Best Handheld Steam Cleaner – Top 5 Models Test & Reviewed
Best Handheld Steam Cleaner
Handheld steam cleaners, are a very effective way of cleaning and sanitising the home without chemicals. They are perfect for cleaning everything from kitchen work tops, to tiled walls, to the inside of the oven and around the hobs. Most models come with a selection of accessories to make cleaning that much easier, some even come with window and fabric cleaning attachments.
The problem is, there are lots of cheap imported inferior models available in both diy stores, as well as from online retailers. The question we set out to amswer was, "how do you know which models are the best handheld steam cleaners?"
Below we go into more detail about which models we recommend and why. For anyone looking for a quick answer, the winner of our 'Top Pick', for the 'best handheld steam cleaner' is the 'Bissell 2635s handheld steam cleaner' which is the best choice for most home owners.
We have spent over 20 intensive hours researching and testing lots of different handheld steam cleaners from big brands such a Vax, Hoover and Bissell as well as cheaper less known brands such as Comforday to see how they compared in terms quality and cleaning performance.
After originally researching around 12 different steam cleaners, we managed to narrow it down to just 5, superb, handheld steam cleaners so that you can make a informed decision about which steam cleaner is right for you as not all models are suitable for everybody.
Why buy a handheld steam cleaner
When we previously tested some of the best steam mops a few months back, most of these models came with detachable steam cleaners for cleaning around the home, some of these models proved to be very handy and did a brilliant job.
However, what if you don't have the need a full blown steam mop not to mention that storing these larger models can sometimes be an issue.
This is where handheld steam cleaners come into their own, there very light weight, some weighting a little as 1.5kg , there compact and very easy to store in the smallest cupboards. With a handheld steam cleaner, you can be steam cleaning within a couple of minutes of getting it of a cupboard.
Below are a few advantages of using a handheld steam cleaner
- They Break down dirt and grime effortlessly and kill 99% of germs and bacteria without the use of chemicals
- Great for hygienically sanitising a wide variety of surfaces around your home including tiles, grout, worktops, windows, mirrors, upholstery, sinks, taps, bins and more
- They come with a range of accessories and attachments for different cleaning jobs.
- All you need is water out of the tap to produce steam which means there's is no harmful chemical residues left behind.
- Clean those hard to reach places such as, inside the oven, around hobs, and in nooks and grannies.
- Precise cleaning as you can target small areas and avoid sensitive areas
- There very light weight design ensures they can be used with just one hand and without tiring.
- They are affordable alternative to large bulky steam cleaners and offer great value for money.
Top 5 Recommended Handheld Steam Mops
You can find individual detailed reviews below the table!
Hoover Steam Express
No of accessories
Power cord length
4 .8 meters
Water Tank Size
22 x 24 x 13cm
22 x 12 x 26 cm
26 x 24 x 15 cm
11 x 31 x 22 cm
22 x 24 x 30 cm
HANDHELD STEAM CLEANER REVIEWS
BISSELL 2635s STEAM SHOT HANDHELD STEAM CLEANER REVIEW
**WINNER OF OUR BEST PICK**
- Very simple and easy to use with light indicator & steam on demand trigger
- Includes 10 multi-surface attachments to tackle a range of cleaning tasks
- Light weight at only 2.3kg which ensures it easy to carry and work with for longer periods of time
- Long 4.8 meter cord length for cleaning even the largest rooms
- Power: 1000 Watt
- Water tank capacity: 360ml
- Dimensions: 22 x 24 x 13 cm
- 1 year warranty
The Bissell Steam Shot Handheld Steam Cleaner is a great addition to help keep any home squeaky and can be used to remove stains and grime.
The Bissell Hot Shot comes with a range of attachments including an 80cm hose to help clean them hard to reach places such as inside the oven and behind taps, Some of the accessories which are included with this model are a detail brush tools for removing dirt and stains, a flat scraping tool which perfect for scraping hard to remove grime, an angled concentrater tool for directing steam to difficult to reach places, a grout brush for cleaning between tiles, finally it also comes with a fabric steamer tools for refreshing everything from curtains to cushions or even car seats, its also great for removing crinkles from fabrics which leaves them looking neat and tidy.
It also comes with a neat little window squeegee tool which is perfect for leaving windows and glass clean, this tool is just the fob for cleaning shower screens and mirrors.
The Bissell steam mop is fitted with a long 4.8 meter power cable, this ensues you can reach around larger rooms without the needs to keep moving the plug from one another.
Using the handheld steam cleaner is simple, fill the water tank with 360ml of water by unscrewing the black cap. Plug the power cord in, once its ready to use a light will come on so you know its ready to use, simply press the trigger and begin cleaning.
Our recommendation -
The Bissell Steam Shot Steam Cleaner is one of the best handheld steam cleaners we have reviewed if not the best, its comfortable in the handle, even when used over longer periods of time and its not too heavy either. There's a fine line between quality and weight, at 2.3kg this model is not the lightest model we have seen, but it is manufactured to a high quality, sometimes lighter models are made from thinner plastic materials, all though they may be slightly lighter they can be inferior in quality as they are manufactured from cheaper plastics, specially the attachments.
The attachments on this model are good quality, specially when compared to cheaper models and it comes with a really good selection to choose from, the window cleaner tool is also and does a really good job.
Strangely, there no negatives comments to report, as long as your realistic about what handheld steam cleaners are capable of cleaning (this includes all models) I think this would be a great choice for most home owners.
HOOVER STEAM EXPRESS HANDHELD STEAM CLEANER REVIEW
**SUPER LIGHT WEIGHT AT ONLY 1.6kg**
- Light weight and well balanced design, easy to use with 12 minutes of continuous steaming cleaning
- Ready to use in only 2 minutes
- Includes 7 accessories, perfect for a range of cleaning jobs
- Ultra light weight at only 1.6kg (the second lightest model)
- Long 4 meter cord length for cleaning even the largest rooms
- Power: 1000 Watt
- Steam pressure: 4 bar
- Larger water tank capacity at 400ml for a longer run time
- Product dimensions: 22 x 12 x 26 cm
- 1 year warranty for peace of mind
The Hoover SSNH1000 Express Handheld Steam Cleaner is an incredibly light weight steam cleaner at a very impressive 1,6kg and is perfect for sanitising work surfaces, as well as removing grime and grease from around the home using just steam,
Thanks to its small portable design, its perfect for cleaning more intricate areas in the home, By using quick blasts of steam on demand, its perfect for cleaning ovens, grills, hobs, tiles, taps, fridges, tables, bins as well as other hard sealed surfaces.
To make cleaning easier and more enjoyable, it comes with a range of useful attachments including a shovel plate, this attachment is desiged for scraping hard surfaces and removing grime, this is perfect for inside the oven and on the hob etc for removing bakes on food, An angled nozzle is also included as well as a metal round brush for removing stubborn grime and stains, and a comb brush.
Also included is a long hose for extra reach as pictured above.
It also comes with an attachment for cleaning windows and glass such as mirrors or the front of the oven door.
The Hoover Express is fitted with a long 4 meter power cable, this ensues you can reach around larger rooms without the need to keep moving the plug to another plug socket nearer your working area.
Using the steam cleaner
Operating the steam cleaner has also be designed to be simple and easy, simply fill the large 400ml tank with ater then switch the steam cleaner on, it only takes around 2 minutes to start producing steam, On a full rank of water it has a very impressive running time of approximately 12 minutes.
Our recommendation -
Its a hard decision between this Hoover steam cleaner and our best pick, both models were impressive and out perform most other models.
We really like this Hoover model and were very impressed, Its a close match between this Hoover Steam Cleaner and the Bissell steam cleaner and its hard to decide which we prefer and would recommend.
The Hoover model is slightly cheaper but the Bissell has more attachments which is why in the end we awarded it our 'Best Pick'. We did notice while doing our research that this Hoover model has more reviews that any other handheld steam cleaner which also confirms its a popular product with over 400 reviews so has been well tested by many people.
In the end, we decided it would be better to pay a little more (a few uk pounds) and invest in the BIssell steam cleaner, we just feel its slightly better. However if your a big fan of Hoover products and would prefer a slightly longer running time, you will not be disappointed with their Hoover Express Handheld Steam Cleaner as its also beautifully designed and exceeds all expectations.
COMFORDAY HANDHELD STEAM CLEANER REVIEW
**RECOMMENDED BUDGET MODEL**
- Excellent value for money as nearly half the price of some models
- A very impressive 15-20 minutes of steam cleaning
- Includes 9 different accessories for all your cleaning tasks
- Light weight at only 1.8kg
- 2.9 meter cord length
- Power: 1050 Watts
- Water tank capacity: 360ml
- Dimensions: 25.8 x 23.8 x 14.6 cm
The Comforday Handheld Steam Cleaner is a chemical free way to remove stains, dirt and sanitize your home using nothing but hot steam which kills 99% of germs as well as bedbugs and mites.
Like most steam cleaners, it comes complete with range of accessories including an extendable hose which is handy for reaching those hard to reach places you cannot fit the whole unit up to.
Other accessories include a small right angled nozzle for directing hot stream directly at stains and dirt, also includes a small brush tool for scrubbing and removing stains.
It also comes with a window and glass cleaning tool, this is perfect for cleaning windows, shower screens and other glass surfaces such as mirrors and the front of ovens and stoves, It also comes with a selection of different nozzles to tackle a range of cleaning surfaces.
The Comforday steam cleaner has a 2.9 meter power and will give you around 15-20 minutes of contimuous steam cleaning around the home.
It also features a safety lock on the handle and a safety cap on the top of the unit which ensures its safer to use near children or pets, of course, the up most care must be taken when children are around the working area.
Its safe to use on hard, sealed surfaces such as tiles, vinyl floors, laminate floor, granite worktops, marble, and sealed hard woods. It also great for cleaning worktops, ovens, fridges, sinks, taps and you can even refresh curtains, remove crinkles from fabric and clothing using the the specially designed fabric steam cleaning attachment.
The Comforday Handheld Steam Cleaner is a great steam cleaner for doing a few cleaning jobs around the house now and again. If your looking for a low cost budget model, maybe you only have a few jobs in mind, then yes it will remove most stains and comes with some good attachments for general cleaning around the home.
- It does not include scraper tool
- The power cord is a little short
- Lack of warranty (Could not find any stated warranty so would assume 30 days)
It does have some negative points that need to be considered before purchasing one, firstly it does not have a scraping tool, most other models do and a scraper tool is great for removing grime and baked on food off hard surfaces.
One other disadvantage when compared to the best models is the power cord length is only 2.9 meters, which is around 9.5ft. its not as long as on some other models. This makes it more difficult to use in larger rooms.
Dispatch my negative comments, it does had over 200 reviews on Amazon and is actually very well rated by people who have purchased and used it. The quality is not as good as some of he more expensive models such as Bissell and Hoover but it does offer excellent value for money as half the price of manyof the other models.
Don't expect the quality of Hoover, Bissell or Vax, however If your after a budget handheld Steam Cleaner that has a proven good track record with lots of positive reviews to back it up, this is probably your best option on a budget of around £20.
Ssomething that did worry us was we also could not find any information on how long the warranty is so you may want to check before buying if this is important to you.
VAX S4 GRIME MASTER HANDHELD STEAM CLEANER REVIEW
**FEATURES ADJUSTABLE STEAM CONTROL**
- 10 minutes of continuous steaming cleaning with adjustable steam control
- Includes 7 accessories and attachments which are perfect for a range of cleaning jobs
- Ultra light weight at only 1.5kg (Lightest steam cleaner have ever seen)
- Long 3 meter cord length
- Power: 1200 Watt
- Water tank capacity at 260ml
- Dimensions: 11 x 31 x 22 cm
- 1 year warranty for peace of mind
The Vax S4 Grime Master Handheld Steam Cleaner is a lightweight compact steam cleaner, that is easy to store and perfect for breaking down and cleaning grime and dirt from a range of surfaces around the home. Tthese include ovens and hobs, sinks an taps, wall and floor tiles, as well as glass and it even comes with a handy fabric cleaner for refreshing curtains and other fabrics and clothing, great for removing crinkles.
Its has a 260ml water tank which will give you around 10 minutes of continuous cleaning time and it has variable steam control so you can adjust the amount of steam, for the job in hand. It also comes with a 7 piece accessory set.
Our recommendation -
Vax are known for there quality cleaning machines and we have actually reviewed their steam mops recently and the Vax S7 steam mop was actually awarded our 'Best Pick' for steam mops. This also has a detachable handheld steam cleaner, however you have the expensive of the complete steam mop but it does come with more accessories.
Back to our conclusion of the Vax S4 Grime Master Steam Cleaner, we were impressed with the performance and really liked the adjustable steam control, this was useful for reducing the amount of steam when steaming fabrics such as certains or cushions etc and increasing for more stubborn baked on grime and dirt.
It does have a fairly small water tank at only 260ml, specially when compared to the hoover model which has a 400ml tank, that's an impressive 140mm more. However it still gives you around 10 minutes of steam cleaning time and is slightly smaller and slightly lighter.
Overall its a great little steamer but would probably recommend you get the Hoover or Bissell steam cleaners over this model,
VAX S5 KITCHEN AND BATHROOM MASTER CANISTER STEAMER REVIEW
**30 MINUTES OF STEAM TIME & HEAVY DUTY ATTACHMENTS**
- Compact deisgn and very easy to use with 30 minutes of continuous steaming cleaning time
- Includes 15 piece tool and accessory set, great for all cleaning jobs including the floorS
- Ultra light weight at only 3.6kg
- Long 6 meter power cord length (longest cord of any steamer cleaner we have reviewed)
- Power: 1500 Watt
- Water tank capacity at 1.2 litre water tank (Largest water capacity)
- Dimentions: 22 x 24 x 30 cm
- 2 year warranty (Longest warranty of any steam cleaner on our review)
The Vax S5 Kitchen and Bath Master Canister is a all small, all-in-one steam cleaning solution for cleaning around the home without the use of chemicals. Thanks to its water filter, it can also be filled directly from the tap using the included measuring jug.
Thanks to its easy to use, light weight and compact design, you can easily manoeuvre it around the home as well as up and down stairs.
It comes with an impressive 15 piece tool and accessory set which are conveniently stored in both sides of the canister so you all ways have everything to hand and don't have to worry about storing the attachments. Attachments include a floor head connector and cloth which are perfect for cleaning hard floors such as sealed wood, laminate, tiles, marble and more.
Also included are the usually tools for cleaning above the floor areas such as a scraper attachment, ideal for removing stubborn grime, also includes a grout brush for removing stains and dirt from between tiles, a detailer for cleaning more delicate cleaning jobs as well as a glass cleaning attachment which is great for cleaning windows, mirrors, glass fronted ovens and anything else that is glass.
Finally it also comes with a upholstery tool and cloth which is great for refreshing carpets, curtains and other fabrics to give them a little life again.
As whole It comes with enough tools to tackle practically any cleaning job in the home using just steam.
To make things easier when pulling it along the floor, it also has 4 small wheels so it glides effortlessly along the floor making it easy to glide around the room. Finally, it also features generous 1.2 litre water tank that gives around 30 minutes of steaming cleaning time and the generous 6 meter power cord ensures you have enough reach to cleaning even the largest rooms without having to worry about the length of the cord.
Watch the video below to see it in action
The Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Cleaner Canister is not strictly a handheld steam cleaner like the other models we have reviewed.
However we were so impressed with it we thought it deserved a mention as we feel it could be useful for anyone looking for a small, lightweight steam cleaner, but a model that was capable of dealing with larger cleaning jobs including the floor.
Its obviously not as small and compact as a true handheld steam cleaner such as the smaller Vax S4 but it is still compact and much smaller and easy to store than some of the larger steam cleaners and mops available.
The selection and quality of the accessories and attachments are excellent and it comes with more accessories than any handheld model we have seen. Other advantages include a larger water tank and a much longer steam cleaning time of 30 minutes, most handheld models with last around 10 to 15 minutes at the most.
This model might not be suitable for everybody but if your looking for something with a little more steaming power, then this canister steam cleaner can do everything a handheld steam cleaner can do and more. A little more expensive and slightly larger, but worth the extra expensive.
Overall a great model that we would highly recommend.
FINAL STEAM CLEANER RECOMMENDATION
After we had finally finished our research and testing, there were two handheld steam cleaners that really did impress above all others which were the Bissell 2635s and Hoover Express model.
OUR TOP RECOMMENDATIONS
OUR BEST PICK - Bissell 2635s Handheld Steam Cleaner - We really like this steam cleaner and it was a hard decision between this and the Hoover model. This model includes more accessories and attachments and has a slightly longer power cord. However it does have a slightly smaller water capacity and slightly shorter steam cleaning time.
ALSO GREAT - Hoover Express Handheld Steam cleaner - This model was also impressive, however all though it performs well, it did have more negative reviews on Amazon.co.uk which is why we did not award it our 'Best Pick'. We consider customer reviews very important as they give a good idea how they perform over several months and even years. Rather than just a few hours of being tested. However it was also very well made and had the best running time. Overall we were impressed but it did have fewer accessories than our best pick.
BEST CHEAP HANDHELD STEAM CLEANER - The comforday Handheld Steam Cleaner was the best cheap model we reviewed when compared to similar priced models. It comes with a good range of accessories but had the shortest cable and the quality could be better.
GREAT FOR BIGGER JOBS, BUT STILL COMPACT IN SIZE & LIGHTWEIGHT - Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Canister Steamer - Handheld steam cleaners can be a little limited to cleaning small areas and with limited steam cleaning time. The Vax S5 Canister Cleaner may be larger than a handheld steam cleaner but is smaller than most steam mops and steamers on the market. This is a great choice for larger jobs that handheld models might not be suitable for and for anyone who does not want invest in a larger models, its also excellent for all delicate above the floor cleaning, you would usually use a handheld model for. Simply put.....Best of both worlds!