Best Steam Cleaners in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 4, 2018
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 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Warranty
Type
Power
HEAT UP TIME
WATER TANK VOLUME
MAX STEAM TIME
PRESSURE
ACCESSORIES
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
CONVENIENCE
 
PROS
Boasts quick heat-up time despite its capacious water tank. VapoHydro effectively removes old stains.
CONS
Compatible with branded attachments only.
OUR VERDICT
Karcher SC5 vapour steam cleaner is a powerful and effective model, that will ease the chemical-free wet cleaning routine and is capable of removing the most stubborn stains and dirt from almost any surface. Its quality is well worth the price.
detailed parameters
Warranty
2 years
Type
Floor
Power
2200 W
HEAT UP TIME
3 min
WATER TANK VOLUME
1.5 l
MAX STEAM TIME
15 min
PRESSURE
4.2 bar
ACCESSORIES
1 x Floor nozzle
1 x Hand tool
1 x Detail nozzle
1 x Round nylon brush
1 x Power nozzle
1 x Microfibre floor cloth
1 x Cotton hand cloth
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
6 m / 2.5 m
CONVENIENCE
Integral funnel, Dual water container system, Steam pressure control
PROS
Has a low water level sound indicator. The steam gauge on the body allows checking the pressure and adjust the vapouring strength accordingly.
CONS
Long pre-heating time.
OUR VERDICT
Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3.0 is a brilliant alternative to a floor mop or even a vacuum cleaner. Its high-speed vapour is ideal for hard materials. And its metal container and quality build materials will guarantee the long service life.
detailed parameters
Warranty
2 years
Type
Floor
Power
2000 W
HEAT UP TIME
11 min
WATER TANK VOLUME
2 l
MAX STEAM TIME
18 min
PRESSURE
4.5 bar
ACCESSORIES
1 x Flexible steam hose
2 x Extension tubes
1 x Floor brush
1 x Steam lance
1 x Concentrator tool with nylon brush
1 x Small brush
1 x Window squeegee accessory
1 x Socket
1 x Cloth for floors
1 x Funnel
2 x Anti-calc Kalstop phials
4 x Castor
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
8 m operating reach
CONVENIENCE
Steam pressure indicator, Heat indicator, Steam pressure control
PROS
Despite a low container capacity, the SSNH1000 hoover delivers pretty powerful steaming flow for effective stains removal.
CONS
A plastic handle is made of smooth plastic and may slide in small hands.
OUR VERDICT
This portable steam cleaner has just the right combination of effective performance, compact size, and the right price. It can be a very flexible solution for removing grease stains in a kitchen, moulding in a bathroom or even bedbugs in living rooms.
detailed parameters
Warranty
1 year
Type
Handheld
Power
1000 W
HEAT UP TIME
5 min
WATER TANK VOLUME
0.5 l
MAX STEAM TIME
12 min
PRESSURE
4 bar
ACCESSORIES
1x Small Round Brush
1 x Cloth Mounting
1 x Metal Brush
1 x Shovel Plate
1 x Comb Brush
1 x Angled Nozzle
1 x Concentration Nozzle
1 x Connecting Tube
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
4 m / 1 m
CONVENIENCE
Ergonomic handle, Heat indicator
PROS
Comes in the set with a number of different attachments for various purposes and boasts long continuous work.
CONS
Accessories compartments lids may become loose over time.
OUR VERDICT
Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Steam Canister is a lightweight floor steam cleaner that comes in the set with various attachments for cleaning in every corner of your house or garage. A great choice if you have kids or animals allergic to cleaning detergents or soap.
detailed parameters
Warranty
2 years
Type
Floor
Power
1500 W
HEAT UP TIME
8 min
WATER TANK VOLUME
1.2 l
MAX STEAM TIME
30 min
PRESSURE
n/a
ACCESSORIES
1 x Hose and handle
1 x Scraper tool
1 x Grout brush
1 x Detailer tool
1 x Conc nozzle
1 x Upholstery/window tool
1 x Small plastic brush
1 x Large plastic brush
1 x Floor head
3 x Extension tube
1 x Funnel
1 x Measuring jug
2 x Upholstery tool
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
6 m / 1.6 m
CONVENIENCE
Carrying handle, Steam pressure control
PROS
Easy to handle, owing to the low weight and compact size. A trigger lock prevents accidental firing.
CONS
Some might find its power cord a bit short.
OUR VERDICT
This low-priced handheld steam cleaner by Comforday can be recommended both for cleaning hard metal or plastic surfaces and for disinfecting clothes and bed linen in a kid's bedroom or a living room.
detailed parameters
Warranty
Amazon's 30-day return policy
Type
Handheld
Power
1050 W
HEAT UP TIME
3 min
WATER TANK VOLUME
0.25 l
MAX STEAM TIME
20 min
PRESSURE
n/a
ACCESSORIES
1 x Flexible extension hose
1 x Bent spray nozzle
1 x Round brush nozzle
1 x Long spray nozzle
1 x Door/window cleaning tool
1 x Fabric steaming tool
POWER CORD AND STEAM HOSE LENGTH
2.7 m operating reach
CONVENIENCE
Ergonomic handle, Power light, Trigger lock, Excess pressure valve

Karcher SC5

Flawless Winner

Currently, Karcher SC5 boasts the most powerful unit in the series. Obviously, it's way more efficient at cleaning than a simple wet mop, too. This model is ideal for all hard floor, including stone or ceramic tiles, parquet, laminates, vinyl, and others. Along with a standard large nozzle, it comes with a small one for cleaning walls and ceiling tiles. The high-pressure vapour steam from it can even remove thin layers of limescale from the metal like faucets or sinks, leaving them clean and shiny. You can also employ it for removing the grease from the objects like kitchen hoods and stove tops.
It takes mere 3 minutes to boil the full 1.5 l water tank, which is enough for cleaning around 150 square metres. The retractable cord's length is 6 m. Karcher's special Terry cotton cleaning clothes can be attached to the floor nozzle for using it as a mop. You can also adjust the vapour pressure for various surface materials. As for the ingrained dirt, you can use a VapoHydro feature that combines the vapour with hot water for the deep stain erasure.
This device has 'continuous' word in its name for a reason. It has two containers - an integral 0.5 l boiler and a detachable 1.5 l water tank. Thus, you can refill the larger container without turning the device off for a non-stop quality cleaning. Overall, this highly-efficient steam cleaner is an absolute choice for quick clean-ups that shows great performance on different materials.

Review of Karcher SC5 Continuous Steam Cleaner

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Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3.0

Nature Power

Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3.0 is a universal tool for eco-friendly steam cleaning as you don't have to use any detergent or soap with it. All you need is to fill its 2 l tank with clear water and after about 10 minutes it'll be ready to use. After that, it will deliver a high-pressure vapour at up to 120 °C, erasing the dirt and leaving only clean surface behind.
You can utilise its various nozzles on different stuff. For instance, there are pieces for cleaning windows, vinyl flooring, carpets, furniture, and more. It has a LED light for informing when the appliance is ready for use and sends an audible signal if the water level in the tank is too low. At the maximum power, the full tank is enough to provide you with about 18 minutes of high-quality steam cleaning. You can also tune the pressure power in accordance with the material type and its thickness if it's a furniture fabric. Had it not been for the long pre-heating time (over 10 minutes), Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3.0 might have taken the best pick position in this review.

Review of Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3.0 Steam Cleaner

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Hoover SSNH1000

Small Body for Big Jobs

Hoover SSNH1000 Steam Express manages to effectively combine compact size and brilliant performance. With a full 0.4 l tank, it weighs only 2 kg. The pre-heating takes around 5 minutes and the full tank provides around 10-12 min of runtime. The cleaner comes in the set with several nozzles for various tasks, including
a conic tool, scraper, comb brush, angled nozzle, window squeegee, and others.
The pressure is on par with some of the floor models. Still, its small heads offer way better mobility, especially, in tight places. The best accessory is probably the flexible extension hose that can be bent any way you like just like a shower head. It may come handy for cleaning the outer window frames or the outside unit of a split air conditioner. By adding a conic tool, you may also clean the dirt in the wall corners or between the tiles. It's possible to disinfect some plush toys and furniture with its high temperature to make them totally clean and safer for kids without using detergents and other chemicals.

Review of Hoover SSNH1000 Handheld Steam Cleaner

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Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Steam Canister

Light and Easy

Although steam cleaners are working on the same basic principles, regardless of model's design, this Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Steam Canister comes in the set with 15 accessories that make it a versatile solution for cleaning stuff in any room inside your house and even in the garage.
Along with a standard floor head, you are getting a grout brush for cleaning between the tiles or in tight places, a scraper tool for tiles and windows, a detail nozzle for accurate and precise vapouring, and more. Almost all of the attachments can be stored in 2 storages on the sides of the cleaner's body behind the transparent blue plastic covers.
Despite looking a bit bulky, the device is pretty lightweight - only 3.4 kg with an empty canister. It has 4 rolling wheels on the bottom and a carrying handle on top. Sadly, the water tank is not removable, so you'll have to refill it with the included funnel. Because of this, we also recommend draining the old water before every refill. It takes about 8 minutes to warm up the full 1.2 l canister. However, it will provide you with up to 30 minutes of continuous steam vapouring, which is more than enough for household purposes in most cases. Also, there's a large regulating knob for pressure adjustment for treating different surface materials.

Review of Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Steam Canister

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Comforday Handheld Multi-Purpose

Steaming Kettle

Comforday Steam Cleaner is a handheld compact model that comes with several attachments for various purposes. It shows equally great results on any standard surfaces like plastic, metal, ceramic tiles, and can even help you clean the furniture from bedbugs with its high-temperature vapour. The water tank is comparatively small and fits only 0.25 l of water. Yet, it's enough to provide you with up to 20 minutes of steaming. It features several safety features, including a special valve on top for releasing the high pressure and a trigger lock.
The kit includes a short extension hose and a brush plate that allows cleaning clothes with it. Just like all of the other steam cleaners, there's no need to add any detergent to the water. Therefore, it will be totally safe for kid's bed and other furniture. The only concern in its performance is that the pressure drops down pretty fast. Thus, you'll have to wait for a few seconds so that the steam is accumulated again before every next trigger release. However, a relatively low price and the variety of attachments make it a universal choice for small household purposes and for cleaning in a garage, where the short continuous work is not an issue.

Review of Comforday Handheld Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner

 

What is a Steam Cleaner

Initially, a steam cleaner was invented to clean and disinfect medical institutions. It did not only remove dust, dirt and grime from different surfaces but also sanitised them. As time goes by, this device came in a wide use for household purposes. Later, it was also implemented by a variety of nozzles and brushes for different surfaces. Thus, a steam cleaner turned out to be the best electronic assistant for an overwhelming majority of housewives. Steam cleaners are environmentally friendly devices because they do not need chemicals for cleaning. Furthermore, a steam cleaner will be the best gift for asthmatic or allergic people because its vapour neutralises harmful bacteria, germs, and allergens. Contemporary manufacturers represent a variety of steam cleaner models. This review will help you to find the most appropriate one that will satisfy your 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 vacuum cleaners and canister cleaners more useful.

What Features to Compare

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.
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.
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 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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