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Compare the Best Steam CleanersJanuary 2019

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 280 US prices • 2,400 expert & user reviews • 230 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

Philips GC330

120 Reviews
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$148.50

1,000W
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3.2 Bar
Info
0.06L
Info
Feb 2015
#2

Shark S3501

17 Reviews
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$69.99

1,200W
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n/a
0.45L
Info
Dec 2016
#3

Bissell Vac & Steam

5 Reviews
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$189.85

1,600W
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n/a
0.38L
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Sep 2014
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#5

Shark S3601

105 Reviews
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$89.00

1,550W
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3 Bar
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n/a
Jul 2015
#6

76

Shark S3251

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$54.99

n/a
3 Bar
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n/a
Dec 2016
A good spec and excellent value for money 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.
#7

74

Shark S1000

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$40.00

n/a
n/a
n/a
Dec 2016
An affordable and good spec steam cleaner, with average reviews.
#8

73

Philips GC362

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$92.08

1,300W
Info
5 Bar
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0.07L
Info
Oct 2018
A good value for money and massive steam pressure 1,300W, 0.07L capacity steam cleaner, with a good spec and the latest technology.
#9

70

Philips FC7008

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$103.94

1,200W
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n/a
n/a
Nov 2016
A good spec and good value for money 1,200W steam cleaner.
#10

68

Philips GC351

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$89.99

1,000W
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n/a
0.07L
Info
Sep 2017
A good spec but only average value for money 1,000W, 0.07L capacity steam cleaner.
#11

67

Morphy Richards 720020

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$34.88

1,500W
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3.5 Bar
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0.4L
Info
Apr 2014
A good spec and good value for money 1,500W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.
#12

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Polti Moppy

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$195.29

1,500W
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4.5 Bar
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0.7L
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Oct 2017
A good spec but only moderate value for money 1,500W, 4.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.
#13

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Polti PTGB0049

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$201.00

1,500W
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3.5 Bar
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0.75L
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Oct 2016
A good spec but only moderate value for money 1,500W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.
#14

64

Polti Vaporetto Smart 100

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$443.14

1,500W
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4 Bar
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2L
Info
Jun 2018
A good spec but only ok value for money 1,500W, 4 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.
#15

62

Pyle PSTMH15

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$42.95

900W
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3 Bar
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0.3L
Info
Feb 2015
A good spec but only moderate value for money 900W, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.
#16

60

Solac PC1500

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$229.01

1,200W
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5 Bar
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0.2L
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Apr 2017
A good spec but only moderate value for money 1,200W, 0.2L capacity steam cleaner.
#17

60

Solac LV1700

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$355.17

2,000W
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4 Bar
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1.5L
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Apr 2018
A good spec but only moderate value for money 2,000W, 4 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.

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What Are The Best Steam Cleaner Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every steam cleaner and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated steam cleaner brand is Polti with an average rating of 57%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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Polti Steam Cleaners 40 $173 - $433
57%
91 reviews

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow does steam pressure affect the performance of the appliance?
ASteam pressure is measured in 'bar', and broadly denotes how powerful the blasts of steam from the cleaner are. The hotter and more powerful the steam, the more effective it will be at cleaning carpets and floors.
QWhat is a 'continuous steam' function?
AAs the name suggests, this is a mode the constantly generates a stream of hot steam, rather than short controlled bursts. It is good for heavily soiled carpets or large areas of cleaning.
QWhat accessories are there available for steam cleaners?
AMost accessories for steam cleaners are additional nozzles and hoses that make it easier to clean specific types of flooring (hardwood, carpets, etc), upholstery or curtains.
QWhat are the differences between upright, cylinder and portable steam cleaners?
AUpright steam cleaners are the traditional models, pushed from the top. Cylinder steam cleaners are both smaller and squatter, and use a long flexible hose to give a far greater degree of flexibility when cleaning. Portable steam cleaners tend to have a small inflexible nozzle and very limited tank capacity - mostly useful for cleaning curtains and upholstery.

Steam Cleaner Buying Guide

A steam cleaner is a specialised floor cleaning machine - it heats up water to produce jets of steam, which is then used to clean floors,curtains or upholstery at very high pressure. The mixture of the very hot steam and the high pressure mean that it is far more effective than a vacuum cleaner for shifting stains and dirt from floors and carpets - think of it as a super-powered version of a standard mop and bucket! There are 3 main types of steam cleaner - upright, cylinder and portable:

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Upright

These steam cleaners look like traditional vacuum cleaners, with a handle on top, the steam generator built into the main body, and a flat cleaning head on the bottom. The design makes it easy to clean large areas of floor at once, though the all-in-one design means that it's far more bulky for cleaning upholstery and curtains.

Cylinder

This particular make of steam cleaner has a separate section (usually on wheels) for the steam generator and power, then a nozzle and cleaning head extending from the base. Unlike the upright design, the nozzle is free-moving and very flexible. This means cylinder cleaners are extremely versatile - they can be used on floors, upholstery and curtains with equal ease. However they do tend to be the more expensive option.

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Portable

As the name suggests, these steam cleaners are smaller and handheld. Because of the lack of size, they aren't designed for cleaning floors or carpets - instead these devices are meant for cleaning upholstery or curtains. Their handheld size makes them extremely flexible and can reach awkward corners with ease, but their size comes with a tradeoff in power and water capacity, so are nowhere near as effective as their larger brothers.

Water Capacity

Steam cleaners have an onboard water tank that is used to generate the steam used for cleaning. The capacity of these tanks can vary considerably - from small 0.2L handheld tanks, to enormous 2L tanks in the bigger models. The larger the water tank, the more steam can be generated before the machine needs to be refilled. This means larger machines can be used for longer at a time, and so are more efficient for larger cleaning jobs or extended use.

Steam Pressure

Steam cleaners have a pressure rating, measured in 'bars'. The higher the pressure rating, the stronger the steam will be 'pushed' against the floor or carpet. This leads to more effective, deeper cleans, meaning your carpets get cleaner, faster! We have models with pressure ratings from 1 to 5 bars.

Included Accessories

Finally, many steam cleaners come equipped with a range of different nozzles, brushes and accessories to help with different cleaning scenarios. Be aware that some of the extra accessories may come with an additional cost, but the increased utility is usually worth it. Things to look for include:

  • Specific nozzles for cleaning windows, corners and upholstery
  • Brushes for better cleaning hardwood and vinyl floors
  • Accessories such as gloves and pads to make deep cleans much easier

Steam Cleaner Retailers, Prices and Features

Steam Cleaner Prices

Steam cleaners range in price from $28 to $433 and in total we found prices for 17 steam cleaners. On average, a new steam cleaner costs $137 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $40 and $218. The cheapest steam cleaner that we found is the Dirt Devil Versa at only $29, and the most expensive is the Polti Vaporetto Smart 100 at $433.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Solac steam cleaners start at $218 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $344. The average price of Solac steam cleaners is $281 which is the highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Polti steam cleaners start at $173 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $433. The average price of Polti steam cleaners is $260 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Bissell steam cleaners start at $190 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $190. The third highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Bissell steam cleaners with an average price of $190.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 20 expert reviews and 2,306 user reviews for steam cleaners and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 16 current offers for steam cleaners from eBay making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Target for whom we found 6 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Air n Water with 5 current steam cleaner offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

We looked at the release dates for new steam cleaners over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any noticeable trend. Last year most new steam cleaners were released in January, with five new steam cleaners released that month. In January 2017, eight new steam cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year as well for new steam cleaner releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new steam cleaner releases was September, with 14 new steam cleaners released that month.

How Fast Do Steam Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, steam cleaners drop in price by 16% on average. That means that on a typical steam cleaner costing $137 you could save on average $22 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Powers

'Power' measures the power level of the steam cleaner, rated in watts.

The powers of steam cleaners range from 550W to 2,450W. The powers of most steam cleaners range from 1,500W to 1,700W. The steam cleaner with the biggest power is the Solac LV1700, which is a 2,000W steam cleaner and is on sale for $344.41. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the Pyle PSTMH15, which is a 900W steam cleaner and sells for $42.95.

The input power directly links to the washing power of the steam cleaner - a higher power means the steam is being applied with greater pressure, which means more efficient cleaning.

Steam Pressures

'Steam Pressure' denotes the maximum steam pressure that the steam cleaner can achieve.

Across the range of steam cleaners, the steam pressures range from 1 bar to 7.2 bar. The steam pressures of most steam cleaners range from 3.5 bar to 4 bar. The Philips GC362, which currently retails for $92.04, has the biggest steam pressure and is a 5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest steam pressure is the Pyle PSTMH15, which is a 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and is on sale for $42.95.

Different surfaces require different steam pressures to clean - very lightly-soiled surfaces may only require a light spraying, whereas caked-on dirt may require a very heavy flow. Therefore a steamer with more powerful pressure capabilities will be able to better tackle nastier stains.

Water Capacities

The capacity of a steam cleaner measures how much water it can store at once.

Comparing all steam cleaners, the water capacities range from 0.06L to 5L. The water capacities of most steam cleaners range from 0.3L to 0.5L. The Polti Vaporetto Smart 100, which is priced at $432.51, has the biggest water capacity and is a 2L capacity steam cleaner. The Philips GC330, which can be purchased for $148.50, has the smallest water capacity and is a 0.06L capacity steam cleaner.

The bigger the capacity of your steam cleaner, the longer it can go between refills, meaning a more efficient use of your time.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Steam Cleaners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying steam cleaners. For each retailer it shows the total number of steam cleaners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying steam cleaners. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 15 of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Steam Cleaners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for steam cleaners by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of steam cleaner prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's steam cleaner prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 93.8% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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