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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every steam cleaner on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 185 steam cleaners, 1,490 reviews and 216 prices. Last updated 17 October 2017.

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#2 Dirt Devil Versa

Versa
A positively reviewed and good value for money upright 0.4L capacity steam cleaner, with good features and a recent release date
92
Reviews
631 Reviews
89
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
80
Overall Score
Excellent
Upright
Red
0.4L
Type
Colours
Capacity
May 2017
Release Date
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#3 Bissell Lift‑Off Steam Mop

Lift-Off Steam Mop
A top-value and good spec 1,500W upright steam cleaner
92
Value for Money
Excellent
73
Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good
1,500W
Upright
Red
Power
Type
Colours
0.57L
Feb 2014
Capacity
Release Date
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#5 Black & Decker FSMH13151SM

FSMH13151SM
A good spec and excellently reviewed 1,300W upright steam cleaner, but representing not very good value for money
95
Reviews
4 Reviews
31
Value for Money
Mediocre
64
Features
Good Features
56
Overall Score
Average
1,300W
Upright
Blue
Power
Type
Colours
0.5L
Aug 2016
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#6 Pyle PSTMH15

PSTMH15
A good spec but only moderate value for money 900W portable steam cleaner
57
Value for Money
Average
64
Features
Good Features
55
Overall Score
Average
900W
Portable
Blue
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Type
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0.3L
Feb 2015
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#7 Pyle PSTHH05

PSTHH05
A good spec but inferior value for money 900W portable steam cleaner
31
Value for Money
Mediocre
60
Features
Good Features
44
Overall Score
Mediocre
900W
Portable
Blue
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0.3L
Feb 2015
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#8 Shark S3455

S3455
A good spec but poor value for money 1,550W upright steam cleaner
42
Value for Money
Mediocre
61
Features
Good Features
48
Overall Score
Mediocre
1,550W
Upright
Silver
Power
Type
Colours
0.33L
Aug 2012
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#9 Black & Decker FSM1605

FSM1605
A poor value for money and average spec 1,300W upright steam cleaner
23
Value for Money
Mediocre
59
Features
Average Features
41
Overall Score
Mediocre
1,300W
Upright
White
Power
Type
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0.35L
Nov 2015
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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.

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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

In total we found 9 steam cleaners ranging from $27 to $582. On average, a new steam cleaner costs $121 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $28 and $135. The most expensive steam cleaner that we found is the Black & Decker FSMH13151SM at $582, and the cheapest is the Shark S3601 at only $27.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Black & Decker steam cleaners start at $135 and the most expensive Black & Decker steam cleaner costs $582. The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Black & Decker steam cleaners with an average price of $358.

The second highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Bissell steam cleaners with an average price of $70. Bissell steam cleaners range in price from $70 to $70.

The third highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Pyle steam cleaners with an average price of $54. Pyle steam cleaners range in price from $28 to $89.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1 expert reviews and 1,466 user reviews for steam cleaners from across the internet and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner. Kärcher is the top rated steam cleaner brand with an average rating of 89%. Shark is the second best brand with 87% and VAX is the third best brand with 85%.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

The biggest steam cleaner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 8 current steam cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest steam cleaner retailer is Air n Water with 2 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Air n Water when it comes to steam cleaners. Newegg US is the third biggest retailer with 1 current 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 obvious trend. October was the biggest month last year for new steam cleaners, with nine new steam cleaners released that month. In 2015 most new steam cleaners were released in January, with 18 new steam cleaners released that month. In May 2014 48 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 steam cleaners drop in price by 9% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical steam cleaner costing $121 you could save on average $11 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Powers

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

Across the range of steam cleaners, the powers range from 550W to 2,450W. The powers of most steam cleaners range from 1,500W to 1,700W. The SharkS3601, which sells for $27.11, has the biggest power and is a 1,550W steam cleaner. The SharkS3601 has the smallest power. This steam cleaner is an 800W steam cleaner and is available at $28.35.

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.

Types

Amongst new steam cleaners, the most common type is upright. We found 35 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners. We found 33 steam cleaners that are portable steam cleaners, making this the second most popular type amongst new steam cleaners.

Colours

We found 51 steam cleaners that are steam cleaners that have a White coloured, which makes White the most popular colour amongst new steam cleaners. We found 41 steam cleaners that are steam cleaners that have a Black coloured, making this the second most popular colour amongst new steam cleaners.

Capacities

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

Across the range of steam cleaners, the capacities range from 0.06L to 2.5L. The capacities of most steam cleaners range from 0.28L to 0.49L. The steam cleaner with the biggest capacity is the BissellLift-Off Steam Mop, which is a 0.57L capacity steam cleaner and is on sale for $69.99. The steam cleaner with the smallest capacity is the BissellLift-Off Steam Mop, which is a 0.3L capacity steam cleaner and is available at $88.63.

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

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

The biggest steam cleaner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 8 current steam cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest steam cleaner retailer is Air n Water with 2 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Air n Water when it comes to steam cleaners. Newegg US is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Steam Cleaners?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest steam cleaner prices (found to be cheapest for 8 steam cleaners).

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