The 10 Best steam cleaners

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Trade in your mop and bucket and get to work on that stubborn grease and grime

1. Shark Steam Pocket Portable

This portable version of Shark’s floor cleaner is able to shift stains as stubborn as dried-on pasta sauce and sticky jam on just about every kind of surface. It even has a garment-steaming attachment for curtains and clothes.

£89.99, lakeland

2. Efbe-Schott Delta Head

This is the bestselling steam mop in the UK, not least because it’s so quick. It’s not great for hard-water areas because it lacks a lime-scale filter, but it’s quiet, easy to use and will  remove everything from muddy footprints to sticky stains.

£34, amazon

3. Hoover SteamJet Steam and Sweep

If you need some serious convincing to trade in your mop and bucket, this machine will almost certainly persuade you. It’s powerful, lightweight and incredibly easy to twist and steer. It also has two different-sized cleaning heads and a removable handle.

£99, amazon

4. Bissell Steam Mop

Even tiles with serious dirt and stains prove no problem for this steam cleaner, making it a great buy for your kitchen or bathroom. The controls are nice and simple and it’s ready to go in just 30 seconds.

£59, argos

5. Karcher SC5.800 C

This environmentally friendly machine doesn’t come cheap, but it revolutionises home cleaning, tackling stains with genuinely professional results, thanks to a number of unique features such as the vapo-hydro function that enables the hot water to be mixed with the steam for deep, stubborn dirt and stains.

£349, amazon

6. Home-Tek Light ’n’ Easy

Home-Tek has an excellent reputation in the world of steam cleaners and their latest model removes dirt and grease in minutes. It works on tiles, vinyl and wood laminate floors, while the carpet glider sanitises carpets and rugs.

£44, amazon

7. Oreck Steam Glide

This super-light machine has a three-point head that’s designed to fit into the tightest corners of your home. Fill it up with tap water, switch it on to generate steam within 30 seconds and then get busy cleaning your floors with 15 minutes of continuous steam time.

£94.99, amazon

8. Thane Housewares H20 Mop X5

Standout features of this all- purpose steam mop include the ability to remove pet odours and creases from upholstery. It also converts into a hand-held steamer that can blast ovens and surfaces clean.

£99.99, amazon

9. Vax S7 Duet 2-in-1

This lightweight floor steam cleaner can be used on carpet and hard floors, as well as transforming into a detachable hand-held unit to steam everything from furniture to upholstery.

£74, amazon

10. Polti Vaporetto Evolution

This cylinder steam cleaner comes equipped to tackle floors, wall tiles, glass and ovens. It also has an iron and heat mat, which means it’s more versatile than most. It has a decent amount of continuous steaming and is good at getting wall surfaces sparkling.

£229.99, lakeland.co.uk

Discover more property articles at Homes and Property
News
i100 In this video, the late actor Leonard Nimoy explains how he decided to use the gesture for his character
Arts and Entertainment
Secrets of JK Rowling's Harry Potter workings have been revealed in a new bibliography
arts + ents
News
Down-to-earth: Winstone isn't one for considering his 'legacy'
people
News
news
Property search
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Sauce Recruitment: Retail Planning Manager - Home Entertainment UK

salary equal to £40K pro-rata: Sauce Recruitment: Are you available to start a...

Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - London - up to £40,000

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Creative Front-End Developer - Claph...

Recruitment Genius: Product Quality Assurance Technologist - Hardline & Electric

£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The role in this successful eco...

Ashdown Group: QA Tester - London - £30,000

£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: QA Tester - London - £30,000 QA Tes...

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower