Your reasons for wanting a steam cleaner and how you plan to use it will undoubtedly influence which steam cleaner is best for you. To figure out which steam cleaner makes the most sense for your needs, these are seven of the main factors you should take into consideration.
1. Size and Weight
From commercial units to handheld, steam cleaners come in a pretty wide range of sizes, shapes and weight. The overall bulkiness will vary on the type you buy, as well as each individual model.
Before you buy a steam cleaner, be sure to look at the dimensions and weight of the unit. Once you know the size and overall weight, think about whether you are willing to push around a large, heavy item, or if you prefer something more lightweight and portable. If you’re not comfortable carrying or pushing around a heavy steam cleaner, that could be a deterrent to ever using it.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that whatever model you decide on, you will need to find a place to store it. Before you buy it, make sure that you have enough room for it to sit when not in use. Most homeowners will prefer to keep it out of sight, such as in a closet, when it’s not in use. Do you have enough room for that?
Which type of steam cleaner you go with will have a significant influence on the price range you’ll be looking at. Handheld steam cleaners and steam mops can be found at very reasonable prices that won’t feel like a huge investment. Some models of cylinder and vapor steam cleaners can get very pricey, but they’re useful for a wider variety of jobs and could potentially save you money on other cleaning products, as well as save you time in the longrun.
Many of the brands priced in the low-to-mid range got really solid reviews in our research, so for the purposes of the average homeowner, an affordable steam cleaner will likely do the trick. But, it all comes down to what you plan on using it for. If you plan on using it frequently, then we’d recommend investing into a slightly nicer unit, instead of simply going with the most affordable option available.
3. Attachments & Accessories
Most steam cleaners come with a few basic attachments that you can use on different types of surfaces to help you sanitize different areas of your home. Most brands also offer more attachments and accessories for their steam cleaners that you can buy separately (or may come with some models).
If you want a steam cleaner that’s versatile and can be used for a large number of items, surfaces, and spaces, then consider what attachments come with each model, as well as what is available for you to purchase along side it. Make sure, in advance, that whatever you buy will have the functionality or attachments for all the types of cleaning jobs you plan on using it for. What’s the point of buying a steam cleaner that doesn’t let you clean all the areas you want?