Skip to main content

Best steam cleaners

Vax S86-SF-CC Steam Fresh Combi Classic Multifunction Steam Mop
(Image credit: Vax)

Using steam is an efficient and effective way to get rid of germs, shift grime, and remove limescale. You can pick from handheld steam cleaners for smaller jobs, or steam mops that’ll get floors dirt free. Make your cleaning chores simple with a steam cleaner. 

Best overall

Vax S86-SF-CC Steam Fresh Combi Classic Multifunction Steam Mop

(Image credit: Vax)

Vax S86-SF-CC Steam Fresh Combi Classic Multifunction Steam Mop

Floor mop and handheld in one

For all-round cleaning, this design’s a winner. You can mop sealed hard floors, then detach the handheld unit to tackle jobs such as cleaning tiles, taps, windows, mirrors, and more. Its attachments include a grout brush and a window tool, and all can be stored onboard the mop. Heat-up time is a rapid 20 seconds, and you can carry on steaming for 15 minutes. Vax offers a detergent that promises faster grease and grime removal, but you can just steam if you prefer.

Best for hard floors and carpet

Vileda Steam Mop

(Image credit: Vileda)

Vileda Steam Mop

Works on upholstery and mattresses

If you have large areas of hard flooring plus carpet in your home, this steam mop will tackle both with ease. It’s ready to use in just 15 seconds, and it’ll keep going for up to 28 minutes on one 400ml tank. You can clean surfaces such as tiles, vinyl, wood, and laminate with this mop and control the steam quantity from the minimum for more delicate floors to the maximum for tiles and vinyl. There’s a carpet glider included to refresh these, plus upholstery and mattresses. 

Best for the house and car

Dupray NEAT Steam Cleaner

(Image credit: Dupray)

Dupray NEAT Steam Cleaner

Light, compact and easy to fill

Weighing 4kg and as neatly styled as the name has it, this model is ideal for cleaning inside the house, and in your car. It delivers up to 50 minutes of cleaning when its 1.6 litre tank is full, but it takes seven minutes to heat up. The unit is on wheels, and the hose is two metres long so you can reach where you need to. You can use any towel or cloth on the cleaning head making a saving on special pads.

Best for stubborn dirt

Shark Steam Mop S6003UK

(Image credit: Shark)

Shark Steam Mop S6003UK

Double-sided pads for quicker drying

Tend to get really stuck-on grime on your hard floors? This mop has a steam blaster mode to deal with the stuff that’s reluctant to come off your floor. The design also has double-sided cleaning pads that mean you can flip the mop head to effectively clean and dry the floor more quickly. The microfibre pads can be put in the washing machine and re-used to make life easier.

Best multipurpose model

Kärcher SC2 EasyFix Steam Cleaner

(Image credit: Kärcher)

Kärcher SC2 EasyFix Steam Cleaner

Tackles large areas and awkward nooks

You’ll be able to get into the spots where grot lurks around taps, and in corners, with the hose and special nozzle on this design, plus sanitise hobs, worktops, and more, and clean floors efficiently with this design. It doesn’t have the biggest tank in our selection, but it can be filled with one litre of tap water, and it’ll keep steaming for 20 minutes continuously. Heat-up time is 6.5 minutes.

Best for cleaning clothes

SIMBR Steam Cleaner

(Image credit: SIMBR)

SIMBR Steam Cleaner

Comes with 17 accessories

Want to be able to steam garments, furniture, and toys, as well as floors and hard surfaces? This cleaner comes with plenty of accessories that make it a versatile buy, and you can adjust the steam level to suit the surface. It can steam for up to 40 minutes and takes around eight to nine minutes to be ready for use. 

Clean up

A steam cleaner is an appliance well worth adding to your household kit. The Vax S86-SF-CC Steam Fresh Combi Classic Multifunction Steam Mop is our number one because it’s a mop and handheld in one, making it really easy and convenient to use, and it heats up in a rapid 40 seconds. 

If you’re looking for long cleaning times, the Dupray NEAT Steam Cleaner offers a fabulous session of up to 50 minutes. It’s easy to fill, has a two-metre hose for easy reaching, and comes with a two-year warranty.