The Shark 2-In-1 Electric Steam Cleaner Full Review

The Electric Steam Cleaner Mop & Handheld Steamer!

As far as steam mop/handheld steam cleaner combinations go, the Shark 2 in 1 is a fantastic choice for homeowners looking to make their regular cleaning regimen a bit faster and easier. The mop function is terrific for regular cleanups, ensuring the floor is fresh and clean with no allergens present.

The handheld breakaway section is excellent for cleaning tasks around the house including tiled and hardwood floors, bathrooms, kitchens and furniture. We have even heard of people using it to defrost their freezers.

What we particularly enjoy about this particular addition to the Shark steam cleaning family is that it can be used literally anywhere. Whether you are planning on taking care of the weekly buildup of dirt and grime or taking care of a significant spring cleaning project, you have the right tool in the Shark 2 in 1. Attachments and differentiated settings allow you to decide how much steam pressure you want to use, and how you want to use it.

We found the jets on this device to be more powerful than many other steam mops we tested, with the added benefit that it transforms into a handheld steamer with the push of a button. We were impressed with how it worked from start to finish, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a handy, flexible steam cleaning mop for their home.​

On the other hand, there were some noteworthy inadequacies we have seen in other reviews. Generally speaking, the difficulties come from a lack of steam pressure – a consistent complaint when it comes to these devices. Anything that is portable and is capable of boiling water to create significant amounts of steam will be prone to mechanical failure. When we tested it, we did not come across this problem, but we can’t ignore the reviews of other users. Another issue we have seen referenced regularly is the inability of this device to clean serious messes. As we mentioned above, we would not suggest it for heavy-duty cleaning. It is designed to handle regular, day-to-day jobs.

That being said, we are satisfied with our test of the Shark 2 in 1 and would suggest you give it a try to see if it’s right for you.

What We Love:

– Enough power for basic, everyday use
– Very flexible for all jobs around the house
– Reasonable price based on comparable products

What Can Be Improved:

– Other reviews have found the steam jets to be weak
– May not be able to handle serious messes
– Can’t take much punishment

Morphy Richards 9-in-1 Upright & Handheld Steam Mop

As far as home cleaning goes, this is really the only product you need. As with all steam cleaners, it removes the need for harsh chemicals and corrosive substances in your home. However the true beauty of this device is that it allows you to operate it as either an upright steam mop and it includes a detachable handheld steam cleaner which allows you to get into messy corners, countertops and onto upholstery. It performed well in nearly every one of our tests, but struggled when it came to excessively heavy grease during our barbeque test. For everyday cleaning, you won’t find many better products on the market, and certainly not for the price.

There are many aspects of this device that we enjoyed during the test phase. To start with, the 400 mL water tank capacity meant that the operating time of this mop surpassed most other comparable products. With most devices this can take upwards of 5 minutes, which just adds more time to your cleaning schedule. The boiler system is second to none and allows for instantaneous cleaning without having to wait for warm-up. This also means that when you do have to refill, you can fill and immediately move back to cleaning without having to wait.

There is also a detachable handheld steam cleaner which can be used for any surface from countertops to ovens and grout to carpet. It can also extend to be used for windows, clothing and tiled floors, depending on your cleaning needs. The great thing about this extension is that it does not lose any power when it is used. Many other detachable handheld options don’t perform at the same level as the mop.

Unfortunately, the device is not without its faults. At only 14 minutes of runtime, it allows you a bit less cleaning time than most steam mops. However, we felt this was counteracted by the fact there is no heat up period, meaning the refill process is quick and easy. The steam mop carpet attachment was also not as good as others we have tested, although it got the job done.

What We Love:

– Very powerful for a steam mop
– Great detachable handheld steam cleaner for multiple surfaces
– No heat up time

What Can Be Improved:

– Shorter runtime than some steam mops we tested
– Carpet attachment is okay, but not great

Pifco 10-in-1 Steam Mop

As far as steam mop/handheld steam cleaner combinations go, the Shark 2 in 1 is a fantastic choice for homeowners looking to make their regular cleaning regimen a bit faster and easier. The mop function is terrific for regular cleanups, ensuring the floor is fresh and clean with no allergens present. The handheld breakaway section is excellent for cleaning tasks around the house including tiled and hardwood floors, bathrooms, kitchens and furniture. We have even heard of people using it to defrost their freezers.

With a 400mL water tank, the 10-in-1 Steam Mop is very average in terms of runtime and the need to refill for steam cleaning devices. It requires a heat-up time of about 30 seconds, which is a bit slower than the industry average of 20 seconds. That being said, the primary talking point here is the price. Depending on the brand you buy, this device is about 5 times cheaper than the average steam mop/handheld detachment equivalent. This makes it an excellent entry-level steam-cleaner and one we would suggest you try out before moving on to larger purchases.

That being said, with lower price comes less functionality. We felt that this steam mop was put together less solidly than most steam mops we tested, and therefore is more likely to fail. Based on our experience, we estimate that this product will likely last for about a year of consistent use before needing to be replaced. Most products we tested average between 3 and 7 years of active service, so this is not a bad deal with all factors considered. The two big disadvantages it features are a relatively small service area (about 5 metres) and the fact that it is not really made for cleaning carpets. All being said and done, if you live in a typical house and do not need a miracle-working steam cleaner, this is probably the right product for you – especially as a starting item.

What We Love:

– Very easy to use
– Great starting steam cleaner
– Extremely affordable

What Can Be Improved:

– A bit flimsy compared to other steam mops
– Not made for carpets
– Requires regular refills

Beldray 10-in-1 Steam Cleaner

The Beldray 10-in-1 Steam Cleaner is a great first-purchase option for those wondering if a steam cleaner is the right choice for their home. It features a steam mop for full floor coverage from tiled floors to hardwood and even carpet. It also has a handheld detachable option for covering the areas of your home that a mop can’t reach – countertops, cupboards, stove tops, sinks, bathtubs and grout. It can even be used effectively to clean windows from top to bottom. We think it is a great product for the cost since it takes care of everyday cleaning tasks with ease and gives you a taste of the power of steam cleaning.

The Beldray 10-in-1 has a 450mL water tank, which surpasses most steam mops on the market and provides you with about 15 minutes of operational steam time before a refill is necessary. The amount of water used by the mop can be altered according to the degree of the mess you have to clean up, and it only takes about 20 seconds to reach full steam potential. This means that the breaks between use are minimized and you can complete your regular cleaning more quickly and efficiently. With 3 bar pressure coming out of the steam jets, the power of this device is incredible when compared to most steam mops on the market. Unfortunately, that power comes at a price.

To start with, the 10-in-1 is very heavy at almost 5 Kg. This is about twice the weight of the average steam mop, and can make regular cleaning a bit tiresome. We found the attachments were a bit flimsy. Although we never experienced a failure while we tested it, this is something to be aware of. Lastly, the regular refill intervals made cleaning large spaces a bit of a chore. However, we do not see this being a problem when used in the average household.

What We Love:

– Very powerful versus other comparable products
– Extremely flexible
– Great starter steam cleaner

What Can Be Improved:

– Regular refills are a bit of a pain
– Can get heavy if used for prolonged periods of time
– Not a great choice for upholstery

Beldray 9-in-1 Steam Cleaner

The Beldray 9-in-1 provides you with everything you could possibly ask for in an all-in-one steam cleaning system. It provides 15 minutes of steam time and accessories which allow you to cover every floor in your home. Whether you are working on hardwood or tiled floors, this excellent machine gives you the power and water volume to get the job done. It also features a carpet-combing attachment which allows you to operate this steam cleaner on carpeted surfaces – a rarity among steam mops. It is lightweight and portable, and has enough power to take care of most day-to-day cleaning needs.

What We Liked:
– Ease of use
– Portability

What Could Be Improved:

– 15 minute steam time is shorter than most comparable products

Ideal Steam Cleaners For Hardwood and Tile

Steam Mops

PROS:

– Steam mops are light and portable
– Enough power for day-to-day cleaning
– Most feature handheld steam cleaning option
– Very cheap option

CONS:

– Do not provide deep clean of vapour steam cleaners
– Handheld cleaners can be a pain for large areas
– Not made for tough-cleaning scenarios
– Vapour Steam Cleaners

Vapour Steam Cleaners

PROS:

– Very powerful option for deep cleaning
– Limited water usage means no warped floors
– Get for large areas

CONS:

– Tend to be more expensive than steam cleaning mops
– Are not as portable as steam cleaning mops
– Require more energy to operate

The Best Steam Cleaners For Floors, Carpets and Furniture

Depending on what you are cleaning in your home, you want to make sure the steam cleaning product you choose is suited to the task. We have put together a brief list of our favourite steam cleaning products suited to specific tasks you might encounter in your home so we can maximize the value each of these products has for you.

Steam Cleaners For Floors

Steam cleaners have traditionally been associated with deep-cleaning carpets and for sanitizing hardwood and tiled floors. Here are a few things you should look for when buying for these specific tasks:

Hardwood and Tile Steam Cleaners

Hardwood and tiled floors are seen as being the easiest to clean, making them a common part of any home. That being said, you want to make sure that the products you are using are not causing long-term damage to these surfaces. Cleaning products used with mops, for example, can damage hardwood by corroding the surface and letting moisture underneath. This can cause warping and disfigured flooring, costing you thousands in repairs every few years.

Steam cleaners provide a solution to this problem – they are designed for floors do not use any harsh chemicals meaning your floors remain safe and sound throughout your cleaning regimen. Additionally, the amount of water used by these devices is very small. The end result is that none of the moisture you create during your clean will warp your floors. This keeps them shining without any risk of damage.

The best for hardwood or tiled floors tend to be steam mops. These products are made for light use and regular cleaning projects, which is what hardwood and tiled floors typically need.