Handheld Steam Cleaners 

No other steam clean has changed the game quite like handheld steam cleaners. Providing steam cleaning technology in a lightweight, portable form, these amazing cleaning machines have the ability to cut through the dirt and grime of every part of your home. They are also easy to maintain, easy to use and can be used for day-to-day or emergency cleaning. Best of all, by superheating water to boiling point, you can rest assured that whatever you clean with these tools will be sterilized and sanitized. This allows you to rest easy as your family enjoys your allergen-free home.

Handhelds are a great tool to have in your cleaning arsenal, but you should still do some research into which one best suits your specific needs. In general, there is very little difference from one handheld steam cleaner to the next. That being said, it is worth doing some research before making a purchase to make sure you have the best handheld steam cleaner available. Here are a few we felt deserved a special mention.

The Best Handheld Steam Cleaners


​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


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


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


Hopefully with our reviews of the best handheld steam cleaners we tested, you can make an informed purchasing decision and find the right handheld steam cleaner for your specific needs. 

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