Steam mops: how to choose the right one

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Steam mops are versatile cleaning gadgets that can handle a wide range of cleaning jobs around the home - from floors, tiles and windows, to stoves, and even paneling.

They use high-pressure dry steam to penetrate surfaces, easily remove stubborn stains and sweep away dirt and grease. Most work only with water, so you'll save money on buying expensive detergents and do your bit for the environment. And since dry steam also kills bacteria, mold, and dust mites, a steam cleaner is a great way to keep your home allergen-free.

Let's see how to choose the best steam cleaner functions.

In this article

  • Steam mops: cordless, portable, 2 in 1, which type should I buy?
  • Steam mops: offers
  • Steam broom: Dyson
  • Steam mops: H2O


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Steam mops: cordless, portable, 2 in 1, which type should I buy?

Steam mops fall into four main categories:

  • steam mop
  • wireless
  • cylinder steam cleaners 
  • 2-in-1 steam cleaners that combine a steam mop and a detachable portable unit

The type you choose will depend on the size of your home and the cleaning tasks you need to complete. Most steam mops come with a range of accessories so you can use them to clean a variety of surfaces.

Steam mops 

By putting the traditional mop and bucket in contact, they offer quick, effective and hassle-free floor cleaning. They look and work much like a regular mop, but with a water tank attached to the handle. Many have swivel and double-hinged heads, so cleaning around furniture is easy. Models with adjustable steam control can be used on wood and laminate and tiled floors and many offer carpet and carpet accessories.

Choose a steam mop that heats up quickly (around 20-30 seconds) so you can start working right away. Also choose an appropriately sized water tank, as this will reduce the need to stop and refill.


They are perfect for small areas and undemanding jobs like cleaning tiles, stoves, and kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Compact and lightweight, portable steam cleaners are easy to use and store. Small water tanks, however, mean you'll have limited cleaning time before you need to refill.

2 in 1 steam cleaners

These multifunctional models offer the best of both worlds when it comes to steam cleaning. Typically, they look like a vertical broom with the manual steamer built into the handle. While heavier than regular steam mops, their versatility makes them a popular choice, and some models even have built-in vacuum cleaners - useful when storage space is limited.

Cylinder steam cleaner

Similar in appearance to cylinder vacuum cleaners, these steam cleaners have a water tank in the main body and a hose for use with various accessories for cleaning floors and cleaning other surfaces. With large water tanks, they offer longer steaming times than steam mops with less need to refill, but they're not that quick to heat up - they take four to 10 minutes to get ready. Most come with a range of accessories so you can use them for floors, bathrooms, kitchens and even upholstery. Opt for a model with high pressure steam output and variable steam control so that you can tackle different cleaning tasks.

Steam mops: offers

Here are the offers you can find on Amazon

ARIETE 4164 Steam Cleaner Broom 10 functions in 1 - Steam generator, Rechargeable, Unlimited autonomy, 1500 watt, Telescopic handle, White / Blue € 49,99 € 70,00 -29% Check the offer Polti Vaporetto SV450_Double Double Function Steam Mop with Portable Cleaner, 13 accessories, kills and eliminates 99,9% * of viruses, germs and bacteria, 1500 W, range 7,5 m, Green / White from € 104,99 € 149,00 -30% Check the offer BLACK + DECKER Steam Mop 13in1 Floor Scrubber, Glove that Emits Steam, Pivoting Head Suitable for Surfaces, Autoselect Technology for Steam Adjustment, 500 ml 1300 W, FSMH1321JSM-QS from € 171,80 € 189,90 -10% Check the offer Hoover CA2IN1D 011 Steam Capsule, Steam Mop, 0.35 L, Gray Blue from € 109,00 € 159,90 -32% Check the offer

Dyson steam broom

The best Dyson vacuum cleaner currently on the market is the Cyclone V11 Absolute, the latest model of cordless and bagless electric broom, capable of guaranteeing very high performance, great autonomy and a superior level of cleaning. 

Dyson offers different types of vacuum cleaners, depending on shape and functionality:

  • cordless brooms
  • towed
  • portatile
  • vertical

The hallmark is the patented cyclone technology, which required James Dyson 5 years of study and 5.127 prototypes!

Dyson V11 Absolute handheld vacuum Bagless Blue, Nickel da € 884,75 Check Offer

H2O steam mop

The H2O X5 steam mop is a multifunction electric mop that can clean, disinfect and refresh your entire home. This is a 5 in 1 steam scrubber from Thane which can be used to clean hard floors, carpets, windows and your clothing.

Finally, you can remove the mop cleaning head and extendable handle and use the H2O X5 mop as a portable cleaner.


  • 400ml water tank, 4 settings - 30 minutes of steaming
  • Lightweight and versatile
  • Cleverly designed head to adapt to different angles
  • Cleans, deodorizes and sanitizes without the use of chemicals
  • Approved by the Good Housekeeping Institute
  • 5 in 1 - floor steam cleaner, carpet, window cleaner, garment and a portable evaporator
H2O HD Steam Cleaner - Kills 99,9% of bacteria without chemical cleaners from € 119,99 Check Offer

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