9 best floor mops for cleaning hard floors

Want shiny, clean floors without breaking into a sweat? Use one of these best floor mops – they're the best of the bunch for hard floors

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Need a helping hand when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your hard floors? Then you'll need a good mop. Happily, the days of scrubbing away at floors are long gone thanks to the latest mops designs – they'll make giving your floors a shiny finish a breeze. But which to choose from the myriad of choices? Handily, we’ve created a list of the best floor mops, from dust mops to spray mops. We'll have your floors gleaming in no time.

Find out more about cleaning and maintaining your hard floors in our guide. Find more cleaning buys, hacks and advice on our hub page, too.

What to consider when buying a floor mop

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Which material?

When you’re looking for the best floor mops, check the material of the mop head first. 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 and 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 great 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 which 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, 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.

THE BEST FLOOR MOPS

Vileda Easy Wring and Clean Turbo Microfibre Mop and Bucket Set

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

A mop and bucket set that doesn’t flood your kitchen floor, this is the best floor mop you can buy

Specifications
Best for: Corners
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, this mop and bucket combo is perfect for getting any mopping job done. 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. The head is also easily machine washable or you can purchase an additional mop head whenever you require it.  

2. Vileda Magic Mop 3Action

A quick fix for accidental spillages

Specifications
Best for: Absorption
Mop head: Sponge
Extra features: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Comes with spare head+Tear resistant foam
Reasons to avoid
-Small  

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

Casabella Original Mop

3. Casabella Original Mop

Looking for a mop to help you deep clean? This Italian sponge mop will do the job

Specifications
Best for: Deep cleaning
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. Made from steel so it's both durable and rust resistant, this is the best floor mop you can get if you regularly deep clean. Lots of mops tend to just move the dirt around your floor, however thanks to this one's sponge head, it won't just pick up the dirt, but if you use the heavy-duty lever, it'll wring out the sponge so it's as dry (and as clean) as possible after each use, meaning your floors will dry in no time. All you need is a bucket and you're sorted. 

4. Vorfreude Floor Spray Mop

A reusable mop with a lifetime guarantee, this is the best mop for longevity

Specifications
Best for: Longevity
Mop head: Microfibre Spray mop
Extra features: Cold steam clean
Reasons to buy
+Use wet or dry+Reusable
Reasons to avoid
-A little too soggy 

Designed to provide a cold steam clean for your floors with its spray head, this mop can be used with plain water or a cleaning solution, or dry as a floor duster. The microfibre pad aims to pick up dirt dust and hair in one easy motion, and the pad is reusable time and time again. The best part is that it doesn’t require a bucket; however you need to control the sprays to ensure the floor does not get too wet, as this can leave the floor smeary. If you don’t get on with traditional mops, this is a great space and time saver for the home.  

Libman Freedom Dust Mop

5. Libman Freedom Dust Mop

A large dry mop which is great for picking up dust and debris

Specifications
Best for: Dry 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 this dust mop is a great way to quickly and easily pick up all those hairs. 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?

6. Bona Wood Floor Spray Mop Kit

A refillable spray mop to keep wooden floors shiny, this is the best floor mop for wooden floors

Specifications
Best for: Wooden floors
Mop head: Microfibre pad
Extra features: Floor cleaner cartridges
Reasons to buy
+360 degree swivel head+Reusable 
Reasons to avoid
-Only takes Bona cartridges

This floor mop is specifically designed to clean your hardwood, laminate or other wooden flooring with care. The pad emits a solution that is pH neutral, non-streaky and non-dulling, to ensure your floors stay looking as good as new even after a deep clean. Not only is it easy to use thanks to its trigger which sprays the solution on the area that needs cleaning, but if you have tile floors, this mop can also be purchased with the special tile and ceramic solution cartridges, the only downside is these can add up when you need to replace them later down the line. Great value for money, and worth it because it makes such a mundane chore completely stress-free.  

Minky Smart Squeeze Mop and Replacement Head

7. Minky Smart Squeeze Mop

Looking for the best floor mop on a budget?

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Mop head: Sponge
Extra features: Replacement head
Reasons to buy
+Comes with mop head refill+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Can sometimes be difficult to get all water out

Designed to trap dirt and leave hard floors clean, the Minky Smart Squeeze Mop features an absorbent sponge mop head which has a powerful wringing system to ensure you don't soak your floors. Moisten before use and push the sliding handle towards the mop head to wring it out, glide it over your floors and wait for it to dry. Rinse the sponge with water after use then leave to dry ready for your next clean. Complete with an easy to fit refill head, the mop features the Royal Warrant of Appointment, so if it's good enough for the royals, it's good enough for us.

8. Leifheit Clean and Away Dusting Mop

A basic dry mop for those quick clean ups

Specifications
Best for: Quick clean ups
Mop head: Disposable cloths
Extra features: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Disposable cloths+Swivel handle
Reasons to avoid
-Not very economical  

This basic dry mop works with disposable cloths which act as a magnet to pick up lingering dust, dirt and debris with ease. It’s ideal for quick tidy ups in between cleans, and for better results you could purchase a microfibre cloth rather than the standard ones. These can also be used damp for a more effective clean on some more stubborn bits of dirt. In our opinion, this is the very best floor mop you can buy for quick clean ups.

AIRCRAFT POWERGLIDE CORDLESS HARD FLOOR CLEANER AND POLISHER

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9. AirCraft Powerglide Cordless Hard Floor Cleaner and Polisher

Easy to use, cordless floor cleaner

Specifications
Best for: An easy, low effort clean
Mop head: Two rotating machine washable pads
Extra features: polishes and buff hard floors too
Reasons to buy
+Quiet in use+Cordless
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey (but obviously lasts a lot longer than a mop and bucket)

The whisper-quiet, cordless AirCraft Powerglide will quickly and easily clean, polish and buff all your hard floors to a streak-free, professional-grade finish, with hardly any effort on your part and with no need for soggy mops and easy-to-knock-over buckets.

Effective on sealed wood, vinyl and tiled floors, simply fill the Powerglide’s tank with your favourite cleaning liquid or water and off you go. There’s no cord to hold you back, so you can glide over all your hard floors with ease – it almost feels like it’s floating as you go from room to room. The ergonomic, height-adjustable handle means you can also get right under furniture, and the LED light lets you see under beds, sofas and sideboards.

The machine washable cleaning pads are super-absorbent, so they’ll leave your floors spotless, virtually dry and streak-free. And, when you’re ready to polish, just pop on the washable waxing pads to buff to a shine.

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