Trusted Reviews ranks the best steam mop that’ll get your tiles sparkling and floors squeaky clean with minimal hassle.
Top 10 Best Steam Mop in UK 2021
We’ve tested and rated the best steam mop for floors that will keep your home spick and span
The best steam cleaners are great for wiping the grime from almost any hard surface – or even cleaning some soft furnishings. It may be true that there’s nothing you can’t clean with the right tools and a bit of elbow grease, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make it easier for yourself.
Steam cleaners will make light work of your kitchen and bathroom, and they can sort out worked-in dirt and stains that you’ll struggle to shift by other means. They can do so without chemicals – a huge plus if you’re worried about what you’re breathing in – and they can kill off fleas and dust mites as quickly as germs, which makes them especially useful if you have pets.
Be warned, though, that steam cleaners come in a range of different shapes and that picking the best one for you isn’t easy. Here we’ve pulled together a few things you ought to consider before you buy.
1. Kärcher SC5 Easyfix
This premium, a cylinder-style steam cleaner is a completely different animal from a steam mop. It does an outstanding job of cleaning so much more than floors and it can keep cleaning for hours. It has a 6m cord and a large 1.5-litre water tank and the water is then pumped into a pressurized steam tank. This means you can refill the machine at any time, even when it’s in use, without pausing your cleaning.
The only downside of its constant, powerful steam is that you must wait 3 minutes for it to come up to temperature initially. Tools and onboard storage are superb. The 2m hose can be extended with one or both sections of the lance, for cleaning floors and high-up or hard-to-reach places.
Then you can attach various tools. There’s a large, rectangular floor head that comes with two Velcro cloths and a clip-on carpet glider. This steam cleaner also has a large square brush with a cloth and a large round brush – with space on the Kärcher to stow.
But there’s more! Lift a flap on the cleaner’s body and you’ll also find a small, round brush for detailed cleaning and a concentrator nozzle. Outstanding selection of steam cleaning tools and storage. The only thing it’s missing that we care about is a window squeegee. However, Kärcher offers a wide selection of accessories if you care about this or other tools.
Cleaning was outstanding – the floor head is much more than a floor head. It’s on a lightweight lance, so we found ourselves instinctively lifting it up and cleaning the bathroom’s tiled walls, right up to the ceiling. This took two minutes and the room has never been so clean. You could do the same with a mattress. This is steam cleaning in 3D.
Steam is highly controllable, with a trigger under your finger and a dial on the body. The top setting didn’t seem OTT but dialing it back to its lowest setting was very impressive. Wooden floors were treated gently and were left nearly dry. The Karcher steam cleaner’s tools are equally impressive. We had to dial it back to avoid the bathroom becoming a steam room.
2. Shark Steam Pocket Mop S3501 Hard Floor Cleaner
This powerful steam mop offers three different settings—dust, mop, and scrub— so not only is there a level for every type of job, but it’s also safe to use on most floorings, including laminate.
Ready to go in less than a minute after plugging it in, this mop cleans and sanitizes with regular tap water (so you won’t have to invest in any additional supplies). The reusable mop pads are double-sided, so you get more cleaning mileage out of each use—whether it’s a quick everyday wipe or a deep clean.
3. Shark S6003UK Klik n’ Flip Smartronic Deluxe Steam Mop
The Klik N Flip is the best steam mop in our selection for sparkling clean hard floors without any hassle. While this unit has a low power level, it makes use of an innovative manual pump action to put you in control of how much steam it produces.
Shark is well-known for its vacuum cleaners, and its steam mop showcases the same great quality. It has a Steam Blaster Mode to remove stubborn stains making this steam mop suitable for any type of hard floor in your home from the nozzle. Its dirt-trapping pads have the advantage of being double-sided, meaning you can clean for twice as long before having to change to another pad, saving you the hassle.
While the Shark Klik N Flip offers excellent hard floor washing and maneuverability, thanks to its swivel steering system, it does have a few flaws. It can be difficult to release the head from the body to switch your pad around. Additionally, you’ll need to hang it up or support it when you’re not using it. This is because when left unattended, it has a tendency to fall over.
There is no on/off switch so you will need to unplug it at the wall, potentially walking over your slightly damp clean floor. While this model is an excellent lower energy choice, if you have carpeted floors, or require a multi-use handheld and upright steam cleaner, this might not be the ideal choice for you.
4. Morphy Richards 12-in-1 steam cleaner
Accessories: Two microfibre floor cloths, carpet glider, extension nozzle, upholstery attachment, worktop surface attachment, window cleaning attachment, angled jet nozzle, round brush, crevice brush, plastic scraper, jug, funnel
A powerful cleaner with a fantastic selection of attachments, we found this Morphy Richards model easy to use and intuitive when it came to fitting the wide variety of accessories included. We blasted our way around the kitchen in handheld mode using the work-surface attachment, before fitting the tank into the floor mode and tackling tiles. The scraper and wire brush accessories were the dream team for bringing a gruesome oven back to respectability. This is a great steam cleaner for the price but we’d have liked a slightly larger, longer-lasting water tank.
5. BISSELL SpinWave Mop 2052E
Killing 99 percent of germs and bacteria, the Bissell PowerFresh steam mop is one of the most popular and effective models around. In fact, it’s Amazon’s best-selling steam mop. Its low-profile mop head can easily access hard-to-reach corners and edges, and there are three steam levels to choose from. Over 9,200 Amazon users gave this mop a positive review; one such happy customer wrote, “I am so in love with this steam mop… My floors are the cleanest they have ever been with 5-10 minutes of mopping. I kid you not, I would lick these 30-year-old vinyl floors.”
6. Dupray NEAT Steam Cleaner Multipurpose Heavy Duty Steamer for Floor
This smartly designed cylinder model is as neat as its name suggests. It’s super powerful, making it ideal for heavy-duty cleaning jobs but less so for smaller ones, as it can splatter dirt. It comes with lots of accessories but there’s only one (high!) steam setting. It’s heavy when full and takes nearly 10 minutes to heat up. But a huge pro is how professionally it cleans windows, leaving ours totally smear-free.
7. Vileda 157171 Steam Mop
What We Liked
What we really enjoyed here was the fast heating time. This means that you can get straight to cleaning without having to wait for ages. Additionally, the steaming time is very good, especially for such a compact model, and it definitely gives ample time to steam clean most homes effectively.
It comes with two microfibre cloths so that you can switch between them when needed.
An interesting feature here is the carpet glider. This allows you to steam clean carpets without soaking them so that they can benefit from good steaming.
The controls are simple to use, allowing you to choose how much steam is pushed out, and the smooth design of the swivel head makes it a breeze to use across all surfaces. Plus, the cord length is nice and long for a good radius.
What We Didn’t
It is very tall, and the handle cannot be adjusted. Additionally, the handle can be quite uncomfortable to hold and grip.
Should You Buy?
Yes, this is a great choice for those who want something that is lightweight and easy to handle. It has a fast heating time and a good steaming time, which means it can tackle most homes effortlessly.
Although, the Shark Kick n’ Flip model featured in our guide is a better overall cleaner. It might not have many accessories, but it certainly holds its own on hard floors and is our best budget steam mop pick.
8. Vax S86-SF-CC Steam Fresh Combi Classic Multifunction Steam Mop
Get perfectly cleaned, fresh-smelling floors with this powerful steam mop from Vax. A little different from most steam cleaners on the market, this model combines the power of steam with Vax’s Steam Detergent to achieve results that are both spotless and extremely hygienic.
It takes under thirty seconds to reach optimum temperature and has a steam time of around 25 minutes. This model also comes with a variable steam function ideal for targeting tough stains and getting rid of dirt embedded in grooves or hard-to-reach spots.
You’ll also get a carpet glider attachment, a microfibre pad, and 250ml of the Vax Steam Detergent.
9. Karcher SC 3 EasyFix Steam Cleaner
An impressive-looking piece of kit, this floor steam cleaner from Kärcher means business and delivers amazing deep cleaning results using just tap water. It heats up quickly and is great for hard floors as well as limescale and stubborn stains around the home. We also love its large water tank and the range of attachments that come with. The only drawback is a short lead and it is heavier than other models on the market.
You can use this steam mop on so many areas around the home – hard floors, ovens, hobs, taps, tiles, sofas, carpets – using the floor and hand nozzles as well as the handy round brushes.
A great idea and perfect for families with young children, this model has a locking system to prevent little ones from getting it started.
Steam flow control
For easy use, the Kärcher model has its steam volume control on the handle, which you can use to suit the type of surface and level of dirt you’re dealing with.
10. Vax Steam Fresh Combi Multifunction Steam Mop
Vax enters the game with this affordable and impressive steam mop, which is really easy to use and cleans solidly for the price.
Using other cleaning attachments it can also become a handheld cleaner, which makes it a great pick if you want to keep kitchen surfaces gleaming, or the like.
Our favorite steam cleaners right now are the Kärcher SC1, which is a reliable, sturdy option at an affordable price; and the Bissell Vac and Steam, which is one of the best-performing combined vacuum and steamers.