Bissell 1940 Powerfresh review

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Bissell is one of the most trusted steam mop manufacturer with dozens of models for every imaginable use. The Bissell 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop is another example of what a great steam mop is. On the market for a few years now, the 1940 Powerfresh is the best selling steam mop in the US. The reason is simple : this is one of the best steam mop available.

Priced just under the $100 mark, this steam cleaner has serious arguments : efficient, lightweight and reasonably priced. What makes it the best ? Read on and check what the powerfresh is made of in this review. We checked every aspect of this steam mop in order to provide you with an in-depth review of the Bissell 1940 Powerfresh.

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Bissell 1940 Powerfresh overview

This is clearly one of the best steam mops for floors available in this price range. This mop is really easy to use and will be able to clean whatever you throw at it. Its quick warming and easy to remove water tank make it really pleasant to use. The price is fair when you consider what you can find in this price range and Bissell offers a full 2 years warranty.

Quick Facts

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  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria
  • Variable steam control
  • Integrated scrubber
  • Easy to refill
  • Works without the use of chemicals
  • Lightweight and ergonomic

How it works

The bissell 1940 powerfresh allows you to deep clean your floors with the power of steam. The steam is directly headed toward the floor, cleaning the dirt and other stains before being absorbed by the steam mop microfiber head.

You just have to fill the water tank with distilled/filtered water and plug in the mop, it couldn't be easier​. Once you start moping, expect the water tank to last about 20 min on the normal steam power. The result is simple : a clean, fresh and bacteria-free floor.

It features an integrated and easy to use scrubber and is shipped with scent discs you can integrate in the microfiber pads in order to spread a fragrance scent as you mop.​ Of course, you can choose to clean your floors without the use of the discs, it's just here to add a fresh scent to your home.

How to use

This steam mop is really easy to operate thanks to a well designed structure. The water tank situated on the top is removable and can be quickly refilled in less than 30 seconds.

The warming process is really quick as well ! As soon as you plug the water tank, a led starts blinking and when it stops, you are good to go. Where on most steam mops you have to wait at least a few minutes before being able to clean, here it takes 30 seconds and you can mop for 20 min.

Steam Control on the 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop

You can control the steam strength thanks to an easy to access panel situated on the front of the mop. You can choose from 3 different outputs : low, medium and high. I would recommend going with the high output only on the toughest stains as it drains more water and tends to saturate the microfiber quickly. The low steam output mode is a perfect fit for hardwood floors that are more sensitive to heat and humidity.

On though spots, the scrubber is really handy. You just have to push the grey trigger on the mopping head for the brush to be engaged.

The bissell 1940 Powerfresh is designed to work on hard floors such as tile, marble, sealed hardwood,... It's not designed to work on carpet or walls.

As always when it comes to steam moping your floor, it is strongly advised to properly vacuum clean before moping. The result will be far better and mopping a floor full of dirt is useless.


  • Variable steam control : choose from 3 modes (low, medium, high output)
  • Built-in scrubber, perfect for the toughest stains
  • Removable water tank, easy to refill
  • Includes fragrance disks to spread a nice scent while moping
  • Low profile cleaning head, allowing you to reach corners easily

​Who is it for ?

Are you tired of moping manually and spending hours

Your floors still fell dirty after spending hours trying to clean it ?

Anyone bored of traditional moping or having huge surfaces will benefit form this mop. You will be able to easily clean big surfaces more quickly in a less tiring way.​ Your cleaning will be more efficient and your floors will definitely be cleaner.

What's in the box ?

The Bissell 1940 Powerfresh is shipped in a easy to open box containing everything needed to assemble (the assembling is easily done in less than 3 min​) and operate the mop.

The mop is shipped with 2 cleaning pads. One is a normal microfiber pad you can use everyday and the other is designed to be used for heavier duty cleaning as it has a more abrasive weave. Both pad have a little pocket where you can insert fragrance discs. Two "spring breeze" fragrance discs are included.

Final Thoughts


  • Easily assembled
  • Removable water tank
  • Integrated scrubber
  • Quick warming process
  • Adjustable steam power


  • No ON-OFF switch
  • The cord is a bit short

The Bissell 1940 Powerfresh really stands out from the others you can find at the same price. Its adjustable steaming power is really handy when you have different kind of floors to take care of and the scrubber is really a must ! It's a great tool to have at home and it will save you hours compared to traditional moping and it will kill 99.9% of bacteria. You can't go wrong buying this mop !