Kitchen and bathroom floors can be tough to clean. So if you need a helping hand, compare different brands to see which are up to the job.
* 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 October 2015, published in December 2015.
See our Ratings Methodology.
You may not realise it, but the masonry, linoleum, ceramic or vinyl floors in your home can be a haven for dirt and bacteria – right beneath your feet. Stop for a moment and think about the areas around your shower, toilet or kitchen sink, and all the things that may have been spilt or splashed there…
It’s one of the least glamorous household chores you can expect to do, but it’s important to regularly clean your floors, especially if you have small children crawling around. When was the last time you got on your hands and knees and gave your floors a good scrubbing? The longer you put it off, the harder the job becomes.
So if you think it’s time to get down and dirty, consider our customer satisfaction ratings to help you find the best floor cleaner for your home. We asked more than a thousand adults to rate the cleaning products they most recently used. The results are in and we found Powerforce – a brand from discount supermarket chain ALDI – and Pledge to be the highest rated. While Dettol also earned a top review for effectiveness, Powerhouse and Pledge stood out from the crowd, with the ALDI brand also rated highly on value for money.
Like most household cleaning products, you can expect to find some fairly unpleasant chemicals in floor cleaner that allow it to fulfill its most basic purpose of removing dirt and grime from the floor. Ingredients will vary between brands, but as a guide, Colgate-Palmolive lists the following ingredients for its Ajax lemon floor cleaner:
Whatever ingredients are included in the floor cleaner you buy, always remember to read the directions and safety instructions printed on the packaging before use.
When you buy floor cleaner, you ultimately expect it to live up to expectations and cleanse your floor of dirt, grime and stains. But it’s also reasonable to expect a product that’s easy to use and smells nice. We found the drivers of customer satisfaction to be as follows:
So it seems that consumers are happy to pay a reasonable price for floor cleaner – provided it delivers when it comes to effectiveness, is easy to use, and leaves their floor smelling nice and fresh.
Canstar Blue commissioned Colmar Brunton to survey 3,000 Australian consumers 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 a floor cleaning product in the last six months – in this case, 1,353 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.
Supermarket chain ALDI has a large range of Powerforce-branded home cleaning products, including glass cleaner, bath and shower cleaner, disinfectant liquid and toilet cleaner.
Pledge is a cleaning brand owned by SCJ – a manufacturer of household cleaning products based in the United States. Its other products include Windex, Oust and Duck.
Ajax is a well-known cleaning brand of Colgate-Palmolive – a multinational consumer goods company based in the United States which is best known for its range of dental care products.
Dettol is a brand owned by Reckitt Benckiser – a multinational consumer goods company based in the UK. Its other household cleaning products include Cillit bang, Finish and Harpic.
Earth Choice is an environmentally friendly brand from Natures Organics – an Australian manufacturer of cleaning, personal hygiene, skincare and hair care products.
Handy Andy is a cleaning brand from Clorox Australia – part of a worldwide group of companies based in the United States. Its products include Glad garbage bags and aluminum foil.
The brand that ‘loves the jobs you hate’, Mr Muscle is owned by SCJ – a manufacturer of household cleaning products based in the United States. Its other products include Windex, Oust and Duck.
The brand that claims to be ‘The Greener Cleaner’, Orange Power is owned by Aware Environmental – an Australian eco-friendly household cleaning company.
Pine O Cleen is an Australian manufacturer of household cleaning products owned by Reckitt Benckiser – a multinational consumer goods company based in the UK.
Supermarket chain Coles, part of the Wesfarmers Group, sells a wide range of private label home cleaning products that generally cost less than big name brands.
Select is the mid-tier private label range from supermarket chain Woolworths. It sells a range of home cleaning products in this range, as well as the cheaper Homebrand label.