Shark Steam Pocket Mop In Australia
Shark Steam Cleaner Review
I really dislike mopping floors. Especially having to cart round a mop and bucket. So, the Shark Steam Mop infomercial really appealed to me when I first saw it. Our eldest daughter suffers from asthma, so using just water (steam) rather than cleaning chemicals is a major selling point for us, as well as from an environmental standpoint.
This is my weekly lens where I look at a product I really want to buy and research it as much as possible before I make a buying decision. I decided against the Shark Steam Cleaner for a number of reasons that you will discover in this review. Please, if you disagree with my review just leave your experiences of the product in the comments section at the end of this review. I will correct any information I have got wrong.
The biggest shocker is that I believe Shark are dumping a cheaper version of the steam mop onto the Australian market rather than the Professional version. From my research the cheaper version has serious safety issues and is likely to break within the first few months of use. This leads onto the important consideration of how you order replacement parts.
The Shark Steamer TV Offer In Australia
In Australia, at present, you can only buy the Shark Steam Pocket Mop from the TV infomercial. I verified this by visiting Big W, Target and Kmart. BigW did stock the Shark earlier in the year (priced at around $200) but are now selling the much cheaper Piranha Steam Mop for around $50.
The advertisement advertises the product at only $20 dollars. This is not the real price, it's more like $200, as you end up making multiple payments after your 30 days are up. This is classic Infomercial tactics and allows them to change the real hidden price at anytime they wish. As you will see this version (the non pro version) of the product is not worth that much. For example in the Pro Version, the water pours in from the top and there is different settings for the amount of steam - you don't get these with the non pro version
Looking at the model advertised on the Australian infomercial and comparing with the manufacturers website, they are selling an inferior non retail version on TV. I believe it to be the SharkÂ® Steam PocketÂ® Mop - S3501. As we will see later in this review there are lot's of problems with this model.
The professional versions of the Shark Steam Pocket Mop are more sturdy in construction and more feature packed.
Shark Steam Pocket Mop Consumer Reviews
The shark Steam pocket mop is a household name in the US. As the previous models have sold millions over the years. But is it any good? The strange thing I discovered was that customers where mostly spread between two extremes with their reviews. They either rated the product highly with 5 out of 5 or very low with 1 out of 5, for reasons we shall see.
First The Good Points
- The primary benefit is that you can clean an sanitize floors without the use of chemicals. In effect with just plain water. And there is no need to rinse the floor a 2nd time to get rid of chemicals from a regular mop cleaning.
- No need to carry around a bucket of water when mopping, it is effectively built into the mop and heated up as you go.
- The non pro version is shoddily in design and made of cheap thin plastic . Most customers report that the mop breaks after a few months of use. People at first love the device when they first purchase it then after a few months of use it breaks. So they start out writing a positive review and then a few months later return to write a negative review. Thus the even spread between good and bad reviews I mentioned earlier. Sometimes the product only worked for 5 uses. One customer loved the product so much, despite the problems, that they kept repurchasing it every 2 months for 3 times in a row each time it broke down.
- As with any electrical powered device having a trailing electrical cord is a real pain to deal with.
- Don't expect the device to make moping easier. Don't believe the infomercial it requires work to push the mop. If you look at the videos you have to push the mop for the steam to come out. Also it does not produce as much steam as you might expect.
- The swivel part that connects the mop handle to the main body has been known to snap off. It is just cheap plastic.
- The interchangeable heads can be very difficult to detach. For some customers the detachable head as stuck on permanently..
- The head picks up dirt no problem, but the steam pushes the rest of the dirt and lint around the sides. So, you must sweep up the floor first anyway.
- A lot of customers reported that it leaves a filmy residue or a streaky and dull finish. For really grimy floors the trick is to do a deep clean by using a vinegar wash first. You don't have to do this all the time just once.
WARNING: A number of customers have reported that the attachment has been known to blow off the end of the mop. Some people have even suffered burns. Over time the nozel on the inside of the machine either melts or builds up salts.
Because, there is no built in water filter a build up of salts from the chlorine in the water will collect around and block the nozzle. Use distilled water if you can. The device really should have an automatic shutdown device if the pressure inside the mop gets too high.
Shark Steam Pocket Mop Accessories
Getting replacement parts and accessories for Shark products could be a real problem if you live in Australia. This is why I would recommend getting an alternative Steam Mop from a local Australian retailer instead.
Shark do have replacement parts for the Shark S3501 on their website. This appears to be the the model advertised on Australian TV. I imagine the shipping costs from the USA would be expensive however.
Alternative Steam Mops Available In US
For people living in the US there are a number of alternatives available on Amazon.
Alternative Steam Mops Available In Australia
Most of the major retailers in Australia such as Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Big W and the like stock alternative Steam cleaners. This would be your best bet.
How To Assemble the Shark Pro Steam Mop
Although this how to video is for the pro version of the Shark. It gives you an idea of the construction of the device.
The Shark Professional Steam Cleaner Youtube Demo
This is the infomercial for the Professional version of the Shark . As you can see from this infomercial the product is superior to the one being marketed in Australia. For example it has three levels of steam control, whereas, the product marketed on TV does not even have an on/off switch.
Do You Own A Steam Mop? Let us know your thoughts on the Shark Steam Pocket Mop, especially if you own one. It helps others make an educated decision before purchasing.