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Kagoo Score - Our unique steam cleaners rating considers: 220 US prices • 4,100 expert & user reviews • 230 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#2

89

Shark S3501

57 Reviews
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$60.99

1,200W
Info
3.5 Bar
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n/a
Dec 2016
A top-value and sensationally highly rated 1,200W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with great features
#3

88

Shark S3251

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$35.00

n/a
3 Bar
Info
n/a
Dec 2016
A fully featured and bargain price 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner
#4

87

Dirt Devil Versa

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$44.99

n/a
n/a
0.4L
Info
May 2017
A fully featured and top-value 0.4L capacity steam cleaner
#5

86

Shark S1000

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$40.00

n/a
n/a
n/a
Dec 2016
A fully featured and low cost steam cleaner
#7

80

Philips GC362

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$93.84

1,300W
Info
5 Bar
Info
0.07L
Info
Sep 2017
An enormous steam pressure and cheap 1,300W, 0.07L capacity steam cleaner, with very good features
#8

80

Bissell Vac & Steam

2 Reviews
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$189.85

1,600W
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n/a
0.38L
Info
Sep 2014
The best scoring steam cleaner under $500, with very good features
#9

79

Morphy Richards 720020

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$35.61

1,500W
Info
3.5 Bar
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0.4L
Info
Apr 2014
A fully featured and affordable 1,500W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner
#10

79

Dirt Devil Easy Steam Express II

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$44.99

1,500W
Info
n/a
n/a
May 2017
A good value for money and good spec 1,500W steam cleaner
#11

78

Pyle PSTMH15

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$48.95

900W
Info
3 Bar
Info
0.3L
Info
Feb 2015
A cheap and good spec 900W, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner
#12

75

Philips FC7008

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$103.94

1,200W
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n/a
n/a
Dec 2013
A cheap and good spec 1,200W steam cleaner
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#13

74

VAX S84‑W7‑P

49 Reviews
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$173.64

1,600W
Info
3.5 Bar
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0.3L
Info
Sep 2016
A good spec and top-rated 1,600W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner
#14

74

Philips GC518

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$105.37

1,600W
Info
6.5 Bar
Info
1.6L
Info
Jun 2017
A good spec and cheap 1,600W steam cleaner
#15

73

Black & Decker FSM1615

4 Reviews
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$123.91

1,300W
Info
6 Bar
Info
0.35L
Info
Apr 2017
A top-rated and huge steam pressure 1,300W, 0.35L capacity steam cleaner, with good features
#16

71

VAX S4

220 Reviews
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$126.24

1,200W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
0.3L
Info
Dec 2013
A good spec and classic 1,200W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner
#17

70

Ariete 2706

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$115.71

1,500W
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n/a
0.5L
Info
Aug 2016
A good spec but only moderate value for money 1,500W, 0.5L capacity steam cleaner
#18

69

Polti Moppy

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$164.00

1,500W
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4.5 Bar
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0.7L
Info
Oct 2017
A good spec but only ok value for money 1,500W, 4.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner
#19

69

Philips GC330

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$148.50

1,000W
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3.2 Bar
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0.06L
Info
Feb 2015
A good spec but only ok value for money 1,000W, 3.2 bar steam pressure steam cleaner
#20

68

Solac PC1500

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$222.82

1,500W
Info
3 Bar
Info
0.5L
Info
Apr 2017
A good spec but only moderate value for money 1,500W, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner

68

Solac LV1700

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$352.42

2,200W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
1.5L
Info
Apr 2018
A giant water capacity and good spec 1,500W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with the latest technology

68

Polti Vaporetto Smart 100_T

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$442.97

1,200W
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3.5 Bar
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0.3L
Info
Jun 2018
A good spec but only average value for money 1,000W, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with the latest technology

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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 90%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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Polti Steam Cleaners 39 $161 - $438
90%
86 reviews

Trending Steam Cleaner Comparisons

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Philips
GC330
$148.50
A little better
user reviews
VS
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VAX
S4
$126.24
$22 cheaper
Better brand
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Philips
GC330
$148.50
Marginally
better user
reviews
VS
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Black & Decker
FSM1615
$123.91
$25 cheaper
Better brand
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VAX
S4
$126.24
More popular
Better brand
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Black & Decker
FSM1615
$123.91
User reviews
are moderately
better
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Black & Decker
FSM1615
$123.91
$40 cheaper
More popular
VS
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Polti
Moppy
$164.00
Better brand
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VAX
S4
$126.24
$38 cheaper
More popular
VS
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Polti
Moppy
$164.00
Better brand
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VAX
S84-W7-P
$173.64
User reviews
are a little
better
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Shark
S3501
$60.99
$113 cheaper
Better brand

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 23 steam cleaners ranging from $28 to $438. The average price of a new steam cleaner is $121 and the 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $35 and $221. The cheapest steam cleaner that we found is the Pyle PSTMH02 at only $28, and the most expensive is the Polti Vaporetto Smart 100_T at $438.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Polti steam cleaners with an average price of $300. Polti steam cleaners range in price from $161 to $438.

Solac steam cleaners start at $221 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $349. The average price of Solac steam cleaners is $285 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

VAX steam cleaners range in price from $126 to $174, and the average price of VAX steam cleaners is $150 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 13 expert reviews and 3,206 user reviews for steam cleaners written online and used these reviews 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 21 current steam cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Target with 5 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Target when it comes to steam cleaners. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 3 current offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable trend in the release month for new steam cleaners. Nine new steam cleaners were released in June 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. In October 2016 15 new steam cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. January was the biggest month in 2015 for new steam cleaners, with 16 new steam cleaners released that month.

How Fast Do Steam Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, steam cleaners drop in price by 42% on average. That means a saving of $51 on a typical $121 new steam cleaner if you wait 6 months before buying.

Powers

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

The powers of steam cleaners range from 550W to 2,450W. The powers of most steam cleaners range from 1,500W to 1,700W. The Philips GC518, which is available at $104.42, has the biggest power and is a 1,600W steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the Pyle PSTMH02, which is an 800W steam cleaner and is available at $28.35.

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 1 bar to 7.2 bar. The steam pressures of the majority of steam cleaners range from 3 bar to 3.4 bar. The Philips GC518, which is priced at $104.42, has the biggest steam pressure and is a 6.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner. The Polti Vaporetto Smart 100_T, which can be purchased for $437.94, 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 3L. The water capacities of most steam cleaners range from 0.3L to 0.5L. The steam cleaner with the biggest water capacity is the Philips GC518, which is a 1.6L capacity steam cleaner and currently retails for $104.42. 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. 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. 90.5% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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