wash every month or so, and discard after two to three years of use, depending on how worn it looks. 

DIY floor cleaner recipes to use with our mops

There are two main DIY floor cleaners that you can use with most floor mops – it is important not to use the all-floor cleaner on wood floors. For cleaning wood floors, simply dilute some Castile soap in hot water. It has to be the real stuff, made from olive oil. Don't use neat olive oil, as it's likely to ruin your expensive mop. For all other floor types, use the following: 

1. Plain dish soap without enzymes, bleach, or colouring;
2. White vinegar, about 200ml;
3. Vodka or rubbing alcohol, 250ml Dilute in a bucket of hot water. 

You're good to go on tile, vinyl, laminate, and pretty much any type of mop. 

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