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by Janet Martinelli
What makes steam mops the best choice for tile and grout cleaning 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, tile grout cleaning, and other messes on hard surfaces. Today I’m going to go over some of my favorites, and how I chose the right mop steam cleaner. If your short on time, here’s my top pick:
TOP CHOICE OVERALL
Bissell Crosswave Pet Pro
Reasons to buy:
- specializes on tiles, sealed hard, linoleum, rubber, wood, carpets, rugs, mats
- Finish clean up in seconds after using
- Combines washing and vacuuming which saves you time
- Great for owners of pets that shed fur
- Help fund pet foundation
Reasons to avoid:
- If you are only looking for a vacuum function, better to look at the other products
- If you prefer dry application
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.
Top Choices For You
Best Steam Mops For Tile & 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 grout. There are several machines with the magic of steam that are made to resolve tile and 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. This is the cleaner for grout we prefer on amazon: Two bottles of cleaner and free brush.
1. Bissell Crosswave Pet Pro All in One Mop Steamer for Tile and Grout Cleaning
- Tank: 28 oz
- Cord: 25 ft
- Weight: 11.5 lbs
- For: tile, sealed wood, laminate, linoleum, vinyl
- Tangle-Free Pet Brush Roll
- Vacuum and Wash
- Tangle-Free Pet Brush Roll
- Two-Tank Technology
- Easy to apply and Maintain
- Relatively high cost
Great for any surface.
This is my favorite steam mop, bar none.
Not only is it a steam clean and vacuum combo (which is hard enough to come by) the vacuum for carpet as well as hard surfaces is actually very good (even rarer) and is designed to prevent pet hair from tangling the microfiber brushes on the roller (something I’ve been looking for a while, but haven’t found any other examples of in a combo). It is also great for keeping your tile clean.
This saves time on messy kitchen spills and drops as well, since it vacuums and steams 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 tank (no need to mix the formulas, which can destroy a steam mop, or spray a bottle ahead of your path!).
The cost is a bit steep…but good vacuums are hard to come by, and so are good steam mops. The two together is more than worth the cost of admission.
2. Bissell PowerSteamer Heavy Duty 3-in-1 Steam Mop
- Tank: about 2 cups
- Cord: 25 ft
- Weight: 6.13 lbs
- For: hardwood, linoleum, ceramic, marble, granite, bathroom
- Swivel steering
- On-hand storage kit
- Includes 29 accessories including wall mounts and floor mop steam attachment
- Less efficient on pet hair
A lot better than our winner at certain jobs.
The Crosswave is excellent at larger spaces, but does 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 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 almost made me put this one on top…but then I remember cat hair in all its gross forms is one of my major cleanup concerns, so that pushed the Crosswave up a spot.
This models heavy duty construction gives it the added bonus of being affective for both outdoor and indoor jobs. For this reason we now rate this above the powerfresh model which is also very effective but intended only for indoor use.
3. PurSteam System ThermaPro 12-in-1 Steam Mop for Tile Floors
- Tank: 8.5 oz
- Cord: 16 ft
- Weight: 6.3 lbs
- For: tile, glass, grout, sealed stone, stainless steel
- 12 in 1 system
- Pet safe
- Uses no harsh chemicals
- 99.99% sanitation
- Ready in 25 sec
- Less attachments
- Bigger in power consumption
This 12 in 1 steam mop does it all. Tile, hardwood, stainless steel, concrete, and even carpet. The 8.5 ounce tank and break away handheld portion means you can take it anywhere, to use for any job, and be assured you 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.
4. Bissell Spinwave Powered, 2039A
- Tank: 28 oz
- Cord: 22 ft
- Weight: 11 lbs
- For: tile, linoleum, laminate, sealed wood, and vinyl
- Soft Touch Pads
- Power Spin Pads
- Easy-Fill Clean Tank
- On-Demand Spray
- 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. Good 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.
5. Multifunctional Cleaner
- Tank: 11.5 oz
- Cord: 20 ft
- Weight: 4.9 lbs
- For: tiles, fabrics, kitchen
- Fabric and tile
- Swivel steering
- Eliminates bacteria
- Smart steam control
- 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 good 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).
6. Bissell PowerFresh Cleaner, 1940
- Tank: 16 oz
- Cord: 23 ft
- Weight: 6 lbs
- For: tile, marble, hardwood, Ceramic, granite, linoleum
- 3 Levels of Steam
- Spring Breeze fragrance discs
- Mop Pad Kit
- Easy Scrubber
- No handheld
- Not versatile enough
Not as good as the other Powerfresh, but still great.
This is just the steam mop (no handheld), 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.
My main issue with this one is it really ONLY does tile and sealed hardwoods properly, and doesn’t come with a handheld or any major attachments.
As just a steam mop it’s good, but for a few more bucks you could get the other Powerfresh (and for almost that much less you could get the Pursteam) putting it in an awkward pricing gap.
7. Shark Lift-Away Pro S3973D
- Tank: 7.4 oz
- Cord: 18 ft
- Weight: 4.8 lbs
- For: tile, hard surfaces, counter tops, curtains
- Steam Blaster Technology
- Intelligent Steam Control
- Steam mop system
- 3 ft. hose with pocket tool
- Triangle scrubber head with pad
- 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.
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 Bissell Crosswave, Bissell Powerfresh, and PurSteam.
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.
If your home is primarily hardwood or tile plus some throw rugs, the Crosswave is far and away the bets in my opinion. Minus the throw rugs, the Powerfresh starts to edge it out. And the PurSteam sweeps both of them aside if you have a very mixed household, as some do (tile kitchen and bathrooms, carpeted bedrooms, hardwood living room and halls, for instance).
How Do I Choose?
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:
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 tank, 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.
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).
As with any tile and grout 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).
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