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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 150 US prices • 2,500 expert & user reviews • 230 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Upright Steam Cleaners
Traditional push steam cleaners
Cylinder Steam Cleaners
Steam cleaners with a smaller drum, and a flexible nozzle
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Vacuum while washing for a one-step clean with cord-free convenience. Cleans multiple sealed surfaces including hardwoods, tile, laminate and refreshes area rugs. Microfiber... more
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It could be widely used in kitchen cleaning, home cleaning, car interior virus cleaning and clothes ironing.The indicator light would twinkle once there is lack of water.There... more
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Efficiently disinfects and Kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria and germsDeliver super-heated steam in just 20 secondsTriangle swivel mop head and 16.5ft power cord make this steam... more
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Efficiently disinfects and Kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria and germsDeliver super-heated steam in just 20 secondsTriangle swivel mop head and 16.5ft power cord make this steam... more
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◆360 degree rotation and wireless rotary.◆Designed with foot switch for convenient use.◆Dual spinning rotary heads draw dirt out.◆Evenly polishes as it hovers over your... more
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$140
$124.99
1,500W
4.5 Bar
STEAM
PRESSURE
0.7L
CAPACITY
2.8kg

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 83%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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Polti Steam Cleaners 41 $100 - $100
83%
17 reviews

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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$64.34
Better Kagoo
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Morphy Richards
720022
$31.47
$33 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by two
months
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Shark
S1000
$36.20
$35 cheaper
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VS
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VAX
VRS26
$71.14
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Shark
S3601
$129.00
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VRS26
$71.14
$58 cheaper
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S3601
$129.00
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$102 cheaper
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Solac
PC1500
$227.86
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Philips
GC362
$89.87
$138 cheaper
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S1000
$36.20
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720022
$31.47
$5 cheaper
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Rowenta
RY7535
$556.18
Moderately
bigger water
capacity
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S1000
$36.20
$520 cheaper
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Philips
GC362
$89.87
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Shark
S1000
$36.20
$54 cheaper
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Versa
$27.47
$62 cheaper
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GC351
$89.79
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Overall reviews
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Hotpoint
VS S15 AAW
$457.70
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Solac
PC1500
$227.86
$230 cheaper
Newer by 20
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Polti
Moppy
$115.89
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1.5 bar bigger
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Shark
S3251
$59.99
$56 cheaper
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Shark
S3601
$129.00
Better brand
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Morphy Richards
720022
$31.47
$98 cheaper
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$37 cheaper
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$64.34
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are better
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Rowenta
RY7535
$556.18
Better brand
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$529 cheaper
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13 months newer
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Shark
S3251
$59.99
$30 cheaper
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Philips
GC351
$89.79
Much better
user reviews
Much better
overall reviews
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Ariete
4133
$54.62
$10 cheaper
0.5 bar bigger
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$64.34
Better Kagoo
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0.13L bigger
water capacity
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$33 cheaper
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Shark
S3251
$59.99
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A little better
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A little better
overall reviews
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Solac
PC1500
$227.86
Newer by five
months
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Shark
S1000
$36.20
$192 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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One more award
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Polti
Moppy
$115.89
48% bigger
water capacity
One month newer
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Philips
GC351
$89.79
$26 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Ariete
4133
$54.62
$35 cheaper
Bigger water
capacity
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Philips
GC362
$89.87
Better Kagoo
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Three years
newer
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:

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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 $27 to $552 and in total we found prices for 15 steam cleaners. A new steam cleaner costs on average $134 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $31 and $454. The Rowenta RY7535 is the most expensive steam cleaner that we found at $552, and the Pyle PSTHH05 is the cheapest at only $27.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Rowenta steam cleaners is $552 which is the highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Rowenta steam cleaners start at $552 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $552.

The average price of Hotpoint steam cleaners is $454 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Hotpoint steam cleaners start at $454 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs $454.

Solac steam cleaners range in price from $226 to $226, and the third highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Solac steam cleaners with an average price of $226.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 26 expert reviews and 2,391 user reviews for steam cleaners and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 10 current offers for steam cleaners from Target making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 9 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Walmart with 1 current steam cleaner offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Most new steam cleaners tend to be released between March and April. The biggest month last year 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. Eight new steam cleaners were released in January 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases.

How Fast Do Steam Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

On average steam cleaners drop in price by 14% in the first 6 months after release.

That means that on a typical steam cleaner costing $134 you could save on average $19 by waiting 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 steam cleaner with the biggest power is the Rowenta RY7535, which is a 1,700W steam cleaner and is on sale for $551.52. The Hotpoint VS S15 AAW, which is available at $454.05, has the smallest power and is a 550W 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.

Steam Pressures

'Steam Pressure' denotes the maximum steam pressure that the steam cleaner can achieve.

Across the range of 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 $89.51, has the biggest steam pressure and is a 5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner. The Pyle PSTHH05, which is available at $27.00, 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 80 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners, which makes this the most popular type amongst new steam cleaners. We found 52 steam cleaners that are portable steam cleaners, making portable the second most frequently found type amongst new steam cleaners.

Water Capacities

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

The water capacities of steam cleaners range from 0.06L to 5L. The water capacities of the majority of steam cleaners range from 0.3L to 0.5L. The Polti Moppy, which is priced at $100.00, has the biggest water capacity and is a 0.7L capacity steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest water capacity is the Philips GC35128, which is a 0.07L capacity steam cleaner and currently retails for $89.79.

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. 7 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. 77.8% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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