Steam mops harness the power of steam to clean floors – a quick, elbow grease alternative to the humble mop and bucket. Here’s where to buy the Black & Decker Autoselect FSM1600 for less this week.
While we’ve not fully tested any of these steam-powered gadgets in the Which? lab, the team has got its hands on a couple of to see how well they worked.
One of those was the Black & Decker Autoselect FSM1600 steam mop, which promises to take ‘less time and less work’ than cleaning floors in the traditional way. It has three settings – one for stone and marble, one for wood and laminate floors and another for tiles and vinyls.
Our tester found their tiled floor dried very quickly after being steam cleaned, but – as with a conventional mop -stubborn stains were tricky to shift. We got about 20 minutes of steam before having to refill with water. Read our verdict, and more on how steam mops work, in our First Look review.
UPDATE 13/01/12 – we’ve now fully tested the Black & Decker Autoselect FSM1600 steam mop. See our full review of this model, plus 15 others reviewed and rated in our steam mop reviews area.
Black & Decker steam mop
The Autoselect steam mop’s recommended selling price is around £80, and we actually spotted it selling for more than this – just short of £85 – in Tesco.
But you could order and get one delivered for £63.80 by shopping at either Amazon and Pixmania this week.
With a steam mop you don’t need to use any cleaning chemicals or products – simply add in water, let it heat up and direct the steam where you want it on the floor.
If you’ve got your eye on a more versatile steam-powered cleaner, by popular demand we will be publishing our first full reviews of larger steam cleaners in the new year.
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Spotted it for less elsewhere? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and we’ll update this page. Prices correct at 5pm, 2 November 2011.