A steam cleaner or steam mop is a useful tool to have around the home, particularly if you have lots of hard floors to keep clean. Here is our pick of the best steam cleaners on the market right now.
Every steam cleaner we featured has been comprehensively tested by us – we never include a product we haven’t put through its paces. Whether you want the best steam cleaner for tiled floors, a steam mop for laminate floors or even a steam cleaner for de-mucking grout, one of our selection of the best steam mops will get the job done.
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Bissel Vac & Steam – A steam mop that lets you vacuum and steam simultaneously, and comes with built-in fragrance discs and an anti-calc filter
Vax Steam Fresh Combi S86-SF-C – A steam mop and handheld with 10 tools and a separate detergent tank that's good enough to clean a range of surfaces
Polti Vaporetto GO – A compact, cylinder-style steam cleaner that's portable and cheap, yet powerful enough to easily lift dirt from floors
Kärcher SC1 Steam Stick – A lightweight, versatile and practical steam cleaner, which can be used either as a steam mop or a handheld
Polti Vaporetto Airplus – A compact, cylinder-style steam cleaner that comes with eight inbuilt tools and a deodorant tank, and won't leave your floors drenched
Vax S6S Home Pro Compact – A cylinder-style steam cleaner that's powerful and ideal for cleaning any surface, as well as hard-to-reach corners
Vax Steam Fresh Combi S86-SF-C at Amazon.co.uk | Was £174 | Now £49.99
Kärcher SC1 Steam Stick at Amazon.co.uk | Was £99 | Now £45
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This is the first decision you need to make, and it will largely depend on what you want to use your steam cleaner for.
Buy a steam mop if you just want to clean floors
They’re best for hard floors, but some are useful for freshening up carpets and lifting stains from carpets, too. They’re generally cheaper than 2-in-1 steam mops, which can switch into a handheld mode for other tasks.
Buy a 2-in-1 steam mop if you want to clean floors and other surfaces
These more versatile steam mops can be used as handhelds as well, and they normally come with a selection of tools suited to different jobs. This means you can tackle the kitchen tops, bathroom tiles, curtains and plenty more besides, and all with one cleaner.
Buy a cylinder steam cleaner if you find upright steam mops too heavy
While some of the large cylinder steam cleaners are heavier overall, the fact that they’re on wheels means they’re easier to lug about. Most do all the same things a 2-in-1 steam mop will do, while very compact models exist that you can carry on your shoulder.
The other key difference is that cylinder steam cleaners take longer to get ready – normally a few minutes – but the advantages are longer running times and less filling up. Some can even be topped up as you clean, so you don’t have to turn off the cleaner to keep going.