The PurSteam Steam Mop Cleaner and the Bissell 1940 have gained quite a bit of popularity for their exceptional cleaning performance and user-friendliness. But which of the two should you get—the convertible PurSteam beast or the customizable Bissell? Read our comparison of the two steam mops to find out.
Tank Capacity and Runtime
At first glance, the PurSteam’s water tank looks pretty small considering its overall size, but that’s because it needs to be compact for better maneuverability, both on and off the handle. The convertible 10-in-1 PurSteam comes with an 11.5-ounce tank that supplies anywhere between 20 and 25 minutes of steam. Based on reports, the PurSteam’s onboard boiler takes under a minute to before steam begins pouring out of the mop head or nozzle.
The Bissell has the capacity to hold onto 16 ounces of water at a time. Like the PurSteam, each tankful of water heats up past boiling point in under a minute so you can begin the steam-cleaning cycle almost immediately after plugging this steam mop in. In addition, the Bissell exerts more steam per second and has a maximum runtime rating of 20 minutes.
From a purely technical standpoint, the Bissell’s boiler is slightly more efficient in terms of preheating-to-runtime but by a very narrow margin. The good news is that both of these units perform excellently at cleaning and sanitizing floors by killing up to 99.99% of bacteria and germs thriving on the surface.
The PurSteam is marketed as a 10-in-1 model, though 2-in-1 would actually make more sense. The steam pod is detachable from the mop handle, instantly turning it into a spot-cleaning handheld unit that sprays steam in any orientation. We’ll get into its various attachments in a bit, but what’s important is that the steam “mop” label doesn’t do this device any justice.
As for the Bissell, unfortunately, it’s a one-trick pony that’s designed specifically to clean floors. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it does clean floors in an exceptional way. However, in terms of versatility, or rather how many types of surfaces it can clean, you shouldn’t get your hopes up.
As you can see, the PurSteam and Bissell are two very different steam mops. The PurSteam is a convertible steam mop that transforms into a handheld unit for spot-cleaning all sorts of surfaces, whereas the Bissell is strictly a floor mop. If you want the option to steam-clean garments, wall tiles, as well as floors, the PurSteam is, by far, the better choice.
As a convertible handheld device, the PurSteam needs a wide assortment of cleaning attachments to complete spot-cleaning jobs more quickly. This steam mop comes with ten accessories, including three types of nylon brushes, a bent nozzle, two washable microfiber pads, a high-precision straight nozzle, and a window squeegee.
The Bissell comes with its fair share of cleaning attachments and tools as well. Inside the box, you’ll find two microfiber pads (one soft, one scrubby), a carpet glider, and a flip-down easy scrubber to remove caked-on messes. There are even two Spring Fragrant Discs that pop into the mop head to produce a refreshing fragrance as you clean.
It’s not about how many tools the steam mop comes with but how they well they work. The PurSteam’s wide assortment of attachments make spot-cleaning all sorts of surfaces—from soft clothes to hard oven grills—a breeze. The Bissell’s help in removing stains off of floors completely with a single swipe. Both steam mop models come with excellent attachments that improve user experience by simplifying steam-cleaning tasks.
PurSteam and Bissell
Both the PurSteam and Bissell do not offer on-demand steam. This means there’s no trigger that allows you to shoot the right amount of steam to remove spills and stains of all sizes. However, both of these mops have a variable steam feature where users can adjust how much steam shoots out of the nozzle/mop head. Both models offer three levels of steam power to remove stains by using as little steam and water as needed.
PurSteam Steam Mop Cleaner vs. Bissell 1940: Which Steam Mop Should I Get?
If you’re looking for a steam mop exclusively for floors, then the Bissell 1940 is the better option. Its scubby pad, flip-down easy scrubber, and fragrant discs will add a sheen and scent to your floor that traditional mopping never could.
However, if you’re like us and prioritize versatility, then the PurSteam is the better option. The ability to clean above-ground surfaces as well as floors outshines the unitasker Bissell by a wide margin.