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O-Cedar Microfiber Review

This super basic mop has absolutely no frills or features to make it stand out, but still offers reasonable cleaning at an affordable price
O-Cedar Microfiber
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Price:   $79 List | $71.48 at Amazon
Pros:  Relatively inexpensive, acceptable cleaning performance
Cons:  Prone to falling over, not as robustly constructed as other models
Manufacturer:   O-Cedar
By Michelle Powell and Maggie Brandenburg  ⋅  Oct 28, 2021
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  • Cleaning Performance - 40% 4.7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 5.1
  • Maneuverability - 20% 5.2
  • Features - 15% 2.5

Our Verdict

The O-Cedar Microfiber is a very basic steam mop with no extra frills or niceties to make it exceptional. It offers a rather average performance that doesn't really stand out in a category of cleaning products that can do quite a bit more. It can stand up on its own (though is easily knocked over) and isn't particularly sturdy-feeling compared to many others. However, it's still a solid cleaner that's simple and easy to use — and is one of the most affordable options we tested. If you've got your heart set on a steam mop, but your budget is holding you back, the O-Cedar may be the right choice for you.

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Pros Relatively inexpensive, acceptable cleaning performancePowerful, maneuverable, great scrubbing brush, reasonably pricedTons of attachments, great handling, good spot cleaning, versatile for more than just the floorGreat for narrow spaces, plenty of accessories, solid cleaning performanceSimple to use, inexpensive
Cons Prone to falling over, not as robustly constructed as other modelsNo hands-free cleaning pad changing, few accesorriesSwitching between attachments isn't convenient, tank fills on sideTop heavy, doesn't stand up alone, poor cord managementNot very effective, pad rolls off, inconsistent steam
Bottom Line This super basic mop has absolutely no frills or features to make it stand out, but still offers reasonable cleaning at an affordable priceThe best, most effective model we've tested at an impeccably fair priceTons of attachments offer unique, high-quality cleaning options for all throughout your homeOne of the best options for getting in tight spaces and narrow openingsA simple steam mop whose price is appealing but performance is lacking
Rating Categories O-Cedar Microfiber Bissell PowerFresh... Bissell PowerFresh... Bissell PowerFresh... Light'N'Easy Ultra...
Cleaning Performance (40%)
4.7
9.0
8.3
7.4
3.4
Ease Of Use (25%)
5.1
8.4
8.1
7.9
4.6
Maneuverability (20%)
5.2
8.2
8.2
9.0
4.0
Features (15%)
2.5
5.9
7.6
7.6
2.5
Specs O-Cedar Microfiber Bissell PowerFresh... Bissell PowerFresh... Bissell PowerFresh... Light'N'Easy Ultra...
Water Tank Capacity 400 ml 474 ml 399 ml 349 ml 200 ml
Water Fill Opening Diameter 1.4" 1" 0.75" 1.25" 0.75"
Pad Attachment Velcro Elastic Elastic Elastic Velcro
Cord Length 20' 25' 25' 25' 20'
Included Pads 1 2 2 2 1
Additional Accessories Included None Built-in scrubber Built-in scrubber, squeegee, hose, medium cleaning head, small cleaning head, grout tool, small scraper, precision power nozzle, 3 small scrubbing brushes, microfiber cloth Hose, medium cleaning head, small cleaning head, grout tool, small scraper, precision power nozzle, 2 small scrubbing brushes None

Our Analysis and Test Results

The O-Cedar Microfiber is a simple steam mop with a 400ml water tank capacity topped by a wide 1.4" opening and a 20-foot cord. It comes with a single velcro-attached mop pad. Aside from a dial-adjustable steam setting, no other attachments or features come with this straightforward mop.

Performance Comparison


The O-Cedar is a simple steam mop at an affordable price.
The O-Cedar is a simple steam mop at an affordable price.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Cleaning Performance


On smooth flooring without grout edges to pass over, the O-Cedar performs decently. It takes a little more time than most other models to saturate the pad fully, so you'll end up going over the same area a few times when you're just getting started. Once it's going, though, it does just fine on glossy floors. When up against textured flooring and deeper grout grooves, the velcro pad of this mop runs into some issues. Ours regularly caught on tile edges and rolled under itself. But on smooth synthetic flooring, it cleans up well.

The O-Cedar has just one mop pad and no extra scrubbing features, meaning it's not the most impressive model we tested when it comes to lifting tough stains. Here again, the velcro attachment isn't our favorite, as putting pressure on the mop to get stubborn spots off can pull the pad off if your floor is textured. But if you're working in a smooth room that just needs a regular passing over with a mop, this will do the trick.

The velcro pad stays on better than many others if your floor is...
The velcro pad stays on better than many others if your floor is smooth and it can be removed with your foot.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


The O-Cedar has a slightly small but still respectable 400ml water tank. Unlike most models with easy flip-top lids, this one screws off but is an impressive 1.4" across. However, the tank is totally opaque, so you never really know how much water is left inside.

The unit heats up in under a minute, and steam is controlled with an easy dial. It can be left unattended, standing on its own, for short periods of time, but is easily toppled. In one of our testing iterations, the whole thing fell over, and one of the plastic cord keeper arms snapped off. The pad is relatively thick and sturdy, but its velcro attachment is one of our least favorites and less effective than most other models we tested.

It's easy to adjust the steam flow using this dial - though it's...
It's easy to adjust the steam flow using this dial - though it's less responsive than we had hoped.
Credit: Laura Casner

Maneuverability


We've already mentioned that various textured flooring causes this mop to drag and even roll the pad partly off under the mop head. Additionally, the mop head itself is triangular with slightly bowed outward edges. This means no edge is straight for easy gliding along a baseboard. It's still doable but requires a little more concentration than most other models.

The pad is slightly larger than the head, helping to clean in corners and against furniture better, though it's still not as effective as many others we tested with pads that wrap fully around the head. And though the 20-foot power cord is nothing to scoff at, it is on the shorter side compared to other models we tested.

An oversized mop pad helps clean larger areas quicker.
An oversized mop pad helps clean larger areas quicker.
Credit: Laura Casner

Features


The O-Cedar falls totally flat when it comes to accessories. It has no extra attachments or features, just a single mop pad and not even a scrubbing portion for tough stains. It does have a dial to adjust its steam setting (something most models don't offer), though it doesn't seem to change the amount of steam coming out all that much.

Value


The O-Cedar Microfiber is one of the least expensive steam mops we tested. It's not the right fit for every home, but if you're only cleaning smooth floors with moderate dirt, this simple model may be exactly the right fit for your space and your budget.

Conclusion


This simple, no-frills steam mop is one of the cheapest models out there. It's not the right fit for every home and won't clean more than just your floors. However, if you don't need to deep clean and your flooring is relatively smooth, this straightforward model may be the simple solution you've been searching for.

Filling the O-Cedar isn't hard, but the opaque tank makes it...
Filling the O-Cedar isn't hard, but the opaque tank makes it difficult to know how much water is left.
Credit: Laura Casner

Michelle Powell and Maggie Brandenburg

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