Steamfast SF-295 review: efficient, chemical-free cleaning

The Steamfast SF-295 3-in-1 Steam Mop was not as efficient at cleaning floors as many competitors in our tests but this unit is lightweight and versatile enough to be worth your consideration.

Top Ten Reviews Verdict

There were mops that cleaned in fewer passes than this one, but the versatility and high water temperatures help the Steamfast SF-295 stand out in good ways.


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    Hotter than average temperatures will allow you to kill germs, and clean deeply.


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    The small tank is hard to remove, and hard to get back into place.

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The Steamfast SF-295 3-in-1 Steam Mop was not as efficient at cleaning floors as many competitors in our tests, but it is lightweight and versatile enough to be worth your consideration. It can be pulled apart to become a truly handheld unit, a rare plus among the best steam mops we compared.

Steamfast SF-295: Performance

The SF-295 tied for the second-fewest passes on our sticky messes – soda and orange juice – but was well over the average number of passes on the spaghetti sauce and mustard. Those were the most challenging messes by far, and the SF-295 was not the only one to struggle to remove them. It still beat out a couple of contenders on those, and all mops removed all of the messes eventually, just not as fast as the best of the best. If you prefer the one that cleaned in the fewest passes overall, check out the Bissell PowerFresh.

This steam mop was well above average on our temperature tests, and that’s a plus. Only one cleaning head was hotter. None of the mop heads measured over 200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the target for sanitizing, but the SF-295 was closer than most.

There was only one mop lighter than this one, and it wasn't nearly as versatile. The SF-295 easily adjusts to become a handheld tool for steaming clothing, windows, showers, and basically anything else. Some competing mops clean those surfaces as well but require a hose to do so or require hoisting the entire mop up to whatever you are cleaning. This one is truly handheld.

Being so compact and adaptable comes with some drawbacks. This one has a removable water tank, which means you don't have to take the whole mop to the sink to refill, but it is a small tank that’s difficult to remove and hard to close the lid properly.

This was an ideal steam mop in terms of maneuverability. Its swiveling head got in and around obstacles easily. The adjustable steam levels make it easier to get what you want on different surfaces, and we love the fact that you don't have to pump the handle to generate steam like you do on some competitors.

Should you buy the Steamfast SF-295?

The Steamfast SF-295 3-in-1 Steam Mop took longer to remove some of the messes in our laboratory than some competitors, but it did remove them. It can also help you clean messes on many things besides floors when configured to be a handheld unit. And this one runs hot, which is a very good thing. It means cleaning deeply without chemicals, which is a top benefit of any steam mop.

Angie Parkinson

A contracted writer for TTR, Angie has been reviewing vacuum cleaners, countertop appliances and other home goods for more than eight years. Her spare time often goes to planning improvements for her quirky 103-year-old home or hiking in the gorgeous Utah mountains. In her past role, she was a newspaper journalist and she has a bachelor's degree in Technical Writing.