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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 1,100 UK prices • 2,400 expert & user reviews • 230 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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Kärcher SC 3

46 Reviews

£140.60

1,900W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
Info
1L
Info
Dec 2017
Adjustab-
le Steam
Brush
Included
Cleaning
Cloth
Hard
Floor
Brush
Child
Lock
Refill
Any Time
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Features
£200 Voucher
#2

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Shark S6003UK

164 Reviews

£96.99

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

86

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Polti Moppy

£92.08

1,500W
Info
4.5 Bar
Info
Info
0.7L
Info
Oct 2017
Removabl-
e Water
Tank
Water
Level
Indicato-
Cleaning
Cloth
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Features
£200 Voucher
#4

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Black & Decker FSM1615

4 Reviews

£62.00

1,300W
Info
6 Bar
Info
Info
0.35L
Info
Apr 2017
Removabl-
e Water
Tank
Calc-
Clean
Function
More
Features
£200 Voucher
#5

87

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VAX S84‑P1‑B

£59.00

1,600W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
Info
0.36L
Info
Sep 2016
Voucher
#6

85

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Hoover SSNH1000

479 Reviews

£23.99

1,000W
Info
4 Bar
Info
Info
0.4L
Info
May 2015
Brush
Included
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Features
Voucher
#7

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VAX S86‑SF

101 Reviews

£60.99

1,600W
Info
3 Bar
Info
Info
0.5L
Info
Jun 2015
Brush
Included
Cleaning
Cloth
Window
Cleaning
Nozzle
Hard
Floor
Brush
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Features
Voucher
#8

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VAX S84‑W7‑P

12 Reviews

£99.98

1,600W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
Info
0.3L
Info
Sep 2016
#9

84

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Hoover S2In1300Ca

544 Reviews

£44.99

1,300W
Info
n/a
Info
0.33L
Info
Oct 2016
#10

85

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Polti PTGB0049

£58.97

1,500W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
Info
0.75L
Info
Oct 2016
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85

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Polti SV400

£59.77

1,500W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
Info
0.3L
Info
Oct 2016
Removabl-
e Water
Tank
Hard
Floor
Brush
Calc-
Clean
Function
Steam-
Ready
Light
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Features
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Polti SV440

£79.99

1,500W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
Info
0.3L
Info
Oct 2016
Adjustab-
le Steam
Removabl-
e Water
Tank
Hard
Floor
Brush
Calc-
Clean
Function
Steam-
Ready
Light
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Features
£200 Voucher
#13

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Russell Hobbs RHSM1001

46 Reviews

£29.99

1,189W
Info
3 Bar
Info
Info
0.38L
Info
Oct 2016
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Polti Vaporetto Smart 100

£85.00

1,500W
Info
4 Bar
Info
Info
2L
Info
Jun 2018
Adjustab-
le Steam
Removabl-
e Water
Tank
Water
Level
Indicato-
Brush
Included
Window
Cleaning
Nozzle
Steam-
Ready
Light
Child
Lock
More
Features
#15

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Philips GC362

£64.99

1,300W
Info
5 Bar
Info
Info
0.07L
Info
Oct 2018
Removabl-
e Water
Tank
Brush
Included
Refill
Any Time
More
Features
#16

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Polti Smart 35 Mop

£177.78

1,800W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
Info
1.6L
Info
Oct 2016
Adjustab-
le Steam
Brush
Included
Window
Cleaning
Nozzle
Steam-
Ready
Light
More
Features
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Black & Decker FSMH1300FX

£69.99

1,300W
Info
4 Bar
Info
Info
0.5L
Info
Aug 2016
Water
Level
Indicato-
Brush
Included
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Features
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VAX S4

223 Reviews

£28.99

1,200W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
Info
0.3L
Info
Dec 2013
Adjustab-
le Steam
Brush
Included
Cleaning
Cloth
Window
Cleaning
Nozzle
Upholste-
ry
Nozzle
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Features
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Kärcher SC 1

£51.29

1,200W
Info
3 Bar
Info
Info
0.2L
Info
Jan 2018
Brush
Included
Hard
Floor
Brush
Child
Lock
More
Features
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Polti Eco Pro 3.0

£218.50

2,000W
Info
4.5 Bar
Info
Info
2L
Info
Mar 2016
Adjustab-
le Steam
Water
Level
Indicato-
Steam-
Ready
Light
More
Features

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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 92%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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Polti Steam Cleaners 40 £24 - £313
92%
91 reviews

Trending Steam Cleaner Comparisons

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Polti
Eco Pro 3.0
£218.50
£181 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£399.99
More popular
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£119.00
£62 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Hugely better
user reviews
VS
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Rowenta
RY7557
£181.48
0.2L bigger
water capacity
One month newer
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Kärcher
SC2 Steam Cleaner
£114.00
£86 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Classic 65
£199.99
Better brand
Newer by 10
months
Bigger water
capacity
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Polti
Pro 80
£204.11
Better brand
0.8L bigger
water capacity
19% bigger
steam pressure
VS
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£199.99
Better Kagoo
Score
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£119.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 13
months
VS
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Kärcher
SC2 Steam Cleaner
£114.00
A lot bigger
water capacity
Better brand
6% bigger steam
pressure
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Polti
Eco Pro 3.0
£218.50
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger water
capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£199.99
£19 cheaper
More popular
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Kärcher
SC 3
£140.60
£59 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 19
months
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Classic 65
£199.99
Better brand
0.3L bigger
water capacity
12% bigger
steam pressure
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Polti
Pro 80
£204.11
£196 cheaper
Better brand
0.8L bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£399.99
Better Kagoo
Score
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Polti
Fav20
£313.03
£87 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£399.99
0.2 bar bigger
steam pressure
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VAX
S86-SF
£44.99
£25 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Black & Decker
FSMH1300FX
£69.99
15 months newer
20% bigger
steam pressure
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Kärcher
SC 3
£140.60
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 13
months
A lot bigger
water capacity
VS
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Polti
SV440
£79.99
£61 cheaper
Better brand
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Kärcher
SC 1 Premium
£130.19
More popular
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Ariete
XVapor Comfort
£107.11
£23 cheaper
Two years newer
45% bigger
water capacity
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£119.00
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Polti
Moppy
£92.08
£27 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by 14
months
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Kärcher
SC 3
£140.60
£64 cheaper
Newer by two
years
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Polti
Pro 80
£204.11
Better brand
0.3L bigger
water capacity
19% bigger
steam pressure
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Black & Decker
FSMH1300FX
£69.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger water
capacity
1 bar bigger
steam pressure
VS
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Taurus
Rapidissimo Clean
£40.69
£29 cheaper
Newer by seven
months
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Shark
S3601
£45.30
£74 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£119.00
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are better
13 months newer
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Kärcher
SC 1
£51.29
£56 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 14
months
VS
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Ariete
XVapor Comfort
£107.11
A lot bigger
water capacity
29% bigger
steam pressure
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Bissell
Lift-Off Steam Mop
£126.03
£74 cheaper
19% bigger
steam pressure
0.07L bigger
water capacity
VS
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£199.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Newer by 17
months
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Kärcher
SC 5
£509.99
Bigger water
capacity
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Polti
Pro 95_Turbo Flexi
£269.98
£240 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by three
years

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

In total we found 82 steam cleaners ranging from £20 to £510. A new steam cleaner costs on average £114 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between £30 and £244. The Kärcher SC 5 is the most expensive steam cleaner that we found at £510, and the VAX S4 is the cheapest at only £20.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Vileda steam cleaners range in price from £349 to £349, and the highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Vileda steam cleaners with an average price of £349.

Kärcher steam cleaners start at £67 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £510. The average price of Kärcher steam cleaners is £226 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Solac steam cleaners range in price from £177 to £272, and the average price of Solac steam cleaners is £224 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 23 expert reviews and 2,304 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

The biggest steam cleaner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 63 current steam cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 29 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Amazon UK when it comes to steam cleaners. AO is the third biggest retailer with 10 current offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any clear trend in the release month for new steam cleaners. Last year most new steam cleaners were released in 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. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new steam cleaners, 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 9% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means that on a typical steam cleaner costing £114 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 is priced at £312.85. The Hotpoint VS S15 AAW, which is on sale for £58.90, 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.

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 the majority of steam cleaners range from 3.5 bar to 4 bar. The Black & Decker FSM1615, which sells for £62.00, has the biggest steam pressure and is a 6 bar steam pressure steam cleaner. The VAX S6S, which is on sale for £88.49, has the smallest steam pressure and is a 1 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.

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.

Comparing all 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 steam cleaner with the biggest water capacity is the Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3000, which is a 2L capacity steam cleaner and is priced at £264.99. The steam cleaner with the smallest water capacity is the Philips GC362, which is a 0.07L capacity steam cleaner and currently retails for £52.57.

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. 47 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. 74.6% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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