Cleaning is one of those inevitable chores that you’ve got to do—especially with the holidays coming up. Fortunately, there are various tools that can help with the job. For instance, you can easily get rid of dust mites using a vacuum cleaner. Other options include brooms, carpet cleaners, and steam cleaners, depending on the type of floor (e.g. tile, carpet, linoleum, vinyl, hardwood, etc.) that you have. Perhaps the most versatile, however, is the mop. As you may already know, they can be made out of many different materials including sponge, and microfiber. Not only that, but many of them are also able to spray and steam. Sure, these “fancier” features might cost you a bit extra, but they sure make things easier when it comes time to clean!
Today, we’ll be going over steam mops—that is, the ones that sanitize using hot water vapor. More specifically, we will be reviewing the Bissell PowerEdge Steam Mop. How does it compare to the other Bissell mops? How effective is it at removing dirt and grime from the floor? How is the build quality—is it made to last? These are all some of the things that we will be taking a look at below.
The Bissell PowerEdge Steam Mop
Bissell was founded by Melville Bissell, an American entrepreneur, in the 19th century. The owner of a crockery shop, he invented and patented one of the world’s earliest carpet sweeping machines in 1876. Within a few years, he had managed to build the company’s first manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. By the time he passed away in 1889, the brand had gained worldwide attention. Today, Bissell continues to produce a variety of floor care products including vacuum cleaners, carpet cleaners, steam cleaners, and sweepers, many of which are designed for pet owners.
The Bissell PowerEdge Steam Mop is unique in that it is a 2-in-1 system. Not only is it good for the floors, but you can clean other items as well using its detachable, handheld steamer. With its grout tool and bristle brush, you’ll also be able to get rid of grime and dirt from the grout—this makes it perfect for sinks, countertops, and stovetops. Just press on the on-demand steam trigger and you’ll ready to go. Easy to use, it also features a triangle foot design, which allows you to manuever and clean around corners and edges. When used properly with its microfiber pads, it can eliminate up to 99.9 percent of all germs and bacteria!
You’ll be happy to know that the Bissell is ready to be used out of the box. Some of the things that it comes with include:
- 1 Reusable Microfiber Pad
- 1 Refillable Water Tank
- 1 Grout Cleaning Brush
- 1 Bristle Brush
As with most mops, the Bissell Steam Mop utilizes microfiber cleaning pads. Unlike some of the other models, it does not attach via velcro; instead, it feeds over the sides of the head (don’t worry, there will be instructions included). Not a fan of having to buy refills? If so, this is the device for you. Instead of having to use disposable pads, the mop cover that it comes with is reusable. In other words, you’ll be able to clean a lot of rooms with just the one that they give you—all you have to do is throw it into the washing machine after you’re done with the floor. With a bit of soap, it will be as good as new! If possible, though, you may want to avoid putting it into the dryer.
On the body of the unit, there is also a water tank. For the steaming function to work, you’ll have to fill it with water. To do so, you’ll want to first remove the tank by pushing on the button at the top. From there, you can pour water in through a small opening at the back. For the best results, you’ll want to use distilled water, as the electrolytes in tap water can damage the mop over time.
In addition to the pad and water tank, it also comes with two attachments—a bristle brush and a grout cleaner—both of which are for the detachable handheld steamer. As you can probably guess, they are meant for cleaning dirt and grime from the grout. Easy to use, they just go on the top of the handheld cleaner; its size makes it perfect for cleaning bathroom floors, tiles, and sinks.
You might have also noticed that the Bissell doesn’t come with a cleaner. When you think about it though, it makes sense—after all, it’s designed for just plain water.
As always, it’s important to consider the product’s construction prior to making a purchase. When it comes to cleaning, you want something that’s strong and durable. Personally, I find the ones made out of aluminium to be best. However, it’s not always possible to know what kind of metal alloy they use. In any case, you’ll want to examine the build quality when you’re looking at mops.
The Bissell PowerEdge Steam Mop consists of a metal pole, with plastic components on the lower body and handle. Compared to other mops, it definitely doesn’t feel “flimsy.” At the same time, it’s lightweight with great manueverability. If you want something that’s easy to push around the house, look no further. As far as we can tell, there are no major issues with its design that would lead it to break with just a few uses. However, some people have expressed that the handheld cleaner can be awkward to use given its design. In term of the attachment tools, they are also made out of plastic.
The water tank is integrated nicely into the body of the unit. However, it can be quite small—especially if you’re accustomed to something that’s bigger. With its size, you’ll likely have to refill it multiple times during a cleaning session (I find that one tank is good for about ~200 square ft). Quality-wise, though, it seems to be constructed out of sturdy plastic; there are no flaws that we know of. The rubber lid on the back, however, can be fragile—to be safe, you’ll want to be gentle when using it.
Lastly, the white mop pad that it comes with is also thick and absorbent. Once the white turns into a grey, you’ll want to either change it out for another (you’ll have to purchase an extra pad for this) or rinse it out in the sink. As mentioned earlier, you can toss it into the laundry once you’re done mopping; with that, you should get many uses out of a single pad. It’s probably also worth mentioning that there’s a pocket inside the mop, which you can use to add a scent disc.
Some Possible Issues with the Bissell PowerEdge Steam Mop
In regards to the detachable cleaner, there are a few things that you should know. While it does what it’s designed to do, the steam is fairly weak. To thoroughly clean an area, you’ll probably have to leave the device on the spot for a while. The attachments that it comes with are also relatively small; don’t expect too much power from them or you’ll be disappointed. Depending on how you use them, the bristles may also bend after a few uses. Unfortunately, once they become “flat”, they kind of become unusable. Personally, I wish the machine came with larger, more powerful attachments.
Another thing is that the water tank is small. With how limited its capacity is, you’ll have to refill the tank several times when you’re cleaning (at least 2-3 times, depending on the size of your room). Understandably, this can be a tedious process when you’ve got multiple rooms to do. If you want to save time, it might be a good idea to keep a jug of distilled water next to you—that way, you’ll be able to fill up the tank as soon as it becomes empty (aka you won’t have to go back and forth between the sink).
Speaking of filling the tank, the opening at the back is also small. When you’re adding the water, you’ll want to be extra careful to avoid spills; this is especially true if you’re pouring from a large container. If you’re not confident in your pouring abilities, you may want to do so over the sink—that way, you don’t have to worry about any spilt water. With enough practice though, you’ll probably get the hang of it. Still, I wish the opening was bigger like some of the other models that Bissell offers.
Rarely, the unit may also stop producing steam. Unfortunately, this is an issue with most steam mops, no matter the brand. Luckily, Bissell does offer a 1-year limited warranty with their products. If this happens within the period, you may be able to get the unit replaced if you contact their customer service. For more details, you can visit their official website.
Does it Clean Well?
The Bissell PowerEdge Steam Mop does a great job of cleaning hardwood, vinyl, linoleum, tile, and stone. Not only will it leave your floors clean, but it’ll give them a good amount of sheen. With its triangle foot design, you can easily use it to clean hard to reach areas such as corners and edges. The steam from the mop head also works wonders at removing dirt and grime from the ground—you’d be surprised just how much you can clean with plain old water! For stubborn spots, you can always spray cleaner directly onto the ground—just a little bit would do the trick. Before you use the mop though, it’s a good idea to do some vacuuming first; this helps to get rid of some of the debris that you’d otherwise be pushing around.
The handheld steamer is a bit weaker in comparison, however, it functions fine for smaller tasks. For instance, you can use it to sanitize your sink, curtains, and clothes. With the attachments provided, you can also clean out the grout. As mentioned earlier though, the parts are quite small; if anything, they are only good for removing surface stains. If you plan on doing some heavy-duty cleaning with your grouts, you may want to consider a different type of tool. The detachable cleaner is nice, but it really isn’t the main highlight of the unit, if you get what I mean.
In terms of the cleaning pads, they tend to clean well as long as they are saturated with water. The way it’s designed, the cloth also comes up over the edge so that it’s able to be in contact with the wall—this allows you to clean corners and whatnot without having to stoop down. Depending on how dirty the floor is, you’ll probably have to rinse it or swap it at least once per room.
Considering all that it does, I’d say that it’s a good option for houses, apartments, and offices. Thanks to its compact design, the steam mop will also be easy to store!
Cost and Pricing Information
Given that it’s a 2-in-1 system, it only makes sense that the Bissell PowerEdge Steam Mop is a tad pricier than some of the standard models. Still, it is relatively affordable compared to those that are over the $100 mark. At the time of this writing, the mop sells for around $69 in retail stores. However, you can probably get it for a little bit cheaper on Amazon (not to mention that you’ll also get free two-day shipping). Like most of their products, it also goes on sale a few times a year. If you’re lucky enough, you might just be able to get a bargain.
Now, for the cleaning pads. The good news is that they’re machine washable—this means that you won’t need to constantly buy refills; the bad news, however, is that they are not compatible with other types of cloths. In other words, you won’t be able to stick just any cloth to the mop head like you can with some models; the Bissell PowerEdge is only compatible with the specially-designed triangular pads. Given that you can reuse them though, you shouldn’t have to buy them too often. If anything, you’ll only have to get a new one when the original wears out (that or if you’d prefer to have a few extras). Unfortunately, the replacements are a little expensive at $19.99 for two.
Nevertheless, it’s still a worthwhile investment—especially since it just uses water. Just from not having to buy a specific cleaner, you’ll be saving yourself a bit of money. Who knew steam was capable of doing so much?
Bissell PowerEdge Steam Mop Overall – Is It Worth It?
Easy to Use6
Comes with a detachable steam cleaner
Triangle foot design allows for easy maneuvering
Cleaning pads are machine washable
Water tank is small in size
The opening for the water tank is tiny
The handheld cleaner is not as powerful as main unit
The Bissell PowerEdge Steam Mop is a specially designed 2-in-1 system that features a handheld steamer. In addition to being able to use it for the floor, you can use it for many other things such as the sink, stovetop, and curtains. Convenient and easy to use, it comes with a reusable pad that can be thrown in the wash; two cleaning attachments are also provided. There are some cons to consider though—for instance, the water tank is quite small; refilling can also be a tedious task due to its tiny opening. In addition to that, the detachable cleaner does not produce as much steam as the main unit. For under $70, though, it’s a solid buy, especially since you don’t have to continuously buy pads and cleaners in the long run.