Pifco Handheld Steam Cleaner

This Pifco handheld steam cleaner is a great choice for those looking to perform day-to-day cleaning around the house. Although it is less powerful than some of the handheld devices we tested, it is also much more flexible with its extension hose which can really get into the nooks and crannies around your home. A significant downside we experienced was that it is corded, meaning it does not offer the same flexibility and mobility of many handheld steamers on the market. That being said, it performed exceptionally well when used on furniture and floors, regardless of the texture. It is particularly useful in bathrooms and kitchens, as these areas are typically fairly small and have plenty of outlets.

What We Love:

– Flexible hose allows you to get corners easily
– Great for floor/furniture cleaning
– Excellent choice for daily steam cleaning

What Could Be Improved:

– Cord does not allow for full flexibility
– Runtime is fairly average for a handheld
– Not as powerful as some other steamers on the market

Hoover SteamJet

The older brother of the Hoover SteamJet Express, the Hoover SteamJet provides powerful steam cleaning potential for a hand held steamer. It is one of the best handheld cleaners we reviewed due to its power and ease of use. It has a detachable water tank which can be refilled even while the device is in use, meaning you can reduce your cleaning times since you don’t have to constantly power up and power down your steam cleaner.

Additionally, it features a 20 second heat-up period, and 20 minutes of continuous use, making it one of the longest-lasting cleaners on the market. For the power, functionality and ease of use, you will not find a better handheld steam cleaner on the market. The price is the only downside we saw as it is more expensive than the majority of handhelds on the market. That being said, you will know where your money went.

What We Love:

– Longest run duration of any handheld steam cleaner we tested
– Quick heat-up time
– Can be filled while still functioning

What Could Be Improved:

– More expensive than most other handhelds
– Lower water capacity than most handhelds
– Some reviews have pointed towards faulty models

Hoover SteamJet Express Handheld Steam Cleaner

The Hoover SteamJet Express tops the list of our best hand held. There is a lot to be said for this powerful little steam cleaner that sets it aside from its competition. At 4 bars of steam pressure, it is by far the most powerful hand held steam cleaner we tested. This allows you to use it for just about any task around the house from cleaning grout to emergency carpet spills and everything in between. It comes with accessories to help with cleaning those tough areas of your home and features a standard 400 mL water tank. This gives it about 12 minutes of continuous operating time, which is slightly lower than the industry stand of 15 minutes. That being said, the power you get means you won’t need that long for the work you need it to accomplish.

What We Love:

– 4 bar pressure gives you the power to get through tough dirt and grime
– Accessories give you options when it comes to cleaning around your home
– Very good price

What Could Be Improved:

– Lower runtime than average handhelds
– Not great for use on fabrics
– Not ideal for large areas

The Kärcher Industrial

Karcher’s industrial steam cleaner is a slightly different animal than most of the industrial steam cleaners we encountered. This is the big vapour steam cleaner in the arena, and has an operational time that far surpasses anything else we reviewed. With over 4.6 litres of water capacity in its twin tanks, we clocked the maximum usage time at just over 1.5 hours. Compared to most steam cleaners, this number is in a league all its own. At 3.2 bar pressure, it is not setting any records compared to Polti’s Eco Pro 3.0. That being said, with double the operating time, it is ideal for industrial cleaning where the goal is to cover as much ground as possible, rather than to blast the extremely thick dirt, grease and oil.

With assorted attachments, a 2.7 meter long hose and a 4 meter reach, this bad boy will do everything you need it to and more. We found it great for medium-level sterilizing and sanitizing and for covering large areas without the need to refill and re-heat the water, making it very useful for large-scale projects.

The one major fault we had with the machine was the price. Set in a weight class all alone, this machine is priced to match and is probably more than we would consider paying just for the usage time alone when there are more powerful vapour steam cleaners on the market for much more reasonable prices. That being said, every machine has an ideal use, and this one is no different. If you need a lot of light and medium-scale industrial cleaning, this is your best bet.

What We Love:

– The longest run time of any machine we tested by far
– Powerful enough to handle most industrial messes
– Has a long reach for overhead jobs

What Could Be Improved:

– Very expensive compared to other industrial steam cleaners
– Can be very heavy when fully loaded
– Not as powerful as other models we reviewed

Why You Should Make The Change To Steam Cleaners

The days of cleaning our homes with pure, non concentrated, bleach have long been over. Why? Because bleach might be a good way to disinfect your floors, but it’s not good for our health. With side effects including irritation in your nose, eyes, skin, or lungs, or more serious ones such as skin burns, or respiratory problems, it’s no wonder the change was made.

That change, however, was to other chemicals that can be harmful. Ones that come with warning labels to keep away from children and pets. Ones that tell you not to ingest, and to keep away from your eyes. So, why do so many people still use these cleaning products to clean their floors? Why not clean and sanitize your floors with a steam cleaner?

Why Steam Cleaners are Better

Using a steam cleaner is an excellent way to remove harmful bacteria from your floors, and other surfaces in your home, with water. It’s not only an environmentally friendly way to clean, but can save you time and money.

With its internal boiler (or electric valve on some models) that heats water to disinfecting temperatures, steam is pushed out at a force to easily remove grime, grease, and dirt. Your surfaces are left with a fresh look and feel, without the use or smell of harsh chemicals.

Chemicals and Cleaning

If you are an allergy sufferer, you should definitely consider making the switch to a steam cleaner. Much like bleach, the chemicals used in cleaning products can be very harmful to your respiratory system. Anyone who currently deals with allergies, or asthma, may find that their symptoms are aggravated after cleaning with these products (which can be a good excuse to avoid cleaning, but will likely end up badly).

Even though there are eco-friendly products on the market for cleaning without chemicals, they are not as beneficial as cleaning with steam. By cleaning with only water, you are getting an inexpensive way to clean your home, while killing bacteria.

Dealing with Mold

On top of the bacteria that can come with dirt and grime build up, mold can also be an issue in your home -especially the bathroom. When in high moisture areas, mold can fester, and be a pain to get rid of. Having mold also means having harmful, and potentially deadly, mycotoxins that can result in, or worsen, a vast number of health problems.

What might surprise you is that bleach will not kill mold. However, steam cleaners will. Because they can allow the water to reach such a high temperature, steam mops will be able to kill the mold that can form in your home.

Using a steam cleaner can very well be the best way to ensure your home is completely clean and sanitised. With a one time purchase on the right steam cleaner for your needs, the only expense you need to worry about are the electricity and water needed to heat and clean.

They can be versatile as well, so you can buy one steam cleaner for your tiles, hardwood, laminate, and carpets, on top of your furniture, counters, windows, and any other areas of your home that need cleaning!

Richards Delivers The Steam Cleaner You’ve Always Wanted

Luna Plus by Morphy Richards

When you’re in the market for a steam cleaner, you want something that is versatile, and will actually do a good job. A lot of companies boast that their steam mop can clean multiple surfaces with no fuss, but simply do not deliver. They either come with attachments that don’t work, or multiple heat settings that leave you with warped floors.

One company that always seems to deliver, is Morphy Richards. Though fairly new to the steam cleaner market, their products continue to be one of the best out there. They are one of the only companies who have succeeded in developing an all-purpose steam cleaner that delivers. No exception has been made with their 15-in-1 720507 Luna Plus Steam Cleaner.

This steam mop can do so much more than give your floors a quick clean. With very little effort (depending on how dirty your floors are) your floors are free from all of that dirt and grime that tends to build up over time.

Luna Plus Features

For all of those annoying areas that are tough to clean, one of the many attachments for the Luna Plus is a vibrating head that you can turn on in order to do all of the scrubbing for you! There is also an attachment for the steam cleaner to glide along your carpets, in order to give them a good clean.

Along with your carpets, the Luna Plus can clean hardwood, tiles, and laminate flooring. The steam cleaner can be broken down to become portable for you to clean your furniture, countertops, upholstery, bathroom fixtures, oven or BBQ grills, windows, and everything else in your home that might need a good steam! Your home will never be as easy to clean as it will be with this steamer.

Just like with Morphy Richards’ 12-in-1 Luna model, the Luna Plus has an illuminated floor head, so you have some light to see where you need to clean. This is very useful for dimly lit rooms, so anyone can ensure their floors have been cleaned well.

Luna Plus Accessories and Care

The water tank also has a light so you can easily maintain the water level in your steam mop. With accessories including window squeegees, brass and nylon brushes, an extension hose, a swivel floor head, and shoulder strap for portable use, you will not need another cleaner in your home if you buy the Luna Plus.

Besides its amazing functionality and features, the maintenance on this steam cleaner is marvelous. The water tank is very easy to fill, with the water heating up in less than a minute. Each of the three settings provide a great clean, without causing damage to floors, and all of the pads are machine washable, so they can be constantly reused.

As long as you are not bashing the steam cleaner on your walls, and you are using distilled water in the tank, there should be no need for you to utilise the two year manufacturer’s warranty on the Luna Plus. Overall, Morphy Richards has struck gold again with their latest steam mop, and buying it for your home will be a decision you will not regret.

Best Steam Cleaner For Grout

Today’s steam cleaners have a lot of uses. From tiled floors to carpets, upholstery and clothing, they can be used across a wide variety of surfaces to achieve a spotless clean without using traditional methods like harsh chemicals and elbow grease. While steam cleaners have the ability to clear up messes from almost any surface, we have found that one of the most effective uses for them is to clean out grouted areas. Instead of digging into grouted corners with handcloths or washing over them with traditional mops, steam cleaners provide you with an easy, effective and sanitary way to remove built up dirt in a matter of seconds.

There are several factors to consider when purchasing a steam cleaner for grout cleaning. Not all steam cleaners are born equal, and you want to make sure that the product you buy is designed to handle the job of grout cleaning. For a list of steam cleaners we suggest for this task, please check the bottom of this page. Here are a few things to look out for:

Factor #1: Does the steam cleaner provide “dry steam”?

Dry steam cleaning is the name given to steam cleaners that use pressure to boost steam production while minimizing water use. This is important because grouted floors do not need to be covered in water to maximize their effectiveness. In fact, more water can impact the cleanliness of your floor as particles are broken up and taken out of grout, but settle back into it since water always settles in the lowest part of any surface. Dry steam cleaners avoid this issue by using pressure to bump dirt out of your grouted areas and do not saturate the area, avoiding the issue of dirt relocation.

Factor #2: Does the steam cleaner come with a grout-specific cleaning attachment?

Some steam cleaners come with a tool dedicated specifically to the cleaning of grout. Depending on the model, this can be a steam brush or simply a concentrated steam stream attachment thin enough to get between the cracks and flush dirt out of them. While any steam cleaner can theoretically be used to clean grout, it is best to have an attachment to make the process faster and easier.

Factor #3: How much pressure does the steam cleaner provide?

The pressure output of a steam cleaner is measured by bars. Most steam cleaners fall within the 3 to 5 bar pressure spectrum. In general, the higher the pressure output of the steam cleaner, the more likely it is to break up dirt in grout and to remove it effectively. On average, a 3 to 4 bar pressure steam cleaner is sufficient for grout cleaning, but for ease of use and convenience, a higher bar pressure might suit you better.

By following these general rules for grout removal, you will be well situated to find the best steam cleaner for grout. What you are looking for is a steam cleaning system that features the following attributes:

– Produces “dry steam”
– Has a grout cleaning attachment
– Provides between 3 and 4 bar pressure

Best Steam Cleaner For Carpets

Steam cleaners have become a major hit in many British households for their easy cleaning ability. It’s easy to see the value in a cleaning method that handles nearly every aspect of everyday cleaning without the need for harsh chemicals. History shows that steam cleaners are typically associated with carpet cleaning, which brings us to the subject of this article. When it comes to carpet cleaning, what steam cleaner is the best? Here are a few tips on the important aspects of carpet cleaning, and a few of our picks for the best steam cleaners that make the grade:

Tip #1: Carpets do not need to be saturated to be cleaned

As a general rule, you want to make sure that your carpet steam cleaner is not emitting tons of steam. Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to steam cleaning carpets, less is more. Less water means less dampness, and less dampness in carpets means less potential for mould and mildew buildup. In other words you want a steam cleaner that produces “dry steam” – an effect which maximizes the heat and cleaning potential of boiling water without “washing” the carpet. This will make your carpets cleaner, more sanitary, and remove bacteria and allergens without risk. Vapour steam cleaners such as the Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3.0 Steam Cleaner, Polti Vaporetto Evolution Steam Cleaner or Kärcher Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner are ideal for this kind of work.

Tip #2: Determine what kind of steam cleaning your carpets require

The amount of carpet you have in your home will determine what kind of steam cleaner you should use. For example, if you want full-area coverage in a house predominantly floored with carpet, you may want a steam mop with carpet attachment or a vapour steam cleaner. These are great for regular use and can get the job done fairly quickly. A few examples are the Morphy Richards 720022 12-in-1 Steam Cleaner, H2O Mop X5 5 in 1 Portable Steam Mop Multi Purpose and Shark 2 in1 Electric Steam Cleaner Mop.

Tip #3: Think about what else you want from a carpet steam cleaner

Do you want a steam cleaner limited only to carpets, or would you prefer for it to be able to handle other aspects of your home cleaning needs? We personally prefer multi-purpose steam cleaners for the simple reason that they can be used across multiple parts of your home. This reduces your cleaning time and helps with your overall productivity, allowing you more time to do the things that are important to you. Ideally, you want a steam cleaner that can handle carpet, upholstery and hard surfaces like tiles and hardwood. A few products that fit this bill are the Polti Vaporetto Go Steam Cleaner, Beldray 10-in-1 Steam Cleaner and Efbe-Schott High Pressure Steam Cleaner.

Polti Vapouretto Pocket Steam Cleaner

Designed as a lightweight option to traditional vapour steam cleaners, this pocket steam cleaner features 3 bar pressure and a handy shoulder strap for convenience when moving throughout your home.

It is extremely affordable when compared to full-size steam cleaners, and is powerful enough to get most standard cleaning jobs done without hassle. It you want an easy-to-use pocket steam cleaner for your home, this may be the right choice for you.

The Good:

The Polti Vaporetto Pocket Steam Cleaner was developed with flexibility and mobility in mind while retaining the power of a traditional vapour steam cleaner. It is very powerful for its’ moderate size and performs as well as any other vapour steam cleaner we tested. It is a bit underpowered for a vapour steam cleaner at 3 bar pressure, but this is to be expected from a product of its size.

It holds enough water to be effective for about 25 to 30 minutes and although this might be a shorter amount of time than many steam cleaners on the market, it is made easier by the shoulder strap that comes with it. This strap allows you to carry the Pocket with you anywhere you go, making cleaning significantly easier. It also means you are not stuck moving the boiler across the floor while you are cleaning.

The great part of the Pocket is that it allows you the mobility to clean hard-to-reach areas of your home without having to worry about how long the steam hose can extend. We found it very useful when cleaning windows, upholstery and tiled or hardwood floors as it puts out enough steam to be effective yet doesn’t drench the cleaning area. The attachments that come with the Pocket are designed to be used in tight, closed in areas. You have the option of choosing between a large floor brush for wide areas or a smaller floor brush for concentrated spot cleaning. Overall, it is a very flexible and powerful yet mobile vapour steam cleaner.

The Bad:

Although the Pocket is powerful for its size, this does not make it powerful when compared to the majority of vapour steam cleaners. At 3 bar pressure, it has decent power to get through messes but is underpowered compared to other vapour steam cleaners. A big problem we had with the Pocket is that it contains no carpet gliding option. This seemed to be a trend among the vapour steam cleaners, but it is still a problem when carpeted areas are difficult to clean with steam power.

In addition to the issues surrounding power and usefulness, the Pocket also struggles with run time. Unlike most vapour steam cleaners, the Pocket has difficulty operating for more than 25 minutes at full pressure. This is largely due to its reduced tank size to make it more portable.

Although this makes it lighter and easier to use, it also means regular refills are mandatory. Luckily, it has a continuous steam mechanism which makes refills quick and means there is no heat-up period to wait for. It also requires 2 hands to carry unless you are using the shoulder strap to sling it over your shoulders.

What We Love:

– Extremely lightweight
– Designed for carrying/shoulder strap
– Powerful for its size
– Very flexible and mobile

What Can Be Improved:

– Not ideal for tough cleanups
– Requires 2 hands to operate unless shoulder strap is used
– No carpet glider
– Runtime shorter than most vapour steam cleaners

Polti Vapouretto Eco Pro 3.0 Steam Cleaner

At 4.5 bar pressure, this powerful Polti steam cleaner is ready for anything you throw at it. 2L water tank capacity means you can cover your entire home without constant refills, and the range of attachments that come with the device make it ideal for total house cleaning, regardless of the scope of the job or the intensity of the cleaning required. The runtime of this device is 45 minutes – more than enough time to handle just about any steam cleaning you need to handle.

The Good:

The Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3.0 has a lot of amazing features that we loved while we were testing it. To start with, the Eco Pro 3.0 features one of the largest water tanks of any steam cleaner we tested, and the resulting run time is simply ridiculous. We operated it for over 90 minutes and still had steam to spare. It is also one of the most powerful steam cleaners we tested at 4.5 bar pressure. This made it a dream to operate since it could be used in the toughest scenarios and still pull through without any difficulty whatsoever.

In fact, the Eco Pro 3.0 is ideal for the toughest cleaning jobs you can think of since it uses a lot of water when producing steam. At 110 grams per minute, it destroys every other steam cleaner on the market. We found it to be great for outdoor work as well as indoor, with car engines, wheel rims and barbeques being some objects we tested it on. With multiple attachments for any specialized task you can think of, the Eco Pro 3.0 was designed to tackle every cleaning task easily and efficiently.

The Bad:

Although there are very few negatives we can say about the Eco Pro 3.0, it does have some shortcomings. The key problem we had with it was that it does not come with a carpet gliding attachment for use on carpeted floors. Given the multitude of tasks it can handle without any problems this may seem relatively minor, but we would have liked to see it so we could tackle large carpeted areas. It is still a very effective spot cleaning option for carpets, however.

The other issue that a homeowner might run across with the Eco Pro 3.0 is its water output. Although it is designed to be used with upholstery and fabric, the sheer amount of water it produces may leave many fabric surfaces damp after cleaning is complete. In the short term this is fine as it will kill dust mites and allergens, but over the long term this will distort and break apart fabrics, especially if they are used frequently after cleaning occurs. However, if you take care to let the fabrics dry before use, this will not be a significant problem.

What We Love:

– Extremely powerful
– Very long runtime
– Powers through any mess you put in front of it
– Lots of attachments for specialized jobs

What Can Be Improved:

– Can be heavy when fully filled
– Produces too much steam for viable use on fabrics
– No carpet glider attachment
– Carrying strap not recommended for elderly