I was recently sent The Pro Shark Steam & Spray™ mop to review. After using it for a few months and comparing it to my current (not-Shark) steam mop, I am here to break it down for you and help you decide if it is worth the $150 investment. (You can also find it for $140 and Free Shipping on Amazon.)
Update: I was sent the Pro Shark Steam & Spray. This version has a removable chord and allows you to use it with the disposable pads with the quick spray option. The regular Steam & Spray does not have this option, it is a steam-only mop and Shark lists this one for $120.
The one feature that stood out to me about the Shark over any other steam mop I’ve used, is the removable chord. This has a very long chord. The length is handy for cleaning my entire kitchen and living room open floor plan. But as messy as my kids are, I don’t want to have to plug it in, wait for it to steam, then mop. You can take the chord off the mop and use it without steam! There is a spraying button on the handle that will squirt water from the front of the mop head. This action reminds me of the Swiffer Wet Jet. It is very convenient and saves you from having to own a steam mop and a chord-free quickie mop.
Pays for itself by removing your need for a 2nd product – win!
You can purchase disposable pads for convenience or use the heavy-duty washable microfiber ones. I prefer the microfiber. My kids are just way too messy to make buying disposable pads worth it. The Sanifiber disposable pads are priced decently though – $8.88 for 12 pads on Amazon.com. As opposed to my current steam mop, these pads attache via velcro. I’ve cleaned some seriously stuck on messes and they have never come unhooked from the mop. I’ve been using this washable pad for a few months and the velcro has yet to wear out.
You can also see how lightweight this mop is. I love that it isn’t a chore to get my Shark mop out and carry it around the house. I can carry it with one hand with no issues! My other mop is heavier. Even though this one is lightweight, it steams HOT and this heat removes the gunk on my floor.
Lightweight, hard-working, easy to use!
Here is the water tank. See how you can actually see how much water is in it? This is awesome! My other steam mop stores all the water in the head of the mop and I can’t see how much water is left or if I am overfilling it. This design is very user-friendly.
When you plug in your Shark, you can press that top button to choose which kind of cleaning you want the mop to do. Each one is a different level of heat. The scrubbing really does get stuff like kid’s paint, syrup and dried milk off the floor. One thing I had to do was make hold the mop on the stubborn spot, let the steam work on the stickiness, and then move it back and forth very slowly. I had to remind myself that this isn’t a vacuum cleaner, so I shouldn’t do the quick back and forth motions like one. When I went slower I saw better results!
The only downside was that I didn’t like the effect of the cleaner on my floor. It left streaks. So I ended up using just water and steam and then spraying my floor with polish and steaming it up. Thankfully the Shark Energized Cleaner is optional. They did send the “multi-floor” version with my mop and I’m curious to try their “wood floor” variety and see if it works better.
Ok, so is it worth the $120-150?
I honestly think it is. I like the convenience of steam mops – no buckets, dries instantly, no harsh chemicals! And I love that this one can be used without a chord for super quick clean up. It is only about $50 more than the other brands on the market and it is holding up to my heavy use very well. I would definitely buy this again. In my opinion, it is worth it to upgrade to the Pro version for $30 more, you will get way more than $30 use out of the quick spray option!