In the world of steam mops, there are certain features that are must-haves, such as a quick-steaming mechanism, a capability to clean a variety of surfaces and a rotating mop head for maneuverability. The Bissell Lift-Off manages to combine all of these features with another plus — a detachable hand-held steamer that comes with a long hose extension for tough-to-reach spots.
The Bissell Lift-Off cleans, deodorizes and disinfects using steam and water alone, so you don’t have to purchase expensive chemical cleaners that can be odorous and harmful to children and pets. This mop is especially useful for disinfecting and deodorizing linoleum and hardwood floors, as well as kitchen and bathroom surfaces, grout and tile.
One very impressive feature of the Lift-Off is its steam control function, which allows you to adjust the amount of steam saturation you want over a specific area. You’ll also love the unit’s ability to heat up in just seconds. Another user-friendly feature is the handy “ready” light which comes on to tell you when the steam is ready and you’re good to go. As an added plus, the Bissell is not only easy to use, but also easy to assemble. The mop head rotates, making it easy to maneuver into tight spots.
One disadvantage to the Lift-Off, however, is that you need to manually depress the steam trigger throughout the entire steaming process. If you’re cleaning a large room or several rooms, this can be extremely fatiguing and can lead to hand cramps, especially if you have arthritis or joint problems. Another disadvantage is that the water tank doesn’t hold much, so you’ll have to refill it several times if you’re cleaning more than one room.
One especially attractive feature that this floor steamer offers is a detachable hand-held unit that comes with a long hose extension. This is an effective tool for quick clean-up jobs, as well as for fabric and upholstery cleaning. You can easily remove the hand-held unit from the mop in just a few seconds, and even with a full tank of water it only weighs around 10 pounds.
The Bissell Lift-Off comes with cleaning pads that are machine washable and can be used multiple times. Although these are supposed to be heavy-duty, there have been some complaints that the pads come off too easily while cleaning. The Lift-Off also comes with an attachment kit that includes cleaners for flat surfaces, kitchen surfaces and grout areas.
On the downside, some users of this floor steamer have complained about leaks. The problem seems to be caused by faulty o-rings that seal improperly. Another issue is with one of its attachments, a scrubber tool, which can melt after continued use. Also, this probably isn’t the most maneuverable steam mop out there. Although the unit is relatively lightweight, it’s still heavier than a number of other steam mops on the market today.
- 1,500-watt unit produces steam quickly
- Chemical-free steam cleaning system
- Safe for use on linoleum, laminate, vinyl, ceramic, stone and hardwood flowers
- Detachable hand-held steamer with hose extension helps clean hard-to-reach places
- Steam-control function
- Rotating mop head
- Cleaning pad has a tendency to come off while in use
- Mop leaves streaks occasionally
- Unit is heavier than other steam mops
- Possible leakage issues
- Steam trigger has to be depressed manually throughout steaming process
- Unit takes longer for disinfecting jobs
If you’re looking for a multi-purpose steam mop with steam control functions, plenty of attachments and a detachable hand-held unit, then you might want to take a look at the Bissell Lift-Off. Even with the few minor problems that it has, it’s still a terrific steam mop with the ability to clean, deodorize and disinfect a wide variety of household surfaces.