I’ve written about how much I love the Bona mop for my hardwood floors before. (Check out all of the valuable mopping tips in the comments.)
Recently, I bought the newer Bona Motion mop — only because it was at a clearance price that couldn’t be beat.
Some might like to hear what the differences are between these two spray mops.
The big question: Is the battery-powered Bona Motion mop better than the original Bona mop?
My Experience With The First Bona Mop
We have hardwood floors on the entire first floor of our home.
I rarely use the vacuum anymore — only for the bedrooms, which are carpeted, on occasion.
Then, I immediately use the regular Bona mop to remove set-in dog slobber from my hardwood floors and make them look squeaky clean again. I do this about once a week (sometimes more).
For what it’s worth, my dog salivates like crazy any time he’s expecting a treat! Yes, he gets plenty of treats throughout the day. And if I don’t get to the dog drool right away with a paper towel or something (which I never do), then I’ll have to deal with the set-in dog slobber later. Think slightly gummy water rings. That’s where the Bona mop comes to the rescue!
2 Most Important Hardwood Floor Mop Features
These are the 2 main qualities I look for in a hardwood floor mop:
#1 – The cleaning solution needs to be super-effective and safe and streak-free. (The Bona cleaner is all of these and more in my opinion, and this is backed up by the folks at my local hardwood flooring store.)
#2 – The mop needs to easily remove spills and water marks and streaks and dog slobber. (The original Bona mop removes all of these — especially the dreaded dog slobber — with just a little manual effort on my part.)
My Experience With The Bona Motion Mop
For years, the regular Bona mop has met my needs like a charm. No complaints at all.
Then one day, I saw the Bona Motion mop on clearance for $9.99 at Target …with a full-size refill cartridge of the cleaner included.
Since that’s how much the Bona refill cartridge alone costs, I knew I couldn’t go wrong trying the new Motion mop at this price. At least I’d get a whole new cartridge of the Bona cleaner, even if I didn’t like the Motion mop at all!
To be clear, the Bona Motion mop is identical to the regular Bona spray mop in all ways but one: You can put 4 AA batteries into the back of the mop head itself, and then make the mop head agitate slightly with the click of a button. (They call it sonic motion deep cleaning.)
Here are the pro’s and con’s of the Bona Motion mop over the original Bona mop, as I see it:
- You get a better workout while mopping, since it’s a little bit heavier and takes more forceful movements to use than the regular Bona mop does.
- It’s super easy to turn the agitating mop head on and off with your toe.
- Thanks to the agitating mop head, this mop removes set-in water drops and dog slobber with slightly less effort than the original Bona mop.
- It’s kind of heavy compared to the regular, non-battery Bona mop (5.8 lbs vs 3.1 lbs).
- The mop head tends to flip up while mopping (see picture immediately above) when you’re using long, fast strokes — like on wide open areas — and you’re pulling the mop back toward you. This is simply due to the weight of the mop head now with batteries in the compartment.
- You have to mop a little slower. With the Bona regular mop, I tend to mop rather quickly — with fast, long strokes. But with the Bona Motion mop, it’s better to slow down a little bit in order to get the benefits from the agitating mop head. Let that agitation do the work for you!
This video from Bona shows how the Motion mop works:
Bottom Line: The Best Bona Hardwood Floor Mop
So, after having experience with both of the Bona mops now, I cannot say that I would recommend the battery-powered Bona Motion mop over the regular Bona mop to a new spray mop user. The benefits simply aren’t that numerous. But I would recommend either Bona hardwood floor mop over most other spray mops (especially the Shark) when used for cleaning hardwood floors. Here’s why.
The biggest downside to the Bona Motion mop, in my opinion, is the fact that it is heavier than the original Bona mop (5.8 vs 3.1 lbs). When you have to do a lot of pushing and pulling, you don’t want heavier. You want lighter. The regular Bona mop is just the right weight. It’s not too heavy at all for routine floor cleaning.
The one and only circumstance when I think the battery-powered Bona Motion mop is advantageous is with lots of dog slobber and/or set-in water stains.
It actually does make those types of water marks easier to remove. It requires less manual effort on your part, so you don’t have to push the mop over the same area again and again to remove those types of spots on hardwood floors. The minor amount of agitation that the Bona Motion mop provides is just the right amount for making the job faster and easier than using the regular, non-battery powered Bona mop.
So if you primarily use your Bona mop to remove dog slobber and set-in stains, the battery-powered Bona Motion mop might be the best option for you.
That said, when I’m cleaning my hardwood floors I definitely won’t be reaching for the Motion mop first — even though dog slobber is the #1 thing I’m mopping up all the time! Nope, I’ll still use the regular Bona mop most of the time — because it’s so much lighter, and quicker, and easier to maneuver.
The only time I can see myself choosing the Bona Motion mop first is if I’ve let more than a week go by without doing any mopping. That would mean there’s probably a lot of set-in dog slobber on my hardwood floors, so the agitating mop head would be more appreciated at those times.
You can see — and hear — the Bona Motion mop in action in this video.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the regular Bona hardwood floor mop or the Bona motion mop. What do you like best?… or least? Is there another spray mop that you recommend?
I like to help people find unique ways to do things that will save time & money — so I write about "outside the box" Household Tips and Life Hacks that most wouldn't think of. I'm super-organized. And I LOVE to clean! I even enjoy doing laundry (but not ironing). I’m also a lifelong dog owner — so I often share my favorite tips for living with dogs inside your home (like smart home design choices and dog-friendly cleaning & decorating ideas). Career-wise, I've been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started… and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). Prior to that, I worked in Higher Ed over 10 years before switching gears to pursue activities that I'm truly passionate about instead. For example, I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo — to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. When I’m not cleaning, organizing, decorating, or fixing something… you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).