The new Swiffer Bissell Steamboost is powered by Bissell, combining the power of steam with Swiffer’s cleaning technology.
Some good points: It has a flexible swivel head that makes it easy to get under furniture, the stove, closer to walls and in corners. It is lightweight, and has only three parts to assemble – just snap the long handle in place and then put on one of the Swiffer pads (the edges fold over and the ends are tucked inside slits on the mop head). Next add water to the reservoir, plug in and wait for it to heat up, which takes 30 seconds or less. A blue light comes on when it’s ready for use. The Steamboost also has a long cord, which is essential if you don’t have a lot of outlets or don’t want to stop, unplug and re-plug when you’ve run out of cord.
The Steamboost can be used on multiple surfaces, like tile, finished hardwood and laminate floors. It’s not for use on waxed and unfinished floors.
It took a few moments for the mop to rev up and produce the steam that activates the dirt dissolving cleaner in the pad. You also seem to need to hold the trigger for maybe five seconds for enough steam to come out, as well as hold the mop head over a stubborn stain for a few moments (while pressing the trigger) to loosen it up for removal.
I began cleaning with one pad for the kitchen floor (it’s a small kitchen) and had to use a second one because the floor didn’t seem quite clean enough. Admittedly the floor was overdue for a good cleaning, but you need more than the two pads that are included with the starter kit if you plan to do more than one room. It does clean better than a regular mop and with the exception of one tough stain, it thoroughly cleans.
A Shark steamer this reviewer once tested was more powerful and cleaned faster, but it’s also double the price, not as convenient to store and doesn’t have as long a cord.
The Swiffer Bissell has an MSRP of $49.99. Swiffer Steam Pad 20-Count Refills are $9.99 and are available in Open Window Fresh Scent (very pleasant) and Febreeze Lavender Vanilla & Comfort (nice if you enjoy the scent of vanilla). For more information, visit Swiffer.com.