Category Archives: Hard Floor Cleaners

Karcher FC 5 vs FC 5 Premium what’s the difference?

According to Karcher, the difference between Karcher FC 5 and FC 5 Premium hard floor cleaners is that the FC 5 Premium is the upgrade version of FC 5, it has all the features of the FC 5, but with improved debris pickup, two extra rollers, different detergent, and a white color body.
Otherwise, they are the same.

Floor CleanerKarcher FC 5Karcher FC 5 Premium
Number of Rollers Included1 set2 sets
Detergent(1)500ml RM 536 Multipurpose Floor Cleaner(1)30ml RM 534 Sealed Wood Floor Cleaner
(1)30ml RM 535 Wood Floor Oil/Wax Cleaner
(1)30ml RM 536 Multipurpose Floor Cleaner
(1)30ml RM 537 Stone Floor Cleaner

Product info and things you may want to know before buying:

  • These machines are designed for cleaning hard floors, not for use on carpet and area rugs.
  • They are corded, have a 25-foot/7m power cord.
  • They have clean water tank and waste water tank to separate clean and dirty water.
  • They use two rotating microfiber rollers to mop all standard hard floors, including hardwood, laminate, stone, tile, vinyl floors, etc.
    The rollers are automatically wetted by the clean water when the machine is ON, they spin at the speed of 500 rpm, wipe and pick up dirty water, dust, small crumbs, pet hair, etc. And the built-in vacuum motor will then suction these dirty things off the rollers, collect them into the waste water tank.
    Thus, you always clean the floors with clean water.
  • According to Karcher, the FC 5 uses up to 85% less water when compared to traditional mopping, meanwhile providing better cleaning performance. And the cleaned floors will dry in no more than two minutes.
  • They come with a clean and storage station for storing and cleaning the device.
  • The rollers can be detached and cleaned under running water or washing machine.
  • The waste water tank can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
  • There is no detergent tank. You will have to add detergent into clean water tank if you want to use detergent.

    Karcher customer support say that they allow you to add your own detergent, however, “Detergents containing bleach, ammonia, or other corrosive substances is
    not permitted for use in this machine. The use of non-approved detergents can damage the appliance and will void the warranty”.

    You can also use only water without adding any detergent.

  • There’s no heater. You can add cold or lukewarm tap water into the clean water tank.
  • They do not steam.
  • There is no solution release trigger, the water comes out automatically when it’s powered on.
  • The color scheme is the only difference between the grey and yellow microfiber rollers.
  • They are hard floor cleaners, not vacuum cleaners.
  • Come with clean and storage station for cleaning and storing the machines.
  • The handle does not fold for storage.
  • The FC 5 is designed in Germany and assembled in Lithuania.
  • Weighs 11.02lbs / 5kg (without cleaning liquids)
  • Dimensions are 12.60″ x 10.63″ x 48.03″ / 320mm x 270mm x 1220mm
  • Carry 3-year limited warranty.
  • Download Karcher FC 5/FC 5 premium manual to learn more:

Karcher FC 3 Cordless vs FC 5 cordless hard floor cleaner what’s the difference?

The differences between the Karcher FC 3 Cordless and FC 5 Cordless are as follows:

  • Mechanism
    According to customer service, the main difference is that the Karcher FC 5 Cordless hard floor cleaner has a suction motor which vacuums the dirty water off the back of the two rollers and into the waste water tank which located on the back of the machine.
    The FC 3 Cordless hard floor cleaner does not have a vacuum motor, it uses a scraping method to remove dirty water off the back of the rollers and collects the water in the waste water tank which located at the bottom, on the front side of the machine.
  • Tank Capacity
    Both of them have dual tanks: a clean water tank and a dirty water tank. The tanks on the FC 5 cordless is a bit larger, its clean water tank holds up to 13.5 oz, dirty water tank holds up to 6.8 oz. Whereas the FC 3 cordless clean water tank capacity is 12.2 oz and waste water tank capacity is 4.7 oz.
  • Dirty Water Tank Removal
    The dirty water tank on the FC 5 cordless is easier to remove to empty. Whereas the FC 3 cordless dirty water tank is under the floor head cover, you will need to remove the cover to reach the dirty water tank.
  • Weight
    The FC 5 Cordless is heavier, it weighs approximately 9.6 pounds (without accessories and cleaning fluids) versus 5.3 pounds on the FC 3 Cordless.
  • Dimensions (L x W x H)
    The FC 5 Cordless is a bit bulkier.
    The dimensions of FC 5 Cordless are
    12.6″ x 10.6″ x 48″
    The dimensions of FC 3 Cordless are
    12″ x 8.9″ x 48″
  • Storage Station
    The storage docks of the two units are also a bit different.
    The FC 5 Cordless storage station is not only for storing the machine and rollers, but also allows you to rinse the device with fresh water in the storage station when finished using. You place the FC 5 Cordless into storage station, fill storage station with water and turn on the unit to do the rinsing procedure.
    The FC 3 Cordless storage station on the other hand does not have the feature to rinse the device.
  • Charger Cord Length
    The FC 5 Cordless charger cable length is 59.06 inches versus 70.87 inches on the FC 3 Cordless.
  • Battery
    The FC 5 Cordless has 25.2V battery pack versus 7.2V on the FC 3 Cordless. Since the FC 5 Cordless has a vacuum motor, the run time are the same.
Floor CleanerKarcher FC 3 CordlessKarcher FC 5 Cordless
Battery7.2V lithium ion battery25.2V lithium ion battery
Detachable BatteryNoNo
Battery IndicatorYesYes
Charge Time4 hours4 hours
Run TimeUp to 20 minutesUp to 20 minutes
Rated Power40W165W
Number of Speeds11
Roller Speed500rpm500rpm
Vacuum MotorNoYes
Removable Cleaner Head CoverYesYes
Dual TanksYesYes
Clean Water Tank Capacity12.17 oz/360 ml13.5 oz/400 ml
Dirty Water Tank Capacity4.73 oz/140 ml6.8 oz
On/Off ControlYesYes
Spray ButtonNoNo
Charger Cord Length70.87 inches/1800 mm59.06 inches/1500 mm
Storage StationIncludedIncluded
DetergentIncludes one bottle 16.9oz/500mlIncludes one bottle 16.9oz/500ml
Weight (without accessories)5.3lbs/2.4kg9.7lbs/4.4kg
Dimensions12" x 8.9" x 48"12.6" x 10.6" x 48"
Warranty3-year limited warranty3-year limited warranty


  • Powered by lithium-ion battery.
  • Have separate dirty water tank and clean water tank.
  • No separate detergent tank.
  • Have On/Off button on the handle.
  • LED display to show battery level.
  • Include storage station to store the unit in upright position.
  • Include a bottle of detergent (RM 536) 16.9oz/500ml.
  • Floor head cover can be removed to clean up.
  • Include two rollers that can be detached to clean. You can clean the rollers under running water or wash them in washing machine.
  • Carry 3-year limited warranty.

Some questions and answers:

  • How long will it take to charge?
    Empty battery will take approximately 4 hours to charge.
  • What’s the run time?
    Approximately 20 minutes.
  • How many speeds do they have?
  • Is the battery replaceable?
    The battery is not detachable. You cannot buy a second battery to swap out the battery to extend the run time.
    Disconnecting the battery will invalidate the warranty.
  • Is there a button for spraying solution?
    No. Only a On/Off button.
  • What types of floors can these machines be used on?
    These units can be used to clean all sealed hard floor types including varnished parquet, enamelled tiles, linoleum, etc.
  • Do they vacuum?
    No, they are not vacuum cleaners.
  • Can you use just plain water?
  • Can you use vinegar with water?
    According to customer service, yes.
  • Can you use your own cleaning solution?
    According to customer service, yes.
    However, “detergents containing bleach, ammonia, or other corrosive substances is not permitted for use in this machine”.

Download manuals to learn more:
Karcher FC 3 Cordless Floor Cleaner manual:

Karcher FC 5 Cordless Floor Cleaner manual:

Bissell SpinWave 20399 vs 20393 vs 20391 vs 2039A vs 2039C vs 2039W vs 2039 what’s the difference?

The difference between the Bissell SpinWave 2039/2039A/2039C/2039W, SpinWave Plus 20391, Spinwave Expert 20393 and SpinWave Pet 20399 are the color and what accessories are included, the machines are functionally the same.

  • SpinWave 2039 is Green, includes one set of Scrubby Pads to clean sticky messes, one set of Soft Touch Pads for everyday use on delicate hard floors, two 8oz Multi Surface Formula, one 8oz Wood Floor Formula

    2039A is Green, includes one set of Scrubby Pads, one set of Soft Touch Pads, and two 8oz Multi Surface Formula

    2039C is Green, includes one set of Scrubby Pads, one set of Soft Touch Pads, and two 8oz Multi Surface Formula

    2039W is Blue, sold at Walmart, includes one set of Scrubby Pads, one set of Soft Touch Pads, and one 8oz Multi Surface Formula

  • SpinWave Plus 20391 is Silver, includes one set of Scrubby Pads, 2 sets of Soft Touch Pads, two 8oz Multi Surface Formula, two 8oz Wood Floor Formula

  • SpinWave Expert 20393 is Blue, includes one set of Scrubby Pads, 2 sets of Soft Touch Pads, one 8oz Hard Floor Sanitize Formula, two 8oz Wood Floor Formula.
  • SpinWave Pet 20399 is Purple, includes one set of Scrubby Pads, one set of Soft Touch Pads, and two 8oz trial-size Multi Surface Pet Formula to help remove pet messes and odors from sealed hard floors.

Bissell SpinWave Corded Hard Floor Spin Mop Models Comparison

MopBissell SpinWave Hard Floor Mop 2039Bissell SpinWave Hard Floor Mop 2039ABissell SpinWave Hard Floor Mop 2039CBissell SpinWave Hard Floor Mop 2039WBissell SpinWave Plus Hard Floor Mop 20391Bissell SpinWave Expert Hard Floor Mop 20393Bissell SpinWave Pet Hard Floor Mop 20399
Power SourceCordedCordedCordedCordedCordedCordedCorded
Power Rating0.9 amps0.9 amps0.9 amps0.9 amps0.9 amps0.9 amps0.9 amps
Cord Length22-foot22-foot22-foot22-foot22-foot22-foot22-foot
On/Off ControlYes, on handleYes, on handleYes, on handleYes, on handleYes, on handleYes, on handleYes, on handle
On Demand SprayYes, on handleYes, on handleYes, on handleYes, on handleYes, on handleYes, on handleYes, on handle
Dual TanksNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Removable Solution TankYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Tank Capacity28 oz28 oz28 oz28 oz28 oz28 oz28 oz
Swivel SteeringYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Scrubby PadsOne SetOne SetOne SetOne SetOne SetOne SetOne Set
Soft Touch PadsOne SetOne SetOne SetOne SetTwo SetsTwo SetsOne Set
8oz Multi Surface FormulaTwo BottlesTwo BottlesTwo BottlesOne BottleTwo BottlesNoNo
8oz Wood Floor FormulaOne BottleNoNoNoTwo BottlesTwo BottlesNo
8oz Hard Floor Sanitize FormulaNoNoNoNoNoOne BottleNo
8oz Multi Surface Pet FormulaNoNoNoNoNoNoTwo Bottles
Weight11 lbs11 lbs11 lbs11 lbs11 lbs11 lbs11 lbs
Warranty2-year limited warranty2-year limited warranty2-year limited warranty2-year limited warranty2-year limited warranty2-year limited warranty2-year limited warranty

Some questions and answers:

  • Is there a dirty water tank for collecting dirty water?
    No. The dirty water is absorbed into the pads. Both of the Scrubby Pads and Soft Touch Pads are washable and reusable.
  • Can you use your own solution or formula from other brands such as Bona?
    According to Bissell, use other solutions may harm the machine and may void the warranty.
  • What floors can the SpinWave be used to clean?
    According to Bissell, it’s safe to use on all sealed hard floors, including hardwood, tile, linoleum, laminate, and vinyl.
  • Are there any disposable pads for SpinWave?
    Bissell does not offer disposable pads for these machines.
  • Do they steam?
    No. They are not steamer.
  • Do they vacuum?
    No, they don’t.
    It is recommended to sweep or vacuum the floor surface prior to using these machines. This is to avoid scratching or damaging floors from sharp debris.
  • Do they have a heater to heat up the water?
    No, they don’t. You can use warm tap water.
  • Can you leave solution in the tank when you store it?
    The manual says that any solution remaining in the clean water tank should be emptied prior to machine storage.
  • Can you wash the pads in washing machine?
    Yes. The manual says you can. But use only liquid detergents, do NOT use bleach or fabric softener.
  • Do they have a storage tray?
  • Can you use it to clean carpet or area rugs?
    No. These machines can only be used to clean sealed hard floors.
  • Do they stand upright?

Download Bissell Corded SpinWave Hard Floor Spin Mop 2039 series manual to learn more:

Oreck Orbiter ORB600MW vs Orbiter Ultra ORB700MB vs Oreck Orbiter Commercial ORB550MC Multi Purpose Floor Machine what’s the difference?

The Orbiter Multi-Floor Machines can be used to tackle almost any floor surfaces with the appropriate attachments.
We will compare the Oreck Orbiter ORB600MW, Ultra ORB700MB and Oreck Orbiter Commercial ORB550MC, and list the main difference between them below to help you make an informed decision.

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These 3 versatile floor tools look very similar, the attachments are universal, but these machines are not exactly the same, here are some differences:

  • Use
    Th Orbiter ORB600MW and Ultra ORB700MB is intended for Household Use whereas the Orbiter ORB550MC is intended for Commercial Use.
  • Warranty
    Th Orbiter ORB600MW carries 5-year limited warranty on motor, 1-year limited warranty on all other components, Ultra ORB700MB carries 10-year limited warranty with free annual tuneups included while the Orbiter commercial ORB550MC is backed by 1-year limited warranty.
  • Motor
    The Orbiter ORB600MW has a 1/3 hp motor, the Ultra ORB700MB has a 1/2 hp motor, while the commercial ORB550MC has a 3/4 hp motor.
  • Cord
    The cord on the Orbiter ORB600MW and Ultra ORB700MB are black and 30-foot long, while the cord on ORB550MC is orange and 50-foot long.
  • Finish
    The Orbiter ORB600MW is white with blue highlights, Ultra ORB700MB is black with chrome highlights while the commercial ORB550MC is with metallic finish and orange highlights.
  • Weight
    The Orbiter ORB600MW and Ultra ORB700MB weigh 22.2 pounds while the ORB550MC weighs about 24 pounds.
  • Price (prices checked in November 2020):
    On Oreck official site, the list price of Orbiter ORB600MW is $439.99 whereas Ultra ORB700MB is priced at $549.99. The commercial ORB550MC is unpriced on, there is a “Call for Quote” button.

More information:
Some retailers sell the machines with no attachments included. The packages include the floor machines only, they do not come with any attachments to clean the floor. So you have to buy the attachments separately.
However, some sellers may include the accessories.
So always check what are included before placing an order.

Oreck offers a variety of different accessories for cleaning carpets and hard floors.
Here is information provided in the manual:

  • Bonnets
    Bonnets are designed to surface clean most surfaces. They are washable and can be reused.
    White Terrycloth Bonnet: cleans the traffic lane and spots in the carpet without wetting the entire carpet.
    Lamb’s Wool Bonnet: for everyday buffing to remove scuff marks on wood, tile and vinyl floors.
  • Pads
    Pads are designed to be porous and open-weave (except the beige pad) so that when it loosens dirt it can pick it up. The dirt goes inside the pad. All pads can be double sided used before cleaning or disposing. Pads may be hosed off in some instances and re-used.
    The pads are color coded depending on how aggressive
    they are (except for the beige marble pad):
    White Polish Pad:
    the least aggressive and softest, apply paste wax, clean and polish wood (coated & uncoated),linoleum, and laminate.
    Cleans all surfaces except stone.
    Blue Scrub Pad:
    medium aggressive, used for scrubbing, cleans tile and concrete.
    Brown Strip Pad:
    most aggressive, strips linoleum, vinyl, laminate and tile floors, cleans and scrubs tile and grout, wood decks, can be used on commercial vinyl, smooth concrete.
  • Beige Marble Pad:
    for restoring and cleaning marble floors only.
  • Brushes
    Brushes are designed to get into grooves and recesses on non-flat surfaces. Brushes lift and remove ground-in dirt and grime.
    Black Carpet Brush:
    the least aggressive, use with Oreck Dry Shampoo, safe, soft action needed for carpet cleaning.
    Can be used on textured linoleum, cleaning delicate, glazed ceramic, porcelain tile.
    Tan Polish Brush (Union Mix):
    medium aggressive, polish wood floors, get inside cracks of a wood floor, also used for marble, stone, and delicate tile floors.
    Orange Scrub Brush:
    the most aggressive, used to clean ceramic tile or concrete and many tough stains.

If you want to learn more details, you can download the user guide:

Oreck Orbiter Floor Machines Comparison

Floor MachineOreck OrbiterOreck Orbiter UltraOreck Orbiter Commercial
Power SourceCordedCordedCorded
Motor HP1/3 hp1/2 hp3/4 hp
On/Off Switchin the handlein the handlein the handle
CordBlack, 30-footBlack, 30-footOrange, 50-foot
Weight22.2 pounds22.2 poundsabout 24 pounds
Cleaning Path13-inch13-inch13-inch
SurfaceCarpet, Hard FloorsCarpet, Hard FloorsCarpet, Hard Floors
Above Floor CleaningNoNoNo
Warranty5-year limited warranty on motor, 1-year limited warranty on all other components10-year limited warranty with annual tuneups included 1-year limited warranty

If you find anything incorrect within the above info, please point it out below.
If you own any of these Oreck floor cleaning machines, please share your experience to help others make an informed purchase. Thank you.

Compare Shark S1000 vs S3601 vs SE450 vs S3501 vs S5003D Steam Mops what’s the difference?

The following small machines:

  • Shark Steam Mop S1000
  • Shark Steam Pocket Mop S3501
  • Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop SE450
  • Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop S3601
  • Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop S5300D

are steam mops for dusting, cleaning and sanitizing your sealed floors. All use water only with no detergent needed. So you clean your floors chemical free. For homes with kids, this is an excellent benefit.
If you are deciding between these steam mops, the comparison info below that shows you some major differences between them will help you make an informed purchase.

images from Shark official site infomercials

The Shark Steam Mop S1000:

  • is in white/seafoam, wattage is 1050W, power cord is 18-foot long;
  • it has a removable water tank for easy filling and emptying, and holds up to 375 ml (12.6 fl. oz.);
  • it has no electronic steam setting, you have to pump handle manually to release steam. If you want more steam, pump the handle more times.
  • It has only rectangular head available, the head and the pad for this steam mop only delivers one side cleaning.
  • The model S1000 comes with 2 Dirt Grip Pads.
  • This S1000 series includes a few models, the difference between them is the amount of pads included. The following series have this similar case.
  • Weighs about 4.6 pounds with no water filled.
  • Dimensions are 46.1 x 11 x 7.4 inches.
  • Download manual to learn more (link from official site):

Shark Steam Pocket Mop S3501:

  • is purple, wattage is 1550W, 1200W or 1050W, has a 20-foot power cord;
  • features a built-in water tank which holds up to 450 ml (15 oz.), since the tank is integrated, it is not that convenient to fill and empty water when compared to the S1000.
  • this one also has no electronic steam control, users have to pump the handle manually to generate steam.
  • comes with a rectangle mop head, 2 washable microfiber pads, and a filling flask, the head and pads support double sided cleaning. There are also triangle mop heads available to be purchased separately for this steam mop. And Shark offers an optional Carpet Glider, part number is XCG3501CON, that can be used with the rectangle head for grooming and freshening your carpets or area rugs, however, it won’t clean the carpets or area rugs, just steam lightly.
  • It also has a telescopic handle that allows you to adjust the height of the mop.
  • Weighs less than 4.9 lbs.
  • Dimensions are approximately 51.2 x 12 x 6 inches.
  • Download manual to learn more (link from official site):

Check Shark S3501 Price at Amazon

Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop SE450:

  • is in lavender/chrome, wattage is 1550W, has a 22-foot power cord;
  • just like the S3501, it has a built-in water tank, however, the tank is bigger, holds up to 500ml (16.9 oz.).
  • The steam control on this model has 2 electronic steam settings: Dust and Mop, the Dust setting is for dusting your floors, the Mop setting is for cleaning and sanitizing your sealed hard floors.
  • comes with a rectangle mop head, 2 pocket pads, and a filling flask. The head and pads offer double sided cleaning for sealed hard floors.

Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop S3601 is similar to the SE450, they are from the same series, however, specs are a bit different.

  • it is white;
  • its wattage is 1200W or 1550W, power cable is 22-foot long;
  • its built-in water tank has a capacity of 500ml (16.9 oz.),
  • the S3601 Intelligent Steam Control has 3 settings: Dust,Mop,Scrub. Allows you to choose the right amount of steam for different cleaning needs, from light cleaning to tough cleaning, and different sealed hard floors including laminate, hardwood, marble, tile, stone.
  • it comes with a rectangle mop head, a triangle mop head, a rectangle pocket pad, a triangle pocket pad, and a filling flask. This one also has optional carpet glider, part number is XCG3501CS, for steaming carpets and area rugs lightly.
  • Weighs less than 4.9 lbs.
  • Dimensions are approximately 51.2 x 12 x 6 inches.
  • Download manual to learn more (link from official site):

Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop S5300D:

  • is burgundy/gray, wattage is 1200W, power cord is 22.4-foot long;
  • has a built-in water tank which holds up to 350 ml (11.8 oz.);
  • just like the S3601, it features 3 electronic steam settings: Low,Med,Hi. Low for light dusting and cleaning delicate surfaces, Med for every day cleaning moderate and high traffic areas and small spots, Hi for cleaning tough stains, high traffic areas and sanitizing floors such as tile and marble floors.
  • This model also has a new feature called Steam Blaster which can be used to apply an extra burst of steam to target tough stuck-on messes.
  • It also has touch free technology that allows you to attach or remove the mop pad without touching the pad.
  • It comes with a rectangle Genius head with Steam Blaster, two double sided Dirt Grip washable pads and a filling flask. Shark also offer Triangle Scrubber Head for this model which can be purchased separately, the triangle head is good for cleaning corners. It has no carpet gliders available.
  • Weighs less than 6 lbs.
  • Dimensions are 47.1 x 13.8 x 7 inches
  • Download manual to learn more (link from official site):

Check Shark S5003D Price at Amazon

All of them carry one year limited warranty. For what are covered by the warranty, download the manuals to read details.

Generally speaking, all of these Shark steam mops can be used on sealed hard floors that will withstand high heat, such as laminate, hardwood, marble, tile,

According to Shark, you cannot use them on unsealed wood, unglazed ceramic floors, or any surfaces that have been treated with wax, since the sheen may be removed by the heat and steam action.

All of then use only water, the manuals state that users cannot add cleaning solutions, scented perfumes, oils or any other chemicals to the water used in these mops, because this may damage the unit or make it unsafe for use. And for people who live in a hard water area, using distilled water will be better than using tap water.

In short,

  • if you want one with detachable water tank, buy the S1000;
  • if you want one that features electronic steam settings with no need to manually pump the handle to release steam, consider the SE450, S3601 and S5003D;
  • if you want one that has optional carpet glider to freshen your area rugs and carpets, choose the S3501 or S3601;however, these steam mops will not clean your carpets or area rugs, if you want to deep clean your carpets, you may want to have a look at the best carpet washers such as the Bissell BG10;
  • if you like the touch free feature that allows you to remove the dirty mop pads without touching them, buy the S5003D.
MopsSteam MopSteam Pocket MopPro Steam Pocket MopGenius Steam Pocket Mop
Water TankRemovableBuilt-inBuilt-inBuilt-in
Tank Capacity375 ml (12.6 fl. oz.)450 ml (15 oz.)500ml (16.9 oz.)500ml (16.9 oz.)
Steam ControlManualManual2 or 3 Electronic Settings3 Electronic Settings
Two Sided CleaningNoYesYesYes
Optional Carpet GliderNoYesYesNo
Telescopic HandleNoYesNoNo
Steam BlasterNoNoNoYes
Touch Free TechnologyNoNoNoYes

P. S.
Included accessories may vary from time to time, always check the content printed on the carton to make sure what are included.