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Kagoo Score - Our unique steam cleaners rating considers: 230 US prices • 2,500 expert & user reviews • 210 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

Shark S3501

57 Reviews
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$41.95

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1,200W
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0.45L
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Dec 2016
The highest rated steam cleaner under $100, with great features
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#2

81

Shark S1000

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$44.95

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Dec 2016
A fully featured and cheap steam cleaner
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#4

72

Dirt Devil Versa

546 Reviews
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$44.81

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0.4L
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May 2017
A good spec and top-rated 0.4L capacity steam cleaner
#5

72

VAX S4

220 Reviews
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$134.35

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1,200W
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0.3L
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Nov 2014
A good spec and classic 1,200W, 0.3L capacity steam cleaner
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#7

67

Bissell Lift‑Off Steam Mop

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$69.99

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1,500W
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0.57L
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Feb 2014
A good spec but only ok value for money 1,500W, 0.57L capacity steam cleaner
#8

67

Dirt Devil Easy Steam Express II

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$38.00

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1,500W
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May 2017
A good spec and relatively new 1,500W steam cleaner
#9

67

Pyle PSTHH05

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$89.39

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900W
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0.3L
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Feb 2015
A good spec but 3 year old 900W, 0.3L capacity steam cleaner
#10

67

Ariete 2706

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$114.78

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1,500W
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0.5L
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Aug 2016
A good spec but a little out of date 1,500W, 0.5L capacity steam cleaner
#12

67

Pyle PSTMH15

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$48.95

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900W
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0.3L
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Feb 2015
A good spec but 3 year old 900W, 0.3L capacity steam cleaner
#13

67

Philips GC518

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$111.14

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1,600W
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1.6L
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Jun 2017
A fairly new and good spec 1,600W steam cleaner
#14

67

Philips GC362

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$96.22

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1,300W
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0.07L
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Sep 2017
A good spec and fairly new 1,300W, 0.07L capacity steam cleaner

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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 69%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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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 5 steam cleaners ranging from $52 to $100. A new steam cleaner costs on average $69 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $60 and $100. The Shark S3601 is the most expensive steam cleaner that we found at $100, and the Shark S3251 is the cheapest at only $53.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Bissell steam cleaners start at $70 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $70. The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Bissell steam cleaners with an average price of $70.

Shark steam cleaners range in price from $53 to $100, and the average price of Shark steam cleaners is $68 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

The third highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Polti steam cleaners with an average price of $0. Polti steam cleaners start at $0 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $0.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 8 expert reviews and 2,736 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this information 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 Target. We found 6 current steam cleaner offers from Target. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 6 offers. That means Target is the same as eBay when it comes to steam cleaners. Newegg US is the third biggest retailer with 4 current offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any obvious trend in the release month for new steam cleaners. June was the biggest month in 2017 for new steam cleaners, with nine new steam cleaners released that month. 16 new steam cleaners were released in September 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. In January 2015 18 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?

In the first 6 months after release, steam cleaners drop in price by 44% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $30 on a typical $69 new steam cleaner 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 the majority of steam cleaners range from 1,500W to 1,700W. The steam cleaner with the biggest power is the Shark S3601, which is a 1,550W steam cleaner and is on sale for $99.62. The Shark S3501, which can be purchased for $59.99, has the smallest power and is a 1,200W 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.

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 Bissell Lift-Off Steam Mop, which is a 0.57L capacity steam cleaner and is priced at $69.99. The steam cleaner with the smallest water capacity is the Shark S3501, which is a 0.45L capacity steam cleaner and is priced at $59.99.

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

Steam Pressures

This denotes the maximum steam pressure that the steam cleaner can achieve.

Comparing all steam cleaners, the steam pressures range from 1 bar to 6 bar. The steam pressures of most steam cleaners range from 3.4 bar to 3.8 bar.

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.

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 Target. 4 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 Target. 66.7% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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