''The Black + Decker FSMH13E5 5-in-1 Steam Mop is impressive for its price. Black + Decker is a notable home appliance brand that carries industrial standards so you’re getting the best value to performance ratio. Quick heating with the ability to tackle hard-to-reach spaces, you won't want to pass this one up.'
With the ability to heat up in just 30 seconds, this mop has 180° swivel steering and can manoeuvre around furniture and tight spaces. Mopping will be less time consuming with the Black + Decker FSMH13E5 5-in-1 Steam Mop.
It comes with multiple brushes, a squeegee (small rubber blade tool) and a microfibre pad for cleaning various types of surfaces. The water tank is removable which makes it easily refillable.
Suitable for use on multiple Best for sealed hard flooring, this 5-in-1 mop is also easy to carry around your home with its short cord.
remove_circleDoes not swivel to the sides; only frontwards and backwards
remove_circleDoes not come with a carpet glider
Weighing less than 2kg, the HAAN SIC-3500 Steam Mop is relatively lighter than many other models, making mopping that much easier.
This steam mop has an ultra-slim steam head that can be easily navigated and can reach tight spaces to get rid of germs and bacteria. With a removable water tank that’s easy to fill, the mop needs only 30 seconds to heat the water and generate steam. That’s enough for a 20-minute cleaning session!
Gentle and precise, this model comes with built-in cord management that allows for the cleaning of several spaces at once.
add_circleConnecting tube’s length can be adjusted
remove_circleNot suitable for laminated floors
This handheld steam mop by Deerma is truly a versatile device as it is equipped with 5 types of brush heads.
Each brush head works to spray deep steam to dissolve dirt throughout the whole house with a high temperature of 150°C. Apart from cleaning floors, it also works as a kitchen cleaner, glass scraper, a sterilised ironing machine and even a useful cleaner for the toilet.
With a safety buckle, detachable water tank, and portable 270° handheld grip, this steam mop truly advocates for a safe and cleaning experience by both beginners and pros.
Steam temperature: 150°C
Pre-heating time: 20 seconds
Tank capacity: 230ml
Cable length: 4m
Run time: 11 minutes
Floor types: Wood, Marble, Tiles and Mat
Double insulted wire
Automatic power-off function
Corrosion and high-pressure resistant
Equipped with two extension tubes for a wider cleaning range
Tiles can be tricky to deep-clean. So why is this mop good for tiles, you may ask? Well, the Black + Decker FSM1605 Steam Mop has a superheated steam system which means that your floors will dry within seconds!
It is equipped with an Easy Glide™ microfiber padding that gives you a long-lasting performance of up to 100 wash cycles. That powerful steam also allows for deep cleaning the spacings and little corners in between your hard floors and tiles. Plus, its swivel steering 180° pivoting mop head means that it's easier to clean those tight spots.
Lightweight and easy to move around, it should be noted that you should keep children and pets away when using this mop as the hot steam can cause burns from the sides and front.
Steam temperature: n/a
Pre-heating time: 20 seconds
Tank capacity: 350ml
Cable length: 5m
Run time: 13 minutes
Floor types: Stone, Marble, Tile, Vinyl, Wood and Laminate
This 9-in-1 upright and handheld steam mop by Morphy Richards has different uses for the whole house -- carpets, wood floors, kitchen surfaces and others.
Its large 400ml capacity means there’s more steam cleaning time and less time refilling. Unlike other steam cleaners, the boiler can heat up quickly in less than 30 seconds, providing you with continuous steam for up to 14 minutes.
This model is designed to do a lot of things around the house and has been praised for its continuous level of steam output. It’s also notable for being able to eliminate pungent smells from the flooring and furnishings.
Steam temperature: n/a
Pre-heating time: 30 seconds
Tank capacity: 400ml
Run time: 14 minutes
Floor types: Tiles, Carpets and rugs, Hard floors, Laminates, Curtains and upholstery, Bathrooms and kitchens, Windows and shower doors, and Worktop surfaces
remove_circleHard to find replacement pads (due to triangular shape)
While other steam mops give you about 15-20 minutes of running time, the Womhous Steam Mop CT-CP13W1 exceeds all the others with an impressive 35 minutes!
This mop is designed with a triangular brush head to make for easy, deep cleaning under furniture and in tight spots. Able to heat up in under 30 seconds, it gives out an incredible amount of steam at 25g/min, with the highest temperature being 110°C.
The Womhous Steam Mop is so versatile as you can also use it to clean the kitchen, window glasses, floors and even household fabrics by alternating between the 5 brushes provided.
Suitable for use on various types of flooring including stone, marble, tile and vinyl, this mop is also good for removing pet hair from carpets. Reasonably priced, it’s a great buy.
Steam temperature: 110°C
Pre-heating time: 30 seconds
Tank capacity: 300ml
Cable length: 5.12m
Run time: 20 minutes
Floor types: Marble, Tiles, Vinyl, Wood, Laminate and carpet
The Karcher Steam Mop SC2 is suitable for use on laminated and vinyl flooring.
With the ability to heat up within 30 seconds, you can use it once the light turns green, indicating that it’s ready. The sleek floor head and flexible swivel joint allow for total contact with the floor -- resulting in effective cleaning.
Running on a full tank of water, you’ll be able to cover approximately 50m².
Besides, it’s easy to change the cloth without having to come into contact with dirt thanks to the hook-and-loop system.
Apart from laminated and vinyl flooring, this steam mop can be used on sealed hard floors such as linoleum, stone, and cork. The Karcher Steam Mop SC2 Upright Easyfix apparently kills up to 99.99% of coronavirus and 99.9% of bacteria.
A reasonably priced steam mop that gets the job done.
Tough stains can be easily removed thanks to the high-frequency reciprocating movement and flexible rotation. The mop has a rubbing frequency of up to 1000 times/minute. A full charge will provide you with a run time of 50 minutes so you should be able to complete a full mopping session without having to charge it in between.
It is also easily stored as it can be conveniently placed upright. With 3 mop pads, this mop can be used on various types of floors.
Reviews say that mopping has been made easy with the Xiaomi SWDK D260. One user said it lasted one hour on a full charge, which exceeds the 50 minutes run time. Do note that this does not seem to come with a 3-pin plug so you’ll have to get an adaptor.
Steam temperature: N/A
Pre-heating time: N/A
Tank capacity: 270ml
Cable length: -
Run time: 50 minutes
Floor types: All types of floors
Water inlet design
High-frequency reciprocating sliding
Spray distance - does not exceed 10cm
Steam mop vs Regular mop: Which is better?
With so many different models and brands of steam mops on the market today, you might be overwhelmed in thinking that a steam mop just isn’t necessary. If you’re intrigued however but not convinced, below, we argue the main differences between each mop:
If you’re on a budget, clearly a regular mop is the first choice. They’re often affordable and definitely more budget-friendly than steam mops.
Steam mops, however, require electricity to emit consistent hot water to produce steam. This also means that you’ll always need to be near a power outlet and oftentimes this may not be ideal if you have large and vast areas to clean up.
There’s no denying that a steam mop is a better example of this point. In just an instant, the vapour from the steam will disappear, leaving your floors and tiles dry and just the way it was a minute ago. We all know how long it takes for water to dry off a regular mop, which is not nice for those who are looking to do a quick cleaning.
Winner: Steam mop
Tough Grime Clean Up
Steam mops is on top when it comes to removing stubborn dirt. This is because the water vapour helps to loosen grimes in order for it to be absorbed by the mop head. Steam mops are also good at tackling mould. When used regularly, the mop can lower the chance of further mould growth on your flooring.
Regular mops, on the other hand, are better for cleaning off typical dust and dirt debris like food and water spills.
Winner: Steam mop
Speed of Cleaning
You have to drag your bucket of water or run to the washroom every 5 minutes when you’re using a regular mop to clean. And let’s be honest, this can be time-consuming.
Using a steam mop, however, is quick and nearly effortless. All it takes is about 15-20 minutes to do a full cleanup as the steam does all the hard work and you just have to glide it around, with one hand too that is.
However, steam mops may take a while to charge or set up if all you want to do is just a quick clean up. Regular mops, on the other hand, need only a splash of water to clean up small messes.
In the end, the decision is still solely yours whether or not you prefer a steam or a regular one.
How a steam mop works
The steam mop is one of the most recent and effective household cleaning technologies. They not only clean faster than traditional mops, but also clean more efficiently. Steam cleaners operate by heating water past the boiling point, resulting in low-moisture vapour.
The vapour is then blasted out of a nozzle, brush, or other attachment, where it entraps dirt and eliminates germs. Suction is not required since high-heat moisture dries quickly and smoothly. If your steam mop has a moping pad, ensure to remove it after use.
Will a steam mop ruin hardwood floors?
There is a range of steam mops available for use on flooring, and while some are advertised as being specifically made for hardwood, these claims should be taken with caution. Sealed hardwood floors can resist the moisture and heat of a steam mop, appearing streak-free.
However, you’ll want to avoid using a steam mop on unsealed hardwoods since they are more susceptible to damage from too much moisture. Water soaking into wood grain, causes it to expand, discolour, and deform, creating irreversible damage.