Hand Held Steamer: Top 7 Best Rated Portable Steam Cleaners 2017

A hand held steamer can play an important role in your cleanup tasks by providing you a tool for quick cleanups around the kitchen, bath, and other areas of your home.  A hand held steamer has the advantage over large canister steamers in its quick steam build-up and light weight.

If you’re really dedicated to the cleaning power of steam, then a portable hand held steamer shouldn’t be your only steam cleaning tool.  We are big fans of portable canister steam cleaners which are actually lighter in the handle, hold more water, and have more power than any handheld steam cleaner.

 

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Why steam?  Steam cleaners are some of the most effective and environmentally friendly cleaners you can use.  They useHand Held Steamer Aspectek Comforday HH2221 Spill-Proof Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner Kit View water instead of harsh chemicals that can harm family and pets.  When used properly, they can also sanitize surfaces while they clean creating a safer home environment.  Steam dries in seconds so it’s safe to use on most sealed floor and above floor surfaces.

Portable steamers are simple devices.  You fill the reservoir, plug them in, wait for steam to be visible, and start cleaning.  With that said, handheld steamers differ in their characteristics and you need to be aware of the differences in order to choose the right model for your needs.

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There is no doubt that hand held steamers are handy cleaning powerhouses that can remove grit and grime that regular cleaning just can’t touch.  The question is which hand steamer is the best for your cleaning needs?

Here are some of the characteristics you need to consider when choosing a hand held steamer.

Power

You can count on handheld steamers to have between 900 – 1200 watts of power.  In general, the higher the power, the better cleaning job a steam cleaner can do.  Higher power is not without its drawbacks.  Higher power produces more powerful steam flow which uses the water reservoir faster reducing the overall steam duration.  In addition, more power usually means more coils and a heavier steamer.

Reservoir Size

To make them handheld and portable, these small steamers need to have smaller reservoirs.  That makes them lighter, but has the drawback of reducing the steam duration.  That means if you’re doing some serious cleaning, you may need to refill the reservoir several time to get the job done.  Canister steam cleaners are usually the preferred choice for heavy-duty steam cleaning around the home.

Hand Held Steamer Prolux Prolift Liftaway 7-in-1 Away ViewSteam Flow or Steam Pressure

Powerful steam flow means better cleaning.  Steam flow is directly related to power in that the more power you have, the faster steam is produced, the higher the volume of steam, and the more powerful the steam flow.

Time-to-Steam

Time-to-steam is how long it takes for cleaning steam to build-up in the steamer.  Time-to-steam is directly related to steamer power and reservoir size in that, the more power the steamer has, the faster the steam buildup and the larger the reservoir, the slower the steam buildup.  If you buy a portable steam cleaner with higher power, it will have a faster time-to-steam because it will by design have a small reservoir.

Tools

There is more to a steamer than just steam.  The tool on the end of the steamer is an important part of the cleaning process.  It’s the steam that loosens the dirt and grime, but it’s the tool that agitates the dirt enhancing the cleaning results.  There are some basic tools that you should expect to be included with a good steam cleaner.  You should expect a home steam cleaner to come with a jet nozzle, round brush nozzle, a steam hose, a nylon brush, and a grout brush.  Other specialty tools available include brass brushes, scraping tools, fabric tools, and squeegees for windows.

Power Cord

This may be a small point, but when you’re trying to clean your whole kitchen, it’s something that will probably come up.  Portable hand held steamers have short power cords.  That means that during cleaning, it’s likely that you will have to switch outlets sometime during the cleaning process.  Removing the power, even temporarily, causes the steam creation process to stop.  The steamer will have to return to steam build-up which may delay cleaning.  Consider power cord length when choosing a small steam cleaner.

We researched information available on forums, retail sites, review sites, and manufacturers sites to find the most popular and highly-rated portable steam cleaners available.

Take a look at our list and see if one of these models is the best steam cleaner for your needs!

Hand Held Steamer:  Top 7 Best Rated Portable Steam Cleaners

#7 – KFP7000 1050w Handheld Portable Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner

Hand Held Steamer KFP7000 1050W Side ViewWith 1050 watts of power, heavy-duty boiler, and value price, the KFP7000 1050W Handheld Portable Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner is flexible enough to clean counters in your kitchen and then turn around and remove wrinkles from your shirts.  It brings portable cleaning power to all your sealed hard surfaces like windows, sinks, stoves, countertops, refrigerators, floor boards, and shower doors.  Here’s what you need to know.

Hand Held Steamer Features

  • 1050 watts of cleaning power produces high-temperature, high-pressure steam that can clean and sanitize a variety of sealed hard surfaces around your home or remove wrinkles from your clothing
  • Safety features like overheat protection and 3-prong power plug
  • Extra-durable boiler body has an extra-think inner wall for long life

 

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#6 – Prolux Prolift Liftaway 7-in-1 Sanitizing Steam Cleaner

Hand Held Steamer Prolux Prolift Liftaway 7-in-1 Main ViewThe Prolux Prolift Liftaway 7-in-1 Sanitizing Steam Cleaner has a unique design that attempts to combine the power of a canister steamer with the light weight and portability of a handheld.  They have done this by making it a lift-away so that it can operate as a canister when it makes sense and as a portable handheld when needed.  It’s not as light as a handheld, but it’s more powerful than a true handheld and has the added advantage of a larger reservoir.  It comes with a large number of attachment tools and 7 different cleaning functions to make it one of the most versatile steam cleaners in our list.  It’s far more expensive than the others in our list, so you pay for the power and flexibility.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Unique Prolux Prolift LiftAway design gives you a more powerful canister steam cleaner on wheels that can also be as portable as a handheld by simply lifting the unit out of its carriage and provides 7-in-1 cleaning functions for great versatility
  • Large 61 oz. water reservoir provides up to a 50 minute steam duration
  • A fast time to steam of as little as 9 minutes provides powerful 248 to 280 degrees F steam to tackle the toughest cleaning jobs
  • Adjustable steam pressure allows you to tailor your cleaning power to the task at hand
  • Dry weight is less than 13 lbs. but with a full reservoir, this is not something you wouldn’t want to carry around with you all day
  • Use it to effectively clean hardwood floors, windows, refrigerators and freezers, grills, furniture, and even grout
  • Handy onboard accessory storage puts your most used tools right at hand when you need them
  • 1-Year factory warranty

 

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#5 – Reliable Pronto 100CH Portable Hand-Held Steam Cleaner and Garment Steamer

Hand Held Steamer Reliable Pronto 100CH Side ViewIf you need plenty of steam pressure for tough cleaning tasks around the home, but only need it for spot cleanups and don’t want to spend a lot of money, then the Reliable Pronto 100CH Portable Handheld Steam Cleaner and Garment Steamer is a great choice.  Most steam cleaners don’t tackle garment steaming because they don’t have low-enough temperature steam and they don’t come with the proper attachment.  This is the most powerful steam cleaner in our list, but its 245 degrees F tip temperature is mild enough for removing wrinkles from and freshening fabrics.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Powerful 1200W steam cleaner is also capable of removing wrinkles from and freshening fabrics
  • This model has a fast time-to-steam of only 2 minutes, provides a powerful constant high-volume steam flow of 35g/min, and can continuously produce steam for up to 15 minutes of cleaning from its 1-1/4 cup water reservoir
  • 4-bar (58 psi) high-pressure steam is great for removing dirt and grime from a variety of hard surfaces
  • Comes with super-absorbent felt Aramid bonnet cover that prevents damage to delicate fabric by insuring only dry steam contacts your clothing or drapes
  • Handy temperature and steam-ready light keeps you informed on the status of the steamer
  • Extra-long 19.5-foot electrical cord reduces outlet switching during cleaning and save time
  • Ergonomically-designed soft-touch handle
  • Patented Comfort Safety System provides automatic opening and closing of the water tank, allowing it to be filled with complete safety, and without a screw cap.
  • Included easy-to-use steam gun lets you direct steam accurately for detailed cleaning
  • Complete 15-piece accessory set includes nylon and brass brushes to tackle tile and BBQ grills
  • 1-Year limited product warranty and lifetime product warranty on boiler tank
  • Dimensions are 5-1/2 x 6 x 12 inches and it weighs in at 2-1/2 lbs.

 

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#4 – Steamfast SF-210 Everyday Handheld Steam Cleaner

Hand Held Steamer Steamfast SF-210 Side ViewSteamfast is known for its high-quality, high performance steam appliances and the Steamfast SF-210 Everyday Handheld Steam Cleaner is no exception.  It’s lightweight, portable, compact, and perfect for spot cleaning a variety of hard surfaces.  Tackle spot cleaning easily from kitchen counters and sinks to tough bathroom tiles and grout.  Power is on the low end at 900W and it has only a few included accessory tools.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • 900W of cleaning power provides a steady 20-30g/min steam flow
  • Pushbutton steam release keeps you in control
  • Lightweight, compact and portable steam cleaner
  • Fast time-to-steam of 3 minutes or less
  • 6 oz. water reservoir provides a relatively long steam duration of up to 10 minutes
  • Handy steam-ready activity light lets you know when it’s ready to go
  • 6 handy accessory tools including an attachable extension hose
  • Long 12.5-foot power cord keeps you plugged in longer without having to switch outlets
  • Portable ergonomic handle design allows you to clean longer, comfortably
  • Dimensions are 5.5H x 8.25D x 10.5W inches and it weighs in at 2.6 lbs.
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Accessory Tools

  • 1 – Nylon utility brush
  • 1 – Brass utility brush
  • 1 – Extension hose
  • 1 – Large nylon brush

 

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#3 – BISSELL Steam Shot Hard-Surface Cleaner, 39N7A

Hand Held Steamer BISSELL Steam Shot Side ViewThe BISSELL Steam Shot Hard-Surface Cleaner not only provides good cleaning power, but it also comes with a fabric steaming tool to remove wrinkles from fabrics and drapes.  Its easy-to-press trigger activates powerful steam and gives you complete control.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Powerful 1000W steam cleaner
  • Steam On Demand Trigger gives you complete control over the application of steaming power
  • Extra-long 20-foot power cord keeps you cleaning longer between outlet switches
  • 6.6 oz. water reservoir capacity
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Accessory Tools

  • 1 – Accessory nozzle
  • 1 – Extension hose
  • 1 – Flat scraping tool
  • 1 – Grout brush
  • 1 – Fabric steamer tool
  • 1 – Window squeegee
  • 1 – Angle concentrator
  • 1 – Detail brush

 

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#2 – Xtech Electric Easy Handheld Steam Cleaner

Hand Held Steamer Xtech Electric Easy Side ViewThe Xtech Electric Easy Handheld Steam Cleaner is a powerful, lightweight, portable steam cleaner that has a long steam duration and comes with plenty of basic attachments.  With a larger capacity water reservoir than most, it translates to a longer steam duration.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Powerful 1050W steamer
  • 10 oz. capacity water reservoir provides a long continuous steam duration of 15-20 minutes
  • Medium length 9.5-foot power cord
  • Safety-close reservoir cap
  • Dimensions are 16.7 x 6.1 x 10 inches and it weighs in at 3 lbs.

Accessory Tools

  • 1 – Short spray nozzle
  • 1 – Long spray nozzle
  • 1 – Bent spray nozzle
  • 1 – Spray nozzle with bristle brush
  • 1 – Flexible extension hose
  • 1 – Window squeegee
  • 1 – Terrycloth cover
  • 1 – Door/window/clothing attachment

 

 

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#1 – Aspectek HH2221 Comforday Spill-Proof Multi-Purpose Handheld Steam Cleaner and Sanitizer

Hand Held Steamer Aspectek Comforday HH2221 Spill-Proof Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner Kit ViewThe Aspectek HH2221 Comforday Spill-Proof Multi-Purpose Handheld Steam Cleaner and Sanitizer is powerful, provides great steam pressure, and is safe for a variety of sealed hard surfaces including ceramic, vinyl, laminate, granite, marble, and sealed hardwood.  It’s also approved to remove wrinkles from fabrics.  You can also expect a long steam duration of 15-20 minutes which is a bonus for a small, handheld steam cleaner.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • 900-1050 watts of cleaning power in a compact, lightweight steamer
  • Long steam duration of 15-20 minutes of 250-270 degrees F steam
  • Medium-length 9.5-foot power cord
  • Safety handle lock and safety reservoir cap protect children, seniors, and pets against high temperature steam
  • Weighs in at about 3.25 lbs.

Accessory Tools

  • 1 – Flexible extension hose
  • 1 – Bent spray nozzle
  • 1 – Round brush nozzle
  • 1 – Long spray nozzle
  • 1 – Door/widow cleaning tool
  • 1 – Fabric steaming tools

 

 

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