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There are quite a few great reasons to consider getting a steam cleaner. It is a healthy way of cleaning without harsh detergents or chemicals to get results. This is good for the environment, for you and your family, and everything you’re cleaning.
If you suffer from allergies, asthma, or a weak immune system, using a steamer is a great alternative to using chemicals that could make you sick. Steam cleaning is also better for pregnant women or households with very small children or elderly. On this page, we have assembled the six best models on the market this year!
Our Top Home Steam Cleaners List
1. Dupray Neat Steam Cleaner
Our all time top choice, this heavy duty cleaner can clean floors, furniture, carpet, cars and more. It cleans using super-heated steam at temperatures up to 275 degrees, killing 99% of bacteria and viruses, and has a large-capacity tank that gives you 50 minutes of cleaning power between refills. Despite the super high temperatures, the heat-up time is relatively short, taking only seven minutes to reach its hottest temp. The kit comes with 18 different accessories, including different cleaning heads, brushes, two extension tubes and more. The unit has a retractable handle, easy-glide wheels, a 16-foot power cord and a six and a half foot hose. Despite its heavy duty cleaning capabilities, the unit is very lightweight.
- Quick heat-up time + high temps.
- Two year warranty & lifetime warranty on the boiler.
- Added fragrance boost deodorizes as well as cleans.
- No place to rest the steamer hose and head when not in use.
2. McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam System
This home steam cleaner takes about 12 minutes to heat up to its highest temperature, but once it gets there, the large capacity tank allows two solid hours of cleaning without needing a refill. This cleaner has temps over 200 degrees, a psi of 58 and gives you control over how much steam you want.
The kit comes with 23 different accessories to help with all of your cleaning needs. Some of these include two extension rods, a mop head, a squeegee and even more. The power cord is 18 feet long and can be stored right on the unit when not in use. The hose is ten feet long.
The whole unit weighs about 13 pounds and has wheels for ease of movement. The included nozzles allow you to spray down surfaces to loosen the dirt, entirely eliminating the need for scrubbing.
- Two hours of cleaning time before refill.
- Includes 23 different accessories.
- Has an adjustable pressure knob to control the flow of steam.
- Some reviewers claim the knobs on the machine are flimsy and break easily.
3. McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Cleaner
The second McCulloch product on the list, the MC1275 is a little smaller than the MC1385, but the cleaning power is just as impressive. Because it has a smaller tank than the MC1385, it heats up faster, reaching its peak temperature in about eight minutes. However, you’ll only get about 45 minutes out of it before you’ll need to refill it again.
The temperature heats up to over 200 degrees, and the pressure reaches 43 psi. This cleaner is capable of producing anywhere from 33-37 gallons of steam each minute; that’s a lot of steam.
Mold, grime, grease and even stains are no match against this steam cleaner. It can also be used to clean a wide variety of different surfaces, including your car, grill, kitchen appliances, floors, grout, tile, granite and more.
Its hose is nine feet long, and the power cord is over 15 feet long, allowing you to reach a lot of hard to reach areas. The kit comes with 18 different accessories, and because it’s low to the ground rather than upright, it’s easier to move than some of the others on the list because you don’t have to worry about it tipping over.
- Compact design makes movement easy.
- Two year warranty.
- Quick heat-up time.
- Can only clean for 45 minutes before needing to be refilled.
- Does not include variable steam control.
4. Wagner Spraytech Multipurpose
With its 48-ounce tank, this steam cleaner can only run for about 45 minutes before it has to be refilled, but it can do a lot in those 45 minutes. It takes less than ten minutes to heat up to boiling; at that point, the cleaning capabilities are so strong, it can actually remove wallpaper from the wall. In fact, the kit comes with an accessory especially meant for removing wallpaper.
In addition to wallpaper removal, this cleaner can clean floors, cars, appliances, toilets, counters and more. There are several different attachments to specially suit each of these needs.
The unit’s hose is eight feet long, and its power cord can be neatly rolled up into the unit. It has wheels for ease of movement, and its compact, horizontal design and light weight make carrying and storing it a snap. It also has a feature that allows you to keep it steaming continuously or change it to intermittent steaming.
- Two modes of cleaning: continuous or intermittent.
- Can be used as a wallpaper remover.
- Reaches the boiling point in under ten minutes.
Can only clean for 45 minutes before needing to be refilled.
Comes only with a one year limited warranty.
5. Vapamore MR-100 Primo Steam Cleaning System
Although it is the most expensive cleaner on our list, the Vapamore is definitely worth the money. Despite the fact that it is super lightweight and moves like a breeze, it’s capable of cleaning for a solid hour without needing a refill. The temps fall in the 210-220 range and kill a large percentage of bacteria, viruses, bedbugs, dust mites, mold and more, providing you with the cleanest, most sanitary surfaces possible.
You can adjust the amount of steam you want, which allows you to clean just about any type of surface imaginable, including clothes while using the specific fabric tool included with the accessories. There are 22 other accessories included as well.
- Fast heat-up times + high temperatures.
- One hour of cleaning.
- Can be used on any surface, including clothes.
- Pretty expensive.
6. Steamfast SF-370WH Multi-Purpose Home Steam Cleaner
The Steamfast is another mid-size steam cleaner that reaches temperatures of about 200 degrees in eight minutes. It provides users with 45 minutes of cleaning before needing to be refilled, and it works on many different types of surfaces, including floors, furniture, glass and more. The cleaner provides you with steam as needed with the trigger on the hose. However, if you prefer to clean with continuous steam, the trigger has a lock to accommodate this.
It’s powered by a 1500W/120V boiler. It’s lightweight at just a little over eight pounds, and its power cord is a little over 15 feet long, meaning you can drag it around for quite a while before needing to find a new outlet. The wheels make this relatively easy to do. The kit also comes with 15 accessories, including a corner tool, a jet nozzle, two extension wands and more.
- Two cleaning modes: continuous or as-needed.
- Quick heat-up time.
- No handle on the unit, making carrying it problematic.
- No on-board place to store the power cord.
- Only cleans for 45 minutes before needing to be refilled.
Verdict & Review
Any of these steam cleaners are excellent choices. They each have their own perks and downsides but the Dupray Neat remains our all-time #1 favorite.
The Dupray has a speedy heat-up time and reaches the hottest temperatures of any of the cleaners on our list, making it the only one that can boast killing 99% of bacteria and viruses. The Dupray also includes 18 different accessories for use in cleaning just about every single surface you could possibly want to clean.
Finally, it has a fair price. With this cleaner, you get near professional-quality steam cleaning at a totally reasonable price. Plus, you’re able to buy with confidence because this cleaner comes with a general two year warranty and a lifetime warranty on the boiler. Decent price and peace of mind – you just can’t beat that.
One of the biggest considerations when deciding on which model to buy is, of course, what you’ll be using it to clean. If you want a general, all-purpose cleaner, you’ll want something a little bigger and able to clean multiple surfaces. If you mainly plan to use your steamer for smaller things, such as clothes and furniture, then a small, handheld steam cleaner will likely do the trick. For floors and windows (even surfaces), you can check out steam mops, too. You can also get special steam cleaners for jewelry.
However, simply determining the uses for your cleaner is not the only consideration you need to make. Here are some of the most important things to think about before purchasing.
Ease of Use
One thing you need to determine up front is how much work you’re willing to put into this steam cleaner. The models we’re listing here are all mid-size cleaners that are relatively lightweight, easy to move and easy to use. However, there are some large, professional-grade steamers on the market that can be quite cumbersome and difficult to use. You need to decide if you want to deal with that.
You may be wondering why you’d choose to purchase a large, bulky cleaner instead of the ones listed above. Well, the trade-off comes in the cleaning power. Some of the larger, heavier cleaners also pack a lot more cleaning power than the mid-level cleaners. If you’re purchasing a cleaner to use professionally or if you simply know you’ll be using it regularly or on huge jobs, you might want to trade in the simplicity and ease of a mid-level model for the enhanced cleaning abilities of a larger, harder-to-handle model.
You also need to determine what type of cleaner you’d prefer – a continuous, steady stream of steam or an on-demand, trigger-equipped model that allows you to control the steam. Some of our models are equipped for both, but not all are.
Another consideration is how often you want to refill. We’ll talk about this a little more when we discuss tank size, but there are actually steam cleaners on the market that have two water tanks in them, giving you a much longer cleaning time before you have to stop and refill both tanks. If your jobs are likely to be long and intensive, this might be something worth buying.
Maximum Temperatures and Pressure Levels
When it comes to steam cleaning, the hotter your steam is, the deeper your clean will be. Similarly, the hotter the temperature, the higher level of pressure your cleaner will produce. The higher pressure is what makes the machine clean and sanitize better. However, the types of cleaners that generate the highest temperatures and greatest pressures are also the ones that come with the highest price tag.
That brings us to our next consideration: price. The cleaners on our list are all reasonably priced, but devices like this can get expensive. Usually the most expensive ones are also the ones that clean and sanitize the best. However, if you’re on a budget, those might not be an option for you.
In that case, you need to see which cleaners offer the best and most sanitary cleaning within your budget, or if you’re determined to get the best clean possible, you might have to consider spending a little more money than you initially anticipated.
As you can see just from our small list of cleaners, there are a wide variety of tank sizes on cleaners. The larger the tank capacity on a cleaner, the longer you can clean without having to stop, refill and wait for the water to heat up again.
If you’ll mostly be using your cleaner for small jobs such as clothing, furniture or one single room’s floor at a time, then you might save some money by purchasing a cleaner with a smaller tank. However, if you plan to do a lot of large cleaning jobs at once, you might want to spend a little extra and spring for a cleaner with a larger tank or even one that contains two tanks.
Finally, don’t forget to check out the accessories included with your cleaner. You don’t want to get an amazing price on a cleaner just to get it home and find out it has literally nothing with it and you’re going to have to spend a hundred dollars or more just getting the attachments you’ll need.
It’s always best to pay a little more and get everything you could possibly need included with the steam cleaner than to try to save money by buying just the unit and then having to spend a ton of extra cash for the extras.
The most important thing is to find a cleaner that fits your needs and is going to be right for you. Remember, a good steam cleaner is a long-term investment. You’ll be using it for the next several years. Sometimes it’s worth it to pay a little more for something that’s going to last that long.
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