We have already talked about the best tile floor scrubbers in 2019 and the best ones under 200$. But it’s another year, and another decade by now, so it’s time to update our list. There is one crucial difference. In our previous two lists, we included mostly steam mops and multi-purpose floor cleaners. This time we’ll focus more on electrical scrubbers.
The main difference between the two is that regular floor scrubbers are best in the brush department. Just like a manual scrubbing broom the machine uses the movement (rotation) of brushes to physically remove any grime and dirt from the surface you are cleaning.
Steam mops and multi-purpose floor cleaning machines will usually bank on either steam or chemicals instead. They will usually have containers for water and detergent or other cleaning solutions. Steam mops have the advantage of not using any chemicals, so they are more environmentally friendly. Plus, good steam mops will work for thorough disinfection of any surfaces you clean with them.
Combined or multi-purpose floor cleaning machines are usually bulkier and more fit for large surfaces. In general, they will have two containers for clean and dirty water. And the better ones will have a drying function to completely finish the cleaning. Their biggest drawbacks are their size and expensive price tag, which makes them more fitting for professional or corporate use.
That’s why you have probably seen large walk-behind or a driving floor cleaning machine in large warehouses, malls, and similar buildings. However, recently the producers have done their best to shrink these machines down to wieldier, household appliances. They are still quite bulky when compared to either proper scrubbers or steam mops, but you can definitely handle them fairly easily, considering how many things they can do.
The reason these machines are part of floor scrubber lists, and are in fact sometimes called simply “floor scrubbers” is that they work with the same principle. A steam mop counts on high-temperature steam loosening any grime and then picks it up with soft pads or brushes. Floor scrubbers, whether conventional or multi-purpose, have rougher, rotating brushes that do the bulk of the work.
With all of that being said, let’s dive in into our picks for the best floor scrubbers of 2020, and the ultimate guide for picking the right one for you!
When we decided to compile this guide, we wanted to define a use-case and guidelines for picking the best products that might best fit your purposes. In our search we placed focus on four main factors: compactness, efficiency, versatility, and price. There are many products on the market with varying quality and usefulness, but we boiled it down to three products that we think will cover all your bases. Among those three we have our favorite, but we recognize that your use case might be different.
Our top three picks for the year 2020 are:
- Homitt Electric Spin Scrubber
- Ewbank EP170 All-In-One Floor Cleaner, Scrubber and Polisher
- ThermaPro Steam Mop
As you can tell from the names of the products, we have representatives for all three types of floor scrubbers or cleaning machines.
We think that they are all good products in their own category for sure, but our favorite one was the Homitt Electric Spin Scrubber. However, if you need chemical cleaning or polishing our second entry might be a better fit for you. And our third entry is perhaps most suited for spaces that absolutely need hypoallergenic, sterilizing cleaning. For the most common use-case, I.e. every-day use and household cleaning, the Homitt is the most useful and convenient utensil.
ThermaPro Steam Mop
The ThermaPro by PurSteam is a steam mop intended for domestic use. Their main advantages are environmentally friendly and sterilizing cleaning. However, that’s true of any steam mop. The way it works is that it heats up regular tap water to a boiling point, releasing the steam onto the cleaning area. The scalding hot steam kills off bacteria and microbes, and all that’s left to do is mop it up with the attached microfiber pads.
This particular model has the advantage over other similar products that is compact and easy to use. The preparation time is an incredible 30 minutes, so you can get to cleaning at a moment’s notice. It comes in at a mere 2.2 pounds (without the added water) and a detachable hand-held steam cleaner. That is, you detach the mop handle and can use the steam cleaner on vertical surfaces or even clothes more easily. Finally, the price point is fairly affordable at 70$ on Amazon.
Its drawbacks are that it nevertheless handles much like a regular mop or broom. You still have to lug it around your house and watch the cord. Plus, it needs regular replacement of the pads, which are unfortunately not sold by the producer of the steam mop. And the final problem we had with it is that it isn’t really suited for anything except tiles and carpet, possibly for cement in a pinch. Wood floors or laminates don’t handle the steam very well and could get damaged by it.
Ewbank EP170 All-In-One Floor Cleaner, Scrubber and Polisher
As you can tell from the name of this product, it aims to be a jack of all trades. It does what it promises, to be sure. You can use the different attachments or cleaning pads for different types of hard floors (this time including laminate and vinyl), and it works well as a polisher or buffer as well.
Another great point about this machine is that is fairly high-powered for this size. If you have a big restauration project, say restoring an old house, then this might be great for you. Especially since buying all the equipment that this machine covers would cost you several hundreds of dollars. This one is priced at a cool 97$ on Amazon. There are some drawbacks, however, as the case with jacks of all trades usually is.
Namely, the Ewbank is the master of none. None of the uses are top of its class, that is, a separate machine for scrubbing or for polishing is likely to do a better job. Another thing is that it is fairly bulky for everyday use – at 7,5 pounds, your back is going to start feeling it after a while. Add to that the fact that it has a power cord and you can see why we don’t see it getting much use in an every-day environment.
An especial word of caution goes out to those of you who don’t normally use this type of machinery. Some people have reported damage to their flooring caused by using improper attachments. So, read up on the different brushes and pads before you actually use them, to avoid any unpleasant situations.
Homitt Electric Spin Scrubber
The Homitt Electric Spin Scrubber is our favorite pick in this list. And that’s for good reason. It is fairly light at 3,7 pounds, it is incredibly easy to handle, it is cordless and it makes cleaning fun. For any household this is a great addition at an incredibly affordable price – just 57$ for the scrubber with all the attachments and gadgets that come with it. That includes an extension arm so you don’t have to bend when cleaning hard to reach places, several brush heads, and a charger. The charging time is about 3 and a half hours, and you can clean continuously for an hour. In our experience, that’s more than enough to get the job done.
The different attachments are versatile enough to make any cleaning task easier. Basically, any place that you would have to squeeze in and scrub until your hands bleed, this little helper gets done with no sweat. Think along the lines of bathtubs, nooks and crannies in the garage, the little grates at the bottom of the freezer, and, of course, kitchen tiles. The small conical attachment is especially great for the space between tiles that tends to gather a lot of grime and even mold in humid rooms.
It’s marketed mainly towards people that have problems with bending down, but the product is great for anybody. It helps get all the scrubbing done with almost no work on your part, and you can give your back a rest. The biggest plus for us was that it is compact and easy to use, no complications with turning it on or charging it, and no need for any type of refills or replacements. It’s completely water-resistant and can be used with any type of liquid you like. If you prefer using it with water only just dip it in warm water and brush away. Alternatively, simply add the cleaning solutions to the water and you are set.
The only real drawback we found with the Homitt scrubber was that for some time they didn’t sell additional replacement attachments. To elaborate, you wouldn’t want to use the same attachment in the bathroom and the kitchen, for example. This has been amended in the meantime, and you can buy replacement brush heads and scrubber sets on Amazon for 20$, respectively.