Does the Smart Living Steam Mop Work?


Does Smart Living Steam Mop work?The Smart Living Steam Mop likes to stress the fact that it doesn’t use chemicals to clean up your home, and just uses steam to sanitize and clean it. The only problem with steam products is that they’re usually resounding successes if the company gets it right, or wonderful flops if they get it wrong. It may seem simple enough, but steam cleaning is hard to get right. Let’s see if Smart Living pulled it off.

Overview
Steam is very versatile, it and can cook food, power locomotives, get the wrinkles out of your shirt, and get tough stains off of most any surface. When you combine steam with a mop, it just makes perfect sense that this is a match made in heaven. The mop makes it so you don’t have to get on your hands and knees, or stoop to clean up the floor. The steam makes it so that you don’t have to use a lot of elbow grease or go over the same spot many times trying to get a stain to come off.

The Claim
The makers of the Smart Living Steam Mop really harp on the idea that this is a “green” product. They say that it is a way to live sustainably, and they’re right to some extent, this is a form of reducing the impact that you’re having on the Earth, but it’s pretty much a break-even with all of the plastic, wires, metal and electrical components it will eventually add to a trash heap somewhere.

Another aspect of this product being better for the environment is that it doesn’t use disposable pads, it uses reusable microfiber pads that can be washed and reused again and again so you don’t have to keep tossing out the old ones. But unless you are a mopping wonder that is mopping up all the time you really won’t go through that many paths, so this is again a questionable statement if they’re calling that a green feature.

The Hype
The hype is that many of these steam mops try to make the case that they are doing the Earth a favor by not using cleaning chemicals that add to the pollution of the planet. However, compared to the sort of resources that the average American home consumes, and the amount of waste that they produce, using a bit of cleaning chemicals to get your kitchen floor clean is not really high on the chart as far as offensive actions go.

The Cost
The Smart Living Steam Mop sells for around $145 at various online retailers.

The Commitment
Using a product that features steam should make your life easier because the steam loosens up dirt that has been worn in, and also cleans up any wet messes that should happen. However, some reports are saying that this uses too much moisture, and the result could be that you have to clean up after you are finished cleaning up, adding time and effort to the process and making this an additional commitment.

Evaluation
Most reviews of the Smart Living Steam Mop say that it doesn’t really live up to expectations, leaves the floor too wet, and is too heavy to do any big jobs. There are a few positive reviews that say it works the way they thought it would, but overall people seem to be pretty under-impressed. Since this product is made from a relatively new company, it’s not surprising that they couldn’t quite pull off something like this. There’s somewhat of a barrier to entry, and unless you have a superior manufacturing process, you’re going to have a mop that gets mixed to negative reviews.

When you go with a steam mop, you want to get one that not only has heavily lopsided reviews to the positive, you want to get one that has all the features you could ever want, all in one unit. That’s why companies make mops like the H20 X5 Steam Mop which has five different functions all-in-one tool so you don’t have to fill your broom closet with a bunch of different gadgets.

That’s also why you’ll see some of the most well-known brands with their own versions of successful steam powered products. Companies like Bissell had to get in on the game and have made a pretty good impression on customers. With them you can be assured you’ll get a well-built machine that will last several years.

Final Smart Living Steam Mop Review

The Smart Living Steam Mop can’t earn our approval because they just don’t make a strong enough case for themselves, and the feedback coming in from real users points to this being a dud. It’s not really the manufacturer’s fault, because steam-based products are not the easiest thing in the world to make. That’s why there’s only a few companies out there that can get it right, and lucky for them most upstart companies will end up flopping and closing up shop.

Our Recommendation
There are some really good steam mops out there that you should consider before going with this one. For example we discovered one of the best reviewed steam mops, the Shark Steam Pocket Mop, and found it to be all that people have been talking about. With all of the features it has, and the fact that it includes everything that the Smart Living model has, this would be the one we’d go with.

What do you think? Does Smart Living Steam Mop work or not?


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Shripa September 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

The smart living steam mop looked really good at first, but I think you’re right, their claims are questionable at best if you stop to think about it for a moment. I was so caught up in this green thing that I thought it was such an amazing product. I’ll be checking out the Shark Steam Pocket Mop as you suggest here, I think it’s got a better review elsewhere as well.

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Alma Forte October 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I bought the Smart Living Steam Mop primarily for pet accidents and stains. For that purpose, it is terrific! It was money well spent to keep my carpets clean and fresh.

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Debbie October 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Have you used yours on the furniture?

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john November 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I just used it today on my sofa where the cat apparently barfed last night. It was gross and dried up. Steam got it off like a champ and no residue when dried. So, worked for me!

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Debi October 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm

i just bought one this weekend. It looked great, but after getting home, it didn’t work right. The clip that hold the handle on broke and handle won’t go in or out. I only did one bathroom with tile. It took over and hour to clean it. The mop kept shutting off regardless of what outlet i had it in. I used two pads and they were both soaking wet. The floor took over an hour to dry. We bought it because we are installing laminate flooring and thought it would be nice, but i’m afraid to use it and i think mine is defective. Called the retailer but they aren’t in their office until tomorrow. It’s lightweight and i like not having to scrub floor (the idea), but in reality, i’m afraid to use this again if my first time was this disastrous.

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chrissi October 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

do you have the number to the retailer cuz id like to call as well? my steam mop keeps turing off on me im going on almost 2 hours now and ive only done 2 rooms in my house :(

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Debbie October 27, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I love mine. Have only had it for 2 weeks but it has worked great for me. I love the handheld one for the bathroom and kitchen cabinets. Haven’t read the bad reviews you are talking about but for sure I still have nothing bad to say about mine.

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Pat October 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I love mine. Cleans fast, does NOT leave floor soaking wet. I only use it on floors though.

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JERILYN November 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I loved it at first it worked great. I have had it less than one year and it stopped working and I cant get anyone to call or contact me back to get it fixed or replaced. It should last longer than that for the money. What do I do?

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MarilynM November 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I bought the Smart Living Steam Mop a couple of weeks ago. The floors in the living area of my house are all ceramic tile, while the bedrooms are carpet. It cleans the ceramic tile wonderfully. I had a “Shark Steam Mop” and hated it. When I cleaned the ceramic floors with it, it left streaks, because the steam was uneven. The Smart Living Steam Mop does not do that. The steam is even and when finished cleaning leaves the floor shining with no streaks. I even tried it on the carpets in the bedrooms and it also cleaned those wonderfully. I love my Smart Living Steam Mop.

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Robert M January 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I love this mop! I’m the one who cleans the home and I’ve had it for about a year and it does wonders. I use it on my shower, counters, wood floors and beds just like the guy said! I couldn’t ever go back to anything else! I’ve even noticed that my pet isn’t sick as much. The vet told me awhile ago to stop using my swifter and I have!

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Annie January 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I loved mine at first…but then the pads kept falling off! The velcro on the pads was unraveling..then to boot, today, the steam part was coming out in spurts! The steamer on the Smart Living Mop quit working…. It would not clean…my cat would do a better job licking the floor clean. I wouldn’t buy this lemon again especially for the price!

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Emmitt Grant January 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm

This is a Scam, I Bought one, it put marks on my floors that want come out,….I have tryed to get this company to call me back and they Will not return my calls…..

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Donnalee Chase February 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I did an “impulse” buying when my husband and I were on vacation in Tucson. We went to the home show and watched the demonstration for the Smart Living Steam Mop. I have used it twice since being home on my bamboo floors and am very satisfied. We have a dog and a cat and it did a great job. I’ve also used it on our bedroom carpet and was satisfied.

The only cons I have is that it does not have attachments to make it easier to use on furniture and in our walk in tile shower.

We have very hard water even with a high end water softener so I only use distilled water and I put vinegar in it.

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Jenni M February 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm

We attended a home and garden show in Denver last weekend and fell under the Spell of the Steam. I specifically asked if this worked on pre-finished hardwood flooring and was assured it did. I couldn’t wait to use it and tried it yesterday. It cleaned great, but took off the beautiful luster finish. My floors have always looked like new with just a damp moping. They now look like dull 12 year old floors. Thank goodness I only steamed a 4′ x 4′ section in my kitchen. I am really disappointed that I spent so much money without improving the quality or ease of cleaning. I’ll stick to my bucket and sponge mop. It did do a good job on countertops and tile flooring (it came with the smaller version steamer), but it is overall, a “W.O.M.”… A WASTE OF MONEY. I, too, tried calling the number on my receipt and got a recording and had to leave a message. From the above reviews, it sounds like I won’t be hearing from them.

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Dave February 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I’ve had mine for a couple of years now with no problems. I recently bought the jr. at the last home show I attended. It works great on my floors. I’d imagine after reading some of these comments that many of the issues may be user error. I have hard water and was told to use distilled water, which I do and I have no problems. I have pre finished hardwood floors and have zero issues, works great on my tile. I’ve also used it a few times for some pet stains and even once on a red wine stain after somebody spilled it at our house warming party. I’d recommend it to my friends.

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Miryam March 17, 2013 at 8:43 am

I bought it today thinking its amazing from the demonstration so smooth…
But when I used it at home it was so difficult and smelled like steamy hot dirt it was so gross I am returning It and going to go but a better one this isn’t worth the money I paid for it.

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Laura March 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

We bought ours about 3 years ago at a trade show and have been quite happy. The best part is that my kids (now 10 & 11) fight about who gets to do the steam mopping. We use it on laminate and tile and find that it dries fairly quickly, certainly faster than my previous mopping strategy wringing out a washable mop pad. One thing I don’t like is that the head is high, so I can’t get it under the cabinets well enough to clean by the kick. I wonder about the comments below about it shutting off. Perhaps they don’t realize that this is like an iron. When it get to temperature, it shuts off momentarily and then will go through it’s head cycle again.

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Kay March 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I know its quite new to me but I love the shine I am getting on my tiles. To be honest, I have always liked steam cleaning since I bought a hand held, Shark, from Canadian Tire. I think they are the best way to clean – no chemical residue and sanitized. What more can you ask for, other than, someone to do it for you :)

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Dodie April 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

I purchased my mop yesterday at a home show, I used it this morning on my ceramic kitchen, main entrance and washroom. Also tried it on a patch of my oak hardwood floor, it cleaned it perfectly and the surface was streak free, which I love.
I think it worked great,streak free, not too wet and the steam was consistent, I look forward to trying it on other surfaces and seeing how the product holds up.
This is my first steam mop and hopefully over it’s production time they have worked out a few of the kinks that some of these comments have listed!

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Connie June 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

We too purchased at home show both mop and Jr as package deal for $200 earlier this year. Have not used either on regular weekly basis, but have to say that the half dozen plus times we have used them for larger cleaning tasks have been very satisfied with the results thus far. The mop on kitchen, bath and wood floors….you can see the dirt it’s picking up left on the pads. I find the Jr. more versatile for different cleaning jobs. Been most impressed on windows using the squeegee attachment in a fraction of the time! Did a nice job on the car mats with all the winter salt, grime, etc that was stuck in the grooves. Was quite effective on tile grout using brush, but not so great on car upholstery, which had been dirty for months. So far so good just hope that the product is durable. The one negative regarding Jr. is that the plastic gasket deteriorated and started to melt.

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Erlyne July 3, 2013 at 5:00 am

Bought my steam mop (Smart Living) at the fair last July. It is used regularly to clean my Italian tile bathrooms, wood laminate LR/DR and bedrooms and hall and linoleum kitchen floors. Everything looks great! I need to find a source of more pads; can anyone help me? The “dirt” we track into the house is greasy tar and black so my pads aren’t easily cleaned!

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Christy July 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I bought this steam mop 3 years ago and home and garden show. I loved it!! I had 2 dogs and 3 under school aged children and travertine floors, approximately 1500 square feet. I used it twice a week for 6 months, and then it quit working. The company was about a half an hour away, so I called them. It was out of warranty by 2 weeks, but they let me exchange it for a new one. A few days later they called me and left a message saying that my original had rusted out and I shouldn’t store it outside. I assure you, it was never outside. I loved the second mop and used it just as much as the first one. Six months later, it also died. I didn’t bother with the company that time. For $150, I expect more than 6 months of use!!! I have yet to find a mop I liked as much as this one. I currently have a Hoover and hate it, it is so difficult to push. The smart living steam mop heated up quickly and just glided over my floors. I’m still hunting for the perfect steam mop!!!

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Josh B. August 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm

So these types of steam mops only last 6 months? That’s a little disappointing to say the least, especially if you made a large investment into this particular mop. But alas, just because something is expensive doesn’t mean that’s high quality. I guess I will have to continue my search for a mop that no only gets the job done but lasts at lot longer than 6 months.

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Kathy September 11, 2014 at 5:06 am

I have had my smart living steam mop for a little over a year now. Loved the demonstration for it at the boat show and have loved it since!! No issues with it. Use it on hickory wood floors, tile, laminate wood floors, all of my floors. I also do my mattresses with it, my carpets. Literally, everything that can be used with steam gets cleaned with it. I don’t understand all of the complaints that I have read about this mop! Maybe a bad run of them?? After I purchased and raved about mine ( and gave demonstrations with it ) several family members also purchased there own and love them! I am familiar with the shark steam mop… Fail. And several others, to heavy, leaves the floor soaking wet! No adjusting handle to get under things. My mop gets into corners and along baseboards just perfectly! I took an hour with my sales guy and got him to show me everything in depth and exactly how to use it like he demonstrates it. ( bought to many things that were demonstrated well and when I tried using a cleaner or whatever it never worked the way they made it work ) so with my mop I wanted to make sure I could enjoy it the way it was demonstrated and the impressive way it cleaned to a shine!!! I’m still impressed with it, i use it always and I bring it to the cottage and have also lent it to a friend. It’s my best cleaning system and I would not want to do without it!! There is lemons made in everything that is made including vehicles, I would suggest if you buy it from a show, go home and use it. Then if something is wrong take it right back to them. If you have a good one, you will love the clean and ease of use. Very light to move and carry around with my arthritis. :). Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!! Cleaning is a breeze with my smart steam mop. :)

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Vikki September 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Bought this a couple of years ago and hardly use it as it leaves streaks on my bamboo floors. I just tried my neighbors Shark and love it…they allow you to control the amount of steam based on the type of floor…makes sense…sense steam, less water on the floor…worry about getting the floors to wet…will be going out and buying the Shark

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Shirley June 14, 2014 at 4:10 am

I too got caught up in the hype at a trade show. I checked tonight after I had cleaned the ceramic tile with it and ran a damp cloth over it and still had dirt coming up. Believe me the floor is not that dirty! Out of curiosity, I redid the floor again and then once more and both times the pads (clean one each time) were just as dirty as the time before. Go figure!! I believe the water does not heat up to the 110 degrees it says it does. Don’t really know how you can sanitize when it doesn’t even remove the dirt from the floor. Really not all that is it said to be!!

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Kristinna August 29, 2014 at 8:25 pm

I bought mine at the Tampa Bay Home Show at the Tampa Bay Convention center today. I couldn’t wait to come home and try it out. It glided a lot easier at the home show that it does over my textured tile floors; however, we are satisfied with the results from using it today. We have labrador retrievers and children, so we always have messes to clean up!

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laura pekar December 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm

i bought my smart living mop probably three or four years ago at a home show. have been nothing but totally pleased with it. i do have concrete and tile floors. it does not streak, steams well and does a good job of cleaning. i love that i haven’t bought chemicals to clean my floors for all this time, especially with the concern of my dogs having to be subjected to getting the chemicals on their feet. absolutely love it and hope to never have to push a mop around again!

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Nelly December 3, 2014 at 5:05 am

I’ve had my mop around 5 years, which is a miracle compared to the other brands. It steams like a charm never had a problem and its used at least once a month on 5000 sq ft of house. The only thing about this mop that could be improved is the mop pads. They don’t stick for long and wrinkle up when washed and NOT dried. I have to use large rubber bands to keep the pads on and some of my floors are smooth and others are tile, the tile is worse. So, makers, work on the pads, use a snap system or something that stretches them out and won’t let them drag off in two or three swipes. And, I have purchased numerous replacement pads and they aren’t cheap. Guess I’ll order some more and keep it though, the others sound pitiful!

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Nelly December 3, 2014 at 5:06 am

sorry, that’s once a week.

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Deb December 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I love my SLSM. I’ve tried other “name” brand steam mops – they are now in the trash. Using steam to clean is awesome, I’m saving money from not having to buy cleaning chemicals and as far as helping the environment, every little bit helps. If everyone does a little, it adds up to a lot.

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