Review of the BISSELL 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop

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by Tom Watson on May 8, 2016

One of our neighbors recently purchased the BISSELL 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop and loved how well it worked.

She said it was really good at steam cleaning the floors, didn’t take up a lot of room and wasn’t all that much money either.

So I started looking into the product on Amazon and noticed that it had a ton of positive reviews. When we told our neighbor that we were looking into buying one she allowed us to borrow hers and try it our before getting our own. So that’s what we did, and after giving it a test run, we purchased our own.

Overview of the BISSELL 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop

It comes out of the box pretty much ready to use. While you do have to put a few things together, it only take about two minutes total. Once that is done, there is a small tank that easily slides out. All you have to do is fill it with distilled water then pop it back in and you are ready to go.

After plugging the unit in it takes about one minute to warm up the water so it’s hot enough to use. You’ll know it’s ready because it has a light, and when it stops flashing you can get started. You have three different heat settings you can use depending on your needs (low, medium and high).

It also comes with two Febreze “Spring Breeze” fragrance discs so you can give the area you clean a nice fresh scent. These are re-usable, though in practice it’s hard to remove the discs after using them because they tend to fall apart. Buying more discs is affordable if you like using them.

I liked the cord that is 23 feet long, and the fact that the unit weighs only 6.2 pounds. These two features make cleaning a large area a breeze. I also thought the fragrance scents added to that “clean room” smell we all seek.

The unit is very versatile as it cleans and sanitizes sealed hardwood, tile, stone, marble, ceramic, linoleum and laminate flooring. It also claims to kill 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria when used according to the instructions.

Using the BISSELL 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop

As far as the cleaning goes, once you use the unit you’ll be amazed at how well it works. The BISSELL 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop moves very smoothly and the bottom swivels to get into the corners and other hard to reach spots.

I have to say our floors came out looking great. The pads however get really dirty after use. Sadly the bright white pads you get won’t be that bright white color again. Even though they go through the washer, and get cleaned, they look “grey” even after being bleached heavily.

You only get two pads with the unit, one is general purpose and one has scrubbing strips woven in for tough to clean areas. We only used the general purpose pad so far, as we haven’t had the need for the other yet. We did purchase an extra set of pads to ensure we always had a clean set available.

This unit also has two bigger brothers so to speak. One is the BISSELL Symphony Pet All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop and the other is the Bissell 1132A Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop. The main benefit to them is that they have a built-in vacuum that allows you to steam AND vacuum at the same time. That is an awesome feature that is a major time-saver.

I was leaning towards one of these but I stuck with the BISSELL 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop. I already have a cordless vacuum so I couldn’t justify the purchase of another, but the more expensive versions may be a worthy option for you depending upon your needs. No matter what you decide on, I think you’ll be in good shape if you decide to purchase one of these steam mops.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelly May 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Thank you for this review! I’ve often wondered if one of these would be worth the investment.

2 Tom Watson May 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Hi Kelly! We loved it, and so did our neighbor. For the price, it’s a deal. THANKS for commenting, much appreciated.

3 Stephanie May 8, 2016 at 7:50 pm

We invested in one and absolutely love it. The only down side we saw was if you unplug it even for a quick second it has to cycle through the heat up process which isnt long but is a bit of a pain! Definitely worth the investment.

4 Tom Watson May 8, 2016 at 8:42 pm

Thanks for sharing that Stephanie! That’s good to know!

5 Raymon Samuel May 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm

Got one this weekend, use it on my girlfriend house, that was a mistake, you guest it, now she wants me to bring it with me when I come over.

6 Tom Watson May 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm


7 betty L anderson August 29, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Why don’t you think that the Bissell mop or vacuum slows you down

8 Tom Watson September 6, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Hi Betty! I’m not sure I understand the question. I like the mop for personal use and it may come in handy for certain clients.

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