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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every steam cleaner on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 189 steam cleaners, 1,110 reviews and 1,260 prices. Last updated 22 September 2017.

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#1 VAX S86‑SF‑P

S86-SF-P
The highest scoring upright steam cleaner around, with very good features and brilliant user reviews
94
Reviews
99 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Age
2 Years Old
90
Overall Score
Excellent
1,600W
Upright
Grey
Power
Type
Colours
0.5L
Jun 2015
Capacity
Release Date
Amazon UK £79.99
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£81.99

#2 Ariete XVapor Comfort

XVapor Comfort
A new and stunningly cheap 1,500W upright steam cleaner, with very good features
95
Value for Money
Excellent
87
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Age
10 Months Old
85
Overall Score
Excellent
1,500W
Upright
White
Power
Type
Colours
1.2L
Nov 2016
Capacity
Release Date
Wellindal £81.99
Amazon UK £88.28
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£59.99

#3 Pifco P29007PU

P29007PU
A fully featured and low cost 1,500W cylinder steam cleaner
94
Value for Money
Excellent
89
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Age
2 Years Old
84
Overall Score
Excellent
1,500W
Cylinder
Purple
Power
Type
Colours
1.5L
Feb 2016
Capacity
Release Date
eBay £59.99
Ebuyer £62.93
Amazon UK £64.99
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#4 VAX S2ST Hard Floor Pro

S2ST Hard Floor Pro
The highest scoring portable steam cleaner around, with good features
96
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
79
Age
2 Years Old
80
Overall Score
Excellent
1,600W
Portable
Tan
Power
Type
Colours
0.5L
Oct 2015
Capacity
Release Date
Amazon UK £44.14
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£59.98

#5 VAX S86‑SF‑C

S86-SF-C
A bargain price and best selling 1,600W upright steam cleaner, with an industry award and good features
84
Reviews
1 Award
92
Value for Money
Excellent
65
Features
Good Features
76
Age
2 Years Old
78
Overall Score
Very Good
1,600W
Upright
Tan
Power
Type
Colours
0.26L
Aug 2015
Capacity
Release Date
Amazon UK £59.98
Ebuyer £59.98
ao £69.00
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#6 Hoover SSNH1000

SSNH1000
A best selling and very good value for money 1,000W portable steam cleaner, with good features
98
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
74
Age
2 Years Old
77
Overall Score
Very Good
1,000W
Portable
Red
Power
Type
Colours
0.4L
May 2015
Capacity
Release Date
eBay £25.99
Flubit Deals £29.94
Amazon UK £31.99
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£49.99

#7 VAX S86SFT

S86SFT
A low cost and good spec 1,600W upright steam cleaner
90
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
77
Age
2 Years Old
77
Overall Score
Very Good
1,600W
Upright
Tan
Power
Type
Colours
0.7L
Oct 2015
Capacity
Release Date
Amazon UK £49.99
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£60.44

#8 Ariete 4163

4163
A low cost and fairly new 1,500W upright steam cleaner, with good features
87
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
81
Age
1 Year Old
77
Overall Score
Very Good
1,500W
Upright
Turquoise
Power
Type
Colours
0.5L
Mar 2016
Capacity
Release Date
Amazon UK £60.44
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£49.99

#9 Black & Decker FSM1615

FSM1615
A new and affordable 1,300W portable steam cleaner, with good features
93
Value for Money
Excellent
65
Features
Good Features
90
Age
6 Months Old
76
Overall Score
Very Good
1,300W
Portable
Blue
Power
Type
Colours
0.35L
Apr 2017
Capacity
Release Date
eBay £49.99
ao £65.00
Amazon UK £69.11
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£70.94

#10 VAX S86‑SF‑C

S86-SF-C
An award winning and cheap 1,600W upright steam cleaner, with good features
83
Reviews
1 Award
88
Value for Money
Excellent
64
Features
Good Features
77
Age
2 Years Old
76
Overall Score
Very Good
1,600W
Upright
Tan
Power
Type
Colours
0.26L
Oct 2015
Capacity
Release Date
Flubit Deals £70.94
PC World Business £99.98
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Steam Cleaner Buying Guide

A steam cleaner is a specialised floor cleaning machine - it heats up water to produce steam, which is then used to clean floors,curtains or upholstery at very high pressure. The mixture of the very hot steam and the 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 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 thier 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.

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

Steam cleaners range in price from £24 to £724 and in total we found prices for 78 steam cleaners. The average price of a new steam cleaner is £133 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between £30 and £300. The most expensive steam cleaner that we found is the Polti Fav50_Multifloor at £724, and the cheapest is the Medion MD 15857 at only £25.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Polti steam cleaners with an average price of £261. Polti steam cleaners range in price from £70 to £724.

Kärcher steam cleaners range in price from £80 to £552, and the second highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Kärcher steam cleaners with an average price of £257.

The average price of Rowenta steam cleaners is £229 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Rowenta steam cleaners range in price from £221 to £236.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 3 expert reviews and 1,084 user reviews for steam cleaners from across the internet and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner. Shark is the top rated steam cleaner brand with an average rating of 87%. VAX is the second best brand with 85% and Dirt Devil is the third best brand with 82%.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 51 current offers for steam cleaners from Amazon UK making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 32 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Wellindal with 17 current steam cleaner offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable trend in the release month for new steam cleaners. 12 new steam cleaners were released in October 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. In January 2015 18 new steam cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new steam cleaner releases was May, with 48 new steam cleaners released that month.

How Fast Do Steam Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

On average steam cleaners drop in price by 9% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical steam cleaner costing £133 you could save on average £12 by waiting 6 months before buying.

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 PoltiFav80 has the biggest power. This steam cleaner is a 2,450W steam cleaner and is priced at £637.72. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the PoltiFav80, which is a 550W steam cleaner and currently retails for £54.99.

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

We found 37 steam cleaners that are upright steam cleaners, which makes upright the most popular type amongst new steam cleaners. We found 33 steam cleaners that are portable steam cleaners, making this the second most popular type amongst new steam cleaners.

Colours

Amongst new steam cleaners, the most common colour is White. We found 52 steam cleaners that are steam cleaners that have a White coloured. We found 41 steam cleaners that are steam cleaners that have a Black coloured, making Black the second most common colour amongst new steam cleaners.

Capacities

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

Across the range of steam cleaners, the capacities range from 0.06L to 2L. The capacities of most steam cleaners range from 0.23L to 0.4L. The steam cleaner with the biggest capacity is the PoltiEco Pro 3.0, which is a 2L capacity steam cleaner and sells for £249.99. The PoltiEco Pro 3.0, which sells for £64.98, 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 51 current offers for steam cleaners from Amazon UK making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 32 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Wellindal with 17 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 29 steam cleaners).

Proportion of Steam Cleaners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 56.9% of its steam cleaners, Amazon UK is most frequently the cheapest steam cleaner retailer.

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