There are numerous cordless floor cleaners on the market, but no cordless steam mops. The closest alternative would be spray mops, which use a cleaning solution to loosen dirt and debris before mopping up with a microfiber pad.
In 2022, there are no true cordless steam mops. This is likely because of the power required for a battery to heat water to produce steam long enough to clean your floor. While the technology may exist, the cost of producing such a device would far outweigh a reasonable purchase price.
The power and water requirements for a cordless steam mop would likely exceed the capabilities of any current battery technology. Even with advancements in batteries, such as lithium-ion batteries, the cost of such batteries to provide enough power to produce steam would not be affordable for the average consumer.
There are, however, a few alternative cordless floor cleaners on the market. These include spray mops and cordless vacuum cleaners and spin mops for hard surface cleaning. Consider one of the following cleaning tools:
- Spray Mops
- Cordless Spray Mop and Vacuum Combo
- Steam and Scrub Mop Combo
- Corded Steam Mop/Vac Combos
- Robot Vacuum and Mop Combo
All these floor cleaners come in different shapes and sizes, so it is difficult to pick which one is best for you as they each have their own pros and cons. This blog post will help make your decision easier by listing the best cordless steam mop alternatives on today’s market.
Cordless Spray Mops
Cordless spray mops are a great alternative to steam mops, particularly for luxury vinyl plank and laminate flooring. They are lightweight and easy to maneuver, cheap to buy, and unlike most steam mops, you can safely use tap water in them.
Detergents and other cleaning agents can easily be added to spray mops for extra cleaning power and fresh scents.
Many generic brands of cordless spray mops are available at most department stores. I particularly like the Rubbermaid Spray Microfiber Floor Mop.
You can wash and reuse the microfiber pads up to 100 times. The unit comes with two water bottles. You control the spray with a trigger, allowing you to use as much or little cleaning solution as you like. There is also an extra no-scratch scrubbing pad for tough dirt and debris.
Unlike other spray mops, the Rubbermaid water bottles are hot water friendly. They hold 650mls of water, so you can get a lot of cleaning done without needing to refill.
If your budget doesn’t allow for the Rubbermaid Spray Mop, take a look at a cheaper alternative below:
Cordless Spray Mop and Vacuum Combos
These products are similar to the cordless spray mops mentioned above. The most significant difference is that they usually come with a rechargeable battery and can be used as a vacuum cleaner and a hard floor spray mop. Some models come with separate tanks for the solution and vacuum. In contrast, others have a removable tray that can be put in the dishwasher when you are done.
The most popular cordless spray mop and vacuum combos is the Shark VM252 VACMOP Pro Cordless Hard Floor Vacuum Mop. This is an excellent unit for quick clean-ups and household spills, with disposable mop pads.
This product is an excellent choice for people who want the convenience of a cordless vacuum cleaner and floor spray mop in one unit. It comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which allows you to clean for up to 30 minutes without interruption. The Shark VM252 cordless vacuum mop comes with a 12 oz. cleaning solution to remove dirt and debris from your floors.
It also has built-in Powerful LED headlights designed to quickly detect dirt and debris that may be hard to see. The headlight also allows you to clean in a dark corner or under furniture without turning on any other light.
This cordless spray mop and vacuum combo is extremely lightweight at just under four pounds, making it easy to carry or store in a closet when you are not using it. The handle comes with an extra-long warranty that protects against manufacturing defects over the unit’s lifetime.
Steam and Scrub Mop Combos
These are the most advanced floor steam mops on the market. They work by combining rotating scrubbing pads and a steam cleaner to remove dirt and debris from your floors.
These are best used on sealed hard flooring, such as ceramic tile, stone floors, or marble.
I particularly like the Shark Steam Mop Scrubber system, which has 3 steam levels, lights on the front to see under furniture, and in darker corners and comes with 4 washable floor pads.
Mop and Vacuum Combos
Mop and vacuum combos offer the best of both worlds. Just as they sound, they mop hard floors and vacuum dirt, pet hair, and debris simultaneously.
You can use them as both a wet and dry vacuum – great if you have pets in your home. A mop and vacuum combo makes light cleaning work easy. If you have a large house, it is exhausting having to vacuum your whole home, then start again with the mop.
Bissell makes a cordless mop and vacuum combo, which is the Crosswave Cordless Max. Use this machine on hard floors and rugs for quick clean-ups. It also runs for around 30 minutes per battery charge.
Another option to consider is the Tineco Floor One Cordless Wet and Dry Vacuum. Like the Bissell above, vacuums and washes your floors simultaneously, automatically adjusts suction power for wet spills that need more suction and has a self cleaning system.
Take a look below:
Steam Mop and Vacuum Combo
Bissell also makes a steam mop and vacuum combo, the Symphony Pet Steam Mop if you prefer cleaning with steam. This isn’t a cordless floor mop however, you will need to plug it in.
This product is perfect for homes with pets, thanks to its deep cleaning power and superior performance. The Bissell Symphony combines the convenience of a corded steam mop with the powerful suction of a vacuum cleaner.
This steam mop’s Exclusive Drop-It Tank Emptying System makes it easy to empty the tank without touching any vacuumed dust.
The product also comes with Disposable Pads, which make it easy to clean up pet hair and other messes. The Symphony can be used to clean all sealed hard floor surfaces in your home. Its adjustable handle allows you to quickly clean low under furniture and other areas.
Robot Vacuum and Mop Combo
For a complete done for you system, in 2022, there are now robot vacuums that mop for you, learn the layout of your home, and can empty their waste bins automatically!
Naturally, these systems come with a decent price tag. The two leading brands are iRobot Roomba S9 and the Roborock S7, which can sense the difference between carpet and hard floors, lifting the mop feature to avoid wetting the carpet.
Don’t despair if you don’t have the budget for the top-of-the-line brands. Robot vacuum and mop combos start from under $200, making them reasonably affordable for most people.
A great example is the ILIFE Pro 2, released in 2021. It cleans for 2 hours, offering both vacuuming and mopping of your home while you relax.
If you’re looking for a powerful, deep-cleaning floor cleaner that doesn’t require harsh chemicals or detergents, then a steam mop is a great choice. If you need a cordless, rechargeable machine however, you won’t find a cordless steam mop.
If you have flooring that may be damaged by steam cleaners, or don’t want to deal with the hassle of a cord, these alternatives may be a better choice for you than a steam mop.
Otherwise, look for a steam mop or canister steam cleaner with a long power cord to give you more flexibility in cleaning larger areas of your home with ease.