Steam mops have a lot of competition these days. In order to stand out from the others, a good steam mop has to offer a feature that sets it apart from the rest. The Bissell 46B4 Steam & Sweep manages to do just that by featuring an all-in-one function that both vacuums and steam cleans hard floors.
With most steam mops, manufacturers recommend that you thoroughly sweep the floor free of all dust and surface dirt before you start steam cleaning. With the Bissell Steam and Sweep, you can get everything done with one unit. The Bissell vacuums the floor clean first, saving you time and energy.
One thing that users like about the Steam & Sweep is that it’s lightweight and can be easily lifted and moved from floor to floor. Likewise, it has a convenient swivel-head mop that digs deep into tight corners and maneuvers admirably around furniture legs. Another plus is its 30-foot power cord, which makes it easy to move the unit from room to room. The Steam & Sweep comes with its own washable, reusable mop pads, and you can order replacements from Bissell.
The Bissell Steam & Sweep runs on water alone, so you don’t have to purchase expensive — and potentially harmful — chemical solutions for your floor. The steamer heats up quickly, and the unit has a removable water tank for easy refilling. Some online users say that the water tank needs to be bigger, however, so if you plan to clean several rooms, you may have to refill it a number of times. Users say that the steamer does a good job of cleaning, deodorizing and sanitizing linoleum, tile and hardwood floors, and it also works effectively on kitchen and bathroom counters, tile and grouting.
As with many other steamer mops on the market, you have to hold down the steamer trigger continuously throughout the steaming process. Although this isn’t a problem for many users, it can become extremely uncomfortable during larger cleaning jobs, especially if you have arthritis or joint problems in your hands.
Another potential drawback of the Steam & Sweep is its dry-sweep vacuum function. Once you’ve started steaming, the cleaning pad will naturally become soaked with water, making a “dry sweep” impossible. However, this logistical issue can be easily overcome if you go over all of the rooms and surfaces with the sweeper first before starting the steaming process.
Although the Bissell Steam & Sweep works very well as a steamer, the vacuum function leaves a lot to be desired. The cleaner won’t pick up pet hair, lint, dust bunnies and other common surface dust and dirt as well as most stand-alone vacuum cleaners. A disadvantage of having the vacuum and steamer in one unit is that some of the vacuumed debris, such as dog hair, ends up getting wet because of the steam. This makes it stick to the inside of the unit, making for a messy clean-up job. However, given that this is a two-in-one appliance, I’m willing to give Bissell a bit of a pass on this one.
Here is a breakdown of the main pros and cons of this floor steamer/vacuum:
- Duo function that sweeps and steams floors effectively
- Chemical-free cleaning function
- Long 30-foot power cord
- Removable water tank for easy refilling
- Swivel mop head
- Two-year limited warranty
- Vacuum lacks suction power
- Can get clogged easily
- Has a tendency to leave water marks and streaks
- Steam trigger needs to be manually depressed throughout steaming
Bottom Line: Is the Bissell 46B4 Steam & Sweep Worth Buying?
Although there are a few aspects of the Bissell Steam & Sweep that could be improved, if you’re looking for convenience and you dislike the idea of having to get out the broom and the vacuum cleaner before using your steam mop, then you’ll enjoy owning an all-in-one unit that will sweep vacuum and steams all your household floors and surfaces in one go.