Best Mop

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.

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.

Top 6 Best Mop Compared

 #1  O-Cedar Easywring Mop

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.

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  • Foot pedal wringer
  • Pivoting head goes under furniture
  • Comfortable expanding 51” handle
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  • Bucket system less convenient than disposable cloth mops like the Swiffer
  • Bucket has only one compartment
  • Cleaning solution sold separately
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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. If you are using a quality mop you will want the best vacuum cleaner to help clean as well.

 #2  Swiffer Sweeper Dry and Wet Mop

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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.

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  • Best budget
  • Uses less water than traditional mop and bucket
  • Comes with wet and dry Swiffer cloths
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  • Disposable mop pads add waste
  • Less convenient for larger areas since the pads must be replaced when they get dirty
  • Wet pads unsuitable for non-sealed tiles, and may not be recommended for areas with pets
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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.

 #3  Therma Pro Steam Mop

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.

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  • Steams carpet & hardwood
  • Doubles as curtain and garment steamer
  • Pet friendly
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  • More complex than a mop and bucket
  • Pads have to be washed after each use
  • Mopping pads need replacement eventually
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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 it. 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.

 #4  Shark Steam Pocket 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.

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  • Steams carpet & tile
  • 51” handle for comfortable mopping
  • Swivel mop head
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  • Steam pads wear out as with the Therma Pro
  • No garment and curtain attachment
  • Distilled water recommended
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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 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 gives you the best of both.

 #5  Turbo Microfiber Mop

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 make 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.

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  • Reusable microfiber mop
  • Deep cleaning wet or dry with scrubbing pads
  • Comfortable 60” handle
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  • No cleaning solution provided
  • May not be a replacement for wet mop in large kitchens and cement floored lofts
  • No steamer function
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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.

 #6  Aootek Stainless Spin Mop

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.

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  • Best for concrete
  • Two sided wet and dry bucket
  • Stainless steel wringer
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  • No foot pedal means you have to reach down
  • No dedicated clean water section of the bucket
  • Mop head less flexible than with the O-Cedar or Swiffer
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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.

How we decided

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.

Mop Buying Guide

The Most Important Features to Consider

  1. Handle Length
    Depending on your height and how you like to clean, the mop’s handle should be long enough that you can hold it comfortably without stooping over; this makes the job easier and less painful. In general we’ve highlighted mops with expandable and telescoping handles, like the Turbo Microfiber (our #5 pick) which has an aluminum handle that goes up to 60” in length.
  2. Spin Mop vs Steam Mop
    If you need a mop that also works on carpets, a steam mop may be your best bet. Conversely, if you’re looking for maximum cleaning efficiency for large hardwood or cement floors, you may be better off with a spin mop and bucket combo like the O-Cedar (our top pick.)
  3. Size of Microfiber Mop
    A larger mop head will do more work with each cleaning stroke, making a spin mop like the Aootek with its over 1-foot wide microfiber cloth, or the Turbo Microfiber sweeping mop with its 18” head, great for large spaces with concrete or hardwood floors.

Mop FAQs

How often do the mop heads need to be replaced?

Depending on the exact product, most reusable microfiber mop heads are machine washable and last anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

Will these mops work on tile floors and grout?

For sealed tile, all the mops on our list will clean off surface dirt, while the wet spin mops like the O-Cedar (our top pick) will get out deep grime better, depending on your choice of cleaning solution. However, both the Swiffer wet jet and the steam mops aren’t recommended for unsealed tile or for linoleum panel flooring.

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Ryan Mcbride

Ryan McBride is a writer based in Los Angeles. He has contributed work to magazines and sites including Gayot, Spy, Paper, Ladygunn, 3AM and the Crab Creek Review. He writes consumer reviews, essays, science and tech journalism as well as literary and art criticism.

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