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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 180 US prices • 2,400 expert & user reviews • 230 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

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Shark S3601

106 Reviews

$39.19

1,550W
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3 Bar
Info
Upright
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n/a
Jul 2015
#2

86

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Philips GC351

14 Reviews

$89.98

1,000W
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n/a
Portable
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Info
0.07L
Info
Sep 2017
#3

85

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Russell Hobbs RHSM1001G

34 Reviews

$47.85

1,189W
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3 Bar
Info
Upright
Info
Info
0.38L
Info
Oct 2016
#4

84

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Bissell Vac & Steam

5 Reviews
Trusted Reviews - Recommended

$149.99

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

84

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Shark S3501

18 Reviews

$44.95

1,200W
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n/a
Upright
Info
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0.45L
Info
Dec 2016
#6

83

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Shark S3251

$59.99

n/a
3 Bar
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Upright
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n/a
Dec 2016
#7

80

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Polti Moppy

$130.42

1,500W
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4.5 Bar
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Upright
Info
Info
0.7L
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Oct 2017
#8

79

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Shark S6003UK

262 Reviews

$127.32

1,200W
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5 Bar
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Upright
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0.38L
Info
Sep 2016
#9

76

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Hoover STEAMJET

10 Reviews

$49.82

1,300W
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3.2 Bar
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Upright
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0.7L
Info
Jan 2014
#10

76

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Shark S1000

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$36.00

1,050W
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n/a
Upright
Info
Info
0.375L
Info
Dec 2016
#11

76

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Kärcher SC3

53 Reviews

$239.33

1,900W
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3.5 Bar
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Cylinder
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1L
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Dec 2017
#12

75

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VAX S84W7P

12 Reviews

$167.22

1,600W
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3.5 Bar
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Upright
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0.3L
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Sep 2016
#13

74

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VAX S4

223 Reviews

$553.23

1,200W
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3.5 Bar
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Portable
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0.3L
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Dec 2013
#14

74

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VAX VRS26

$66.15

1,500W
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n/a
(Unknown)
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0.33L
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Jan 2017
#15

73

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Philips FC7008

$100.82

1,200W
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n/a
Portable
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n/a
Nov 2016
#16

71

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Bissell 1977N

$552.47

1,600W
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4.5 Bar
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Upright
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1.35L
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Jun 2017
#17

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Vileda 100°C Hot Spray

26 Reviews

$361.96

1,200W
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n/a
Portable
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0.25L
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Feb 2015
#19

64

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Hotpoint VSS15AAWUK

$390.50

550W
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4 Bar
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Portable
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0.65L
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Aug 2015
#20

63

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Pyle PSTHH05

$33.99

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 83%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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Polti Steam Cleaners 41 $130 - $130
83%
17 reviews

Trending Steam Cleaner Comparisons

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Polti
Moppy
$130.42
Better brand
13 months newer
32% bigger
water capacity
VS
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Shark
S6003UK
$127.32
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
10% bigger
steam pressure
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Kärcher
SC 3
$239.33
Better Kagoo
Score
0.3L bigger
water capacity
Newer by two
months
VS
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Polti
Moppy
$130.42
$109 cheaper
Better brand
1 bar bigger
steam pressure
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Polti
Moppy
$130.42
$37 cheaper
Better brand
A lot bigger
water capacity
VS
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VAX
S84-W7-P
$167.22
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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Kärcher
SC 3
$239.33
Better brand
Bigger water
capacity
Newer by two
months
VS
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Polti
Moppy
$130.42
$109 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger steam
pressure
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Shark
S3601
$39.19
$27 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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VAX
VRS26
$66.15
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 18
months
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Shark
S3601
$39.19
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$29.99
$9 cheaper
Newer by 21
months
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Vileda
100°C Hot Spray
$361.96
$191 cheaper
14 months newer
VS
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VAX
S4
$553.23
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
User reviews
are vastly
better
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Kärcher
SC 3
$239.33
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
15 months newer
VS
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Shark
S6003UK
$127.32
$112 cheaper
More popular
More customers
recommend it
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Polti
Moppy
$130.42
Newer by 13
months
A lot bigger
water capacity
VS
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Shark
S6003UK
$127.32
Better brand
Moderately
bigger steam
pressure
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VAX
S4
$553.23
Better brand
Marginally
better overall
reviews
Bigger steam
pressure
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$47.85
$505 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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Hoover
STEAMJET
$49.82
Better Kagoo
Score
0.32L bigger
water capacity
VS
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Shark
S1000
$36.00
$14 cheaper
One more award
Newer by three
years
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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$149.99
$212 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Vileda
100°C Hot Spray
$361.96
Newer by four
months
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$29.99
$6 cheaper
Four months
newer
Bigger water
capacity
VS
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Shark
S1000
$36.00
One more award
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$149.99
One more award
VS
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Polti
Moppy
$130.42
$20 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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Shark
S3601
$39.19
$128 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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VAX
S84-W7-P
$167.22
14 months newer
0.5 bar bigger
steam pressure
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$29.99
$18 cheaper
Seven months
newer
5% bigger
water capacity
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$47.85
Better Kagoo
Score
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$47.85
Better Kagoo
Score
Considerably
better user
reviews
Considerably
better overall
reviews
VS
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Shark
S3501
$34.99
$13 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger water
capacity
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Hoover
STEAMJET
$49.82
27% bigger
water capacity
VS
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Shark
S3501
$34.99
$15 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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Shark
S3601
$39.19
$27 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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VAX
VRS26
$66.15
18 months newer
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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:

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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

In total we found 21 steam cleaners ranging from $29 to $553. The average price of a new steam cleaner is $164 and the 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $35 and $391. The most expensive steam cleaner that we found is the Bissell 1977N at $552, and the cheapest is the Dirt Devil Versa at only $30.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Hotpoint steam cleaners range in price from $391 to $391, and the average price of Hotpoint steam cleaners is $391 which is the highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Vileda steam cleaners range in price from $361 to $361, and the average price of Vileda steam cleaners is $361 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Bissell steam cleaners range in price from $150 to $552, and the average price of Bissell steam cleaners is $351 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 32 expert reviews and 2,332 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this data to evaluate 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 22 current steam cleaner offers from eBay.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any obvious pattern in the release month for new steam cleaners. The biggest month last year for new steam cleaner releases was January, with five new steam cleaners released that month. In 2017 most new steam cleaners were released in January as well, with eight new steam cleaners released that month. 14 new steam cleaners were released in September 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases.

How Fast Do Steam Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, steam cleaners drop in price by 13% on average.

That means a saving of $21 on a typical $164 new steam cleaner if you wait 6 months before buying.

Powers

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

Comparing all steam cleaners, the powers range from 550W to 2,450W. The powers of the majority of steam cleaners range from 1,500W to 1,700W. The steam cleaner with the biggest power is the Kärcher SC3, which is a 1,900W steam cleaner and is available at $238.86. The Hotpoint VS S15 AAW, which currently retails for $390.50, has the smallest power and is a 550W steam cleaner.

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 the majority of steam cleaners range from 3.5 bar to 4 bar. The Shark S6003UK, which can be purchased for $127.07, 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 PSTHH05, which is a 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and currently retails for $33.99.

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 78 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners. We found 48 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.

Across the range of steam cleaners, the water capacities range from 0.06L to 5L. The water capacities of the majority of steam cleaners range from 0.3L to 0.5L. The Bissell 1977N, which is available at $552.47, has the biggest water capacity and is a 1.35L capacity steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest water capacity is the Philips GC351, which is a 0.07L capacity steam cleaner and sells for $89.98.

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. 19 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. 86.4% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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