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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 860 UK prices • 2,400 expert & user reviews • 230 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

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Kärcher SC3

53 Reviews

£140.60

1,900W
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3.5 Bar
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1L
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Dec 2017
£3 Voucher
#2

89

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Shark S6003UK

262 Reviews

£99.00

1,200W
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5 Bar
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n/a
Sep 2016
#3

87

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Philips GC362

£60.00

1,300W
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5 Bar
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0.07L
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Oct 2018
#4

89

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VAX S86SFCC

101 Reviews

£49.99

1,600W
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3 Bar
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0.5L
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Jun 2015
#5

89

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VAX S84P1B

£58.95

1,600W
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3.5 Bar
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0.36L
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Sep 2016
#6

88

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Black & Decker FSM1615GB

4 Reviews

£62.00

1,300W
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6 Bar
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0.35L
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Apr 2017
#7

87

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Russell Hobbs RHSM1001G

33 Reviews

£29.99

1,189W
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3 Bar
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0.38L
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Oct 2016
#8

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Hoover SSNH1000

528 Reviews

£23.99

1,000W
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4 Bar
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0.4L
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May 2015
#9

88

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VAX S84W7P

12 Reviews

£99.98

1,600W
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3.5 Bar
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0.3L
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Sep 2016
#10

87

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Shark S6001UK

£78.99

1,050W
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5 Bar
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n/a
Sep 2016
#11

86

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VAX S7APLUS

£105.84

1,600W
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5 Bar
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0.4L
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Sep 2016
#12

86

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Black & Decker FSMH1300FX

£62.99

1,300W
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4 Bar
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0.5L
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Aug 2016
#13

86

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Black & Decker FSMH1351

10 Reviews

£97.95

1,300W
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2.5 Bar
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0.5L
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Feb 2017
#14

84

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Polti Vaporetto Smart 100

£147.99

1,500W
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4 Bar
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2L
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Jun 2018
STEAM-
READY
LIGHT
Voucher
#15

85

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Morphy Richards 720022

£49.90

1,600W
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3 Bar
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0.4L
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Jan 2017
#16

84

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Hoover S2IN1300CA

559 Reviews

£49.00

1,300W
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n/a
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0.33L
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Oct 2016
#17

85

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Polti SV400

£57.30

1,500W
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3.5 Bar
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0.3L
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Oct 2016
STEAM-
READY
LIGHT
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Polti PTGB0049

£58.97

1,500W
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3.5 Bar
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0.75L
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Oct 2016
#19

85

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Polti PTGB0065

£59.97

1,500W
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3.5 Bar
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1.1L
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Oct 2016
#20

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Hoover STEAMJET

60 Reviews

£29.90

1,300W
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3.2 Bar
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0.7L
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Jan 2014
STEAM-
READY
LIGHT

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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 77%.

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Trending Steam Cleaner Comparisons

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Polti
Eco Pro 3.0
£259.97
£120 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
A lot bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£379.99
Better brand
More popular
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£129.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Newer by 13
months
VS
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Kärcher
SC2 Steam Cleaner
£108.99
£20 cheaper
A lot bigger
water capacity
6% bigger
steam pressure
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£129.00
£34 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Rowenta
RY7557
£163.34
0.2L bigger
water capacity
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Polti
Pro 80
£200.91
£43 cheaper
Better brand
0.8L bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£243.97
Better Kagoo
Score
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Kärcher
SC 3
£140.60
£39 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 19
months
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Classic 65
£179.89
0.3L bigger
water capacity
12% bigger
steam pressure
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Ariete
4146
£82.25
£162 cheaper
Newer by 19
months
A lot bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£243.97
Better Kagoo
Score
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Polti
Eco Pro 3.0
£259.97
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger water
capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£243.97
£16 cheaper
More popular
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Polti
Pro 80
£200.91
£179 cheaper
0.8L bigger
water capacity
Newer by three
months
VS
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£379.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Kärcher
SC 3
£140.60
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 11
months
VS
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Ariete
4146
£82.25
£58 cheaper
0.6L bigger
water capacity
1.5 bar bigger
steam pressure
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Polti
Fav20
£306.01
£74 cheaper
36% bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£379.99
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
0.2 bar bigger
steam pressure
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VAX
S86-SF
£44.99
£18 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Black & Decker
FSMH1300FX
£62.99
Better brand
14 months newer
20% bigger
steam pressure
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Black & Decker
FSMH1300FX
£62.99
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Bigger water
capacity
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Taurus
Rapidissimo Clean
£40.69
£22 cheaper
Newer by seven
months
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£129.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Polti
Moppy
£114.16
£15 cheaper
Newer by 14
months
Bigger steam
pressure
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Kärcher
SC 3
£140.60
£60 cheaper
Newer by two
years
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Polti
Pro 80
£200.91
Better brand
0.3L bigger
water capacity
19% bigger
steam pressure
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Ariete
4146
£82.25
£298 cheaper
Newer by 18
months
1.1L bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£379.99
Better Kagoo
Score
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Bissell
Lift-Off Steam Mop
£125.23
£119 cheaper
19% bigger
steam pressure
0.07L bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£243.97
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 18
months
Better brand
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Taurus
Rapidissimo Clean
£40.69
£134 cheaper
30% bigger
water capacity
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Solac
PC1500
£175.10
Better Kagoo
Score
29% bigger
steam pressure
Newer by one
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Kärcher
SC 3
£140.60
Better Kagoo
Score
0.3L bigger
water capacity
Newer by one
month
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Polti
Moppy
£114.16
£26 cheaper
Better brand
1 bar bigger
steam pressure
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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

We currently list 86 steam cleaners ranging from £23 to £550. On average, a new steam cleaner costs £119 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between £33 and £265. The most expensive steam cleaner that we found is the Kärcher SC 5 at £550, and the cheapest is the Hoover SSNH1000 at only £24.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Kärcher steam cleaners with an average price of £260. Kärcher steam cleaners range in price from £86 to £550.

The second highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Solac steam cleaners with an average price of £223. Solac steam cleaners start at £175 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £271.

Rowenta steam cleaners start at £163 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £278. The average price of Rowenta steam cleaners is £221 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 29 expert reviews and 2,313 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this data to evaluate 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 64 current steam cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 24 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Amazon UK when it comes to steam cleaners. DCom is the third biggest retailer with 13 current offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release month for new steam cleaners. Five new steam cleaners were released in January 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. Also the biggest month in 2017 for new steam cleaner releases was January, with eight new steam cleaners released that month. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new steam cleaners, with 14 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 10% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £11 on a typical £119 new steam cleaner 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 the majority of steam cleaners range from 1,500W to 1,700W. The steam cleaner with the biggest power is the Polti Fav20, which is a 2,450W steam cleaner and is on sale for £306.01. The Hotpoint VSS15AAWUK, which currently retails for £58.90, 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.

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 steam cleaner with the biggest steam pressure is the Black & Decker FSM1615GB, which is a 6 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and can be purchased for £62.00. The VAX S6S, which is on sale for £79.99, has the smallest steam pressure and is a 1 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.

The water capacities of steam cleaners range from 0.06L to 5L. The water capacities of most steam cleaners range from 0.3L to 0.5L. The steam cleaner with the biggest water capacity is the Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3000, which is a 2L capacity steam cleaner and is available at £264.99. The Philips GC362, which is priced at £51.86, has the smallest water capacity and is a 0.07L 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.

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. 48 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. 75% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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