Steam cleaners can be used to tackle all kinds of surfaces, from tiles to taps, and windows to floors.
When buying a steam cleaner it’s important to realise that steam cleaners dislodge dirt—they don’t remove it. Many people are disappointed when they have to wipe down surfaces after using a steam cleaner. However, this is part of the steam cleaning process: the steam cleaner dislodges dirt, which still needs to be removed with a cloth or mop.
Here are some of the best steam cleaners available in the UK for less than £40. Please note, prices can change, so we can’t guarantee you’ll still be able to buy each of these steam cleaners for less than £40 when you read these reviews.
Vax S7 Total Home Master Multifunction Steam Mop
The Vax S7 can be used for steam cleaning floors or smaller surfaces using the integrated handheld mode. It’s a very popular steam cleaner, but how does it perform? Let’s look at its features and performance in more detail.
- Multifunction mop with a handheld mode for detail work
- Weight: 2.7 kg
- Capacity: 0.4 litres
- Reaches corners and other difficult places
- Heats up in just 20 seconds
- Light and easy to carry around the house
- Strong and sturdy handle
- Easy to put together and start using
- Lead is a good length
- Good for scrubbing grout
- Could be more powerful
- Handle is quite short
- Can leave the floor quite wet
The Vax S7 is a good steam mop that’s available for a good price.
Aspectek Pressurized Steam Cleaner
This steam cleaner comes with 9 free accessories. It can be used for cleaning both inside and outside, including in the kitchen, bathroom, car and patio. You can even use this steamer to remove creases in clothes.
This steam cleaner will produce 15-20 minutes worth of hot steam, and has a 9.5 foot power cable so you can use it across a large area. This steam cleaner is smaller than most, but it’s a good size for a handheld steam cleaner.
- Includes several accessories: a long spray nozzle, a window/door nozzle, a measuring cup, a round brush nozzle and more.
- 8-ounce water capacity
- Warms up in 5 minutes
- Good amount of power for the price
- Effective at removing grease and caked-on food from the oven
- Comes with lots of accessories making it very versatile
- Easy to set up and heats up in about 5 minutes
- Needs more pressure for some jobs
- Needs to be refilled with water frequently
- Instructions manual is quite brief
The Aspectek Pressurized Steam Cleaner is a very versatile steam cleaner that can be used for all kinds of tasks. It’s small and handheld, so if you’re looking for something more substantial this probably isn’t the steam cleaner for you.
Comforday Deluxe Handheld Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner
This product is quite similar to the Aspectek handheld steam cleaner reviewed above.
- 900-1050 Watts of power
- Emits steam for 15-20 minutes
- 5 foot cord
- Heats up in about 4 minutes
- Comes with 9 accessories including a bent spray nozzle and a fabric steaming tool
- Safety lock
- Weight: 1.8 Kg
- Door and window tool is very effective
- Helpful and clear instructions manual
- Easy to fit together and start using
- Could do with having more pressure
- Gets through water quickly, so you need to refill the tank often
The Comforday Deluxe is easy to use and very versatile. It doesn’t have enough pressure for some jobs, but for most it’s very effective.
Dirt Devil 5-in-1 Steam Cleaner
The Dirt Devil DDS04-E01 5-in-1 is a cheap steam cleaner with a 0.33 litre capacity. It comes with 5 steam cleaning tools included, as well as a microfiber pad. It heats up in about 5 minutes and can be used on all kinds of surfaces from cookers to floors to carpets.
- Washable pads
- 33 litre water capacity
- Can be separated into smaller pieces for easy storage
- 5 accessories for different cleaning jobs
- Weight: 2.5 kg
- Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre
- Effective stain removal
- Removes dirt effectively
- Handheld and floor options
- Triangular head shape makes it easy to clean corners
- Has quite a small capacity so will need refilling frequently
Overall, the Dirt Devil DDS04-E01 5-in-1 is a very effective and versatile steam cleaner that offers value for money.