If you are looking for an easily stored and handled device that will do a good job on your tiled, windows, hobs and upholstery, a handheld steam cleaner may be the best option for you. Handheld steam cleaners are easy to carry, and their small size isn’t only convenient when it comes to storage. With a device like this, the small size of the handheld steam cleaner can be an advantage when it comes to getting into hard to reach spots behind furniture that a mop steam cleaner would struggle with. Handheld steam cleaners are the ideal choice for people who want a flexible device that isn’t going to be a hassle to store. They offer extra hygiene when cleaning kitchens and bathrooms.
Here are some of the top options:
Hoover’s big contribution to the handheld steam cleaner market is the ‘Steamjet’, coming in at around £60. If heat up time is the most significant point of inconvenience with a steam cleaner, Hoover boast that the heat up time on their SteamJet is the best on the market. It has good curved design which keeps the hot steam from getting too near your hands, and its sliding switch on the handle for releasing steam is nicely intuitive.
The Hoover SteamJet performs very well on hard to reach nooks and crannies. It is great on toilets and bathroom surfaces. Reviewers say that oven grease doesn’t seem to be its forte, so keep that in mind. It also produces quite a lot of excess water. But if these aren’t such big considerations for you, the Hoover Steamjet is a great choice of handheld steam cleaner.
You pay a touch more for Thane’s version – around £80 – but what it has over Hoover is a combination of the best features of the handheld and mop variations of the steam cleaner. The Thane H20 converts between these functions very easily, allowing you to switch from floors to other kinds of surface in the same cleaning session. It is also very quick to heat up.
Another flexible device with a higher price tag. The Shark Lift-Away Steam Pocket comes in at £150, but as the name suggests, it has a few tricks up its sleeve. The Shark Lift-Away Steam Pocket has the advantage of drying floors and surfaces immediately after cleaning them. One of the big complaints users make about their steam cleaners is that they can produce a lot of excess water and condensation. The The Shark Lift-Away Steam Pocket solves this problem by drying as it goes.
While this can be used as a handheld steam cleaner, its large range of alternative settings and accompanying attachments means that it may lose points on storage.
Mop by name, handheld by nature. This tiny device is great for large tiled surfaces and windows and can also be used on bedding. The Light ‘n’ Easy is only £40, so is one of the cheapest on the market. As you might expect, the heating system isn’t the most efficient around, and you do have to wait a little longer for your steam.