Updated 4 Apr 2016

Homemaker

STM-501

Snapshot: The Homemaker STM-501 steam mop has a height-adjustable handle, 0.25L water tank and weighs 2.1kg. But how well does it clean?

STM-501
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$45

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Test results

Overall score
80
Stain removal
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Floor wetness
?/10

Good points

  • Very good stain removal.
  • Little water residue left on floor.
  • Easy to use.
  • Mop head very easy to manoeuvre.
  • “Steam on” lock-switch.
  • Height-adjustable handle.
  • Can be refilled on the go.
  • Has a swivel head.
  • Good value for money.

But

  • Non-removable water tank.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Stain removal (50%)
  • Ease of fill and use (30%)
  • Floor wetness (20%)

Prices are from a February 2015 survey.

Stain removal

We assessed stain removal using a large sheet of vinyl with everyday stains like coffee, mustard, red wine, shoe polish, and soy and tomato sauces. We left these stains to dry overnight and then attempted to clean them with the steam mops.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$45

Specifications

Water tank capacity (L)
0.25
Measured power (W)
1190
Stated power (W)
1300
Reach from socket (m)
5.2
Weight (kg)
2.1
Heating-up time (min:sec)
0:40
In-use time (min)
10

Features

Height adjustable handle
Removable water tank
No
On-the-go refill
“Steam on” lock-switch
Swivel head
Yes
Heat-up/cool-down pad
×
Cord storage
Yes
Carpet attachment
Jet nozzle
×

More Info

Notes

Steam mops in our database have been tested to slightly different methods, as our test evolves to keep pace with the market and technology.

Availability
Exclusive to Kmart.

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