Years ago, the spin mop was seen as revolutionary in making it much less tiring to remove dirt from a mop as well as wringing out water. However, it still didn’t make it any easier to actually mop the floor. Only the part of the mop that is pressed against the floor is effective in picking up dirt, whereas the loose strings just make the surrounding area slightly wet. Since the contact surface area is very small, it would take a long time to cover the entire space.
The latest iteration of pad mops finally solves this problem. The entire surface area of the pad, which is rather large, is at work in picking up dirt from the floor. It makes mopping the floor quite effortless.
There are many choices for pad mops on Taobao, and it is hard to pick one. Eventually, i went with this set of criteria – innovation, durability and sales volume. The pad mops are either bundled with a bucket, or not, and I felt the former are better, because the dirt removal and water wringing mechanisms are separate, thus more effective. They are also easier to use, having been designed with guided motion to perform the dirt removal/water wringing steps. These are more expensive, obviously, but if they work well and are durable, they will be worthwhile. When it comes to tools that I need to use day in and day out, saving money isn’t a priority. Well, they don’t cost a lot to begin with.
I ended with these choices (i bought two different mops out of curiosity):
The 大卫 (i’ll call it David henceforth) uses a very innovative dirt removal mechanism, by spraying water onto the mop pad. It looked convincing. However, you will have to push the handle down quickly to generate a spray. Also, the mop remains rather wet after scraping water off.
The 刮刮乐 (I’ll call it the Ezzymop henceforth, since it is marketed as such in Singapore) works as advertised, although the mop also remains rather wet after performing the drying step.
Overall, i am actually quite happy with both products, and if i have to choose one among the two, i cast my vote for the David. Although the Ezzymop is easier to use (especially suitable for old folks – you literally don’t have to bend when using it unlike for the David), ultimately, having to use less water to spray clean the mop pad of the David allows low budget household cleanliness maintenance. I can mop the house twice a day without leaving a bucket full of dirty water around. The larger amount of water used with the Ezzymop makes you want to save the water for repeated use.
Here are some detailed comparison between the two:
I reckon that most people will like the Ezzymop, and i highly recommend it. It’s cheaper too. By the way, the Ezzymop is available on Qoo10 for roughly the same price if you factor in GST and shipping cost. Sea freight shipping volume for the Ezzymop is 0.05 CBM while the David is 0.07 CBM.
Here are some mops i avoided: