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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 200 US prices • 2,400 expert & user reviews • 230 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1
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Bissell Vac & Steam

5 Reviews
Trusted Reviews - Recommended

$189.85

1,600W
Info
n/a
Info
0.38L
Info
Sep 2014
Adjustab-
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Philips GC330

120 Reviews

$148.50

1,000W
Info
3.2 Bar
Info
Info
0.06L
Info
Feb 2015
Removabl-
e Water
Tank
Brush
Included
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Shark S3601

105 Reviews

$95.00

1,550W
Info
3 Bar
Info
Info
n/a
Jul 2015
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Shark S3501

17 Reviews

$69.99

1,200W
Info
n/a
Info
0.45L
Info
Dec 2016
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Dirt Devil Versa

133 Reviews

$32.49

n/a
n/a
Info
0.4L
Info
May 2017
Water
Level
Indicato-
Cleaning
Cloth
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#6

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Shark S3251

$59.99

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

77

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Shark S1000

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$49.00

n/a
n/a
Info
n/a
Dec 2016
#8

74

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Philips FC7008

$103.94

1,200W
Info
n/a
Info
n/a
Nov 2016
Steam-
Ready
Light
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#9

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Polti Moppy

$213.98

1,500W
Info
4.5 Bar
Info
Info
0.7L
Info
Oct 2017
Removabl-
e Water
Tank
Water
Level
Indicato-
Cleaning
Cloth
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#10

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Philips GC351

$89.99

1,000W
Info
n/a
Info
0.07L
Info
Sep 2017
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e Water
Tank
Brush
Included
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#11

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Morphy Richards 720020

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1,500W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
Info
0.4L
Info
Apr 2014
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Polti Vaporetto Smart 100

$439.35

1,500W
Info
4 Bar
Info
Info
2L
Info
Jun 2018
Adjustab-
le Steam
Steam-
Ready
Light
Removabl-
e Water
Tank
Water
Level
Indicato-
Brush
Included
Window
Cleaning
Nozzle
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VAX S84‑P1‑B

$204.15

1,600W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
Info
0.36L
Info
Sep 2016
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Philips GC362

$302.32

1,300W
Info
5 Bar
Info
Info
0.07L
Info
Oct 2018
Removabl-
e Water
Tank
Brush
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Pyle PSTMH15

$42.95

900W
Info
3 Bar
Info
Info
0.3L
Info
Feb 2015
Removabl-
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Tank
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Rowenta RY7557

$288.54

1,700W
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n/a
Info
0.7L
Info
Sep 2016
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60

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Solac PC1500

$227.34

1,200W
Info
5 Bar
Info
Info
0.2L
Info
Apr 2017
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60

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Solac LV1700

$349.58

2,000W
Info
4 Bar
Info
Info
1.5L
Info
Apr 2018
Adjustab-
le Steam
Brush
Included
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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 92%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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Polti Steam Cleaners 40 $205 - $439
92%
91 reviews

Trending Steam Cleaner Comparisons

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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$189.85
$99 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Rowenta
RY7557
$288.54
Two years newer
Bigger water
capacity
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Shark
S3601
$69.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Better user
reviews
VS
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$32.49
$37 cheaper
Newer by 21
months
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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$189.85
$250 cheaper
One more award
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Smart 100
$439.35
Newer by four
years
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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VAX
S84-P1-B
$204.15
$235 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Smart 100
$439.35
22 months newer
Bigger water
capacity
0.5 bar bigger
steam pressure
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Solac
PC1500
$227.34
Eight months
newer
Bigger steam
pressure
VS
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VAX
S84-P1-B
$204.15
$23 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
0.16L bigger
water capacity
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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$189.85
$37 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Solac
PC1500
$227.34
Newer by three
years
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$32.49
$38 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are appreciably
better
VS
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Shark
S3501
$69.99
Better brand
10% bigger
water capacity
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Solac
PC1500
$227.34
Bigger steam
pressure
Newer by five
months
VS
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Shark
S3251
$56.00
$171 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$189.85
$24 cheaper
One more award
VS
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Polti
Moppy
$213.98
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
Better brand
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Solac
PC1500
$227.34
Bigger steam
pressure
VS
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Polti
Moppy
$213.98
$13 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
0.5L bigger
water capacity
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VAX
S84-P1-B
$204.15
$98 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
45% bigger
water capacity
VS
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Philips
GC362
$302.32
Two years newer
Better brand
24% bigger
steam pressure
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Morphy Richards
720020
$34.63
$170 cheaper
0.04L bigger
water capacity
VS
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VAX
S84-P1-B
$204.15
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by two
years
Better brand
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Polti
Moppy
$213.98
$136 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
10% bigger
steam pressure
VS
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Solac
LV1700
$349.58
Bigger water
capacity
Six months
newer
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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$189.85
$37 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Solac
PC1500
$227.34
Newer by three
years
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Morphy Richards
720020
$34.63
$21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger steam
pressure
VS
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Shark
S3251
$56.00
Newer by three
years
Better brand
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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$189.85
$160 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Solac
LV1700
$349.58
Four years
newer
43% bigger
water capacity
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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$189.85
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Shark
S3601
$69.00
$121 cheaper
Better brand
Overall reviews
are better
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Polti
Moppy
$213.98
$88 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Philips
GC362
$302.32
One year newer
Slightly bigger
steam pressure
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Philips
GC330
$148.50
Better Kagoo
Score
6% bigger steam
pressure
Newer by one
month
VS
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Pyle
PSTMH15
$42.95
$106 cheaper
0.24L bigger
water capacity
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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 19 steam cleaners ranging from $32 to $440. On average, a new steam cleaner costs $161 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $40 and $302. The Dirt Devil Versa is the cheapest steam cleaner at only $32, and Polti Vaporetto Smart 100 is the most expensive at $439.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Polti steam cleaners range in price from $205 to $439, and the average price of Polti steam cleaners is $322 which is the highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

The average price of Rowenta steam cleaners is $289 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Rowenta steam cleaners start at $289 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $289.

Solac steam cleaners range in price from $227 to $350, and the average price of Solac steam cleaners is $288 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 27 expert reviews and 2,300 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 17 current offers for steam cleaners from eBay making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is over 3 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Target for whom we found 5 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Air n Water with 5 current steam cleaner offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

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

New steam cleaners drop in price by an average of 16% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new steam cleaner costing $161, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $26.

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 Solac LV1700, which is a 2,000W steam cleaner and is available at $349.58. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the Pyle PSTMH15, which is a 900W steam cleaner and currently retails for $42.95.

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.

Comparing all 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 Philips GC362, which is on sale for $302.32, has the biggest steam pressure and is a 5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner. The Pyle PSTMH15, which is available at $42.95, 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.

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 Polti Vaporetto Smart 100, which is on sale for $439.35, has the biggest water capacity and is a 2L capacity steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest water capacity is the Philips GC330, which is a 0.06L capacity steam cleaner and is available at $148.50.

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. 14 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. 82.4% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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