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