Shark Steam Pocket Mop

Last updated date: January 30, 2019

DWYM Score
7.5

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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, Modern Castle, Consumer Reports, Clear to All, The Floor Care, Green & Clean Mom, Vaccumn Cleaner HQ and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Steam Mop you should buy.

Overall Take

You may be doing a little more work with the Shark Steam Pocket Mop because it releases steam based on your mopping motion. Still, it does the job of sanitizing and cleaning floors for half the price of its competitors. It has a long cord, with quick release function for easy storing. It also has double-sided cleaning pads, meaning you will need to replace and clean the pads less frequently. In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Shark Shark Steam Pocket Mop placed 5th 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
7.1
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
3,751 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
A smoothly-swiveling head makes this one easy to maneuver.
- Top Ten Reviews
The Shark Pocket steam mop has a flippable head so you don’t need to replace the cleaning pad as often. This Shark’s cleaning performance was impressive, especially considering the price
- Modern Castle
Lightweight. Low price. Does lift and remove dirt from floors. Large capacity tank. Decent cord length (relatively speaking as none come with great cord lengths). Telescoping handle. No chemicals required to remove dirt. Quiet
- The Steam Queen
It is averse to douse in any chemical or disinfectant based cleaners in an attempt to spruce-up sheltering bacteria and germs,in the likely hope that muster exemplary health. Pellucid window on the side wall of the reservoir give you a hint for finding pool of water level. This light weighted floor steamer proceedings maintain some semblance with rolling mop in the case of easy and inexpensive way to kills bed bugs in the vicinity of target area. It is provided the thrills as scrubbing all grubby surfaces splendidly without scouring pad. All repairing spare parts and accessories are available separately.
- Clear to All
Don’t need to use a harsh chemical with it. Simple push and pull technique to operate. Dry fast the cleaned area. Simple hand washable cleaning pad. Suitable to use on any hard floors.
- The Floor Care
Overall, I have to say this was a great addition to my cleaning machines. It is a super fast and thorough way to get tile and wood floors dirty, where I would otherwise be busting my hump with a mop. The steam really does amp up the cleaning ability and save you lots of time going back to the bucket and getting more water (which you normally would have to do).
- Green & Clean Mom
It is cost effective in terms of reducing the cost of buying sterilizers. It’s one of the vacuum cleaners with a straight forward way of use. The extra large water carrying capacity allows it to carry enough water for the entire cleaning without need for additions. It’s classy with the additional accessories adding more taste to its use. It’s beautiful to look at. It’s lightweight which allows for ease of portability and storage. The sturdy build of the cleaner makes it longer lasting.
- Vaccumn Cleaner HQ
What experts didn't like
This one just cleans floors while competing units steam windows, fabrics and other items.
- Top Ten Reviews
This steam mop requires manual pumping and it can be difficult to tell how much steam it’s creating. The Shark Pocket only has only one cleaning mode
- Modern Castle
The “On Demand” feature requires some elbow grease in order to clean and keep steam coming out of the mop. Doesn’t glide across the floor very easily. Only comes with one pad. Will not sanitize floors under normal use
- The Steam Queen
You are experiencing tad weary when you compressed the handle. It comes with two pads but wear out after 20 washes.Anyway at stage comes you have to choose "All-purpose microfiber steam pocket" replacement pads. It creates some clatter of clicking noise during the mopping.
- Clear to All
Does not contain any on/off switch, you have to plug or unplug the mop for a start or stop. Don’t come with any warranty or guaranty offers.
- The Floor Care
Over time though, you will have to replace [the cleaning pads]. And they are not super cheap. It is kind of hard to keep your eye on [the water level] without stopping and really checking it. There is a window, but I found it a bit of a pain to be honest.
- Green & Clean Mom
Though no chemicals are recommended in its use, it may in some cases require the use of chemicals and mops. It may be cumbersome to use especially cases where pumping it is required. It requires prior cleaning or vacuuming before use, so it’s like a double job.
- Vaccumn Cleaner HQ

From The Manufacturer

Deep-clean and sanitize sealed hard floors--including wood, tile, linoleum, and vinyl--in one fell swoop with the Shark S3501 Professional Steam Pocket Hard Surface Cleaner. Using just superheated tap water and patented two-sided microfiber pads, this lightweight, easy-to-use tool heats up in 30 seconds and automatically releases steam with every push-forward motion. A powerful weapon against ground-in dirt, dust, and dried spills.

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.