Shark Steam Mop vs Eureka Enviro Steamer
The Shark Steam Mop and the Eureka Enviro Steamer are two of the most bestselling steam mops today. They
are priced comparably but when put side by side for this steam mop comparison, one clearly comes out on top as a
much better built and performing steam mop than the other.
In consumer reviews, there are actually quite a few complaints about the Shark Steam Mop's build. Many find it
flimsy and there are many who have experienced problems with the handle breaking. The Eureka Enviro Steamer has a
sturdier build and I haven't read about any reoccuring breaking problems with it.
Both steam mops have generous cleaning paths. The Shark's is 12 inches and the Eureka's is 12 1/2 inches. Both
are lightweight with the Eureka Enviro Steamer weighing 5.4 lbs and the Shark Steam Mop weighing 3 lbs.
The Eureka Enviro Steamer has a 20 ounce water tank, twice as big as the Shark's 10 ounce tank. One of the
biggest complaints consumers had about the Shark Steam Mop was about it's small water tank. They said it required
frequent refilling. I don't own a Shark but I can get about 15-20 minutes of steam time from my Eureka.
The location of the water tanks is different on each of these mops too. The Shark has it located on the handle
area. The Eureka's water tank is located in the mop head. This is where Shark actually has the advantage. With the
tank on the handle, it actually has a low profile head while the Eureka's is bulky and won't get under
While I saw reviews from consumers of both steam mops that showed they were happy with the performance, it
should be noted that the Eureka Enviro Steamer reaches a much hotter temperature than the Shark. Many stated that
the Shark didn't get hot enough to sanitize. If you are buying a steam mop just to clean floors, either one of
these should be fine. But if you want one that will get them sanitized too, the Eureka Enviro Steamer seems to have
the upper hand.
The Shark heats up quicker, in about 30 seconds, while the Eureka takes a few minutes. Also the Shark only has
one steam hole to produce steam from and requires the pumping of a trigger for steam to come out. The Eureka has
several steam holes and produces steam automatically when the mop is turned on.
As I mentioned earlier, the two of these steam mops are pretty comparibly priced. While the Shark Steam Mop
retails for about $99 and the Eureka Enviro Steamer retails for about $79, both can be purchased at Amazon for
around $60 - $65.
Both steam mops come with two mop pads. The Sharks are microfiber and the Eureka has cloth pads with a waffle
texture. Both are machine washable although the Eureka's tend to shrink a little the first time and then require
extra tugging to clip them on the machine.
Both mops have power cords that are about 20 foot long. Pretty standard cord length of a steam mop.
Summing it Up: Shark Steam Mop vs Eureka Enviro Steamer - Which is
the Best Steam Mop?
Taking all of these things plus consumer reviews into consideration, which is the best steam mop? I'm going to
have to say the Eureka Enviro Steamer. I own the Eureka and am really happy with it's performance.
Though I have never owned a Shark Steam Mop, my sister has and she was never very happy with it. She ended up
retiring it and buying a different model.
This seems to be a common theme with the Shark. About 1/4 of the reviews I read for the Shark Steam Mop at
Amazon.com were negative one star reviews. While the Eureka received some negative reviews, the
majority of them were positive.
Taking all this into consideration and also weighing the fact that the Eureka is a better choice since it gets
hot enough to sanitize, I think it is safe to say that the Eureka Enviro Steamer is a much stronger choice!
Read more about these Steam Mops:
Eureka Enviro Steamer Review
Shark Steam Mop Review
Shark Steam Mop - A look at common
complaints from consumers
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