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#1

90

Hoover SSNH1300

51 Reviews
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£29.95

1,300W
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Portable
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Red
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0.3L
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(Unknown)
Oct 2016
The highest scoring portable steam cleaner around, with a recent release date and very good features
#2

89

Kärcher SC 3

264 Reviews
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£199.99

1,900W
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Black
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1L
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(Unknown)
Jan 2015
The highest scoring cylinder steam cleaner on the market, with a reasonable price
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#3

88

Kärcher SC 5

19 Reviews
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£393.99

2,200W
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Black
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1.5L
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(Unknown)
Jan 2015
A powerful and gigantic capacity 2,200W cylinder steam cleaner, with a fair price
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#4

87

Polti Vaporetto Classic 55

9 Reviews
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£129.99

1,500W
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Black
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1.3L
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(Unknown)
May 2016
The cheapest cylinder steam cleaner available
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#5

86

Kärcher SC 4 Easyfix

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£349.99

2,000W
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Black
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0.8L
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(Unknown)
Jan 2018
The latest cylinder steam cleaner around
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#6

85

VAX S86‑SF

100 Reviews
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£59.00

1,600W
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Upright
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Tan
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0.5L
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(Unknown)
Aug 2015
The highest scoring upright steam cleaner available, with great features and a good price
#7

84

Polti Eco Pro 3.0

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£262.95

2,000W
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Cylinder
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Black
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2L
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(Unknown)
Mar 2016
A top-quality but 2 year old 2,000W cylinder steam cleaner
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#8

83

Polti PTGB0008

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£285.95

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 featured but 3 year old 2,000W cylinder steam cleaner
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#9

83

Polti Smart 35 Mop

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£145.00

1,800W
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Black
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1.6L
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(Unknown)
Oct 2016
A top-quality and enormous capacity 1,800W cylinder steam cleaner
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#10

82

Black & Decker FSM1615

4 Reviews
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£49.99

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 great features
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#11

81

Russell Hobbs RHSM1001

46 Reviews
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£32.00

1,189W
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Upright
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White
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0.38L
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(Unknown)
Oct 2016
The cheapest upright steam cleaner around, with good features
#12

81

Ariete 4146

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£101.87

1,500W
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Cylinder
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Blue
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1.6L
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(Unknown)
Jan 2017
A newly released and top of the range 1,500W cylinder steam cleaner
#13

81

Polti PTGB0041

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£119.99

2,250W
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Black
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1.3L
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015
An enormous capacity and powerful 2,250W cylinder steam cleaner
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#14

81

Hoover SSNH1000

312 Reviews
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£25.99

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 available
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#15

81

Black & Decker FSMH13151SM

4 Reviews
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£133.99

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 available
#16

81

Bissell 1977N

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£174.24

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 fully featured and recently released 1,600W upright steam cleaner
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#17

80

Polti Moppy Red

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£129.00

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 fully featured and recently released 1,500W upright steam cleaner
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#18

80

Pifco P29007PU

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£59.99

1,500W
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Purple
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1.5L
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(Unknown)
Feb 2016
A fully featured but a little out of date 1,500W cylinder steam cleaner
#19

80

Polti Vaporetto Classic 65

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£157.95

1,500W
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Black
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1.3L
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(Unknown)
May 2016
A huge capacity and fully loaded 1,500W cylinder steam cleaner
#20

80

Polti Fav20

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£346.49

2,450W
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1.1L
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Jul 2015
A top of the range but 3 year old 2,450W cylinder steam cleaner

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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 73%. Compare all award winning steam cleaners.

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73%
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SC 5
£393.99
Better brand
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Eco Pro 3.0
£262.95
£131 cheaper
0.5L bigger
capacity
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Pro 80
£237.11
£13 cheaper
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SC4 Steam Cleaner
£249.99
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£48.00
£133 cheaper
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SC1 Premium Steam Cleaner
£180.99
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£133.99
Better brand
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£129.00
£5 cheaper
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FSMH1300FX
£76.99
£104 cheaper
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£180.99
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S3601
£84.92
£49 cheaper
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£133.99
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VAX
S4
£20.00
£161 cheaper
17% bigger
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Kärcher
SC1 Premium Steam Cleaner
£180.99
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VAX
S4
£20.00
£114 cheaper
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£133.99
Bigger capacity
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£249.99
Better brand
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Polti
Vaporetto Classic 55
£129.99
£120 cheaper
62% bigger
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Polti
Eco Pro 3.0
£262.95
Bigger capacity
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£249.99
£13 cheaper
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Polti
Vaporetto Diffusion
£23.97
£13 cheaper
20% bigger
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Dirt Devil
Versa
£37.08
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SC-1086
£65.14
A lot bigger
capacity
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VAX
S4
£20.00
£45 cheaper
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Kärcher
SC 3
£199.99
£37 cheaper
Better brand
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Polti
Pro 80
£237.11
0.3L bigger
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Polti
Fav20
£346.49
55% bigger
capacity
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£249.99
£97 cheaper
Better brand
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VAX
S86-SF
£59.00
£204 cheaper
Better brand
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Polti
Eco Pro 3.0
£262.95
75% bigger
capacity
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£249.99
Better brand
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Polti
Pro 85 Flexi
£249.99
Bigger capacity
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Kärcher
SC1 Premium Steam Cleaner
£180.99
Better brand
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Black & Decker
FSM1615
£49.99
£131 cheaper
29% bigger
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Dirt Devil
M319
£101.86
£18 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger capacity
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Vaporetto Pocket 2.0
£120.00
More popular
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Kärcher
SC1 Premium Steam Cleaner
£180.99
Better brand
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Black & Decker
1300W steam-mop
£59.75
£121 cheaper
Bigger capacity
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Pro 80
£237.11
Vastly bigger
capacity
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RY7535
£234.99
More popular

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 £20 to £390 and in total we found prices for 91 steam cleaners. The average price of a new steam cleaner is £98 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between £31 and £233. The cheapest steam cleaner that we found is the VAX S4 at only £20, and the most expensive is the Kärcher SC 5 at £389.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Kärcher steam cleaners with an average price of £267. Kärcher steam cleaners range in price from £100 to £389.

The average price of Rowenta steam cleaners is £233 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Rowenta steam cleaners start at £233 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £233.

The average price of Polti steam cleaners is £149 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Polti steam cleaners start at £24 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £311.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 5 expert reviews and 2,305 user reviews for steam cleaners written online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner. The top rated steam cleaner brand is Kärcher with an average rating of 89%. The second best brand is Shark with 87% and the third best brand is Russell Hobbs with 84%.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 71 current offers for steam cleaners from Amazon UK making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 59 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Wellindal with 10 current steam cleaner offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any clear pattern in the release month for new steam cleaners. Six new steam cleaners were released in June 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new steam cleaners, with 16 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?

New steam cleaners drop in price by an average of 5% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new steam cleaner costing £98, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £5.

Powers

This 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 PoltiPTGB0041 has the biggest power. This steam cleaner is a 2,250W steam cleaner and can be purchased for £119.99. The PoltiPTGB0041, which currently retails for £84.90, 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.

Types

Amongst new steam cleaners, the most frequently found type is upright. We found 59 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners. The second most popular type amongst new steam cleaners is portable. We found 37 steam cleaners that are portable steam cleaners.

Colours

We found 82 steam cleaners that are steam cleaners that have a White coloured, which makes this the most common colour amongst new steam cleaners. We found 53 steam cleaners that are steam cleaners that have a Black coloured, making this the second most frequently found colour amongst new steam cleaners.

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 the majority of steam cleaners range from 0.28L to 0.49L. The Steam OneH10S, which is priced at £119.99, has the biggest capacity and is a 2.5L capacity steam cleaner. The Steam OneH10S, which can be purchased for £33.66, 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 71 current offers for steam cleaners from Amazon UK making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 59 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Wellindal with 10 current steam cleaner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Steam Cleaners?

Amazon UK most frequently has the cheapest steam cleaner prices (found to be cheapest for 43 steam cleaners).

Proportion of Steam Cleaners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on steam cleaners is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 60.6% of its steam cleaners.