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Compare the 10 Best Steam CleanersFebruary 2018(Last Updated 16 February 2018)

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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
Independent & impartial evaluation of every steam cleaner based on features, reviews and price
To Find the Best Steam Cleaners We Impartially Analysed: 199 Steam Cleaner Models 1,720 Steam Cleaner Reviews 1,070 Steam Cleaner Prices
To Find the Best Steam Cleaners We Impartially Analysed:
199 Steam Cleaner Models
1,720 Steam Cleaner Reviews
1,070 Steam Cleaner Prices
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Rank
Overall Score
Average Review Rating
Price
Power
Type
Colours
Capacity
Running Cost
Release Date
#1

90

Polti SV420

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£64.99

Costco UK
1,500W
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Upright
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Orange
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0.3L
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(Unknown)
Dec 2017
The highest scoring upright steam cleaner available, with very good features
#2

85

Vileda SC‑1086

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£65.63

Amazon UK
1,550W
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Upright
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Black
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0.4L
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(Unknown)
Mar 2015
A bargain price and fully featured 1,550W upright steam cleaner
#3

84

Bissell 1977N

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£177.27

eBay
1,600W
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Upright
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Blue
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1.35L
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(Unknown)
Jun 2017
A gigantic capacity and new 1,600W upright steam cleaner, with a reasonable price and great features
Save 7%
#4

80

Polti Vaporetto Classic 55

9 Reviews
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£145.20

Amazon UK
1,500W
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Cylinder
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Black
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1.3L
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(Unknown)
May 2016
The highest rated steam cleaner under £500
#5

79

Polti Eco Pro 3.0

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£241.99

eBay
2,000W
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Cylinder
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Black
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2L
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(Unknown)
Mar 2016
An enormous capacity and best selling 2,000W cylinder steam cleaner, with features
#6

77

Polti PTGB0008

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£284.98

Appliances Direct
2,000W
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Cylinder
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Black
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2L
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015
A fully loaded but 3 year old 2,000W cylinder steam cleaner
#7

76

Polti PTGB0041

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£119.99

Gillmans
2,250W
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Cylinder
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Black
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1.3L
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015
A fully loaded but 3 year old 2,250W cylinder steam cleaner
#8

76

Kärcher SC5 Steam Cleaner

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£499.99

John Lewis
2,300W
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(Unknown)
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Yellow
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0.5L
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015
A powerful but 3 year old 2,300W, 0.5L capacity steam cleaner
#9

76

Black & Decker FSM1615

4 Reviews
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£59.00

Official ao Outlet on eBay
1,300W
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Upright
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Blue
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0.35L
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(Unknown)
Apr 2017
A positively reviewed and new 1,300W upright steam cleaner, with good features
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#10

76

Hoover SSNH1000

312 Reviews
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£25.99

eBay
1,000W
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Portable
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Red
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0.4L
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(Unknown)
May 2015
The highest review score portable steam cleaner around
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#11

75

Polti Fav20

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£321.40

Amazon UK
2,450W
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Cylinder
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Black
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1.1L
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015
A top-quality but 3 year old 2,450W cylinder steam cleaner
#12

75

Polti Vaporetto Classic 65

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£175.28

Amazon UK
1,500W
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Cylinder
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Black
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1.3L
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(Unknown)
May 2016
A fully featured but moderately out of date 1,500W cylinder steam cleaner
#13

75

Pifco P29007PU

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£59.99

eBay
1,500W
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Cylinder
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Purple
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1.5L
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(Unknown)
Feb 2016
A high-quality but moderately out of date 1,500W cylinder steam cleaner
#14

75

Polti Moppy Red

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£99.00

Amazon UK
1,500W
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Upright
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Black
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0.7L
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(Unknown)
Oct 2017
A new and fully featured 1,500W upright steam cleaner
#15

75

Polti Vaporetto Pocket 2.0

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£120.00

Amazon UK
1,500W
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Portable
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Black
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0.75L
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(Unknown)
Nov 2016
A fairly new and fully featured 1,500W portable steam cleaner
#16

75

Bissell Bissell2635

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£53.98

Amazon UK
1,050W
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Portable
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Blue
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0.36L
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(Unknown)
Jun 2017
A recently released and fully featured 1,050W portable steam cleaner
#17

75

Black & Decker FSMH13151SM

4 Reviews
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£127.95

Official Tooled-Up.com Outlet on eBay
1,300W
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Upright
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Blue
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0.5L
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(Unknown)
Aug 2016
The highest review score upright steam cleaner around, with good features
#18

75

Bissell 1897N

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£155.06

eBay
1,600W
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Upright
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Blue
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0.4L
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(Unknown)
Jan 2017
A relatively new and good spec 1,600W upright steam cleaner
#19

74

Kärcher SC4 Steam Cleaner

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£299.99

John Lewis
2,000W
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(Unknown)
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Yellow
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0.5L
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015
A fully featured but 3 year old 2,000W, 0.5L capacity steam cleaner
#20

74

Ariete 4144

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£97.32

Amazon UK
1,600W
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Cylinder
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Black
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1.3L
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(Unknown)
Aug 2015
A fully featured but 3 year old 1,600W 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:

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.

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 68 steam cleaners ranging from £24 to £500. The average price of a new steam cleaner is £101 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between £35 and £199. The cheapest steam cleaner that we found is the VAX S4 Grime Master at only £25, and the most expensive is the Kärcher SC5 Steam Cleaner at £500.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Kärcher steam cleaners range in price from £67 to £500, and the average price of Kärcher steam cleaners is £249 which is the highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

The second highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Rowenta steam cleaners with an average price of £220. Rowenta steam cleaners start at £199 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £241.

The average price of Polti steam cleaners is £161 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Polti steam cleaners range in price from £40 to £350.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 1 expert reviews and 1,554 user reviews for steam cleaners from across the internet and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner. The top three steam cleaner brands are Kärcher, Shark and VAX. Kärcher has an average rating of 90%, Shark has an average rating of 87% and VAX has an average rating of 85%.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 46 current offers for steam cleaners from Amazon UK making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 45 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 5 current steam cleaner offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Most new steam cleaners tend to be released between May and June. If you wait until May 2018 then you might be able to get better features on your steam cleaner. Also the price of the current steam cleaners may drop off just before the latest models are released in May. June was the biggest month in 2017 for new steam cleaners, with five new steam cleaners released that month. In 2016 most new steam cleaners were released in May, with 10 new steam cleaners released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new steam cleaner releases was January, with 18 new steam cleaners released that month.

How Fast Do Steam Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, steam cleaners drop in price by 7%. That means a saving of £7 on a typical £101 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 PoltiFav20, which can be purchased for £321.40, has the biggest power and is a 2,450W steam cleaner. The PoltiFav20 has the smallest power. This steam cleaner is a 900W steam cleaner and is on sale for £28.83.

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 frequently found type amongst new steam cleaners. We found 45 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners. We found 35 steam cleaners that are portable steam cleaners, making portable the second most common type amongst new steam cleaners.

Colours

We found 61 steam cleaners that are steam cleaners that have a White coloured, which makes White the most frequently found colour amongst new steam cleaners. The second most common colour amongst new steam cleaners is Black. We found 48 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.

The capacities of steam cleaners range from 0.06L to 2.5L. The capacities of most steam cleaners range from 0.28L to 0.49L. The Steam OneH10S, which can be purchased for £119.99, has the biggest capacity and is a 2.5L capacity steam cleaner. The Steam OneH10S, which can be purchased for £64.99, has the smallest capacity and is a 0.06L 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 46 current offers for steam cleaners from Amazon UK making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 45 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 5 current steam cleaner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Steam Cleaners?

The cheapest retailer by number of steam cleaner for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 28 steam cleaners.

Proportion of Steam Cleaners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 60.9% of its steam cleaners, Amazon UK is most frequently the cheapest steam cleaner shop.