Which? looks at the newest steam cleanersWill the innovative features mean better cleaning?

29 March 2013

Steam cleaners are a popular home buy at the moment so we've been keeping a close eye on seven of the latest steam cleaners, all with innovative features and impressive claims.

Before we send these new steam cleaners off to the lab for full testing, our experts have taken each one home to try out to see how well they really clean, how easy they are to use and whether they really make cleaning easier or harder.

You can find out how well all 44 steam cleaners did in our stringent lab tests by reading our steam cleaner reviews.

Shark Sonic steam cleaner - £119.99

This steam cleaner uses 'sonic' action, where the head oscillates and vibrates, scrubbing the floor 10,000 times per minute. 

Shark claims this feature, along with specially designed cleaning pads, will remove embedded dirt. But will it really clean better than cheaper models? See what our researcher thought of it in our review of Shark steam cleaners.

Lakeland Handy steam cleaner - £48.99

Handheld steam cleaners can be great for smaller or awkward-to-reach places. But are they still powerful?

We've tested handheld steam cleaners on surfaces including glass, grout, tiles, upholstery and ovens. And we've seen mixed results. 

Check out our review of the Lakeland Handy steam cleaner to see what we our researcher thought of it when using it at home.

Bissell Lift Off steam cleaner - £129.99

If you're looking for the flexibility of a handheld steam cleaner plus the ability to clean larger areas of floor, this Lift Off model, which converts from a mop to being handheld, might be for you.

But how heavy is it as the handheld cleaner, and does its dual purpose mean it's less powerful? Our researcher tried it out at home - find out what they thought in our Bissell steam cleaner reviews.

Hoover SteamJet Dual Head steam cleaner - £99.99

As well as having a floorhead like most steam mops, this model also has a pull-out triangular bristle head which is supposedly ideal for scrubbing stubborn dirt.

We test steam cleaners to see how much time and effort it takes to shift muddy footprints, dried-on pasta sauce and sticky jam from the floor. Some live up to the job, others fail to clean efficiently. 

Before we send it to the lab, our expert took it home to find out how good the Hoover Steam Jet Dual Head steam cleaner is. Check our Hoover steam mop reviews to find out how it fared.

Black & Decker 2-in-1 steam cleaner - £149.99

The 'auto-select' function on this steam cleaner allows you to adjust the steam to suit the type of floor you're cleaning. 

We test steam cleaners on both smooth floor, like wood laminate, and textured floor, such as ceramic tiles. How well does this clean both types? 

Our researcher took it home to try out before we send it to the lab. See our full Black & Decker steam cleaner reviews.

Bissell Steam and Sweep - £99.99

One problem people have found with with steam mops is that they often just move dirt around. This steam cleaner aims to sweep up the dust and dirt before steaming. Will this solve the problem?

Take a look at our Bissell steam cleaner reviews to find out what our researcher thought of it.