I hated my Shark steam mop. I suppose I was doomed from the start since I brought something named Shark into this house when Joey HATES sharks. I gave it a good run....more than 2 years of trying to make that steam mop work and more than 2 years of being frustrated that it wasn't living up to all that I thought steam mops could do. I have spent the last several months looking for a replacement and having to wash our floors the old fashioned way with a mop and bucket (holy PITA once you have used a steam mop!).
I almost bought an H2O steam mop when it was on sale right after Christmas but I asked around and found that people said they loved theirs but had to replace it at least once a year. I'm wasn't looking for a disposable steam mop, I was looking for a dependable steam mop.
I looked on Amazon for reviews and found lots of mixed results about nearly every unit out there. I guess that is to be expected isn't it! What I found the most interesting is that there were far less negative reviews with the more expensive units than those that you can find for $150 or less. On a recommendation from a friend I looked at the Vapmore MR-100 Primo and it was love at first site. It is cute, it is functional and hey look it actually produces steam!!!
A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and bought one. I looked for a Canadian retailer to cut down on duty costs and to reduce the environmental impact of shipping the unit to us. I found only one (The Allergy Guy) and to my surprise it arrived in 2 days!
Vapmore MR-100 sounds like a type of robot so we decided to nickname ours Bumble Bee. Mostly because he is yellow, may or may not be a transformer and it is words B can say.
I borrowed this pic from Allergy Guy because night time + CFL's + yellow unit = crappy photos
We have used Bumble Bee a few times now and I am in love with the results. I have only used the floor attachment so far and so my experience thus far is based on that. It is cleaning in a way that I have only been able to do with a tooth brush and vinegar. It says it takes 11 minutes to heat but I have found it to be substantially less than that. The unit is extremely light so it is easy to transport around. The cord is long but I still need to unplug it and plug it in elsewhere as I move around the house.
The instructions say to use distilled water only so we got a huge reusable container of it. Joe researched a bit and found a local store that will allow us to refill out own containers too! I knew that large gatorade container we have that is like the kind they have in sports was totally going to be worth it one day!
The only thing that takes getting used to is the fact that since the floor tool is a brush and not a microfibre pad you may not get that smooth finish look that you can get with microfibre. A pad does come with the unit and does attach to the floor tool so you could use it if you wanted to. I just haven't tried it yet but if I did I would use it on the wood and keep using just the brush for the tile.
If you are looking for a steam mop (which is so much more than a mop) or are looking to change from what you have no give the Vapmore a look. I promise you won't be disappointed!
I will update you on our thoughts on the different tools as we use them. Joey is really excited to try out the tool that will clean our cooktop so maybe he will even blog about that (or maybe not since I have been asking him to blog about his SodaStream for like 3 months now).
What steam mop do you have? What do you love about it?
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