7 Best Tile and Grout Cleaning Floor Steamer (Updated 2021)

Last Updated on October 2, 2021
Best floor cleaners for Tile and Grout

by Janet Martinelli

What makes the best steam mop for tile floors and grout cleaning machine or other hard surfaces, is pretty much the same thing that makes it good for hardwood: versatility, heat, and maneuverability. 

You can use these steam mops to clean tile and other messes on hard surfaces. Today I’m going to go over some of my favorites, and how I chose the best steam mop cleaner.  If your short on time, here’s my top pick. 

These steamers do an excellent job of steaming and disinfecting, however if you are looking for something that can vaccuum too, check out our vacuum and mop reviews.


TOP CHOICE OVERALL


BISSELL Power Steamer Heavy Duty 3-in-1 Steam Mop

Reasons to buy:

  • Powerful, high-temperature steam to blast away dirt
  • On-demand trigger allows you to control the intensity and amount of steam
  • Great for use on interior and exterior floors and surfaces including grout and tile
  • wall mount for easy and convenient storage
  • Includes 29 accessories to tackle tough indoor and outdoor messes

Reasons to avoid:

  • If you prefer a dedicated upright steamer look at the Power Fresh 1940 model.
  • No lock on the trigger to keep it engaged while working.

Here's How We Did the Test:

Making this evaluation possible would require us a team of people who will check the pros and cons each product, a wide variety of models to test, and a specific number of hours to be utilized to assess all the units. 

7 USERS

23 MODELS

28 HOURS

Top Choice Comparison Chart

Mop and Vacuum
Bissell, 2747A PowerFresh Vac & Steam All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop
Upright Single Function
BISSELL Steam Mop, Steamer, Tile, Hard Wood Floor Cleaner, 1940, Blue Powerfresh
Upright Multi-Function
Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop (S3973D), White
3 in 1 Multi Function
BISSELL Power Steamer Heavy Duty 3-in-1 Steam Mop and Handheld Steamer for Outdoor Use, 2685A, Black
2 in 1 Multi Function
Bissell PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop, Steamer, Tile, Bathroom, Hard Wood Floor Cleaner, 1544A, Orange

PowerFresh Vac & Steam All-in-One

Benefits
Vacuum and steamat the same time
Easy Touch Digital Controls
Switch between vacuum, steam or both
Cyclonic vacuum helps capture dirt
Dry Tank Technology
Specs
Tank Capacity: 12.8 oz
Cord Length: 25 ft
Weight: 9.74 lbs

Bissell PowerFresh Cleaner, 1940

Benefits
Uses no harsh chemicals
Flip-down easy scrubber
Smart steam control
Eliminates germs
Good for hardwood, ceramic, granite, linoleum
Specs
Tank Capacity: 16 oz
Cord Length: 23 ft
Weight: 6 lbs

Shark Lift-Away Pro S3973D

Benefits
Steam clean system
Also a fabric steamer
With steam blaster
Intelligent control
Good for hard floors, countertops, curtains
Specs
Tank Capacity: 7.4 oz
Cord Length: 18 ft
Weight: 4.8 lbs

Bissell PowerSteamer Heavy Duty 3-in-1 Steam Mop

Benefits
3 in 1 mop
Grout flat scraper, bristle, angle tool
29 accessories included
Good for pets, hardwood, windows, toys
Specs
Tank Capacity: about 2 cups
Cord Length: 25 ft
Weight: 6.13 lbs

PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop

Benefits
Purchase helps save pets
No Need To Use Harsh Chemicals
2 in 1 design
13 Versatile Tools
Sealed hardwood, ceramic, linoleum, granite, marble, above-floor cleaning
Specs
Tank Capacity: 13.5 oz
Cord Length: 25 ft 4 in
Weight: 10 lbs
$155.39
$92.69
$159.99
$145.09
$144.19
Mop and Vacuum
Bissell, 2747A PowerFresh Vac & Steam All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop

PowerFresh Vac & Steam All-in-One

Benefits
Vacuum and steamat the same time
Easy Touch Digital Controls
Switch between vacuum, steam or both
Cyclonic vacuum helps capture dirt
Dry Tank Technology
Specs
Tank Capacity: 12.8 oz
Cord Length: 25 ft
Weight: 9.74 lbs
$155.39
Upright Single Function
BISSELL Steam Mop, Steamer, Tile, Hard Wood Floor Cleaner, 1940, Blue Powerfresh

Bissell PowerFresh Cleaner, 1940

Benefits
Uses no harsh chemicals
Flip-down easy scrubber
Smart steam control
Eliminates germs
Good for hardwood, ceramic, granite, linoleum
Specs
Tank Capacity: 16 oz
Cord Length: 23 ft
Weight: 6 lbs
$92.69
Upright Multi-Function
Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop (S3973D), White

Shark Lift-Away Pro S3973D

Benefits
Steam clean system
Also a fabric steamer
With steam blaster
Intelligent control
Good for hard floors, countertops, curtains
Specs
Tank Capacity: 7.4 oz
Cord Length: 18 ft
Weight: 4.8 lbs
$159.99
3 in 1 Multi Function
BISSELL Power Steamer Heavy Duty 3-in-1 Steam Mop and Handheld Steamer for Outdoor Use, 2685A, Black

Bissell PowerSteamer Heavy Duty 3-in-1 Steam Mop

Benefits
3 in 1 mop
Grout flat scraper, bristle, angle tool
29 accessories included
Good for pets, hardwood, windows, toys
Specs
Tank Capacity: about 2 cups
Cord Length: 25 ft
Weight: 6.13 lbs
$145.09
2 in 1 Multi Function
Bissell PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop, Steamer, Tile, Bathroom, Hard Wood Floor Cleaner, 1544A, Orange

PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop

Benefits
Purchase helps save pets
No Need To Use Harsh Chemicals
2 in 1 design
13 Versatile Tools
Sealed hardwood, ceramic, linoleum, granite, marble, above-floor cleaning
Specs
Tank Capacity: 13.5 oz
Cord Length: 25 ft 4 in
Weight: 10 lbs
$144.19

Bonus Choice

Even though it didn't make our list there is one other steamer you should consider if you are primarily cleaning grout and would like to steam mattresses, curtains, and furniture in addition to your floors.  If this is your requirement, you should take a look at the Dupray Neat Steamer.   Why didn't this make our top 5?  We didn't feel people would like to carry the cube around while steaming their tile.  Other than that, this is an excellent multi-purpose steamer.


Best Steam Mop For Tile Floors & Grout Cleaning

Tile is a nice hard surface that doesn't collect dust and are more resistant to stains and spills than carpet.  However grout between the tile is porous and can create some challenges to keep clean. There are several machines with the magic of steam that are made to resolve tile & grout cleaning issues.  Read our reviews for the best floor machine especially for both tile and grout.  In addition to these steamers,  if your starting with a particularly stained or dirty grout you may also want to use a grout cleaner first then then follow-up using the steamers recommended to keep things clean going forward.   

If your grout is particularly dirty you may need to use a cleaner in addition to the the steamer. This is the cleaner we prefer: Two bottles of cleaner and a free brush. 

Bissell Power Steamer Heavy Duty 3-in-1 Steam Mop

USER RATING:

94%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Tank: about 2 cups
  • Cord: 25 ft
  • Weight: 6.13 lbs
  • For: hardwood, linoleum, ceramic, marble, granite, bathroom

PROS

  • Swivel steering
  • On-hand storage kit
  • Includes 29 accessories including wall mounts and floor mop steam attachment

CONS

  • Less efficient on pet hair

Upright floor steamers are excellent at larger spaces, but do have the admitted drawback of being pretty big and lacking attachments other options or even vacuums may have.  The Powersteamer more than makes up for that.

This is the perfect for bathroom tile and grout cleaning, in my opinion. Works well no matter the kind of tile, comes with a multitude of attachments (including a grout cleaning tool to keep that grout clean!), can get into those hard to reach spaces (behind the toilet for example), and doubles as a fabric steam cleaner as well!

That doesn’t mean it’s a slouch at working as a straight mop, mind you. It has a wide path and the handheld portion works great for ovens and stoves as well. With a approx 16 ounce tank, and 25 foot power cord it can work on any size room and carry its way across multiple if need be, providing enough good steam for about a half hour of use per refill.

A lower cost (about half that of the Crosswave) and the same 2 year warranty.   Given that we were looking for a tile and a grout steamer in this review the attachments and special brushes for grout put this model over the top.  The only weakness is there isn't a vacuum component to pick up hair and debris before steaming.

This models heavy duty construction gives it the added bonus of being affective for both outdoor and indoor jobs.   


Bissell PowerFresh Vac & Steam Steamer for Tile and Grout Cleaning

USER RATING: 

94%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Tank: 28 oz
  • Cord: 25 ft
  • Weight: 11.5 lbs
  • For: tile, sealed wood, laminate, linoleum, vinyl

PROS

  • Tangle-Free Pet Brush Roll
  • Vacuum and Wash
  • Tangle-Free Pet Brush Roll
  • Two Reservoir Technology
  • Easy to apply and Maintain

CONS

  • Relatively high cost

Great for any surface.  This is my favorite steam mop, bar none.

The steam and vacuum cleaner combo cleans carpet as well as hard surfaces, it is designed to prevent pet hair from tangling the microfiber brushes on the roller. 

This saves time on messy kitchen spills and drops as well, acts as a vacuum and steam cleaner at the same time. Drop your pot of beans, or bowl of soup? No problem.

You can quickly swap between the hard surface and area rug modes (raising or lowering the roller as needed), and put your preferred solution into the secondary reservoir (no need to mix the formulas, which can destroy a steam mop, or spray a bottle ahead of your path!).

Bissell 2747A PowerFresh Vac & Steam Combo

The cost is a little steep…but great vacuums are hard to come by, and so are the best steam mops. The two together is more than worth the cost of admission.


Bissell PowerFresh Cleaner, 1940

USER RATING: 

95%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Tank: 16 oz
  • Cord: 23 ft
  • Weight: 6 lbs
  • For: tile, marble, hardwood, Ceramic, granite, linoleum

PROS

  • 3 Levels of Steam
  • Spring Breeze fragrance discs
  • Mop Pad Kit
  • Easy Scrubber

CONS

  • No handheld
  • Not versatile enough

We liked this unit for those that only want an upright steamer and don't want to deal with a bunch of different attachments.

This is just the steam mop (no hand-held), but does have its own advantages. Digital setting controls start us off, and the 23 foot cable and 1500 watts of power keep us rolling with the good features. That power means the steam is ready to go in under 30 seconds, and you get about 20 minutes of steam from it, always nice to see.

For some there is an issue in that it really ONLY does tile and sealed planks properly, and doesn’t come with a handheld or any major attachments.  This can be a pro or a con depending on your specific use case.

As just a steam mop it’s good and because its single purposed without a lot of additional components, its priced right as well.


Shark Lift-Away Pro S3973D

USER RATING:

86%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Tank: 7.4  oz
  • Cord: 18 ft
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs
  • For: tile, hard surfaces, counter tops, curtains

PROS

  • Steam Blaster Technology
  • Intelligent Steam Control
  • Steam mop system
  • 3 ft. hose with steam pocket mop tool
  • Triangle scrubber head with pad

CONS

  • Relatively high purchase cost

Just a bit too expensive for what it offers.  At a base level, this one’s pretty good.

This light weight steam mop has the break away handheld portion I like so much, a good sized tank (17 ounces), giving it a solid 30 minutes of steam), and a nice quality of life feature: “no touch” pads that can be detached with the press of a button and dropped in the laundry.

Of course you’ll have to touch it to put it IN the washer, but at least you’ll have a buffer between “just cleaned up that mess” and “now it’s on my fingers”.

Not bad…but not worth the cost in my opinion. Pretty solid if you ever find it on a deep sale, but at its regular rate, not really worth it.


PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop

USER RATING:

85%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Tank: 13.5  oz
  • Cord: 18 ft
  • Weight: 10 lbs
  • For: Sealed hardwood, ceramic, linoleum, granite, marble, above-floor cleaning

PROS

  • 2-in-1 With Handheld Steam Cleaner
  • 13 Versatile Tools For Use With The Handheld Steam Cleaner
  • 30 second heat up time
  • BISSELL purchase helps save pets
  • Microfiber Soft Pad, Microfiber Scrubby Pad, Odor Eliminating Fragrance Discs

CONS

  • No trigger on the handle of the steamer attachments

This model performed very well as a floor steamer.  It was on par with the power fresh 1940 model.

In testing the "lift-off" or detachable component,  we found it to be somewhat clumsy.   The attachments don't have a trigger so you have to go to the main unit to turn the steam on or off.

If you're going to do light steaming activities with the attachments this unit does ok.  However we felt the other multifunction models performed better and had a little bit better quality attachments..

This model is best for those that primarily want to steam mop their tile or other hard surface floors  with light duty on the using the detachable hand held component.


Previously Reviewed Models

Bissell Symphony Steam Mop and Steam Vacuum Cleaner for Hardwood and Tile Floors

USER RATING: 

94%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Tank: 12.8 oz
  • Cord: 25 ft
  • Weight: 9.74 lbs
  • For: tile, sealed wood, laminate, linoleum, vinyl

PROS

  • Disposable Mop Pads
  • Hands Free Cleaning
  • Dry Tank Technology
  • Cleans across all hard floors
  • Includes Symphony Steamboost Kit

CONS

  • Relatively high cost

The Symphony steam mop vacuum is a way for you to mop and vacuum at the same time as well as use steam to kill germs.

This is my favorite steam mop because of the vacuum capability.

This steam cleaner and vacuum combo  gives you the option of only steaming, only vacuuming,  or doing both at the same time.   One "feature" is that you have to hold the trigger down in order for steam to come out of the pad.  Some will find this a little inconvenient but its placed in an area that is easy to reach and technically you can just turn the steam function off if you only want to vacuum. 

The vacuum is a cyclonic vacuum and vacuums from the front part of the head sucking up loose particles before the steam pad goes over the area.   We liked this in our test as it the dirt didn't get mixed with the water like it does on the CrossWave.

While this vacuum mop comes with a quick release bottom on the dust trap, you will find that you will also want to rinse with water after use just because the dirt is a little damp. 

The 25' cord gives you plenty of room so that you won't have to change outlets often.

The price is higher than some steam mops but have the ability to vacuum and mop your grout and tile at the stame time is too good to pass up!


PurSteam System ThermaPro 12-in-1 Steam Mop for Tile Floors

USER RATING: 

91%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Tank: 8.5 oz
  • Cord: 16 ft
  • Weight: 6.3 lbs
  • For: tile, glass, grout, sealed stone, stainless steel

PROS

  • 12 in 1 system
  • Pet safe to use
  • Uses no harsh chemicals
  • 99.99% sanitation
  • Ready in 25 sec

CONS

  • Less attachments
  • Bigger in power consumption

Insanely versatile.

This 12 in 1 steam mop does it all. Tile, wood, stainless steel, concrete, and even carpet. The 8.5 ounce water tank and break away handheld portion means you can take it anywhere, to use for any job... not just a floor steamer. Be assured you will have enough steam (20 to 25 minutes) to get it done before needing to refill.

While a comes with a few less attachments than the Bissel Powerfresh, it’s also half the expense and also does carpet (which the Powerfresh does not) making this the perfect steam mop for someone that wants an all in one tool as well as a tile and grout cleaner.

If it also came with an attached vacuum, it would be basically perfect.


Steam Mop Bissell Spinwave Powered, 2039A

USER RATING:

85%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Tank: 28 oz
  • Cord: 22 ft
  • Weight: 11 lbs
  • For: tile, linoleum, laminate, sealed wood, and vinyl

PROS

  • Soft Touch Pads
  • Power Spin Pads
  • Easy-Fill Clean Tank
  • Lightweight
  • On-Demand Spray

CONS

  • No significant difference from other brands

I love the spinning scrubber feature.

The main issue is the rest of the steam mop is pretty standard. Not bad, mind you. It has a huge water tank (28 ounces), providing about 45 straight minutes of hot steam, and comes with a slot for formula to plug in that can be released with a button press, similar to a Swiffer.

But the main draw here is the two round scrub brushes on the bottom that spin, minimizing the amount of scrubbing you need to do. Wonderful for tile, and GREAT for sealed hardwood. This is an excellent choice for kitchen and bathroom tile and grout cleaning, being small and maneuverable enough to get up most nasty stains or spills in both areas save the hardest to reach places (you might have some issues behind the toilet, or in tighter corner areas).

Still, it does as it promises; minimizes the amount of time you need to spend on hands and knees scrubbing. 


Multifunctional Cleaner

USER RATING:

82%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Tank: 11.5 oz
  • Cord: 20 ft
  • Weight: 4.9 lbs
  • For: tiles, fabrics, kitchen

PROS

  • Fabric and tile 
  • Swivel steering
  • Eliminates bacteria
  • Smart steam control 
  • Detachable 

CONS

  • Not for carpet
  • Limited use

Makes clean up light and easy.

A good all around steam mop, for a relatively low entry point. This one heats up in 30 seconds, has about 20 to 25 minutes of steam in it, and works on most hard surfaces (but not carpet, sadly).

The break away handheld portion is the standout feature, as always. The amount of extra versatility in that one feature alone can’t be overstated, allowing it to also work on fabric as well (so you can de-wrinkle garments or steam clean curtains or drapes) and spot cleaner for things like stoves or harder to reach corners.

With the free replacement policy and 2 year warranty, plus a exceptional value, this one is easier than most to justify trying a brand you may not hear as much of (though it’s one of the older ones in the business).


Conclusion: Best Mop for Tile and Grout Cleaning

Battle for between the best steam mops for tile grout cleaning is a hard toss up between the several Bissell models.


All three have their own merits (as do all the entries on this list), but it really comes down to what you value more: a vacuum, the handheld detachments, or “works on any surface” ability.


For tile with like cleaning of grout we preferred the vacuuming and steaming capabilities of the Bissell Power Steamer Heavy Duty 3-in-1. If you are primarily focused on mopping the floor with out the added attachments, then the upright models start to edge it out.  

Bissell 3 in 1 Power Steam

What to Look for when choosing your Tile and Grout Steam Mop

There are three things I look at: versatility (how many different things can it do?), cost, and its basic functions. Let’s start at the end:

Function

To set a baseline, I figure these are the minimum steam mops should have to be considered good, barring extenuating circumstances (like big, unique features): a 10 ounce reservoir, 30 second or less heating time, multiple steam settings (yes, even though we’re talking about the bets for tile and grout specifically), and a 20 foot power cord.  

Everything above that is a bonus point.

Versatility

Anything the steam mop does on top of just being one is a plus. The biggest is a handheld feature. Having a break away handheld feature is probably the biggest plus there is, since it instantly makes it twice or three times as useful.

Other things like doubling as a vacuum or coming with a bunch of attachments also count here, and add to the overall “score”. These are big value boosters, so it’s always good to look for them (since you’d usually end up buying them separately anyway if they don’t come included).

Cost

As with any tile cleaning appliance, you’re looking at paying a certain amount, and significantly more for increased quality in many cases. Our winner for a reason that has become obvious, and I’d suggest against straying THAT high for steam mops that don’t have a similar specific function to that (where it’s two unique apparatuses you’d normally require to clean a house anyway).

Benefits of Using a Steam Mop for Grout and Tile

Are there any chemicals needed for a Steam Mop?

No that is probably the biggest benefit of a steam mop.  Over 99% over the germs are killed ensuring that your floors are clean and save.

Will My Floors be wet and slippery after use?

Typically no,   unless you over use the water.   Because the water is hot as it reaches the floor and the pad absorbs excess water.   The water evaporates very quickly.

Is Steam Mopping Better?

Our believe is that Steam Mopping is ideal for grout and tile floors.   Not only does it kill germs the steam with the scrubbing action of the pad gets your tile quite clean.   Traditional mopping pushes the dirty water around on the floor and in our opinion can leave a little bit of a residue of the cleaning solution you were using.

Can I Put Vinegar in My Steam Mop?

The steam does a good job by itself.  But you can add a little vinegar to the water to give it extra cleaning power.


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Last Updated on October 2, 2021