Full Review – Kärcher Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner

Karcher is a brand that is synonymous with efficiency and power when it comes to steam cleaners. They have developed a name for themselves by producing powerful, effective vapour steam cleaners that can be used for nearly any mess in your home. The Kärcher Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner continues in this tradition, and provided us with an excellent test product that performed very well in every test we subjected it to. When we tested it, we found we could operate the device for over 20 minutes without requiring a refill. Additionally, the separate boiler/mop setup of the Multi-Purpose means you can refill the tank even while it is being used, eliminating the need to wait for water to boil before use. For the price, we highly recommend testing out the Karcher Multi-Purpose for your general steam cleaning needs. It is flexible, lightweight and provides an excellent starting point for those interested in testing out steam cleaning options.

The Good:

To start with, the Karcher Multi-Purpose provides 3.5 bar pressure through a separated mop/boiler combination. We found this strong enough to power through almost any job we put in front of it. The adjustable steam control gave us just the right amount of steam depending on the work we needed it to do.. Even when we did have to conduct a refill, the Multi-Purpose has a continuous steam function which permits you to refill the water even as the device is producing more steam. This eliminated the wait times most steam cleaners have after refills and helped cut down on our overall cleaning times, particularly for larger rooms.

We really liked the price of the Multi-Purpose. For the same price as most steam mops, it provides you with steam jets that are twice as powerful and eliminates the waiting associated with waiting for heat up. We were also impressed by the 2-year guarantee that comes with the product. Karcher is known to stand behind their products and this is a rarity that most steam cleaning manufacturers do not provide. This makes it ideal as a first-time steam cleaning purchase as you are guaranteed to get your money’s worth and the product itself is among the better ones we tested.

The Bad:

Although there is much to say for the Karcher Multi-Purpose, it does have some shortcomings. With a relatively small 500 mL water tank, regular refills will be a necessity. Although the continuous steam function makes this a relatively minor issue, it will require you to make regular trips for water adding to your cleaning times. The hose only extends 4 metres in any direction, meaning larger rooms will require you to move the boiler regularly.

One of the bigger shortcomings of the Karcher Multi-Purpose is that it does not feature a carpet-gliding attachment. This limits the number of places it can be used effectively although we found that it worked great on tiled floors and countertops. Depending on whether your home has a lot of carpet or not may determine whether or not this is the right product for you. To add to this point, the Multi-Purpose is not ideal for outdoor use. This is normal for most steam cleaning products, but it is something that limits its abilities.

What We Love:

– Very powerful
– Great for nearly every surface in your home
– Continuous steam function means no waiting for heat-up
– Extremely lightweight and flexible
– Can be used on fabrics and upholstery

What Can Be Improved:

– Water tank is small and requires regular refills
– Extension hose extends only 4 metres and limits mobility
– Can’t be used on carpets or outdoors

Hoover SteamJet Express Handheld Steam Cleaner

The Hoover SteamJet Express is a portable little steam cleaner which is designed to get into small, cramped areas and perform the job of cleaning them with minimal time spent on heat-up or refills. It has the advantage of being a handheld steam cleaner, making it very light and easy to use, with a simple trigger-use system.

It is among the most powerful handheld steam cleaners we reviewed and produces a significant amount of steam, despite having a relatively small water tank when compared to vapour steam cleaners.

The Good:

The Hoover SteamJet Express has a lot going for it. It is extremely compact in the way most handheld steam cleaners are. It provides a lot of steam power for its size, and can be operated for up to 15 consecutive minutes without the need for a refill. It is also very flexible as it can be used for spot-cleaning carpets or as a general-purpose cleaning option for countertops, windows, grout or appliances. We even found it useful when defrosting a freezer quickly and efficiently.

In terms of heat-up time, the SteamJet Express is ready to use in less than 30 seconds, making it one of the faster steam cleaners we found to go from refill to work. It comes with a number of accessories which make general above-floor cleaning a breeze. Additionally, the price alone makes this steam cleaner a great choice as a first-time steam cleaner purchase. With it, you will know whether or not steam cleaners are an effective method for cleaning your home without breaking the bank in the process.

The Bad:

While the price is right and there are a lot of great things to be said about it, the SteamJet Express has the shortcomings of many handheld steam cleaners. For one, it has a very limited water tank capacity, which will make refills unavoidable for large-scale cleaning jobs. This limits the number of jobs it is able to accomplish and removes the ability to clean large surfaces like floors and carpets efficiently. A few reviews we browsed also claim that the attachments such as the wire brushes do not stand up under extended use, although we found no indication of this.

What We Love:

– Very lightweight and easy to use
– Powerful enough for general-purpose cleaning
– Heats up very quickly and no wait times to continue cleaning
– Great for spot-cleaning spills on carpets and floors
– Can be used on almost all surfaces including windows, grout, countertops
– Well-priced

What Can Be Improved:

– Limited water capacity means more refills required for larger cleaning jobs
– Not ideal for large-scale cleaning jobs
– Difficult to use on wide areas of carpet or tiled floors

Fabric Steam Cleaners

Steam cleaners designed for use with fabrics have been around for a while. That being said, it took a long time to perfect a system that allowed for a deep clean while simultaneously avoiding too much exposure to moisture. Today’s fabric steam cleaners are far and above some of the best to have ever been invented. They can come in handheld or full-system forms, allowing you to move around your home easily and thoroughly cleaning your furniture, drapes, clothing and towels.

These excellent cleaning machines give you an alternative to dusting on a regular basis, adding moisture to the air and removing additional particles from your home, limiting the amount of dust which collects and giving you a quick cleaning option that doesn’t involve chemicals of any kind.

When it comes to purchasing a steam cleaner for fabric, it is worth taking a look at vapour and handheld devices since they give you options both for portability and for “dry steaming”. The benefit of dry steaming is the production of high-pressured steam using as little water as possible. This limits the amount of water that makes its way into your furniture, which eliminates the risk of water damage that most water-based cleaning solutions have.

Ideal Steam Cleaners For Fabrics:

Handheld

PROS:

– Portable and lightweight for every situation
– Easy for localized cleaning
– Able to target problem areas

CONS:

– Do not run for very long
– Some use too much water for effective cleaning
– Can damage some kinds of furniture and fabrics

Vapour Steam Cleaners

PROS:

– High pressure systems allow for deep cleaning
– Run for a long time when compared to most steam cleaners
– Dry steaming can be used on any kind of fabric without risk of damage

CONS:

– Heavier cleaning system
– Requires more energy
– Costs more than handheld devices