Deal of the week: Home-tek Light 'n' Easy steam cleanerSave £21 on this Home-tek Light 'n' Easy HT838

22 June 2012

Steam cleaners | Carpet steam cleaners

This Home-tek steam cleaner has 30% off at Amazon

We've found this Home-tek Light 'n' Easy HT838 steam cleaner for £48.99 at Amazon, reduced from £69.99.

This brand of steam cleaner usually sells for around £60. Even though the original price is a little inflated, it's still £21 cheaper than what you'll find elsewhere.

This steam cleaner is claimed to be fast and efficient at cleaning ceramic, vinyl, sealed laminate and hardwood floors. It also comes with an extra head for carpet cleaning.

Our experts have tested this model in our lab, so find out whether it lived up to its claims with our steam cleaner review. 

Steam cleaners

Steam cleaners work by heating up water to produce steam. High pressure then creates 'dry steam', which is pushed onto the surface being cleaned. Manufactures say steam cleaners clean dirt and grease and kill bacteria and dust mites.

There are three types of steam cleaners: cylinder, handheld and mops. 

  • Cylinder steam cleaners look similar to a vacuum cleaner, with a main body, bendy hose and nozzle. 
  • Handheld steam cleaners are compact and can be a good option for cleaning small, hard-to-reach areas.
  • Steam mops, such as the Home-tek Light 'n' Easy HT838, are upright with a water tank attached at the handle. Many can clean wood, vinyl and carpet.

Find out more about choosing the best steam cleaner and the steam cleaner features, such as cleaning pads and anti-calc filters.

How to buy a steam cleaner

Although there are the three types of steam cleaners, many have accessories that allow each cleaner to do more than one task. Before buying, consider the jobs you'd like to do, such as steaming curtains or cleaning carpet, and then compare each model's capabilities to find the most suitable.

Think about the capacity of the machine and how long it takes to heat up. Some machines need refilling regularly - especially handheld models, as they can't hold a lot of water. If you have to keep topping up the water often, look for a model that heats up quickly.

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Deal of the week

Spotted this Home-tek Light 'n' Easy HT838 steam cleaner for less elsewhere? Let us know – email with the details and we’ll update this page. All prices correct at 2pm on Thursday 21 June 2012.

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