The 5 Best Mops

by Gina Ippolito on 30 January 2014 0 comments

Of all the household cleaning chores to be done, mopping is by far one of the most daunting. The prep time involved with sweeping first, then the actual mopping itself, and finally waiting for the floors to dry can suck up a large chunk of the day depending on how much surface area there is. Add to that the confusion of picking out the best mop for the job, and cleaning your floors can all seem like a great big hassle. In recent years, mops have evolved beyond just the typical cotton wet mop that our grandparents were used to using. We here at Wise Bread have taken the guesswork out of getting clean floors by picking the top five best mops out there today.

What Is a Mop?

A mop is a cleaning tool typically constructed of absorbent materials at the end of a long pole. The absorbent materials are soaked in water or some combination of water and cleaning fluid and then dragged over dirty floors to clean up any dust, dirt, or debris. Mops can also be used dry to pick up loose dirt and the like, and they are often used in place of a broom.

The Best 5 Mops

Libman Wonder Mop

This mop uses spongy, microfiber strips in place of the traditional cotton strings. The strips are less prone to mildew than cotton strings, and the mop heads are machine washable which will ultimately end up saving you time and money.

Reviewers consistently rate the Libman Wonder Mop among the best for cleaning up big spills in no time, as it is extremely absorbent. It can handle large messes and provides a much deeper clean than some of the seemingly more convenient mop options on the market. The Libman is also able to get into hard to clean corners and can even be used to clean baseboards, eliminating the inconvenience of bending over to do such chores. One reviewer claims that it has an excellent, sturdy feel to it that makes it perfect for hard scrubbing.

The one con to this mop seems to be that, when compared to sponge mops or Swiffers, the Wonder Mop requires more strength and effort to wring out. Due to this, it may be a good mop to have on hand for monthly, heavy duty cleaning or big spills, but may not be as convenient for daily or weekly mopping maintenance around the house.

Replacement heads for the Libman Wonder Mop are easy to find and reasonably priced at around $7 each.

Current Price: $17.49 on Amazon

Swiffer WetJet

This next-generation mop uses thick, disposable cleaning pads in place of more traditional sponges or strings. The pads start out dry, and a jet spray of cleaning solution is dispensed by pushing a button on the handle. The WetJet has a scrubber on the head for spot cleaning.

The biggest selling point for this mop is that it's totally bucketless. This means you don't have to deal with the hassle of emptying buckets of dirty water after every room you clean. Once the pads get dirty, you simply throw them away and put on a new one. The absorbent cleaning pads work almost as well as traditional sponge mops do, but not as well as string mops for spills or heavy duty cleaning. This makes the WetJet a good option for daily or weekly maintenance cleanings, but you'll definitely want to keep a more traditional mop on hand for more intensive deep cleans or big spills.

The Swiffer WetJet comes with two disposable cleaning pads and one bucket of cleaning solution. This mop also uses batteries in order to dispense the solution. Replacement heads are easy to find and cost about 36 cents per pad, or $17.17 for two 24 packs on Amazon. Replacement solution costs $9.42 for two bottles and is also easy to find.

Current Price: $19.97 on Amazon

StarMop Pro

The StarMop Pro is a great option for the environmentally conscious among you. The detachable microfiber pads are reusable, cutting down on the waste involved with other options like the Swiffer WetJet. Simply rinse out the pad after use and toss it in the washing machine every now and then. The makers of this mop claim that it cleans just as well using only water, and reviewers back up that claim, adding that some white vinegar diluted in the water cleans their floors as well as the harsher chemical floor solutions.

Although the StarMop Pro is certainly greener than the next generation mops, it's obviously not quite as convenient. Washing the pads takes more time than simply throwing them away, and the fact that it can only be bought online (or from TV infomercials) may be a turn-off for some people. The pluses for many reviewers, however, seem to outweigh the negatives.

This mop can pull double duty as a duster, and the grooves in the fiber make it ideal for scrubbing. It requires no wringing out like some other mops do, and the swivel head makes it easy to clean hard to reach areas, like behind the toilet.

The StarMop Pro comes with one pad. Replacement pads can be bought online at $24.95 for a box of four.

Current Price: $29.95 on Amazon

Twist & Shout Mop

The Twist & Shout Mop is slightly more expensive than other options, but it's also the number one rated mop on Amazon. It gets excellent customer reviews all across the board. The microfiber mop head is machine washable, and it can be used both wet or dry. When used dry, reviewers claim that everything from dust to pet hair clings to the microfiber, making it more effective than a regular broom.

One of the biggest selling points of this mop is that it is self wringing. You simply press on the handle and it spins itself dry. This means you never have to get your hands wet, or bend down, making it ideal for people with limited mobility such as pregnant women or the elderly. The swivel head makes it easy to get into corners and along baseboards, and it cleans under furniture as well.

Replacement mop heads for the Twist & Shout Mop can be bought online at $9.95 for two.

Current Price: $44.95 on Amazon

OXO Good Grips Roller Mop

No list of mops would be complete without a simple sponge mop. The OXO Good Grips mop has a long handle which makes it so even tall moppers don't have to bend down, and the nonstick, padded wringing mechanism is located near the middle instead of the bottom, ensuring your hands stay clean and dry. The push wringer makes this mop extremely easy to wring out.

The extra large, 12-inch sponge head covers more surface area than other mops on the market, successfully cutting down on cleaning time. It has built-in, textured scrubbing strips that make short work of stuck-on messes. The sponge has a built-in, antibacterial treatment which apparently helps resist bacterial growth and odors.

The one downside to this mop seems to be that some reviewers had problems with the mop head staying on; however, other reviewers claim that if installed properly, this does not happen.

Mop head refills are easy to find and are sold for $9.99 each.

Current Price: $29.97 on Amazon

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