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Shark S 3101 steam mop

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Price $80.00

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The Shark S 3101 is part of the Steam mop test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Steam mop models like the S 3101 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Vinyl-floor cleaning: Comparative performance cleaning an array of everyday food soils.

Time steaming: Comparative length of time unit can continuosly steam.

Residual water left on floor: Comparative amount of water left on wood floors.


Heats in under a minute Heats in under a minute Some models take up to 5 times longer.
Wide-angle swivel head Wide-angle swivel head Allows better movement around table legs, etc.
Ready light or indicator Ready light or indicator Lets you know when unit is ready to use.
Empty light or indicator Empty light or indicator Lets you know when unit needs a refill.
Steam can be varied Steam can be varied Allows the amount of steam to be adjusted, for longer use, or more intense steaming.
Unit must be pumped in use Unit must be pumped in use Steam flows only when unit is pumped in back-and-forth motion.
Vacuum feature Vacuum feature Has vacuum feature in addition to steam function.
On-off power switch On-off power switch Has a separate power switch, so that unit may remain plugged in.

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