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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique steam cleaners rating which considers: 1,000 UK prices • 2,200 expert & user reviews • 230 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

Kärcher SC 3

45 Reviews
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£148.00

1,900W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
1L
Info
Jan 2018
This steam cleaner is very easy to use and well designed, and lightweight. It's the highest scoring cylinder steam cleaner around, with a fair price.
£200 Voucher
#2

89

Black & Decker FSM1615

4 Reviews
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£62.00

1,300W
Info
6 Bar
Info
0.35L
Info
Apr 2017
An spectacularly cheap and very highly rated 1,300W, 0.35L capacity steam cleaner, with a very good spec and a massive 6 bar steam pressure.
#3

88

Hoover SSNH1000

479 Reviews
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£20.00

1,000W
Info
4 Bar
Info
0.4L
Info
May 2015
The highest scoring portable steam cleaner around, with a good spec. It's very easy to use and well designed and strong, and durable.
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#4

88

VAX S86‑SF

101 Reviews
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£44.99

1,600W
Info
3 Bar
Info
0.5L
Info
Jun 2015
A classic and astoundingly cheap 1,600W, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with a very good spec. It has really a hot enough steam jet for effective cleaning, it's very easy to use but heavy and bulky.
£200 Voucher
#5

87

Shark S6003UK

163 Reviews
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£109.99

1,200W
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5 Bar
Info
n/a
Sep 2016
A top-rated and good value for money 1,200W steam cleaner, with a good spec and an enormous 5 bar steam pressure. This steam cleaner is very easy to use and well designed, and easy to assemble.
#6

87

Hoover S2In1300Ca

544 Reviews
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£44.99

1,300W
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n/a
0.33L
Info
Oct 2016
This steam cleaner is really easy to use and well designed, and lightweight. It's a phenomenally good value for money and top-rated 1,300W, 0.33L capacity steam cleaner, with a good spec.
£200 Voucher
#7

86

VAX S84‑P1‑B

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£59.00

1,600W
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3.5 Bar
Info
0.36L
Info
Sep 2016
An amazingly cheap and fully featured 1,600W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.
#8

85

VAX S4

223 Reviews
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£30.00

1,200W
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3.5 Bar
Info
0.3L
Info
Dec 2013
A bargain price and classic 1,200W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with a good spec. It's very easy to use and well designed, and lightweight.
#9

85

VAX S84‑W7‑P

12 Reviews
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£99.99

1,600W
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3.5 Bar
Info
0.3L
Info
Sep 2016
A highly rated and top-value 1,600W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with a great spec. This steam cleaner is heavy and bulky, and top heavy.
£200 Voucher
#10

85

Black & Decker FSMH13151SM

9 Reviews
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£89.99

1,300W
Info
3 Bar
Info
0.5L
Info
Aug 2016
This steam cleaner is strong and durable, easy to use, and well made. It's a top-rated and top-value 1,300W, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with a good spec.
#11

84

Russell Hobbs RHSM1001

46 Reviews
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£30.00

1,189W
Info
3 Bar
Info
0.38L
Info
Oct 2016
A great value for money and positively reviewed 1,189W, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with a good spec. It's really easy to use, lightweight and very easy to assemble.
#12

84

Kärcher SC 4

16 Reviews
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£379.99

2,000W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
0.8L
Info
Aug 2018
This steam cleaner is really easy to use and well designed. It's the highest review score cylinder steam cleaner available.
#13

83

Polti SV420

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£59.97

1,500W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
0.3L
Info
Dec 2017
The latest upright steam cleaner available.
£200 Voucher
#14

83

Bissell 2635 Steam Shot

59 Reviews
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£49.00

1,000W
Info
3 Bar
Info
0.4L
Info
Jul 2015
A classic and impressive value for money 1,000W, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with a good spec. This steam cleaner is very easy to use and well designed, and reliable.
#15

82

Hoover STEAMJET

60 Reviews
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£20.00

1,300W
Info
3.2 Bar
Info
0.7L
Info
Jan 2014
The cheapest upright steam cleaner on the market.
#16

82

VAX VRS26

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£35.99

1,500W
Info
n/a
0.33L
Info
Jan 2017
An affordable but a little out of date 1,500W, 0.33L capacity steam cleaner, with a good spec.
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#17

82

Polti PTGB0065

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£59.97

1,500W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
1.1L
Info
Oct 2016
A fully featured and very cheap 1,500W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.
Save £11
#18

82

Polti PTGB0049

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£58.97

1,500W
Info
3.5 Bar
Info
0.75L
Info
Oct 2016
A great value for money and fully featured 1,500W, 3.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner.
#19

81

Polti Eco Pro 3.0

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£238.97

2,000W
Info
4.5 Bar
Info
2L
Info
Mar 2016
A high-quality but 3 year old 2,000W, 4.5 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with a reasonable price and one of the biggest water capacities available.
#20

81

Shark S3601

105 Reviews
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£86.21

1,550W
Info
3 Bar
Info
n/a
Jul 2015
A classic and cheap 1,550W, 3 bar steam pressure steam cleaner, with a good spec. This steam cleaner is really easy to use and lightweight, and easy to assemble.

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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 37%.

Rank Brand Number of Steam Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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Polti Steam Cleaners 39 £28 - £334
37%
16 reviews

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S84-P1-B
£59.00
£20 cheaper
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user reviews
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S6001UK
£79.00
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FSMH13151SM
£89.99
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£40.45
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SC 3
£148.00
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£109.99
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S86-SF
£44.99
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STEAMJET
£20.00
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£30.00
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SSNH1000
£20.00
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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

The price range of steam cleaners is from £20 to £550 and in total we found prices for 70 steam cleaners. A new steam cleaner costs on average £111 and 80% of steam cleaners are priced between £30 and £209. The Hoover SSNH1000 is the cheapest steam cleaner at only £20, and Kärcher SC 5 is the most expensive at £550.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Kärcher steam cleaners start at £112 and their most expensive steam cleaner costs £550. The highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Kärcher steam cleaners with an average price of £235.

Solac steam cleaners range in price from £170 to £266, and the second highest average steam cleaner price out of all brands is Solac steam cleaners with an average price of £218.

Rowenta steam cleaners range in price from £186 to £195, and the average price of Rowenta steam cleaners is £190 which is the third highest average price of all steam cleaner brands.

Steam Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 17 expert reviews and 2,085 user reviews for steam cleaners and used this data 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. Eight new steam cleaners were released in January 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases. In 2016 most new steam cleaners were released in September, with 14 new steam cleaners released that month. In January 2015 15 new steam cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new steam cleaner releases.

How Fast Do Steam Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, steam cleaners drop in price by 9% on average. On a typical new steam cleaner costing £111, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £9.

Powers

'Power' measures the power level of the steam cleaner, rated in watts.

Comparing all steam cleaners, the powers range from 550W to 2,450W. The powers of the majority of 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 £317.18. The Hoover ATSG011, which is on sale for £75.68, has the smallest power and is a 700W 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 most steam cleaners range from 3 bar to 3.5 bar. The Philips GC312, which is on sale for £45.85, 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 ATSG011, which is a 2 bar steam pressure steam cleaner and is available at £75.68.

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.

The water capacities of steam cleaners range from 0.06L to 5L. The water capacities of most steam cleaners range from 0.3L to 0.5L. The steam cleaner with the biggest water capacity is the Hoover ATSG011, which is a 5L capacity steam cleaner and sells for £75.68. The Philips GC312, which is available at £45.85, 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 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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