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The Best Handheld Steam Cleaner Reviews
A handheld steam cleaner is a small lightweight steam cleaner designed to be used in tight places where a larger steam cleaner simply will not go or would not be convenient to use.
On this page we compare some of the highest rated handheld steam cleaners on the market today, from lesser known brands in the carpet cleaning space like Haan, Scunci, and SteamFast, as well as from the more well-known brands in this space like Bissell and Dirt Devil.
A Word About Steam Cleaners In General And Handheld Steam Cleaners In Particular
Before we actually begin looking at individual steam cleaners it seems like a little explanation regarding these machines is in order.
There seems to be somewhat of a misconception about what steam cleaners can do. Steam cleaners are designed to break up dirt and sanitize. They are not designed to, nor do they, remove the need for all cleaning effort on your part. You still need to wipe away the dirt and debris these cleaners’ steam loosen. The dirt does not magically disappear.
There seems to be an even bigger misconception when it comes to buying a handheld steam cleaner. Many people seem to confuse these small, compact, lightweight steam cleaners with what is known as portable steam cleaners. But there is a large difference between these two types of cleaners. Portable steam cleaners are meant to be carried on the back or move along the floor, therefore their water reservoirs can be larger and hold more than hand held compact steam cleaners.
Imagine trying to carry a gallon of water (which weighs 8 pounds) in one hand while trying to clean that shower or bathroom sink. Such weight would render these small hand held machines worthless as they would be far too heavy for convenient use.
However, it seems that this misconception has resulted in people buying hand held models when they really wanted a portable steam cleaner. This is a large reason why these hand held steamers get no more than average ratings in many reviews. Keep that in mind when viewing the comparison table below.
Understanding exactly what these machines are before purchasing one will lead to better ratings and more personal satisfaction for people buying these small handheld steam cleaners.
Comparing The Best Handheld Steam Cleaners in 2018
|Picture||Name||Weight||Water Tank Capacity||Steam Time||Price||Rating|
|Steamfast SF-210 Everyday Handheld Steam Cleaner||2.6 lbs||6 fl oz||10 min||$||3.9|
|Scunci SS1000 Hand Held Steam Cleaner with Attachments||6.9 lbs*||11 fl oz||20 min||$$$$||3.8|
|Dirt Devil Easy Steam Handheld Steamer, PD20005||2.6 lbs||8 fl oz||15 min (non-continuous)||$$||3.4|
|Haan Allpro Handheld Steam Cleaner with Attachments||2.8 lbs||6.7 fl oz||15 min||$$$||3.4|
|HAAN HS-20 Deluxe Personal Handheld Steam Cleaner||2.8 lbs||6.7 fl oz||15 min||$$$$||3.0|
A Closer Look: Individual Handheld Steam Cleaner Reviews
Hopefully the comparison table above was helpful in getting some quick info into the best handheld steam cleaners on the market today. Below we will go a little bit more in depth into a few of the top-rated products.
Steamfast SF-210 Handheld Steam Cleaner
Many of Steamfast’s steam cleaning products have won the good housekeeping seal of approval, and this little handheld steam cleaner is no exception. Weighing in at just 2.6 pounds, it is extremely lightweight and portable, and overall a great little steamer.
It has the smallest water tank out of any of the handheld steam cleaners on our list, but its 6 oz capacity still gets you at least 10 minutes of steaming time.
Steamfast is known for manufacturing quality and reasonably priced steam cleaning equipment for both commercial and home use. The Steamfast SF-210 is one of the company’s top products, and is also one of the cheapest steam cleaners you are bound to find from any company.
Features Of The Steamfast SF-210:
- 900 watt
- 12.5′ cord
- 6 ounce water tank
- Ergonomically designed handle for more comfort when using.
- Indicator light that tells you when the steam cleaner is ready
- Accessories include: measuring cup, steam jet nozzle, short and long wire brushes, utility brush, squeegee, cloth cover, large steam nozzle.
The overall first impression of the Steamfast SF-210 is that this is a lightweight steam cleaner that can get into all those tiny hard to reach places. It has plenty accessories for most jobs. It takes about 3 minutes to heat up your water and start steaming, and about 10 minutes to cool back down before you can refill it.
What The Consumers Have To Say:
The reviews for the Steamfast SF-226 are like the Haan HS-20 below and other handheld steam cleaners, in that they are quite mixed with a fair number of complaints and poor ratings. But like mentioned above, many negative reviews for steam cleaners are from reviewers who didn’t have the right expectations for what a steam clean can and can’t do. And overall, this is one of the best ones out there.
Pros of the Steamfast SF- 210:
- Long nozzle
- Good cleaning ability
Cons Of The Steamfast SF-210:
- Needs frequent refilling
- Only 10 minutes of continuous steaming
- Must be held upright
The Haan HS-20 Deluxe Handheld Steam Cleaner
The Haan corporation is known as being a leader in the development of steam cleaners. The company has a complete line of steam cleaners and over all these cleaners score well in consumer ratings and reviews.
The Haan HS-20 Deluxe steam cleaner is a hand held 1000 watt steam cleaner designed to get into all those nooks and crannies where larger steam cleaners can’t go.
Features Of The Haan HS-20 Deluxe:
- Heats up and is ready to go in less than 3 minutes
- Light indicator tells you when to fill up and when the steam cleaner is empty
- Stainless steel water chamber
- Solid construction
- Accessories include: extended flexible nozzle, L shaped angle nozzle, glass and mirror squeegee, Microcham sponge and microcham towel, counter attachment, garment and upholstery attachment, hard bristle brush, measuring cup, funnel and carrying pouch.
- Product manual is included
First Impressions Of The Haan HS-20:
First impressions of the Haan HS-20 deluxe are positive. This little compact has tons of accessories and a carrying pouch to keep everything neatly together. It looks like it can easily do any small job asked of it and do it efficiently.
What The Consumer Reviews Have To Say:
Reviews for the Haan HS-20 are quite mixed with this steam cleaner scoring between 2.5 and 3.5 half stars for an overall average rating of 3 stars. However, it should be noted that most negative reviews were due to complaints regarding how little water this steam cleaner held, which pretty much a given for any handheld steam cleaner. It does hold around 6.7 oz of water in its tank, which puts it on average for the steam cleaners on our list.
Pros Of The Haan HS-20 deluxe:
- Nice assortment of attachments
- Saves time cleaning
- Great for cleaning windows, grease, grout, and soap scum
Cons Of The Haan HS-20 Deluxe:
- Cap difficult to lock down
- Smaller tank capacity
- Replacement tools hard to find
- On the expensive side
- Not as long-lasting as some other models
Overall, there are better options available that have been noted to last longer and are much cheaper to begin with.
Scunci SS1000 Handheld Steam Cleaner
The Scunci SS1000 is a handheld steam cleaner manufactured by the Conair corporation, which is best known for its hair dryers and hair care products. This handheld steam cleaner was sold as an “As Seen On TV” product, before making its way into big box stores. Now it’s an older product, but is still available on marketplaces like Amazon.
Features Of The Scunci SS1000:
- 1000 watts
- 15 foot cord
- Cleaning cloths
- 6 brushes, L shaped nozzle, squeegee, Long flexible Nozzle
- Carrying bag
First impressions of the Scunci SS1000 are moderately favorable. The carrying case is attractive and the machine does look like it will reach into all those small places. However, the lack of clear information about what each tool is really for is somewhat disconcerting. It is also quite expensive these days.
Reviews Of The Scunci SS1000:
These small compact handheld steam cleaner, like all others in this review, has gotten mixed ratings scoring an overall 3.8 stars out of 5. However, there are plenty of positive reviews for this steamer that show just how pleased many people are with this machine.
Pros of Scunci SS1000:
- Great carry bag stores everything
- Great for removing wall paper
- Great for those small cleaning jobs
- Cleans grease, grout, and all those bathroom crevices
- Great on ovens
Cons of Scunci SS1000:
- Handle gets too warm
- Frequent refilling is required
- Hard to hold
- A bit expensive
Dirt Devil Easy Steam Handheld Steamer PD20005
The Dirt Devil Easy Steam is a hand held steam cleaner designed to clean all the hard to reach places. The steam comes out in a safe high pressure, and there are some nice hose accessories on this steamer.
Features Of The Dirt Devil Easy Steam:
- Light weight weighing in at about 3 pounds
- Larger 8.35oz water tank
- Sturdy construction
- Reasonably priced
- Accessories include: Concentrator nozzle, window squeegee, soft cloth, angle adapter, grout brush, measuring cup, funnel
On first glance the Dirt Devil Easy Steam seems to have everything necessary to reach those hard to reach areas and get them squeaky clean. The concentrator nozzle that allows for a concentrated spray of stream seems like a real plus for cleaning around sink fixtures and between the toilet tank and bowl. It also has one of the largest water tanks of any of the handheld steamers listed on this page, falling only behind the Scunci.
What The Consumer Ratings Have To Say:
By now it should come as no surprise to you that the reviews for the Dirt Devil Easy Steam are somewhat mixed with it scoring an overall 3.4 stars out of 5 and most of the complaints centering around the size of the water tank. However, like the other hand held cleaners in this review there were plenty of users who loved this product and found that it really worked great in their home.
Pros of The Dirt Devil PD 20005:
- Melts dirt away
- Great price
- Solid build and sturdy construction
- Nice long chord
- Larger water tank
Cons Of The Dirt Devil PD 20005:
- Kind of heavy
- Not able to do continuous use
- Water must re-heat after about 1 minute of steam
After spending time reading most if not all the reviews for these handheld steam cleaners it is clear that most of these steam cleaners should have scored at least a full point higher in the reviews. Overall, these all seem like excellent products for spot cleaning with hot steam, and most negative reviews are from customer expecting more than what a handheld steam cleaner can offer.
It should be noted, however, that the lack of availability of replacement attachments of the Haan HS-20 Deluxe may be an issue for some people. Other than that, which model and brand you choose is a personal choice and not one of these cleaners should let you down if you know what they are designed for.