Oreck Steam-It Steam Mop

Last updated date: January 16, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1

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We looked at the top 1 Steam Mops and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including Top Ten Reviews, Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping, Kleen Floor, A Full Time Mama, Steam Mop Reviews, Steam Cleanery and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Steam Mop you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Oreck Oreck Steam-It Steam Mop placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 16, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
7.8
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
16 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This mop can stand on its own, making it easier to store it, and pause during cleaning.
- Top Ten Reviews
The Oreck produces plenty of steam and handled most of the stains in our test with aplomb, removing stuck-on orange juice, soda, oil, and dirt from ceramic and vinyl tiles without any trouble.
- Good Housekeeping
May 10, 2012 | Full review
This is where things get really exciting. Not only can you use this steam cleaner for your floors, it also has a reservoir that won’t spill when you turn it upside down. This makes it incredibly versatile.
- Steam Insider
One of the good things about the Steam-It is that it releases steam continuously once the unit heats up. You don’t have to pump the handle or pull a trigger
- Kleen Floor
I loooooove how clean it leaves my tile; no residue and dry within seconds.
- A Full Time Mama
One of the things that you’ll love about it is that its low-moisture steam, which starts up in 45 seconds, dries quickly and doesn’t leave streaks.
- Steam Mop Reviews
The best part of this mop though is that it gets rid of all kinds of bacteria and does it entirely without chemicals.
- Steam Cleanery
What experts didn't like
One drawback with the Steam-It was how difficult it was to set and keep the cleaning pads in place.
- Top Ten Reviews
Though the cleaning cloths have to be manually attached and secured with clips — a definite downside for users with less mobility
- Good Housekeeping
May 10, 2012 | Full review
This unit may clean superficial grout dirt, but it would have a hard time cleaning dirt that have been deep-set in the grout.
- Kleen Floor
While the steam rocks for a quick to like-new finish, the bristles don’t really stand up to much scrubbing (maybe that’s why they sent three replacement grout bristles with the mop).
- A Full Time Mama
One downside of this floor steamer is that it does not fold up for storage, so it may be a bit bulky if you have limited closet space.
- Steam Mop Reviews
This steam mop is relatively small in size. It can be a drawback however because it means you’ll spend a little more time cleaning large areas, needing a few extra passes.
- Steam Cleanery

From The Manufacturer

The Oreck Steam-It is an electric appliance that uses low pressure steam to remove dirt and grime. It’s an easy, safe and cost effective way to get a deep down clean without the use of chemicals or detergents. It may look like a vacuum but it is not. Nor is it a conventional "steam" cleaner or a pressure washer. Just add less than a liter of water to the unique no-spill vapor chamber, turn the Steam-It on, and it heats up in less than a minute – creating a high-temperature, low-moisture dry steam that quickly removes dirt; deep cleans virtually any hard floor surface (such as marble, ceramic, stone, vinyl, tile and sealed hardwood); cleans windows, kitchen and bath fixtures, tile and grout and overhead surfaces such as cabinets, ceiling fans and light fixtures*.

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.