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Henry Spray Mop review: our verdict on the bucketless mop

The Henry Spray Mop promises to help keep your floors in tip top shape. But is it any good? Mumsnet put the mop through its paces to discover whether Henry is worth giving the bucket the boot for.

By Laura Cooke | Last updated Feb 2, 2024

Henry Spray Mop. Picture is split to show the full length of the black and red mop leaning agains a white wall and a close up at the bottom of the mop against the same background which shows a smiley face on a red background on the mop.

RRP: £42 | Buy now from Freemans

What we like

  • Easy to assemble

  • Large manoeuvrable floor head

  • Large water capacity

  • Machine washable pad

  • No need for a bucket

What we don't like

  • Bottle is a bit stiff to remove

  • Liquid comes out as a splat rather than a spray

Our verdict

Cards on the table - I hate mopping. It’s perhaps my most loathed household chore, so anything that takes even the tiniest bit of effort out of it is going to be welcomed.

Thankfully, the Henry Spray Mop does just that. Easy to assemble, use and clean, the mop is perfect for restoring grubby flooring to its shiny best. The spray bottle is easy to fix to the mop, although a little harder to remove, and it produces just enough water per pump to make floors damp, rather than soaking wet underfoot.

The giant floor head is manoeuvrable enough to allow for cleaning right up to the edges and into the dirtiest nooks and crannies.

Overall, Mumsnet HQ was impressed with the performance of the Henry Spray Mop and it is definitely worthy of a place on our best floor mops round-up.

What’s in the box?

The disassembled Henry Spray Mop laid out on a beige carpeted floor. Image includes 400ml spray bottle 40cm floor head Spray Mop pad Plastic foot pedal Three part handle
  • 400ml spray bottle

  • 40cm floor head

  • Spray Mop pad

  • Plastic foot pedal

  • Three part handle

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How does it feel to hold?

The Henry Spray Mop is lightweight and is easy to pick up and use. As mentioned above, there is a lot of movement in the floor head, so when you do pick it up, it does feel like it takes on a life of its own. The mop is 1400mm in height, and the length of the handle cannot be adjusted, so this is something to bear in mind.

There is a black plastic foot pedal that is used to deploy the water spray. Manufacturer Numatic says this bottle can also be operated by hand, but to be honest, this would probably make the whole process more awkward, but it is an option for anyone who may need it.

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What's the Henry Spray Mop like to assemble?

A close up of the Henry Spray Mop floorhead which is laying on a beige carpet next to the instructions. A red and black screwdriver is coming in from the upper left of the picture to tighten a screw on the bottom of the mop handle

The Henry Spray Mop was a doddle to assemble. The instructions, consisting of eight illustrated steps, were easy to follow and the whole thing came together without too much stress. Just be aware that you will need a crosshead screwdriver handy to attach the mop head to the handle.

Once the Henry Spray Mop was secured together, I put some water in the pump action bottle and attached this underneath the pedal. The next step was to rinse the Spray Mop pad under the tap and wring it out so it was damp. Then it was a case of simply popping the damp pad into the two large elastic pockets on the mop head and voilà - ready to mop!

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What's the Henry Spray Mop like to use day-to-day?

The Henry Spray Mop being tested on wood-effect laminate flooring

The Henry Spray Mop is designed for spot cleaning or daily cleaning, rather than a once-in-a-blue-moon mopping marathon. So with this in mind, unless you live in a particularly large, carpet-free home, you probably won’t want to fill the spray bottle up to the brim. Not only is it quite a waste, but it makes taking the bottle off the mop a much more messy affair. The Henry Spray Mop can be used with just water or with the floor cleaner or disinfectant of your choice.

How well does the Henry Spray Mop clean laminate flooring?

The Henry Spray Mop is tested on off-white laminate flooring. Only the mop head and part of the black handle is in shot.

After a quick once-over with the vacuum cleaner, the first stop was the kitchen. The damp microfibre mop head made surprisingly light work of the baked bean juice, mud and other unidentified splodges which littered our laminate floor. One quick squirt of the water-cleaner mix was enough to get rid of the tougher stains. The water comes out of the bottle more like a splat from a soap dispenser rather than a fine spray, but it was just the right amount to get the job done without running the risk of warping the laminate.

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How well does the Henry Spray Mop clean tiled flooring?

I used the Henry Spray Mop on the tiled floor in the utility room. Although the tiles are old and worn, the Henry Spray Mop did a good job at freshening them up, leaving no streaks behind.

How do you clean the Henry Spray Mop pad?

The dirty blue Henry Spray Mop microfibre pad is being placed into the open door of a washing machine.

Cleaning the microfibre Henry Spray Mop pad is easy. Just remove the pad from the mop head (looking suitably impressed/horrified at the amount of dirt picked up) and then pop it into the washing machine. I gave it a quick 30°C wash, although the manufacturer says the pad can be safely washed by hand or machine up to 60°C. I left it to dry outdoors on the rotary washing line as per the maufacturers’ advice to let the mop pad dry naturally. If you are keen to keep your mop pad in the best shape possible for as long as possible, avoid using fabric conditioners, softeners, bleach or bleaching agents as this damages the micro fibres.

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Does the Henry Spray Mop offer value for money?

The Henry Spray Mop is not the cheapest spray mop around, retailing at around the £40 mark, but it still offers good value for money when compared against similar products.

It is in a higher price bracket than the Vileda 1-2 Spray Mop, which works in a similar way, except the water is stored in the handle rather than a removable plastic bottle. However, the Vileda 1-2 Spray Mop has a smaller liquid capacity (around 250ml, compared to the Henry Spray Mop’s 400ml) and if you live in a hard water area you must ensure that you keep the nozzle clean to avoid congestion.

It’s worth noting that you can pick up mop and bucket sets for a cheaper price than the Henry Spray Mop, for example the Vileda Turbo Microfibre Mop and Bucket Set, which was selling on Amazon for £34 at the time of writing. However if you are looking to give the bucket the boot for the sake of convenience or due to a lack of storage space, you may decide that it is worth paying the few extra pounds for the bucketless Henry (or, if you love pink and eyelashes, how about a Hetty instead?)

How we tested

Reviewer Laura lives in a four bedroom house with her husband and two kids, aged four and five. The Henry Spray Mop was tested out on laminate flooring in the kitchen, the bathroom and the downstairs loo, plus the tiled floor in the utility room. The Henry Spray Mop was also used on lino kitchen flooring.

The Henry Spray Mop was tested on its ability to remove food stains, including baked bean sauce, mud, toothpaste, makeup and various other unidentified splodges.

For the purpose of this review, the Henry Spray Mop was used with Tesco All Purpose Cleaner, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you are a fan of the Henry range, you may also want to check out what our reviewer thought of the new cordless Henry Quick vacuum cleaner.