10 Best Mops | March 2017

We're never going to suggest that cleaning is fun, but you can make life a whole lot easier with the right tools. From steam cleaning and 360-degree control to rapid drying heads, these mops will let you keep things spick and span with the least amount of effort. Skip to the best mop on Amazon.
10 Best Mops | March 2017

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Save time and energy using the Twist and Shout Mop. It has a super absorbent microfiber mop head that cleans 3x better than cotton, though it could be a little bigger to clean a larger surface area at one time.
Clean like a professional with the Microfiber Wholesale. Its no frills heavy-duty design is built to last for years and has an adjustable stainless steel handle for maximum comfort without having to bend over.
The LINKYO Premium is the perfect system for home and commercial/janitorial use. It comes fully loaded with one 11.8 in. extension handle piece, two ultra soft microfiber mop heads, and one chenille mop pad for windows and cars.
At only 3 lbs, the Shark Light & Easy makes cleaning a breeze on any sealed hard floor surface. It heats up in just 30 seconds and makes for a safe, chemical free option that leaves floors virtually dry almost immediately.
  • long 18' cord lets you reach anywhere
  • kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria
  • handle feels a little flimsy
Brand Shark
Model S3101
Weight 5.5 pounds
Enjoy an effective and efficient cleaning experience using the O-Cedar EasyWring. Its unique triangular mop head allows for cleaning in hard-to-reach areas, and a foot pedal on the bucket activates spin wringing for quick drying.
  • doesn't leave streaks when cleaning
  • bucket has a splash guard for less mess
  • mop head material isn't very durable
Brand O-Cedar
Model 140743
Weight 5.5 pounds
Make cleaning a hassle-free chore with the high-quality Mopnado Deluxe. It features a durable stainless steel spin dry basket with large wheels and 2 handles for easy mobility around your house or office.
  • sturdy and well-built
  • includes a 56" long handle extender
  • solution dispenser doesn't hold a lot
Brand Mopnado
Model B00I5ZCPU0
Weight 10 pounds
Count on the BISSELL Powerfresh 940A to tackle any mess, whether big or small. It is designed to get deep down into the grout and crevices with the power of steam, while leaving behind a fresh, clean scent.
  • easily cleans corners and edges
  • adjustable low to high settings
  • has a flip down scrubber with bristles
Brand Bissell
Model 1940
Weight 8.4 pounds
Cleaning has never been easier than with the Spin & Go Pro. Its special microfiber mop head picks up grime with no problem, and the handle spinner in the water bucket works quickly and effectively for hands-free wringing.
  • includes a dry mop head for dusting
  • mop head is easy to change
  • great for marble, tile and laminate
Brand Spin & Go Pro
Model pending
Weight 6.7 pounds
The O-Cedar Dual-Action offers versatility at an amazing price. It features a double sided flip mop head for wet and dry cleaning, plus its dense blue chenille side is especially great for pet hair pickup and sweeping.
  • head rotates 360 degrees
  • ideal for deep cleaning
  • machine washable for easy care
Brand O-Cedar
Model 138000
Weight 15.2 ounces
The Rubbermaid Commercial Pulse uses industry-leading technology to provide professional results. It features a high-capacity refillable reservoir that holds 21 ounces of solution and covers up to 850 square feet of floor space.
  • clear window to see fluid levels
  • ergonomic handle is comfy to hold
  • durable cloths can be washed up to 1000x
Brand Rubbermaid Commercial P
Model 1835528
Weight 4.4 pounds

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 them 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. Five out of the ten mops we list have flat heads akin to the Swiffer mops that initially popularized the flat design. The remaining half of the mops in question utilize absorbent tendrils made mostly of cotton, though sometimes out of 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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