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What’s the difference between Shark S7001 vs S7000 vs S7000AMZ?

The difference between Shark S7000, S7000AMZ and S7001 hard floor steam mops are as follows:

  • Steam Modes
    The Shark S7000 and S7000AMZ have 2 steam modes: LIGHT and NORMAL, whereas the S7001 has 3 modes: LIGHT, NORMAL and DEEP.
    In these modes, the amount of steam will be produced and the rotating speed of the pads are different.
    LIGHT mode is for cleaning delicate surfaces and quick cleanups, the steam produced is the least, and the pads spin in the slowest speed;
    NORMAL mode is for everyday use, more steam will be produced than in LIGHT mode, and the pads spin faster;
    DEEP mode is for cleaning heavy traffic areas, removing stuck-on messes and stains and sanitizing. In this mode, the max amount of steam will be produced and the pads spin the fastest.
  • Headlights
    The S7001 has led headlights to help reveal hidden debris, illuminate low light spots and help you do a more thorough cleaning.
    Whereas the S7000 and S7000AMZ do not feature the headlights.
  • Amount of Pads included
    The S7000 comes with 2 Dirt Grip Soft Scrub Washable Pads,
    the S7000AMZ comes with 6 Dirt Grip Soft Scrub Washable Pads,
    whereas the S7001 comes with 4 Dirt Grip Soft Scrub Washable Pads.
  • Water Tank Capacity
    The S7000 and S7000AMZ have a 410 ml / 13.9 oz. water tank whereas the S7001 has a 320 ml / 10.8 oz. tank.
  • Color
    The S7000 is Green,
    the S7000AMZ is Pure Water Blue,
    whereas the S7001 is Gold.
Steam MopShark S7000 Steam MopShark S7000AMZ Steam Mop Shark S7001 Steam Mop
Surfaces to use onSealed Hard FloorsSealed Hard FloorsSealed Hard Floors
Power SourceCordedCordedCorded
Cord Length22-foot22-foot22-foot
Steam Modes2 modes: Light,Normal2 modes: Light,Normal3 modes: Light,Normal,Deep
Tank Capacity410 ml / 13.9 oz.410 ml / 13.9 oz.320 ml / 10.8 oz.
Pads Included264
Filling FlaskYesYesYes
Swivel SteeringYesYesYes
Upright LockYesYesYes
ColorGreenPure Water BlueGold
Weight7.7 lbs7.7 lbs7.8 lbs
Dimensions (inch)13.70 x 6.75 x 46.5013.70 x 6.75 x 46.5013.70 x 6.75 x 46.50
Warrantyone year limited warrantyone year limited warrantyone year limited warranty

Some Questions and Answers:

  • What types of floors can these steam mops clean?
    These steam mops are designed for use on all sealed hard floor surfaces, such as sealed hardwood, laminate, vinyl, marble, tile, stone.
    And they cannot be used to clean carpet or area rugs.
  • Do you need to use any cleaning solutions?
    No. It is recommended to use distilled water only.
    No chemicals needed. No vinegar, bona, essential oils, etc.
  • Can you turn off the steam and use only the scrubbing feature?
    No, they steam and scrub floors at the same time.
    You cannot turn off the steam nor the rotating pads.
  • Does you have to pump the handle to generate steam?
    No, you do not have to do that.

iLife Shinebot W400 vs W400S vs W450 vs W455 what’s the difference?

When we write this short article, the iLife has 4 floor washing robot models, the Shinebot W400, W400s, W450 and W455. These 4 hard floor cleaning robots can be divided into two groups.
The W400 and W400s are similar to each other whereas the W450 and W455 are similar. There are some big difference between these two groups.

  • Difference Between iLife Shinebot W400 and W400s:
    iLife W400s is an upgrade of iLife W400, its software has been upgraded when compared with W400, and it comes with a bottle of hard floor cleanser which the W400 does not include. Otherwise, they are the same.
  • Difference Between iLife Shinebot W450 and W455:
    The iLife W455 has a silver top whereas the W450 has a black top. The W450 comes with a bottle of hard floor cleanser while the W455 does not.
    According to customer support, these two machines have similar performance, but the W455 has stronger and more efficient cleaning ability compared to W450.
    Otherwise, these two are almost the same.

Difference Between iLife Shinebot W400/W400s and W450/W455:
The two groups have some big difference. The W450/W455 are upgraded models of the W400/W400s, they are “smarter”.

  • What’s New?
    The W450/W455 are equiped with PanoView Camera that improves navigation accuracy and avoid missing areas needs cleaning.
    The W450/W455 support WiFi which allows users to control the robots via smartphone App.
    The W450/W455 have more cleaning settings to customize to fit different cleaning needs. You can control the amount of water released, the brush roller speed, the moving speed of the robots, how many times (up to 3 times) you want the robots to clean or dry the floor, and you can also draw in the app to have the robots to wash a specific area for more quick and efficient cleaning.
  • Cleaning Modes
    The W400/W400s have 4 modes: Path, Area, Spot, Edge.
    while the W450/W455 have 3 modes: Path, Area, Spot.
  • Battery
    The W400/W400s have a 2500mAh battery pack, the charging time is less than 300 minutes whereas the W450/W455 have a 2900mAh battery pack, it’s charging time is less than 380 minutes. It seems no much difference on the working time.
  • Hard Floor Cleanser
    The W400s and W450 come with a bottle of hard floor Cleanser whereas the other two do not include.


  • These robots can only be used on hard floors, such as laminate, tile, and hardwood floors; they cannot mop carpet/rugs; and they do not dry vacuum.
  • Tidalpower Cleaning System
    The robots will moisten and scrub the floor, suction up dirty water, and then scrape residues.
  • Separate Dirty/Clean Water Tank
    All of them have separate clean water tank that holds up to 0.85L and dirty water tank that have capacity of 0.9L.
  • Charging Type
    They are not self charging robots, they will not automatically go back to the charging dock to recharge when the battery is low or when the job done. So, you will have to manually take them to the charging dock for recharging.
  • Anti Collision & Anti Fall
    Just like most of the cleaning robots on the market, these iLife hard floor mopping robots feature Anti Collision sensors to stop them from crashing into obstacles & Anti Fall sensors to prevent them from falling down steps.
  • No Barrier Kits
    All of them do not include nor support magnetic strips or “virtual wall” or similar boundary kits to stop them from entering restricted areas.
  • Schedule Cleaning
    They do not allow you to schedule cleaning time.

Read the Shinebot comparison table below to learn more:

Floor Washing RobotiLife Shinebot W400iLife Shinebot W400siLife Shinebot W450iLife Shinebot W455
Suitabilitytile, marble, composite floortile, marble, composite floortile, marble, composite floortile, marble, composite floor
Cleaning PatternZig-ZagZig-ZagZig-Zag with Smart NavigationZig-Zag with Smart Navigation
PanoView CameraNoNoYesYes
Cleaning ModesPath, Area, Spot, EdgePath, Area, Spot, EdgePath, Area, SpotPath, Area, Spot
Tidalpower Cleaning System
Clean Tank Capacity0.85L0.85L0.85L0.85L
Dirty Tank Capacity0.90L0.90L0.90L0.90L
Water Level IndicatorYesYesYesYes
Charging Timeless than 300 minutesless than 300 minutesless than 380 minutesless than 380 minutes
Run Timemore than 80 minutesmore than 80 minutesmore than 80 minutesmore than 80 minutes
Battery Level IndicatorYesYesYesYes
Charging TypeManualManualManualManual
Charging DockYesYesYesYes
Working Voltage14.4-14.8V14.4-14.8V14.4V14.4V
Power SupplyAC 100-240V(50/60Hz)AC 100-240V(50/60Hz)AC 100-240V(50/60Hz)AC 100-240V(50/60Hz)
Remote Control IncludedYesYesYesYes
WiFi SupportabilityNoNoYesYes
App ControlNoNoYesYes
Cleaning Plan Setups
(clean/dry how many times)
Customizable Cleaning Setting
(water volume,travel speed,roller speed)
Cleaning Area SelectionNoNoYesYes
(Magnet Strip/Virtual Wall Kit)
Schedule CleaningNoNoNoNo
Auto RechargeNoNoNoNo
Auto DockingNoNoNoNo
Voice AlertYesYesYesYes
Carry HandleYesYesYesYes
Cleanser IncludedNoYesYesNo
Net Weight3.3Kg3.3Kg3.3Kg3.3Kg
ColorBlackBlackBlackBlack with Silver
WarrantyOne Year Limited WarrantyOne Year Limited WarrantyOne Year Limited WarrantyOne Year Limited Warranty

Some questions and answers:

  • Do the Shinebot pick up pet hair?
    No,they do not vacuum.You should vacuum or sweep the floor before using them.
  • Can you use other solution such as bona cleaner?
    The manual says “Do not add any detergents except Shinebot cleanser”.
    Commonly, manufacturers do not allow you to use other brand products, or it will void the warranty.
  • Will the robots return to the docking base to recharge?
  • Can you set the robots to run at a specific time?
  • Can you open the dirty water tank to clean it?
    No. There’s only an small opening that allows you to fill it with clean water and flush out.
  • Will the robots detect carpet/rugs and not going onto?

You can also download the manuals on iLife official site to learn more details before buying. Here are the links if you want to save time:

W400 manual:

W400s user guide:

W450 instructions:

W455 PDF manual:

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: