14 Best Steam Mops and Cleaners: 2019 UK Guide-Best Brands Reviewed
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Every hard floor needs to be steam cleaned at some point, especially if you have kids or pets. It’s amazing how much dirt is there, even when the floor looks really clean.
When I picked up my first steam cleaner I was shocked by the amount of dirt it collected – and I am the kind of person who uses antibacterial wipes to clean the kitchen floor several times a week on top of hoovering.
They don’t just pick up the dirt that you didn’t know was there, they also kill bacteria that might be lingering on your floor due to the heat produced while cleaning – which can help to keep playing kids and crawling babies safe.
Of course, it’s not very easy to figure out which one you need, or which steam cleaner is actually going to work best in your home. There’s no need to worry though, I have been there, and that’s why I put this together.
In this guide, we are not only taking you through the best steam cleaners and showing you some of the steam cleaner reviews (from both myself and customers), we are also going to show you all the different types and how they can benefit you.
Take some time to sit and read through this extensive and informative guide so that you can find the perfect steal cleaner for your home.
There are three main types of steam cleaner available, and you can find each of them below. In this section, we take you through each of them alongside their uses and some of the key features they have that you will want to consider.
Hopefully, this will be the first step towards you finding the right type of steam cleaner for you.
These are the latest steam cleaners on the scene, and a steam mop stands upright and has a water tank that is attached to the handle.
They are the best ones for tiles and wooden floors, as well as the most popular choice of steam cleaner. These are the most versatile models, but not quite as flexible as the classic steam cleaner.
Single purpose: Usually, these are the cheaper steam mops, and they are made solely for cleaning the floor or something similar. They might come with a few floor attachments, but nothing like the multipurpose models (see below).
Multipurpose: These models tend to be suited to more than one task, so things like cleaning the floors, as well as the windows and furniture. Usually, they will come with a range of attachments that allow you to create a more versatile machine.
Cordless/Corded: With steam mops, you can choose between cordless and corded models. It all depends on your personal preference (I like corded ones a lot more, for example), but when you are looking at a cordless model, you should check that the battery life and charging period are going to work for you. With a corded model, make sure it comes with a good size cable.
This is the original format, and the product that started the steam cleaner movement. They are the most flexible optional available, and they can be used to clean any part of your home – from the hob and the oven, to the floors. You can also grab them for a bargain price.
Cylinder steam cleaner: This is one of the types of steam cleaner, and these usually come with a main body, a bendy hose, and a plastic tube with a nozzle. They are also known as barrel steam cleaners and come with a great range of attachments. They do tend to be heavier than a standard steam cleaner though.
2-in-1 steam cleaner: These look like a bulkier version of a steam mop, and they combine a steam cleaner with a handheld model that can be removed from the internal area. Combined, they can tackle anything, and separated they are able to reach those difficult corners. They are a little heavier, but they do an amazing job.
Handheld Steam Cleaners
These are the perfect steam cleaners for those who want something that is lightweight and compact, but also for people who just want to clean small areas – like the bathroom floor or tiles. They are great for car interiors, as well as reaching places that would otherwise be difficult to get to.
Battery life: The majority of handheld steam cleaners are cordless, although you might come across a few corded ones. While things like the steaming time are important (see the next section), the battery life is vital for a handheld model. You want something that is going to last long enough to get those small jobs done.
Charging period: Again, this is an important one to look out for. Just like vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners can take a while to charge up, so when you are picking your handheld model, try to select something that only take a couple of hours to charge instead of 12 or more. That way, it’s always on hand when you need it.
Portability: A handheld steam cleaner should be lightweight and portable, so it’s easy to move around the home and to tackle the areas you need it to. When you go to buy, invest in something that really prides itself on how portable it is and has an overall light weight.
If there is one thing you should always remember, it is to check that your floors are able to cope with being steamed cleaned before you buy. Is there much worse than warped or peeling floors? Not really. Make sure you always keep this tip in the back of your head.
How Much to Spend on a Steam Cleaner?
When it comes to steam cleaners, this is not always the easiest question to answer. There are some models that you can pick up for £50 that work great, and some for £250 that is an absolute dream. Unlike with vacuum cleaners, the price does not always guarantee that you are going to get something that is great quality. For steam cleaners, it is best to stick to our detailed guide to find out which ones we recommend. However, if you are feeling a little stuck, these are some of the top brands we suggest (and they come in a range of prices):
Following on from the previous section, there are a few things that you will want to look for regardless of the type of steam cleaner you decide to purchase. Take a look below and read through the features that I feel are most important.
The first thing you need to look at is your budget – what you can afford and what you are willing to spend. Once you have sorted that aspect out, the rest will come easily and with no issues. It will help you to narrow down your search, and you can look at the models that slot into your budget.
This often refers to the steam pressure, but it can also refer to the bar pressure. Models that have a higher steam pressure (measured in grams of steam per minute, or gm) tend to be the ones that leave the floor wettest after it has been used.
In terms of power, you will find that the higher the number, the more powerful the steam output is when you are cleaning. So, for a really powerful stem cleaner, look for a high gm.
Water Tank Capacity
This is all down to personal preference, but a large capacity means that you can clean for longer – so you don’t have to stop halfway through your session in order to refill the tank.
I definitely prefer a large water tank capacity as it makes the job quicker, but if you want a small and portable model (such as a handheld steam cleaner), you will have to go with a smaller capacity.
This also links in the with the concept of the steaming time, which is how long a steam cleaner can go before it needs to be refilled. Some are only able to go for 10 minutes, and others can go for well over an hour.
Types of Tank
A steam cleaner with a single tank will stop being able to produce steam once the tank is empty. With a twin tank, they last twice as long, and you can fill one tank with water while the other is heating up – so you never have to stop cleaning.
This is great for larger homes or ones that need a really serious clean. What I will note, however, is that both tend to have around the same overall capacity.
This is how long it takes for the steam cleaner to heat up before you can use it. There are some that are ready in a matter of seconds, and others that take over 10 minutes before they are ready to go. Steam mops tend to be the fastest ones to heat up, whereas cylinder steam cleaners are often the slowest ones.
Not every steam cleaner has this, as most models just use water, but if you want an extra level of clean, you can pick up a steam cleaner that has a separate detergent tank. It’s quite self-explanatory, as all you need to do is pour the detergent in and you are ready to go.
Adjustable Steam Rate
Not all steam cleaners come with this feature, but some do. Often, it is in the form of a dial that you can turn according to the steam setting that you want – allowing you to change the power levels according to your needs.
If you check out your user manual, you will find some cleaning tasks benefit from different steam levels.
If you live in a hard water area, this is an absolute must. Your steam cleaner is just like your kettle in the sense that it is not immune from limescale, and I have always found these filters to be massively useful as someone who lives in a hard water area.
The filter works to slow the build-up of limescale down so that you don’t have to clean it out as often. Some filters are replaceable, others are permanent.
Weight and Handling
There isn’t much worse than trying to lug a really heavy steam cleaner around, so you want something that is light enough for you to use and lift.
Most steam cleaners are quite a comfortable weight, but it is something that you should always check before you buy. The handling is also important. You don’t want a steam cleaner that is difficult to move around, and my suggestion is to find one with a swivel head.
This allows you to turn tight corners, as well as glide across the floors easily. It makes the process more manageable and also helps you to save some time.
There are a large number of accessories that you can purchase separately, or that will come with your steam cleaner. This tends to vary between brands and models, but here is a list of the best accessories you can get for a steam cleaner – take note!
Squeegee - for cleaning glass
Scrubbing brushes – to remove embedded grime from grout and tiles
Carpet glider – for refreshing the carpets (more on this later)
Cleaning pads - for wiping surfaces down
Upholstery tool - for treating stains and refreshing fabric
Scrubbing pad – for removing grease from ovens
Crevice tool – to remove grime from hard to reach locations
Direct steam nozzle – to spray a burst of steam in a difficult to access area
Extension hose – for a little extra reach
Flat scrubber – for cleaning surfaces, mirrors, and walls
The Benefits of Steam
Steam cleaners used something that is called dry steam, and this is different to the kind of steam that you experience in places like saunas and steam rooms.
In this section, I talk about the benefits of using dry steam in your home, as well as how a steam cleaner could be beneficial to you.
One thing that steam cleaners do really well is save time. They are usually very quick to heat up, and once they are ready to go, you don’t need to stop until your floor is nice and clean.
Models with large tanks can get your whole house done in no time at all, and even the handheld ones tend to have enough capacity to get the room you need to the standard you want.
More Powerful Than a Standard Mop
It provides more power than a standard mop, and you can usually adjust the power setting so that more steam is released for those really grimy areas. This means that your floors end up cleaner and better looked after by the end of it.
They can create massive amounts of pressure (think 5 bar) so that even things like your oven can get a good scrubbing. The section below looks at whether or not a steam cleaner is better than a standard mop.
Don’t Rely on Chemicals
You can buy some steam cleaners that have a detergent tank, but more often than not you will find the standard models have no need for chemicals, and you only need to put water inside.
This is kinder on your floors, but also means that you can clean in a more natural way without worrying about germs and bacteria. Not to mention, it is kinder to your pets and kids.
The dry steam produced by the steam cleaner when it is being run over your floors actually kills bacteria and leaves you with a cleaner home in every sense of the word.
Barely anything survives once this has run over it, and as someone whose pets are always bringing in debris from the outside world, it is essential that I keep my floors free from germs.
This is really important if you have children that are crawling on your hard floors or carpets, as it means they won’t come into too much contact with potentially dangerous bacteria.
Variety of Types to Choose from
Something that we looked at earlier on is the variety you will find with steam cleaners. Unlike a standard mop, there are different types and models to choose from, so you can find one that will slide in with your lifestyle and keep your floors clean. From handheld to standard models, there is something that is beneficial to everyone.
Is it Better Than a Standard Mop?
In my opinion, and from experience, yes, I believe that steam cleaners/steam mops are better and more hygienic than a standard mop.
The regular old mop that you buy at the supermarket tends to spread germs across the floor, especially when you often have to keep dipping it into water that is getting dirtier by the minute.
Steam cleaners also tend to be faster, heating up to a temperature that kills bacteria but also zooming across your floors with ease. After all, you don’t have to stop and dunk your steam mop back into a bucket to keep going.
The floors are also much dryer after cleaning, allowing you to resume your normal routine in a shorter space of time. Of course, a standard mop and bucket are a lot cheaper, and it doesn’t usually cost more than £10 for both of them together.
A steam cleaner, on the other hand, can set you back a good £100. However, I feel that it is worth the extra money for something that is cleaner, faster, and much more efficient.
Never leave your steam cleaner unattended when it is switched on. If a pet, child, or even you accidentally touch it, it could end up burning you. The steam may be dry, but they still get very hot.
Uses for a Steam Cleaner or Steam Mop
While we did look briefly at the functions of steam cleaners earlier on, in this section I take a closer look at the areas of your home a steam cleaner, or steam mop, that might benefit most from a good steam clean.
Kitchen, Bathroom, and Hard Floors
This is the classic use for a steam cleaner – keeping your floors looking fantastic. The hard floors in your kitchen, bathroom, and the rest of your house can benefit massively from a nice steam clean, especially if you have kids or pets.
The process is simple, just set is up according to the instructions and start sliding it across your floors. You will have perfect results in no time.
Cleaning the Oven
Sadly, we can’t always buy a new oven when it gets dirty. I did it once (true story), and it just isn’t cost effective. No, it’s not nice to be met with baked on grease and grime that makes you gag when you get up close, but your steam cleaner can help all your troubles go away.
If you use your steamer (preferably a handheld model for ease of use) with a brush attachment, all of the grease and grime from inside your oven and on your hob, will simply melt away – so all you have to do is wipe it clean. The really tough stuff might take more effort, but on the whole, it is so much easier.
Cleaning the Furniture and Bedding
We talked before about how the steam produced by a steam cleaner can work to kill dust mites and bacteria, which is why it can work so well on your furniture, but also your mattress.
In the case of your mattress, it not only kills bacteria, and dust mites, but also any germs that your vacuum cleaner simply cannot reach. It gives it a purifying clean that ensures you are germ-free.
Of course, you should always use it on a low steam setting so that these items don’t end up soaked, but even then, the mites and bacteria will be killed effectively. Usually, there is an upholstery attachment so that you can get the job done thoroughly.
All I recommend is leaving the mattress and the chairs to dry thoroughly for a few hours after cleaning them, so you don’t get a wet backside.
Cleaning the Interior of Your Car
This works the same way as cleaning your furniture. Grab the upholstery tool (and I recommend a handheld steam cleaner for ease of use), and you can start using it to clean your upholstery in the car.
Much like the rest of the furniture, it is strongly recommended that you do not use it on a really damp setting so that the seats and other areas are not damaged, and so that they are given time to dry.
Cleaning Windows and Curtains
Interestingly, you can usually pick up a squeegee attachment for your steam cleaner if it does not come with one already. Using a steam cleaner to get the windows looking great means that you aren’t left with any streaks afterwards, and the water doesn’t run down the window.
Even so, I suggest placing a towel at the bottom of the window as while it does not run, you might end up with a few drips. Cleaning the curtains is quite similar to the car and furniture.
All you need is the upholstery tool, and you are ready to go. Just remember to check the care label for the curtains before you get started.
Defrosting the Freezer
This is my most hated job, especially when I have to take a knife to the ice just to get things started. A steam cleaner, however, makes everything so much easier to manage.
All you need to do in order to prepare is remove the drawers and place a bucket at the base to collect all the ice. Then, turn the steam cleaner onto the freezer and watch as it melts everything away once it is heated up.
It’s fast and effective, and will allow you to fill the freezer back up in no time at all. There is even a scraper tool that comes with the steam cleaner (or that you can buy) for really stubborn ice.
Could it Damage Your Floors?
The short answer is yes, but before you close this tab and banish the concept of a steam cleaner from your mind, let me explain.
There are some types of flooring that could be left warped or with peeling varnish after they have been steamed, and this is why you should always check that your floor type is safe for steam use before you buy a machine.
That doesn’t mean you should follow the instructions the manufacturer gives – many of them say it can be used on all floor types when that is simply not true.
For example, if there are gaps between your wooden planks or floorboards, moisture could end up getting in there and causing the floorboards to warp. Damage like this could even invalidate the warranty for your flooring.
Laminate floors are a really popular form of flooring, and an increasing number of homes are installing them. Of course, this raises the question of whether or not you are safe to use a steam cleaner on them.
In short, excessive moisture can cause severe damage to your laminate floor, attacking the very core and causing it to peel or warp. The best way to steam clean laminate floors it to use less water than usual and the heat setting suggested by the manufacturer.
This means that you can still benefit from everything that steam cleaners have to offer, but it should also leave the floors nice and dry afterwards, ensuring that excess moisture does not find its way in through the tiniest of cracks. So, you can still steam clean even with laminate floors.
Generally speaking, you don’t need to be so careful with things like tile, and linoleum does pretty well with steam. All you have to do is check what kind of floor you have and see what kind of steam treatment will be suitable for it.
In fact, the models in this guide cover a range of floor types, so you can even find something that will work nicely on your sealed wood floors. All you need to do in order to reduce the risk of damage on wooden floors are these two things:
Don’t overdo it when you are steaming
Always choose a steam cleaner that leaves the floor practically dry after use
With these two reminders in your arsenal, you will be just fine when selecting the perfect steam cleaner for your floors.
Did You Know?
Steam cleaners can work on carpets, but instead of cleaning them they tend to refresh the floors instead. If you want your carpets cleaned, it is better to get an actual carpet cleaner instead, and these are available at affordable prices.
Need Something for Carpets?
As we mentioned earlier, you can get carpet gliders for a steam cleaner so that you can run them over your carpets. However, these tend to refresh the carpet instead of clean it, which means that it isn’t getting the treatment that it really needs.
However, a steam cleaner will kill bacteria, dust mites, and other nasty particles that are living in your carpets, which helps to keep your children safer, especially in cases where people do not remove their outdoor shoes when they come in.
If you want carpets that are washed and freed from grime, you are going to want to look at a carpet cleaner instead. This machine will wash and shampoo your carpets, leaving them looking brand new in no time at all.
Some even dry the carpets afterwards so that you can get back to using them quickly. If, like me, you live with pets, a carpet cleaner should definitely be alongside a steam cleaner on your list- the results will amaze you. You can check out our carpet cleaning guide here (insert link).
Shark is one of the best brands you can get, and certainly one of my top choices when it comes to steam cleaners.
If you are looking for something trustworthy and reliable, this could be just what you needed. Have a look at my review below and see what you think of this model.
This is a steam mop that stands upright and has a really slim design that provides a look that is both modern and stylish – so it will fit in perfectly with your home.
The thing I love about this model is the intelligent steam control, which has three user-friendly settings that have been designed for optimal cleaning and sanitisation of your home. Plus, it works seamlessly across all floor types.
The Kick n’ Flip technology means that you can take the cleaning cloth and flip it over with a simple foot movement once one side gets dirty, saving you time and allowing for twice the cleaning time.
The steam blast tech is great for really stubborn areas, thanks to the direct blast of heat that can be activated with ease for optimum cleaning. It’s also lightweight, with swivel head functions that allow for really easy handling across your floors.
The Not So Good There have been no negative comments about this product so far, which is great news.
Power: 1200 watts
Run Time: N/A
Charge Time: N/A
Tank Capacity: 4.3L
Battery Voltage: 240v
Dirt grip technology
Quick drying time
Steam blaster mode
Eliminates 99.9% of household bacteria, ideal for allergy sufferers
Need to use destilled water especially in hard water areas
Our View This fantastic model from Shark is a personal favourite, and it might cost a little more than you were expecting, but it is certainly worth every penny spent.
With no customer complaints so far, I can really see why this model has soared in popularity – both thanks to my own experience with it, and the experiences of others. Powerful, easy to handle, and with fantastic functions, there aren’t many steam cleaners around that can top this one.
A: The S6003UK can be used on most hardfloors, and, in fact, because of the technology which results in such quick drying, are the perfect mop for such material. That said, we always suggest customers check with the manufacturer, or supplier of the flooring, in case the particular vinyl/laminate is of a special manufacture.
Q: Can the Shark S6003UK mop head be washed in a machine?
A: Yes it can, just make sure you dont put it on a high tempeture wash as this could cause the mop head to shrink and do not put it in the tumble dryer simply for the same reason.
Best Combination Steam Mop: Vax S86-SF-CC Steam Fresh
A steamer is a necessity, when it comes to tackling set-in dirt and grease.
If you attempt to tackle that greasy oven without a steamer, you will most likely not be successful.
The Vax S86-SF-CC may be exactly what you are looking for, since it breaks down into a handheld cleaner.
You will receive more benefits from a steam cleaner that can be utilized as an upright and handheld model.
You will receive 10 additional cleaning tools with this model, including a grout brush, scraper, bent nozzle, metal brush, and etc.
The included accessory bag will keep all of your tools together for convenience and neat storage. The 7-meter electrical cable is long enough to clean an entire room, without you needing to stop amid task, just to locate another receptacle.
The S86-SF-CC has two onboard holding tanks. The 260-milliliter tank is for water and the other 200-milliliter tank is for the cleaning solution.
This will make the refill process a breeze, since you will never be forced to measure out the solution, before pouring it into the tank. Another great benefit that cannot be ignored is the steamer’s ability to heat up water in 20 seconds or less.
The Vax S86-SF-CC is designed to offer durability and longevity. This steam cleaner is also very affordable and comes with a price ranging anywhere from £50-65, which will not break the bank.
Cleaning the floors with the Vax S86-SF-CC was a dream, it versatile and effortless. It comes with an array of tools, making it suitable for cleaning everything from your floors to your windows. I found it dried really quickly which i was surprised about, it does a good job of cleaning up mucky paw – or boot – prints whether you have smooth or textured flooring, although it leaves slight streaks on smooth floors.
All in all, it is a great steam mop and is well worth checking out in greater depth right now.
This steam cleaner is able to glide easily across all sealed hard floors, as well as your kitchen counters.
It can even help to tackle the limescale that builds up on your taps. It has handy 2-in-1 features, allowing it to switch from an upright to a handheld model with ease – so no surface is left unreachable.
It can cut through grease and grime with practically no effort, ensuring that your surfaces and floors are left in a sanitary state.
It also had a fantastic 5-in-1 multipurpose tool and accessory kit, so you can get into every nook and cranny.
It’s a great quality model that heats up quickly and keeps your home clean.
This steam cleaner is a great addition to any home. Reasonably priced, it fits in with most budgets, making it an easily accessible model for most.
It has the ability to glide through grease and dirt with ease, and the quick heating time means that you can have your home sparkling in no time at all.
The tool and accessory kit is also a fantastic addition, allowing you to get those hard to reach places, but also providing you with handy tools for cleaning the hob and other areas of the kitchen. A definite must buy for those on a budget.
The 3 in 1 has had great reviews too, so take a look at this appliance’s versatility – it works as a mop, a carpet cleaner and a handheld steamer – makes this a pretty good buy considering its affordable price.
Suitable for use on all hard sealed floors
Can be used as a handheld and upright model
Cuts through grease
Heats up quickly
Easy to use controls
Works on kitchen counters
Noisy on the highest setting
Highest setting gets incredibly hot and risks burning
This steam cleaner is versatile in that it can handle just about any surface.
From your hard floor, to your walls and glass windows, this steam cleaner has it all covered.
It’s incredibly lightweight, making it easy to carry around, and the fact that it can be converted into a handheld model means that no job is too big or small for this machine.
It doesn’t need any chemicals to leave your floors clean, killing viruses and bacteria as it goes. It even deodorises carpets, so you are left with a fresh smell.
The tank is high capacity, taking a lot of water for a longer cleaning session. The head swivels around 360 degrees, so you can get around anything – plus, the heat up time is a mere 25 seconds.
This steam cleaner may be on the higher end of the price spectrum, but it is a fantastic option to go for if you are looking for something powerful and reliable to keep your home clean.
From your floors and surfaces, to the glass on your windows, this steam cleaner can handle just about anything you throw at it. The price might be a little intimidating at first, but it is worth every penny.
Q: Do you have to replace the Thane h20 water filter as it mentions this in manual? If yes, where do u buy them?
A: We recommend replacing the water filters approximately every 3 months. The following accessories listed for the H20 HD Steam Mop: Super Clean Kit - 5 Cloths for the mop head and tools, 3 x Micro Fibre Cloth Pack, 2 x Filter Pack which are available from the Steam mop website.
If you are searching for a steam cleaner that is capable of offering versatility, so you can use it throughout your home, you should look no further than the Vax Steam Mop S7.
This is actually an upright model that can be converted to a handheld steam cleaner.
You can clean your bathroom wall tiles with ease, while having the option to steam clean the floors throughout your entire home.
This steamer is equipped with powerful jets that are capable of breaking down set-in dirt and oils, within a matter of seconds.
The S7’s heater is capable of heating up in less than 30 seconds, which is much quicker than the competitor brand.
The 400-milliliter tank will provide enough create 12 minutes of steam, so you can clean several rooms, before refilling.
The high-temperature steam produced by the S7 will eradicate up 99.9% of the allergens and germs.
To make all of your steam cleaning tasks a breeze, you will be provided with multiple attachments, including a squeegee, upholstery, scraper tool, and etc. The detachable shoulder strap will come in handy, during transport and when cleaning bathroom walls, ovens, and windows.
This is a very affordable steam cleaner ranging anywhere from £40-50, which will not break the bank. It is suitable for cleaning all of your tile, oven, and hard flooring with ease. Full review of this Vax S7 Can be seen here
Heats up in less than 30 seconds
Very lightweight and portable design
Cleaning pads can be washed over and over again
Offers versatility, thanks to the upright and handheld options
Includes a 2-Year manufacturer’s warranty
Lots of plastic parts, but for the price you cannot beat it
The great thing about this vacuum cleaner is how lightweight and fast it is. It only takes 15 seconds to heat up, so you’ll be ready to go in no time at all.
This steam cleaner works to kill 99.9% of bacteria, keeping your home clean and sanitary at all times.
It is suitable for all hard sealed floors, making it incredibly versatile.
You also have full control over the settings, so you can adjust the strength of the steam at any time.
This steam cleaner also includes a carpet glider that you can attach over the microfiber cloth.
This means you can refresh your carpets at any time. It’s also very easy to move around the house and furniture thanks to its swivel head.
This sleek and affordable model is so easy to set up that it only takes four simple steps. The assembly is minimal, and it is really easy to adjust and control.
Perfect for use on all hard floors that have been sealed, and complete with a carpet glider, it has everything you need from a basic steam cleaner. With one of these, your home will be clean and fresh in no time at all.
If you are searching for an affordable steam mop, you should definitely consider the Vax S88W1MB.
Its lightweight design is very desirable for all homemakers, since it can be transported anywhere with ease.
This model is capable of producing a high-temperature steam that will eradicate 99.9% of the allergens and germs in your home.
The powerful onboard motor is capable of producing 1500 watts of power and it will not bog down under stress.
The 280-milliliter holding tank is designed to offer 10 minutes of continuous hot steam, so you can clean an entire room, before refilling.
The 6-meter electrical cable is suitable for cleaning large areas, without needing to stop amid task, just to locate another electrical receptacle. The powerful heater will heat up in 30 seconds or less, which will offer more cleaning time and less downtime.
The great benefit that you will receive, when investing in the S88W1MB is that it can be utilized to refresh carpets and mattresses, this is not an option with many of the competitor brands.
The Vax S88W1MB is designed to offer a high-temperature steam that will clean and refresh the entire home.
It is available with a price tag ranging anywhere from £25-30, which is suitable for most consumers.
Truly, it one of the best steam mops on the market and the included warranty ensures it’ll last you for many years to come!
Each full tank offers 10 minutes of hot steam
Includes a 2-Year manufacturer’s warranty in the purchase price
Hot steam eradicates 99.9% of allergens and bacteria in seconds
Mop head is designed to bit into tight corners
Suitable for cleaning windows, sealed tile/laminate, hardwood, grills, and carpets
Cleaning pads do not want to stay on the mop head for the duration of cleaning an entire home
Morphy Richards has been in the steam mop industry for a lengthy period of time and the majority of their products have been well received, by the public.
This is especially true, when it comes to the 720020 9-in-1 Upright and Handheld Steam Mop.
This 1500 watt steam mop is capable of getting the job done, so you don’t have to put in much effort, at all! It is available in black and white color schemes, but can be stored away easily, once the mess has been cleaned up.
The steam mop comes equipped with a 400ml tank, which ensures you won’t have to stop, until the mess is removed.
The unit’s instantaneous steam boiler is incredibly convenient and gives you the ability to begin using it almost instantly.
This mop is very versatile and can be utilized for various services, including floors, carpets, windows, and even grout. The unit weighs just 3kg, so those of all sizes and statures can use it.
Although the Morphy Richards 720020 has a few minor cons, it is still undoubtedly well worth its price tag.
When attempting to acquire a wonderful steam mop, which is compact and lightweight, you should definitely check out the 1500-watt model from Kärcher.
Many people may be unfamiliar with this brand, but the company has truly manufactured many wonderful steam cleaners and this one is undeniably one of the best.
With this product, you will be able to remove 99.99% of bacteria within your home.
The mop is capable of delivering a powerful performance thanks to the 1500 watts of energy. At 2.9kg, you won’t have a bit of trouble lugging around the mop.
The mop comes with a capacity of 1 litre, which is more than sufficient for the majority of households. With an A energy efficiency rating, you will never have to worry about this product enhancing your energy bill too significantly.
When it comes down to it, the Karcher SC2 Steam Cleaner is very effective for its intended purpose.
It might not be highly innovative, but it excels in the category that really matters. The price is definitely right and checking out this steam cleaner today is highly recommended.
The majority of UK consumers are more than familiar with Shark. The company has been producing vacuum and steam mops for an extensive period of time and they’ve never failed to push the genre to its limits.
This is especially true, when it comes to the company’s Lift-Away Steam Pocket Mop S3901. This product delivers a 5-in-1 functionality.
It comes equipped three individual steam settings, which include mop, scrub and dust.
This guarantees that the mop is always optimized for the specific task at hand. Of course, the most notable aspect of the Lift-Away Steam Pock is the item’s versatility.
Not only can it be utilized as a traditional steam mop, but also it can double as a hand-held steamer. By lifting the steam from its compartment, you will have a hand-held steamer, which can be used to clean appliances, tiles and other items, within your home.
The hand-held variety comes with 9 individual attachments, which will give you the ability to clean nearly any part of your home, even those that are difficult to reach. For added value, the steam pockets are double sided. This allows them to clean twice the area. The item’s pros and cons can be found below.
When it comes down to it, the Shark Lift-Away has a few minor downfalls, but it makes up for them with functionality and innovation.
If you want to be able to use your steam mop for almost any purpose, you should definitely consider spending a little extra and investing in the Shark Lift-Away.
Capable of killing 99.9% of bacteria and germs
Capable of heating up within just 30 seconds
3l water tank provides the user with plenty of steam
Many United Kingdom citizens may be unfamiliar with the Abode brand.
Due to the company’s amazingly convenient, low-priced steam mops, it is time to familiarize yourself with them and their products.
The ASCV4001 is a truly revolutionary 2-in-1 vacuum and steam mop, which is capable of taking care of business, regardless of the mess standing in your way.
The 1550w steam power is capable of cleaning your floors to perfection and adding shine to those hard floors.
This model also comes with a 400w vacuum, which gives you the ability to remove the dirt and debris, before you utilize the steamer.
For the price, this combination steam mop is definitely a great value. The ease of use and reach provided with the ASVC4001 are also amazing. First, the mop comes equipped with an 8m long cable.
This gives you plenty of room to move about, without the need to unplug. At the same time, the mop features a flexible swivel head. It can effortlessly maneuver around the furniture and other items within your home.
This will help to enhance your productivity and ensure you spend less time cleaning your floors and more time relaxing in the comfort of your clean home!
Despite the low cost, this mop comes with a surprisingly lengthy 3-year warranty! Below, you will find the item’s notable pros and cons.
and delivers 25 minutes of use with a full tank
deliver enhances the overall value of the product
8m of operating radius is plentiful and sufficient for most
Comes with 2 microfiber pads
Very sturdy build quality
All in all, the Abode ASVC4001 in a great value and will give you the ability to get two jobs completed with a single product.
Despite a few hiccups, the product’s pros ultimately outweigh the cons and make it an excellent investment.
550ml tank can hold a great deal and keep you active
1550w steam power and 400w vacuuming power gets both jobs completed easily
This steam cleaner offers incredible levels of power – when you plug it in it only takes three seconds to heat up and get ready to go. So if you need a quick clean, this is where you should be looking.
The superheated steam works hard to lift grime and dirt from your floors, while also removing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses that could be lurking – all without the need for chemicals or soaps.
It comes with an incredible 14 accessories, each of which is designed to help you get the most out of your steam cleaner, and ensure every inch of your home is sanitised.
This steam cleaner works on all floor types, and it can even be used on walls and glass. You can even use it on furniture and upholstery. Even clothes can benefit from this excellent model.
Powerful steam output
Only takes three seconds to start up
Kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses
Easy to use
Comes with 14 attachments
5m power cord
Suitable for use on all floors
Great for homes with pets
Have to take it apart to fill it
This reasonably priced steam cleaner does have a major con because you have to take it apart in order to fill it up.
However, it does heat up incredibly quickly, and it works hard to kill bacteria and viruses in your home with its powerful steam output.
With this model, every inch of your home can be steam cleaned quickly and efficiently. Plus, it’s incredibly lightweight, so you won’t end up with aching arms after carrying it around.
Every home needs a steam cleaner that can tackle set-in grease, dirt, and grime.
An affordable, but high-quality steamer should not break the bank, which is why you should consider investing in the Vax S2S-1.
This steam mop is designed to offer high-temperature steam that is capable of eradicating 99% of the allergens and dirt in your home.
The steamer head is designed to fit into tight corners, while the maneuverable handle allows the user to clean underneath low furniture.
The 500-milliliter tank will definitely make your cleaning tasks easier, since you will not be forced to stop amid your chores just to refill.
Each filled tank offers a run time of 10 minutes, which is suitable for cleaning 1-2 full rooms. The S2S-1 only weighs 2 kg, so you can transport it up stairs without straining your back.
The heat indicator light will alert you when the water has reached the maximum temperature level. This great feature will prevent you from having to make estimated guesses and cleaning your floors too soon, since you want to get the most out of the hot steam.
The long 6-meter electrical cable is perfect for steam cleaning large areas, since you will not need to stop amid tasks, just to locate another electrical outlet.
Extremely lightweight and portable design
Easy assembly process
Each full tanks offers 10 minutes of hot steam
Large 500-milliliter holding tank
Cleaning solutions are available in a variety of scents
Capable of tackling set-in dirt, grease, and eradicating 99% of the allergens in your home
Display will notify you when the water has reached the maximum temperature level
Includes a 2-Year manufacturer’s warranty
Recommended cleaning fluid is a little expensive
The Vax S2S-1 steam mop is designed to offer durability and longevity, plus it is extremely affordable. A full review of this Vax S2 model can be seen here
If you’re looking for an affordable steam mop, which is capable of delivering a performance that exceeds the more expensive models, you should definitely check out the Morphy Richards 720506 Juna.
This 12-in-1 Steam Cleaner might be affordable, but it can tackle 12 individualistic tasks and get them accomplished admirably.
The unit is incredibly easy to use and heats up within a matter of just 30 seconds! This guarantees that you’ll be able to utilize it as soon as it arrives at your home.
The 720506 Luna comes with a variable steam setting, so you can customize the steam output for the specific task at hand.
The illuminated water tank is not only large, but also it is easy to refill. It can hold .43 liters and delivers a runtime of 17 minutes, before a refill is required. This steam mop comes with an assortment of different accessories, including a shoulder strap, brass bush and 2 round nylon brushes.
Capable of tackling 12 individual tasks
Comes with a handful of excellent accessories, including extension hose, shoulder strap and brass brush
Illuminated floor head is very cool and helps ensure you don’t miss any dirt or debris
Variable steam control delivers added customization
17 minutes of runtime is excellent
Heats up in just 30 minutes
Lightweight and easy to move about
Cord needs to be much longer
Hard to find affordable replacement floor pads
All in all, there is an abundance to like about the Morphy Richards 720506 Steam Cleaner. It is affordable, immensely functional and easy to use.
Despite a few minor cons, this steam mop is well worth its final price. For that, you should definitely check it out in greater depth right now!
If you’re looking for an incredibly well-rounded steam mop, you should definitely check out this addition from Black & Decker.
This company may not be best known for their household appliances, but they’re undoubtedly well worth checking out closer!
The B/DFSM1620 is a great steam mop, which can be utilized for a variety of different purposes.
It may not have the innovative features associated with some of the other mops, but it delivers what really matters, an excellent performance.
First and foremost, this steam mop is capable of eliminating 99.9% of bacteria within your home.
Unlike many of its competitors, the B/DFSM1620 comes equipped with an easily accessible and conveniently removable water tank. It is safe to use on all varieties of sealed floors and can be used in just 15 seconds, which is significantly quicker than many of the alternatives.
The design of the mop’s head helps to enhance its maneuverability substantially. Whether sliding underneath furniture or around your table, the B/DFSM1620 will glide around gracefully, without any interruptions.
For added convenience, the mop weighs just 2.6kg. Whether you’re a body builder or small of stature, you shouldn’t have any trouble lifting and hauling the item from one place to the next. Additional pros and cons will be listed below for your convenience.
1,600 watts of power is sufficiently powerful
Weighs just 2.6kg, so it is lightweight and easy to move about
Capable of eliminating 99.9% of bacteria
Water tank holds plenty of water and is effortless to access
Very quick heating time, so you can use the mop within 15 seconds
Gracefully glides around furniture and other items
Works with all different types of sealed floors
Washable cloth makes the mop cost effective
5m cord length could be better
No fancy features or accessories
Although the Black & Decker B/DFSM1620 might be somewhat basic, it succeeds where it truly matters.
It is capable of cleaning your sealed floors to perfection and that is truly all that matters. For the cost and thanks to the washable cloths, this one is well worth checking out immediately!
Hopefully, this guide has helped you to not only better understand the range of steam mops that are available on the market, but also to pick the one that is going to work best for you.
Armed with the knowledge you need to make the best choices, we are sure that at least one of these models is going to be everything you were searching for (and more).
We have collected a number of models from a great range of brands, allowing you to find a steam cleaner (or mop) from a company that you know and trust.
Keeping your budget in mind, we have also ensured that there is a variety of prices, so that everyone can find the perfect steam cleaner for their home. With this guide, you are guaranteed success.
What did you think of our steam cleaner guide? Were you pleased with the models and information on offer, or are there things that you would have added? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comments below.
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.
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