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Bissell 1940 vs 1806: Which Steam Mop is Better?

Something so simple as a steam mop has transformed the way we clean. While it takes no effort to fill a bucket the traditional way, it is certainly not the most hygienic way to clean. Realistically, the water becomes dirty after the first mop. After that you are just “cleaning” the floor with dirty water. Bissell has a number of superior solutions for maintaining a clean floor. The Bissell 1806 and the Bissell 1940 are steam cleaner mops that clean your floor without using harmful or strong chemicals-not something you want if you have pets and children in your home. Today, we will take a closer look at the specifications of the Bissell 1940 vs 1806. We are going to test their ease of use, cleaning abilities and the extras that they come with. We will consider the value for money for each Bissell powerfresh steam mop and offer pros and cons for each. Then of course our final verdict at the end.

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Bissell 1940 vs 1806 – Similarities

Here we will cover the things the Bissell 1806 and the Bissell 1940 have in common.

Quick glance

Title
Bissell Power Fresh Steam Mop with Natural Sanitization, Floor Steamer, Tile Cleaner, and Hard Wood Floor Cleaner with Flip-Down Easy Scrubber, 1940A
Our Pick
Bissell Steam Mop, Steamer, Tile, Hard Wood Floor Cleaner, 1806, Sapphire Powerfresh Deluxe
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Bissell Power Fresh Steam Mop with Natural Sanitization, Floor Steamer, Tile Cleaner, and Hard Wood Floor Cleaner with Flip-Down Easy Scrubber, 1940A
Bissell Steam Mop, Steamer, Tile, Hard Wood Floor Cleaner, 1806, Sapphire Powerfresh Deluxe
Size
9.5 x 13 x 46 inches
9.5 x 13 x 46 inches
Weight
6.2lbs
6.2lbs
Power
12.5 Amps
12 Amps
Power Cord
25ft
25ft
Steam Abilities
Kills 99.9% of bacteria and germs
Kills 99.9% of bacteria and germs
Steam Settings
High/Medium/Low
High/Low
Additional Cleaning Abilities
Flip down the easy scrubber
Onboard spot boost brush
Water Tank Capacity
16 ounces
16 ounces
Water Heat Up Time
30 seconds
30 seconds
Cleaning Path
12 inches
12 inches
Floor Types
Sealed hardwood, ceramic, tile, marble, linoleum
Sealed hardwood, ceramic, tile, marble, linoleum
Accessories
2 fragrance discs, 2 mop pads, a measuring jug
2 fragrance discs, 2 mop pads, a measuring jug
Warranty
2-year limited
2-year limited
Prime status
Price
Title
Bissell Power Fresh Steam Mop with Natural Sanitization, Floor Steamer, Tile Cleaner, and Hard Wood Floor Cleaner with Flip-Down Easy Scrubber, 1940A
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Bissell Power Fresh Steam Mop with Natural Sanitization, Floor Steamer, Tile Cleaner, and Hard Wood Floor Cleaner with Flip-Down Easy Scrubber, 1940A
Size
9.5 x 13 x 46 inches
Weight
6.2lbs
Power
12.5 Amps
Power Cord
25ft
Steam Abilities
Kills 99.9% of bacteria and germs
Steam Settings
High/Medium/Low
Additional Cleaning Abilities
Flip down the easy scrubber
Water Tank Capacity
16 ounces
Water Heat Up Time
30 seconds
Cleaning Path
12 inches
Floor Types
Sealed hardwood, ceramic, tile, marble, linoleum
Accessories
2 fragrance discs, 2 mop pads, a measuring jug
Warranty
2-year limited
Prime status
Price
Our Pick
Title
Bissell Steam Mop, Steamer, Tile, Hard Wood Floor Cleaner, 1806, Sapphire Powerfresh Deluxe
Image
Bissell Steam Mop, Steamer, Tile, Hard Wood Floor Cleaner, 1806, Sapphire Powerfresh Deluxe
Size
9.5 x 13 x 46 inches
Weight
6.2lbs
Power
12 Amps
Power Cord
25ft
Steam Abilities
Kills 99.9% of bacteria and germs
Steam Settings
High/Low
Additional Cleaning Abilities
Onboard spot boost brush
Water Tank Capacity
16 ounces
Water Heat Up Time
30 seconds
Cleaning Path
12 inches
Floor Types
Sealed hardwood, ceramic, tile, marble, linoleum
Accessories
2 fragrance discs, 2 mop pads, a measuring jug
Warranty
2-year limited
Prime status
Price

Appearance

At first glance, you will notice that the Bissell 1806 and the Bissell 1940 are both white but with different colored features. The Bissell 1806 has sapphire blue features whereas the Bissell 1940 has purple features. Apart from this, they look the same. They are both white and look just like an upright vacuum cleaner. They are 9.5 x 13 x 45 inches and weigh 6.2 pounds.

Cleaning Power

The Bissell 1806 is a 12 Amp steam mop. The Bissell 1940 is advertised at having 1500  watts, which works out to be 12.5 Amps. So, you aren’t going to notice any difference in the power of either of the steam mops. Both will sanitize 99.9% of germs and bacteria.

The Water Tank

The tank of a steam mop can have a capacity of anywhere from 10oz to approximately 16oz. A larger tank means you don’t have to refill the tank as often, therefore you will have more cleaning time. Both of these Bissell steam mops have a 16oz capacity, a great advantage regardless of the size if your house. Surprisingly, it still only takes around 30 seconds for the water to heat up and for the mops to start producing hot steam.

Ease of Use

Both the Bissell 1806 and the Bissell 1940 have a 12-inch cleaning path. This is quite a standard width for steam mops and even vacuums. They have a 25ft power cord, which is again, towards the higher end of the average. This longer power cord will allow you to reach even the corners of a room with less chance of having to change the power outlet. There is on-board cord storage on both of these steam mops.

Floor Types

If you choose the Bissell 1806 or the Bissell 1940, you will be able to steam clean your sealed hardwood floor, ceramic tile, marble, and linoleum or vinyl.

Fragrance Discs and Scented Water

You will find a built-in sent disc tray. Bissell sells (separately) packs of 8 Spring Breeze fragrance discs. When you insert a seated disc in the sent disc tray, you will leave your home will a lovely fresh smell. This is ideal if you are looking for additional ways to get rid of pet odors.

You can also buy scented distilled water to use with the Bissell steam mops. The company recommends using distilled water because it prolongs the lifespan of the steam mop and leaves your home with a certain smell.

You can choose from these fragrances:

  • Spring Breeze
  • Citrus
  • Eucalyptus Mint

The scented water is sold separately, as are the packs of fragrance disc. However, you will receive 2 fragrance discs with the Bissell 1806 and the Bissell 1940.

What is Included

In the box of the Bissell 1806 and the Bissell 1940, you will find 2 mop pads, 2 fragrance discs, and a measuring jug to fill the want tanks. The water tanks are also removable for easy filling.

Value for Money

This is one of those rare occasions when there is no difference to help you sway your mind. The Bissell 1806 and the Bissell 1940 are the same prices. On top of that, they both come with a 2-year limited warranty.

There are plenty of similarities but what about their differences? Let’s go over the few, but significant ways in which they aren’t the same.

Differences Between Bissell 1806 and Bissell 1940

Steam Settings

You won’t always need to use the highest steam setting. For those stubborn areas, you will need the extra steam power. It is nice to be able to have options depending on your needs.

Bissell 1806

There are two steam settings. You can choose between high or low.

Bissell 1940

With this Bissell steam mop, you have an additional setting and can choose from high, medium, or low.

The Winner Is- The Bissell 1940

Bissell 1806

Additional Cleaning Abilities

Regardless of how amazing a steam mop is, there will be times when tough sticky messes and stains on the floor won’t budge. For this, you will need a little extra help.

Bissell 1806

This has a very practical solution. The main handle and the water tank come off and on the base, there is a spot boost brush. It is easy to use and doesn’t require any bending over to scrub the floor.

Bissell 1940

On the base of the steam mop, there is a flip-down Easy Scrubber. If you come across a difficult patch of dirt, you can flip down the scrubber with your foot and release it again once you have finished.

The Winner Is- The Bissell 1806

Bissell 1940

Pros and Cons

This is truly a difficult decision. We will now look over some of the pros and cons of the Bissell 1806 and the Bissell 1940.

Bissell 1806

Bissell 1806

Pros:

  • With one screw you are ready to start mopping. It’s so easy you won’t need the instructions
  • The spot brush is brilliant and it’s simple to switch between the two
  • Floors come up cleaning than you could imagine, with a great shine and no signs of streaks

Cons:

  • Some people have had issues with the mop pad slipping

Bissell 1940

Bissell 1940

Pros:

  • It heats up quickly and to an amazing temperature.
  • There is no residue left on the floor. The floor is dry almost instantly
  • It is really easy to set up and use. It only takes a couple of minutes and you are up and running.

Cons:

  • The flip-down easy scrubber often doesn’t reach grout

The Final Verdict

First of all, We have to commend Bissell for its dedication to pets. Not only are their products pet-friendly, but a portion of each sale goes to the Bissell Pet Foundation. This way you know your purchase is doing some good for animals too.

This was a very difficult choice. There are some fundamentals that are exactly the same and won’t influence the buyer’s decision. The size, weight, swivel steering and the fact that 99.9% of the germs and bacteria will be killed, no harsh chemicals required are the same for the Bissell 1806 and the Bissell 1940.

Also, extra Bissell products are also the same. You can buy the scented water and scent disc to use with both of the Bissell steam mops. It is great that you get 2 fragrance pads to try, offering you the chance to see if it is a feature you want to use. Even if you choose not to use the scented water, Bissell strongly recommends using distilled water.

So the decision came down to three things, the color, the steam settings, and the additional cleaning abilities. Personally, we loved the Bissell 1940 for the purple features and having the extra steam setting. However, this wasn’t enough for it to win.

The winner today was the Bissell 1806 and this came down to one principle reason. The onboard spot brush really is excellent and is a great help for those stubborn areas. It was much more effective than the flip-down easy scrubber and this was enough to put the Bissell 1806 a step ahead.


Last update on 2022-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API