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The 10 Best Steam Cleaners - July 2017

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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 193 steam cleaners, 361 reviews and 797 prices. Last updated 21 July 2017.

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#1
PC1500

Solac PC1500

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
59
Average
Features
12
Missing Some Features
Age
88
3 Months Old
Overall Score
48
Mediocre
White
0.2L
Steam Cleaner
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,200W
Apr 2017
Power
Release Date
#2
Smart 45

Polti Smart 45

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
7
Mediocre
Features
38
Missing Some Features
Age
70
1 Year Old
Overall Score
38
Mediocre
Black
0.7L
Steam Cleaner
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,500W
Feb 2016
Power
Release Date
#3
S86-SF-A

VAX S86‑SF‑A

A good value for money 0.5 liter 1,600 Watt steam cleaner
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
56
Average
Features
3
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Overall Score
40
Mediocre
Tan
0.5L
Mains
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,600W
Jul 2015
Power
Release Date
#4
LV1300

Solac LV1300

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
92
Excellent
Features
11
Missing Some Features
Age
88
3 Months Old
Overall Score
57
Average
Black
0.35L
Steam Cleaner
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,050W
Apr 2017
Power
Release Date
#5
SV205

Polti SV205

0.32 liter 1,800 Watt steam cleaner
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
43
Mediocre
Features
37
Missing Some Features
Age
57
2 Years Old
Overall Score
46
Mediocre
Green
0.32L
Steam Cleaner
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,800W
Apr 2015
Power
Release Date
#6
Lift-Off Steam Mop

Bissell Lift‑Off Steam Mop

A venerable 0.57 liter 1,500 Watt steam cleaner
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
31
Mediocre
Features
37
Missing Some Features
Age
40
3 Years Old
Overall Score
39
Mediocre
Red
0.57L
Steam Cleaner
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,500W
Feb 2014
Power
Release Date
#7
S4 Grime Master

VAX S4 Grime Master

A great value for money 0.26 liter 1,200 Watt steam cleaner
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
95
Excellent
Features
21
Missing Some Features
Age
66
2 Years Old
Overall Score
57
Average
Tan
0.26L
Steam Cleaner
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,200W
Oct 2015
Power
Release Date
#8
Hot Spray

Vileda Hot Spray

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
87
Excellent
Features
13
Missing Some Features
Age
55
2 Years Old
Overall Score
51
Average
Black
0.25L
Steam Cleaner
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,200W
Feb 2015
Power
Release Date
  • £37.29
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  • £45.00 Currys
#9
FSM1605

Black & Decker FSM1605

A good value for money 0.35 liter 1,300 Watt steam cleaner
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
64
Good
Features
52
Average Features
Age
66
2 Years Old
Overall Score
57
Average
White
0.35L
Steam Cleaner
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,300W
Nov 2015
Power
Release Date
  • £59.95
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#10
SC 1

Kärcher SC 1

0.2 liter 1,200 Watt steam cleaner
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
1
Mediocre
Features
31
Missing Some Features
Age
63
2 Years Old
Overall Score
33
Mediocre
Black
0.2L
Steam Cleaner
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,200W
Sep 2015
Power
Release Date

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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

The price range of steam cleaners is from £24 to £539 and in total we found prices for 55 steam cleaners. A new steam cleaner costs on average £119 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between £31 and £283. The most expensive steam cleaner that we found is the Polti Fav50_Multifloor at £538, and the cheapest is the VAX S4 Grime Master at only £24.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Kärcher steam cleaners start at £61 and the most expensive Kärcher steam cleaner costs £495. The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Kärcher steam cleaners with an average price of £247.

Rowenta steam cleaners range in price from £201 to £283, and the average price of Rowenta steam cleaners is £242 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Polti steam cleaners range in price from £30 to £538, and the third highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Polti steam cleaners with an average price of £187.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 1 expert reviews and 184 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner. VAX is the top rated steam cleaner brand with an average rating of 85%. Shark is the second best brand with 79% and Polti is the third best brand with 49%.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 25 current offers for steam cleaners from eBay making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 21 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Wellindal with 11 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 noticeable trend. In October 2016 12 new steam cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. 18 new steam cleaners were released in January 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. In 2014 most new steam cleaners were released in May, with 48 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 16%. That means a saving of £19 on a typical £119 new steam cleaner if you wait 6 months before buying.

Capacities

The capacities of steam cleaners range from 0.06L to 500L. The capacities of most steam cleaners range from 0.33L to 0.6L. The steam cleaner with the biggest capacity is the SharkS3601, which is a 500L capacity steam cleaner and is priced at £77.45. The SharkS3601, which can be purchased for £69.98, has the smallest capacity and is a 0.06L capacity steam cleaner.

Powers

Comparing all steam cleaners, the powers range from 550W to 2,450W. The powers of most steam cleaners range from 1,500W to 1,700W. The KärcherSC5 Steam Cleaner has the biggest power. This steam cleaner is a 2,300W power steam cleaner and is available at £429.99. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the KärcherSC5 Steam Cleaner, which is a 550W power steam cleaner and can be purchased for £54.99.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

The biggest steam cleaner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 25 current steam cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest steam cleaner retailer is Amazon UK with 21 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to steam cleaners. Wellindal is the third biggest retailer with 11 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Steam Cleaners?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on steam cleaners is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 13 steam cleaners.

Proportion of Steam Cleaners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on steam cleaners is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 52% of its steam cleaners.

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