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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 740 UK prices • 2,400 expert & user reviews • 230 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Kärcher SC3

53 Reviews

£145.94

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

£88.99

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

87

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VAX S86SFCC

101 Reviews

£66.99

1,600W
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3 Bar
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0.5L
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Jun 2015
#4

86

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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
#5

84

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Hoover SSNH1000

528 Reviews

£34.99

1,000W
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4 Bar
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0.4L
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May 2015
#6

84

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Russell Hobbs RHSM1001G

33 Reviews

£35.00

1,189W
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3 Bar
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0.38L
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Oct 2016
#7

84

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Kärcher SC 4

20 Reviews

£343.39

2,000W
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3.5 Bar
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0.8L
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Jan 2018
#8

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Black & Decker FSMH13151SM

17 Reviews

£119.99

1,300W
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3 Bar
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0.5L
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Aug 2016
#9

83

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Black & Decker FSMH1351

10 Reviews

£105.99

1,300W
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2.5 Bar
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0.5L
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Feb 2017
#10

83

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Polti Eco Pro 3.0

£229.97

2,000W
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4.5 Bar
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2L
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Mar 2016
#11

83

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Shark S6001UK

£79.00

1,050W
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5 Bar
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n/a
Sep 2016
#12

83

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Polti Vaporetto Smart 100

£82.49

1,500W
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4 Bar
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2L
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Jun 2018
#13

83

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VAX S84P1B

£59.99

1,600W
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3.5 Bar
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0.36L
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Sep 2016
#14

82

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Polti Moppy

£129.00

1,500W
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4.5 Bar
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0.7L
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Oct 2017
#15

82

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Polti SV400

£56.79

1,500W
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3.5 Bar
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0.3L
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Oct 2016
#16

82

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Polti PTGB0065

£47.97

1,500W
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3.5 Bar
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1.1L
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Oct 2016
#17

82

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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
#18

82

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Polti PTGB0049

£49.97

1,500W
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3.5 Bar
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0.75L
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Oct 2016
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Polti Vaporetto Classic 55

9 Reviews

£160.85

1,500W
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3.5 Bar
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1.3L
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May 2016
Voucher
#20

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Bissell 2635 Steam Shot

60 Reviews

£49.00

1,000W
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3 Bar
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0.4L
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Jul 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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83%
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Trending Steam Cleaner Comparisons

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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£119.99
£9 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Kärcher
SC2 Steam Cleaner
£129.43
More popular
A lot bigger
water capacity
6% bigger
steam pressure
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Polti
Eco Pro 3.0
£229.97
£70 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£299.99
More popular
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Polti
Pro 80
£208.89
£91 cheaper
Better brand
0.8L bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£299.99
Better Kagoo
Score
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Kärcher
SC 3
£145.94
£14 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 19
months
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Classic 65
£159.99
Better brand
0.3L bigger
water capacity
12% bigger
steam pressure
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Ariete
4146
£73.79
£226 cheaper
Newer by 19
months
A lot bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£299.99
Better Kagoo
Score
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Polti
Pro 80
£208.89
£188 cheaper
Better brand
0.8L bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£397.00
Better Kagoo
Score
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Kärcher
SC 3
£145.94
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 11
months
VS
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Ariete
4146
£73.79
£72 cheaper
0.6L bigger
water capacity
1.5 bar bigger
steam pressure
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Ariete
4146
£73.79
£323 cheaper
Newer by 19
months
1.1L bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£397.00
Better Kagoo
Score
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Polti
Fav20
£317.69
£79 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£397.00
0.2 bar bigger
steam pressure
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Kärcher
SC 3
£145.94
More popular
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Polti
Moppy
£129.00
£17 cheaper
1 bar bigger
steam pressure
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Bissell
Lift-Off Steam Mop
£129.01
£171 cheaper
19% bigger
steam pressure
0.07L bigger
water capacity
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£299.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 18
months
Better brand
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Shark
S3601
£75.35
£54 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Kärcher
SC2 Steam Cleaner
£129.43
Better brand
6% bigger
steam pressure
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Polti
Moppy
£129.00
Better brand
13 months newer
VS
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Shark
S6003UK
£88.99
£40 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
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Kärcher
SC 3
£145.94
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 16
months
A lot bigger
water capacity
VS
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£119.99
£26 cheaper
Better brand
Better user
reviews
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£299.99
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Classic 55
£160.85
£139 cheaper
Better brand
39% bigger
water capacity
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Kärcher
SC1
£86.00
Two more awards
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Black & Decker
FSM1615
£72.61
£13 cheaper
21 months newer
Better brand
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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

Steam cleaners range in price from £24 to £459 and in total we found prices for 75 steam cleaners. A new steam cleaner costs on average £109 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between £31 and £261. The Kärcher SV 7 is the most expensive steam cleaner that we found at £459, and the Morphy Richards 720020 is the cheapest at only £24.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Kärcher steam cleaners is £220 which is the highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Kärcher steam cleaners start at £81 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £459.

Solac steam cleaners start at £149 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £276. The second highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Solac steam cleaners with an average price of £213.

Rowenta steam cleaners start at £150 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £261. The average price of Rowenta steam cleaners is £205 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 30 expert reviews and 2,313 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 64 current offers for steam cleaners from eBay making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 24 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is AO with 9 current steam cleaner offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

We looked at the release dates for new steam cleaners over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any clear pattern. The biggest month last year for new steam cleaner releases was January, with five new steam cleaners released that month. In January 2017, eight new steam cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year as well for new steam cleaner releases. In 2016 most new steam cleaners were released in September, with 14 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 10% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means that on a typical steam cleaner costing £109 you could save on average £10 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 most 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 currently retails for £317.69. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the Hotpoint VSS15AAWUK, which is a 550W steam cleaner and is available at £58.90.

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 Black & Decker FSM1615GB, which is available at £72.61, has the biggest steam pressure and is a 6 bar steam pressure steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest steam pressure is the VAX S6S, which is a 1 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and is available at £79.99.

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.

Across the range of 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 available at £264.99, has the biggest water capacity and is a 2L capacity steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest water capacity is the Philips GC362, which is a 0.07L capacity steam cleaner and currently retails for £60.00.

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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