Prior to the invention of the mop, it was common to scrub the floor on your hands and knees. While effective, however, it would often lead to injuries such as arthritis over time. Fortunately, we no longer have to deal with those kinds of issues; instead, we can just pick up a mop or a similar tool. Safe to use on various floor types, mops are often made out of absorbent material such as sponge or microfiber. While some are designed to be used dry (mostly for dust), others are meant to be used wet; as a matter of fact, many are capable of spraying cleaner onto the ground.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at a special type of microfiber mop—the Twist and Shout. The winner of multiple awards, it is often regarded as one of the best microfiber mops out there with its ability to spin dry. How well does the self-wringing mechanism work? How absorbent is it compared to some of its competitors? How effective is it at cleaning different surfaces? These are some of the things that we’ll be examining in our review. Hopefully, it will provide you with some insight as to whether or not the mop is worth investing in.
The Twist and Shout Mop
The Twist and Shout Mop was designed to make cleaning quick and easy. Following many years of research and development, the product was launched and released in early 2013. Within a few months, it had risen to number one in the mop section on Amazon, with numerous stunning reviews. Two years later, after listening to customer’s feedback, a newer version was released, one that featured an anti-splash guard. Today, the company continues to develop the product with the goal of turning the dreaded chore of cleaning into a fun activity.
The Twist and Shout Mop is unique in that it spins dry with a gentle push on the handle. Not only do your hands get to stay dry the entire time, but you won’t have to do any bending that’s tough for your back. Unlike some of the other spin mops out there, it also doesn’t use a foot pedal (fewer parts to break). Lightweight yet durable, it comes with a soft, microfiber head that can be used to clean various surfaces—wet or dry. Designed with convenience in mind, the flexible head also swivels 180°, which allows you to get into those hard to reach areas. Depending on what you’re trying to clean, you can use it with your favorite cleaning solution or just plain water.
The Twist and Shout Mop comes with (almost) everything that you need to get started. These include:
- 2 Reusable Mop Heads
- 1 Adjustable Handle
- 1 Bucket with Anti-Splash Guard
Assembling the mop is easy. First, attach the three parts of the handle together. Next, align the blue disc base with the ring on the mop head. From there, step on the disc base with both feet until you hear a “click.” With that, the mop head should be securely attached to the rest of the unit. As indicated above, the microfiber heads are reusable as they can be thrown into the wash. For the best results, gentle cycles are recommended; afterwards, they should be air dried. If you find that two is not enough, you can easily purchase additional mop heads from their website (more on that later).
Of course, the mop also comes with its own specially designed bucket, one that includes an anti-splash guard (because no one likes getting wet while they’re cleaning). To wring the mop, simply press down on the handle over the bucket; this will create a large centrifugal force that will remove the excess water. As mentioned earlier, the container does not use a foot pedal. If needed, they do have a video tutorial of the wringing process on their official website.
As you might have noticed, the set does not come with a cleaner. Looking at the instructions, you’ll notice that the Twist and Shout Mop can be used with any kind of cleaning solution (just be sure its safe for your floors). In other words, you can just mix your own at home in the bucket. If you want your mop to last longer, though, you should avoid using bleach, vinegar, Formula 409, or other corrosive cleaners as they can cause damage over time.
When you’re shopping for a mop, you should always consider its overall construction. Is it made out of flimsy plastic? Does the handle bend with just a little force? Does the manufacturing seem shoddy? These are all questions that you should be asking when you’re examining it in your hand (ideally, you’ll want to look at the product in person).
As you can probably tell, the Twist and Shout Mop consists of a few different parts. First, let’s take look at the handle. Attached to the mop head, the handle is made out of aluminium alloy, which is both durable and lightweight. As a matter of fact, it is certified to withstand over 60,000 push cycles, according to the official website. Given that, it should be quite robust. For convenience’s sake, it is also adjustable up to 56 inches; this will give you more leverage when you’re cleaning the house.
While the bottom is reinforced with plastic, the mop head itself is made out of a super absorbent material. More specifically, it consists of more than 8,000 microfiber strands, all of which are able to penetrate through crevasses and cracks, something that is impossible with cotton cloths. Not only is it able to pick up dust and hair when used dry, but it securely locks in spills and stains when used wet. Approximately 14” in diameter, it is said to clean 3x better than cotton. Although it depends on how often you use the mop, one mop head will generally last anywhere between 6 to 12 months.
The bucket, is, of course, made out of plastic. Due to the fact that it does not use a foot pedal, it is much less likely to break than some of the other ones out there. On one side, there is also an anti-splash guard (a new feature), which helps to keep the spray in the pail. Honestly, there really isn’t any flaws that I can see with how it is designed. While you can use your own bucket, there’s no guarantee that it will be compatible with the mop; doing so will also void Twist and Shout’s lifetime warranty. For this reason, it’s probably a better idea to just stick with what they give you. If you do need an extra bucket, you can purchase them separately from their website.
Some Possible Issues with the Twist and Shout Mop
There are a few things that you want to keep in mind before getting the Twist and Shout Mop.
According to some of its online reviews, the head has a tendency of popping off when the mop is in the bucket. Sometimes, it also falls off when you’re spinning and wringing it due to the added weight of the water. Luckily, it doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue as only a few individuals have experienced this problem. Considering this, it’s probably not a design flaw, but a faulty unit issue.
Another issue is that the handle is not all that durable, despite being made out of aluminium (perhaps it’s of a lower grade?). While it isn’t “flimsy” per se, it is quite delicate in that multiple people have had it break with regular use. Unfortunately, when this happens, the mop is rendered useless. As it is, replacement parts are not available for purchase through their website. In other words, you’ll be forced to buy a new mop. With that said, as long as you don’t push your luck with it, it should be fine.
Similarly, the plastic part that holds the mop head can crack easily if too much force is used. As far as we can tell, however, this doesn’t seem to occur that often. If anything, it’s more likely to pop off, as mentioned earlier.
For the best results, you’ll probably want to vacuum before using the mop. As it is, the microfiber head isn’t all that great with debris such as lint and hair—especially if used dry (it’s a little better when wet). In fact, you might even find it pushes around dust and dirt. Speaking of the mop head, it is also quite narrow. As a result, it has a tendency of rolling over itself when pushed forward. To avoid this, you’ll want to avoid putting too much pressure on the mop.
Having said that, the Twist and Shout Mop does come with a lifetime warranty if purchased on Amazon (you get a 1-year warranty from other retailers). If you think you have a dysfunctional product, you’ll want to email their customer service team. The whole process might take a while as you have to send in pictures and whatnot, but there’s really nothing to lose. Depending on the situation, they might just send you a free replacement. For more details, you’ll want to visit their official website.
Does it Clean Well?
Personally, I believe the Twist and Shout Mop is best suited for small clean ups. Looking for something to clean your entire house with? You might want to consider a different model. The way it’s built, it really isn’t meant for heavy duty use. Don’t expect it to be able to clean your grouts—that’s definitely not what it’s designed to do. What it is, good for, however, are small messes such as spills.
It has another thing going for it—you can easily wring it out to the right dampness level with the self-wringing mechanism. When wet, it does do a good job of getting rid of gunk from floors; it also doesn’t leave any noticeable residue or streak marks, which is a relief. Thanks to its swivel head, which bends 180 degrees, you’ll also be able to clean tough to reach areas such as around the toilet and under chairs. As a dust mop, however, it is not all that effective; more often than not, you’ll find yourself pushing the debris across the floor. If you have pets, it’s probably a good idea to use to the vacuum cleaner first as the mop isn’t too good at picking up pet hair.
In terms of what it’s suitable for, the Twist and Shout Mop is pretty much compatible with all types of hard floors. If anything, you’ll just need to make sure that you’re using the right kind of cleaner, as it doesn’t provide you with one (if you want to be safe, you can always use water). Seeing as how it’s only good for small messes, we wouldn’t recommend it for outdoor use. However, it is an option for offices or schools, where spills are commonplace.
Cost and Pricing Information
The Twist and Shout Mop is not particularly cheap. For those of you who are curious about numbers, it currently sells for $49.95 plus tax on Amazon (as far as we know, it’s the only retailer that carries the mop). While it isn’t expensive per se, it definitely is on the high end when it comes to microfiber mops. To put things into perspective, many of its competitors (granted, they don’t have the self-wringing mechanism) are priced between $20 to $30. The difference in price, however, may be worth it if you want the added convenience of not having to get your hands wet while wringing the mop.
Aside from the mop itself, you’ll have to buy refills of the microfiber head from time to time. With that said, you shouldn’t have to get it too often since they are machine washable; if properly cared for (aka don’t put them in the dryer or they’ll shrink), they should last 6 to 12 months—just that by itself will save you a bit of money. When you do need replacements, though, you can get them on Amazon for $14.95 (2-pack). So far, that seems to be the only place where you can buy them.
If you want to organize your cleaning tools, they also sell a Twist and Shout Mop & Tool Organizer for $9.99 on Amazon. Easy to use, it comes with rubber grippers that securely hold your mops and brooms in place. In total, it comes with five adjustable grippers and 6 foldable hooks.
All in all, the Twist and Shout Mop doesn’t cost too much in the long run. If anything, you’ll only have to buy mop head refills every few months. The only other thing that you’d need is a cleaner, but you can easily grab a bottle for cheap, especially since it doesn’t require a particular formula.
The Twist and Shout Mop Overall – Is It Worth It?
Easy to maneuver
Can be wrung without getting hands wet
Can break with rigorous use
Not that effective when used dry
Mop head can pop off from time to time
The Twist and Shout Mop is special in that it can easily be spun dry—just gently press down on the handle over the bucket. Lightweight, it comes with a microfiber head that is ideal for small messes such as spills or sticky spots. With its swivel joint, you’ll also be able to clean along baseboards and under furniture. There are a few things to note, however. For instance, the handle is prone to breaking with rigorous use; the mop head also has a tendency of popping off every once in a while. For the best results, you’ll also want to vacuum the floor first prior to using the mop. Overall, though, it’s a solid cleaning tool; you’ll just be paying a bit extra for the self-wringing feature.