The capacity of the tank makes incredible 1600 ml, which is enough for up to 50 minutes of cleaning time.
The cord storage is situated a bit inconveniently.
The Dupray multipurpose steamer is one of those rare products that are worth more than their retail price. It’s very compact yet powerful with plenty of steam and pressure. Plus, it comes with all the right attachments for all-around cleaning.
~ 30 cm
On/Off button + Steam lock for continuous steam cleaning action
1 x Rectangular Floor Tool, 3 x Microfiber Pads, 1 x Window Tool, 2 x Extension Tubes, 1 x Lance, 1 x Microfiber Cloth, 1 x Triangular Tool, 1 x Triangular Tool Microfiber Bonnet, 5 x Nylon Brushes, 1 x Brass Brush, 1 x Addfresh fragrance disc
3 years / Lifetime on boiler
The "Steam Blaster" mode allows you to attack stuck-on dirt with a super concentrated blast of steam.
It's recommended to fill it with distilled water only.
The Shark S6001UK cleaner is excellent for those who need to sanitize large areas quickly and effectively. Thanks to the double-sided pads and Klik n' Flip technology, you can clean and sanitise twice the floor area, thus, saving your time and effort.
~ 30 cm
Manual and Steam Blaster modes
1 x Filling Flask, 2 x Dirt Grip Pads
1 year plus 1 year more if registered
Convenient on-board storage of attachments allows you to replace them while using the steam mop.
It leaves floors a bit too damp.
We recommend this steam mop to people who wish to clean the floor from dirt (or dust) and disinfect it, as the appliance comes with a detergent straight out-of-the-box. The mop quickly removes bacteria with the powerful combo of hot steam and washing agent.
260 ml / 200 ml (Solution tank)
Smooth manual adjustment
1 x 250-ml Detergent, 1 x Microfibre Pad, 1 x Carpet glider, 1 x Metal Brush, 1 x Small Plastic Brush, 1 x Large Plastic Brush, 1 x Window Tool, 1 x Cloth, 1 x Scrapper Tool, 1 x Concentration Tool, 1 x Grout Brush, 1 x Detail Nozzle, 1 x Accessory Bag
Being about 2 kg, it’s one of the lightest upright floor steamers out there. Plus, it features a long telescoping handle with a comfortable grip.
Tough stains might require a few passes.
The Light 'N' Easy is a great entry-level option. Although it may show average cleaning results in the competition, it’s very convenient in use. And if you consider its low price, you may be sure it out-cleans most models of its class.
~ 30 cm
1 x Cleaning Pad, 1 x Filling Cup
It boasts variable steam control, which reaches 4.5-bar pressure on the max level. This is achieved thanks to a 2000-W motor.
The steamer takes quite long to heat up.
If you’re in the market for a highly customisable steamer for whatever job you are going to perform, the SIMBR semi-commercial cleaner may be right up your alley. It's one of the most powerful cleaners on the market that can generate up to 4.5-bar steam jet.
1 x Measuring Cup, 2 x Extension Wand, 1 x Ironing Brush, 1 x Glass Brush, 1 x Floor Brush, 1 x Carpet Glider, 1 x Steam Jet Nozzle, 1 x Hanger, 1 x Stainless Round Brush, 1 x Nylon Round Brush, 1 x Microfiber Pads, 1 x Cord Rewinder, 1 x Mop Head
Dupray is famous for durable steam cleaners it produces. The company offers both premium, heavy-duty cleaners and more affordable yet sturdy steamers. The model under review falls into the latter category with a price tag of less than £150. That said, it is a real performer and can give even some commercial steamers a run for the money. On top of that, it has a very elegant design. With its neat white casing and no gaudy details, it looks like something that only Apple could design.
But it's not only beautiful design that makes this steamer so special. Beyond it, there are quite a lot of features that bring it to the top. It heats to 135°C in only 7 minutes and can clean just anything with its super heated jet of steam. With its help, you can get rid of dirt, grime, grease, and stubborn stains as well as remove 99.9% of bacteria, pathogens, mould, microbes, bedbugs, and other nasties that usually settle on furniture, kitchen appliances, car interiors, toys, tiles, and bathrooms. Moreover, it can also be used to freshen up clothes and remove creases from curtains.
Such versatility is achieved not only due to the powerful steam but a rich bundle of accessories as well. With the purchase, you get a rectangular floor tool with three microfiber pads, window tool, two extension tubes, lance, microfiber cloth, triangular tool for corners, triangular tool microfiber bonnet, five nylon brushes, brass brush, and even a fresh fragrance disc. What is notable, all these accessories are as durable as those that come with professional Dupray steamers.
The steamer is made of plastic with a steel boiler inside. The capacity of the tank makes 1600 ml, which is enough for up to 50 minutes of cleaning time. And while generally many manufacturers strongly advise using distilled water with steamers, Dupray sets no limits, meaning you can use ordinary tap water as well. Filling up the device is simple, just unscrew the cap and fill it until water pools around the top. For your convenience, the steamer has a built-in funnel.
What also contributes to the ease of use is a lightweight and portable design. Weighing only 4 kg, it is very convenient to carry it and move when you need to use it on clothes, for example. Furthermore, it has a retractable handle and handy wheels for better mobility, and the cord can be wrapped around the bottom of the steamer for neat storage when not in use.
To sum it all up, the Dupray multipurpose steamer is one of those rare products that are worth more than their retail price. It’s very compact yet powerful with plenty of steam and pressure. Plus, it comes with all the right attachments for all-around cleaning.
Tackles Stubborn Stains
The best thing about high-end floor steamers is that they remove even the toughest dirt from the surfaces after a single pass. In other words, you won’t need to scrub the floor twice to make it clean, and the Shark S6001 floor steamer is the best proof of that. The S6001 Klik n' Flip is one of the most advanced and efficient models in the Shark's steam mop lineup.
So, what actually does this electric floor steamer offer? A lot! At 1050W, it delivers a consistent, super-heated jet of steam. And if you need to tackle stuck-on and stubborn dirt, you can activate the "Steam blaster" mode that we’ve loved so much. The mop head is designed with steam channels which spread steam evenly throughout the mop so that you could clean from both sides of the pad by just flipping it. And if you need to apply more steam on tough stains, you can use the steam blaster located behind the mop body beneath the handle. It blows steam directly on a dirty spot to soften and remove it entirely. And after the successful attack, you can flip the head back and wipe away all the mess with only one pass of a mop pad.
Klik n' Flip Technology
Yet, the major selling point of this steamer is the unique the Klik n' Flip technology. The device has double-sided Dirt Grip cleaning pads, and with a quick flip of the mop head, you can clean twice the floor area, which is perfect for large rooms. Needless to say, larger coverage means quicker cleanup.
Take note that you can mop hardwood, laminate, marble floors, or other hard floors with this steamer. Also, you can freshen your carpets and rugs, sanitize your furniture, grills, toilets, etc. In other words, there are very few things that this steamer can't clean. This efficiency is achieved mainly thanks to the Shark’s innovative mop head design and microfiber pads that catch almost any dirt, old or new, at once.
Vax S86-SF-CC Steam Fresh Multifunction
We’d like to present a powerful steam mop by VAX that is one of the best-selling products right now. Such popularity is easily justified by affordable price, simplicity of use, functionality, and exceptional cleaning results the mop delivers. However, this brief description only scratches the surface of all that the steamer is. Going deeper into details, the Vax S86-SF-CC stands above the competition with its unique design - it features two tanks, a 260-ml tank for water and a 200-ml tank for detergent.
Although the steam itself brings 100% sterile results, when being paired with detergent, it breaks down grease, grime, and other dirt much faster. Plus, it’ll leave the surfaces smelling fresh if you use a scented solution. By the way, this steamer can also disinfect kitchen and bathroom surfaces, tiles, sinks, taps, windows, mirrors and more surfaces. The angular floorhead can clean in all the corners and other hard-to-reach areas.
The body of the appliance features the steam control dial, so you can smoothly adjust the steam feed depending on the surface being cleaned. The mop gets ready to work within 20 seconds and is able to work up to 15 minutes continuously. And you won’t have to drag the mop from one socket to another, as the 7m cable will provide a comfortable working area all over your room.
A Wide Range of Accessories
As mentioned, this steam mop is extremely convenient to use. Thanks to a 13-piece tool and accessory kit, you’ll have a chance to clean various surfaces. Besides a typical microfibre pad and carpet glider, the set includes a metal brush, two plastic brushes, a window tool, scraper tool, concentration tool, grout brush, detail nozzle, and even a detergent to help you get started right after unpacking.
For example, a special narrow attachment will let you clean a stove or a microwave oven and other surfaces from grease. Also, with the VAX steam mop, you’ll be able to make your chromed bathroom items blazing and quickly get rid of dust on a bedside table and in a wardrobe. Apart from that, you will be able to clean furniture and pillows, windows and mirrors owing to a wide range of extra tools included in the package. Importantly, the said tools can be conveniently stored onboard the steam mop so that you will always have them at hand.
Light 'N' Easy 53101
Right off the bat, we would like to say that this floor steamer completely fits its name – it’s light in hands, “light” in maintenance, and light on your wallet. Coming at a ridiculously low price, it’s a great tool to start your steaming experience. So, if you’re looking for an affordable alternative to messy mops and heavy buckets with water, you should seriously consider this one.
With the instant heating technology and 1550 Watts of power, the LIGHT 'N' EASY Steam Mop can begin sanitising surfaces within 20 seconds, and just within 30 seconds your floors will be dry again. The trick is that it uses water perhaps even a bit too efficiently, so the floors get dry faster, which is a nice feature for busy households.
The Light n’ Easy Steam Mop is made mostly of plastics, and that’s the secret of its light weight. Being about 2 kg, it’s easy on your body. Plus, it comes with a long telescoping handle, meaning you won’t need to bend and strain to push it along the floor. Moreover, to provide you with a comfortable grip, the handle is covered in soft rubber.
The operation is effortless as well. You only need to fill the boiler with water and switch the unit on. Though the boiler here is non-removable, doing it is going to be easy thanks to the 6-meter cord providing a pretty long reach. Also of note is a steamer head which swivels in all directions letting you easily get around obstacles.
The SIMBR company offers a very flexible steam cleaner that can cater to all your cleaning needs. And by “flexible” we mean a bunch of things. For one, this particular model is available with either 1.1-litre or 1.5-litre water tank. For two, it’s supplied with as many as 17 extra accessories for various jobs. And for three, it boasts the variable steam control, which is a quite rare feature found in floor steamers.
With the steam pressure of up to 4.5 bar, it can easily blast away dirt and grime from different surfaces, killing bacteria and germs lurking there. Depending on the area you’re working on, you can adjust the steam level from a gentle waft up to a hot, powerful jet. The handy trigger can assist you with that. On the highest setting, the machine produces 105°C pressurized high-temperature steam that exits in a very strong plume yet it doesn't leave floors overly wet.
The model under review comes with the water reservoir that holds 1.5 litres, which is enough for 35 minutes of continuous. It takes approximately 5 minutes for the machine to heat up the boiler, which is obviously not the fastest heat-up time. However, that’s the cost for the cleaning flexibility it offers and high-pressure steam it generates.
As far as extras are concerned, the SIMBR floor steamer cleaner also has quite a lot to offer. It comes with a separable wheeled trolley with the accessory compartment on-board for easy access and management. The extra nozzles include an ironing brush, glass brush, floor brush, carpet glider, steam jet narrow nozzle, stainless round brush, and nylon round brush for pushing steam deeply into a variety of surfaces. Within the scope of delivery, you also get a measuring cup, extension wand, and mop head with a microfiber pad.
For added manoeuvrability and long reach, the unit is fitted with the remarkably long 1.5-meter hose and 4-meter power cord. When not in use, the cable can be neatly wrapped around the cable hanger at the back of the unit.
What Is a Floor Steamer?
Though floor steamers are relatively new appliances on the market they've already revolutionised the process of house cleaning and become a favourite for many users. As the name suggests, these cleaning appliances are designed to remove stains, dust, and dirt by generating steam. Contrary to the common myth that steam cleaners can be used only on wooden and tiled floors, a lot of them can be applied on other surfaces seeing that they include special attachments. Thanks to the produced heat, floor steamers can not only effectively remove stains and ingrained dirt saving you time and effort but also kill up to 99.9% germs, bacteria, and parasites. However, the biggest advantage is that they don't require any chemical products, which makes them a safe choice for consumers who have kids and pets. For this article, we've picked five of the best floor steamers so you can choose the one that fits all your needs.
In case you're interested in purchasing a smaller device for quick cleanups, you're more than welcome to take a look at our selection of the best handheld steam cleaners.
What Features to Compare
Before buying a floor steamer cleaner, there are a few important characteristics to pay attention to. One of them is design. A floor vacuum cleaner, just like a handheld cleaner, should be convenient to hold and operate. As a rule, it has a long ergonomic handle, a cleaning unit, and a cloth mop pad. The cleaning unit includes a steam generator, a water tank, and control elements. Though floor cleaners look rather bulky, operating them is easy and requires no special effort. They have long power cords and you can freely move them around. Just like most modern vacuum cleaners, floor steamers come in different sizes, designs, and colours, so everyone can choose the one to their liking.
This is probably the most important characteristic. The power of the floor steamer is directly linked to its voltage: the higher the voltage, the more powerful the vacuum cleaner is. You should also make sure the chosen floor cleaner has a steam regulator so you have an option to adjust steam levels when cleaning different types of floors. All additional attachments that come included with a floor steamer affect its performance as well, broadening or narrowing its scope of application. Check what mop pads come included with a cleaner and make sure that they can be used on your floors. Along with additional attachments and voltage, the cleaner performance is affected by its water tank capacity. This reservoir should be integrated so that the cleaner won't leak while in use, and be capacious enough to allow for prolonged cleaning. That being said, with a bigger water chamber increases the weight of the cleaner which is why it's better to opt for "a golden mean" - something big enough to do a good job of cleaning, but lightweight enough to not tire your arms.
Many floor steamers include such additional features as "lift-away" and "lift-off", which make it possible to use the cleaner with or without the mop head or wand. This gives you the advantage of using it in a handheld mode, in which you can attach a different set of nozzles and clean other surfaces like countertops, kitchen appliances, and many more. The length of a power cord, as we've mentioned earlier, is as important in terms of convenience as all other additional quirks. A long cable will let you clean rather big areas without extensions cords. Finally, make sure the model you choose includes some additional attachments. Most modern models will come with a special scrubbing attachment or mop pad for cleaning tiles. All these features are important and greatly affect the convenience of use.
Did you know?
The idea to use steam for cleaning purposes appeared about 150 years ago. Originally, this method was used to remove grease and dirt from various kinds of machinery, cars, trucks, railways and ships. However, it was only 70 years ago that people took this idea more seriously and started thinking about how to make a steam cleaner. Italian engineers were the first ones who presented steam generating appliances to the world. At the time, not all countries could use them. Because of the difference between the voltage in the USA and Europe, steam cleaners entered the US market only 30 years later after their appearance. Today, steam cleaners are all the rage. They become more and more popular with users from all over the world. Steam cleaners quite literally revolutionized the process of cleaning allowing people to spend less time cleaning and use no chemicals at all. That's one of the biggest reasons why they are so popular. Another reason is that steam cleaners are very versatile. Due to many additional attachments they usually include, steam cleaners can be used for many more tasks than simply mopping floors. Here are a few popular uses:
Easy curtains ironing
If you hate ironing bulky and heavy things like curtains, for example, try to use a steam cleaner. It will save you the need to take the curtains down, wash them, then put them together, and so on and so forth. All you will need to do is direct the steam jet at the wrinkles and they will disappear in a blink of an eye.
Bring your cleaners to the yard
Floor steamers are not only incredibly helpful when cleaning inside your house, they can also do a great job when cleaning outside. If you have garden furniture that requires cleaning, try to clean it with a steam cleaner. A powerful jet of steam which the steam cleaner produces will allow you to remove stains and dirt that ingrained in upholstery, leaving it to look brand new.
Steam vs. Ice
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time waiting for your freezer to unfreeze, a steam cleaner will help speed up the process. Direct the steam inside the chamber and it will quickly melt ice.
Clean other household appliances
Apart from a refrigerator, a steam cleaner can be used for cleaning your dishwasher, oven, microwaves, washing machine, tumble dryer, and many more household appliances.
Help during repair
Removing wallpaper is probably the worst part of a repair. Well, it is, but if you have a steam cleaner you'll have less trouble. By applying hot steam to the wallpaper, it will come off on its own without you putting in any effort.
Wash glass surfaces
You can use your steamer to clean glass doors and windows as well. Just avoid using it on cold glass because it might crack.
Сarpets, rugs and upholstery
Removing dirt from fabric sometimes can be very difficult. However, if you buy a steam cleaner with special attachments, you'll be able to easily remove dirt from carpets, upholstery, rugs, and even your clothes.
All in all, we hope owners of steam cleaners and floor steamers will find these tips helpful. We also hope that those who hesitated whether to buy one or not will make up their mind after reading these reviews.