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#1

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Shark S3601

 

$31.50

1,550W
Info
3 Bar
Info
Upright
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Jul 2015
#2

85

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Philips GC362

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

$96.54

1,300W
Info
5 Bar
Info
Portable
Info
Info
0.07L
Info
Oct 2018
#3

84

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Shark S3501

18 Reviews

$49.99

1,200W
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Upright
Info
Info
0.45L
Info
Dec 2016
#4

81

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Dirt Devil Versa

42 Reviews
Cleaning cloth 
Cleaning cloth

$30.55

(Unknown)
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(Unknown)
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Upright
Info
Info
0.4L
Info
May 2017
#5

80

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Shark S3251

57 Reviews

$59.99

(Unknown)
Info
3 Bar
Info
Upright
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Dec 2016
#6

80

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Shark S1000

215 Reviews

$199.00

1,050W
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Portable
Info
Info
0.38L
Info
Dec 2016
#7

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Polti Vaporetto Comfort

 

$42.77

1,800W
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3 Bar
Info
Cylinder
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Info
1.6L
Info
Jan 2017
#8

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Philips GC351

34 Reviews

$89.79

1,000W
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Portable
Info
Info
0.07L
Info
Sep 2017
#9

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Polti Vaporetto Smart 100

2 Reviews

$557.99

1,500W
Info
4 Bar
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Cylinder
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Info
2L
Info
Sep 2020
#10

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Polti Moppy

 

$299.99

1,500W
Info
4.5 Bar
Info
Upright
Info
Info
0.7L
Info
Oct 2017
#11

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Morphy Richards 720022

 

$34.50

1,600W
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3 Bar
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Upright
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Info
0.4L
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Jan 2017
#12

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Pyle PSTMH15

 

$69.99

900W
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3 Bar
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Portable
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Info
0.3L
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Feb 2015
#13

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Solac PC1500

 

$265.70

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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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 84%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
#1
Polti Steam Cleaners 41 $43 - $558
84%
18 reviews

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Shark
S3501
$49.99
$40 cheaper
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Score
Better brand
VS
Philips
GC351
$89.79
Much better
user reviews
Much better
overall reviews
Newer by nine
months
Solac
PC1500
$265.70
$292 cheaper
Bigger steam
pressure
VS
Polti
Vaporetto Smart 100
$557.99
Three years
newer
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
Shark
S3251
$59.99
$30 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
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VS
Philips
GC351
$89.79
Slightly better
user reviews
Slightly better
overall reviews
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months
Solac
PC1500
$265.70
0.13L bigger
water capacity
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Philips
GC362
$96.54
$169 cheaper
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18 months newer
Dirt Devil
Versa
$30.55
$59 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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0.33L bigger
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Philips
GC351
$89.79
Better brand
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are vastly
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are vastly
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Solac
PC1500
$265.70
$34 cheaper
Bigger steam
pressure
VS
Polti
Moppy
$299.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
0.5L bigger
water capacity
Philips
GC362
$96.54
Newer by 22
months
Much better
user reviews
Much better
overall reviews
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Shark
S3501
$49.99
$47 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Dirt Devil
Versa
$30.55
$269 cheaper
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VS
Polti
Moppy
$299.99
Better brand
30% bigger
water capacity
Six months
newer
Pyle
PSTMH15
$69.99
$27 cheaper
Bigger water
capacity
VS
Philips
GC362
$96.54
Four years
newer
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Polti
Moppy
$299.99
Better brand
48% bigger
water capacity
VS
Philips
GC362
$96.54
$203 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by one
year
Polti
Moppy
$299.99
10 months newer
27% bigger
water capacity
VS
Shark
S3501
$49.99
$250 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Shark
S1000
$199.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Morphy Richards
720022
$34.50
$165 cheaper
One month newer
Bigger water
capacity
Shark
S3251
$59.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Morphy Richards
720022
$34.50
$25 cheaper
One month newer
Shark
S3601
$31.50
$268 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
Polti
Moppy
$299.99
Newer by two
years
1.5 bar bigger
steam pressure
Dirt Devil
Versa
$30.55
$29 cheaper
Newer by four
months
VS
Shark
S3251
$59.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Vastly better
user reviews
Dirt Devil
Versa
$30.55
$4 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Four months
newer
VS
Morphy Richards
720022
$34.50
Better brand
Shark
S1000
$199.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Much better
user reviews
VS
Philips
GC351
$89.79
$109 cheaper
Newer by nine
months
Dirt Devil
Versa
$30.55
$19 cheaper
Five months
newer
VS
Shark
S3501
$49.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
User reviews
are appreciably
better
Shark
S3501
$49.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
A little bigger
water capacity
VS
Morphy Richards
720022
$34.50
$15 cheaper
One month newer
Solac
PC1500
$265.70
A lot bigger
water capacity
VS
Philips
GC351
$89.79
$176 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
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 $31 to $558 and in total we found prices for 13 steam cleaners. A new steam cleaner costs on average $141 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $32 and $300. The most expensive steam cleaner that we found is the Polti Vaporetto Smart 100 at $558, and the cheapest is the Shark S3601 at only $32.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Polti steam cleaners start at $43 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $558. The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Polti steam cleaners with an average price of $300.

The second highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Solac steam cleaners with an average price of $269. Solac steam cleaners range in price from $269 to $269.

Philips steam cleaners range in price from $90 to $99, and the third highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Philips steam cleaners with an average price of $95.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 25 expert reviews and 2,734 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this data to determine 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 11 current steam cleaner offers from eBay.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

The most common period for new steam cleaners to be released in is between March and May. Three new steam cleaners were released in May 2020 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. The biggest month in 2019 for new steam cleaner releases was March, 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.

How Fast Do Steam Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

On average steam cleaners drop in price by 17% in the first 6 months after release.

A typical new steam cleaner costs on average $141. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $24.

Powers

'Power' 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 steam cleaner with the biggest power is the Polti Vaporetto Comfort, which is a 1,800W steam cleaner and is available at $42.77. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the Pyle PSTMH15, which is a 900W steam cleaner and can be purchased for $69.99.

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.

The steam pressures of steam cleaners range from 0.8 bar to 7.2 bar. The steam pressures of most steam cleaners range from 2.5 bar to 3.5 bar. The steam cleaner with the biggest steam pressure is the Philips GC362, which is a 5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and is priced at $99.43. The Pyle PSTMH15, which is available at $69.99, has the smallest steam pressure and is a 3 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.

We found 83 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners, which makes this the most popular type amongst new steam cleaners. Portable is the second most popular type amongst new steam cleaners. We found 57 steam cleaners that are portable 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 most steam cleaners range from 0.3L to 0.5L. The steam cleaner with the biggest water capacity is the Polti Vaporetto Smart 100, which is a 2L capacity steam cleaner and currently retails for $557.99. The Philips GC362, which sells for $99.43, 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. 10 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. 90.9% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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