The 10 Best Mops

Updated May 23, 2018 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

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We're never going to suggest that cleaning is fun, but you can make life a whole lot easier by selecting the right tools. With features ranging from 360-degree control to rapid-drying heads, these mops will let you keep things spick and span with the least amount of effort. Most are so easy to use that perhaps even your older children could operate them — hint, hint. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best mop on Amazon.

10. O-Cedar EasyWring

A few words you might use to describe the O-Cedar EasyWring include powerful, effective, and user-friendly. That’s because its triangular head allows for cleaning in hard-to-reach areas, while a foot pedal on the bucket activates spin-wringing for quick drying.
  • safe for all floor types
  • splash guard to minimize messes
  • handle could be more durable
Brand O-Cedar
Model 140743
Weight 5.3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Swiffer WetJet

You’ve probably heard of the Swiffer WetJet, the cheery purple model that uses disposable pads and a cleaning solution power-spray to provide no-muss mopping. The kit includes the power mop, five pads, solution, and batteries — everything you need to get started.
  • pleasantly scented
  • no dirty water to deal with
  • not environmentally friendly
Brand Swiffer
Model PGC92811KT
Weight 4.6 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Sladust Big Wooly

When your home needs a fast but effective dry mop, the Sladust Big Wooly could be just the ticket. It maneuvers effortlessly via its swiveling top, and when you’re ready to wash it, the dust head comes right off thanks to a Velcro backing.
  • handmade in the usa
  • all-natural wool with lanolin
  • handle doesn't always stay in place
Brand Sladust
Model 100T
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Super Standard

The Super Standard takes the classic sponge design to the next level with an ultra-absorbent, ribbed PVA roller that secures easily into a patented, nonslip gripper. You can use the handy lever to squeeze out excess moisture without having to get your hands wet.
  • can be rinsed off quickly
  • excellent for picking up crumbs
  • occasionally leaves streaks behind
Brand The Super®
Model The Super® 11" Standard
Weight 3.5 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

6. O-Cedar Dual Action

The O-Cedar Dual Action is a two-way flip model. One side is microfiber with scrubbing strips for deep floor cleaning and the other is dense chenille, perfect for picking up dirt and pet hair. For a damp cleanse, use a spray bottle to mist as you swab the decks.
  • head offers total rotation
  • machine washable up to 100 times
  • not good for small areas or corners
Brand O-Cedar
Model 138000
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Linkyo Wet or Dry

The Linkyo Wet or Dry is a hard-wearing aluminum, steel, and ABS plastic design with a head that can turn 360 degrees, enabling you to attack trickier spots like behind the toilet or beneath the couch. It's extremely straightforward to operate and suitable for daily use.
  • comes with bonus cloths
  • extension piece included
  • head tends to flip over
Model SYNCHKG076744
Weight 3.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Microfiber Wholesale 18-Inch Professional

Clean like a pro with the Microfiber Wholesale 18-Inch Professional, which offers a no-frills, heavy-duty design that’s built to last for years. It has an adjustable stainless steel shaft for maximum comfort, meaning you won’t have to hunch or bend over.
  • includes both wet and dry pads
  • machine-washable
  • somewhat cumbersome to store
Brand Microfiber Wholesale
Model 0460
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Mopnado Deluxe

The creatively named Mopnado Deluxe features both a spin-dry basket and a mop handle crafted from stainless steel, giving it longevity and toughness. The bucket has large wheels and a handle, so you’ll be able to move it from room to room painlessly.
  • twist-and-tighten telescopic design
  • comes with scrub brush
  • capable of dusting ceilings as well
Brand Mopnado
Model B00I5ZCPU0
Weight 10.2 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Twist and Shout

Save time and energy by using the dynamic Twist and Shout. It has a super-absorbent microfiber head that cleans noticeably better than cotton, never leaving annoying streaks. Best of all, it’s self-wringing, so no tired, wet hands.
  • light and easy-to-fill bucket
  • great for everyday use
  • swivel joint for awkward spaces
Brand Twist and Shout
Model TNSM-T1
Weight 5.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Bissell Spinwave

You can depend on the Bissell Spinwave to tackle everything from daily cleanups to tough, sticky spills. It features counter-rotating scrubbers and dispenses solution at the push of a button. Unlike its steam-using counterparts, it won't wreck your precious hardwood.
  • includes two sets of pads
  • supported by a 2-year warranty
  • lightweight and simple to maneuver
Brand Bissell
Model 2039A
Weight 13.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

The Mop Of No Mind

I have a lot of respect for the people who can sit peacefully in meditation, chanting their mantras to themselves as though the world around them didn't exist at all. I was never very good at that, myself. At a certain point, though, somebody introduced me to the idea of active meditation, that you can lose yourself (the suppression of the sense of self is the point of meditation, isn't it?) in an activity that requires little mental effort and a minimal-to-extreme physical exertion.

You hear athletes and performers speak often about time slowing down, or about not really remembering anything that happened on stage or during a game. They become so absorbed in the task at hand that they don't filter anything through their egos.

You don't need to be a world-class athlete to experience this phenomenon, either. I feel it, more often than not, when I'm cleaning. I find that the repetitive motions of sweeping and mopping provide me with the perfect portal to peaceful energies and a calm, relaxed mental state.

While a mop isn't technically designed to do this, buying a mop that's going to give you the best performance and the least hassle ought to allow you to access the same kind of serenity.

Much the same way that meditation is all about getting absorbed into an activity, a mantra, or an environment, so, too, is a mop all about absorption. The mop heads, be they traditional cotton tendrils or flat wipes, are all designed to drink. When you have a more solid mess to clean up, the process is much the same, but the moisture of the mop breaks down the solids into more drinkable forms that the mop then removes from a given surface.

If the mess at hand is more stubborn, adding a solvent or an abrasive to the moisture, like a soap or an oil, will help decompose the difficult dirt more thoroughly, allowing you a fast, easy, enlightening clean up.

It's All In Your Head

The variety of mops on our list is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are hundreds of varieties of mops on the market, each claiming to do everything the others can't. The reality is that there are two basic mop types, and from there you're only adding features. Choosing between those two types is the best place to start, and you can figure on features after that.

What separates the two camps of mops on our list is the head style. Some of the mops we list have flat heads akin to the Swiffer mops that initially popularized the flat design. Others utilize absorbent tendrils usually made out of cotton or synthetics. A couple of the available mops try to bridge the gap and offer you both options, though these models fall more explicitly under the flat head style than anything else.

The reason to use the flat mops is convenience. Their absorbent surfaces can be removed, washed, and reused, or simply disposed of and replaced. They glide comfortably over most surfaces, and a few of them even come with on-board dispensers for cleaning agents.

Compared to the flat styles, the tendril mops are more traditional, and if you've got tile floors with recessed joints, these are the only mops that will reach every nook and cranny. They tend to be a little more of a hassle in the maintenance department, and their pressure points when handling stuck-on, dried up messes, are less efficient, but for a standard weekly clean on a floor with an uneven surface, there is nothing that compares.

If you can afford the investment of money and space, I'd actually recommend owning one of each type, that way you always have an appropriate tool at hand. It ought to be as common as owning both a flat and Phillips-head screwdriver.

Cleaning Up The Timeline

Most people reaching back millennia had to clean their floors manually. They'd wet a rag of one kind or another and wipe away. The Japanese have a great way of cleaning their wooden floors, as they lean over a small wet rag like they're in a downward-facing dog yoga pose and, holding that pose with their weight centered over the rag, they run up and down their rooms.

In the middle of the 15th century, we find the first references to a mop akin to the types we use today, with a rag attached to the end of a stick. In 1893, in America, Thomas W. Stewart filed a patent for a specific clamp system designed to easily exchange mop heads for maximum cleanliness and efficiency. By this time, his system already utilized the cluster of cotton tendrils we've come to associate with the image of the standard mop.

Throughout the intervening century, inventors greatly improved upon the design, finding ways to make their mops more absorbent, more durable, and easier to use. David O. Russell even made a film about the invention of a self-ringing mop and the empire that the inventor (played by Jennifer Lawrence) built around her creation.

Some years later, the Swiffer company made a name for itself with a flat-headed disposable mop system, taking the maintenance industry by storm and creating a whole new category of cleaning tool.

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Last updated on May 23, 2018 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer who fled the dry heat of the desert for Southern California, where she continues to enjoy drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of everyday life and channeling Rick Steves.

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