Bissell Crosswave vs Hoover Floormate – Which Is Best?

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Bissell and Hoover and are two of the most renowned and recognized names there are when it comes to vacuuming and floor-cleaning products. Indeed, our Bissell vs Hoover vacuum comparison for instance is one of our most popular articles. In this article we will be comparing two of their top hard floor cleaning products head-to-head.

It's going to be Bissell Crosswave vs Hoover Floormate, and we will not be using any puns like 'let's see which one wipes the floor with the other.' (We couldn't resist just one ... but we promise, no more).

As we look at both products we will go through the most important features you would expect to find in a floor cleaner and compare how the Crosswave and the Floormate measure up for each of them.

Once we have made the comparisons, we will be able to summarize the pros and the cons of the Bissell Crosswave and the Hoover Floormate, and then conclude as to which one we recommend.


BISSELL Crosswave Pet Pro All in One Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner and Mop for Hard Floors and Area Rugs, Purple, 2306A

The Bissell Crosswave is an all-in-one floor cleaner which is suitable for multiple surfaces. It can operate as both a wet and a dry cleaner. The main advantage of all this is that you do not need a separate vacuum cleaner and floor cleaner for your hard floors, as the Crosswave can do both.

The Bissell Crosswave isn't as good on hard floors as the best upright vacuum cleaners, but if you have rugs which you’d also wish to clean then it is a worthy alternative.

Bissell Crosswave Handle
Bissell Crosswave vacuum
  • Although it is designed for hard flooring, the Crosswave can be also used to vacuum rugs.
  • Mop and brush rolls are made from nylon and microfiber which allows the cleaner to pick up dirt from multiple surface types.
  • The surfaces which the Crosswave is suited to are: tiles, linoleum, pressed or sealed wood, rugs, carpet, laminates, and linoleum.
  • The Crosswave has two tanks, with one containing the cleaning liquids, and the other the dirty water which has already been used. This keeps them separate and ensures that only clean water is mixed with the cleaning solution.
  • To assist with steering in a tight space, the Crosswave’s swiveling head gives you the best maneuverability possible
  • The front of the cleaner has a low-profile which helps when you are trying to clean under low tables and units.
  • Controlling the Crosswave is literally at your fingertips. From the controls in the handle, you can adjust for different floor surfaces, choose spray levels, and control how much cleaning solution is released.
  • Cleaning the Crosswave is simple as both the cleaning brush window, and the brush itself, can be removed. This allows you to clean them or replace the brush if necessary.
  • After use, the Crosswave can be conveniently stored in its very own storage tray, which will catch any drips or debris which may still be on the brush

Bissell Crosswave Video Review

For a full rundown on the features of the Bissell Crosswave, check out the video below, which gives a 15 minute demonstration of this hard floor cleaner in action:


Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner Machine, FH40160PC, Silver

The Hoover Floormate is an upright cleaner which is designed for use on hard flooring surfaces. It can be used for dry vacuuming to remove dust, crumbs and other debris, and then it can be swapped over to wet cleaning and mop the floor.

  • Has dual tank technology which helps you to keep the clean and dirty water separate and ensures only clean water and solution are used to clean the floor.
  • Both clean and dirty water tanks can hold up to 48 fluid ounces which is more than many equivalent cleaners.
  • Uses Hoover's patented 'SpinScrub' brush technology which uses multiple brushes spinning in both clockwise, and counterclockwise directions for maximum coverage and efficiency.
Hoover Floormate Vacuum
Hoover Floormate Handle
  • A 'Clean Boost' control lets you release extra detergent or floor cleaner for spots where marks are proving to be stubborn, or the dirt is more ground into the floor.
  • Has a wash/dry mode which has the brushes running while washing, but then stops the brushes to suck up excess water and reduce the time it takes the floor to dry.
  • Suitable for these types of flooring; tiles, sealed wood, grouted, vinyl.
  • The Floormate is very easy to clean. The brushes, tanks, and the nozzle are all removable, so you can wash them in the sink.
  • Comes with a folding handle which makes storage easier and means the cleaner requires less space than many other cleaners need.

Hoover FloorMate Video Review

Want to see the features for yourself? Then check out the short video below that provides a demonstration of the features of the Hoover FloorMate.

Bissell Crosswave Pros and Cons

BISSELL Crosswave Pet Pro All in One Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner and Mop for Hard Floors and Area Rugs, Purple, 2306A


  • Dual tank keeps clean and dirty liquids separate
  • Multi-surface use
  • Good maneuverability
  • Low profile for accessing under low units
  • Dry or wet cleaning
  • Easy to clean the brush
  • Convenient storage tray
  • Fingertip controls


  • Struggles on thicker carpets
  • The cord is a little short at only 25ft
  • Cord is in an awkward place
  • Not great at clean edges


Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner Machine, FH40160PC, Silver


  • Dries floor in one motion
  • Dual tanks keep clean and dirty water apart
  • Both tank capacities are bigger than most
  • Patented 'SpinScrub' brushes
  • Booster control to release additional detergent
  • Can be used on multiple surfaces
  • Very easy to clean and dry the brushes
  • Easy to store, especially with the folding handle


  • The tank can be tricky to fill
  • Electrical Cord is too short (20ft, which is even shorter than on the Crosswave)
  • Not suitable for carpets or rugs
  • The filter is not removable

Where the Bissell Crosswave Wins

The Crosswave is the more versatile of the two cleaners for the simple reason that it can be used to clean more floor surfaces than the FloorMate, including rugs and thin carpets, whereas the FloorMate can be used only on hard surfaces.

You will also find the Crosswave to be more maneuverable than FloorMate and will be able to reach under a lot of places that the FloorMate cannot. It even has a longer cord which means it can be used further from the power point.

The filter in the Bissell Crosswave can be removed which may be important if you have pets, and their hair tends to clog up your cleaner a lot.

Where the Hoover Floormate Wins

The wet/dry cleaning function of the FloorMate is a big plus and makes the job of cleaning and drying hard floors surfaces quicker, and easier than the Crosswave

Its larger tanks mean it can hold more water and cleaning solution, so there is less need for you to refill it as often.

The unique brush system means that cleaning is more thorough, and that includes being able to clean right up to edges and corners, which the Crosswave struggles with.

The folding handle  (an optional feature that you need to choose before purchase) means the FloorMate is easier to store away and requires less space or storage than the Crosswave, which also requires a spot for its holder.


The Bissell Crosswave and the Hoover FloorMate are both excellent floor cleaners, but if we had to choose one for cleaning hard surface floors it would be the Hoover FloorMate.

Its biggest appeal is its cleaning functions, which include the 'SpinScrub' brushes, and the wet/dry function to quickly dry floors. The larger tanks also mean fewer refills. 

Last update on 2024-07-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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