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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The powerful and portable Reliable Pronto sanitizes surfaces and steams garments. This portable, powerful and efficient cleaning d...evice makes it easy to clean hard to reach surfaces without wrist strain. Steam cleaning is much easier when you have lots of steam pressure. The Pronto will give you consistent volumes of high-pressure steam. It is the safe and comfortable way to clean, sanitize and even freshen fabrics without harsh chemicals. Steam deodorizes and sanitizes with heat and moisture and since the only ingredient required for the Reliable Pronto is water, cleaning your home or work place has never been safer, healthier or more environmentally friendly. Features 4 bar pressure for maximum cleaning power. It's also great for food prep areas, bedding, wheels & tires, grills, and windows. 1200W heating element; 2 minute fast heat up time; Constant high volume steam flow - 35g/min; Soft touch ergonomic handle; Action radius - 8 m; Temperature & steam ready pilot light; 245 F tip temperature (distance 0.8 in.). Includes a 19.5-foot electrical cord and a 14-piece accessory set. Lifetime product warranty policy applies to all Reliable Corporation pressurized steam boiler tanks. See warranty document for details. read more


The Steam Jet XL floor steamer uses a pressurized steel boiler and dry heat technology to clean and sanitize all hard floor surfac...es, including delicate wood. If this Monster's in your closet, that's a scary-good thing. The bottom and front steam jets... read more

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Description: If this Monster's in your closet, that's a scary-good thing! The Steam Jet XL floor steamer uses a pressurized steel ...boiler and dry heat technology to clean and sanitize all hard floor surfaces, including delicate wood. The bottom and... read more


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

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.


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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Relentless steam cleaning with Continuous Steam Technology (CST). The Dupray ONE Plus steam cleaner is a sleek high-performance va...por cleaning and disinfection tool for home use. It combines innovative and practical features like CST technology for easy refills on the go and superheated dry steam. Made in Europe using only top quality parts, this steam cleaner is backed by a 3-year warranty on parts and a lifetime warranty on the boiler. Simple and efficient green cleaning. Steam at up to 160°C/320°F eliminates 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, pathogens, mold, bedbugs and other nasties on any surface, including floors, toys, countertops, pillows and pet areas, all without chemicals. Comes ready to work with 15 deluxe accessories. The ONE Plus ships with everything you need to help you do your chores faster and better: floors, kitchen equipment, car interiors, disinfection, bathroom, showers, get rid of bedbugs, dustmites and allergen control. See how steam can restore soiled grout lines - all without harmful chemicals. read more


The HAAN MultiforcePlus SS22A is a steam cleaner designed for effortless cleaning, scrubbing, and buffing, both indoors and out. C...R-motion technology enhances the natural pull-and-push motion of standard steam mops by adding a powerful scrubbing... read more


Designed for pure steam power, Dupray presents the most compact industrial-grade steam cleaner on the market; the Steam Box. Offer...ing heavy-duty features like detergent and hot water injection, this 220V model packs 5400W of pure power and can be refilled during operation for non-stop use thanks to Continuous Steam Technology. Green performance packed in. Handmade in Italy, the Steam Box sanitizes, deep clean and degrease any surface, using 180°C/356°F superheated steam that help eliminate 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, pathogens and mold on any surface, including production equipment, floors, machinery and more! An arsenal of quality accessories. Offered with a 26 piece accessory set, the Steam Box is versatile enough to accomplish hundreds of cleaning tasks. Effortlessly detail cars like a pro. Clean grout lines to perfection. Disinfect and clean any floor surfaces. Degrease kitchen equipment. Rejuvenate oak barrels and more! Lifetime warranty on the boiler and 3 years on parts. read more


Hoover SteamVac Plus Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge Hoover steamvac plus is deep cleaning and quick drying. Hoover spin scrub cou...nter-rotating brushes scrub all angles of your carpet fibers for an all-around deep clean. Push the clean surge button to... 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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