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Not so great on tile
on July 7, 2013
We were looking forward to testing the Swiffer Bissell Steamboost, having used the Swiffer WetJet for several years. The name of "Bissell" definitely adds a certain quality to the name of the product, so we we eagerly anticipated its arrival.
As with other Swiffer products, this was nicely packaged, easy to assemble and came with simple-to-follow directions. Filling the tank was easy enough, though a funnel might have advisable because the pressure of the tap water made it spray a bit.
Warm up took less than thirty seconds, and after attaching one of the enclosed pads, we proceeded to mop the kitchen and dining room (both tile).
What we found was that, in order to really do a good job, the trigger had to be squeezed more or less continually. After a little while this became uncomfortable. With the trigger squeezed, the Steamboost cut through everything in no time.
We got the kitchen and part of the dining area clean with one pad. Then we found that we had to change pads in order to accommodate this additional area (one pad having cleaned 100 sq ft approximately). I hasten to add that our house is not particularly dirty, but after a while the pad didn't pick up as well, and left streaks as opposed to the wider clean areas that the new pad did.
The smell left behind ("Open Window") was very pleasant, and it was nice to know that the steamed areas were not just clean, they were sanitized.
With all that said, I'm not that impressed. In order to mop our entire tiled area, we're looking at two or three pads. Perhaps it's just not for tile, and does a better job on other surfaces. When compared to the traditional WetJet, at least as far as tile is concerned, we felt that the original was better value for money. I'm not sure that the "sanitizing" feature is worth the money paid over something like the antibacterial solution for the WetJet.
Because we were not able to try this on other floor types, we tried to keep our review neutral, hence the three stars.
I would definitely suggest that a trigger "hold" switch be added so that constant steam mode can be activated without holding in the trigger manually.