Shark Deluxe S3501 Pocket Mop

The Shark Deluxe S3501 Pocket Mop is a Shark steam cleaner that is lightweight, has a telescoping handle and stands about 51-inches tall. While that might not make it the smallest steam mop on the market today, it’s pretty close. And since it’s so small, I thought that it would be easy to use around the house. Of course, first impressions are not always correct as I soon found out.

One of the very first things I noticed about this steam mop was that it looked like a stick mop with a pot belly. However, the portion that looks like its belly is where the water for the unit is stored – all fifteen ounces of it. Which is a pretty good amount of water for any steam mop to hold. And it’s increased water storage did equal some long use times – at least, in my opinion.

This unit also had a nice long power cord that allowed me to reach most of the rooms of my house. Most steam mops nowadays seem to have little stubby power cords. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case with this one. It was long enough to get the job done.

I used this on three distinct floors in my home. I used it on the sealed wood floors of my dining room, the linoleum in my kitchen and the tile in my bathrooms. And I must say that it did a great job on all of those surfaces. Unfortunately, I also had a few issues with it as well.

This unit has a feature called Steam-On-Demand – a feature I think they should rename to Frustration-on-Demand. That’s because it was extremely frustrating to use. In order to activate the steam, you had to compress the handle. While that was easy the first couple of times after awhile it just becomes annoying and tiresome.

I also discovered that its mop pads were a little thick and that made it difficult to get a good blast of steam to the floors. And that, of course, was another source of frustration as I tried to linger on spots to make sure they were sanitized. That just makes cleaning even more tedious than it already is.

Overall, while It was frustrating to use this steam mop on occasion, I do think that it did a good job on my floors and had a few things going for it. Namely the fact that it’s lightweight and less expensive than comparable steam mop models.

8.2 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.5
Ease of Use
8.5
Performance
7.5
Features
7.5
Value
9.0
PROS
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Quiet
  • Better than average pocket mop cord length
  • Reversible pads
CONS
  • Not enough steam
  • Can be hard to use at times
  • Will not clean grout
  • Sanitizing can take too long
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