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Bissell Crosswave vs. Hoover Floormate

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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Bissell and Hoover are two of the most well known names in the floor cleaning industry.

This week we’ll take a look at how the Bissell Crosswave vs. Hoover Floormate Deluxe stack up against each other.

Bissell Crosswave
  • Cord Length: 25′
  • Cleaning Modes: 2
  • Floor Types: All hard & area rugs
  • Tank Capacity: 0.4 L
  • Weight: 11 lbs.
Hoover Floormate
  • Cord Length: 20′
  • Cleaning Modes: 1
  • Floor Types: All hard
  • Tank Capacity: 1.4 L
  • Weight: 13.8 lbs

These are two of the top rated floor cleaners available today, but which is the best mop for your floors?

Crosswave vs. Floormate Design Differences

The Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate do share some similarities with regard to design. The overall appearance of the two is similar for the most part. Both of them look much more like a stick vacuum than a mop, but each also contains a few design features that make them unique.

Bissell Crosswave vs. Hoover Floormate

AESTHETICS | With regard to the overall aesthetics of each, both look sharp and modern. The Crosswave has a combination of lime green and gray colors making up a majority of the unit. The Floormate is similar, but does have much more gray than lime green. The green is more of a pop color on the Floormate and a primary color on the Crosswave.

WATER TANKS | While both of these mops have two water tanks, the Bissell Crosswave places theirs in the front and back of the unit. The rear water tank is used for cleaning solution and water (the clean tank), while the front tank is used to store the dirty water and debris cleaned up by the Crosswave.

Bissell Crosswave dirty water tank
Removing the Crosswave’s dirty water tank

The Hoover Floormate’s water tanks are located on the sides of the mop. When pushing the unit, the tank on the users left hand side is the clean reservoir and the right side stores the dirty water.

Hoover Floormate

Both of these mops also have the power buttons located on the handle of the unit, which makes for easy access when turning them on and off.

Additionally, the cleaning heads both have a clear casing, which allows the user to see when the brushroll and scrubbers have been primed with water / cleaning solution and are ready to clean.

How Bissell & Hoover Clean

CLEANING HEADS | The Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate are a bit different in the way they clean. The Crosswave implements more suction with a multi-surface brushroll, whereas the Floormate utilizes rotating scrubbers to clean the floors.

Both floor cleaners use water / cleaning solution and their respective agitators to clean. However, the Crosswave can also be used to vacuum larger debris on both hard surfaces and area rugs. Hoover’s Floormate cannot be used as a vacuum.

Bissellc Crosswave removing the brush

To remove the brush, simply snap off the protective cover, and then pull the brush along the side “pull” hook.

Both of these units have a clean water / solution reservoir that sends cleaning solution to the cleaning head, allowing the mop to apply the solution directly to the floor when cleaning.

Hoover Floormate cleaning head
Hoover Floormate cleaning head

SURFACE TYPES | Both the Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate are able to clean indoor hard floor surfaces. Each one of these mops has the ability to change the cleaning head to a more specific head used for certain floor types.

For example, the Bissell Crosswave has three different brushroll types:

  1. area rug
  2. hardwood floor
  3. multi-surface

The Hoover Floormate has two cleaning head types:

  1. hardwood floor
  2. multi-surface

Size & Dimensions

The Bissell Crosswave is a slightly larger floor cleaner than the Hoover Floormate. The Crosswave stands 46″ tall and 12″ wide. The Floormate is not far behind, as it stands 43″ tall and 11.5″ wide.

Bissell Crosswave vs. Hoover Floormate size comparision

The Bissell Crosswave has a total weight of 11 pounds. The Hoover Floormate has a total weight of 13.8 pounds.

Bissell Crosswave Size

  • Height: 46″
  • Width: 12″
  • Depth: 10.5″
  • Weight: 11 lbs.
Bissell Crosswave vs. Hoover Floormate

Hoover Floormate Size

  • Height: 43″
  • Width: 11.5″
  • Depth: 12″
  • Weight: 13.8 lbs.

What accessories come with Crosswave & Floormate?

Please note, the following table indicates the parts and accessories that are included on the most popular versions of both the Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate.

Both the Crosswave and Floormate are available in different versions that include different accessories and are better / worse at certain cleaning activities, for example cleaning up pet hair or cleaning along baseboards.

  • Bissell Crosswave Pet – The Crosswave pet includes a pet brush that helps to lift and remove pet hair from your floors.
  • Bissell Crosswave Wood Floor Bundle – includes all of the standard accessories, but comes with extra wood floor cleaning solution and a brush designed specifically for wood floors
  • Bissell Crosswave Area Rug Bundle – includes all of the standard accessories, but comes with extra area rug cleaning solution and a brush designed specifically for area rugs
  • Hoover Floormate Cordless – This Floormate is virtually identical to the corded version of the Hoover Floormate, except it uses a lithium ion battery for cordless power.
  • Hoover Floormate Edge – The Hoover Floormate Edge is designed to suck up more dirt and debris while cleaning. Additionally, it is better suited for cleaning up against the edges of walls and baseboards.
Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate brushes

Multi-Surface Cleaning Head: Both the Crosswave and Floormate include a multi-surface brush that’s suitable for a variety of different floor types (wood, tile, laminate, etc.)

Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate Cleaning solutions

Cleaning Solution: Both mops offer a cleaning solution. Most versions include a bottle, but some only come with certain bundles. There are a variety of different cleaning solutions, including multi-surface, wood, area rugs, etc. Alternatively, you may choose to make a homemade cleaning solution to save money.

Bissell Crosswave cleaning tray

Cleaning Tray: The Bissell Crosswave includes a cleaning tray. You can spray a bit of the cleaning solution and water into the tray to help cycle clean / non-debris solution into the unit, helping to freshen up the brushes.

Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate filters

Filter: Both the Crosswave and Floormate include a durable washable filter. You should wash the filter after every major floor cleaning. Wash it with cold fresh water and allow to fully air dry. While the filter is washable, you will still need to replace it over time (depending on use).

Cleaning Tests

The following mop tests and analysis are designed to show how the Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate perform when mopping up a variety of sticky substances.

For our cleaning tests we look at mud / dirt, honey, and soda.

Additionally, we also include research and analysis from other reviews to help gauge performance.

Bissell Crosswave vs. Hoover Floormate cleaning performance

Mopping Tests

For starters, we haven’t yet personally test the Hoover Floormate. Our testing data is based off a multitude of other reviews and our best opinion on how it would perform. However, we have completed in-depth testing on the Crosswave.

The Bissell Crosswave performed extremely well during our cleaning tests. After making a single pass across our testing lane, we found that the mud was cleaned up 100%, honey was cleaned up between 90-95%, and soda hit 95%+ cleanliness.

Bissell Crosswave mopping tests
Bissell Crosswave mopping vs. soda, honey, and mud

As we continued to clean the floor, we were able to remove the remaining bits of the honey, and almost all of the soda. The biggest struggle with the Crosswave came when the soda made its way up against the baseboard.

As a result, the Corsswave was not able to suck it up completely, due to the gap between the suction slot and where the vacuum was touching the soda.

Bissell Crosswave cleaning soda
Liquids that push to the baseboard or wall may be harder for the Crosswave to clean.

With regard to the Hoover Floormate, we would expect this mop to perform on a similar level. The multiple multi-surface scrubbers should do a great job of removing mud, honey, soda, and most other debris as well.

We fully expect performance to be substantially similar when complete our in-depth Hoover Floormate tests.

That said, I do believe the Floormate would also struggle with soda, as the liquid would not be sucked up by the unit completely. That said, we would expect the Hoover Floormate Edge to offer better performance along walls, baseboards, and other edges of your floors.

For our comprehensive testing data see our full Bissell Crosswave ReviewUnfortunately, we do not currently have a standalone review for the Hoover Floormate.

If you need other floor cleaners see our best vacuum cleaner guide as well as some of our favorites, the Dyson V10Roomba 690, and Shark Navigator.

What is a cheaper alternative to the Bissell Crosswave?

The Bissell Crosswave is an excellent product, but its performance comes at a price. A cheaper alternative is the Hoover Floormate. 

Both models can be used for vacuuming and mopping. They have a similar design and performed well in our cleaning tests. The Floormate doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Bissell Crosswave, but it does a fantastic job.

How easy it to use the Crosswave & Floormate?

UNBOXING | The unboxing process for the Bissell Crosswave was simple. The pieces are individually wrapped, so it does take a few minutes to unwrap them all. The Hoover Floormate process is similar to the Crosswave.

SETUP | As you move into setting up the Crosswave, the only assembly required is sliding the handle into the body of the mop and screwing it in. This takes no longer than 2 minutes to complete.

Bissell Crosswave accessories and parts

The Hoover Floormate is the exact same process. Insert the handle into the body of the unit and screw it in. The floor cleaning nozzle does also have to be attached, but it as simple as snapping this piece into the body.

RELATED | If you prefer to not mop at all a robot mop can take over. Check out our reviews of the Braava 380tand Braava Jet 240.

DAILY USE | On the Bissell Crosswave, add the cleaning solution, choose either area rug or hard floor cleaning mode, and you’re good to go. Once you select a floor type, the unit will turn on. From there, users have to pull the trigger on the handle to release the cleaning solution onto the brushroll.

Cleaning the Hoover Floormate tank

The Floormate is more or less the same. The main difference, there is no area rug mode. The Hoover Floormate only has one mode, which works on all hard surfaces. If needed, users can press the clean boost button to add a little extra to the cleaning power of the Floormate, but this is not something that is used for the entire cleaning session.

EMPTYING THE WATER TANKS | The water tanks on the Bissell Crosswave sit at the front and back of the unit. The clean tank on the back of the unit can be pulled up to release it from the unit. The dirty tank has a latch that needs to be squeezed in order to remove it from the front of the unit.

Bissell Crosswave water tank removal

To remove the cleaning solution water tank along the back, simply pull up and out from the unit.

The Hoover Floormate houses the water tanks on the sides of the unit. Both of the tanks are released by a latch similar to the one on the dirty tank used by the Crosswave. Squeeze the tab and the tanks will pop out.

One of the biggest pros about each of these mops is that their clean and dirty water tanks are separate, therefore keeping the clean water away from the dirty water at all times.

How easy are they to maneuver?

All things taken into consideration, the Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate are similar with regard to maneuverability.

PORTABILITY | The Crosswave weighs 11 pounds, compared to the 13.8 pound weight of the Floormate. The difference isn’t massive, but it’s not nothing either.

CLEANING ANGLE | Neither of these mops has the best turning radius or cleaning angle. If you are trying to clean under a table or around a piece of furniture, you may have a difficult time reaching some spots that are further away from you.

Bissell Crosswave maneuverability

To that end, both of these units do have a direct drive head, which means once powered on they will begin to move forward on their own, ever so slightly. This design makes pushing the mop notably easier while cleaning.

CORD LENGTH | The Bissell Crosswave is 25′ long vs. the Hoover Floormate, which is slightly shorter at 20′. Nevertheless, both cords are sufficiently large enough to clean most household kitchen’s and other large areas.

If you’re concerned at all about the cordless the Hoover Floormate is available in a cordless version (Bissell’s Crosswave only comes in corded).

Maintenance Costs

The main tasks consist of emptying the water tanks, washing / replacing the filters (as needed), and cleaning the brushroll or spinning brushes.

PartReplacement FrequencyBissell CrosswaveHoover Floormate
FilterAs neededCheck PriceCheck Price
BrushAs neededCheck PriceCheck Price
Cleaning SolutionAs Needed Check PriceCheck Price

FILTERS | Taking care of the filters on both the Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate is easy. Both filters should be regularly washed and replaced as they wear out. Replacement schedules will vary based on your use.

BRUSHES | The brushroll on the Crosswave needs to be freed of any hair, strings, or other tangles that could occur. This brushroll can be pulled up for removal and will snap right back into place.

Hoover Floormate scrubbing brushes

The spinning brushes on the Floormate can also be removed and washed off, in addition to removing tangles from the brushes themselves.

The Bissell Crosswave costs around $40 / year to maintain. The Hoover Floormate is around $43 / year to maintain.

The annual maintenance for both vacuums covers replacing the filter and brushroll / scrubbing brush once per year and a large bottle of cleaning solution.

Homemade Cleaning Solution Alternative

It should be noted that you can save yourself a good chunk of annual maintenance costs if you make a homemade cleaning solution. Below a couple of cleaning solution substitutes you may want to try:

Cleaning Solution Substitute for Multi-Surfaces

  • White vinegar, 16 ounces
  • Essential oil, 20 drops (optional, use your preferred scent)

Cleaning Solution Substitute for Multi-Surfaces (deep clean)

  • White vinegar, 16 ounces
  • Liquid castile soap, 2 tablespoons
  • Essential oil, 20 drops (optional, use your preferred scent)

Bissell Crosswave Value

Bissell Crosswave

Overall, the Bissell Crosswave offers a great value. The cleaning performance for the price you pay is certainly above average. This unit is able to act as both a vacuum and a mop on hard floor surfaces, cleaning a variety of messes. Additionally, this Bissell is able to clean area rugs, which is a nice added bonus.

  • Warranty – 2 years
  • Returns – Varies by retailer, other retailers may vary
  • Check Price

Hoover Floormate Value

The Hoover Floormate offers a great value as well, and is arguably better than the Crosswave. Depending on the model you go with, the Floormate will generally be less expensive. However, performance does appear to be similar. The Hoover isn’t able to act as a vacuum like the Bissell Crosswave can, but otherwise it offers many of the same features and accessories.

  • Warranty – 2 years
  • Returns – Varies by retailer, other retailers may vary
  • Check Price


Please see specifications for both the Bissell Crosswave and Hoover Floormate below. Note that we’re only looking at two specific models here, the Bissell Crosswave (standard) and Hoover Floormate Deluxe.

Other modes, like the Bissell Crosswave Pet and Hoover Floormate Cordless, different slightly in their specifications.

SpecsBissell CrosswaveHoover Floormate
TypeMop / Floor cleanerMop / Floor cleaner
ModelCrosswaveFloormate Deluxe
Weight11 lbs.13.8 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor) & Area rugsAll (indoor)
Water Tanks0.8 L & 0.4 L1.4 L for both
CordlessNo - 25' cordNo - 20' cord
ReturnsVaries by retailerVaries by retailer
Warranty2 Year limited2 Year limited
BuyCheck PriceCheck Price

Crosswave vs. Floormate Differences

Cord Length

The cord of the Bissell Crosswave is 25′ long as compared to the 20′ cord used on the Hoover Floormate. In our opinion, this isn’t a significant difference. However, if mobility is more important you may want to consider the Hoover Floormate Cordless version.

Cleaning Modes

The Bissell Crosswave is able to clean both hard surfaces and area rugs, whereas the Hoover Floormate is only for hard surfaces.

Price & Value

The Hoover Floormate is cheaper than the Crosswave. This makes it a slightly better value in our opinion, as overall performance and annual maintenance seem to be about the same.

Should You Buy the Bissell Crosswave?

The Bissell Crosswave is a versatile wet dry vacuum that is more than capable of cleaning up large, small, or any mess in between. This specific Bissell could be a great addition to anyone who is in need of a strong mopping performance, but would also like a vacuum for hard floor surfaces.

You should buy the Bissell Crosswave if you…

  1. Want a wet dry vacuum– The Crosswave is able to clean on both wet and dry surfaces. This Bissell acts as both a vacuum and mop on wet surfaces, in addition to a deep cleaner on area rugs.
  2. Want to wash your rugs– The Bissell Crosswave has an area rug mode, which allows it to deeply clean your area rugs with a
  3. Want a solid cleaning performance– This Bissell has a strong cleaning performance. This unit had no trouble mopping up our debris types and was also able to vacuum up the debris with ease as well.

See here for more information or to buy the Bissell Crosswave.

Should You Buy the Hoover Floormate?

The Hoover Floormate offers a solid value and overall performance. The dual on-board cleaning tanks mean you don’t need to deal with the old mop and bucket any more.

You should buy the Hoover Floormate if you…

  1. Want convenient mopping – both the Crosswave and the Floormate get points here. Both can serve as mop replacements in most homes. Having both a clean and dirty water tank built into the unit itself is great, as you don’t have to deal with soaking, wringing, and rinsing a more traditional mpo.
  2. Want a great value – The Hoover Floormate is arguably a better value than the Crosswave due to the $100’ish price difference, while performance is relatively similar. The Floormate just provides very solid performance for the money.
  3. Want a cordless option – while the primary version of the Floor is corded, there is a version that is available cordless. If cordless mobility is important then the Floormate gets extra points.

See here for more information or to buy the Hoover Floormate.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider,, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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38 Comments on “Bissell Crosswave vs. Hoover Floormate”

  1. I have a Bissell Crosswave and I would not buy it again. It leaves streaks on the floor from the wheels, the front loading dirty water tank has fallen off twice, dumping dirty water all over the floor, and even after the recommended three passes, I can wipe the floor with a rag and still get lots of dirt on it. Being that I am a pet sitter who takes dogs into my home, I was soo excited to get my Crosswave. What a disappointment!

  2. You do not discuss the pros and cons of the tank capacity each has. The Hoover tanks are significantly larger and it would seem to me they would have to be filled or emptied less often. Especially with the dirty water pickup this seems like a big deal to me.

  3. One thing you should be aware of is the that the impeller housing of the Floormate is made of steel!!!
    This is where all the dirty water passes through. Over time this part corrodes so much that the
    impeller blade jambs and blows the internal fuse.
    That they would make this part out of steel is hard to believe. It could have be made out of some non corroding material plastic, stainless steel or aluminum but it wasn’t. Funny the impeller blade itself seems to be made of aluminum.

    • It’s a vacuum in the same way that the Crosswave is.

      It will vacuum up a minor level of debris on hard surface floors.

      However, it cannot be used on carpets.

  4. I’ve been comparing the Bissell and Hoover. However, I need to know which one is safer for laminate floors regarding water saturation. I’ve seen the word “sealed” in reviews. My flooring says 100% waterproof. How much residual water is left on the floor to dry?

    • If your floors are 100% waterproof then you have zero to worry about. You could pour a bucket of water across them and it won’t matter.

      The level of water is not significant though. It’s about the same as you’d have any any moderate wet mop.

  5. We have used both. The floormate will suck up all the liquid. You just have to make an additional pass and there can’t be anything caught on the brushes. The Bissell is great superior cleaning. However, the price point and the fact that the machines (4 of them) only lasted 3-4 months of light usages makes the Bissell a no go. Bissell’s warranty is a joke. Long drives long wait times.

    The hover floormate Pro has a lower price point and the machine keeps on going like a charm. The only thing we have to watch is if water is not being picked up, to clean the brushes of pet hair. When we make sure the brushes are clean, the floor is dry and clean with no problems. Both machines clean the floor. It depends on how much money you want to spend. We even have a robot mop to clean in between more powerful cleaning. Love the braava for inbetween cleaning. If you have people with the cross wave that has lasted in working for more than 2 years, please let everyone know. It is a great machine the life of the machine for the price point just needs to improve.

    • I have had my Crosswave for a little over 2 years. It performs great. I do change out my rollers about every 3 months. I have also owned several Floormates and my opinion is that the Crosswave does work much better. Cleaning the rollers is much easier also.

  6. I have a Hoover Floormate. Besides it is heavy to push around, it works okay. The main problem is that I can’t get the cleaning solution. Stores in my area don’t carry it; even the big stores. I have been looking everywhere. I called Hoover and they said the only way I could get some is to order it online from them and of course pay shipping costs. I’m considering using Bissell Crosswave solution. Any suggestions?

    • There’s a good chance the Crosswave cleaning solution would work, however, it would almost certainly void your warranty. I wouldn’t use it if it were me.

      Have you considered buying on Amazon?

      You could active a Prime membership for free shipping or simply buy more than $35 in stuff for free shipping.

    • Not sure about warranty but I only use diluted clear ammonia on my tile floors. Professional cleaners use that because it doesn’t attract dirt like many cleaners do, and it really works. I use the same measure as the bottled cleaners that come with the machine.

  7. Buzz
    January 21, 2021
    I have a Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe that I have used for years to clean our carpet. It works well.
    We have just recently replaced our carpet with Vinyl Plank Flooring. I have reviewed the description of the new Hoover Floormate machine and it sounds very similar to their carpet Power Scrub machine. The brushes used on both machines look the same and the trigger on our current machine would allow me to control the amount of solution I use.
    Can I use my current Power Scrub machine to clean our new vinyl plank flooring?

    • Hey Buzz,

      That’s probably a question for your vinyl manufacturer or vinyl installer. Typically, vinyl flooring is waterproof. However, that’s not always the case.

    • Hi Sharon,

      I think they are similar enough that if you are already happy with the Floormate I wouldn’t change it up.

      Crosswave might be a bit better, but it won’t be a miracle worker vs. the Floormate.

  8. I just bought a new bissell crosswave. I cleaned my floors with it which I think it did a good job. But it is not streak free and no shine. What can I use for that and am I doing it wrong is this why? I have vinyl floors, tile and rugs. I would like for them to have a shine.

    • In my experience, if the floors are dirtier it can take a few cleanings to get them 100% streak free. I would suggest cleaning the floors, then rinse out the brushroll / empty the water tank. Then repeat a few times.

      That should help get enough of the residential dirt off of the floors so they don’t streak.

  9. I have had 2 floormates and love how it works. I could not live without it however, both would not turn on after a year of use. The switch reved it on and then went off and could not be turned on. Repairs would be not worth the hassle and cost.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience, Mary Kay. Sorry to hear the Floormates didn’t last longer than a year…we would expect them to go much longer.

      Did you reach out to Hoover for service via the warranty? Floormate includes a 2 year warranty.

  10. I’ve had two Hoovers that worked great for about a year with weekly use. Then one motor rusted up solid. The other leaked even with new seals. Does anyone make a cleaner with stainless steel parts? It would be worth when extra money.

  11. The Crosswave is a disappointment at best. For what it costs, the floors should look great after using it and it should last longer than a year. The floors look worse than me mopping or steaming after use. It’s sloppy and messy. I have had my crosswave repaired multiple times. It is now broken with a blown motor. It is not worth the headache to own one.

  12. I bought a floormate about a year ago. I was able to clean my floors one time. Then the problems started. First the it would not apply the cleaning solution. After checking on the Hoover website, they had to fix, it took me about an hour to work on it. Got that fixed and guess what it wouldn’t stop squirting out water. Even when the machine was off. Water went everywhere. There was no fix. Mainly because you can’t get to the tube that dispenses the water due to the construction of the machine.
    Checking online I found this was a major problem with Hoover FloorMate.
    So 3 months after I got it, it went into the dumpster.
    Unless Hoover has fix these problems with the newer FloorMate, I don’t see anyone purchasing it and being happy. Which probably accounts for the lower price.

    Just my thoughts.

    • Hi Noble,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m sorry to hear about your experience with the Hoover Floormate.

      Hopefully Hoover is addressing these issues in their next iteration of the Floormate.

    • Thanks for your suggestion! That’s a good idea.

      I will see if we can get that in our review queue.