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Compare the 10 Best Steam CleanersDecember 2017(Last Updated 12 December 2017)

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The best steam cleaners on the market, perfect for keeping wood floors and carpets clean
Compare top brands including Polti, Kärcher and VAX
Every week we rank the best steam cleaners based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 190 Steam Cleaner Models 1,630 Steam Cleaner Reviews 207 Steam Cleaner Prices
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190 Steam Cleaner Models
1,630 Steam Cleaner Reviews
207 Steam Cleaner Prices
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#1

90

Versa

Dirt Devil Versa

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$30.04

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May 2017
An impressive value for money and positively reviewed upright 0.4L capacity steam cleaner, with very good features
#2

90

S3601

Shark S3601

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$32.99

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1,550W
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Jul 2015
The top rated steam cleaner under $100, with very good features
#4

68

Lift-Off Steam Mop

Bissell Lift‑Off Steam Mop

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$69.99

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0.57L
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Feb 2014
A cheap and good spec 1,500W upright steam cleaner
#5

62

Easy Steam Express II

Dirt Devil Easy Steam Express II

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$38.00

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May 2017
A good value for money and good spec 1,500W upright steam cleaner
#6

59

FSM1615

Black & Decker FSM1615

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$119.51

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0.35L
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Apr 2017
A good spec and highly rated 1,300W portable steam cleaner, but representing inferior value for money
#7

57

PSTMH15

Pyle PSTMH15

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$45.99

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Feb 2015
A good spec but only average value for money 900W portable steam cleaner
#8

51

S3455

Shark S3455

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$62.96

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0.33L
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Mar 2016
A good spec but not very good value for money 1,550W upright steam cleaner
#9

44

PSTHH05

Pyle PSTHH05

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$98.13

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Feb 2015
A good spec but not very good value for money 900W portable steam cleaner
#10

42

2706

Ariete 2706

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$117.14

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Aug 2016
An inferior value for money and average spec 1,500W upright steam cleaner
#11

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FSM1605

Black & Decker FSM1605

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$141.99

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Nov 2015
An inferior value for money and middle of the road spec 1,300W upright steam cleaner
#12

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Handy 15

Polti Handy 15

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$295.29

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Feb 2016
A middle of the road spec and 2 year old 1,500W cylinder steam cleaner

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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 $28 to $142 and in total we found prices for 11 steam cleaners. The average price of a new steam cleaner is $70 and the 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $30 and $120. The most expensive steam cleaner that we found is the Black & Decker FSM1605 at $142, and the cheapest is the Pyle PSTMH02 at only $28.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Black & Decker steam cleaners with an average price of $131. Black & Decker steam cleaners start at $120 and the most expensive Black & Decker steam cleaner costs $142.

The average price of Ariete steam cleaners is $105 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Ariete steam cleaners start at $105 and the most expensive Ariete steam cleaner costs $105.

Bissell steam cleaners start at $70 and the most expensive Bissell steam cleaner costs $70. The average price of Bissell steam cleaners is $70 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 1 expert reviews and 1,613 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner. Kärcher is the top rated steam cleaner brand with an average rating of 88%. Shark is the second best brand with 87% and VAX is the third best brand with 85%.

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. The second biggest steam cleaner retailer is Air n Water with 2 offers. That means eBay is over 5 times bigger than Air n Water when it comes to steam cleaners. Newegg US is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release dates for new steam cleaners over the last 3 years. 10 new steam cleaners were released in October 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. January was the biggest month in 2015 for new steam cleaners, with 18 new steam cleaners released that month. In May 2014 48 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?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, steam cleaners drop in price by 44%. That means a saving of $31 on a typical $70 new steam cleaner if you wait 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 most steam cleaners range from 1,500W to 1,700W. The SharkS3601, which sells for $32.99, has the biggest power and is a 1,550W steam cleaner. The SharkS3601 has the smallest power. This steam cleaner is an 800W steam cleaner and can be purchased for $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.

Types

Upright is the most popular type amongst new steam cleaners. We found 41 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners. We found 34 steam cleaners that are portable steam cleaners, making portable the second most common type amongst new steam cleaners.

Colours

We found 60 steam cleaners that are steam cleaners that have a White coloured, which makes White the most common colour amongst new steam cleaners. Black is the second most popular colour amongst new steam cleaners. We found 42 steam cleaners that are steam cleaners that have a Black coloured.

Capacities

The capacity of a steam cleaner measures how much water it can store at once.

Comparing all steam cleaners, the capacities range from 0.06L to 2.5L. The capacities of most steam cleaners range from 0.28L to 0.49L. The steam cleaner with the biggest capacity is the BissellLift-Off Steam Mop, which is a 0.57L capacity steam cleaner and is priced at $69.99. The BissellLift-Off Steam Mop, which is available at $100.14, has the smallest capacity and is a 0.3L 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.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 11 current offers for steam cleaners from eBay making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is over 5 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Air n Water for whom we found 2 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Newegg US with 1 current steam cleaner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Steam Cleaners?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest steam cleaner prices (found to be cheapest for 11 steam cleaners).

Proportion of Steam Cleaners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of steam cleaner for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 100% of its steam cleaners.