Best steam cleaners: 10 steam mops to supercharge your deep clean

These best steam cleaners and steam mops can deep clean upholstery, kitchen fittings and even polish hardwood floors. Buying one will cut your cleaning jobs down to size...

best steam cleaner: Karcher SC2 Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner
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In the market for the best steam cleaner – or even a steam mop? Whether you need to remove a stain from a carpet or sofa, or simply make the kitchen floor sparkle, a steam cleaner or steam mop are versatile cleaning tools that save you getting on your hands and knees with a scrubbing brush.

That's not all they can tackle though – you can use steam cleaners to quickly make worktops and appliances gleam and even to give a new lease of life to curtains. We've picked the best steam cleaners and steam mops to cut your cleaning jobs down to size. 

To help you decide which model is for you, we’ve listed some of the best designs available right now below. The steam mops will keep hardwood, laminate and tiled floors hygienically clean and you won’t need to use harmful chemicals either. The steam cleaners can also help clean surfaces, hobs, upholstery and more. 

Jump to our advice on how to buy the best steam cleaner or mop at the bottom of this page; otherwise, keep scrolling. 

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What is the best steam cleaner and steam mop?

The best steam cleaner is the Karcher SC3 Easyfix Steam Cleaner. It has a large water tank, doesn't require detergent, can clean upholstery and kitchen appliances and it comes with a range of attachments. The Shark Klik n’ Flip is the best steam mop. It comes with intelligent steam controls for a precise, targeted clean and can be used on all types of hardwood floors, as well as tiles.

These are the rest of our top picks, below. Keep scrolling for the full reviews.

  • Best steam cleaner: Kärcher SC 3 Easyfix Steam Cleaner
  • Best steam mop: Shark Klik n’ Flip Automatic Steam Mop S6003UK
  • Best steam mop for quick jobs: Vileda Steam Mop
  • Best steam cleaner for large jobs: Polti Vaporetto Pro 85 Flexi Steam Cleaner
  • Best powerful steam cleaner: Vax Steam Fresh Power Plus
  • Best small steam mop: Bissell PowerFresh Slim 3 in 1 Steam Mop
  • Best handheld steam cleaner: Bissell 2635E Steam Shot
  • Best handheld steam mop: Russell Hobbs RHMSM3101 Neptune Multi Function Steam Mop
  • Best steam cleaner for cleaning under furniture: Morphy Richards 720026 8-in-1 Steam Cleaner
  • Best multi-functional steam mop: Vax S86-SF-C Steam Fresh Combi Multifunction Steam Cleaner

THE BEST STEAM CLEANERS

Best steam cleaner you can buy: Kärcher SC 3 Easyfix Steam Cleaner

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1. Kärcher SC 3 Easyfix Steam Cleaner

Best steam cleaner you can buy: this one comes with a hook and loop connection for quick, easy removal of the floor cloth

Specifications
Cable length: 4m
Water tank: 1 litre
Heat-up time: 30 seconds
Power: 1900W
Weight: 3.1kg
Reasons to buy
+No need for detergent+The super absorbent microfibre cloths are machine washable+Comes with a range of handy attachments+Cleans greasy ovens and hobs+Removes stains on carpets and upholstery+Even gets rid of mould on tiles and taps
Reasons to avoid
-Quite bulky to move around-Pricier than other models-A bit industrial looking

An impressive looking piece of kit, the Kärcher SC 3 means business and delivers amazing deep cleaning results using just tap water. It heats up quickly and is great for hard floors as well as limescale and stubborn stains around the home. We also love its large water tank and the range of attachments that come with. The only drawback is a short lead and it is heavier than other models on the market.

Multifunctional accessories
You can use this steam cleaner on so many areas around the home – hard floors, ovens, hobs, taps, tiles, sofas, carpets – using the floor and hand nozzles as well as the handy round brushes.

Child lock
A great idea and perfect for families with young children, this model has a locking system to prevent little ones from getting it started.

Steam flow control
For easy use, the Kärcher model has its steam volume control on the handle, which you can use to suit the type of surface and level of dirt you’re dealing with.

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Best steam mop you can buy: Shark Klik n’ Flip Automatic Steam Mop S6003UK

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2. Shark Klik n’ Flip Automatic Steam Mop S6003UK

Best steam mop you can buy: with intelligent controls for a targeted clean

Specifications
Cable length: 8m
Water tank: 330ml
Heat-up time: 30 seconds
Power: 1200W
Weight: 2.7kg
Reasons to buy
+Intelligent controls+Suitable for sanitising all types of hard and sealed flooring+Easy to use+Precise, targeted steam+Gets rid of stuck-on steam
Reasons to avoid
-Some find it quite heavy, even though it's meant to be lightweight-Tank is pretty small-Needs to lean against wall to stabilise after use
WHICH IS BEST FOR ME – A STEAM CLEANER OR A STEAM MOP?

Steam cleaners come as handheld, mops and cylinder models. Each offers a different type of cleaning, and you can also get a combination of them all if you want to clean different types of surface on a regular basis. 

Mops are best for hard flooring; cylinders are good for carpets and upholstery; and handheld machines are best for reaching any small or inaccessible areas.

The Klik N’ Flip S6003UK is Shark's most advanced model, which makes it easy to understand why it's our pick of the best steam mop you can buy. It's designed to make cleaning floors even easier thanks to its intelligent operation that delivers a precise, targeted steam clean on hardwood, marble, tile and stone. Simply flip the mop head and you’ll cover twice the area, too – hence the Klik n’ Flip name. It also cleans away 99.9 per cent of common household bacteria, ideal for homes with children or pets.

Twice the clean
The double-sided, machine-washable Dirt Grip cleaning pads allow you to steam clean double the area by simply flipping the mop head. You can release the used pad by clicking a switch too, so there’s no need to get your hands on the grimy pad.

Steam blast
Check out the Steam Blast mode, which delivers a targeted blast of super-heated steam, ideal for removing stubborn stains.

Easy to use
Suitable for all types of hard flooring, this model is lightweight and comes with swivel steering for easy movement around furniture.

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Best steam mop for quick jobs: Vileda Steam Mop

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3. Vileda Steam Mop

Best steam mop for quick jobs: this one does exactly what it says on the tin and heats up in a super-speedy 15 seconds

Specifications
Cable length: 6m
Water tank: 400ml
Heat-up time: 15 seconds
Power: 1550W
Weight: 2.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Heats up in just 15 seconds+Stamps out 99.9% of bacteria+Can be used on all hard floors+Cleans quickly and easy+No need for smelly chemicals+Allows you to clean for longer thanks to its large water tank
Reasons to avoid
-The design doesn't look as expensive as others-Can leave floors rather wet-Quite rounded at edges so hard to get into corners 

Vileda specialise in cleaning products so it’s no wonder that their steam mop is the business. It’s fast, lightweight and kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria, just like the Shark model above, without the need for chemicals. You can use it on all hard sealed floors such as wood, laminate, vinyl and tile and there’s even a carpet glider for refreshing carpets, too.

Easy to use
As it’s lightweight and comes with a swivel head, tackling awkward corners and objects is simple. It also works for 28 minutes on one tank.

Removes stubborn stains
Using powerful steam cleaning, Vileda’s mop deals with 99.9 per cent of bacteria, making your home ultra clean - ideal for homes with children and pets and those who suffer from allergies.

Variable steam
You are in control with the variable steam setting that enables you to use this mop on delicate flooring, too.

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Best steam cleaner for large jobs: Polti Vaporetto Pro 85 Flexi Steam Cleaner

4. Polti Vaporetto Pro 85 Flexi Steam Cleaner

Best steam cleaner for large jobs: an easy to use steam cleaner that is extremely powerful

Specifications
Cable length: 7.5m
Water tank: 1ltr
Heat up time: 6 mins
Power: 1100w
Weight: 5.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Ideal for deep cleaning+Continuous refill system+British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval+Powerful at 4.5 bar+Kills and removes 99.99% of germs and bacteria+Comes with accessories
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

The Polti Vapotetto Pro 85 Flexi Steam Cleaner is as easy to manoeuvre as a vacuum cleaner, and works extremely well when deep cleaning floor and carpets. We'd also like to note that although the Polti is more expensive than the Karcher SC2, it does heat up faster and it's a 4.5 bar steamer, while the SC2 is slightly less powerful at 3.5 bar.

Continuous refill system
This steam cleaner has a continuous refill system to allow you to add more water at any time. This way you you can carry out uninterrupted cleaning whenever you need to. Although you may have to keep unplugging and changing sockets if you're working with a large space, this does still mean less trips to the sink. 

Allergy friendly
Holding a British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval, this steam cleaner claims to be effective against dust mites. It can kill and remove 99.99 per cent of bacteria, fungi and mould. All with just hot water.

Accessories included
This is the part we love the most – the Polti comes with a floor attachment, the Vaporflexi brush. This allows you to steam clean under furniture with ease ensuring every inch of your home is clean. The machine also arrives with a carpet accessory, a window squeegee accessory, a concentrator tool, a small brush and a few others.

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Best powerful steam cleaner: Vax Steam Fresh Power Plus

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5. Vax Steam Fresh Power Plus

Best powerful steam cleaner: steam clean anything with this multifunction model

Specifications
Cable length: 8m
Water tank: 300ml
Heat-up time: 20 seconds
Power: 1600W
Weight: 3.4kg
Reasons to buy
+The fact it converts to a handheld+Variable steam control+Plenty of versatile attachments for different uses+Cleans all surfaces, horizontal and vertical+Works on upholstery and fabrics too+It’s easy to set up and get going
Reasons to avoid
-It is one of the heavier models-Smallish water tank-The pads sometimes can slip off

When you want your steam mop to do more than just clean floors, this is the model for you. Vax’s Steam Fresh Power Plus not only cleans floors but it also comes with a handheld reach wand, so you can tackle the tops of cupboards, around the shower and those hard to reach areas with ease.

Tackles grease and grime
Whichever cleaning mode you opt for, this steam mop will break down dirt quickly and easily thanks to the use of detergent rather than just steam, which also leaves your home smelling fresh. You can even use it in the oven!

Different attachments
This one really is multifunctional, as it comes with a handheld reach wand and a number of add-ons that allow you to clean a number of surfaces including ovens, hobs and showers. 

Steam boost
Ideal for getting down and dirty with stubborn stains, this function gives you extra cleaning power when you need it.

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Best small steam mop: BISSELL PowerFresh Slim 3 in 1 Steam Mop

6. BISSELL POWERFRESH SLIM STEAM 2234E

Best small steam mop: this slimline steam mop is a great choice for smaller homes and flats

Specifications
Cable length: 7.6m
Water tank: 300ml
Heat-up time: 30 seconds
Power: 1500W
Weight: 1.86kg
Reasons to buy
+It’s a 3 in 1 design+Converts from an upright steam mop to an extended reach surface cleaner+And even has a portable handheld steam mop too+Gets rid of grime and grease on hard wood, ceramic lino, granite and marble+Stores away easily after use+Comes with a pouring jug for easy refilling
Reasons to avoid
-Quite expensive for such a small model-Smallish water tank-Not big on power

When space is limited in terms of storage in the home, the BISSELL PowerFresh Slim 3 in 1 Steam Mop is an ideal choice. Not only is it slim in design but it also comes with a wall mount so you can hang it up after use. It comes with an extension wand and tool kit for awkward nooks and crannies as well as offering swivel steering to get into tight spaces and grimy areas around furniture.

Universal tools
Use the steam trigger to get just the right amount of steam for the job and tackle a variety of surfaces using the on-board tools and attachments.

Easy to use
This slimline model is so easy to move around and is ideal for smaller homes where a bulky machine would just get in the way. The swivel steering is perfect for tight spaces such as under tables and sofas as well as along edges and kitchen plinths.

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Best handheld steam cleaner: Bissell 2635E Steam Shot

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7. Bissell 2635E Steam Shot

Best handheld steam cleaner: a handheld steam cleaner for those hard-to-reach areas

Specifications
Cable length: 4.8m
Water tank: 360ml
Heat up time: n/a
Weight: 1.36kg
Power: 1050w
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Comes with 9 attachments+Easy to store+On-demand steam trigger
Reasons to avoid
-Not as powerful as others 

The Bissell handheld steam cleaner is ideal for those who want to cleaner smaller surface areas as it's lightweight and comes with a range of accessories for intricate cleaning. We think this is the best steam cleaner if you're after a handheld model.

Lightweight and compact
Due to its small size, the Bissell 2635E weights just 1.36kg and it can easily be stored in a small storage cupboard. We think it's a great option for those who live in a flat or apartment and want a steam cleaner for their upholstery but don't have the space for a full-size model.

Multi-surface
This handheld steam cleaner is designed for more delicate areas which makes it ideal for cleaning fabrics, including curtains. You could also use it on your sofa, to clean your mattress, for deep-cleaning your hob or oven or maybe to help give the bathroom a new lease of life.

Accessories
Although small, this steam cleaner packs a punch thanks to the accessories that come with. There's a window squeegee included to help nail those streak-free windows, as well as a range of brushes, a measuring jug and more. 

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Best handheld steam mop: Russell Hobbs RHMSM3101 Neptune Multi Function Steam Mop

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8. Russell Hobbs RHMSM3101 Neptune Multi Function Steam Mop

Best handheld steam mop: converting from a mop to a handheld in seconds, this design is really versatile

Specifications
Cable length: 5m
Water tank: 330ml
Heat-up time: 25 seconds
Power: 1300W
Weight: 3.34kg
Finish: White and aqua
Dimensions: H111cm x W30cm x D21cm
Reasons to buy
+Offers chemical-free cleaning+Has 11 different uses+Water tank is easy to refill+Reaches pretty far thanks to the long cable+Cleans hard floors really well+Sanitises mattresses too
Reasons to avoid
-Quite heavy compared to other designs-Quite a short cable-Looks a bit cheap

When you want a really multifunctional steam mop, this one from Russell Hobbs has got it all, with 11 functions that can tackle everything from carpets and sealed hard floors to windows, grout and tiles, sinks, shower screens, upholstery, curtains, ovens and hobs. It’s said to kill 99.9% of bacteria so will make your home hygienically clean and give peace of mind to those with young children, babies or allergy sufferers. As well as an upright steam mop, it can also be used as a handheld steamer, too.

Lightweight design
Its compact style and lightweight design makes this one easy to carry around the home, including up and down the stairs. The water tank is also removable, which makes it quick and easy to fill up, and it has an anti-scale filter to keep things running smoothly.

Triggered steam flow
You’re in charge of how much and when to inject steam thanks to the trigger design that’s simple to use.

Carpet glider
As well as cleaning hard floors, this one can also be used to refresh carpets thanks to the carpet glider that simply attaches to the mop head. You can also convert the cleaner to a handheld design and use the different tools for windows and upholstery.

Allergy free
Cleaning 99.9% of bacteria, this one’s great for allergy sufferers and you can even sanitise mattresses using one of the handy tool attachments.

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Best steam cleaner for cleaning under furniture: Morphy Richards 720026 Complete 8-in-1 Steam Cleaner

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9. Morphy Richards 720026 Complete 8-in-1 Steam Cleaner

Best steam cleaner for cleaning under furniture: this steam mop has an illuminated floor head

Specifications
Cable length: 5m
Water cap: 400ml
Power: 1600w
Heat up time: 30 seconds
Weight: 3kg
Reasons to buy
+Illuminated floor head+Affordable+8-in-1 cleaner+Triangular floor head+Accessories included+Easy to store
Reasons to avoid
-Isn't amazing with very tough stains

If you like the sound of the Polti Vaporetto Pro 75 Flexi Steam Cleaner but want something that's upright, heats up in 30 seconds and easier to store, then this Morphy Richards 8-in-1 model is the best steam cleaner for you. It has an average size water tank, heats up quickly and is available at a very reasonable price. We think it's a great all-rounder for carrying out those chores you hate quickly and easily. 

Handy features
This steam cleaner has a triangular floor head to make your life that little bit easier when trying to clean corners. It also comes with a small handheld tool for when you're cleaning those hard-to-reach areas. Even better? 400ml of water fit in its see-through water tank that takes the guessing out of run-time. Our favourite feature is its illuminated floor head – you'll never miss a spot of dirt under your sofa again.

Easy to store
We love the fact its handle folds away allowing for easy storage in small spaces, while  it also has cable storage on board for its 5m long cable.

Suitable for a range of surfaces
Of course this machine works on hard floors and carpets, but also worktops, tiles, ovens, BBQs, windows, grout, taps, wheels and more. The cleaning opportunities are endless.

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Best multi-functional steam mop: Vax S86-SF-C Steam Fresh Combi Multifunction Steam Cleaner

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10. Vax S86-SF-C Steam Fresh Combi Multifunction Steam Cleaner

Best multi-functional steam mop: this 15-in-1 model that tackles all types of surfaces around the home

Specifications
Cable length: 8m
Water tank: 260ml
Heat-up time: 20 seconds
Power: 1600W
Weight: 3.7kg
Reasons to buy
+Offers 15 functions in one piece of kit+Leaves flooring surfaces dry in just three minutes+Works on carpets too+Eliminates 99.9% of harmful germs and bacteria+Cleans ovens, hobs, tiles, mirrors, windows and more+Has a long cable for an easy reach
Reasons to avoid
-Small water tank-Needs detergent-Quite heavy to carry up stairs

With a fast heat-up time, this second Vax model is a multifunction design that offers 15 features in one. It has a detachable handheld cleaner as well as a 10-piece tool kit and also comes with variable steam control. The detachable handheld cleaner just needs one click and it’s ready. It works on sealed hard floors and leaves them smelling fresh thanks to the detergent, and can also be used on tiles, showers and loads more.

Handheld mode
Simply remove the detachable unit with one click and steam clean windows, mirrors, taps, tiles, sinks and bathroom surfaces.

Variable steam
You’re in charge of how much steam to inject into your cleaning and when. The variable steam and detergent controls are easy to use and easy to reach.

Compact scrub brush
A built-in brush pops out when needed to help get rid of tough, stubborn stains from floors and tile grouting.

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How to buy the best steam cleaner or mop

Cable length
All steam mops are corded, so depending on the size of your house or the amount of plug sockets you have dotted around, be wary of the cable length.

Water tank
Since these appliances convert water into steam, the size of the water tank is an important feature. Live in a larger home? Opt for a mop with a large water capacity to save having to top it up regularly.

Heat up time
Waste no time waiting for your mop to heat up, the majority of our picks heat up in just 30 seconds.

Power
A higher wattage won’t necessarily equal better performance so consider all the specifications before making your mind up. 

Weight
You’ll find that handheld steamers are lighter and easier to use but don’t steam for as long as mops. Mops heat up more quickly and last a lot longer but the exact time will depend on the size of the water tank. Opting for a lightweight steam mop is a smart thing to do, especially if you have stairs in your home. Also, look at the overall design and see if the handle is ergonomic enough for you and if the style of the steam mop suits the way you work.

Attachments
You can also get a range of attachments for your steam cleaner that open up many more cleaning options, such as upholstery tools, scrubbing pads and squeegees for cleaning windows and appliances, for example. 

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