The days of having to go to the hardware store and rent a 100 pound floor cleaner for the day are over. Now we have lightweight, multi-purpose cleaning tools that store easily in the closet. They are affordable, easy to use and can clean almost any mess on your floors.
But which brand and model is right for you? Wet/Dry floor cleaners have many options, features and styles to choose from. Today we will rate, review and compare two of the biggest names in the business to help you decide.
In this review we look at the Shark VACMOP vs. Bissell CrossWave. We will examine the models, accessories, features and benefits to see which is the best fit for you and your needs.
Other Top Rated Multi-Purpose Floor Cleaners
- 1 Other Top Rated Multi-Purpose Floor Cleaners
- 2 Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Floor Cleaner
- 3 Shark VACMOP Vs. Bissell CrossWave
- 4 Model Comparison Chart
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions
- 6 Conclusion
Bissell and Shark aren’t the only brands in the business. While they are the main focus today, you may find a better fit with another top brand or model. Here are some of the most popular options.
- iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop. Robotic spray mop machine capable of cleaning hard to reach areas.
- Bona Hardwood Floor Premium Spray Mop. A manual powered spray mop with attention to ease of use and end-user enjoyment.
- Bissell SpinWave Powered Mop. A powered mop designed to scrub and clean quickly and easily. One of the highest rated scrubbing mops on the market.
- Shark Steam and Spray Professional Mop. Using steam to clean, lift dirt and sanitize floors, this is one of the most under-rated and best performing spray mops available.
Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Floor Cleaner
Before you head out and buy the first multi-purpose cleaner you see, there are some consideration factors you need to think about. Knowing what you need the cleaner for and how it will be used will make your final decision much easier.
Type of Flooring
Not all floors handle water or cleaning solutions very well. Solid hardwood, for example, shouldn’t ever be wet mopped. This can damage the wood, which is an expensive repair or replacement.
Laminate, LVP, tile, hardwood and carpet all have different cleaning methods that are ideal and optimal for them. You need to know what type of floor you have and how it should be cleaned to maintain warranties, keep the like-new look and prevent damage.
Wet, Dry or Damp Mopping
When it comes to mopping there are three main types. A dry mop is when you use a microfiber cloth or other cleaning pad to pick up wet and dry messes. These use no water or cleaning solutions and only pick up what is already on the floor.
A damp mop is similar to a dry mop but you will spray a cleanser or water on the floor directly, then use the cleaning pad to clean it up. A wet mop is the traditional mop where the water is put directly on the mop head or cleaning pad and applied to the floor. This results in a wet floor that is usually left to air dry over time.
Some models will have powered suction that works to spray water on the floor and then suction it back up, storing the dirty water in a tank for proper disposal later. Other models use cleaning pads, brush rollers for scrubbing or a combination of several methods.
Depending on the floor type from above and the type of messes you typically clean up, the collection method will help dictate which model you should research further. For example if you don’t want to touch dirty cleaning pads, you will want to look more toward tanked or suction models, or those with no-touch pad removal.
Powered models, like those covered in this review, also have options. You can choose a battery powered model to give you better range and movement, or a corded model that has movement limitations but typically more
Ease of Use
Another factor to consider is ease of use. You want the model to be lightweight enough to use for extended periods, but sturdy enough to be effective. You also need to factor in how cleaning solutions or water are used (if they are used), and how easy cleaning and maintenance of the machine are.
If the machine is easy to use, maintain and perform well you are more likely to use it, which is the whole point, right? If it is large, bulky and difficult to maneuver it will sit in the corner collecting dust and not used often enough to make it a worthwhile investment.
Features and Accessories
Something else to consider is if the model comes with any unique features or exciting accessories. This can be a simple no-touch disposal system for a cleaning pad, or nozzle add-ons to enable cleaning other surfaces such as tile walls or counter-tops.
While most multi-purpose cleaners won’t have a lot of accessories, you can find a lot of technology. Handle mounted controls, retractable cords, interchangeable cleaning heads and other options can easily make the sale.
Another factor to consider is the cost after the sale. For example, if you get a model with disposable cleaning heads, how much do replacement heads cost? You also want to factor in cleaning solutions or replacement tanks if they become damaged.
While these costs may seem minimal at first, the total cost can add up over time. Knowing what to expect before it comes to that will help you budget better or even change your mind on the chosen model completely.
Cost and Warranty
Finally, the initial cost and warranty of the chosen model will be one of the biggest factors you encounter. The unit needs to fit within your budget, of course, but it also needs to have everything you need to clean to your expectations.
The warranty is another factor. You need to understand what is covered, what is not and how long the coverage lasts. Some brands or models may not even have a warranty, which is another concern entirely.
Shark VACMOP Vs. Bissell CrossWave
In this section we will compare, rate and review the Shark VACMOP vs. Bissell CrossWave. Important note before we begin, though. There is currently only one VACMOP model available, but there are different CrossWave models.
While we will cover all CrossWave options, the primary focus of the review will be between the VACMOP and CrossWave Cordless X7. These two models are the most similar and will be the best comparison. Other CrossWave models will be mentioned in turn, so you know what they do or do not offer as well.
As mentioned above, Shark only has a single option to choose from. The VACMOP is an all-inclusive model that works on all hard flooring and allows you to sweep, vacuum and mop any time it is needed.
Bissell, however, has several different models and series of similar machines. The CrossWave series is the most popular and most reviewed of the Bissell machines and comes in 4 different models. Th X7 is a battery operated floor cleaner that works on all floor types.
The Bissell CrossWave and CrossWave Pet Pro are corded models with brush rollers, suction and dual water tanks to clean deep and thorough. The CrossWave Max is a cordless model like the X7 that focuses on the all-in-one model to keep any floor type clean.
Shark uses a combination cleaning system that relies mainly on disposable cleaning pads. Unlike those found on a Swiffer, though, these have collection pockets to collect the large debris while the rest of the pad sweeps and mops behind it.
Bissell, though, doesn’t have disposable pads. Instead they appear more like a standard vacuum. With a multi-surface brush roller, vacuum style suction and dual cleaning tanks, these models clean virtually any floor.
The spray from the clean water tank is put down on the floor and scrubbed with the brush roller. The dirt, debris and water and then suctioned up into the dirty water tank for disposal when you are done.
All CrossWave models use this cleaning method. However, there are different brush rollers for different cleaning types that are interchangeable but default to different models (for large debris, pet hair, etc).
The Shark VACMOP makes it easy to clean your floors and maintain the machine. When you are done cleaning you can use the push-button eject on the side of the cleaning head to release the cleaning pad without ever having to touch it.
Connect the unit to the charger to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack (non-replaceable) until you are ready to clean again. On a full charge the manual says that the VACMOP will last up to 14 minutes with vacuum and spraying functions active. Some users report up to 35 minutes of runtime while others state only 10. Your use and times may vary as well.
The Bissell X7 is also a cordless battery model. On a full charge you can get up to 30 minutes of runtime. However, the CrossWave X7 also features a turbo mode for tough messes or deeper cleaning that will reduce the runtime almost in half. This is the same as the cordless Max model.
For the corded Bissell units, runtime is not a factor but you are limited to a 25-foot cord. While this isn’t generally an issue, you may find that you have to move to a new outlet for each room to get a full, thorough clean.
With the Bissell units you will get a brush roll for that model type. There are three types including the hard floor roller, multi-surface roller and the pet hair roller. The X7 and Max models come with all three versions while the Pet Pro comes with the pet hair roller and the base model comes with the Multi-surface roller.
For the VACMOP, there aren’t any rollers to deal with. Instead you only have to worry about the cleaning pads. You will get 4 pads included with the unit (there is a kit that includes 12 pads) but more can be purchased in any shop that sells floor cleaning supplies.
Neither brand offers other accessories, with one exception. The Bissell X7 and Max come with a charging dock that sits on the floor, plugs into an outlet and has a self-cleaning station that will clean the brush roller, recharge the battery and give you storage for the cleaning solution bottles and extra rollers.
These models only have a few parts that are designed to be user replaceable, and those are the rollers and cleaning pads. Neither brand has a removable battery pack to replace and neither comes with needed accessories that you may need to replace after some usage.
However, the Bissell models do use removable water tanks for clean and dirty water and if those ever become damaged or leak you will need to replace them. Finding a replacement (when out of warranty) is difficult as they aren’t sold directly to consumers.
Warranty coverage for the Shark VACMOP is set at one year. This will cover the model, battery, suction motor and controls of the system. The cleaning pads and solutions are not covered. If something happens, Shark customer service is fairly easy to deal with and will attempt to repair or replace the unit according to the warranty.
Bissell warranty varies by model but covers the units for 1 to 3 years. Like the Shark warranty, removable parts are not covered. Bissell customer service is a little more difficult to get a claim through but it can be done with a bit of diligence and patience.
The cost difference between the brands is exceptionally noticeable. The cheapest option in this review is the Shark VACMOP. The actual cost will depend on where you buy and if there are any seasonal specials involved.
For the Bissell CrossWave models, their prices are a bit higher.
What People are Saying
When it comes to those that have already made the purchase and tried the models out, it is important to hear what they have to say. Without a doubt, both the Shark and Bissell consumers have glowing reviews.
You will find out that the VACMOP gets reviewed well for its power, cleaning ability and ease of use. There are negative reviews though and almost all of them revolve around the battery. Because the battery is not removable, once it stops holding a charge, the unit is essentially useless.
Bissell CrossWave reviews will tell you that the machines clean better than some vacuums and much better than a standard mop. The ability to scrub floors, vacuum carpet and wet mop all at the same time is extremely useful.
Once again, though, the non-removable battery (for cordless models) comes into question. While it is designed to last for several years, this is not always the case. With the higher cost, if the battery dies after the warranty period, you have an even more expensive dead machine than you would with the VACMOP.
Model Comparison Chart
Here we look at all of the reviewed models in a side-by-side comparison chart to show you, at a glance, what each one has to offer and how they compare to other options.
|Shark VACMOP||Bissell Crosswave X7||Bissell Crosswave Pet Pro||Bissell Crosswave Base||Bissell Crosswave Max|
|Power Source||Lithium-ion Battery||Lithium-ion Battery||25-foot Cord||25-foot Cord||Lithium-ion Battery|
|Cleaning Style||Cleaning Pads||Brush Rollers||Brush Rollers||Brush Rollers||Brush Rollers|
|Run Time||14 minutes||30 minutes||N/A||N/A||30 minutes|
|Accessories Included||4 cleaning pads, cleaning solution||Pet Pro roller, Pet clean solution||Pet Pro roller, Pet clean solution||Multi-surface roller, multi-surface cleaner||Multi-surface roller, multi-surface cleaner, sanitizer|
|Weight||4.7 lbs.||10.5 lbs.||11 lbs.||11 lbs.||11.5 lbs.|
|Floor Types||All hard flooring||All hard flooring, rugs, carpet||All hard flooring, rugs, carpet||All hard flooring, rugs, carpet||All hard flooring, rugs, carpet|
|Disposal Method||No-touch push button||Removable tank||Removable tank||Removable tank||Removable tank|
|Warranty||1 year||1 year||3 years||2 years||1 year|
|Cost||See Current Price on Amazon||See Current Price on Amazon||See Current Price on Amazon||See Current Price on Amazon||See Current Price on Amazon|
Frequently Asked Questions
Here, we will answer the most common questions about the Shark and Bissell models. If you have questions not covered here, please use the comment section below.
Q. Can you use a Shark VACMOP on rugs?
- No, even though there is a suction portion of the cleaning cycle of the VACMOP, it is not able to be used on carpet. The Shark VACMOP is made for vacuuming, sweeping and mopping hard flooring only.
Q. How long to VACMOP pads last?
- The pads are a one-time use only. The disposable pads are made to clean your floors over one run and then be thrown away. Each time you go to clean your floors a new pad should be used.
Q. Can you use Pine Sol in a Bissell CrossWave?
- Clean water and Bissell branded cleaning solutions are all that are allowed in the Bissell CrossWave models. Using anything else, including Pine Sol, will void the warranty. So, while it is possible to use other cleaning products it isn’t advised.
Q. Can you use a Swiffer cleaner pad in a Shark VACMOP?
- No. The specialized pads of the VACMOP model have a pocket for collecting the debris which prevents dirt and dust from getting into the system and contaminating the water, corroding the motor and causing other issues. Without the debris pocket your floors will not get clean and you will leave debris behind.
Shark and Bissell are two of the biggest names in the floor cleaning industry and it is no surprise that they are constantly compared and reviewed side by side as we have done here.
The Shark VACMOP vs. Bissell CrossWave is one that is important to understand and evaluate for yourself. Both models are capable cleaning machines backed by a large company with reliable histories.
The VACMOP is a battery powered hard floor cleaner that uses disposable pads to make the chore easier and more efficient. The Bissell CrossWave is a multi-floor cleaning machine designed to simplify the cleaning process while catering to the needs of the user.
Which one is right for you? Only you can decide in the end, but hopefully you have a better idea of which one is the right choice for your needs.