No cylinder steam cleaners are Best BuysThree Don't Buy steam cleaners revealed

22 December 2012


15 cylinder steam cleaners from leading manufacturers including Karcher, Vax, Polti, Earlex and Ewbank have been tried, tested - and found wanting. There are no Best Buys and three Don’t Buy models you must avoid.

Steam cleaners are getting popular, but you may want to think twice about asking Santa for one this Christmas as we’ve found three Don’t Buy models, and a poor to mediocre cleaning result from the rest. 

If you are looking for a good steam cleaner, your best option is a steam mop. There are several steam mops we recommend as they do a great job of cleaning hard floors. 

Members can find out more about these models by going to our Best Buy steam cleaners. If you’re not a member, you can sign up to a £1 trial to get instant access to all our reviews on our website.

Steam cleaners tested

The gallery below shows you what models we’ve tested as part of our first cylinder steam cleaner test. Find out more by going to our how we test steam cleaners page.

Steam cleaners: poor cleaning and bad build quality

We've heard back from a lot of you about problems you had with steam cleaners breaking during use or just failing to produce steam.

So when we did our first test of cylinder steam cleaners, we added a build quality assessment to find out how well each model is made and a durability test to find out how steam production would be affected by being heated up and left to cool thirty times.

One steam cleaner actually broke during our testing and four showed a worrying drop in steam pressure and production after repeat testing. How well a steam cleaner is made is not something you can always tell in the shops, so find out what models we had concerns with by checking our cylinder steam cleaner reviews.

Cylinder steam cleaners tested by Which?

  • Cimex 2000S
  • Earlex SC300
  • Ewbank Steam Dynamo Cleaner Kit (SC1000)
  • Efbe-Schott Steam Cleaner Transformer STCi 5Y
  • Kärcher SC.1020
  • Kärcher SC.2500 C PLUS
  • Montiss CSC5759M Steam Supreme
  • Montiss CSC5759MS Steam Supreme
  • Polti Vaporetto 950
  • Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3000
  • Polti Vaporetto Evolution (Plus Iron Kit)
  • Swan SS2020
  • VapourTek Vapor A (Quadri 2000)
  • Vax S6 Home Master
  • Vax S6S Home Pro

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  • You shaped the way we test steam cleaners by leaving reviews of tested models