A Buying Guide To Steam Mops

One complaint that I have heard from people considering buying a steam mop is that sometimes all of the specs and features that can be found in steam mop reviews are confusing. It seems like there is a myriad of options as far as options, price and style is concerned. Which can make it hard for even the most savvy consumer to decide exactly what they need. If that is the case for you, then you need not worry. Today, I am going to show you a few things you need to know about steam mops so you can make an educated purchase.


The first thing you need to figure out before you purchase a steam mop is what you intend to use it for. Some units are designed to be used only on floors, while other units have a few more options. If you only intend on doing floors with your mop, then you have cut your options in half. Simply put, if you don’t need a ton of features, then you are probably better off buying just a standard floor model steam mop.

You should also consider the size of the head when you are looking for a steam mop to purchase. You want the right size mop head for the job you intend to use it for. If you buy a mop with a small head, then you need to realize that it will take you longer to do a larger section of floor. On the other hand, if you buy a steam mop with an over-sized head, then it will take less work to finish a large floor area but it will be harder for you to fit it into small corners or crevices. So you have to make sure that you weigh work load versus maneuverability.

Consider Stains

If you always seem to end up with a lot of tough stains on your floor, then you might want to consider buying a steam mop with a feature called variable steam control. Variable steam control is usually a trigger that allows you to crank up the steam over really tough stains. This allows you to clean your floor on a lower setting and tackle stains with a higher setting. It’s an invaluable feature to have and is usually found on the best steam mops.


Another thing you’ll want to consider is the steam mop’s power cord length.  The standard length of the power cord on most steam mops is usually between 15 to 30 feet. You’ll want to purchase one with at least 25 feet long to give you the range that you need to be able to mop your entire floor.

Even better, there are now units that are rechargeable. This is a great option for most people because it allows them to do the entire floor without having to worry about the location of their outlets.

If you consider these 3 options while you are buying your steam cleaner, then you will more than likely end up with a unit that will give you years of trusty service.