The modern house has a variety of hard floors including tile, laminate, linoleum, and of course hardwood. While these surfaces look really nice when clean, they do tend to attract dust and pet hair. Having a dedicated floor cleaner like the Hoover FloorMate will not only keep your floors looking like new but it can also prolong their life by removing harmful grime from the surface. Hoover has 2 different models that go about their cleaning in a different manner so we will compare them head to head to help you decide which one is the best choice for your home.
Hoover is a brand that is synonymous with residential vacuum cleaners. Their Windtunnel vacuums boast one of the best selling lineups of the past decade but many people do not know that their FloorMate lineup is equally adept at cleaning. With a hard floor cleaner you are really looking for a machine that is safe for all floors including sealed wood but still can remove anything you throw at it. Many will also have the ability to vacuum before so you can get the pet hair and dust out of the way before scrubbing with the cleaning solution. Let’s take a quick look at Hoover’s 2 models before comparing them closer in a few key categories.
Hoover ONEPWR Jet (Cordless) – Quick Overview
The ONEPWR™ Jet is designed to make cleaning your hard surfaces easier and faster than with other models. It does this by allowing you to vacuum and wash the floors at the same time which combines 2 time consuming tasks into 1. Plus it is a cordless cleaner so you are not tied to the closest electric outlet. Simply charge the battery to full capacity and you will have enough power to do multiple rooms in your home.
The Hoover FloorMate Jet is actually a part of their ONEPWR cleaning system which is a complete family of cordless cleaners that all share the same removable Lithium Ion battery. The advantage to this is you can have multiple batteries charged up while you go from this hard floor mop to their Blade stick cordless vacuum for your carpets, and then move onto their hand vac for upholstery. You can end up with a full lineup of similar cordless models that can clean everything in and out of your home.
Hoover FloorMate Deluxe – Feature Rundown
The FloorMate Deluxe is more of a traditional hard floor cleaner than the ONEPWR Jet is. The Deluxe doesn’t vacuum first but it does use their SpinScrub™ brushes to really remove all the dirt and mud stains from the surface. It is also quite lightweight (just 14 pounds) so you won’t get tired using it for extended periods, and can even carry it up and down multiple levels in your home.
One good thing about this model is you can buy it with any number of specialized cleaning solution bottles including their Surface Renewal, Paws & Claws, and Tile & Grout. Couple one of the strong cleaning solutions with their CleanSurge™ option and you can quickly do away with any mess in a hurry. It’s important to note that even though it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of more expensive cleaners, it does a terrific job at renewing your floors.
Here we will list out some of the main features on the Deluxe:
- SpinScrub™ brushes rotate 360 degrees to gently wash and scrub sealed wood, laminate, vinyl, and even grout from all angles
- Dual tank technology works similar to the one on the Jet where it keeps the dirty water separate from the solution
- Wash/Dry mode selector makes sure your floors are virtually dry and spot free when done
- CleanSurge™ option puts out extra detergent when you encounter a tough stain or high traffic area
- Fingertip controls let you quickly adjust the settings without taking your hand off the handle
What are the things that the ONEPWR Jet does well?
The ONEPWR Jet does a lot of things really well, there is little doubt about that. One thing that is really notable about this model is its’ ability to vacuum while washing the floors. You don’t need to get a broom out first as you definitely need to get any dirt or mud particles off the surface before scrubbing. The Jet handles this in an innovative way which saves you quite a bit of time, especially if you have large rooms with hard floors.
Another notable thing that the Jet does is operate in a cordless manner, sharing a lithium ion battery with all the products in the ONEPWR lineup. Lithium ion technology is vastly improved over prior generation batteries in that they provide fade-free power and a much longer lasting experience. It takes a couple of hours to get up to full charge but you can clean an average sized home on a single charge. These removable batteries also give you the option of purchasing extra ones to keep charged (and always on standby). The entire ONEPWR lineup is well thought out so you can tackle all of your home cleaning needs in a cordless manner.
And what things does the FloorMate Deluxe really do well?
The Hoover FloorMate Deluxe is really good at what it was designed for, which is cleaning the surface of your sealed hard floors. The main way it accomplishes this is via the 360 degree SpinScrub™ brushes, that are also removable. Each brush counter-rotates to loosen stubborn grime while the solution does its’ job washing it away. The result is a nice shine in one single pass.
Another stand-out feature is the ability to dry the floor when finished. Some floor cleaners leave a lot of water behind which dries while leaving streaks. You then have to go back through and give it a quick buff for the results you are looking for. It’s remarkable that such an affordable cleaner comes with a built-in drying system.
Are there things that the ONEPWR Jet could improve on?
The biggest complaint we have with Hoover on the Jet is the battery life. You will get about 20 minutes of runtime on a full charge which is adequate for one room or a quick spot cleaning but for your entire household cleaning you will need a second battery. They aren’t that expensive to purchase and like we mentioned earlier, if you have another ONEPWR product in their lineup you can share batteries between. Just would be nice if they could get 30 minutes on a full charge.
The dry cycle of the machine takes some getting used to as well. If you spray out too much water then it won’t pick all of the water back up, leaving it to dry on its’ own. This can be mitigated by using a bit less water and spraying it out evenly, but it does take some time to master. Would be nice if this was explained better in the instructions.
Any downsides to the Deluxe model?
One thing we noticed on the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe is sometimes when you are finished with it and put it into storage, if there is solution or water left in the tanks it can leak out. You just need to remember to empty these when done. It is even recommended to let them air out so they are completely dry and remain free of any mildew.
The electric cord is also not that long so you have to make sure you are aware of the outlets when using it in a large room. This isn’t a huge deal but it seems like Hoover could have just engineered a longer cord for it. Maybe cordless is the wave of the future but for now this model is still corded. Hopefully Hoover will address this in the future.
Overall, the Hoover ONEPWR Jet and FloorMate Deluxe are good floor cleaners for the money. The Jet is more versatile, can also vacuum, and is cordless but does have some limits with the battery life (see above). It is a step in the right direction and seems to be where this industry is heading in terms of more technology for cleaning a variety of items around your household