The Best Mops for Cleaning Any Surface
We wanted to know which mops actually get the job done, so we did a little investigating. Here are the most highly-rated mops around, plus our top picks for cleaning solutions.
Shark Steam Mop
Speaking of innovative mopping technology, we're equally obsessed with the Shark Steam Mop. Instead of a bucket, this mop has a sleek, refillable water tank that delivers on-demand steam within 30 seconds. To see the most dramatic results, you'll want to sweep your floors first and then use this guy to remove grease and grime. We also suggest putting a drop or two of your favorite essential oil in the tank, so you can enjoy a fresh scent while you clean.
Rave Review: "This mop is stunning. It is small and lightweight, but moves like a dream and cleans even better than my previous mop. Took three clicks to assemble, fill with water, 30 seconds later I was cleaning my floors."
Buy It: Amazon, $39
O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop + Bucket
We've found the mop of the future, and it comes with a built-in wringer. As in, you don't have to get your hands dirty while mopping ever again. We're huge fans of the triangle-shaped microfiber mop head, which can clean into corners and maneuver around furniture, but the bucket's design is even better. When you're ready to clean house, all you have to do is step on the foot pedal, wring out your mop and then set to work making your floors sparkle. For less than $30, this set is seriously a steal and has nearly 6,000 reviews to show for it.
Rave Review: "I've purchased other spin mop brands in the past, but this one, from my experience, is by far the easiest, most efficient, and better quality of this category of products."
Buy It: Amazon, $29.97
Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop
If you'd like to customize your cleaning experience, then we'll point you towards the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop. Though it's more expensive than the Shark, the Bissell PowerFresh still comes in under budget and has three different steam settings for you to choose from. It also has a flip-down scrubber brush, so you can finally get to the grout in your bathroom.
Rave Review: "Had I known about this before, I would've gone with light grout. I tried it out in my bathroom first. It restored the grout and floor to like new condition! It did take some scrubbing during steaming, but it was worth it. It has also cleaned up scuff marks, creosote stains, and continues to brighten grout every time I use it."
Buy It: Amazon, $90
Homitt Electric Spin Mop
Stubborn stains call for the Homitt Electric Spin Mop, which uses two rotating pads to polish laminate, tile, marble and even bamboo flooring. Thanks to its cordless and lightweight design, the Homitt is unrestricted by distance and can also be carried up and down the stairs as needed.
Rave Review: "I LOVE this power scrubber. I had seen other options, all of which involved attaching parts to my power drill. I preferred to get a single, self-contained scrubber that would do the trick. I read numerous reviews about this and comparable items. Ultimately I settled on this power scrubber. It is a LIFESAVER."
Buy It: Amazon, $79.99
O-Cedar ProMist MAX Spray Mop
That said, the O-Cedar ProMist MAX is another favorite, budget-friendly option. With its dual-sided head, this mop allows you to dust floors with one side and mop them with the other. The microfiber pad is machine washable, too, so you don't have to purchase a replacement.
Rave Review: "So far, I have nothing bad to say about this mop. I've owned a Swiffer for years, but I got sick of paying for refill mop pads and cleaning solution. I wanted something similar that doesn't require a mop bucket to use, and this fits the bill. I love that you can use your own solution and wash and reuse the mop pad. [It's] worth the money!"
Buy It: Amazon, $19.98
Professional Microfiber Mop
Those five-star reviews don't lie: this is one of the most reliable mops on the market. Though seemingly simple, the mop features a stainless steel handle that's conveniently adjustable, as well as a thin, microfiber pad that can get under furniture and access other hard-to-reach areas.
Rave Review: "I am not exaggerating when I say that this mop has changed my life. I used to have to get down on the floor and clean every inch by hand because every other mop that I tried left streaks and skipped over dirty spots. Even though I love my floor, I really regretted getting it. It was such a ridiculous amount of work. With this mop, the floor is wiped clean and shiny the first time."
Buy It: Amazon, $34.98
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
Think of the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop as an eco-friendly alternative to the Swiffer WetJet. Instead of tossing the cleaning pad after each use, you'll stick the Rubbermaid's microfiber pad into the wash and swap it for one of the three other pads in the kit. This spray mop is also safe to use on all floor types, including hardwood, vinyl, laminate and tile.
Rave Review: "I'm a professional cleaner and purchased this mop along with a dry mop attachment (sold separately) for myself to try it out for my cleaning business. I've worked with a ton of commercial floor-cleaning equipment, and this is the BEST I've ever used."
Buy It: Amazon, $36.18
Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit
Honestly, it's no wonder why so many people love the Swiffer WetJet. It's affordable, lightweight, cordless and sprays cleaning solution at the push of a button. This mop also has an attachable (and replaceable) pad that traps any dirt its path. But fair warning: while the Swiffer WetJet is safe on all finished wood floors, it shouldn't be used on unfinished, oiled or waxed wooden boards.
Rave Review: "We just moved to a place with laminate flooring, and we purchased this. After using it once, we were surprised how much grime was on the floor (moving boxes, etc. had tracked a lot of dirt in the house) but it picked up a LOT of dirt and dust, and it's easy to use."
Buy It: Amazon, $22.97
Swiffer WetJet Cleaning Solution
We couldn't possibly talk about the Swiffer WetJet without mentioning its all-purpose cleaning solution. Designed to dissolve dirt, grease and grime, this solution will refresh your floors and leave behind a soothing lavender scent.
Rave Review: "I was on the fence about purchasing this product. I have ivory tile in the kitchen and wood flooring elsewhere. We had tried Swiffer's formula for wood but it just kinda 'polished' the floor rather than cleaning it. Ack. After rereading all the reviews about three times, I took a deep breath and went for it. Boy, am I glad I did. The lavender smell is pleasant, fresh and subtle, which was a relief in itself. "
Buy It: Amazon, $9.42 (2 Pack)
Murphy Oil Soap
Biodegradable and phosphate-free, Murphy Oil Soap is another one of our go-to cleaning solutions. Use Murphy's on hardwood and laminate floors and watch them go from dull to sparkling.
Rave Review: "This product has been around for years, and it is just as good today as it was back then. It removes grease and grime from wood surfaces without harming the wood."
Buy It: Amazon, $10.58 (2 Pack)
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Concentrate
When you want to clean without harmful chemicals or harsh odors, turn to Mrs. Meyer's. This multi-surface concentrate comes in a variety of fresh scents and can be used on hardwood, tile and other non-porous surfaces.
Rave Review: "I'm obsessed with this stuff. This cleans everything and leaves behind such an amazingly clean smell. I usually have to use some pretty hard chemicals to clean out my microwave gunk, but I just sprayed some in there, left it for about 5 minutes, and then wiped it clean. I wish I'd discovered this stuff years ago!"
Buy It: Amazon, $15.98 (2 Pack)