With the wide variety of steam mops on the market, it’s difficult to know how to choose the best. That’s why it helps to first take a look at the ones that offer the most features — and when it comes to features, the Hoover WH20200 TwinTank wins hands down. This two-tank steam mop offers duo functionality so that you can clean with steam alone or with a chemical disinfecting solution.
One of the big benefits of the Hoover TwinTank is its disinfecting properties. According to the manufacturer, the Hoover SteamPlus cleaning solution will remove or kill more than 99.9 percent of bacteria strains, including swine flu, staph, salmonella, E. coli and Type A influenza. Even though it’s powerful, the solution is non-toxic and completely biodegradable.
One of the best things about the Hoover TwinTank is its versatility. In a large number of online reviews, users report that it works extremely well on any type of hardwood, linoleum or glazed ceramic surface; just be sure to sweep the floor well before cleaning in order to remove surface dirt. Otherwise, the steam vents on the mop head can get clogged.
The Hoover TwinTank gets an “A” for maneuverability thanks to its swivel-style, triangular-shaped mop head, which fits into tight corners and works itself easily around furniture. Another plus is that it’s extremely lightweight and easy to lift and maneuver.
The patented two-tank system is what makes the Hoover stand out from its competitors. One tank is for the cleaning solution — it holds about eight ounces of the Hoover solution or your favorite brand — and the other tank will hold up to 16 ounces of water. There is also a replacement filter that should last up to a year. The only downside to this tank system, users report, is that the tanks don’t dry out sufficiently after usage. Although this is a minor problem, it can eventually lead to mold build-up.
If you’re using cleaning solution, one tank full should be enough to clean several rooms. You can order the Hoover brand disinfectant cleaner on the Hoover website, but be warned; it’s expensive. A 32-ounce bottle costs around $15. Likewise, a 64-ounce bottle of the regular multi-floor non-disinfectant cleaner costs around $20. The good news is that you can get quite a few cleanings out of both of these bottles; just be sure you don’t mix them, because the chemicals are not compatible. You also get three microfiber pads that you can throw in the washer and reuse. Once they’re worn out, you can reorder them from the Hoover website as well.
This mop steams up fast; it takes only about 30 seconds for it to start producing steam. There’s also a handy steam-ready indicator that alerts you when the steam is ready. However, one disadvantage of this floor steamer is that you have to pull manually on the steam trigger during the entire steaming process. This can get uncomfortable after a while, especially if you have arthritis or other hand or joint problems.
Another downside is that the Hoover isn’t as “wet” as other steam mops on the market. With less water output, it can take a bit longer to remove caked-on dirt.
The best way to use the Hoover WH20200 is to go over everything once or twice with the steam mop first. For heavily soiled places, it’s a good idea to run over the area again using the disinfecting solution. Because of the Hoover’s lightweight construction, you can get through a normal cleaning job pretty quickly.
Also included in the deal is a slider attachment for carpets. The Hoover TwinTank won’t give your rugs a deep, thorough cleaning, but the steam will deodorize and freshen them up considerably.
ConsThe Hoover TwinTank is priced comparably to other steam mops on the market, but it offers considerably more features for the price. If you want an easy-to-use steam mop that’s versatile enough to clean and disinfect soiled areas, then the Hoover TwinTank may be exactly what you’re looking for.