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If you’re looking for the best mop for your floors, we’ve got you covered. To find the best of the best, we compiled the specs, evaluated consumer research and testing sites, reviewed consumer sentiment and then tallied our first hand experiences. We’ve also highlighted specific mops that are great for tile floors, the best mops for hardwood floors and for rooms with laminate flooring, as well as mops that include a steamer function, making them 2-in-1 steam cleaners for carpeting and mops for kitchens and more. But in case you want to simplify your home cleaning routine, get yourself the best vacuum cleaner.
Our top pick, the O Cedar Microfiber Spin Mop & Bucket is among the easiest to use floor cleaning systems on the market, with deep cleaning microfiber and a built-in foot-operated wringer.
Award: Top Pick
WHY WE LIKE IT: A foot pedal-controlled wringer and dirt-absorbing microfiber head make this easy-to-use mop great for getting rid of tough grime and dirt. It’s great for those looking for a fast and easy mop for tile floors, hardwood floors, and more.
The O-Cedar Easywring mop’s claim to fame is its foot-pedal operated wringer bucket. This feature, along with the smooth rotating swivel head, means you can mop hardwood floors and anywhere else you need to clean hard flooring surfaces, with minimal bending and stooping. The mop handle expands to a comfortable 51” which allows for both easy storage and ergonomic use.
The included bucket and wringer uses a foot pedal to activate a rotary pinch that lets you precisely control how much moisture you want remaining on the microfiber mop head. The mop head itself does a great job of getting up tough dirt, even managing to clean grout. It swivels and pivots, too, letting you mop under chairs and tables with ease. It could easily beat out the best robot mop. If you are using a quality mop you will want to pick up the best cordless vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors.
Award: Honorable Mention
WHY WE LIKE IT: This Swiffer starter kit is one of the most convenient ways to clean hard floors thanks to its simple disposable wet and dry pads. It’s great for those who have smaller areas of tile or laminate flooring and occasionally want to clean using something that doesn’t take up too much space.
With a combination set of wet and dry mop sweeping pads, this Swiffer starter pack is essentially a 2-in-1 mop and broom for hard flooring surfaces. It works best as a mop for laminate floors, finished hardwood floors and concrete floors. With everything included, there’s no water or bucket necessary and so the Swiffer definitely saves time. It’s great for cleaning smaller spaces like kitchens and smooth floor bathrooms or concrete loft floors.
While definitely one of the easiest ways to mop your floors, the Swiffer dry and wet does have its limitations. The disposable cloths can be used up rather quickly and create more waste than with a microfiber mop and bucket like the O-Cedar (our top pick.) And without the ability to fine-tune how wet it is, the wet Swiffer may not be ideal for uneven flooring or for more serious caked in dirt. For that, you may want the best Dyson vacuum.
Award: Best Steam Mop
WHY WE LIKE IT: A versatile steam mop for hardwood, laminate, tile floors or carpets that doubles as a garment steamer. It’s great for those who have some carpeted rooms and some rooms with hard flooring and are looking for a does-it-all mop.
The Therma Pro Steam Mop may be the most versatile floor cleaner on our list. While pricier than the simple mop and bucket or Swiffer solutions, it offers dual-purpose carpet steamer and tile floor mop functionality. It even works as a garment steamer. Plus, you can use the Therma Pro mop to clean curtains. An added benefit is that you don’t need to use any soap or chemical detergents or disinfectants, as the Steam Mop lets you clean carpets and sanitize kitchen floors with tap water steam alone. This makes it a pet-friendly floor cleaner.
Compared to our top pick, the O-Cedar mop and bucket, the steamer isn’t as efficient a cleaning tool for large cement floors or for heavy-duty mopping. It also requires electricity and you have to replace the steam mop pads every 1 to 3 months, depending on how often you use them. It’s also not recommended for laminate flooring or unsealed tile, due to the potential for high-pressure steam to leave moisture in the cracks between panels. That may lead to mold in some situations, but luckily the best air purifier for mold will handle it. The best robot vacuum may work well with this mop.
Award: Best 2-in-1 Carpet Steamer and Mop
WHY WE LIKE IT: A comfortable steam mop that safely sanitizes carpets and sealed tile flooring without the use of harsh chemicals. It’s great for those with pets and those looking for a combination carpet/rug cleaner and mop for tile floors.
A larger, 450 mL water reservoir, compared to the Therma Pro’s 350 mL, gives this Shark Steam Pocket Mop longer legs when it comes to steaming carpets and mopping hard tile and cement floors. Like the Therma Pro (our #3 pick) its big advantage over mop and bucket systems is that it cleans both carpet and hard flooring without using soap or chemicals. This makes it a pet-friendly mop for cement floors in addition to being a pet-friendly way to get the dirt out of carpets.
The Shark Steam Pocket Mop uses a swivel head that lets it get under furniture and into corners, like a Swiffer (our #2 pick) and like the Therma Pro (our #3 pick) it uses steam mop pads that can be washed in a washing machine after use, but they do require replacement every 1 to 3 months. If you want to go the robotic route, the best robot vacuum and mop give you the best of both.
Award: Best Quality
WHY WE LIKE IT: A reusable microfiber mop with machine-washable mop heads in a generous 18” size, plus a sturdy five-foot aluminum handle makes this a budget-friendly and eco-friendly as well as easy to use mopping solution. It’s great for those looking for the best wet or dry mop for laminate floors, tile and hardwood.
This turbo microfiber mop comes with an all-aluminum 34” to 60” extendable handle, a tilt and swivel head and a broad, 18” microfiber mop or scrubbing brush. Unlike the Swiffer, our #2 pick, this mop uses machine washable microfiber cloth, meaning you won’t have to buy refills as with the Swiffer. It also uses a more robust velcro mechanism to hold the cloths onto the mop head, a plus for those who find that the Swiffer pads, secured by small plastic clips, can come loose easily.
The Turbo Microfiber works well as a dry mop and can also work with a cleaning solution of your choice. It comes with both microfiber cloth pads and deep scrubbing brushes, intended for surfaces like rough tile, laminate and concrete floors. While it may not fully take the place of a mop and bucket system like the O-Cedar (our top pick) when it comes to heavy cleaning, this reusable microfiber mop does provide an eco-friendly and pet-friendly alternative to the Swiffer. Also, read about the best pet vacuum.
Award: Best Deluxe
WHY WE LIKE IT: A large and versatile spin mop with a wet and dry side bucket, this mop benefits from its long handle–longer than that of the O-Cedar, our top pick–and stainless steel construction. It’s great for those looking for a heavy-duty spin mop to clean large kitchens or a mop for concrete floors in a loft.
This microfiber spin mop and bucket works great for cleaning large cement, tile or hardwood floors. It comes with a two-sided bucket that uses a simple hand wringer mechanism rather than the foot-pedal operated rotary system of the O-Cedar (our top pic) thus the Aootek is slightly less convenient to use– requiring you to reach down and pull the large, hand-operated wringer handle–but it does just as good a job of wringing out the replaceable microfiber mop head.
Compared to mops like the Swiffer or Turbo Microfiber (our # 2 and 5 picks, respectively) this spin mop covers a larger area with each stroke but is less convenient to set up and start using. It’s more geared toward occasional, big cleaning jobs than daily tidying up. The best shop cloth is good for tidying around all of your best home appliances. And if you are looking for a more advanced mop, check out the alternatives in our best floor cleaner guide.
In choosing the best mops for tile, hardwood and cement floors as well as for a variety of other household cleaning tasks, we focused on mops that were easy to use, offered one-step cleaning options and were able to remove stubborn dirt from both a sealed tile floor and a treated hardwood floor. For the mop and bucket systems, we selected only those that provided a convenient built-in wringing mechanism, had a handle at least 40” long and offered replaceable, reusable microfiber mop heads. For steam mops, we narrowed it down to models that had water reservoirs at least 300 mL, enough to give you 10-15 minutes of steaming, and that could do double duty as carpet cleaners and hard floor mops. And, while it could clean your carpet with water, knowing how to dry your wet carpet without a vacuum will be useful.