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Bissell 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop Review

Chances are, if you’ve been doing any sort of research for a steam mop, then you’ve probably seen the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop mentioned a few times. And there’s a good reason for that. At the time of this review, it was one of the best-selling steam mops out there. When I was searching for a steam mop, it seems like everyone and their mother had to have one of these, so naturally I decided that I needed to check it out for myself. After all, there had to be a reason it was so popular, right?

When I finally got my hands on the Powerfresh Steam Mop, I noticed a few things about. One, it was really easy for me to put together. It took me under five minutes to snap it all together and install one tiny little screw. Once I had done that, then I was ready to give it a proper testing by mopping a few surfaces in my home.

Before I could use it however, I had to set it up for use. Which was fairly easy. All I had to do was add water, put on a pad, plug it in and I was ready to go. I started out cleaning my bathroom floor – which is ceramic tile – to see how easily it could maneuver between the sink and the toilet. It did surprisingly well. When I first unpacked it, the mop head looked a little wide (it’s about 13 inches wide to be exact) but it was able to maneuver because it has a triangular shop and it was attached to the body with a joint that allowed easy movement. It did a fantastic job on the ceramic tiles, and I was even able to clean the grout by applying a little pressure to the flip down scrubber. However, I also noticed that you have to be very careful while doing this because the steam that comes out of this thing is pretty hot and it can be easy to get burned if you get your foot to close. Fortunately, you can set the heat level to one of three presets (low, medium or high) and that can minimize the risk of getting accidently burned by the steam. This feature also customizes your cleaning experience as well.

One of the things that I really like about the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop is that it doesn’t require any chemicals whatsoever. Which really makes it ecofriendly, at least in my book. And you would think that with not having to use any cleaners, then you would have less of a cleaning experience. However, that’s simply not the case. The steam was hot enough to sanitize the floor and the Fabreeze discs did a good job of leaving a nice clean scent—not just on the floor but throughout my entire home.

However, while my experience with this steam mop was exceedingly favorable, there are a couple of things that didn’t feel right. For one, I really didn’t know what to think about the always-on steam. Sure, it was easier on my hands not having to hold down a trigger, but at the same time there were instances I wanted the steam off and I had to resort to unplugging. This kind of cuts down on the convenience factor.

All things considered though, I thought that this steam mop did a pretty good job on my floors. Even the sealed hardwood floor in my dining room. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. If you spend a lot of time trying to steam clean a small area, then there might be water buildup that contributes to a streaky floor.

I think the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop is a winner.  It’s easy to use, fairly lightweight and is ecofriendly. And considering that it is cheaper than many comparative models and carries a 2 year warranty, then I think you really can’t go wrong with this model steam mop.

8.8 Total Score
Bottom Line

It's easy to use, fairly lightweight and ecofriendly. It's cheaper than many comparative models and carries a 2-year warranty. To me, it's a winner.

Ease Of Use
  • Sanitizes
  • Very easy to use
  • Low profile allows unit to get under cabinetry easily
  • Assembles easily with only a screwdriver needed
  • Ergonomic: No trigger to hold down while mopping the floor
  • lightweight
  • Simple to use
  • Easy to refill
  • Extended warranty
  • Cord is shorter than other steam mop models
  • Always-on steam
  • Can leave streaks on floor while sanitizing
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