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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 2,400 expert & user reviews • 220 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Shark S3501

18 Reviews

$47.84

1,200W
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n/a
Upright
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0.45L
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Dec 2016
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Shark S3601D

106 Reviews

$39.00

1,550W
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3 Bar
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Upright
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n/a
Jul 2015
#3

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Philips GC351

14 Reviews

$89.85

1,000W
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n/a
Portable
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0.07L
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Sep 2017
#4

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Russell Hobbs RHSM1001G

90 Reviews

$43.91

1,189W
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3 Bar
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Upright
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0.38L
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Oct 2016
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Shark S3251

$34.99

n/a
3 Bar
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n/a
Dec 2016
#6

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Shark S1000UK

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$49.99

1,050W
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n/a
Upright
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0.375L
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Dec 2016
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Philips GC36280

$110.00

1,300W
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5 Bar
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Portable
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0.07L
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Oct 2018
#8

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Hoover STEAMJET

60 Reviews

$90.60

1,300W
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3.2 Bar
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Upright
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0.7L
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Jan 2014
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VAX S86SFCC

101 Reviews

$110.51

1,600W
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3 Bar
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Upright
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0.5L
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Jun 2015
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Polti Moppy

$70.00

1,500W
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4.5 Bar
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0.7L
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Oct 2017
#11

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Bissell Vac & Steam

5 Reviews
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$251.71

1,600W
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n/a
Upright
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0.38L
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Sep 2014
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VAX S4

223 Reviews

$574.30

1,200W
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3.5 Bar
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Portable
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0.3L
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Dec 2013
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VAX VRS26

$68.67

1,500W
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n/a
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0.33L
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Jan 2017
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Philips FC7008

$100.82

1,200W
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n/a
Portable
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n/a
Nov 2016
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Solac PC1500

$198.32

1,200W
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5 Bar
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Portable
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0.2L
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Apr 2017
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Hotpoint VS S15 AAW

$423.50

550W
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4 Bar
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Portable
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0.65L
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Aug 2015

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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 83%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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Polti Steam Cleaners 41 $80 - $160
83%
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Shark
S3601
$39.00
$30 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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VAX
VRS26
$68.67
Better brand
Newer by 17
months
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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$251.71
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Shark
S3251
$34.99
$217 cheaper
Newer by two
years
Better brand
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VAX
S86-SF
$110.51
More popular
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Philips
GC362
$110.00
Newer by three
years
29% bigger
steam pressure
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VAX
S4
$574.30
Better brand
Marginally
better overall
reviews
Bigger steam
pressure
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$43.91
$530 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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VAX
S86-SF
$110.51
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Shark
S3601
$39.00
$72 cheaper
Slightly better
user reviews
Slightly better
overall reviews
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VAX
S86-SF
$110.51
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Shark
S3251
$34.99
$76 cheaper
Newer by 18
months
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Shark
S3601
$39.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Dirt Devil
Versa
$27.47
$12 cheaper
Newer by 22
months
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Solac
PC1500
$198.32
0.13L bigger
water capacity
VS
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Philips
GC362
$110.00
$88 cheaper
18 months newer
Better Kagoo
Score
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Bissell
Vac & Steam
$251.71
One more award
VS
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Polti
Moppy
$70.00
$182 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
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VAX
S86-SF
$110.51
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
User reviews
are slightly
better
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$43.91
$67 cheaper
More popular
16 months newer
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Hoover
STEAMJET
$90.60
$108 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Solac
PC1500
$198.32
Newer by three
years
Bigger steam
pressure
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VAX
S86-SF
$110.51
Bigger water
capacity
VS
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Philips
GC362
$110.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
Better brand
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Philips
GC362
$110.00
Newer by 22
months
29% bigger
steam pressure
VS
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Shark
S3251
$34.99
$75 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Solac
PC1500
$198.32
10% bigger
steam pressure
VS
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Polti
Moppy
$70.00
$128 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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VAX
S4
$574.30
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Hotpoint
VS S15 AAW
$423.50
$151 cheaper
Newer by 21
months
A lot bigger
water capacity
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Hotpoint
VS S15 AAW
$423.50
Bigger water
capacity
VS
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Solac
PC1500
$198.32
$225 cheaper
Newer by 20
months
Bigger steam
pressure
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Solac
PC1500
$198.32
2 bar bigger
steam pressure
Six months
newer
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$43.91
$154 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$43.91
$25 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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VAX
VRS26
$68.67
Better brand
Newer by three
months
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Hotpoint
VS S15 AAW
$423.50
A lot bigger
water capacity
VS
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Shark
S1000
$49.99
$374 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
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Russell Hobbs
RHSM1001
$43.91
$25 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
0.05L bigger
water capacity
VS
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VAX
VRS26
$68.67
Better brand
Three months
newer
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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 $27 to $575. On average, a new steam cleaner costs $129 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between $35 and $198. The Pyle PSTHH05 is the cheapest steam cleaner at only $27, and VAX S4 is the most expensive at $574.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Hotpoint steam cleaners with an average price of $424. Hotpoint steam cleaners range in price from $424 to $424.

The average price of VAX steam cleaners is $251 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. VAX steam cleaners range in price from $68 to $574.

The third highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Solac steam cleaners with an average price of $198. Solac steam cleaners range in price from $198 to $198.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 25 expert reviews and 2,326 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 19 current offers for steam cleaners from eBay making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer.

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. In January 2019, two new steam cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. Four new steam cleaners were released in January 2018 making it the biggest month that year as well for new steam cleaner releases. In 2017 most new steam cleaners were released in January as well, with eight 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 14% on average.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $19 on a typical $129 new steam cleaner by waiting 6 months before buying.

Powers

'Power' 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 Bissell Vac & Steam, which is available at $179.99, has the biggest power and is a 1,600W steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the Hotpoint VS S15 AAW, which is a 550W steam cleaner and is priced at $423.50.

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 steam cleaner with the biggest steam pressure is the Philips GC362, which is a 5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and is on sale for $110.00. The Pyle PSTHH05, which is priced 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.

Amongst new steam cleaners, the most frequently found type is upright. We found 79 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners. We found 48 steam cleaners that are portable steam cleaners, making this 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.

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 Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3000, which is priced at $160.00, has the biggest water capacity and is a 2L capacity steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest water capacity is the Philips GC351, which is a 0.07L capacity steam cleaner and can be purchased for $89.85.

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. 73.7% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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