Steam cleaning is a great way to tackle your kitchen and bathrooms alike. Both are filled with large expanses of non-porous surfaces that get extra grimy from heavy usage. Do you know what to look for when buying a steam cleaner? We'll give you a few pointers and show you some of the highest rated models, after the jump!
There's so many different models of steam cleaners it's ridiculous. Really, once you start searching for one, the floodgates open and all different makes, models, sizes, shapes and colors come spilling out. So how do you tell the difference between them? Consumer Search has a few suggestions on what to look for when it comes to choosing the best model for your budget (outside of extra attachments that is).
• Look For Stainless Steel Boilers: They heat water quickly and resist rust. However, heavy-duty aluminum boilers are also good. Size is important. Try to buy a steam cleaner with as large a boiler as possible in your price range. Fifty ounces will give you about an hour of cleaning.
• Hoses: Look for a durable hose with a control switch to regulate the flow and level of steam. An on/off switch on the trigger instead of on the machine is also recommended.
• Continuous Fill: Continuous fill capacity steam cleaners are easier to use and safer because there are two tanks. You don't have to wait 15 to 30 minutes for the unit to cool down before refilling. These models also don't need safety caps, because you never have to access the boiler, just the reservoir.
• Safety Caps: They prevent the escape of steam and act as pressure relief valves. For increased safety, cap removal should be a two-step process, such as pushing down and then turning.
Here's a few of our favorite picks. We've based our choices on the highest rated consumer reviews from multiple websites. If you have a favorite model and don't see it on the list, make sure to add it in the comments below and tell us why you love it!
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• McCulloch MC-1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner: for $105.95 from Amazon. This model has the highest ratings in it's price range and can run for a solid hour.
• White Wing Steamer: for $599.95 from Amazon. This model, although higher in price heats high enough to kill mold and mildew unlike lower priced models. 2 hour clean time is great for larger homes.
• Ladybug XL2300: for $1,499 from Allergy Buyers Club. This commercial grade steam cleaner has a continuous fill and lasts for 3-4 hours before doing so. It takes on mold, mildew, dust mites and anything else that gets in it's way!
• SteamFast SF-275 SteamMax: for $99.98 from Amazon. This steamer has enough power to take on tough stains and lasts long enough to get the job done. It's lightweight and also comes with a BBQ attachment... oooooh.
• HAAN MS-30 Steam System II: for $180 from Home Depot. This model only has a half hour of cleaning time, but has some features that promise to last longer than other lower priced models. It's array of attachments allow it to be used for more than just grout as well!
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• Euroflex SC135 Monster: for $67.99 from Overstock. This steamer is small and comes with attachments that would cost far more with higher priced models. It's a great mid sized steamer.
• Haan HS-20 Handheld: for $53.03 from Overstock. This model is the little sister to the larger one featured above. It's perfect for small spaces and has a tank large enough to last until the job is done.
• Shark SC630 Portable Steam Pocket: for $79.99 from Newegg. This steamer has a pocket instead of sprayer nozzle, allowing cleaning to happen on all sides of the wand. Great power for a low price.
• SteamFast Portable: for $79.98 from Wal-Mart. This model gets the job done without any extra bells and whistles to weigh you down. Quick, cheap and easy, just the way we like it.