Best Steam Cleaners in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 29, 2019
If you want to make use of your time judiciously and not dedicating it on cleaning your apartment or car, we advise you to consider a steam cleaner and its benefits. After we’ve evaluated all pros and cons, we kindly offer you to choose the best model appropriate for you! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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OUR VERDICT
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Type
Power
HEAT UP TIME
WATER TANK VOLUME
MAX STEAM TIME
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ACCESSORIES
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
CONVENIENCE
 
PROS

The device boasts unlimited operating autonomy and can be re-filled while being used. And the exclusive Vaporflexi floor pad reaches the trickiest areas.

CONS

The instructions leave something to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

The Vaporetto Pro 85 Flexi is an ultra-powerful steamer for both general cleaning and deep cleaning that is usually done a few times a year. It can remove even the most resistant dirt. And since it's approved and recommended by the Allergy Foundation, it's a fantastic tool for families with allergy sufferers.

detailed parameters
Warranty

1 year

Type

Floor

Power

1100 W

HEAT UP TIME

6 min

WATER TANK VOLUME

1.3 l

MAX STEAM TIME

Unlimited

PRESSURE

4.5 bar

ACCESSORIES

1 x Vaporflexi floor brush 
1 x Carpet accessory 
1 x Concentrator tool with nylon brush 
1 x Small brush 
1 x Window squeegee accessory 
1 x Coloured brush 
1 x Socket 
2 x Cloth for floors 

POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH

n / a

CONVENIENCE

Adjustable steam output, Turbo Steam function, Brush parking unit, Parking tubi, Smooth rolling wheels, Out of water signal, Child-safety steam lock, Steam ready indicator light, Accessory storage case and 2 phials of Kalstop anti-calc solution included

PROS

The capacity of the water container makes incredible 1600 ml, which is enough for up to 50 minutes of cleaning time.

CONS

The cord storage is situated a bit inconveniently.

OUR VERDICT

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. 

detailed parameters
Warranty

3 years, Lifetime on boiler

Type

Floor

Power

1500 W

HEAT UP TIME

7 min

WATER TANK VOLUME

1.6 l

MAX STEAM TIME

Up to 50 minutes

PRESSURE

3.5 bar 

ACCESSORIES

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

POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH

5 m / 2 m

CONVENIENCE

Powerful superheated steam (up to 135°C), Steam lock for continuous steam cleaning action, Retractable handle, Smooth-rolling wheels

PROS

It comes with two EasyFix floor cloths, one large and one small. They are easily interchangeable thanks to the Velcro. You won't even need to bend down. 

CONS

You can't refill the tank during use.

OUR VERDICT

The Kärcher SC2 is a budget-friendly option for removing everyday messes. It's very portable and can clean over 74 sq m on a single tank (up to 25 min of use). Though it's not the longest operation time, it is more than enough for most light-duty cleaning tasks. 

detailed parameters
Warranty

2 years

Type

Floor

Power

1500 W

HEAT UP TIME

6.5 min

WATER TANK VOLUME

1 l

MAX STEAM TIME

25 min

PRESSURE

3.2 bar 

ACCESSORIES

1 x Hand nozzle
1 x Microfiber cloth
1 x Detail nozzle
1 x Round brush
2 x Extension tubes
1 x Floor nozzle EasyFix
1 x Microfiber floor cloth

POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH

4 m / 2 m

CONVENIENCE

Steam control, Integral funnel, Accessory storage and parking position

PROS

The Intelligent Steam Control allows you to choose an optimal steam setting depending on the type of surface being treated. 

CONS

It should be used only with distilled water.

OUR VERDICT

Being the most advanced model in the Shark's lineup, the S6003UK combines the best technologies, allowing you to get rid of dirt and dust from all hard surfaces. And thanks to the Klik n’ Flip technology, it will let you sanitise large areas per one go.

detailed parameters
Warranty

1 year (plus 1 year extended guarantee if registered)

Type

Floor

Power

1200 W

HEAT UP TIME

~ 1 min

WATER TANK VOLUME

0.35 l

MAX STEAM TIME

~ 5 minutes

PRESSURE

n / a

ACCESSORIES

1 x Filling flask
2 x Dirt grip pads

POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH

8 m cord

CONVENIENCE

Intelligent steam control with 3 steam setting, Steam blast mode, Dirt grip technology, Klik n' Flip technology, Quick-release cord holder, Cord management clip

PROS

The steamer is equipped with a 260-ml water tank and 20-ml detergent tank. The addition of detergent will help you break down the most stubborn dirt.

CONS

The on-board tool holder isn't very ergonomic.

OUR VERDICT

The Vac S86-SF-C is a win-win steam cleaner on all levels. It's extremely manoeuvrable thanks to its triangle-shaped mop head, long power cord, and detachable handheld unit. Actually, it's a great appliance to keep even hard-to-reach spots disinfected.

detailed parameters
Warranty

1 year

Type

Floor, converts to a handheld vac

Power

1600 W

HEAT UP TIME

20 seconds

WATER TANK VOLUME

0.26 l

MAX STEAM TIME

15 minutes

PRESSURE

n / a

ACCESSORIES

2 x Microfibre cleaning pads
1 x Carpet glider
1 x Metal brush
1 x Small plastic brush
1 x Large plastic brush
1 x Window tool
1 x Window tool cloth
1 x Scraper nozzle
1 x Concentration nozzle
1 x Grout brush
1 x Detail nozzle

POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH

8 m cord

CONVENIENCE

Variable steam control, Solution tank (capacity 200 ml), Onboard tool holder, Accessory bag and 250-ml detergent included

Polti Vaporetto PRO 85_Flexi

Unlimited Steam

Created more than 30 years ago by Poltri, Vaporetto steamers are still at the forefront of the cleaning industry. They offer a simple and chemical-free method for cleaning your home. The model in question is one of the leaders in the Vaporetto range of products and it obviously falls into the professional category.

With 4.5 bar pressure, the Polti Vaporetto Pro 85 Flexi is a very powerful steam appliance that you can use for almost anything. It has been proven to deliver deep cleaning power and eliminate up to 99.99% of harmful bacteria, fungi and mould. Moreover, it has also been approved by the British Allergy Foundation for effective removal of dust mites. So, if you suffer from allergy or asthma, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better cleaner than this.

Yet, the most prominent feature that makes this model a standout is its ability to work non-stop. The device boasts unlimited operating autonomy and can be re-filled while being used, which is a rare function for similar devices. So, if you need a real workhorse for deep cleaning your whole house, it's a good deal.

Equipped with a wide choice of accessories, the cleaner is effective on most types of surfaces, while the front compartment allows you to store them within easy reach.

Review of Polti Vaporetto PRO 85_Flexi Steam Cleaner

Unique Vaporetti Brush

Another highlight of the PRO 85 Flexi is its unique Vaporflexi brush that really brings the steam cleaning to the whole new level. It combines flexibility and convenience to remove caked-on dirt with ease.

The exclusive joint and ultra-slim design of the Vaporflexi brush makes it possible to reach even the trickiest areas. Actually, the floor nozzle seamlessly goes under chairs, under tables, under TV cabinets, and even under bookcases where other steamers would fail.

The Vaporflexi brush along with a microfibre cloth performs well on all hard floors, while the accessory frame moves easily on carpets and rugs, refreshing fibres from the inside. And if you happen to come across extremely stubborn dirt, you may combine the abrasive force of the Vaporflexi brush bristles with the maximum steam output. There is a handy steam adjuster on the unit, allowing you to increase the steam all the way up to 110 g/min.

All in all, the Vaporetto Pro 85 Flexi is an ultra-powerful steamer for both general cleaning and deep cleaning that is usually done a few times a year. It can remove even the most resistant dirt. And since it's approved and recommended by the Allergy Foundation, it's a fantastic tool for families with allergy sufferers.
Polti Vaporetto PRO 85_Flexi Steam Cleaner in the use

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Dupray Neat

Super Versatile

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 the 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.

Review of Dupray Neat Multipurpose Steam Cleaner

Easy Maintenance

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.

Dupray Neat Multipurpose Steam Cleaner in the use

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Kärcher SC2

Light Cleaner for Light Jobs

If you need a compact and easily portable steamer for a variety of small tasks around the house, you've just found it. For less than £130 you can get the SC2 EasyFix, an extremely lightweight steam cleaner from Kärcher, one of the leading brands in cleaning technology.

The secret to such portability and lightweight is a small water tank. However, the size of the tank in no way affects the performance and efficiency of the vac. When in use, the SC2 EasyFix's steam pressure reaches 3.2 bars that is enough for removing even stubborn grease, limescale and grout with little to no effort on your part. Meanwhile, a 1-l water tank gives you around 25 minutes of continuous steam power, which will be enough to cover 74 sq m of living space without refills. What is handy is that you can use it with tap water.

Compared to many steam cleaners, the SC2 EasyFix heats up very fast. It takes no more than 6 minutes for it to start after refilling. The LED light on the housing will indicate the appliance's status. Not only does the SC2 heat up water fairly quickly but also it produces pure steam, meaning in addition to cleaning it can also effectively sanitise your home by killing 99.99% of airborne bacteria. All this makes the SC2 a solid fit for anyone looking for a quick, portable and effective cleaner.
Review of Kärcher SC2 EasyFix Steam Cleaner

Good Set of Accessories

Although the SC 2 EasyFix is the cheapest in the range of Kärcher cylinder models, it can boast a good set of accessories. Along with a standard large nozzle, the SC2 EasyFix comes with a hand nozzle, two floor microfiber cloths, detail nozzle, hand nozzle, round brush, floor nozzle, and two extension tubes. These extension tubes along with a 4-meter power cord give you plenty of reach without a need to plug the device into different power sockets when cleaning large areas. All these nozzles can be quickly replaced depending on the surface you need to clean and make it easier to disinfect all those nooks and crannies reaching which was tricky. As a nice touch, the unit is featured with onboard storage for included accessories. What's more, Kärcher also offers a long list of optional extra attachments so that you can expand your kit at any stage.

Kärcher SC2 EasyFix Steam Cleaner in the use

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Shark S6003UK

Extra Smart

The Shark S6003UK deluxe steam mop is currently the most advanced model in the Shark's lineup, which deftly combines the best technologies, allowing you to remove the toughest dirt and dust from all the hard surfaces. In a single pass.

At 1200 Watts, it delivers a consistent jet of hot steam. The mop head is designed with steam channels which spread the steam evenly throughout the mop so that you can 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 a steam blaster located behind the mop body beneath the handle. It blows steam directly on a dirty spot to soften and remove it entirely. After the successful attack, you can flip the head back and wipe away all the mess with only one pass of a mop pad.

Another perk of the Shark S6003UK is the intelligent steam control. With three variable steam settings, it's capable of sanitising all types of hard floors including parquet, hardwood, laminate, stone, and tile. The low setting is ideal for cleaning delicate surfaces and light dusting, the medium is for basic everyday cleaning, and the highest is for deep cleaning and cutting through heavy dirt.

Being one of the most sophisticated steam mops on the market, the Shark S6003UK can help you get rid of dirt and dust from all the hard surfaces in your house in a jiffy.

Review of Shark S6003UK Smartronic Deluxe Steam Mop

About the Klik n' Flip Technology

Yet, the major selling point of this steamer is the unique Klik n' Flip technology. The appliance has double-sided Dirt Grip cleaning pads, and with a swift flip of the mop head, you can clean twice the floor area, which is perfect for large areas. Needless to say, larger coverage means quicker cleanup.

Take note that you can mop hardwood floors, laminate floors, marble floors, or other hard floors with this steamer. Also, you can freshen your carpets and rugs, sanitize your furniture, grills, bathtubs, toilets, mirrors, 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 at once.

After you complete the cleaning, you can release the dirty pad from the head with just one click of the switch. The included pads are machine-washable, which means they can save you costs on the replacements in the long run. All this makes the Shark S6003 floor steamer a perfect cleaner for those who need to sanitise large areas quickly and effectively.

Shark S6003UK Smartronic Deluxe Steam Mop in the use

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Vax Steam Fresh Combi

Maneuverable Floor Mop

If you're in the market for a functional and manoeuvrable floor mop, the Vax S86-SF-C steam mop is certainly worth your consideration. Specialising solely in household cleaning products, the Vax company is dedicated to its niche. We dare say you can expect a long life and excellent cleaning performance from this mop.

The most remarkable feature of the unit is its dual tank design. That is to say, the steamer is equipped with a 260-ml water tank and 20-ml detergent tank. Even though the steam itself brings sterile results, the addition of detergent will help you break down the most stubborn dirt, grease and grime swiftly. Not to mention, this powerful combo will leave your floors smelling lovely and fresh.

Next, this steam cleaner is easy to use and adjust. Fitted with a steam control dial, the appliance allows you to choose the steam yield depending on the surface you're going to sanitise. The steamer heats up in just 20 seconds and is capable of working up to 15 minutes non-stop. The Vax S86-SF-C generates thick steam that can tackle particularly tricky stains.

Lastly, we would like to say a few words about design. The floor mop attachment looks nothing like others in our review. It has an angular floorhead that gets into corners and other hard-to-get areas where dirt is likely to lurk. Add to that the handheld that detaches in just one click and you get yourself a super manoeuvrable cleaner able to effectively clean all spots without missing a thing.

Review of Vax Steam Fresh Combi Multifunction Steam Mop

For All Surfaces

To attack dirt all across your house, the manufacturer also supplies special attachments for various surfaces. For example, an ultra-narrow nozzle makes the chore of cleaning a stove or a microwave from grease a hassle-free and mess-free process. Also, with the rich set of accessories, you’ll be able to make your chromed items sparking or remove dust from a bedside table. Additionally, you'll be able to clean furniture, curtains, linen, windows, tile, and mirrors.

Speaking of ergonomics, all the extra tools can be neatly stored onboard so that they always stay within easy reach. Compared to the previous model from the Vax lineup, the Steam Fresh S86-SF-C now has an extra-long 8-meter power cable, so you won’t need to drag the mop from one socket to another that often. As a nice bonus, the steamer is shipped with a bottle of Vax steam detergent, meaning you can start steaming after unboxing.

In a word, the Vac S86-SF-C is a win-win steam cleaner on all levels. It's extremely manoeuvrable thanks to its triangle-shaped mop head, long power cord, and, more importantly, detachable handheld. Actually, it's a great appliance to keep even hard-to-reach spots disinfected.

Vax Steam Fresh Combi Multifunction Steam Mop in the use

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What Is a Steam Cleaner?

Initially, a steam cleaner was invented to be used in medical institutions. It did not only remove dust, dirt and grime from different surfaces but also sanitized them. A little later, a steam cleaner started being widely used by people for household purposes and was soon completed with a variety of additional attachments for cleaning a greater number of surfaces. This way, a steam cleaner turned out to be a universal device ideally suitable for most cleaning jobs. The distinguishing feature of a steam cleaner is that it is an environmentally-friendly device as it doesn't use any harmful chemicals for cleaning, and it doesn't require any replaceable parts, so it can save you money in the long run. It is also a perfect solution for asthmatic or allergic people since not only does it not use any chemicals which may trigger allergies but also it is able to neutralise harmful pollutants lingering in the air, making the indoor environment healthy and bacteria-free. For this review, we've gathered five top-selling steam cleaners from a different price range, so everyone can find something suitable for their needs.

Steam cleaners are good for wet cleaning, disinfection and killing harmful bacteria. They also effectively remove stains and scale. However, if you’re looking for something more powerful to cope with coarse litter and dust, you may find canister cleaners more useful.

What Features to Compare

Type

You should decide for what purposes you are going to use a steam cleaner. There are two most popular types of steam cleaners: a floor steam cleaner and a handheld steam cleaner. Handheld steam cleaners are very compact and they look like garden watering. The only shortcoming of these devices is that you have to hold them in your hands and may get tired. You should also keep in mind that such devices are designed for a particular area which can be cleaned within 15-30 minutes. Floor steam cleaners look like vacuum cleaners, but they are far more multifunctional and powerful. You don't have to keep it in your hands while cleaning the territory because it is equipped with wheels, thus, it can be moved around without your assistance. Such devices help you do a spring clean of your whole apartment or just some rooms.

Performance

Heat up time, water tank capacity and pressure are very important technical characteristics that define the performance of the device. The handheld steam cleaner device power is about 700 - 1200 Watts while this index is about 1300 - 1800 Watt for floor devices. Heat up time of steam cleaner devices is about 2-12 minutes. However, if you want to make the process of water boiling faster, you can pour the warm water into the water tank. Water tank capacity defines the operation duration. For instance, an average water tank of floor steam cleaner is about 2 litres. It will be enough for a 2-hour cleaning session. Handheld steam cleaners are equipped with a 0.25-0.5 litres water tank. Such volume is enough for an effective cleaning of small areas. Vapour pressure is also an important parameter that defines the kinds of contaminants the steam cleaner can cope with. On the contrary, devices of low pressure are best for window, door, floor disinfection, but they are not good enough to cope with the toughest grime and grease. Devices of 2.75 bar pressure will be optimal for cleaning of your apartment.

Convenience of Use

A variety of different accessories for steam cleaners and their various functions determine the device convenience. You can easily clean upholstered furniture or toys, carpets and even the interior of your automobile with the help of various nozzles. Brush accessories are good for ceramic and glazed tiles cleaning. Accessories with terry cloth are very good for window/mirror cleaning. Being fitted with a nozzle-iron accessory, such a device is good even for cleaning of your clothes. It will also be very nice if your steam cleaner is equipped with a steam control system. For example, you can switch to the wet steam regime for removing dirt from the tiles or select a dry steam regime for tissue cleaning.

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