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Steam cleaner test: these are the best steam cleaners


25. 03. 2020, 06: 10 | by

content based on the test results from AllesBeste

With the steam cleaner you clean the apartment more gently and thoroughly. Image: penyushkin / Getty Images

Steam cleaners clean without chemicals and yet thoroughly. Hot water vapor also dissolves dirt in the cracks in the floor and you can use it to remove almost all bacteria and germs. You have the choice between large devices with separate pressure vessels or compact steam brooms. Our partner AllesBeste tested ten popular steam cleaners and chose the Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix as a top recommendation. You get the lavishly equipped device for around 130 Euro. For the slightly less powerful price tip Vileda Steam you pay much less, namely around 55 Euro.

The test was carried out by our partner AllesBeste and last in February 2020 updated.

You can read that in our article: We will give you an overview of the top recommendations from the test, then present the models in detail and give you a general price estimate. Then we explain the test procedure of our partner AllesBeste as well as the functioning of steam cleaners and tell you the different types. In our buying advice we tell you what is important when buying a steam cleaner and answer open questions.

These are the best steam cleaners in the test from AllesBeste

Steam cleaner in the test

test winner Price Tip Best flexibility Best performance

Product

Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix

Vileda Steam

Hoover Steam Capsule CA2IN1D 011

Kärcher SC4 Premium EasyFix

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round 220 Euro

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6.5 minutes

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15 seconds

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1000 ml

350 ml

500 + 800 ml

400 ml

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1. Recommendation: Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix (test winner)

  • Source: Kärcher

    Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix

    The Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix is ​​a high-quality steam cleaner with a separate pressure vessel. Thanks to its high performance, it can also cope with heavy soiling.

Benefits
Extensive accessories
High working pressure
Even steam delivery
Disadvantage
No removable water tank
Quite a long heating-up time
Slightly unwieldy with hose

The floor steam cleaner Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix convinced the testers the most. It offers great performance, but is not as expensive as the larger Kärcher models. The water is poured into the separate pressure vessel, here there is a whole liter of space, which with 1. 500 Watt is heated. This takes a good six minutes, but after that you have enough steam for the whole apartment and more. The ergonomics is a bit limited, because you cannot remove the water tank. There is a large opening for filling the water – however, the entire pressure in the boiler must first be released. The steam can be dosed precisely on the handle and you can set a continuous steam output. Hose and lavish accessories can be stowed away well.

You pull the pressure vessel behind you on rollers, the two Meter-long hose gives you enough freedom of movement. The flexibility of the Kärcher is good, you can use the handpiece alone or convert it with an extension tube and wiper head into a steam broom. The plug connections are also standard and interchangeable with all Kärcher steam cleaners. As a steam broom, the device is extremely stable and allows you to scrub vigorously. Overall, the steam output great: The working pressure is high and controllable, the steam delivery is even.

For the Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix , the “middle class” of steam cleaners, you pay around 130 Euro. That is a fair price. Kärcher also has cheaper variants and stronger models on offer.

The reliable Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix is ​​also resistant to stubborn dirt. Image: All the best

2. Recommendation: Vileda Steam (price tip)

  • Source: Vileda

    Vileda Steam

    The Vileda Steam is a simple steam broom for everyday use in the apartment The lack of versatility makes up for the device with its strong price.

Benefits
Easy handling
Easy to fill
Even steam delivery
Disadvantage
No compact handpiece
Low steam emission
Stability could be better

The Vileda Steam is a simple dam brush for everyday use against light floor dirt in the apartment. More Flexibility you do not get, a removable handpiece with steam nozzle is not available. With the triangular wiping head you can at least get to hard to reach places. The cheap device is ready for use after 15 seconds warm-up time. Only fit in the water tank 400 Milliliters, due to the low steam emission, that's enough. The steam output is not really enough for stubborn dirt, but regular wiping works perfectly, the steam output is even. The Vileda Steam lives up to its purpose.

At the Ergonomics there is nothing to complain about : You fill water into the easily accessible opening, set the stepless steam regulation and you can start right away. The steam broom is handy enough that you can also use it to clean under furniture and in corners. The slim design has a negative impact on the stability of the device. You should not put too much strain on the Vileda.

The everyday steam broom You can get Vileda Steam for a cheap price: under 60 Euro. If you only want uncomplicated floor wiping in the apartment, you are right with the price tip.

The Vileda Steam steam broom is easy to use and quick to use. Image: All the best

3 . Recommendation: Hoover Steam Capsule CA2IN1D 011 (Best flexibility)

  • Source: Hoover

    Hoover Steam Capsule CA2IN1D 011

    The steam broom Hoover Steam Capsule CA2IN1D 011 is extremely versatile, comes with a lot of accessories and also shows an adequate steam output.

Benefits
With removable handpiece
Extensive accessories
Very long cable
Disadvantage
Brushes require adapters
Small water tank
Small filling opening

The Hoover Steam Capsule CA2IN1D 011 is primarily a steam broom, but there are so many additional functions in the device that the testers make the Hoover a top-E have made a recommendation. The flexibility of the device is enormous: You can use the steam broom with a wide flat mop head or a precise triangular mop head. You can remove the water tank and use it with your own mop head, with a pointed nozzle or with a hose. Even brass brushes are included. The steam output is basically convincing, the steam output is even and despite the small tank you can get good minutes with the Hoover. The heating-up time is 30 seconds.

At the Ergonomics there are minor weaknesses : The water tank is with 350 Milliliters is a bit small and can not be easily filled through the small opening. The brushes require an adapter and give an unsightly whistle when in use. Of course, the Hoover does not achieve the cleaning performance of the large models. However, the flexible steam broom is ideal for everyday work in the home. In addition, the cable is seven meters long, so you have a lot of freedom of movement. A bracket for wall mounting is also included.

The practical steam broom Hoover Steam Capsule CA2IN1D 011 you get for around 80 Euro. This is more expensive than a pure steam broom, but there are a lot of additional functions in the hoover.

With the practical steam broom Hoover Steam Capsule CA2IN1D 011 the handpiece can be removed. Image: All the best

4. Recommendation: Kärcher SC4 Premium EasyFix (best performance)

  • Source: Kärcher

    Kärcher SC4 Premium EasyFix

    The Kärcher SC4 Premium EasyFix also fights heavy soiling with high performance, but the excellent steam cleaner with separate pressure vessel is also expensive.

Benefits
High working pressure
Even steam delivery
Removable water tank
Disadvantage
Expensive to buy
Quite a long heating-up time
With hose somewhat unwieldy

The Kärcher SC4 Premium EasyFix is the right one if you are struggling with heavy dirt have or are simply looking for a professional device with strong performance – but the price is correspondingly high. The steam output is excellent. With the nozzle you can remove stubborn dirt and when wiping the floor you have an even release of steam. The Kärcher convinces with the flexibility and can be used as a handheld device with various attachments or as a steam broom with a wide mop head. The pressure vessel is pulled on rollers, the steam broom or the hand-held device are connected via a two-meter hose. This gives enough range of motion, but of course the hose is a bit more cumbersome compared to pure hand steam cleaners. The heating-up time in the separate boiler is four minutes, but afterwards you have more than enough steam for the work.

The Kärcher has a 500 – milliliter pressure vessel and a removable 800 – Milliliter water tank. The water supply is not only huge, but water can also be refilled during operation. Generally, the ergonomics of the Kärcher class. With the pipes, the steam cleaner can be easily converted into a steam broom and is stable enough for all tasks. In addition, the plug connections on all Kärcher steam cleaners are uniform and interchangeable. The wide range of accessories, the hose and the cable can be stored and stored well.

The steam cleaner Kärcher SC4 Premium EasyFix including complete equipment costs around 220 Euro. This is certainly not a bargain, but you get a reliable professional device.

The Kärcher SC4 Premium EasyFix can handle any dirt and comes with a lot of accessories. Image: All the best

How much do I have to spend on a good steam cleaner?

You can get hand steam cleaner for under 50 Euro. However, the performance and water pressure are generally low with the compact devices and you are restricted at work. In addition, steam brooms or steam cleaners often have a removable hand-held steam generator integrated, and steam brooms in particular are not much higher in price. For a solid model you pay between 60 and 80), whereby the steam output can fluctuate. The price tip in the test is also somewhat weak on the chest, but can still be cleaned satisfactorily with the steam broom. You get the best performance from the large floor steam cleaners with separate pressure tanks on rollers. However, these models also cost significantly more, depending on the equipment, between around 100 and over 200 Euro.

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Our partner AllesBeste tests them Steam cleaner in practice. This is taken into account since the different types of steam cleaners are suitable for different purposes. Not every user needs a large steam cleaner if only the floor in the apartment is wiped through. The focus is on handling, flexibility and even steam delivery. The test includes steam cleaners and steam brooms with and without a removable handheld device. However, the latter is always advantageous. It is checked how well the water can be filled, how precisely the steam jet can be adjusted and how effectively the steam output can ultimately be used.

The differences in steam delivery become clear in the test. Image: All the best

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How does a steam cleaner work?

The steam cleaner uses the physical properties of steam. For this, water is first filled into the pressure vessel of the device. With compact devices this is integrated directly into the broom, with larger steam cleaner models it is connected to the nozzle via a hose. The water is brought to a boil and the steam is then dispensed through the nozzle at high speed. The steam molecules penetrate the dirt and loosen it from the surface. The higher the outlet speed, the stronger the dirt dissolving power.

If the steam cools down, it condenses and forms a film of water that can be wiped off. You can use the steam nozzle separately if you wish, for large floor steam cleaners and steam brooms, a wiper head with a microfiber cover can be attached so that the loosened dirt is removed immediately. The steam cleaner models differ in how long they heat the water, how high the pressure in the boiler is and at what speed the steam escapes. The devices need electricity to heat the water, the steam outlet is regulated by valves.

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What types of steam cleaners are there?

Steam cleaners are available in different sizes. Small, portable steam cleaner , also known as steam ducks, are suitable for cleaning furniture, clothing and bathroom surfaces. The devices resemble a kitchen kettle with a steam nozzle. The performance of the hand steam cleaner is lower and the water tank is smaller, but it is sufficient for simple household tasks.

steam broom have a thick stem in which the water tank is integrated. At the lower end there is a wide mop head with cover, through which the steam is evenly released. The steam brooms are mainly intended for cleaning floors, but on many models the water tank with nozzle can also be removed and used as a hand steam cleaner. The output is higher and more water fits in the tank, but simpler steam brushes do not handle too large areas.

You get the most capacity from large floor steam cleaners with separate water tank. The pressure boiler is a separate component on rollers and is connected to the steam broom by a hose. As a result, the water volume and pressure can be considerably larger. In this way, particularly stubborn dirt and large areas can be processed. The professional devices are more expensive.

Steam cleaners are available in different sizes. Image: All the best

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What should I look for when buying a steam cleaner?

  • Purpose

    The choice of the right steam cleaner depends on what you need it for. If you want to wipe the floor of your apartment regularly, no professional device is required. Just when it comes to removing dust and hair, a pure steam broom with no frills is enough. A handheld steam device is always practical if you want to loosen dirt or clean furniture even in hard-to-reach places. If the steam broom has a removable handpiece, that's great. A large model with a separate boiler is only worthwhile if the work is more complex and the dirt is stubborn. This allows you to steam clean longer and more thoroughly, as well as the garage or terrace. You also pay more for the large steam cleaners.

  • Power

    The power rating in watts is usually not too high for steam cleaners informative. Energy is only needed to heat the water. 2000 Watts are not necessarily better than 1500 Watt. What is less obvious is how high the working pressure and how effective the steam output of the device is. With steam brooms, the values ​​are technically lower and the devices cannot always cope with really heavy dirt. A separate water tank can basically deliver more power here.

  • water tank & heating-up time

    With steam brooms, even a small water tank can provide enough steam for cleaning the apartment. Container for less than 400 Milliliters are still a bit small. As long as refilling water is easy, it doesn't have to be an obstacle. It is interesting here whether refilling is also possible when the boiler is still under pressure. Of course, the more water it holds, the steam broom becomes heavier. With steam cleaners with a separate pressure vessel on rollers, this plays less of a role, which is why they usually offer a large water tank for one liter or more. This helps with larger projects, but is an exaggeration for wiping the apartment normally. It also takes a long time to heat up the water, namely several minutes. Then there is more than enough water vapor available. Steam brooms with integrated pressure vessels heat continuously, you can start working after half a minute or less.

  • Hose & Cable

    Due to the high performance that is necessary for boiling water, there are no cordless steam cleaners for home use. Almost all models have a power cable. Usually this is at least 4 meters long, which is enough for the apartment. However, some steam cleaners also have longer cables, up to 7 meters, which can be practical for certain purposes. This is all it takes for steam brooms, but steam cleaners with a separate boiler also require a hose connection. It should also be long enough so that you are not restricted in your work. Around 2 meters of hose length is great, it shouldn't be much less.

  • Removable handpiece

    A steam broom on the one hand and one Manual steam cleaners, on the other hand, cover all purposes, but it is more practical if both devices are combined. With some steam brooms, you can remove the water tank with nozzle and use it as a handpiece to get to hard-to-reach places. For larger steam cleaners with a separate pressure vessel, the handpiece is the standard anyway and you can convert it to a steam broom using the pipes provided.

  • attachments & accessories

    The steam cleaners are lavishly equipped with attachments. There are round, pointed and flat brushes for the handpiece, different sized and different shaped mop heads for the floor cleaner and various covers for both, mostly microfiber cloths. A funnel for the water tank is also useful. Some manufacturers sell their models with and without complete accessories, here you should pay attention to what you need. You can usually buy missing accessories. A storage option for the attachments is also an advantage.

The choice of the right steam cleaner depends on several factors. Image: All the best

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Where can the steam cleaner be used – and where not?

The steam cleaner is ideal for cleaning joints, grooves and other hard-to-reach places in the bathroom and kitchen. Surfaces can be disinfected without detergents. This helps allergy sufferers, especially because dust is bound by the steam and not whirled up. Generally, the hot steam dissolves 99 percent of bacteria and germs from the surfaces. This also makes working with the steam cleaner less strenuous because you only have to wipe. Garage doors, car rims and window frames can also be cleaned easily.

The heat that the steam cleaner develops is, however not equally suitable for all surfaces. Tiles and stainless steel surfaces are no problem here. Care should be taken with sealed wooden floors, carpets and linoleum because of the water, here you should switch to a lower level. In the case of laminate, the steam can get into the joints and since the layers have been pressed under heat, they can also dissolve in the heat. Cleaning the laminate with the steam cleaner is possible in itself, you just have to be careful. Upholstery and mattresses can be easily cleaned with the hand-held device, but when cleaning dirt and disinfecting you should also pay attention to the manufacturer's instructions. Dirt loosening naturally works differently on a soft surface.

The technical risks include the risk of injury from the boiling water in the Steam boilers and the hot steam itself. Usually, the models sold in Germany are built stably enough so that the strong pressure in the boiler does not cause damage. However, there should still be a child lock for valves and closures to protect against scalding.

  • Source: Kärcher

    1. Recommendation: Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix (test winner)

    The Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix is ​​a high-quality steam cleaner with a separate pressure vessel, thanks to its high performance it can also cope with heavy soiling.

  • Source: Vileda

    2. Recommendation: Vileda Steam (price tip)

    The Vileda Steam is a simple steam broom for everyday use in the home, which makes it not versatile the device with its strong price.

  • Source: Hoover

    3. Recommendation: Hoover Steam Capsule CA2IN1D 011 (Best flexibility)

    The steam broom Hoover Steam Capsule CA2IN1D 011 is extremely versatile, comes with a lot of accessories and also shows an adequate steam output.

  • Source: Kärcher

    4. Recommendation: Kärcher SC4 Premium EasyFix (best performance)

    The Kärcher SC4 Premium EasyFix also fights heavy soiling with high performance, the excellent Steam cleaner with a separate pressure vessel is also expensive.

The most important questions about steam cleaners at a glance

Which steam cleaner is the best?

The top recommendation from the test is the Kärcher SC2 Deluxe EasyFix, the steam cleaner with separate pressure vessel costs around 130 Euro. If you are looking for a simple steam broom for the apartment, come with the Vileda Steam for under 60 Euro cheap away. There are also good offers for around 80 Euro.

Which water belongs in the steam cleaner?

Normal tap water is used in the steam cleaner, you can also to 50 percent With Mix distilled water. Distilled water alone can damage the pressure vessel and should therefore not be used. Please note the information provided by the manufacturer regarding descaling.

How hot is the water vapor from the steam cleaner?

Steam cleaners for working at home at comparatively low temperatures to prevent injuries. The “dry steam” has a temperature in the boiler of over 100 degrees Celsius, cools when exiting the nozzle but about 80 degrees from. This is sufficient to loosen dirt.

For which surfaces is the steam cleaner suitable?

are tiles and stainless steel surfaces suitable for the steam cleaner without any problems. With sealed wooden floors, carpets and linoleum, you should switch to a lower level to avoid damage. In the case of laminate, all joints must be completely tight, here caution is required.

This contribution was created by CHIP authors and is based on the results of the article “ The best steam cleaner “of the portal AllesBeste. The test was carried out by All the best carried out. The CHIP test center was not involved in the investigation.

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