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Last updated: 28 September 2023


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Our expert testers try out over 40 stick and barrel steam mops in real-world conditions to reveal which ones:

  • perform the best, leaving your floor drier
  • are the easiest to use
  • have the most accessories
  • have the best member-rated reliability scores.

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands have features like hand-held accessories and jet nozzles and which ones don't leave floors wet, while our Recommended list quickly shows you which models come out on top.

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    Steam mops come in barrel/canister form as well as the more typical stick type and we define both types as being steam mops (steam mops can sometimes be referred to as steam cleaners or steam systems). Steam cleaners which have suction abilities are not part of this category.

      Floor wetness score

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      The higher the score, the drier the floor. Note that models tested year to year (see "year tested") can't technically be directly compared as we changed our floor wetness scoring method, but results should be similar.

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      Ease of use score

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      The ease of use score is made up of: mop head moving score, ease of using the controls, mop reach and replacing the mop pad.

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      Time in use until tank empty (min)

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      How long you can use steam mop for before tank is empty.

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      Water tank volume (L)

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      Capacity of the steam mop's water tank. Canister/barrel models, by design, have a larger capacity and will require less topping up.

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      Shop Ethical rating

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      Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.

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        • Floor wetness score
        • Ease of use score
        • Year tested
        • Time in use (min)
        • Measured wattage (W)
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Price
        • Product type
        • Shop Ethical rating
        • Water tank volume (L)
        • Carpet glider
        • Telescopic wand
        • Removable water tank
        • Handheld tool
        • Jet nozzle
        • Refill while cleaning
        • Steam ready indicator
        • Steam 'on' lock switch
        • Steam 'off' lock switch
        • Water low indicator
        • Adjustable steam output
        • Accessories supplied
        • Weight (kg)
        • Reach (m)
        • Waiting time recommended before reservoir can be filled (min)
        • Warranty (years)
        • Country of origin

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