Shark Steam Mop

 Should you buy the Shark Steam Mop?
Editor's Rating
3 stars
Worth Owning
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Fair
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  • Pros:
  • Cleans without chemicals
  • Dries quickly
  • Comes with 6 machine washable cloth ends
  • Light and easy to use (Does not require bucket of soapy water)
  • Steam helps get out sticky residue
  • Cons:
  • Water reservoir is small (may need refilling often)
  • Pricey for a mop
  • Build quality seems a little flimsy

The Bottom Line:
We found that the steam mop works pretty well. It is not better than all other methods of cleaning, as the infomercial implies. However, if you are opposed to using harsh chemicals and want your floor to dry quickly, the Shark Steam Mop is a good option.

 
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The Shark Steam mop is not built to last! It is not worth the money and I will never buy another one after the end blew off and it stopped steaming. Customer service was of no help. A BIG RIP OFF!!   

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by: anonymous coward
4/25/2013 10:40:38 AM
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I am in Japan and saw an infomercial for this product or one basically identical to it. I wanted to give it a try but not for the price on TV. I was able to find a virtually identical model for a fraction of the cost on Amazon.jp. For someone like me who rarely mops it is a useful product, but for someone who uses a regular sponge mop or whatever, this wouldn't be necessary.   

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by: Sharon Marie Ryan
8/8/2012 3:29:26 AM
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I own Model S3101A. It worked once .   

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by: anonymous coward
5/15/2012 10:03:47 AM
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I own this steaming mop. Isn't that great on design title because surface not smooth like regular titles which have smooth surface. my mop only last 9 months. Never buy them again, it's suck. you have to refill water multiple times, and the cord is very short.   

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by: anonymous coward
4/11/2012 3:06:28 PM
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Is it safe for laminate floors?   

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by: kathie
2/23/2012 12:38:41 PM
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Pros: cleans great

Cons: only lasted for 6 months

The Bottom Line: we just built a new home and about 80% of it is ceramic tile. this was a great product as it was easy to use and cleaned well, but it just blew up, literally .... we turned it on and the it made a huge sound, steam went blowing out like crazy. we only had it for 6 months. luckily, we bought it at lowes, it's still under the 1 year warranty but we bought the extended warranty just in case. we will be taking it back to lowes and for as much as we liked it, i don't think we will be purchasing another one. we don't want to have to replace this every 6 months. i had a shark iron and it only lasted 2 years (i rarely iron). it just seems like these products from this manufacturer don't last long, at least that's been our experience with shark products.

Recommended: no

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by: emmyk
9/10/2011 6:12:27 PM
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Mine did the same thing "blew up"; I kept trying and it worked fine.


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by: anonymous coward
6/12/2012 9:51:22 AM
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Pros: quick
easy
safer for animals (including us) than cleaning products

Cons: everything to do with the price of this item. Seriously this is far too much money for a flimsy plastic skin melter. This isnt new technology, creating steam using heat and water, its been around for a minute. So why the hefty price tag? Eco friendly is getting a little too expensive for the working class to afford, and then who saves the planet? The rich? They only get richer if we continue to use their products so I dont think they are planning to take a pay cut.

The Bottom Line: I kinda liked the ease of this thing for small stuff like dirty dog prints or little spills. It was much more convenient than crawling around or digging out the mop and bucket. Plus having mostly wood floors and a couple dogs that like to like them it was nice to have peace of mind that a chemical wasnt going to make them sick or worse. This was a gift from a very nice ex roommate so I had no idea what the cost of this was until recently. I was going to use this a few weeks back to clean up some muddy foot prints. After plugging it in and waiting about 20 seconds I tried to use mop but I couldnt get any steam to come out. I was going to check and make sure we didnt have a clog, and then thought maybe I better unplug it first...well good thing because before I even got over to outlet it exploded. I dont mean shrapnel piercing my aorta or anything, but certainly a concern for your skin if youre anywhere near it. It really didnt surprise me I guess since it felt so cheap. I knew this was a possibility when you have a pressure build up and only cheap plastic and glue holding it in. The real crime here is the price..over $100 for junk is not acceptable. The reason why I finally learned the price is because I went to find a new one to replace this one or maybe an upgraded model, but there is no way in hell I am going to spend that kind of cash on a cheap plastic steam mop thats only safety feature is apparently a small explosion due to pressure build up. It really should have another emergency release of some sort, and I am surprised that there isnt something regulating these high pressure devices. Serious injury is a real possibility with these units, so remember my warning when dealing with these while they are hot.

Crap product...attach a steam iron to a broom stick and fashion a sponge wrapped in a wash cloth on it and you have a safer option to replace this steam mop.

But if anyone has any tips on how to fix it and make it safer I would be willing to give it a shot.

Recommended: no

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by: anonymous coward
6/23/2011 1:52:26 AM
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Mine did the same and the head blew off and hit my toes. It hurts really bad.


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by: Jackie Rodriguez
7/9/2011 10:05:38 PM
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steam pretty good,it removes a lot of dirt from my kitchen floor,things i dont like: cord is always on my way and cannot clean in between grout of floor since is is flat and cannot reach the grout of floors:(   

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by: Mary Grace Jover
6/6/2011 9:52:50 AM
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i only get steam in the middle front coming out. takes a long time for pad too get wet.   

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by: anonymous coward
10/6/2010 11:26:02 PM
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thats what she said


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by: anonymous coward
6/9/2011 2:39:27 AM
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use of chemicals

can you use chemicals in the water reservoir?   

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by: MDM
5/12/2010 10:35:32 PM
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i would not recommend that, you can not in a bissell it will break it. i think maybe you can put it on the mop head and since it is not running through the mop it might be ok. i have not tried that though.


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by: myramd
5/13/2010 9:29:27 PM
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I lightly misted some Lysol 4-in-1 cleaner (my favorite) over the floor first, and I have had no problem. I liked the idea of the extra clean "punch" of the Lysol. I believe I read, however, that no cleaners should be placed inside the water reservoir.


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by: anonymous coward
12/28/2011 4:04:59 PM
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Pros: Couldn't find any.

Cons: Price, I paid $100.00 at Sam's Club. Should go for about $25.
Quality, left streaks, hardly any steam.


Bottom Line: What a waste of money. It left streaks on my travertine tile and also on my wood floor. I have lots of wood flooring in my home and thought this would help from my getting on my hands and knees. I guess the only way to get a floor clean is the old fashion way, on your hands and knees. The only device I use and would recommend is the Swiffer Vac.

Recommended: no

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by: Disappointed
2/21/2010 2:29:47 PM
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Pros: Quick heat up, no smell, no chemicals, no bending, can see the dirt on the pad. Worked great on linoleum, unvarnished slat wood floor and new kitchen laminate floor.

Cons: Handle stem is light weight and flimsy. Not a good idea for the angry or agressive.

Bottom Line: Think family of 5 with one bathroom, muddy lawn, wet dog and stomach flu. After my husband took apart the overflowing toilet for the third time I was sick of sanitizing and scrubbing the bathroom floor. Not to mention cleaning muddy footprints, salt and slush from the kitchen and hardwood floors. My sister-in-law brought her Shark Steam Mop over to do the bathroom floor and I was thrilled. No bending, washable pad and a long cord. I can't use chemicals and the thought of more bleach and vinegar (not together) to clean was overwhelming. I went out immediately and bought both the mop and steamer at Walmart. I am thrilled with the results!


Recommended: yes

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by: Hatetoclean
2/10/2010 12:12:41 AM
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Pros: none

Cons: everything

Bottom Line: Bought this morning, returned this afternoon. Did not make steam after trying several times. Called steam mop and did what they said, and still no steam.


Recommended: no

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by: jackpot
2/8/2010 1:46:59 PM
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Did you read the instructions? It takes a little while with first use.


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by: JWCamp
9/12/2011 4:20:07 PM
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Pros: Easy to use and pulled up a lot of dirt when it worked.

Cons: Poor quality - expect more for a $100 product.

Bottom Line: Cleaned great when it worked. Stopped working after less than a dozen uses.

Recommended: no

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by: J
1/31/2010 10:52:55 AM
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Pros: Good concept

Cons: Poor quality and performance

Bottom Line: Worked great at first but after only a few uses it barely steams at all anymore. Waste of money!

Recommended: no

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by: Rebecca
1/20/2010 12:51:32 PM
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Pros: It if fast and easy to use.

Cons: Cheaply made with a small water supply.

Bottom Line: Why would you even send something back for them to fix after it shocked you and mamed you for life and killed your dog? Hmmmmmm.

Recommended: yes

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by: stephinark
12/28/2009 7:57:53 PM
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I guess you are commenting on Gary Oak's review below?


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by: Infomercial Junkie  
5/14/2010 9:24:08 AM
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Pros: None

Cons: Quits working after just a few uses.

Bottom Line: While the concept of the Euro_pro steam mop is great, the product itself quits after just a few uses. The steam portion did work at first and did did a passable job. However, after only three uses on my tile floor it quit producing steam. I mailed it away to be repaired and so far I've been waiting 10 weeks to get it back. I called customer service three times and they keep promising to return it or a new one to me. Customer service, by the way, is in India.

Recommended: no

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by: Cathy P
11/20/2009 1:46:15 PM
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Pros: nothing

Cons: see above

Bottom Line: This is the worst mop on the market. It is made of cheap quality plastic. Mine broke in half after only a few uses. They then had the nerve to want me to pay $10 to ship it back, $10 to return it to me and the repairs. Definitely not worth the small fortune it will cost you to own one of these. Their customer service team is not helpful at all.

Recommended: no

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by: marianne eastman
9/9/2009 12:59:48 PM
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Pros: soaks up lots of dirt into the pads.

Cons: none ...really.

Bottom Line: Better than most steam cleaners for the hard surface floors.

Recommended: yes

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by: Kurt
7/31/2009 1:08:36 AM
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Pros: Works great for footprints and kitchen spills.

Cons: Does not do much for carpets.

Bottom Line: The mop works great on tile floors, getting rid of footprints and sticky spots, but it didn't seem to do much on carpet. I tried cleaning a grape juice stain on carpet and it just turned the stain pinkish without getting rid of anything.

Recommended: yes

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by: yohaas
7/7/2009 9:44:34 PM
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Pros: 0

Cons: It failed to kill me...it should of now my life is over and i have to live with the pain everyday of loosing kevin and my daughter kendra in a car accident not even 3 months later.

Bottom Line: I was suckered into buying this god awfull device. As soon as i plugged it into the wall it exploded. I was electricuded and had to go to the hospital. The electric serge mamed my heart. It opened a hole the size of a dime. The doctor said that it decreased my life by about 10-25 years. I call it the devil mop. I stored it in my closet getting ready to complain but i did'nt realize my daughter caught a flight from LA to see me. I awoke to a loud scream. My daughter tried to mop the floor with it. She was not seriously harmed but she did leave it on in panic. That instant my 14 year old dog kevin came in and was excited to see my daughter kendra that he thought that they were playing fetch. He bit down on the mop and it stopped his heart. I lost my friend that day. After writing an angry letter Shark ® finally responded. They said that I had to be lieing and said that there was nothing wrong with their product that I shipped back. Im 54½ years old and my health is starting to deteriorate. My heart hurts everyday. Shark is the biggest lier of all time. They hid probably a 100 million dollar law suit from the world. Now there is no evidence. I can't prove that my heart was injured from the mop now because they repaired it but... Even after then sent it back it did not even clean my floors very well. I also still felt a little zap.

Recommended: no

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by: Gary Oak
6/30/2009 1:36:18 AM
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There's something awfully fishy about this story. And isn't Gary Oak the name of the bad guy from Pokemon?? Interesting choice of pen names for a 54 and a half year old (and who at 54 counts halves?!)


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by: Brian G.  
8/9/2010 1:23:40 AM
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And if u were electrified and ur dog died from biting it... why in the world would u try and use it again?


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by: anonymous coward
5/17/2011 1:31:55 PM
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Maybe you have a bad outlet in your home. Hole the size of a dime? You'd be dead dumbass!


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by: anonymous coward
9/21/2011 11:58:13 AM
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Editrial Review

Reviewed by: Mindy Weinberg
Reviewed on: 6/24/2009 12:58:00 PM


Worth Owning


What it claims to do: According to the infomercial, the Shark Steam Mop will obliterate tough grime, eradicate stubborn dirt and absorb muddy footprints. According to their claims, the Steam Mop will work 1,000 better than your traditional mop, be easier and faster than any other mop and - to top it all off -will let your floors dry very quickly.

What we found: The Shark Steam Mop was easy to use. Just fill the reservoir with water, attach the machine washable cloth to the bottom, and in 30 seconds you're ready to mop. You can see the steam rising from the mop when its ready to use.

The steam mop definitely did clean those tough stains well... but 1,000 times better than a traditional mop? Not quite. We found it to be pretty much equivalent to a regular mop at cleaning tough spots. We had to admit, though, that the lightweight design made it easy to move around the house.

One caveat - because the steam mop has a flat bottom surface, it tends to push dirt around more than a regular mop. If you leave some dirt on the floor before you mop, you'll be left with dirty streaks on the floor. Make sure to sweep the floor well first.

The pads are machine washable, but will eventually wear out. We were glad to see that the steam mop comes with 6 separate pads. This is especially useful since the steam mop tends to get harder to push as the pad gets dirty. Though you could probably get away with just using one pad to do a 2-story 5-bedroom house,you may want to change the pads more often.

One of the best features of this mop is that it can eliminate the need for harsh and harmful chemicals. The infomercial claims that it will disinfect justas well as floor-cleaning chemicals, but we had no way to test that. We did notice that the floor does dry very quickly after using the steam mop.

The Shark Steam Mop does have to be plugged in to an electrical outlet, but we were glad to see the cord is long enough to allow for a good range of motion. The cord did sometimes get in the way as we were mopping - making it necessary to hold the cord as we worked... similar to when you use a vacuum cleaner.

Another limitation is that the reservoir holds only 12 ounces of water at a time. That's only enough to clean roughly 300 square feet, which means you'll need to refill it a couple of times to cover the average sized home. Not a major inconvenience, but something to be aware of.

The Shark also has an interesting attachment to steam carpets, however it doesn't actually CLEAN the carpets - it just steams. If you want to clean carpets, you're better off getting a steam vacuum (rather than a steam mop).

There are similar products to the Shark on the market - for example, the Bissell brand is similarly priced, seems to have a sturdier design, and has a removable water reservoir. The Shark, however is more lightweight and therefore easier to maneuver.

Bottom Line: We liked this mop. It definitely gets the job done. Is it better than any other cleaning method? We'd say that's an exaggeration. But if you're looking to eliminate the need for chemicals, the Shark Steam Mop is a good option.



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