Floor Steamers Buying Guide

It's hard to beat steam when it comes to ridding your home of dirt and grime. Floor steamers easily loosen set-in stains, saving you time and energy, and they sanitize surfaces without the use of harsh chemicals. Take a look at this buying guide to learn more about the types of steamers available.

Types of Steamers

Types of Steamers

A steam cleaner has the potential to significantly reduce the amount of time and effort you spend cleaning. Some steam cleaners are designed for quickly removing stains on carpet or upholstery, others are suited for cleaning large areas of carpeting, and still others can make your hard floors sparkle and shine. Here are a few of the steamer options available to you.

Portable Units

Portable steamers are handheld devices that are compact and easy to store. Thanks to their small size, they can fit into small spaces and tight corners. They are ideal for cleaning up stains as they happen. Some models come with accessories designed to clean various types of surfaces.

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$79.99

Find Steam Cleaners and Floor Polishers at Target.com! Clean your home or office with the power of Super Steam from Polti, the ste...am appliance leader in Europe for 30 years. The Vaporetto Easy Plus, a best-seller, is effective in cleaning many different things with just ordinary tap water. It's lightweight, super portable, easy to use with just 1 hand and can be stored on a shelf. Yet it produces super steam that just melts away grease, grime and dirt. In the office, it's the most amazing way to clean dry-erase whiteboards, making them look brand new. The super-heated steam produced by the Easy Plus means you can clean without the use of chemicals, detergents and pesticides, which can leave residues that may harm your family, pets and the environment. Special accessories allow you to clean virtually every surface with scrubbing brushes, pointed lances for hard to reach areas and even a flat-surface squeegee attachment that is perfect for windows, dry-erase boards, mirrors and more. The steam boiler reaches 275°F at a high pressure of 43.5 lbs. Per square inch that is sufficient to totally kill Staph, Salmonella, eColi, fungus, bacteria that causes Sepsis and Pneumonia and Flu (Influenza A). Other steam appliances only claim to address a few different germs and only up to 99 percent; Polti products have been proven to totally kill these pathogens in independent laboratory tests. Color: Apple Green. read more

Nugeni Llc
$279.99

Clean, deodorize, and sanitize your home with ease using the Nugeni Steam+ Floor/Handheld Steam Cleaner. Complete steam cleaning s...ystem can be used as a corded steam mop stick or a corded handheld unit to deliver a superior clean on all types of surfaces. read more

Black+decker
$9.99

Find Floor Care Product Parts and Accessories at Target.com! The Black+decker BDH300ASM Steam Mop Accessory Brush Kit contains ite...ms designed to fit the Black+decker Handheld steam cleaner (BDH1800SM, BDH1805SM) and Steam Mops (BDH1850SM, BDH1855SM). All accessory items are designed to make your cleaning routine easy and complete. This kit contains: (1) Large Brush for heavy duty cleaning, (2) Grout Brushes for cleaning grout and hard to reach creases, and (3) color coded detail brushes for thorough cleaning. Color: Grey. read more

Reliable
$99.00

Measures 5.5L x 6W x 12H in.1200W heating element4 bar pressure for maximum powerHeats up in 2 minutesConstant high volume steam f...low; 35g/min. Small but powerful, the Reliable Pronto 100CH Portable Steam Cleaner is up to the toughest jobs. Able to clean wheel rims and covers, this portable steamer also kills bed bugs, and helps you get your home exceptionally clean. Its four bar pressure offers maximum cleaning power while the two minute heat up time and constant high volume steam flow makes cleaning up simple. The tip reaches a temperature of 245 degrees fahrenheit so you can rest assure germs are being killed. Its patented Comfort Safety System provides an automatic opening and closing of the water tank so you don't have to worry about unscrewing a cap and potentially being burned. Clean a wide variety of items with the included 15-piece accessory kit and do so comfortably with the soft touch, ergonomic handle. Small and portable, this steam cleaner is good at home and on the go. Additional Features 8 meter action radius Soft touch, ergonomic handle Temperature and steam ready light 245 degree F tip temperature Kills bed bugs Automatic opening and closing of water tank Doubles as a garment steamer Includes 15-piece accessory set read more

Upright Steam Carpet Cleaners

These appliances are designed for overall carpet cleaning; some models have a feature that heats the carpet to produce steam when water is applied, and others simply use hot water in the cleaning cycle. They are generally less bulky and easier to maneuver than professional carpet cleaners that you can rent.

Steam Mops

Designed to clean hard floors, a steam mop leaves floors clean, dry, and safe—rather than sopping wet like conventional mops. Some models have a trigger that releases hot steam on demand; others produce a steady, continual supply; and yet others offer both. Some steam mops feature cloth pads that can be laundered after each use, while other models have disposable pads, which are convenient but require you to purchase them on a regular basis.

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Product Features

Product Features

Features will vary depending on what type of steamer you are purchasing, but in general look for features that improve cleaning action and increase convenience. If you want to clean more than just carpet, look for models that come with extra accessories for cleaning additional surfaces. Also look for features that let you more easily maneuver the machine in tight corners or small areas. Here are a few features to consider as you are comparing models.

Attachments

Upright models often come with accessories, which allow you to clean upholstery, stairs, and bare floors, as well as carpet. Some steam mops also come with extra tools for cleaning windows, blinds, drapes, countertops, or upholstery.

Long Hose

Especially important if the unit is heavy, a long hose can help you reach areas where it's hard to maneuver the steam cleaner, such as up a flight of stairs.

Tank Indicator Lights

Some steam mops include a light that alerts you when the water reservoir needs to be refilled. Upright steamers can feature lights that let you know when the clean-solution tank needs to be refilled or the dirty-solution tank needs to be emptied.

Steam Control

Most steam mops include a feature that allows you to control the amount of steam delivered.

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Black+decker
$9.99

Find Floor Care Product Parts and Accessories at Target.com! The Black+decker BDH300ASM Steam Mop Accessory Brush Kit contains ite...ms designed to fit the Black+decker Handheld steam cleaner (BDH1800SM, BDH1805SM) and Steam Mops (BDH1850SM, BDH1855SM). All accessory items are designed to make your cleaning routine easy and complete. This kit contains: (1) Large Brush for heavy duty cleaning, (2) Grout Brushes for cleaning grout and hard to reach creases, and (3) color coded detail brushes for thorough cleaning. Color: Grey. read more

Reliable
$1299.00

PROFESSIONAL FEATURES AND PERFORMANCEThe new Brio Pro 1000CC takes on the most challenging of cleaning and sanitizing jobs with ea...se. From hospitals and schools to restaurants and hotels, the Brio Pro beats the performance and price of comparable machines in the steam-cleaning category.WHY CLEAN WITH STEAMSteam deodorizes and sanitizes with heat and moisture, and since the only ingredient required for the Brio Pro 1000CC is water, commercial cleaning has never been safer, healthier, more cost-effective or environmentally friendly. The premium choice for professionals and the most discerning homeowners. read more

C&A Marketing
$29.99

This Steam Cleaner is Equipped with a powerful 1050-Watt heating system and offers a chemical-free way to deep clean and Sanitize ...you whole Home. This Steam Cleaner has the perfect attachments to sanitize every inch of your home and to make it free... read more

Swivel Head

Look for a steam mop with a head that swivels to make it easier to maneuver in tight corners.

Moving Brushes

Upright steamers with moving brushes can attack stains more aggressively than models with fixed brushes.

Tank Shutoff

Some upright steamers automatically stop the extractor's suction when the appliance senses the dirty-solution tank is full.

Belt-Free

Just like traditional vacuums, some upright steamers include a belt that will need to be replaced over time. Models without a belt can save you maintenance later.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As you're shopping for a steam cleaner, first consider what type of surfaces you'll be cleaning to ensure you get the best model for the job. Then think about factors such as weight, power, and portability. Is power and performance most important to you, or is it more important that the machine be lightweight and easy to carry around the house? Also determine what extra tools and accessories will be most useful on a regular basis. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you are choosing a steam cleaner.

Tools/Accessories

The cost of a steamer is influenced greatly by the accessories or cleaning tools included. Although these tools increase the versatility of the unit, they may not be things that you will even utilize. Consider what surfaces you'll be cleaning and what tools you'll actually use.

Power

When you're comparing wattages for various steamer models, keep in mind that the higher the wattage, the more easily you'll be able to clean up caked-on dirt or grease. Units with greater power are likely to cost more, though.

Portability

A handheld steamer with a small water reservoir is easy to carry and transport around the house, but it also has a small water reservoir. Heavier-duty steamers typically have larger water reservoirs, which increase the weight of the unit. Often these steamers have wheels, helping to offset their bulkiness and making them easier to move and maneuver. Before buying a unit, carry and/or push it around to ensure it's manageable for you.

Usage

Steam cleaners are not recommended for use on all surfaces. They should only be used on sealed surfaces that are heat-tolerant and can withstand moisture. A steam cleaner is not for use on anything with a varnish or shellac-base finish, and certainly not for use on antiques. Be extremely careful with paper, cardboard, or wooden composite and painted surfaces. If you linger too long, the steam can cause the finish to blister and result in extensive damage.

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Shark
$79.99 $69.99

The easiest and lightest SHARK(R) steam cleaner for quick and simple cleaning and sanitization on all hard floor surfaces. Elimina...tes 99.9% of germs and bacteria, including H1N1. Telescoping handle design for ease and comfort; Natural push motion for... read more

Shark
$149.99 $129.99

Euro-Pro Shark(R) Electronic steam pocket steam cleaner features intelligent steam control to clean every hard floor surface in yo...ur home. Dust mode can steam dust on your beautiful sealed hardwoods and laminates. Mop mode is great for everyday... read more

Vapamore
$199.00 $149.00

Only the eccentric designers at Vapamore could invent a unique hybrid fusing the power of steam cleaning with the ability to vacuu...m all in one hand held machine. Spills, pet stains, spots, and odors are easier than ever to remove from carpeting,... read more

Shark
$79.99 $69.99

The easiest and lightest SHARK(R) steam cleaner for quick and simple cleaning and sanitization on all hard floor surfaces. Elimina...tes 99.9% of germs and bacteria, including H1N1. Telescoping handle design for ease and comfort; Natural push motion for steam activation; Swivel mop head; 25 foot power cord; 15 minutes of steam running time. Includes 2 All-Purpose Microfiber Pads. read more

Vapamore
$129.00 $99.00

In Italian, Amico means “little friend”. Now you can take your love of steam, wherever you go with the Vapamore MR-75 Amico. This ...clever hand held steam cleaner is designed to move with you as you clean and sanitize your entire home or office using... read more

Vapamore
$399.00 $299.00

Hundreds of hours of testing and research by the Vapamore engineering team were dedicated to custom build a top ranked steam clean...ing system. What they created was a device of refined quality unlike any other, the MR-100 Primo. In Italian, Primo means... read more

Dirt Devil
$49.99 $35.33

Cut through tough messes with the grab and go power of steam. This lightweight 2-in-1 steam mop easily maneuvers around tight spac...es and into corners while gliding over your sealed hard floors. read more

Dirt Devil
$69.99 $56.03

The Dirt Devil Easy Steam Deluxe Steam Mop features a continuous steam generating system that provides steam cleaning through the ...entire pad surface. Continuous steam means less water to soak the pad resulting in fewer smears and streaks. Uses regular tap water and steam is ready in only 30 seconds. Comes with two multi-layer microfiber cloth pads that are machine washable. Plus a bonus microfiber "shaggy" dusting pad that is machine washable and a carpet glide attachment for carpet and rug use. read more

Bissell
$99.99 $89.00

BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop, 1940 � The BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop offers a deep clean with a fresh scent. This unique steam mo...p is designed to get deep down into the grout and crevices while leaving a fresh, clean scent while you steam mop. This fully featured steam mop has SmartSet Steam Control letting you adjust the amount of steam needed to tackle messes. For light cleaning use the low setting, everyday messes, choose medium, and for the toughest mess select high. And when you need an extra boost to cut through the dried-on sticky spot, flip down the Easy Scrubber on the mop head. It uses bristles to quickly and easily remove those stubborn messes, getting deep down in the crevices. The PowerFresh Steam Mop also includes Spring Breeze fragrance discs. Insert the scented disc into the pocket of the mop pad to enjoy a fresh, clean aroma while you steam mop. Simply discard the disc when you�re finished, leaving your home smelling clean. Other features include a 23� power cord, removable water tank and 2 different mop pads; one for everyday cleaning, and one with scrubbing strips. The low-profile mop head also reaches into hard to clean edges and corners. read more

Pyle
$40.00 $39.99

Use the active power of super-heated steam to achieve a new level clean. The Pyle PSTHH05 Clean Handheld Steamer will help you ach...ieve a Natural and Chemical-Free clean that makes your home healthier and safer for children and pets. Let the steam do the work and save yourself from the strain and discomfort of scrubbing and wiping. With a single pull of the trigger, the steam birdie produces high-heat water vapors that eliminate harmful germs, bacteria, dirt and grime. Just add water, plug it in and you're ready to clean - no harsh chemicals or cleaning solutions required. Deodorize and Sanitize your home, car or boat for a Natural Clean with the Pyle PSTHH05 Handheld Steamer. read more

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