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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 150 US prices • 2,500 expert & user reviews • 220 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Shark S3601

106 Reviews

$79.99

1,550W
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3 Bar
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Upright
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Jul 2015
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Shark S3251

50 Reviews

$54.99

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3 Bar
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(Unknown)
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Dec 2016
#3

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Philips GC362

10 Reviews

$92.51

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

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Shark S1000

6 Reviews
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$49.99

1,050W
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Upright
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0.38L
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Dec 2016
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Shark S3501

18 Reviews

$69.99

1,200W
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Upright
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0.45L
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Dec 2016
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Philips GC35128

14 Reviews

$89.79

1,000W
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(Unknown)
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Portable
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0.07L
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Sep 2017
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Russell Hobbs RHSM1001G

90 Reviews

$66.27

1,189W
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3 Bar
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Upright
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0.38L
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Oct 2016
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Polti Moppy

 

$124.99

1,500W
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4.5 Bar
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Upright
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0.7L
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Oct 2017
#10

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Morphy Richards 720022

 

$32.80

1,600W
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3 Bar
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Upright
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0.4L
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Jan 2017
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VAX VRS26

 

$74.14

1,500W
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0.33L
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Jan 2017
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Hotpoint VS S15 AAW

 

$471.53

550W
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4 Bar
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Portable
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0.65L
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Aug 2015
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Solac PC1500

 

$234.07

1,200W
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5 Bar
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Portable
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0.2L
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Apr 2017
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Rowenta RY7535

 

$573.83

1,700W
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0.4L
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Mar 2016

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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%.

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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$66.27
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Morphy Richards
720022
$32.80
$33 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by two
months
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Shark
S1000
$59.00
$15 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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VAX
VRS26
$74.14
Two months
newer
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$66.27
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are better
VS
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Shark
S3251
$54.99
$11 cheaper
Better brand
Two months
newer
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Shark
S1000
$59.00
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One more award
VS
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Morphy Richards
720022
$32.80
$26 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
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Shark
S3601
$129.00
Better Kagoo
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$102 cheaper
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Solac
PC1500
$234.07
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water capacity
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GC362
$92.51
$142 cheaper
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18 months newer
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Rowenta
RY7535
$573.83
Moderately
bigger water
capacity
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Shark
S1000
$59.00
$515 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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One more award
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Polti
Moppy
$124.99
Better brand
A lot bigger
water capacity
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Philips
GC362
$92.51
$32 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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One year newer
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Polti
Moppy
$124.99
48% bigger
water capacity
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Philips
GC362
$92.51
$32 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Shark
S3251
$54.99
$19 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
VS
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VAX
VRS26
$74.14
Newer by one
month
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Philips
GC362
$92.51
Newer by 23
months
VS
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Shark
S1000
$59.00
$34 cheaper
One more award
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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
User reviews
are appreciably
better
Overall reviews
are appreciably
better
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PC1500
$234.07
Bigger steam
pressure
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S3251
$54.99
$179 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$39 cheaper
Seven months
newer
5% bigger
water capacity
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$66.27
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
User reviews
are better
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Polti
Moppy
$124.99
Newer by 11
months
1.5 bar bigger
steam pressure
VS
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Shark
S3251
$54.99
$70 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$5 cheaper
Newer by four
months
VS
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Morphy Richards
720022
$32.80
Better brand
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Polti
Moppy
$124.99
Better brand
Newer by one
year
0.32L bigger
water capacity
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$66.27
$59 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Rowenta
RY7535
$573.83
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$471.53
$102 cheaper
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RHSM1001
$66.27
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VRS26
$74.14
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GC362
$92.51
Better Kagoo
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months
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pressure
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720022
$32.80
$60 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:

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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

The price range of steam cleaners is from $27 to $472 and in total we found prices for 14 steam cleaners. On average, a new steam cleaner costs $111 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $27 and $234. The Hotpoint VS S15 AAW is the most expensive steam cleaner that we found at $472, and the Pyle PSTHH05 is the cheapest at only $27.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Hotpoint steam cleaners is $472 which is the highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Hotpoint steam cleaners start at $472 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $472.

Solac steam cleaners range in price from $234 to $234, and the second highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Solac steam cleaners with an average price of $234.

The third highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Polti steam cleaners with an average price of $125. Polti steam cleaners range in price from $125 to $125.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 26 expert reviews and 2,401 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 11 current offers for steam cleaners from eBay making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Target for whom we found 10 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Walmart with 1 current steam cleaner offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release month for new steam cleaners. January was the biggest month last year for new steam cleaners, with three new steam cleaners released that month. In 2018 most new steam cleaners were released in April, with four new steam cleaners released that month. Eight new steam cleaners were released in January 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases.

How Fast Do Steam Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

New steam cleaners drop in price by an average of 14% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

A typical new steam cleaner costs on average $111. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $16.

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 most steam cleaners range from 1,500W to 1,700W. The steam cleaner with the biggest power is the Morphy Richards 720022, which is a 1,600W steam cleaner and currently retails for $32.59. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the Hotpoint VS S15 AAW, which is a 550W steam cleaner and is priced at $471.53.

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 steam cleaner with the biggest steam pressure is the Philips GC362, which is a 5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and currently retails for $91.98. The steam cleaner with the smallest steam pressure is the Pyle PSTHH05, which is a 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and is priced at $27.00.

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.

We found 80 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners, which makes upright the most popular type amongst new steam cleaners. We found 52 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 the majority of steam cleaners range from 0.3L to 0.5L. The steam cleaner with the biggest water capacity is the Polti Moppy, which is a 0.7L capacity steam cleaner and is priced at $124.99. The Philips GC362, which is available at $91.98, 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. 8 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. 72.7% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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