14 Best Steam Mops and Cleaners: 2018 UK Guide-Best Brands Reviewed

Best Steam Mop

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. 

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Types of Steam Cleaner

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.

Steam Mop

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. 

Steam Cleaner

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. 

Expert Tip

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):

  • Vax
  • Shark
  • Black and Decker
  • Russell Hobbs
  • Morphy Richards

What to Look for

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.

Price 

Power

Water Tank Capacity

Types of Tank

Heating Time

Detergent Tank

Adjustable Steam Rate

Limescale Filter

Weight and Handling

Accessories

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.

Saves Time

More Powerful Than a Standard Mop

Don’t Rely on Chemicals

Kill Bacteria

Variety of Types to Choose from

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. 

Safety Tip

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

Cleaning the Oven

Cleaning the Furniture and Bedding

Cleaning the Interior of Your Car

Cleaning Windows and Curtains

Defrosting the Freezer

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).

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.

Pros

  • Each full tank is capable of producing up to 15 minutes of hot steam
  • Equipped with a 7-meter electrical cable
  • Includes a 2-Year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Equipped with 2 separate holding tanks (water and cleaning solution)
  • Weighs 3.7 kilograms
  • Suitable for cleaning hardwood, glass, tile, and sealed laminate
  • Breaks down into a handheld cleaner

Cons

  • Little heavier than the other models (3.7 kilograms)


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.

All in all, it is a great steam mop and is well worth checking out in greater depth right now.

Full review of this Vax S86-SF-CC can be seen here

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Dirt Devil 5-in-1 Steam Cleaner

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.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Suitable for use on all hard sealed floors
  • Can be used as a handheld and upright model
  • Cuts through grease
  • Works on kitchen counters
  • 5-in-1 tool and accessory kit
  • Heats up quickly
  • Easy to use controls

Cons

  • Noisy on the highest setting
  • Highest setting gets incredibly hot and risks burning

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.

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Shark S6003UK Deluxe Steam Mop

​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.

The Good

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.

Key Features

  • Power: 1200 watts
  • Run Time: N/A
  • Charge Time: N/A
  • Weight: 2.7kg
  • Tank Capacity: 4.3L
  • Battery Voltage: 240v
  • Noise: N/A

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.

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FAQ's

Q: Can this be used on vinyl floors?

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 mop head be washed in a machine?

A: Yes it can

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Thane H2O HD High Definition 5 in 1 Steam Mop

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.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Converts to upright or handheld
  • Suitable for all hard floors
  • Can be used on carpet
  • Can be used on glass and walls
  • Great for surfaces
  • Removable water tank
  • Deodorises carpets
  • Kills bacteria and viruses
  • Swivel head

Cons

  • Higher price
  • Handheld mode can be cumbersome

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.

Read a full review of the Thane H20 high definition mop here 

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Vileda Steam Mop

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.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Ready for use in 15 seconds
  • Easy to use controls
  • Perfect for all sealed hard floors
  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria
  • No detergent needed
  • Carpet glider
  • Comes with two microfiber cloths

Cons

  • Cloths can come loose easily
  • Tank is at an awkward angle for filling

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.

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Best Upright and Handheld: Vax Steam Mop S7 2-In-1

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.

Pros

  • Includes a 2-Year manufacturer’s warranty
  • 400 Milliliter holding tank
  • Provides 12 minutes of steam with each fill
  • Extremely affordable
  • Offers versatility, thanks to the upright and handheld options
  • Cleaning pads can be washed over and over again
  • Heats up in less than 30 seconds
  • Very lightweight and portable design

Cons

  • Lots of plastic parts, but for the price you cannot beat it


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

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Best Steam Mop Under £30: Vax S88W1MB Steam Mop

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.

Pros

  • Equipped with a 6-meter electrical cable
  • Powerful onboard motor that is capable of producing 1500 watts of power
  • Each full tank offers 10 minutes of hot steam
  • 280-milliliter holding tank
  • Suitable for cleaning windows, sealed tile/laminate, hardwood, grills, and carpets
  • 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

Cons

  • Cleaning pads do not want to stay on the mop head for the duration of cleaning an entire home


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!

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Most Diverse Steam Mop: Bissell Vac & Steam

If you are searching for a cleaning tool that offers diversity like no other, you should definitely consider investing in the Bissell Machine.

It has vacuuming and steam mopping capabilities, which is unlike any of the competitor brands, plus the price tag is friendly.

The Cyclonic-Action Technology will suction the finest dust particle and debris from your hard flooring.

The filter and mop pads never need to be replaced, unless you just want to. You can wash them in your sink, let them dry, and put them back into the steamer.



This will surely save you lots of money over time. The onboard heater is capable of heating up the water in 30 seconds or less, so no time is wasted.

The large 380-milliliter water tank will definitely come in handy, since you will be able to clean at least 2 large rooms, without refilling.

Pros

  • Filter and mop pads are washable
  • 380 Milliliter holding tank
  • Embedded with Cyclonic-Action suctioning technology
  • Mop pads are designed out of antibacterial materials
  • Powerful motor that is capable of producing 1500 watts of power
  • Weighs 4.6 kilograms

Cons

  • Little heavier than the competitive brand
  • Not suitable for vacuuming carpet, only hard flooring


The Bissell Steam Mop Machine offers versatility like no other. You can vacuum and steam your hard flooring in a matter of minutes and with the large water tank, you will not need to refill as often.

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Powerful 1500 Watt Steam Mop: Morphy Richards 720020

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.


Pros

  • Incredibly affordable, yet a great overall value
  • 400ml tank delivers 14 minutes of runtime, before a refill is needed
  • 1500 watts of powerful and 240 volts
  • Only weighs 3kg
  • Can be utilized for an enormous variety of surfaces and purposes
  • Comes with many different accessories, including window cleaner, round brush, and crevice brush

Cons

  • Demineralized water is a must
  • Hard to get the micro fibre cloth to fit the head


Although the Morphy Richards 720020 has a few minor cons, it is still undoubtedly well worth its price tag.

It is lightweight, quick to heat and will always deliver a satisfying performance. Check it out for yourself right now by reading our in depth review of the Morphy Richards 720020 here.

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Best Small and Compact Steam Cleaner: Kärcher SC2

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.


Pros

  • Lightweight, compact and very easy to move about
  • 1500 watts of energy is enough for the majority of tasks
  • Energy Rating A, so your energy bill will remain low
  • 1 Litre capacity is excellent
  • Comes with a handful of accessories, including a floor nozzle, detail nozzle and round nylon brush
  • 3.2 bar pressure guarantees all stains and dirt are removed easily

Cons

  • Heats up within 6.5 minutes, which is very slow
  • Won’t work well for lime scale


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.

Read our Karcher Window Vac Reviews here

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Top Steam Mop Under £100: Shark Lift-Away Steam Mop

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.

Pros

  • Very affordable for the incredible functionality and versatility
  • Capable of heating up within just 30 seconds
  • .3l water tank provides the user with plenty of steam
  • Comes with an abundance of unique accessories
  • 7.5m cord is sufficiently lengthy
  • Swivel head enhances the mop’s maneuverability
  • Ensures your floors are dried very quickly
  • Capable of killing 99.9% of bacteria and germs

Cons

  • A bit more costly
  • Not great for side projects, such as cleaning the windows in your home
  • May leave streaks


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.

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Great Steam Mop Under £40: Abode ASVC4001 2-in-1

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.

Pros

  • 550ml tank can hold a great deal and keep you active
  • 1550w steam power and 400w vacuuming power gets both jobs completed easily
  • Steam is produced is just 20 seconds and delivers 25 minutes of use with a full tank
  • 3-year warranty 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
  • 2-in-1 setup helps to save storage space

Cons

  • Vacuum needs some improvements
  • Slightly noisy
  • A tad bit heavy


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.

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Finether 1300W Steam Mop Cleaner

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.

Pros

  • Powerful steam output
  • Lightweight
  • 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

Cons

  • 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.

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VonHaus Multifunctional Handheld Steam Cleaner Mop

This powerful steam cleaner is able to remove up to 99% of the bacteria and viruses that are lurking in your home.

It can cut through thick grease and grime in seconds, leaving you with a sparkling clean floor and a sanitised home.

It has a fantastic 2-in-1 design, so it can be used as an upright or handheld model, depending on what you need it for.

It is suitable for use on carpets and hard flooring, so every inch of your house can benefit.

It comes with some fantastic accessories, including those for cleaning windows and grout.

It takes a mere 30 seconds to heat up, and also features a compact design with a rotating handle for ease of use.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact design
  • Kills 99% of bacteria and viruses
  • Suitable for all floor types
  • Can be used on glass
  • Comes with a range of attachments
  • 6m power cord
  • Powerful steam setting
  • Easy to use
  • Can be handheld or upright

Cons

  • Does not feel as robust as other models
  • Can be tricky to put together

This budget steam cleaner offers the same level of quality that you would expect from a higher end model, and all at a fraction of the price.

Its small cons are massively outweighed by all of the advantages that it holds, things like a speedy heat up time, excellent power, and a range of incredibly useful attachments.

It’s on the of the best models on the market, and this is certainly not something you want to miss out on this.

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Shark Multifunction Lite Steam Pocket Mop S2901UK

Shark is probably the top brand when it comes to steam cleaners, and they are known for producing some of the best and most reliable models on the market.

It comes with a removable handheld steam cleaner so that you can switch between upright and handheld with a great deal of ease.

It is also possible to use the steam cleaner on glass and surfaces, such as those found in your kitchen or bathroom.

It has a carpet glider so that it can be used efficiently on your carpets, deodorising them as it goes.

So you are left with a wonderfully fresh smell. It also comes with a great range of tools and accessories, making it easier than ever before to keep things clean.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Trusted brand
  • Converts to upright or handheld
  • Powerful steam output
  • Carpet glider
  • Deodorises carpet
  • Perfect for hard floors
  • Great tools and accessories

Cons

  • There have been no issues so far

Shark is one of the top brands when it comes to the production of steam cleaners, and with one of these, you are sure to have some of the best and cleanest floors around.

 With some great additional features, such as the carpet glider and deodoriser, it’s a versatile model that has a lot to offer.

Plus, it is all available at a budget price, so you know you are getting an absolutely amazing deal.

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FAQ's

Q: Does this shark model work with just tap water? 

A: Yes just tap water needed.  

Q: Do you need to hold the on button continuously for steam?

A: No simply turn it on and off when your finished.


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Lightweight and Maneuverable: Vax S2S-1 Bare Floor Pro

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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

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Most User-Friendly: Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop

Bissell is a very popular household name, since many homeowners own Bissell cleaning products and admit that they cannot live without them.

The Bissell PowerFresh steam mop would definitely be a great addition to your cleaning tools.

It is not only designed to provide high-temperature steam that will cut through dirt buildup, but will refresh the entire environment.

This model is very user-friendly, since it is equipped with a foot lever that has stiff bristles attached underneath it.


This on-board tool can be utilized to scrub dirty tile and laminate flooring, so you do not have to get down on your knees to do this difficult task.


The water tank is removable to make the refilling process a breeze.

Pros

  • On-board brush for scrubbing dirty set-in stains
  • Replacement pads are machine washable
  • Fragrance discs are placed inside of the cleaning pads to provide the environment with a fresh scent
  • Weighs 2.8 kilograms
  • 440-milliliter water tank, which is removable
  • Very affordable
  • Each full tank offers 14 minutes of hot steam

Cons

  • Slightly heavier than the competitive brand


The Bissell PowerFresh is designed to offer convenience and an abundance of benefits. If you are tired of scrubbing those dirty floors, it may be time to invest in this high-quality steam mop.

Read a full review of the Bissell Powerfresh here 

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Most Affordable Steam Cleaner: Bissell Steam Mop Select

A high-quality steam mop should not break the bank. As a matter of fact, it should be so affordable that every home could afford one.

With this being said, the Bissell Select fits this classification, since the price tag ranges anywhere from £37-45.

The triangular shaped mop head will fit into the tightest corners, so you do not have to get down on your knees to scrub them.

The 500-milliliter holding tanks is removable for easy refilling. No manual pumping is required to produce hot steam, just push the trigger that is located on the handle.


This user-friendly machine will definitely come in handy, when tackling dirt buildup.

Pros

  • Weighs 7 kilograms
  • 500 Milliliter holding tank
  • 7.6 Meter operating radius
  • Powerful onboard motor that is capable of producing 1600 watts of power
  • Mop pads are washable and reusable
  • Equipped with a triangular shaped mop head for cleaning corners

Cons

  • Replacement pads are quite expensive


The Bissell Select is designed to offer convenience and 15 minutes of hot steam on each refill.

This is one of the least expensive steam mops on the market, but it will stand up there with the most expensive models.

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Best Steam Mop Under £60: Morphy Richards 720506 Luna

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.


Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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!

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Great Overall Value: Polti Vaporetto Go Handy Portable Steam Mop

If you’re never heard of Polti, you’re likely not the only one. Of course, this company isn’t going to sit around idle!

They have quite a few excellent steam mops in their arsenal and the Polti Vaporetto Go Handy Portable Steam is definitely one of the most impressive.

This steam mop provides the user with an environmentally friendly performance and requires the use of no chemicals.

The wheels at the bottom of the unit make it incredibly portable, without much effort on your end.

The mop comes with a variety of different accessories, including the flexible hose, extension hose, window washer, microfibre sockette and a few others.

It weighs just 2.7kg, yet will deliver a very powerful performance, thanks to its 1500 watts of power. The unit utilizes 3.5 bar pressure, so it can get the job done, without being overwhelming.

With the bottom wheels and the 5m cord, the steam mop delivers a very satisfying operating radius.

Pros

  • 1500W of power is more than enough
  • Weight of 2.7kg ensures you won’t have any difficulty lugging the unit around
  • .75L capacity is enough to get the job done, without the need for a refill
  • Very portable and plenty of operating radius, thanks to the wheels and 5m cord
  • Comes with an accessory for almost every task
  • Ensures floors will dry very quickly

Cons

  • Cord isn’t retractable, so it can become a hindrance
  • Can eject a little bit of water, when first turned on


When it comes down to it, the Polti Vaporetto Steam Cleaner is an excellent option for the majority of UK households.

 It may be slightly more costly, the unit’s performance and accessories help to justify the price to no end.

Plus, the steam mop’s portability is truly amazing. For that, you would be making a terrible mistake, if you didn’t check out this unit right now!

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Top Well Rounded Steam Mop: Black & Decker B/DFSM1620

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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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!

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To Conclude

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. 

  • Great pick of steam mop! I personally like “Vax 15 in 1” for it’s feature, but in US bissell is the king of market!

  • Jason says:

    Steam mop market is too much crowded right now, But here I found the top best pick. niche share 🙂

  • helen says:

    An good steam mop for only cleaning purposes, then the simple one would do for you. They can expertly freshen up your carpets & lift the stains from them. It is less expensive & the handheld option can be switched on for other tasks.

  • Denise Wright says:

    Excellent

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