Hoover Floormate Floor Cleaner

Last updated date: January 16, 2019

DWYM Score

6.7

Hoover Floormate Floor Cleaner

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the Hoover Floormate Floor Cleaner placed 13th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Hoover Floor Mate deluxe hard floor cleaner does the scrubbing for you on sealed hardwood, vinyl, ceramic tile, laminate and marble. Specially designed brushes are interchangeable and feature Spin Scrub technology to gently wash and scrub from all angles. It's lightweight and makes hard floors easy to clean with controls like wash and dry mode selector, fingertip solution control, clean boost control and dual tank technology.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

6.4
10 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

7.3
7,502 user reviews

What experts liked

Weighing just under 14 pounds, the FloorMate is light enough to be portable around the house. This is especially helpful if you have hardwood floors on multiple levels.
- Top Ten Reviews
One of the best things about the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe are the dual tanks that don’t allow the dirty and clean water to mix. Clean water is released to the floor from one tank and sucked back into the other.
- Vacuums Test
No need for heat; appliance is ready to begin when you are.
- BestReviews
January 1, 2019 | Full review
One of the features that I really love is the SpinScrub brushes. The cleaner is practically defined by these dual SpinScrub brushes which are located at the head of the machine. The brushes work together to scrub the hard floors in only a fraction of the total time that the traditional mop mechanism would take.
- Vacuums Guide
November 26, 2014 | Full review
The folding handle makes the unit very compact for storage. It fits in a closet with plenty of room to hang clothes or fill shelves above it.
- The Spruce
September 10, 2018 | Full review
Its head has a built-in stiff-bristle scrubber for grout, and the triangular shape does get into crevices well.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Can wash and dry at the same time – pushing washes and pulling it dries your floor.
- Super Healthy Kids
It can fit in a closet, leaving plenty of space to hang clothes. Its portable derail kit does an excellent job of holding all accessories.
- Cleaner Picks
This is one of the best hardwood floor vacuums on the market, and a lot of that has to do with the SpinScrub technology that scrubs the floor from all angles.
- Hardwood Floor Man
December 8, 2015 | Full review
Their copyright technology of SpinScrub, special brushes, and the two tank system give a comfortable, effective and quiet cleaning.
- Smart Homekeeping
December 1, 2014 | Full review

What experts didn't like

The FloorMate is a water-based floor cleaner, so you should only use it on sealed hard floors If your floor is very dirty
- Top Ten Reviews
The Deluxe is designed to be used on sealed surfaces and won’t be of mush use for carpets.
- Vacuums Test
Unlike traditional steam mops, this appliance uses chemicals and spin brushes.
- BestReviews
January 1, 2019 | Full review
A bit loud and therefore inconvenient for someone who wishes to work in silence or alongside some favorite song
- Vacuums Guide
November 26, 2014 | Full review
The vacuum function is not as good as most upright vacuum cleaners. It has decent suction, but the squeegee and furniture guards make it difficult for the Hoover FloorMate to pick up large debris.
- The Spruce
September 10, 2018 | Full review
This mop is bulky at its tank, and far too heavy (7.6 pounds empty, 9 pounds full).
- New York Times Wirecutter
Need to rinse out the tanks and let them air dry to prevent mildew buildup.
- Super Healthy Kids
It is purely a bare floor cleaner—it cannot vacuum
- Cleaner Picks
At just 20-feet long, the short cord is one of the most complained about parts of the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner, FH40160PC.
- Hardwood Floor Man
December 8, 2015 | Full review
The tanks in this model are tall and thin so user can not fill it in their bathroom sink.
- Smart Homekeeping
December 1, 2014 | Full review

An Overview On Steam Mops

For many, steam mops are an essential cleaning tool for the home. The various models and brands all use natural steam heat to clean. They have a lot of similarities, so it can be hard to choose the best one. We’ll take you through the basic functions and added features so you can choose the right steam mop for your home and life.

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Steam mops are especially good for people with allergies and those who are sensitive to harsh cleaning chemicals and fragrances. Steam mops work by heating water in a reservoir or tank to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot steam travels to a microfiber pad through one or many jets that dampen the pad. The combination of steam and damp pad help moisten and break up dirt and dust from flooring. This way, you get a deep clean for your surfaces using water alone.

Because steam mops get so hot, they can also sanitize your surfaces by eliminating germs, bacteria, dust mites and even fleas. This, and the lack of chemicals and residues, can make steam mops perfect for families with young children who spend a lot of time on the floor. A steam mop can also help prolong the life of your grouted flooring by loosening dirt, soap, mold and other gunk so they can more easily be scrubbed away.

Most steam mops recommend only putting water in the tank or reservoir. This is because other substances can make the steam cleaner work improperly or even get clogged. Some, like the BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop, does allow for some scented extras if you prefer a fresh scent to along with your cleaning.  BISSELL includes replaceable scent discs with the mop and offers optional demineralized water with a variety of scents like eucalyptus mint and citrus.

Steam mops come with microfiber mopping pads that are usually reusable and washable. Some come with extra features, like double-sided pads to give you more uses before washing. The BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop comes with one regular pad and one with added scrubbers.

Many steam mops have some kind of controls that allow you to decide how much steam you want to use. The BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop has high, medium and low settings. Other models don’t have settings and instead they rely on pumping the handle to produce the amount of steam you want.

How you want to use your steam mop is also an important consideration. Most steam mops are focused on cleaning hard floors only. However, some models have a detachable handheld steamer. This comes in handy for all sorts of things, from refreshing and steaming clothes to cleaning couches, drapes and even tile and grout on walls in your kitchen and bath. Most steam mops aren’t meant to be used on carpets, but some can.

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Whatever steam mop you choose for your home, carefully read the manufacturers instructions before using. This way, you can make sure to keep yourself and your floors safe and get the most out of your handy new cleaning tool.

The Steam Mop Buying Guide

  • Be sure to fill the water reservoir and add the mop pad before you plug in the steam mop. Once plugged in, it may automatically heat up and become too hot to handle or too hot for the floor without the pad.
  • Unless the mop manufacturer says otherwise, only put water in your mop. Any good steam mop should be able to clean and sanitize without any additional cleaner.
  • It’s important to only use distilled water in your steam mop. Plain tap water can have minerals that build up and clog your mop, rendering it totally ineffective over time.
  • You can’t start steam mopping until you have already swept up or vacuumed. Getting little pieces of debris and hair stuck on the mop head will hinder its ability to clean your surfaces well and will just spread stuff around.
  • You will likely still need to use some elbow grease to clean away debris once you’ve used your steam mop to clean grout. A nylon-bristled brush usually does the trick to break it up the rest of the way. A steam mop that has a detachable handheld steamer may be a good option for you if you plan to also clean grout in a shower.