Best Steam Mops & Hard Floor Cleaners

Sometimes regular mopping with luke-warm water just ends up spreading more dirt around. If you're looking to give your hard floors a sanitised clean, a steam mop can effectively kill bacteria and leave your floors sparkling. Continue Reading...

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$99 to $999
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Water Tank Capacity
0.33 L
Running Time
20 min
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38 W

Based on 1,789 reviews
Hizero Bionic Hard Floor Cleaner

Hizero Bionic Hard Floor Cleaner 🏆 2024

4.7  (699)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $799 to $999
  • Running Time 60 min
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Kate C.
Kate C.SA2 posts
  F801
Can only handle flat surfaces and no cornersI loved the Hizero at first until I discovered that it doesn't really clean anything that is not an absolutely flat surface. It can't cope with the grout between tiles, corners or the gaps in my floorboards. I've gone back to using an old-fashioned mop in my bathrooms. Show details
HAAN Multi Purpose Floor Steamer SI-A70

HAAN Multi Purpose Floor Steamer SI-A70 🏆 2024

4.2  (288)
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  • Price (RRP) $270
  • Running Time 25 min
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Maryannz
MaryannzNSW8 posts
  Verified
Hoover Dual Steam Plus

Hoover Dual Steam Plus

3.3  (35)
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  • Price (RRP) $279
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Dave
DaveQLD3 posts
 
Poor quality brittle plastic prone to breakageDisappointing. Cheap plastic handle prone to breakage rendering the whole thing useless. I expected more from a brand like Hoover and for the price. Unable to source parts and now in landfill. Show details
Tineco Floor One S5 Pro

Tineco Floor One S5 Pro

3.2  (39)
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  • Price (RRP) $999
  • Running Time 35 min
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Bindy
BindySydney9 posts
 
Overrated, overpriced and pathetic customer serviceNot worth the money. For almost $1000, I’d expect a product not to start having problems with charging after 18 months.

I’m still covered by warranty, but Tineco Australia are useless and don’t reply to emails, so I doubt it’ll get fixed or replaced. I’ll be taking this further. Show details

Shark S1000ANZ

Shark S1000ANZ

3.7  (19)
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JApo
JApoBrisbane7 posts
 
Kmart 1300W Steam Mop

Kmart 1300W Steam Mop

2.9  (44)
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Looking Elsewhere
Looking ElsewhereQLD3 posts
 
Useless -leaks water everywhereFollowed all instructions and cleaned small area but water continues to leak. Floor left very wet. I guess you get what you pay for. Cheap and nasty. Show details
Kmart
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Karcher FC 7

Karcher FC 7

2.9  (41)
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  • Running Time 45 min
LJJ
LJJVIC48 posts
 
Bissell Spinwave Cordless 2240F

Bissell Spinwave Cordless 2240F

3.6  (16)
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$348Bing Lee
Trish81
Trish81NSW96 posts
 
Brilliant highly recommendedThis mop is brilliant. I can do a three bedroom two bathroom villa with no carpet - anll hybrid planks- and there’s still a battery Life after I finish. So easy to use absolutely love it as does my cleaner! Show details
Smart Living Steam Mop

Smart Living Steam Mop

2.6  (67)
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Nermin
Nermin2 posts
  Fair Incentive
Not workingI received it as a gift one year ago it was nice gift and clean very well I am not using it often and suddenly doesn’t work. Which make me unhappy .
Tineco Floor One S7 Pro

Tineco Floor One S7 Pro

4.0  (11)
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  • Running Time 40 min
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Gerry
Gerry2 posts
 
Bissell PowerFresh Deluxe 1979F

Bissell PowerFresh Deluxe 1979F

3.3  (19)
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DiRod
DiRodWA2 posts
 
Not happy at all with this productBought our first one for $279.00 within 6 months it stopped working. Bissell replaced it and then within 4 months the same thing happened again. The customer care support line was not helpful at all. In fact they keep telling us to do the same thing over and over again without any success. Not happy at all with this product! Show details
Vax Duo Master Steam Cleaner VSTDUO1600

Vax Duo Master Steam Cleaner VSTDUO1600

2.9  (24)
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Wolfgang
Wolfgang
 
DisappointedMy machine has worked sometimes, funnily, most time she did not, can't find the problem, Vax does not help at all. I give up now, and throw it out. In my opinion, wasted my money. Show details
Karcher SC3 Easyfix

Karcher SC3 Easyfix

3.3  (12)
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gfereiro
gfereiroTAS3 posts
 
Rubbish. KARCHER Premium price Sub standard qualityBought the Karcher SC3 about 4 years ago, used it once, placed it back in its packaging and on a shelf as I do with all my tools and equipment so they get the best of care. Went to use it Dec 2022, it will not work, a total waste of money. This is the second Karcher product that has failed, despite careful use. Profit not quality. Show details
Danoz H2O Mop X5

Danoz H2O Mop X5

2.0  (207)
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David F.
David F.NSW
 
Vax VX24

Vax VX24

3.2  (12)
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Mal M.
Mal M.
 
Bissell Steam Mop Select

Bissell Steam Mop Select

2.1  (43)
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Colin B.
Colin B.QLD
  Verified 23V8F
Vax VX22

Vax VX22

2.3  (29)
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matisti5
matisti5VIC3 posts
 
Doesn't workBought one of these from the good guys last month. Literally used three times and now just doesn't switch on and blows the house main fuse every time I try. Absolute junk. Can't find receipt so will just throw this in the bin and avoid Vax in future. Show details
Euroflex Vapour M4S SC1M1

Euroflex Vapour M4S SC1M1

2.5  (17)
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  • Price (RRP) $599
  • Running Time 20 min
Bianca
Bianca
  Fair Incentive
Quattro Self Cleaning Power Cordless Mop

Quattro Self Cleaning Power Cordless Mop

4.0  (6)
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zippydoda
zippydoda
 
Did not work for meThe mop never worked and product I purchase from Preston store stained my white tile floors and I returned the mop, they refused to give me a refund Show details
Euroflex Vapour-M2R

Euroflex Vapour-M2R

3.4  (8)
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  • Running Time 20 min
Maza
MazaVIC2 posts
 
Vax Steam Fresh Pet VX23

Vax Steam Fresh Pet VX23

2.4  (16)
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Rachael53
Rachael53QLD4 posts
 
Works great and I have a big floor to cleanLost 1 star for the fact you have to hold the the button in to operate...but I love the steam mop. Cleaned my whole floor with one tank fill and I have a lot of floor tiles !! impressed well done :) Show details
HAAN Slim & Light Pro SI-A45

HAAN Slim & Light Pro SI-A45

4.2  (5)
bradleyha
bradleyhaQLD6 posts
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ALDI Steam Mops

ALDI Steam Mops

1.8  (55)
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  • Price (RRP) $49.99 to $59.99
  • Running Time 20 min
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Helen W.
Helen W.
  Steam Mop with Soap Dispenser
Bissell CrossWave Cordless Professional 2582H

Bissell CrossWave Cordless Professional 2582H

4.0  (4)
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$629RRP
RUKI
RUKI2 posts
 
DON'T BOTHERFor the price this is very average. If something is slightly stuck it won't clean. The customer service is shocking. After 4 calls and 2hrs on the phone, no joy. They tell you they will call back but they don't. Very dissapointed.
Optim Steam Mop

Optim Steam Mop

3.5  (4)
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$99RRP
Verity
VeritySA5 posts
 
Easy to useGreat steam mop, easy fill water reservoir, washable mop pads, only takes 1-2 mins to heat up, and floors dry much quicker than a mop and bucket. Good longer cord for extra reach. Show details
Eurogem Euro 4000

Eurogem Euro 4000

3.5  (4)
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Mark
MarkQLD
 
Bissell PowerFresh V 1979K

Bissell PowerFresh V 1979K

3.0  (5)
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  • Price (RRP) $309
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BrittW
BrittWSA13 posts
 
Karcher SV 7

Karcher SV 7

1.8  (16)
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tina m.
tina m.QLD5 posts
 
Bissell CrossWave HF3 3598F

Bissell CrossWave HF3 3598F

4.0  (3)
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  • Running Time 25 min
Mel
Mel11 posts
  Verified
Shark Steam And Scrub Mop S7001

Shark Steam And Scrub Mop S7001

5.0  (2)
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$449.99RRP
Buffy
BuffyRockingham Western Australia8 posts
 
Another perfect Shark productThis machine scrubs my wooden floors, my tiles and even painted wooden floors Show details

Woman steam mopping a wood floor with steam rising up

How do steam mops work?

A steam mop, also known as a floor steam cleaner, is a home cleaning appliance that uses steam to mop hard surfaces such as sealed hard floors, ceramic tiles, linoleum, stone and marble.

After you fill up the in-built water tank inside the unit, you press a button to start the heating process, and water is heated up using an in-built heating element. When the mop’s ready to be used, the appliance will indicate this to you, for example through a green light.

The steam is then conveyed through the appliance to the cleaning head. It makes contact with the floor through a porous cleaning pad.

The application of hot steam loosens dirt and caked-in grime on the floor, which transfers to the mop pad.

What is the difference between a steam mop and a steam cleaner?

While a steam mop is specifically designed to clean hard floors, a steam cleaner has a multi-surface purpose. Depending on the product, you can use it to clean a variety of surfaces - including hard floors, carpets, upholstery, and sometimes showers and the outside of cars.

Steam cleaners also use hotter water than steam mops, producing hotter steam to kill firm-rooted bacteria in carpet fibres and shower tiles.

Is steam mopping better than regular mopping?

People who are loyal to the process of steam mopping prefer both the effectiveness and convenience of using a steam mop, compared to a regular mop. Here are some reasons why:

What steam mopping is good for:

  • Hot steam has been scientifically proven to effectively kill bacteria and dust mites, more than the luke-warm water you’d use while mopping.

  • The effectiveness of steam also eliminates the need to use any cleaning solutions with chemicals in them, which can be hazardous to health and also represent an additional cost.

  • You won’t need to lug around a sopping-wet mop and bucket with you. Once you fill up the water tank, everything you need to clean with is contained within the unit. It's a time saver, as you won’t be stopping to wring out the dirty water and re-wet the mop.

What steam mopping is not good for:

  • Being used on these floor types: unsealed timber, waxed timber and cork tiles. With these unsealed surfaces, steam can slink into gaps or under the floorboards, which causes the panels or tiles to expand.

  • Mopping large spills or heavy stains, and these will require individual attention to remove first, before using a steam mop

  • Tasks that vacuum cleaners would normally perform, like picking up dirt and debris. This is because a steam mop has no suction function. Make sure to vacuum your space before steam-mopping it, otherwise you could have lots of stray wet hairs and bits of dirt decorating your floors afterwards.

  • If you don’t want to wait around for a steam mop to heat up, or bother with ensuring a cord is long enough as you move between different areas of the house, a traditional mop and bucket may actually be easier for you.

  • Cordless operation, as while there are currently cordless hard floor cleaners, there aren’t any battery-operated or cordless steam mops.

Hard Floor Cleaners

These look similar to upright vacuums, but do more than suction dirt and debris. Functions include vacuuming, mopping, scrubbing and drying hard floors.

The surfaces suitable for hard floor cleaning are the same as those safe to be cleaned by steam mops. Again, avoid unsealed surfaces.

These are usually more expensive than steam mops because of the wide variety of functions they offer for hard floors, from around $100-$500.

For example, the popular Karcher Hard Floor Cleaner, the FC 5 Corded Jarder Floor Cleaner, can vacuum and mop hard floors in one step, making it slightly pricier than entry-level models, at $399.

Hard floor cleaners, as their name suggests, will also work on hard floors - but just like steam mops, the floors should be sealed to avoid steam warping the flooring.

Factors to consider before buying a steam mop

Ease of Use

The convenience of using a steam mop will only be enjoyed if your appliance is easy to use. Keeping an eye out for the following can help reduce the total time you spend cleaning:

  • Heat-up time: All steam mops take some time to heat the water inside the tank. 15 seconds is considered a quick heat-up time, will other, slower appliances can take around 5 minutes.
  • Running time: How long your steam mop can stay powered until its next water refill depends largely on the size of your water tank.
  • On-the-go water refills: Steam mops designed with a water boiler require you to turn the appliance off, or wait for it to cool down before you can refill the boiler. This is a safety measure so the steam doesn’t scald you. But if you’re in it to win back some time, choose a steam mop with a water tanked that can be opened and refilled at any point.
  • Cord length: Opting for a longer cord will make it easier to steam mop a larger surface area without having to continuously unplug the cord and re-plug it into a socket that’s closer to the area you’re currently mopping.

Water Tank Capacity

This is one of the single most important factors contributing to the effective performance of your steam mop.

The more millilitres a water tank can house, the longer a steam mop can clean before requiring a refill. An average sized water tank is around 500mL.

Large water tanks

However, larger water tanks (600mL or over) are more convenient for larger households, or if your house has a lot of hard-floor surface area to be cleaner.

A larger water tank is also likely to produce hotter, drier steam, which means less water left on tiles or floorboards afterwards - and a shorter drying time.

Keep in mind that a heavier water tank will result in a heavier appliance to cart around as you clean. If you have back issues or can’t strain in this way, a smaller water tank may be more time-intensive but safer for you.

Small water tanks

While a smaller water tank (around 300mL) is theoretically suitable for apartments or smaller spaces, most models are cheaper, and built with lightweight materials that are less durable.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Water tank

Using distilled water instead of tap water can keep your water tank in better condition, as hard mineral deposits are less likely to build up. These deposits can then transfer down into the nozzle near the mop head, which will cause steam to be blocked from escaping properly.

Cleaning pads

Microfibre cloths are the best at trapping dirt and grime, and they’re also easy to wash. You’ll need around 2-3 per mopping session, since the pads pick up grime and become grey quickly, so require changing to avoid spreading around wet dirt.

Look for a steam mop that provides at least 2 pads with your steam mop purchase. Some models are also sold with pads made from different materials. They can range from soft and gentle to more abrasive material (for scrubbing), making them suitable for cleaning a variety of floor surfaces.

Price

On average, most steam mops cost around $150. You can snag a cheap model starting at $50, or if you prefer to splash out, you’re looking at around $500 or over.

The price will depend on a number of factors, such as the build quality, size of the water tank, brand name and reputation, and the number of included features and accessories.

Common steam mop accessories

  • Handheld function: A detachable handheld cleaner is part of the steam mop, and can pop out to function separately. This can be useful for spot cleaning or quick cleaning.
  • Lock switch: allows continuous steam to be released, without you having to constantly press down a trigger nozzle.
  • Swivel head: an oldie but a goodie, allowing you to easily get under furniture and around nooks and crannies. A more angular mop head (such as a triangular mop head) will also help with cleaning edges and corners.
  • Carpet glider: allows you to steam mop carpets. Since the steam mop is still not purpose built for cleaning carpets, it works better with removing light soiling.
  • Window cleaner: some steam mops have a handy attachment that lets you steam the windows, while the cleaning mood has taken hold.
  • Brushes and jet nozzles: allow precision steam cleaning of specific areas; typically with smaller surface areas. This includes cleaning in-between shower tiles, or cleaning the oven.
  • Adjustable telescopic head: refers to the height of the mop stick. If you or family members are tall, the mop head should become high enough for you to mop comfortably, without hurting your back and making you lean down the whole time.

Wrapping up

Finding the right steam mop involves weighing up three main things: price, the size of your space, and how often you mop. Larger spaces will benefit from a larger water tank - however this makes for a pricier steam mop, and also makes it heavier to cart around. If you mop frequently, consider spending a little bit more on additional features that will save you time, like a longer cord that lets you mop more of the house in one go.

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