The Efbe-Schott SteamEasy 4-Bar is a fantastic steam cleaning system. It encompasses everything you could want in a handheld steam cleaner: power, mobility, runtime and flexibility. With a 1.1 litre water tank, multiple extensions for different surfaces around the house, and with a portable handheld design, you can use this steam cleaner all over the house from ceiling to floor.
We absolutely loved the 4 bar pressure we achieved with it which blew every comparable device we tested out of the water. In our experience, you simply don’t get 4 bar pressure from a handheld device.
From a comfort perspective, it was one of the only devices we tested that was absolutely thermo-regulated, meaning it can be operated without feeling warm to the touch. Many devices tend to overheat after extensive use. Not so with the Efbe-Schott SteamEasy. It also comes with a shoulder strap for easy portability. This is great since a 1.1 litre tank of water can become heavy after extended use.
Everything about the SteamEasy is made for easy, effective use. Above all, the best part of our experience with Efbe-Schott was the customer service. Unlike many steam cleaners, this company stands behind its products and provides a 7/7 customer support service which allows you to get replacement parts or help with the machine if necessary. We did not have a problem with the device we tested, but it is great to know that a company stands behind its product even after you have bought it.
In terms of negatives, there are a couple of issues we had with the SteamEasy. Although it is capable of general floor coverage and cleaning carpets, we found it much more useful for spot-cleaning and power-cleaning rather than full-floor cleaning. This steam cleaner was designed for use on construction sites and it shows in how powerful, portable and efficient it is. That being said, it will work effectively for general-purpose home cleaning, and has the muscle to take care of the big messes when necessary. It can be overkill with regard to light dirt cleanups, however.
What We Love:
– Most powerful handheld steam cleaner we tested
– Huge water tank allows for long run time
– Very portable, easy to use
What Can Be Improved:
– Might be overkill for light house messes
– Best for emergency cleaning
– Can get heavy without shoulder strap
Carpet steam cleaners are what most people think of when they hear the words “steam cleaners”. Traditionally, these have been large, clunky machines that focus on removing stains from carpets. Rather than using steam cleaners as an emergency measure to remove stains from carpets, most of the products we have collected are meant to be used as part of your normal cleaning cycle. This keeps your carpet fresh and sanitized while avoiding stains setting in.
The benefits of carpet steam cleaners is that they are created with portability and ease of use in mind. Most are either portable units that look like vacuum cleaners, or can be mounted on your shoulders so you don’t have to worry about annoying cords getting in the way.
The primary consideration you should take into account when considering what carpet steam cleaner to get is how much bar pressure it holds and, depending on the amount of carpet in your home, the amount of water it contains. This will help in decided how long the steam cleaner can operate for and how deep the steam will penetrate into the carpet.
Ideal Steam Cleaners For Carpet:
– Extremely portable for easy use
– Allows you to specifically target problem areas of your carpet
– Can be placed on shoulder or back for portability
– Very little water capacity
– Not ideal for large carpeted areas
– Can get heavy if not mounted
Vapour Steam Cleaners
– Dry steaming gives deep clean
– Large water capacity for large carpeted areas
– High pressure systems provide highest sanitation
– Large systems can be unwieldy around the home
– Requires more energy
– Heavier than handheld options