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The 10 Best Steam Cleaners - May 2017

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 180 steam cleaners, 204 reviews and 842 prices. Last updated 26 May 2017.

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S86-SF-P
#1 in Steam Cleaners

VAX S86‑SF‑P

99 Reviews
  • VAX steam cleaners have excellent reviews
  • Has a cleaning cloth
Grey
0.5L
Upright
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,600W
Power
  • £69.00
    eBay
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  • More shops: 4
  • £88.67 Amazon UK
FSM1615
#2 in Steam Cleaners

Black & Decker FSM1615

  • Just released two months ago
  • Quite small power
Blue
0.35L
Portable
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,300W
Power
  • £61.11
    Amazon UK
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  • More shops: 6
  • £69.00 ao
  • £69.00 ao
1300W steam-mop
#3 in Steam Cleaners

Black & Decker 1300W steam‑mop

  • Just released four months ago
Red
0.35L
Upright
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,300W
Power
  • £59.75
    Garden Machines
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Handy 15
#4 in Steam Cleaners

Polti Handy 15

  • Quite small steam pressure
White
0.75L
Cylinder
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,500W
Power
  • £67.29
    Wellindal
    Save £31.36 (33%)
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PTGB0041
#5 in Steam Cleaners

Polti PTGB0041

  • Fairly big power
  • Has a cleaning cloth
  • Has an adjustable steam
Black
1.3L
Cylinder
Colours
Capacity
Type
2,250W
Power
  • £119.99
    Gillmans
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FSMH13151SM
#6 in Steam Cleaners

Black & Decker FSMH13151SM

  • Has a brush included
Blue
0.5L
Upright
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,300W
Power
  • £114.99
    eBay
    Save £53.01 (32%)
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  • More shops: 7
  • £129.99 Amazon UK
  • £141.00 ao
SC2 Steam Cleaner
#7 in Steam Cleaners

Kärcher SC2 Steam Cleaner

  • Has a cleaning brush
  • Quite small steam pressure
Yellow
1L
1,500W
Colours
Capacity
Power
  • £118.21
    eBay
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  • More shops: 3
  • £119.99 Currys
  • £119.99 John Lewis
SV440
#8 in Steam Cleaners

Polti SV440

  • Good value
  • Only released eight months ago
  • Has a hard floor brush
Purple
0.3L
Upright
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,500W
Power
  • £58.98
    Appliances Direct
    Save £10.00 (15%)
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  • More shops: 2
  • £107.00 Amazon UK
SC1 Premium Steam Cleaner
#9 in Steam Cleaners

Kärcher SC1 Premium Steam Cleaner

  • Top seller
  • Quite small power
  • Quite small steam pressure
Black
0.25L
Portable
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,200W
Power
  • £68.00
    John Lewis
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  • More shops: 5
  • £89.95 Amazon UK
  • £99.99 Currys
S86SFT
#10 in Steam Cleaners

VAX S86SFT

  • VAX has excellent reviews for its steam cleaners
Coral
0.7L
Upright
Colours
Capacity
Type
1,600W
Power
  • £59.99
    Hughes
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  • More shops: 4
  • £75.63 Amazon UK

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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. 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 £23 to £619 and in total we found prices for 53 steam cleaners. On average, a new steam cleaner costs £117 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between £31 and £250. The most expensive steam cleaner that we found is the Polti Fav70 at £619, and the cheapest is the VAX S4 Grime Master at only £23.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Kärcher steam cleaners is £233 which is the highest average price of all steam cleaner brands. Kärcher steam cleaners range in price from £60 to £495.

The second highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Rowenta steam cleaners with an average price of £201. Rowenta steam cleaners range in price from £201 to £201.

Polti steam cleaners range in price from £30 to £619, and the average price of Polti steam cleaners is £194 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1 expert reviews and 184 user reviews for steam cleaners from across the internet and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of steam cleaner. The top three steam cleaner brands are VAX, Shark and Polti. VAX has an average rating of 85%, Shark has an average rating of 79% and Polti has an average rating of 49%.

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. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 7 current offers.

When Are Most New Steam Cleaners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any evident pattern in the release month for new steam cleaners. Last year most new steam cleaners were released in October, with 13 new steam cleaners released that month. 18 new steam cleaners were released in January 2015 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 16% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new steam cleaner costing £117, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £18.

Capacities

Comparing all steam cleaners, the capacities range from 0.06L to 500L. The capacities of most steam cleaners range from 0.33L to 0.6L. The SharkS3601 has the biggest capacity. This steam cleaner is a 500L capacity steam cleaner and can be purchased for £77.22. The SharkS3601 has the smallest capacity. This steam cleaner is a 0.06L capacity steam cleaner and sells for £69.98.

Powers

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 KärcherSC5 Steam Cleaner has the biggest power. This steam cleaner is a 2,300W power steam cleaner and is on sale for £329.99. The steam cleaner with the smallest power is the KärcherSC5 Steam Cleaner, which is a 550W power steam cleaner and sells for £54.99.

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 Currys with 7 current steam cleaner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Steam Cleaners?

The cheapest retailer by number of steam cleaner for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 13 steam cleaners.

Proportion of Steam Cleaners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest steam cleaner prices (found to be cheapest for 52% of its steam cleaners).

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