Is it time you wiped the floor with your kitchen and bathroom? Compare brands of floor cleaner with Canstar Blue’s customer review and ratings.
* Overall satisfaction is an individual rating and not a combined total of all ratings. Brands with equal overall satisfaction ratings are listed in alphabetical order.
Canstar Blue research finalised in December 2016, published in January 2017.
See our Ratings Methodology.
Even if a floor looks alright, there is bound to be a swathe of nasty bacteria lurking around. This is especially true in high-traffic areas like your bathroom and kitchen that see a variety of substances and items hit the ground, which can breed all kinds of interesting concoctions. No matter the surface, chances are you’ll need to give it a good cleaning at some point in time.
As far as household chores go, mopping and cleaning the floor is one of the least glamourous. You put on your daggy clothes, put your hair in a bun and get to work. It’s an important job, though, especially if you have little kids. They tend to hit the deck quite a lot, and love tasting and playing with things they really shouldn’t be. The nastiness of your floor can also be exacerbated by pets, which are basically moving dust and dirt vehicles.
If you think it’s time to hit the deck and scrub like a sailor then consider our customer satisfaction ratings to help you find the best floor cleaner for your home and family. A regular cleaning can help lighten the load, impress visitors and minimise potential bacterial harm to you and your household. However, not all floor cleaners are equal. This year, Pine O Cleen and Earth Choice scrubbed up best for floor cleaners, receiving five star ratings across most research categories.
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Canstar Blue commissioned Colmar Brunton to survey 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used bathroom cleaner in the last six months – in this case, 1,628 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
Earth Choice performed very well, with five stars for overall customer satisfaction, in addition to smell, ease of use and product design. It also achieved five stars for environmental friendliness. This is because Earth Choice uses no harmful chemicals in its products and stays away from chemicals like ammonia. It has a range of floor cleaners, including ones designed for wooden and stone floors.
Pine O Cleen also scored five stars for overall customer satisfaction, in addition to smell, ease of use, product design and, very importantly, effectiveness. Scents are available in ‘Crisp Apple’ and ‘Pomegranate Blossom’, which are evidently satisfying a lot of Aussies. So if you’re after a brand that’ll get the job done conveniently while smelling great then Pine O Cleen could be for you.
Challenger grocery brand ALDI comes to the cleaning game with its PowerForce range. It was the only brand to achieve five stars on value for many, while achieving four stars overall. It also earned four stars in every other category. Its liquid floor cleaner is available in three scents – Original, Citrus and Wooden. Mmm wood.
You can still use this product if your name is Steve and you’re pretty useless around the house. A Clorox brand, Handy Andy is a no-frills cleaner that comes in a five-litre bottle with a ‘fresh’ fragrance. It performed solidly, earning four stars overall, but achieved five stars for effectiveness and product design. This makes it a great no-frills cleaner, and is easy to use, so even if you are useless around the house you can still do a thorough mop with Handy Andy.
Orange Power is an Aussie-owned cleaning brand, with all-natural ingredients including orange peel. Its products are totally palm oil free, which is great for orangutan populations in Borneo and Sumatra, and part of Orange Power’s proceeds go to supporting Planet Ark. Orange Power earned four stars for overall floor-cleaning satisfaction this year, with four stars given for environmental friendliness. However, Orange Power rated five stars when it comes to effectiveness – arguably the most important category, and one of only three brands to do so.
The fresh food people have come to the game with a dirt-cheap floor cleaner. Seriously, it costs less than $2 in a lot of cases. That wasn’t enough to give Woolies five stars for value, however. The brand scored four stars overall and for value, meaning there’s more to value than cost alone. With that said, it did earn five stars for product design, probably due to its easy application and squeezy bottle.
Ajax scored three stars overall, but scored four stars in two key areas – smell and effectiveness. Its floor cleaner is available in a lemon or lime scent, and is infused with baking soda – a natural ingredient known for being able to clean stone surfaces safely. Beyond that, Ajax has a range of powder cleansers and cream cleansers for a variety of flooring types.
Coles has a range of budget-oriented floor cleaners, including a no-frills liquid cleaner, as well as some floor wipes made for easy spills. Coles earned three stars overall and for every category but value for money, where it earned four. So, while the prices seem to be ‘down, down’, overall Coles was a middling performer.
Dettol is perhaps best known for its Glen 20 spray and antibacterial gels, but it also makes a variety of floor cleaners. Perhaps its most noteworthy is the ‘Floor Cleaning System’, which are basically large wipes for cleaning the floor with. Dettol scored three stars overall but achieved four stars in some key categories – smell and effectiveness.
Pledge has a large range of floor cleaners, including its ‘Squirt and Mop’ range with ‘fresh’ and lemon scents available. A fresh scent concentrate is also available, along with a convenient hardwood floor spray in a lemon scent. Pledge earned three stars overall, but scored four for effectiveness and ease of use. Its comparatively large range was evidently not enough to satisfy some Aussie shoppers.
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