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Pricey.. but worth it. The Crosswave is the king of the floor cleaning hill.
January 15, 2018
I own both the Crosswave and the Hoover Floormate Deluxe.
The Floormate Deluxe is better at:
TEXTURED TILE / GROUT - Slightly better at getting off caked on dry stains. The Crosswave doesn't have the same pressure. If you have textured tile you will appreciate the extra stain cleaning power of the Floormate. The tile brush allows more pressure to be applied to the recesses of the tile and the lower grout lines. If you plan to use either floor cleaner for just textured tile the Floormate Deluxe is the cleaner to get. (or a rotary mop)
The Crosswave is better at:
FLAT SURFACES - Subway tile, hardwood floor, vinyl plank and laminate.
LARGE DEBRIS - Pet hair, dog food, cheerios, animal crackers. - These get picked up on the first pass with the Crosswave. The hoover uses a squeegee to help lift the water off the floor so the pieces of food/dirt get pushed forward unless you tilt one side of the machine up. This gets real old after a while. Especially when you have 3000 ft^2 to clean.
CLEANING (post floor cleaning) - Pet hair is harder to get out of the Floormate. I find myself trying to "fish" the dog hair out of the Floormate with my pinkies. If you don't have time to completely clean the Floormate and the pet hair dries on the inside of the cleaning head... you are in for a treat. By comparison the Crosswave is a pleasure to clean. Sure you have to run it in a tray and pull out the roller head... but you have to do it with the Floormate as well if you want the product to last more than a year. Besides... the entire process takes maybe 30 seconds. There is Crosswave lazy... then there is unemployed bum lazy.
SPEED - I can clean at least twice as fast with the Crosswave. It applies moisture more evenly to the floor surface and it leaves the floor dryer than the Floormate. The Floormate requires at least 2-3 passes of the same area. The first pass lays down the water and the brushes distribute the water. The second pass is the real cleaning pass that does the majority of the cleaning. The 3rd pass is solely to clean up the residual water from the 2nd pass. Even after you stop applying water to the floor it still takes a while for the water to stop dripping from the head of the cleaner. On the other hand, the Crosswave lets you perform a quick clean of the area. Foot marks on dark laminate or a quick touch up by the front door before company arrives seems less like a chore.
When I just owned the Floormate I found myself mopping on weekends when we had were in a hurry to clean. We would use the Floormate for the "entire house" cleaning days. You can't perform a "quick clean" with eh Floormate. I would say you are looking at 30 minutes per 500 ft^2 with the Floormate. Depending on how dirty your floors are you are looking at 10-30 minutes for the same area with the Crosswave.
NO VACUUMING REQUIRED - We have two young children and a 200+ pound English Mastiff who sheds continuously. I can clean the floors with the Crosswave without having to sweep/vacuum first. This is a HUGE time saver. I would have to
Both machines will remove caked on mustard and dried dog drool in a matter of seconds. If a stain doesn't lift after a few passes, soak the area with the machine and keep going. Wait for the solution to soak for a minute or two then come back to the spot. If it still doesn't come off the floor take a scrub brush to it. For a machine to remove anything more in the first pass would require such abrasion that the floor surface would be compromised over time.
Both units are going to do a better job than a mop pushes the dirt into the recesses, these devices scrub and vacuum.
My personal opinion is the Crosswave, despite its price , is a better overall floor cleaner. The hardwood floors look shinier when clean and they feel cleaner on your feet. The Crosswave ends up saving you a lot of time. It's quite fast once you get the hang of it and it doesn't require any floor prep before you use it (sweep/vacuum).
If budget isn't a concern go with the Crosswave, otherwise the Floormate is a damn good cleaner for the money.