Leaves sealed flooring sparkling. With its thick mop pads, users say the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 cleans vinyl floors well, even those with shallow channels or patterns. Its built-in Easy Scrubber is reported as great for removing stubborn stains, but it earns mixed reviews for deep cleaning grout -- some say that it has virtually restored their grout to a like-new appearance; others say it cleans, but not as well as a dedicated (which we cover in a separate report). The 15-ounce water tank lasts about 30 minutes, which most say is plenty of time for most floors, although it won't last as long if you're sanitizing since that operation uses more steam. We found very few complaints about durability. The Bissell comes with a two-year warranty.
Fast to heat up, slower to sanitize. Most reviews give the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 high marks for being easy to assemble and use. According to owners, the 12.5-inch mop head swivels effortlessly, has a low profile to reach under cupboards and cleans right up against the baseboard. Although it's capable of disinfecting, this option can be time consuming, according to reviews. "Steam Queen" Erica Ryan says in order to sanitize you have to leave the mop in place for 15 to 20 seconds. Having said that, most owners say they don't use the PowerFresh for sanitizing anyway, merely for the opportunity to clean their hard floors more deeply than a regular floor mop can, so that doesn't seem to be much of a deal-breaker. The removable water tank makes it very easy to refill and the tank does not need to cool down before refilling. The PowerFresh does not have a power button, so it must be plugged in and unplugged to power on and off.