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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 210 US prices • 1,000 expert & user reviews • 230 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Traditional push steam cleaners
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Steam cleaners with a smaller drum, and a flexible nozzle
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#1

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Shark logo

Shark S3601

 

$79.99

1,550W
Info
3 Bar
Info
Upright
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Jul 2015
#3

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Philips GC362

 
Big steam pressure Lighter than average Removable water tank
Big steam pressure
Lighter than average
Removable water tank

$91.62

1,300W
Info
5 Bar
Info
Portable
Info
Info
0.07L
Info
Oct 2018
#4

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Shark S3251

 

$59.99

(Unknown)
Info
3 Bar
Info
Upright
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Dec 2016
#5

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Shark S1000

 
Very light  Removable water tank Hard floor brush
Very light
Removable water tank
Hard floor brush

$40.00

1,050W
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Upright
Info
Info
0.37L
Info
Dec 2016
#6

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Polti Moppy

 

$325.00

1,500W
Info
4.5 Bar
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Upright
Info
Info
0.7L
Info
Oct 2017
#7

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Polti Vaporetto Smart 100

 

$464.82

1,500W
Info
4 Bar
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Cylinder
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2L
Info
Jun 2018
#8

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Morphy Richards 720022

 

$32.59

1,600W
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3 Bar
Info
Upright
Info
Info
0.4L
Info
Jan 2017
#9

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Philips GC351

 

$89.79

1,000W
Info
(Unknown)
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Portable
Info
Info
0.07L
Info
Sep 2017
#10

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Pyle PSTHH05

 

$34.99

900W
Info
3 Bar
Info
Portable
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0.3L
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Feb 2015
#11

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Solac PC1500

 

$238.37

1,200W
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5 Bar
Info
Portable
Info
Info
0.2L
Info
Apr 2017
#13

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Rowenta RY6555WH

 

$464.82

1,200W
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3.3 Bar
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Portable
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0.6L
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Jun 2018
#14

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Rowenta RY7535

 

$748.96

1,700W
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(Unknown)
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Upright
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Info
0.4L
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Mar 2016
#15

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Pyle PSTMH15

 

$69.99

900W
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3 Bar
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Portable
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0.3L
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Feb 2015

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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 91%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
#1
Polti Steam Cleaners 41 $325 - $465
91%
6 reviews

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Solac
PC1500
$238.37
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water capacity
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GC362
$91.85
$147 cheaper
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18 months newer
Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$62 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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0.33L bigger
water capacity
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Philips
GC351
$89.79
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User reviews
are appreciably
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Overall reviews
are appreciably
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Rowenta
RY7535
$748.96
0.33L bigger
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GC351
$89.79
$659 cheaper
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months
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RY7535
$748.96
Moderately
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S1000
$40.00
$709 cheaper
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S3601
$109.00
$640 cheaper
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RY7535
$748.96
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S3501
$29.99
$60 cheaper
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GC351
$89.79
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$109.00
$356 cheaper
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Vaporetto Smart 100
$464.82
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Better Kagoo
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Solac
PC1500
$238.37
$137 cheaper
10% bigger
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Polti
Moppy
$375.57
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Solac
PC1500
$238.37
A lot bigger
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Philips
GC351
$89.79
$149 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
Shark
S1000
$40.00
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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720022
$32.54
$7 cheaper
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Rowenta
RY7535
$748.96
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$721 cheaper
13 months newer
Rowenta
RY7535
$748.96
Better brand
Bigger water
capacity
VS
Solac
PC1500
$238.37
$511 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
13 months newer
Shark
S3601
$109.00
$267 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Polti
Moppy
$375.57
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years
1.5 bar bigger
steam pressure
Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$33 cheaper
Newer by five
months
VS
Shark
S3251
$59.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Polti
Moppy
$375.57
Newer by 10
months
1.5 bar bigger
steam pressure
VS
Shark
S3251
$59.99
$316 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$3 cheaper
User reviews
are marginally
better
Overall reviews
are marginally
better
VS
Shark
S3501
$29.99
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
10% bigger
water capacity
Solac
PC1500
$238.37
$226 cheaper
Bigger steam
pressure
VS
Polti
Vaporetto Smart 100
$464.82
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
48% bigger
water capacity
Shark
S3251
$59.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Morphy Richards
720022
$32.54
$27 cheaper
One month newer
Shark
S3251
$59.99
$30 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Philips
GC351
$89.79
Newer by nine
months
Polti
Moppy
$375.57
Better Kagoo
Score
48% bigger
water capacity
One month newer
VS
Philips
GC351
$89.79
$286 cheaper
Better brand
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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:

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.

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

The price range of steam cleaners is from $27 to $749 and in total we found prices for 17 steam cleaners. A new steam cleaner costs on average $174 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $33 and $465. The Rowenta RY7535 is the most expensive steam cleaner that we found at $749, and the Dirt Devil Versa is the cheapest at only $27.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Rowenta steam cleaners with an average price of $607. Rowenta steam cleaners range in price from $465 to $749.

The second highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Polti steam cleaners with an average price of $395. Polti steam cleaners start at $325 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $465.

The average price of Solac steam cleaners is $238 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Solac steam cleaners range in price from $238 to $238.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 3 expert reviews and 1,073 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

The biggest steam cleaner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 16 current steam cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Target with 4 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Target when it comes to steam cleaners. Walmart is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

March to April is the most common period for new steam cleaners to be released in. If you wait until March 2021 then you might be able to get better features on your steam cleaner. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current steam cleaners tend to drop off when the next models are released. March was the biggest month last year for new steam cleaners, with three new steam cleaners released that month. The biggest month in 2018 for new steam cleaner releases was April, with four new steam cleaners released that month. In January 2017, eight new steam cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases.

How Fast Do Steam Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, steam cleaners drop in price by 14%.

A typical new steam cleaner costs on average $174. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $25.

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 Rowenta RY7535, which is on sale for $748.96, has the biggest power and is a 1,700W steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the Pyle PSTHH05, which is a 900W steam cleaner and is priced at $34.99.

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.

Comparing all steam cleaners, the steam pressures range from 0.9 bar to 7.2 bar. The steam pressures of the majority of steam cleaners range from 3.5 bar to 4 bar. The steam cleaner with the biggest steam pressure is the Philips GC362, which is a 5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and currently retails for $91.71. The VAX VRS26, which currently retails for $72.21, has the smallest steam pressure and is a 1 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.

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.

Types

The type of steam cleaner is a reflection of it's case design - each design has both benefits and drawbacks.

The most frequently found type amongst new steam cleaners is upright. We found 83 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners. We found 55 steam cleaners that are portable steam cleaners, making this the second most common type amongst new steam cleaners.

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 currently retails for $464.82, has the biggest water capacity and is a 2L capacity steam cleaner. The Philips GC362, which is available at $91.71, has the smallest water capacity and is a 0.07L 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. 12 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. 75% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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