Which? tries out rival two-in-one vacuum and steam cleanersHoover Totality and Bissell Vac & Steam on trial

16 April 2014

Hoover Totality and Bissell Vac & Steam

We tried out the Bissell Vac & Steam (left) and Hoover Totality (right), both £150

The Hoover Totality and Bissell Vac & Steam each claim to be able to vacuum and steam clean floors, which could sound like an attractive proposition if you're fed up of juggling a mop, bucket and vac to keep your hard floors spick and span. We've been trying them out to see whether either model can do as good a job as separate cleaning gadgets.

The Bissell Vac & Steam (£150) claims to be the first product that enables you to vacuum and steam at the same time - the idea being that a two-in-one would get the job done quicker than a separate mop and vacuum cleaner. 

And while the Hoover Totality (also £150) does require that you vacuum before you start steam cleaning, it could prove a useful space saver if you don't have room to store separate cleaning equipment.

So do they deliver on their claims? Read our first look reviews of the Bissell Vac & Steam and Hoover Totality to find out.

Bissell Vac & Steam first look review

Normally, you would need to vacuum your floors before steaming them - so we were keen to find out whether the Bissell Vac & Steam could really handle both jobs at once. 

In our first look review, steam cleaner expert Adrian Porter shares his thoughts on how well the Vac & Steam coped with picking up cereal and flour and steaming off dried-on curry sauce all at the same time. 

Adrian also made some interesting calculations. He said: 'Bissell says that in order to achieve 99.9% germ removal, you need to leave the mop in the same place for 15 seconds.

'In my small galley kitchen, with 3.6 square metres of floor space, I worked out that it would take me 20 minutes to completely sanitize the whole area. That’s five minutes longer than the claimed run time from one tank of water.'

You can find out whether Adrian thought it was a decent product despite this in the Bissell Vac & Steam first look review.

Hoover Totality first look review

Hoover claims the Totality is a powerful upright vacuum cleaner and steam cleaner in one. While the steam cleaning is primarily intended for hard floors, the 'carpet glider' means you can use it to refresh your carpets too.

Our researcher took it home to see how well the Totality coped with spilled food and drink as well as whether its pop-out dust canister was easy to empty. She was intrigued by the quirky switch-on system, which involves bending the handle back rather than pressing a button, but was this a help or a hindrance?

Read our Hoover Totality first look review to find out.

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