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If you're looking for a steam cleaner, chances are you'll have come across Thane's H20 X5 steam mop. It's sold by Amazon, Argos, Currys, Tesco and on TV, and Thane claims that its distinctive green cleaning machine is both powerful and multi-functional. Here we take a look at Thane's steam cleaner range, how its claims stack up, and suggest some alternatives to the X5 steam mop that are worth considering.
The X5 steam mop (£80) is actually two steam cleaners in one, as it has a removable handheld steamer that detaches from the mop for smaller household cleaning jobs.
It has adjustable steam pressure (useful for cleaning a variety of floor surfaces), and comes with 10 tools so you can clean windows, tiles and bathrooms. These include a carpet glider, assorted round scrubbing brushes, a nozzle to create a powerful steam jet and a window-cleaning squeegee.
The basic X5 mop is the more popular of the two, but is it the right steam cleaner for you? To help you choose, we've put together an at-a-glance guide to , below, so you can compare key features, and see how they fared in our tough tests.
It pays to consider the alternatives, too. We've found plenty of great steam mops for less than the price of the H20 X5 mop. Scroll down to see our top alternatives to the X5, chosen from the best steam mops and steam cleaners we've reviewed and rated in the Which? test lab.
Head to the bottom of the page to see how Thane’s claims stack up against independent Which? testing.
Thane H20 X5 vs H20 HD
Key features & specifications
Thane H20 X5£80
Reasonably light (2.7kg), it's suitable for cleaning hard surfaces and refreshing carpet (with the supplied carpet glider). Handheld tools include a window squeegee, brushes and cleaning cloth. It doesn't have a built-in limescale filter, so limescale could build up over time, affecting steam output.
Thane H20 HD£100
Best Thane H20 X5 alternatives
This is the highest-scoring two-in-one steam cleaner we've tested and it ran rings around the Thane H20 X5 in our tough tests. Admittedly it's more expensive than the X5, but it it's a brilliant cleaner, proving as good at removing grime from the kitchen floor as it is at sprucing up mucky grout and tiles.
High-scoring and cheaper than the X5 mop
Another high-scoring two-in-one steam cleaner, though this model is only half the price of the Thane X5 mop. The handheld does a good job cleaning glass and rejuvenating tiles and grout while the main unit copes well on smooth floor surfaces - even when tackling sticky drink spillages.
The TV ads might make it look like a miracle mop, but only our independent tests cut through the marketing jargon to reveal if the Thane mop really is worth it. We examine how the key claims stack up against our tough steam cleaning tests below. or to unlock the table and find out if the X5 lives up to its claims.
Thane H20 X5 claims vs Which? testing
Lift dirt and stains from sealed hardwood, sealed laminate, tiles
Hand-held steamer – clean even hard to reach places effectively
Without using any additional chemicals, have spotless streak-free cleaning for all glass surfaces and mirrors
Lightweight and agile cleaning