Hoping to replace your current, perhaps broken or otherwise lacklustre mop, for one of the best mops money can buy? You've landed in the right place. We've been spending our time trying and testing a range of floor mops on our floors, to help determine which ones are the best value for money. And to get our floors sparkling clean post-vacuuming.
Whether you have tiled floors throughout your house or your home is laminate from top to bottom, we've got the solution for you. Here, you'll find everything from mop and bucket sets to spray mops for a simple life, flat mops for easy storing and sponge mops for a deeper clean on our list.
To help sway your choice see our expert verdict on the top floor mops on the web right now, whether you're replacing an old model or you're a new homeowner so you've never owned a mop. One thing's for sure: having an easy to use mop in your cupboard ought to make this boring job a whole lot easier (and faster!).
We've also listed one of our best steam cleaners at the very end of this list, for those who want a deeper clean and don't mind paying more for it.
The best mops of 2023
Best mop overall
This Beldray spray mop is easily our pick of the best mop out there – for convenience and price. It's budget-friendly and more than easy to manoeuvre around your furniture, while it makes mopping underneath furniture easy, too.
It comes with 2 machine washable heads that need to be run under water before using. Its 350ml tank is perfect for mopping small homes, and it rids the need of lugging around a bucket.
You can use this mop on pretty much any floor, from tiles to vinyl and laminate. Just fill the bottle with solution and water, wet the pad, then pull the trigger and get walking.
Best mop and bucket
A bestseller for good reason, Vileda's Turbo Microfibre Mop and Bucket Set is packed with features to leave your floors sparkling clean.
This bucket features an integrated spinner – this is to semi-dry the head so you don't soak your floors. Push your foot on the pedal to control how dry (or wet) the mop head is. It also has a spout for easy emptying of dirty water which doubles as a handle for carrying.
The mop has a triangle-shaped head to get right into corners, and it has a washable microfibre head. You can use this head with only water to kill 99.9% of bacteria on your floors. Plus, it's extendable so that you can reach under furniture or up to ceilings.
Best eco-friendly mop
Searching for an eco-alternative to your plastic ridden mop? This one from Dunelm is made of bamboo with not one but two microfibre heads for simple floor cleaning. Rest assured it's sturdy and durable, and the pads are machine washable for continuous use.
It comes with two types of mop heads – a chenille pad for dry dusting, and a microfibre one for use with water and solution. This makes this mop brilliant for use anywhere in your home, including on hardwood floors! Plus, it's very budget-friendly making it a great all-rounder.
Best for laminate
Best mop for laminate floors
Yes, this Amazon mop is highly rated by reviewers – and for good reason. It's a super sturdy option thanks to its steel pole and its sturdy aluminium alloy base. You can use it on just about any type of floor, but it's best used on laminate types. Its microfibre head will glide across the floor, picking up spillages and pet hair as it goes.
After use, you can use the handy dirt removal scrubber to rid the mop head of any inevitable embedded hair or crumbs. Oh, and the microfibre heads can be thrown in your washing machine. With a 360 swivel pole, mopping around and underneath your furniture has never been easier.
The only thing? You'll need to use your own spray as there's not a bottle and trigger function with this mop. Did we mention that this mop has an extendable pole, too? For easy mopping, no matter your height.
Best mop for small homes
If you have a small home and you want to buy a mop and bucket set, then look no further than this one from EasyGleam. It's nice and compact with one side for washing and one side for drying the mop head, while it can be used wet or dry. This way, you needn't clean your house dipping your mop in dirty water each time. It comes with two mop heads that are both machine washable and highly absorbent.
Great for use on walls or floors, whether tiled or laminate, and it's super easy to navigate around furniture. After cleaning, the mop head and handle can be dissembled to fit inside the bucket for simple storage. It's definitely the best mop for smaller homes, whether you have plenty of storage room or a teeny space for storing your cleaning essentials.
Easiest to use
Best easy to use mop
Use this E-cloth to clean your floors using just hot water. Its special microfibre pad activates when it touches water, while it's safe to use around kids and pets. One mop head should last over 300 washes – or 3 years in total. It can also rid your floors of dirt, grease, grime and even bacteria. Clever stuff. The mop itself doesn't have a water tank so you'll need to get the head wet before attaching it to the mop, and possibly wet it once more whilst you are mopping.
The mop itself can easily be swivelled around furniture and used on more than floors, but walls and skirting boards, too. Its handle also extends to 5 feet. Brilliant for those who are trying to be kinder to the environment, while also being simple to use and a total bargain. This is without a doubt the best eco-friendly mop out there. Just replace the head once you feel you need to.
Best for tiles
Best mop for tile floors
If you are searching for the best mop to deep clean your floors, whether tiles or laminate, then this is a great option. This sponge mop can get deep into your grout, to clean in between each tile, and it will (gently!) scrub your floors clean. It's also convenient to use on tiles and walls since it's a sponge, and this makes easy work for you.
Better than that: it's called the 'Butterfly Mop' as you can squeeze it out after dipping it in a bucket of water and floor cleaner. This is so that you don't end up soaking your floors. Just pull the lever on the handle and the sponge will fold in two, squeezing out excess water.
The sponge itself is even washable in between uses – whether in a machine or in your sink. Use the mop's kickstand to store this mop with ease, and to allow its sponge to air dry naturally, ready for the next clean. Just remember: you will need to invest in a bucket to use this mop.
Best steam cleaner
Best steam cleaner
Should you be searching for a steam cleaner instead of a mop, then this is our favourite pick right now. This upright steam mop has a triangular floorhead as well as the floorhead, two cloths and carpet glider. You can pop the head off to reveal a medium-sized triangular brush perfect for scrubbing.
This is a traditional upright steam cleaner with a pop-out handheld in the middle for use with detail tools: squeegee with cloth cover for upholstery, concentrator, scraper and four different brushes.
It’s ready to use in less than 30 seconds and when you take your finger off the steam trigger it stops 2 seconds later. Steam is variable and powerful on the top setting. We also liked the fact that it can stand up independently when you need to pause cleaning.
Read our full Vax Steam Fresh Combi S86-SF-C review
Best for mobility
Best steam cleaner for limited mobility
This cleaner from Vileda has two special features; it's cordless and has two rotating discs at the head. This is to enable a deeper clean on your floors, which is what lots of people are looking for when they purchase a new mop.
When testing this steam mop, our reviewer Joanne found that it was seamless to set up, with no complicated procedure thanks to the simple design. There are no extra attachments to worry yourself with, instead, you just pop this mop on charge for 3.5 hours and wait to be able to get steaming your floors.
Our reviewer found the Looper so easy to use that she would even recommend it for those with reduced mobility, as there's no strain involved in pushing this lightweight mop around. During testing, it was also established that the water tank capacity was more than generous.
Read our full Vileda Looper review.
Types of mops - what they are and which you need
- Spray mops have an integrated water tank (kind of like a water bottle) and they work by pulling the trigger. This sprays water and solution onto your floor. These tend to be easy to manoeuvre and also convenient to store.
- Flat mops are similar to that of a spray mop, just without a built-in water tank and trigger. You'll need to use one of these with a solution in a spray bottle unless your mop works with only water to kill bacteria.
- Mop and buckets are the most popular type of mop. They do require you to lug around the bucket as you clean, though. A mop and bucket combo is great for deeper cleaning your floors – and getting into corners.
- Sponge mops are brilliant for cleaning tiles. They are gentle on your floors, while you might want to be careful so as not to soak your floors with a sponge mop. They are also great for use on walls, too. You will probably have to use a sponge mop with a bucket.
What is the most effective mop?
In terms of the most effective mop, when it comes to deep cleaning your floors, it has to be Vileda's Turbo Microfibre Mop and Bucket Set. With a thick microfibre head and a bucket included, this mop makes it easy to get into those corners. This also makes it great for scrubbing floors, and soaking them if need be. Plus, all you need to do is use it with hot water and it will sanitise your floors, killing 99.9% of bacteria.
What should I use in my mop for cleaning?
Depending on the type of mop that you buy, some just require hot water for decent floor cleaning. Selected mops are equipped with heads that clean 99.9% of bacteria when wet so that you needn't use any solutions on your floors. Otherwise, whether you prefer to use a floor cleaner for peace of mind or your mop needs it, here are our favourite suggestions for shiny floors. They also leave behind a more than pleasant scent.
Is steaming floors better than mopping?
These are two different actions entirely. In fact, we suggest you do both – not all of the time though, obviously. A mop is great for daily or weekly cleaning, and perfect for quick clean-ups whether from a messy dinner time or a spilt drink. A steam cleaner, or steam mop, however, is necessary for deep cleaning. This is because they use hot steam to sanitize your floors. It would be a smart idea to use a steam mop or cleaner on your floors every month or so, with a normal floor mop being used twice a week – or more if need be.
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Annie is Ideal Home's Deputy Ecommerce Editor. With four years of eCommerce experience under her belt, you can find her shopping words of wisdom on Real Homes, Gardeningetc, Livingetc, Homes & Gardens and Woman & Home. When she's not planning ahead or curating deals for Amazon Prime Day or Black Friday, you can find Annie testing a range of products in her South London home, from reed diffusers to candles, BBQs, mattresses and even a few vacuum cleaners.
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