How We Tested
I’m Marcia Layton Turner, a freelance writer who has written for Woman’s Day, Health, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Businessweek, US News & World Report, and I currently write for Forbes.com and a number of other outlets. I’ve also tested products for magazines and websites. I was the baby product reviewer for ePregnancy magazine years ago, am an Amazon product tester, and frequently offer my two cents even when I’m not asked for it.
As a busy mom of two kids and two dogs, I don’t have as much time to clean as I would like, so I love finding products that help me clean up quickly. I’m all about efficiency. I also get frustrated with super complicated directions, because that means the task is going to be time-consuming—time that I would rather be spending doing something other than cleaning.
To determine which mops performed best and which weren’t a good use of your money, we tested them over the course of a week on hardwood floors and linoleum. We wanted to see how well they cleaned everyday dirt and footprints, as well as paw prints.
But since mops are also important tools for spills, we also tested how well they absorbed and removed one cup of sugary orange juice. We tested both on hardwoods and laminate, to see if there were differences in performance. We wanted to know how much effort the mops required to get a decent result, which cleaned surfaces completely (versus leaving some kind of residue or streaks), and what the major advantages and disadvantages were.
How to Choose the Best Mop for You
In the past, I haven’t spent much time considering all my mop options. If I was planning on mopping my floor and I was at the grocery store, I’d usually just grab a new mop there without much comparison shopping. I also tended to buy the cheapest mop; I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $15 on one. However, I don’t tend to hold onto mops for very long because they fall apart or get too gross. When you’ve only spent a few bucks on a mop, it’s not too painful to toss it.
Don’t be like me. Our testing has proven that cheap mops generally don’t do as thorough a job of cleaning your floor. Sure, if you go over them several times, you can probably reach the same level of cleanliness that some of the other mops achieved with just a few swipes, but why work so hard?!
Some of the factors you should consider when choosing a new mop include:
Price. Make sure what you’re spending is going to result in a longer lasting, more durable, and better-performing mop. Cheaper is not better when it comes to mops, we found.
Machine washable mop heads. How are you going to clean your mop after you’ve used it? If you can detach the mop head and throw it in a washing machine, it’s going to be much cleaner the next time you go to mop your floor than one you’ve merely rinsed off. Start with a clean mop.
Size. How much storage space do you have in your place? If it’s not much, stay away from the mop packages that include a bucket. Also, consider whether the handle is adjustable; can it be made more compact?
Cost of use. The most convenient mop also requires you to purchase replacement parts, meaning more packaged cleaning solution, batteries, and disposable mop heads. Other mops sell replacement heads, but you shouldn’t expect to have to swap them out often.
Extra parts. Does the mop kit you’ve purchased include extra pieces? Some mops include additional mop heads while others don’t. You’ll likely be able to extend the mop’s useful life if you have replacement parts provided up front.
Durability. One of the cheaper mops actually started to fall apart during the first use. You want a mop that is going to be able to be used for weeks, if not months or years.
Toxicity. If you have family members who are highly allergic to cleaning products, you may want to invest in a mop that requires little or no cleaning solution.
Common use. Do you expect to use your mop for everyday wipe-downs of your floor, or do you have young children who are spill-prone. If you’re mainly concerned with large quantities of liquid, you’ll want to lean toward more of the traditional mops, with highly absorbent mop heads.
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