Best Bissell Steam Cleaner Reviews of 2017

It goes without saying that the BISSELL Power Fresh 1940 Steam Mop is one of the more popular steam mops on the market today. As a matter of fact, when I was doing research to find out which steam mops I should test out, I quickly found out that it’s not only one of the most popular BISSELL steam cleaner units on the market, but is one of the most popular of all of them. Which stoked my curiosity, of course. I really wanted to know what was so great about them, so I got one and gave it a test drive.

One of the first things I realized about it was that it was easy to assemble. Within just a few minutes I had it all put together and was ready to use it. And the only tool it required was a screw driver. After I put it all together, and read the manual, I decided to test it out on a number of different floors all over my home.

The next thing I noticed about it was that it had a pretty big mop head. Its head was about 13-inches wide – which cut a great cleaning swath across my floor. At first, however, I was kind of worried that because of its size it would be difficult to fit it into hard to reach places, like between my toilet and tub, for instance, but it would appear that I was worrying for no reason. I had no problem pushing it around or using it. It has a pretty low profile, too. That made it easy to get under my cabinets. Now I’m beginning to see why so many people like it.

It did a great job on some of my tile floors and even lightened up some of the grout between my tiles – thanks to the flip down scrub brush. Sure, it didn’t clean up the grout as well as a canister steamer would’ve done but it did a pretty good job for a steam mop.

Another thing I liked about this unit was that it had 3 presets that could be used to clean the floor. It had a “low” “medium” and “high” setting. Just be careful when you’re using the highest setting because the steam is really, really hot. Hot enough to burn you pretty badly, if you’re not careful.

Okay, since I’ve covered the bad about this unit, I think it’s now time for me to tell you what I didn’t like about it. I didn’t like that it provided always-on steam. Which means that while it was running, it produced steam. This led me to having to unplug and then plug it back in several different times while I was cleaning to turn off the steam. Not very convenient.

All things considered, I see why the BISSELL 1940 is so popular. It’s simply one of the best steam mops out there. It’s fairly priced, powerful and does the job right. It’s a steam mop that’s definitely worth a look.

8.9 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
9.0
Ease of Use
8.5
Performance
9.0
Features
9.0
Value
9.0
PROS
  • Sanitizes
  • Very easy to use
  • Low profile allows unit to get under cabinetry easily
  • Assembles easily with only a screwdriver needed
  • Ergonomic
  • lightweight
  • Simple to use
  • Easy to refill
  • Extended warranty
CONS
  • Cord is shorter than other steam mop models
  • Always-on steam
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The BISSELL Power Fresh Deluxe 1806 Steam Mop is a steam mop that I had wanted to review for some time before I actually got the chance to do so. I saw several commercials for it, so I knew it was going to be the next BISSELL steam cleaner that I reviewed, so I was smiling ear-to-ear when I finally received it and got the chance to put it to the test.

The first thing I did was to assemble it – which was pretty easy – and then I filled it up with distilled water. And that is when I noticed that this unit didn’t have a removable tank. No, you have to pour in the water using the cup that came with it. This made it easy to fill but made it somewhat difficult to empty, but more on that later.

The next thing I noticed is that it had variable steam control, which is pretty nice and allows for the amount of steam to be customized to the mess it’s being used on. However, the bad thing is that there were only 2-settings. There was a “High” setting and a “Low” setting. Unfortunately, there was no middle setting.

Pushing it around my house, I noticed that it did a pretty good job of cleaning. I used it on a variety of floors. I used it on my wood floors (Yes, they are sealed) and on my ceramic floors. I didn’t use it on my vinyl floors because I was afraid that it would dull the surface since the steam that comes out is pretty hot.

It did a great job on my ceramic floors. A great feature about this unit is that it can come apart, revealing a scrub brush that can be used on crevices and tile grout. I think most people will love using it on their tile grout – as long as they’re reasonable and realize that it isn’t a miracle worker. It just won’t do the heavy-duty grout cleaning a steam canister might do, although it does do a pretty good job on its own.

Another thing I like about this steam mop is that you can use scent pads in it. You can place a scent pad in the unit and that produces a nice scent on your floors – mild, yet distinctive. However, you can also place a scent pad in the mop pad itself and that gives you a stronger scent.

Now let me come back to that tank that can’t be removed. Like I said, it’s super-easy to fill, but you better be sure you use up all of the water in the tank because if you don’t and you have to dump the residual water, then it can be a real pain. Just something to consider.

Overall, I think this steam mop is pretty great. It’s lightweight, is fairly powerful and can cut through a variety of different messes – both small ones and larger ones. It’s definitely a unit that would be useful around the house.

8.7 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
9.0
Ease of Use
8.5
Performance
8.5
Features
8.5
Value
9.0
PROS
  • Sanitizes
  • Lightweight
  • Variable steam control
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to assemble
  • Long cleaning time
CONS
  • Only 2 steam settings
  • Water tank isn't removable
  • May leave excess water on floor
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The BISSELL 94E9T Steam Mop Select is a nice looking steam mop that stands about 25-inches tall and weighs around 5.4-pounds or so. It came with 2 washable mop pads for its triangular head and looks like it is ready for business. Which leaves me with just one question: Is this BISSELL steam cleaner a top notch model or will it disappoint? Fortunately, I reviewed it to answer that very question.

After a little bit of assembly, I decided to press it right into service. Which leads me right into the first thing I like about this steam mop: it has a removable 17-ounce water tank. Yes, that’s right. The water tank is easily removed, so it can be filled. It can then just as easily be returned to the unit. No funnels, no cups. It’s just as easy as you would want it to be.

I then plugged the unit in and made another observation about this steam mop. I noticed that it had a power cord that was about 18-feet long – which is shorter than many other steam mops I had reviewed, although not by a whole lot. Just something I think needs to be mentioned.

Since this machine is so lightweight, it’s easy to push around the house and it does a modestly good job of cleaning floors. I just wouldn’t expect a whole lot out of it. And that’s because when I tried to do heavier messes, like mud on my tile floor, it didn’t rise to the occasion. I had hoped that it would but it didn’t.

Don’t get me wrong. It does a decent job at cleaning, as long as it’s not asked to do too much. I also liked the fact that it had a steam trigger so I could activate steam when I wanted to. I prefer that a lot more than an “always on” steam mop. But that still doesn’t change the fact that this mop just isn’t for big messes. It’s just not.

I’m also not a real big fan of how it feels. It’s not only lightweight but it does kind of have a “cheap” feel to it. I’m just not sure about its durability. I just don’t know how it would hold up over the long-term.

All things considered, I think this steam mop is an inexpensive solution for those looking just to do light cleaning around the house. However, if you’re looking for a cleaner for heavier chores, then I would certainly look elsewhere.

8.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.0
Ease of Use
9.0
Performance
9.0
Features
7.5
Value
8.5
PROS
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Has a steam trigger
  • Cleans well
CONS
  • Power cord is shorter than other steam mops
  • Short warranty
  • Not for heavier cleaning jobs
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I have several pets in my home, so I was pretty excited to try out the BISSELL Symphony 1543A All-in-One Pet Vacuum & Steam Mop. If you’re not familiar with this particular BISSELL steam cleaner, then allow me to tell you a little bit about it before I review it. Basically, this unit is not only a steam mop but it is also a vacuum, so you can do two jobs at the same time with one unit and that’s always a good thing.

The first thing I noticed about this steam mop after I had assembled it, was that it didn’t have an adjustable handle like I would’ve have liked. However, I don’t think that’s too big of a deal because it does have a few features that I did like. For example, it had a water tank that I could easily empty with one hand. It also had pretty good suction when I was using it as a vacuum, so I guess I can forgive BISSELL about the handle.

The next thing that I noticed about this unit was that I could use it to vacuum, use both the vacuum and the steam mop feature at the same time or I could just use it as a steam mop. It all was dependent on what I needed to use this machine for. Which is pretty handy in a steam mop/vacuum that’s marketed towards pets owners.

As far as cleaning up my pet messes, I found out that this unit did an exceptional job. It not only picked up the hair from my St. Bernard but also some muddy track prints that he had left on my linoleum floors. That made me feel like this steam mop could handle just about anything, so I decided to try it out on some carpets that had been heavily trafficked by several different dogs.

However, this is when I ran into my first real problem. While this unit did great on some floors, it struggled on carpets that had a whole lot of hair on them. Hair got caught up in the bristles and I had to spend quite a bit of time removing the hair. This unit is great for small or average pet messes, but for larger ones, it just might not be up to the task.

I still think that this unit is great for pet owners but I do think they have to keep realistic expectations. It’s not a miracle worker and won’t effortlessly move through any mess. However, it is capable of helping clean up the average pet mess – something not a lot of multi-purpose machines can do.

8.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.4
Ease of Use
8.0
Performance
8.5
Features
8.0
Value
9.0
PROS
  • Easy emptying tank
  • New bristles designed to loosen pet hair
  • Very good suction
  • Long power cord
CONS
  • Handle can't be adjusted
  • Pet fur can clog bristles
  • Might not work for heavy-duty messes
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The BISSELL Power Fresh 1544A Pet Lift-Off Steam Mop is a BISSELL steam cleaner that I thought had a nice design. Not only could you use it as a steam mop but you could also detach part of it to use as a hand-held steamer. I thought that was pretty nifty, so I couldn’t wait to get it so I could review it.

One of the very first things that caught my eye about this unit was that it had a nice long 25-foot cord. Which was a pleasant surprise because a lot of other steam mops have shorter cords. It gave me just the amount of cord I needed to reach the corners of all of my rooms.

Another thing I liked about it was that it had a flip down scrubber that you could put down and scrub tough stains. I thought this feature worked fairly well and got up some of the tougher messes I had to clean up. And when I was done with it, I could just flip it up so it didn’t harm more sensitive surfaces. I thought it was pretty nice.

The removable hand-held steamer worked well too. It not only provided a good deal of steam but it also came with a number of handy accessories that really gave me a variety of options when it came to cleaning. It came with 13 accessories in all and they included everything from a window squeegee and a fabric steamer to a scraper tool and a detail brush. This made this unit handy for any number of different jobs.

Of course, while this steam mop/hand-held did a pretty good job cleaning, it wasn’t without its flaws. And one of its biggest flaws is that it’s heavier than most other steam mops. In fact, it’s about twice as heavy as some other units.

Another thing I didn’t like about this unit was that it seemed like I had to refill it a lot. It seems like every time I turned around I had to refill it with water. Although, it’s not really surprising since it only had a 13-ounce tank.

Taking everything into consideration, I do think that this steam cleaner is a pretty good one. Unfortunately, it’s more expensive than other models, needs to be refilled quite often and is heavier than most other steam mops. If it weren’t for those issues, it would be a great steam cleaner.

8.2 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.5
Ease of Use
7.5
Performance
8.0
Features
9.0
Value
8.0
PROS
  • Removable hand-held
  • Assortment of accessories
  • Variable steam control
  • Sanitizes
CONS
  • More expensive than other steam mops
  • Heavier than other steam mops
  • Needs to be refilled frequently
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