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Kagoo Score - Our unique steam cleaners rating considers: 1,000 UK prices • 3,000 expert & user reviews • 220 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

VAX S86‑SF

100 Reviews
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£58.99

1,600W
Info
(Unknown)
Info
0.5L
Info
Aug 2015
The highest scoring upright steam cleaner around, with great features and an industry award
#2

89

Hoover SSNH1000

312 Reviews
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£25.99

1,000W
Info
4 Bar
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0.4L
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May 2015
The highest scoring portable steam cleaner on the market, with great features
£45 Voucher
#3

89

Hoover S2In1300Ca

462 Reviews
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£35.99

1,300W
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n/a
0.33L
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Oct 2016
A top-value and positively reviewed 0.33L capacity, 1,300W steam cleaner, with good features
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#4

87

Polti PTGB0049

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£59.97

1,500W
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(Unknown)
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0.75L
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Oct 2016
A best selling and astonishingly cheap 3.5 bar steam pressure, 2,200W steam cleaner, with features and one of the biggest water capacities on the market
#5

86

VAX S4

220 Reviews
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£21.99

1,200W
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(Unknown)
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0.3L
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Nov 2014
The cheapest portable steam cleaner on the market, with good features
#6

86

Dirt Devil Versa

516 Reviews
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£38.77

n/a
(Unknown)
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0.4L
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May 2017
A positively reviewed and top-value 0.4L capacity steam cleaner, but with only middle of the road features
£45 Voucher
#7

85

Russell Hobbs RHSM1001

46 Reviews
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£34.99

1,189W
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(Unknown)
Info
0.38L
Info
Oct 2016
A very popular and low cost 0.38L capacity, 1,189W steam cleaner, with fantastic user reviews and good features
#8

84

Black & Decker FSM1615

4 Reviews
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£63.95

1,300W
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(Unknown)
Info
0.35L
Info
Apr 2017
A positively reviewed and very cheap 0.35L capacity, 1,300W steam cleaner, with good features
£45 Voucher
#9

84

VAX S84‑W7‑P

49 Reviews
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£99.00

1,600W
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(Unknown)
Info
0.3L
Info
Sep 2016
An excellently reviewed but 2 year old 0.3L capacity, 1,600W steam cleaner, with good features and a fair price
£45 Voucher
#10

83

Shark S6003UK

165 Reviews
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£99.00

1,200W
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(Unknown)
Info
n/a
Sep 2016
A positively reviewed and very popular 1,200W steam cleaner, with good features and a good price
#11

83

Morphy Richards 720022

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£49.00

1,500W
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3.5 Bar
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0.5L
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Jan 2017
A great value for money and best selling 0.4L capacity, 1,600W steam cleaner, with good features
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#12

82

Kärcher SC1

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£89.99

1,200W
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3 Bar
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0.2L
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Dec 2016
An award winning but 2 year old 0.2L capacity, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with a fair price and good features
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#13

81

Polti PTGB0065

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£54.97

1,500W
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(Unknown)
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1.1L
Info
Oct 2016
An affordable and very popular 1.1L capacity, 1,500W steam cleaner, with good features
#14

81

Pifco P29007PU

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£59.99

1,500W
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4.5 Bar
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1.5L
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Feb 2016
A fully featured and very cheap 1,500W steam cleaner
#15

81

Morphy Richards 720026

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£52.98

1,600W
Info
(Unknown)
Info
0.4L
Info
Sep 2016
A very cheap and best selling 0.4L capacity, 1,600W steam cleaner, with good features
#16

80

Polti Vaporetto Classic 55

9 Reviews
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£159.99

1,500W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
1.3L
Info
May 2016
The top scoring steam cleaner under £500
#18

80

Black & Decker FSMH13151SM

4 Reviews
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£119.99

1,300W
Info
(Unknown)
Info
0.5L
Info
Aug 2016
The highest review score upright steam cleaner around, with good features
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#19

79

Kärcher SC 1

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£64.29

1,200W
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3 Bar
Info
0.2L
Info
Jan 2018
A newly released and extremely good value for money 0.2L capacity, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with good features
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#20

79

Vileda 100°C Hot Spray

36 Reviews
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£29.98

1,200W
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(Unknown)
Info
0.25L
Info
Nov 2014
A great value for money and classic 0.25L capacity, 1,200W steam cleaner, with good features

79

VAX S84‑P1‑B

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£58.99

1,600W
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(Unknown)
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0.36L
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Sep 2016
A good value for money but marginally out of date 0.36L capacity, 1,600W steam cleaner, with good 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 69%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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Polti Steam Cleaners 38 £30 - £327
69%
11 reviews

Trending Steam Cleaner Comparisons

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Kärcher
SV 7
£482.23
Better brand
VS
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Polti
PTGB0008
£269.95
£212 cheaper
More popular
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Shark
S3601
£90.89
£29 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£119.99
User reviews
are better
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Kärcher
SC4 Steam Cleaner
£299.99
Better brand
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Classic 55
£146.80
£153 cheaper
62% bigger
capacity
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VAX
S4
£21.99
£98 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£119.99
Bigger capacity
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Vileda
SC-1086
£84.15
A lot bigger
capacity
VS
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S4
£21.99
£62 cheaper
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VAX
S86-SF
£44.99
£235 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Polti
Eco Pro 3.0
£279.99
75% bigger
capacity
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Polti
Vaporetto Diffusion
£287.27
20% bigger
capacity
VS
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Dirt Devil
Versa
£38.32
£249 cheaper
Better brand
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Dirt Devil
M319
£21.91
£98 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger capacity
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Polti
Vaporetto Pocket 2.0
£120.00
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Black & Decker
FSMH1300FX
£88.95
£91 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Classic 65
£179.99
More popular
Bigger capacity
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£119.99
More popular
Better brand
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Pocket 2.0
£120.00
A lot bigger
capacity
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Kärcher
SV 7
£482.23
Better brand
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Pocket 2.0
£120.00
£362 cheaper
Bigger capacity
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Kärcher
SC5 Steam Cleaner
£429.99
Better brand
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Classic 55
£146.80
£283 cheaper
Bigger capacity
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Black & Decker
FSMH1300FX
£88.95
Better brand
VS
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SV440
£82.00
£7 cheaper
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FSM1605
£49.99
£32 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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SV440
£82.00
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Hoover
SSNH1000
£25.99
Marginally
better user
reviews
Better brand
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S4
£21.99
£4 cheaper
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Vileda
SC-1086
£84.15
Bigger capacity
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SV440
£82.00
More popular
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Dirt Devil
Versa
£38.32
£142 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Polti
Vaporetto Classic 65
£179.99
70% bigger
capacity
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Vileda
SC-1086
£84.15
Bigger capacity
VS
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Black & Decker
FSM1605
£49.99
£34 cheaper
More popular
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Black & Decker
FSMH13151SM
£119.99
Much better
user reviews
VS
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Shark
S3501
£59.00
£61 cheaper
Better brand
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Polti
SV440
£82.00
£5 cheaper
Hugely bigger
capacity
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FSH10SMP
£87.00
Better brand

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 £21 to £540 and in total we found prices for 97 steam cleaners. The average price of a new steam cleaner is £106 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between £30 and £241. The most expensive steam cleaner that we found is the Kärcher SC 5 at £540, and the cheapest is the Pyle PSTMH02 at only £22.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Rowenta steam cleaners with an average price of £343. Rowenta steam cleaners range in price from £248 to £438.

The average price of Kärcher steam cleaners is £292 which is the second highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Kärcher steam cleaners start at £67 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £540.

The average price of Polti steam cleaners is £144 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Polti steam cleaners range in price from £30 to £327.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 9 expert reviews and 2,651 user reviews for steam cleaners from across the internet and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner.

Biggest Steam Cleaner Retailers

We found 55 current offers for steam cleaners from eBay making it the biggest steam cleaner retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 54 current offers for steam cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 9 current steam cleaner offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

We couldn't see any clear trend in the release dates for new steam cleaners over the last 3 years. In 2017 most new steam cleaners were released in June, with nine new steam cleaners released that month. In October 2016 15 new steam cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new steam cleaner releases was January, with 16 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 6% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £6 on a typical £106 new steam cleaner 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 £326.50. The Hotpoint VS S15 AAW, 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.

Steam Pressures

'Steam Pressure' denotes the maximum steam pressure that the steam cleaner can achieve.

The steam pressures of steam cleaners range from 1 bar to 7.2 bar. The steam pressures of most steam cleaners range from 3.4 bar to 3.8 bar. The Philips GC312, which is priced at £44.29, has the biggest steam pressure and is a 7.2 bar steam pressure steam cleaner. The steam cleaner with the smallest steam pressure is the Hoover CAP1700D, which is a 2.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and is priced at £91.79.

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 3L. 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 Steam One H10S, which is a 2.5L capacity steam cleaner and is available at £119.99. The Philips GC312, which sells for £44.29, has the smallest water 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.

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 Amazon UK. 36 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 Amazon UK. 66.7% of their steam cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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