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A model demonstrates the usefulness of a McCulloch steam cleaner on outdoor tile. Credit: McCulloch

The Best Steam Cleaners of 2022

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A model demonstrates the usefulness of a McCulloch steam cleaner on outdoor tile. Credit: McCulloch

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McCulloch MC1385

This steam cleaner from McCulloch comes with everything you need for cleaning surfaces—for up to two hours—with nothing but water. Read More

Pros

  • Up to 120 minutes of continuous use
  • Includes 23 handy accessories
  • 18-foot cord and 10-foot hose

Cons

  • None that we could find
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PurSteam 10-in-1 Steam Cleaner

This featherweight steam cleaner won’t run for more than 25 minutes, but reviewers love its versatility and ease of use. Read More

Pros

  • Handles carpet, glass, hardwood, and tile
  • Ready to use in just 30 seconds
  • Weighs 2.2 pounds

Cons

  • Runs for about 25 minutes at a time
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HomeRight AutoRight Steam Cleaner

This heavy-duty little steam cleaner can run for about 45 minutes, so it’s probably better suited for detailing cars than spring cleaning. Read More

Pros

  • Up to 45 minutes of continuous use
  • Includes 11 attachment heads

Cons

  • Attachments may break easily
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Dupray Neat Steam Cleaner

This no-frills steam cleaner runs on regular tap water, heats up in seven minutes, and can deliver plenty of cleaning power for up to 50 minutes. Read More

Pros

  • Up to 50 minutes of continuous use
  • Lifetime boiler warranty
  • Heats up in 7 minutes

Cons

  • Reports of poor customer service
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Bissell SteamShot 39N7V

This lightweight handheld steam cleaner has a small reservoir, but it heats up in 30 seconds and gets the job done well. Read More

Pros

  • Includes a variety of handy accessories
  • Ready to use in just 30 seconds
  • Plenty of cleaning power

Cons

  • Runs for 10 to 12 minutes at a time
  • 6.6-ounce reservoir

Looking to get hard-to-clean stains out of your carpet? Detail your car yourself? Maybe you’ve got some nasty gunk accumulating on some tile. With a good steam cleaner, you can clean just about any surface in your home or vehicle with nothing but heat, water, and patience.

When shopping around, just consider whether a particular cleaner requires distilled water, or a lengthy heat-up time, and ask yourself what sounds tolerable given your needs. The real good news is that none of the recommendations on this list require soap or chemicals—just water and heat.

These are the best steam cleaners you can buy online right now.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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McCulloch MC1385

This steam cleaner from McCulloch has over 5,500 five-star ratings on Amazon alone. It offers chemical-free cleaning in a 13-pound package, and can handle most surfaces and flooring types in your home, garage, or vehicle. The power cord can reach up to 18 feet, on top of the 10-foot hose, and it includes 23 handy cleaning accessories.

Most user reviews praise how efficiently it cleans, whereas more negative ones mention broken parts having to be replaced.

Pros

  • Up to 120 minutes of continuous use

  • Includes 23 handy accessories

  • 18-foot cord and 10-foot hose

Cons

  • None that we could find

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PurSteam 10-in-1 Steam Cleaner

PurSteam’s 10-in-1 steam mop has upwards of 26,000 five-star Amazon ratings, offering a simple, chemical-free cleaner at an attractive price point. It’s lightweight; safe for pets and children; and does well on carpet, glass, hardwood, and tile.

It’s got a smaller reservoir than more heavy-duty steam cleaners, however, so the main compromise is that it only runs for about 20 to 25 minutes at a time. Users love the grout tool, handheld mode, and overall ease of use.

Pros

  • Handles carpet, glass, hardwood, and tile

  • Ready to use in just 30 seconds

  • Weighs 2.2 pounds

Cons

  • Runs for about 25 minutes at a time

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HomeRight AutoRight Steam Cleaner

This eminently affordable steam cleaner from Wagner Spraytech is a big hit with online shoppers, delivering up to 45 minutes of cleaning time and everything you need to keep your vehicle’s interior clean. The tank holds 40 ounces of distilled water, using pressure and high temps to keep your car like new without needless chemicals.

The package includes 11 different attachments for various needs, along with a microfiber towel, squeegee, and other handy tools. Reviewers love it for getting tough stains out of their carpet at home as well as for detailing cars. In rare cases, users have reported ruptures or broken attachments.

Pros

  • Up to 45 minutes of continuous use

  • Includes 11 attachment heads

Cons

  • Attachments may break easily

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Dupray Neat Steam Cleaner

Dupray’s multipurpose steam cleaner delivers an incredible amount of heat and power, with 74% of Amazon shoppers awarding it a five-star rating. Its capacious reservoir allows for up to 50 minutes of continuous cleaning, and it comes with a two-year limited warranty (not to mention a lifetime guarantee on the boiler).

It runs on regular tap water and heats up in just seven minutes.

Pros

  • Up to 50 minutes of continuous use

  • Lifetime boiler warranty

  • Heats up in 7 minutes

Cons

  • Reports of poor customer service

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Bissell SteamShot 39N7V

Bissell’s handheld SteamShot is enormously popular with shoppers, though it’s a smaller cleaner with a low-capacity tank. The tradeoff is that because it’s got a 6.6-ounce reservoir, you can heat it up and be cleaning in about 30 seconds after refilling.

It comes with scrubbing brushes, a grout tool, a scraper, and an angled attachment for reaching tricky areas. Users found the cleaning power impressive, though it may only last for 10 or 12 minutes at a time.

Pros

  • Includes a variety of handy accessories

  • Ready to use in just 30 seconds

  • Plenty of cleaning power

Cons

  • Runs for 10 to 12 minutes at a time

  • 6.6-ounce reservoir

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Alex Kane

Alex Kane

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Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

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