Best Steam Cleaners

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 25, 2017
If you want to make use of your time judiciously and not dedicating it on cleaning your apartment or car, we advise you to consider a steam cleaner and its benefits. After we’ve evaluated all pros and cons, we kindly offer you to choose the best model appropriate for you! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
POWER
HEAT UP TIME
WATER TANK VOLUME
MAX STEAM TIME
PRESSURE
STEAM CONTROL
ACCESSORIES
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
CONVENIENCE
 
PROS
Apart from its excellent look, this household appliance does not leave wet residue behind. Its long power cord makes the maintenance of the steam cleaner very convenient. It also takes little time to heat water in such a large tank.
CONS
The sound of pressured steam emitted in closed premises may be rather loud.
OUR VERDICT
This device will be excellent for grooming living areas. Besides cleaning various surfaces in your apartment, this appliance will be indispensable for disinfecting your children's large soft toys.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Floor
POWER
1500 W
HEAT UP TIME
8 min
WATER TANK VOLUME
48 oz
MAX STEAM TIME
45 min
PRESSURE
43 PSI
STEAM CONTROL
Yes
ACCESSORIES
Carrying Handle, Steam Jet Nozzle, 2 x Extension Wand, Mop Head, 2 x Microfiber Pad, Water Funnel, Measuring Cup, Squeegee, Triangle Brush, 5 x Nylon Utility Brushes, Brass Utility Brush, Scrub Pad
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
Power cord: 15.7'' Steam Hose: 9.8''
CONVENIENCE
It's necessary to press the Steam Lock Switch for getting a continuous steam flow
PROS
Hoover steam cleaner has a convenient handle that allows you to effortlessly operate the appliance. This model comes with lots of accessories for all kinds of surfaces, so no need to buy anything else.
CONS
No water level indicator, so you don't know how much water is left.
OUR VERDICT
This steam cleaner is a versatile appliance that will help you clean not only clothes but floors and different surfaces as well. Surely, it's a helpful cleaning assistant for any home.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Handheld
POWER
1100 W
HEAT UP TIME
3-5 min
WATER TANK VOLUME
10.14 oz
MAX STEAM TIME
10-15 min
PRESSURE
≈ 40 PSI
STEAM CONTROL
No
ACCESSORIES
Large Surface Cleaning tool, Detail Cleaning Wand, Hose, Corner and Grout tool, Turbo Nozzle Extension, Scraping tool, Window Squeegee, Garment Steaming tool, Garment Steaming cloth, 2 x Nylon Scrub brushes
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
Power cord: 17'' Steam hose: 3''
CONVENIENCE
Fingertip controls, Safety pressure indicator, Storage bag for accessories and steam cleaner
PROS
This machine can be installed quite easily and its light weight provides its maneuverability. Moreover, it is reported to be very easy to use because of its design.
CONS
Consumers will need an additional cable for performing a cleaning session in their gardens (if there are no outputs).
OUR VERDICT
DBTech DB-8561 steam cleaner is quite maneuverable and ideal for disinfecting bathrooms and kitchens. It is also perfect as an upholstery steam cleaner.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Handheld
POWER
1050 W
HEAT UP TIME
3 min
WATER TANK VOLUME
6 oz
MAX STEAM TIME
15-20 min
PRESSURE
40 PSI
STEAM CONTROL
No
ACCESSORIES
Spray nozzle for door/window, General spray nozzle, Extended connecting spray nozzle, Round brush nozzle, Long spray nozzle, Bent spray nozzle
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
Power Cord : 12" Steam Hose : 2.5"
CONVENIENCE
The device is light-weight, compact, and very convenient to store
PROS
This lightweight device provides a silent cleaning of various surfaces including cement floor.
CONS
There is no water-level indicator. Customers should use their own timers to prevent the steamer from boiling dry.
OUR VERDICT
Wagner 915 (0282014) is a quality and reliable device for domestic use. It is ideal for thorough disinfection and cleaning of your dwelling. The device is great in removing old wallpaper.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Floor
POWER
1500 W
HEAT UP TIME
12 min
WATER TANK VOLUME
48 oz
MAX STEAM TIME
45 min
PRESSURE
41 PSI
STEAM CONTROL
Yes
ACCESSORIES
Floor Cleaning Brush, Nylon Utility Brush, Brass Brush, Wire Brush, Window squeegee
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
Power Cord : 6" Steam Hose : 8"
CONVENIENCE
LED indicators alert when the water is heated and the steamer is ready for use.
PROS
Since the device is compact, it's possible to perform an effective cleanup with one hand only.
CONS
If you run out of water during cleanup, it will take some time to get the device cooled first before pouring more water into the tank.
OUR VERDICT
This portable steam cleaner will not require much space for storing. Fitting multiple surfaces, the device will be your best electronic assistant for performing various cleaning operations.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Handheld
POWER
1000 W
HEAT UP TIME
3 min
WATER TANK VOLUME
6.6 oz
MAX STEAM TIME
15-20 min
PRESSURE
≈ 40 PSI
STEAM CONTROL
No
ACCESSORIES
Nozzle, Extension hose, Flat scraping tool, Grout brush, Fabric steamer, Window squeegee, Angle concentrator, Detail brush
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
Power Cord: 20''
CONVENIENCE
Convenient lightweight construction, Operation control

What is a Steam Cleaner

Initially, a steam cleaner was invented to clean and disinfect medical institutions. It did not only remove dust, dirt and grime from different surfaces but also sanitized them. As time goes by, this device came in a wide use for household purposes. Later, it was also implemented by a variety of nozzles and brushes for different surfaces. Thus, a steam cleaner turned out to be the best electronic assistant for an overwhelming majority of housewives. Steam cleaners are environmentally friendly devices because they do not need chemicals for cleaning. Furthermore, a steam cleaner will be the best gift for asthmatic or allergic people because its vapor neutralizes harmful bacteria, germs, and allergens. Contemporary manufacturers represent a variety of steam cleaner models. This review will help you to find the most appropriate one that will satisfy your needs.

Steam Cleaners are good for wet cleaning, disinfection and killing harmful bacteria. They also effectively remove stains and scale. However, if you’re looking for something more powerful to cope with coarse litter and dust, you may find Vacuum Cleaners and Canister Cleaners more useful.

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What Features to Compare

You should decide for what purposes you are going to use a steam cleaner. There are two most popular Types of steam cleaners: a floor steam cleaner and a handheld steam cleaner. Handheld steam cleaners are very compact and they look like garden watering. The only shortcoming of these devices is that you have to hold them in your hands and may get tired. You should also keep in mind that such devices are designed for a particular area which can be cleaned within 15-30 minutes. Floor steam cleaners look like vacuum cleaners, but they are far more multifunctional and powerful. You don't have to keep it in your hands while cleaning the territory because it is equipped with wheels, thus, it can be moved around without your assistance. Such devices help you do a spring clean of your whole apartment or just some rooms.

Heat up time, water tank capacity and pressure are very important technical characteristics that define the Performance of the device. The handheld steam cleaner device power is about 700 - 1200 Watts while this index is about 1300 - 1800 Watt for floor devices. Heat up time of steam cleaner devices is about 2-12 minutes. However, if you want to make the process of water boiling faster, you can pour the warm water into the water tank. Water tank capacity defines the operation duration. For instance, an average water tank of floor steam cleaner is about 70 ounces. It will be enough for a 2-hour cleaning session. Handheld steam cleaners are equipped with a 6-15 ounce water tank. Such volume is enough for an effective cleaning of small areas. Vapor pressure is also an important parameter that defines the kinds of contaminants the steam cleaner can cope with. On the contrary, devices of low pressure are best for window, door, floor disinfection, but they are not good enough to cope with the toughest grime and grease. Devices of 40 PSI pressure will be optimal for cleaning of your apartment. 

A variety of different Accessories for steam cleaners and their various functions determine the device Convenience. You can easily clean upholstered furniture or toys, carpets and even the interior of your automobile with the help of various nozzles. Brush accessories are good for ceramic and glazed tiles cleaning. Accessories with terry cloth are very good for window/mirror cleaning. Being fitted with a nozzle-iron accessory, such device is good even for cleaning of your clothes. It will also be very nice if your steam cleaner is equipped with a steam control system. For example, you can switch to the wet steam regime for removing dirt from the tiles or select a dry steam regime for tissue cleaning.

 

 

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McCulloch MC1275

Type

Since the McCulloch floor steam cleaner was designed to deliver excellent cleaning performance, it will be an amazing choice for the owner of a large house or an apartment. This appliance will enable you to disinfect your kitchen or bathroom in the twinkle of an eye. Moreover, it will easily dissipate various unpleasant odors from your clothes or furniture. In other words, this steam cleaner will perform a deep tidying of the overwhelming majority of flooring surfaces, household appliances, countertops etc. Cool!

Review of McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty

Performance

Regarding the technical characteristics of the device, its average cleaning session length is 45 minutes while the water tank capacity is 48 oz. If you use the steam economically, it will be possible to prolong a cleaning session. As the power of the steam cleaner is 1500 Watt, it will be enough to heat the water in 8 minutes with the steam pressure about 43 PSI. Reaching up to 200F in a temperature, the steam flow will easily cope with various defilement as well as neutralize harmful bacteria.

McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty in the use

Accessories and Convenience

This steam cleaner has a lot of nozzles which will be amazing for removing stains from various surface types. Since the device has a long power cord, you will be able to move this cleaner around without plugging it into different power outlets. Owing to a wide cleaning path, this appliance enables you to tidy up your apartment faster than you get used to. As for conveniences, this steam cleaner is implemented by the Steam Lock Switch which provides a constant steam flow for a quick removal of stubborn stains.

Detailed review of McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty

VIDEO
Review of the McCulloch Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner PART I: Product Overview and Setup
McCulloch MC1275
McCulloch MC1275
 

Hoover WH20100

Small Size yet High Performance

Hoover showed all its technological expertise having designed the WH20100 TwinTank handheld steam cleaner. This appliance combines a compact size and incredible performance so that you can keep your house clean. Hoover steam cleaner has a 10 Amp electric motor that consumes 1100 W; as a result, water turns to steam within just 3-5 minutes. The twin tank has the capacity of 10.14 ounces, which gives you around 15 minutes of continuous steaming and it's enough to clean the surface you need or even cope with a couple of rooms. Unlike many other steam cleaners, this Hoover model can do the cleaning not with steam only but with the help of a special SteamPlus™ Cleaning Solution. This solution maximizes the cleaning efficiency and kills dangerous bacteria. And if you are worried about your health, here's some good news: this solution is absolutely non-toxic and 100% biodegradable, so it causes no harm to a human body. Make your house totally clean with no effort!

Review of Hoover WH20100 TwinTank Handheld

Real All-Inclusive

We would like to draw your attention to the kit of accessories this Hoover steam cleaner comes with. It's worth saying that performance and power are important (no doubt!) but you should always check out what accessories you will get. Apart from the variety of nozzles and hoses, you will also get an 8-oz bottle of 2X Hoover® SteamPlus™ Cleaning Solution. Moreover, there is a special storage bag for keeping the appliance itself and all accessories there. With the help of all the accessories, you will be able to clean your bathroom and kitchen, refresh and de-wrinkle your clothes and curtains. There are lots of different ways of using Hoover steam cleaner!

Of course, a few words must  be said about the controls and convenience. This model has a D-shaped handle that ensures a comfortable grip. All the buttons and switches are placed in such a way that you can reach any of them with the fingers of one hand. It's really handy and makes the cleaning quicker.

Hoover WH20100 TwinTank Handheld in the use

More Products to Consider

When you try cleaning with Hoover® SteamPlus™ Cleaning Solution, you will soon run out of it since the bottle in a kit is too small (just 8 oz.). So, we recommend getting a large bottle (32 oz) of Hoover 2X FloorMate Tile & Grout Plus Hard Floor Cleaning Solution.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Hoover Twin Tank Hand Steamer
Hoover WH20100
Hoover WH20100
 

DBTech DB-8561

Type

If you use this portable steam cleaner, you may clean small areas of your apartment very fast. This device was designed for short cleaning sessions, which would not exceed 30 minutes. It will help you clean your bathroom, kitchen and sanitize toys. The device is also a perfect auto steam cleaner. In other words, DBTech DB-8561 can help you cope with all your household chores without applying too much physical effort.

 

Review of DBTech DB-8561 Multi-Purpose Pressurized

Performance

This small steam cleaner is equipped with a 6-ounced water tank, and that is why it does not need high power to perform its functions. Due to its 1050 W power, it takes DBThech steamer about 3 minutes to heat the water. As we have already mentioned, the cleaning session may last up to 30 minutes. Regarding the pressure within a water tank, it is about 40 PSI. All in all, this device will provide the consumer with a powerful stream flow that successfully removes scum, grease and dirt.

DBTech DB-8561 Multi-Purpose Pressurized in the use

Accessories and Convenience

Due to 9 accessories in the kit, you can clean the tile in your kitchen, disinfect the walls and floor in your apartment and add luster to the interior of your bathroom. Moreover, you will have an opportunity to smooth your large and voluminous curtains or outerwear. An iron accessory can perform this operation even in a vertical position. Thus, you will not have to waste your time ironing anymore. Consequently, this small assistant can free your time for hobbies.

Detailed review of DBTech DB-8561 Multi-Purpose Pressurized

VIDEO
DBTech Multi Purpose Pressurized Steam Cleaning and Sanitizing System Review
DBTech DB-8561
DBTech DB-8561
 

Wagner 915

Type

This floor steam cleaner is usually advertised as a domestic electronic old wallpaper remover. It should be also noted that this device removes wallpaper 20 percent faster than non-pressurized steamers. An important point is that removal of old wallpaper is not the only function this device performs excellently. This wonderful cleaner can cope with the rapid removal of grease from barbecue grills, cleaning of automobile wheels and comfort cleaning of your apartment. Furthermore, it is also a perfect hardwood steam cleaner. We would like to point out that some consumers compare this steam cleaner model with the Monster steam cleaner, Shark steam cleaner or Bissel steam cleaner. Despite the obvious similarities, Wagner 915 (0282014) is more powerful and multifunctional device.

Review of Wagner 915 On-Demand Power

Performance

Dirt and dust are unavoidable parts of human life. Nevertheless, most of us do not want to live in dirty dwellings or have dirty clothes. Nowadays Wagner 915 provides us with an opportunity to get rid of dirt. The capacity of Wagner 915 (0282014) steam cleaner serves the purpose of making our life easier and brighter. Its water tank capacity is about 48 ounces. Such amount of water will be enough to perform a 45-minute cleaning and disinfection session of your apartment. In addition, due to the device power of 1500 Watts, water turns into steam within some minutes. As the pressure is about 40 PSI, you will be able to easily remove stains from your furniture or dirt from your kitchen.

Wagner 915 On-Demand Power in the use

Accessories and Convenience

The device comes to a customer with a variety of accessories that include a tile/window squeegee, floor-cleaning cloth, and brush, measuring cup, two extension tubes and fill funnel. Moreover, the kit includes assorted utility brushes. The device features a jet nozzle that is great for cleaning off grease and scrubbing concrete, lawn furniture, and camping equipment. Brass nozzle is perfect for bathtub and shower cleaning.

Detailed review of Wagner 915 On-Demand Power

VIDEO
Wagner 915 1500-Watt On-Demand Power Steamer and Cleaner - Real User Review & How To
Wagner 915
Wagner 915
 

Bissell 39N7A/39N71

Type

BISSELL handheld steam cleaner is very comfortable in use due to its compact dimensions. It will not cost you much to purchase this item. Generally speaking, this cleaner is appropriate for grooming and disinfecting hard surfaces in a kitchen and a bathroom. Consumers report that this device will be excellent for tidying tiles, bathroom equipment, sink, household appliances, mirrors, upholstery, clothes etc. Since this steam cleaner is eco-friendly, it will make your surfaces shine without various cleaning substances.

Review of Bissell 39N7A/39N71 Hard-Surface

Performance

As the power of the BISSELL 39N7A is 1000 Watts, it will take 2-3 minutes to heat water in a water tank. Taking into consideration that the water tank capacity is 6.6 oz. and water pressure can reach up to 40 PSI, you will be able to perform a cleaning session within 15-20 minutes. In other words, this steam cleaner is the best way you can give your surfaces a deep cleaning. Don't hesitate any longer! This device is worth buying!

Bissell 39N7A/39N71 Hard-Surface in the use

Accessories and Convenience

Since the power cord length is 20 feet, it will be possible to clean various premises regardless of their area. This household device is implemented with various nozzles which contribute to an effective cleaning of various surfaces. In other words, these nozzles are great for keeping your tiles, carpets, and mirrors clean and disinfected. This device will be highly appreciated by those consumers who want to have their indoor environment clean but do not want to spend much time on hygienic procedures.

Detailed review of Bissell 39N7A/39N71 Hard-Surface

VIDEO
Bissell Steam Shot demonstration and review
Bissell 39N7A/39N71
Bissell 39N7A/39N71
 

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Comparison of Steam Cleaners

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