Hoover Floormate Floor Cleaner

Last updated date: January 16, 2019

DWYM Score
6.8

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We looked at the top 1 Steam Mops and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including Top Ten Reviews, BestReviews, The Spruce, New York Times Wirecutter, Super Healthy Kids, Cleaner Picks, Hardwood Floor Man, Smart Homekeeping and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Steam Mop you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 71 expert reviews, the Hoover Hoover Floormate Floor Cleaner placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Steam Mop for a detailed review of all the top steam mops.

Expert Summarized Score
6.5
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.3
7,502 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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

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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
2. O Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Shark Genius Hard Floor Cleaning System
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
4. Oreck Steam-It Steam Mop
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Shark Steam Pocket Mop
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Sienna Luna Plus Steam Mop
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Sienna Luna Steam Cleaning System
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Hoover Floormate Floor Cleaner
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 10
9. Shark Steam Mop
Overall Score: 6.6
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Light N Easy Multipurpose Cleaner
Overall Score: 5.7
Expert Reviews: 4

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.

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 the Shark Steam Pocket Mop pads, which are double-sided to give you more uses before washing. The BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop comes with one regular pad and one with added scrubbers. The O Cedar MicroFiber Steam Mop comes with a snap-on glider so it can be used to refresh carpets as well. It also has an angled mop head and pad that make it great for getting into tight corners.

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, Light ‘N’ Easy Steam Mop and O Cedar MicroFiber Steam Mop all have high, medium and low settings. The Shark Steam Pocket Mop doesn’t have settings and instead relies 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, models like the Light ‘N’ Easy Steam Mop 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 the O Cedar Steam Mop has an optional glider included so it can also be used to refresh carpet.

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.

DYWM Fun Fact

Steam mops are a relatively new invention. A woman from South Korea, named Romi Haan developed the steam mop starting in the late 1990s as a way to avoid scrubbing her floors on her hands and knees. In Korean culture, it’s very important to keep floors very clean and sanitary because much of daily life is centered around the floor. Families eat, spend time together and, in some cases, even sleep on the floor. By creating the steam mop, Haan liberated herself and others from this daily chore by providing an option that both cleans and kills bacteria without all the extra elbow grease.

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. The Light ‘N’ Easy Steam Mop may be a good option for you if you plan to also clean grout in a shower. It has a detachable handheld steamer for directing the steam to different types of surfaces.