You’re looking for hand held steam cleaners. That probably means that you want one of the small self-contained units that you may have seen on an infomercial or on the web. We have included in our list a couple of the smaller lightweight steam cleaners that you think you need plus a few canister steam cleaners we think you should consider.

Hand held steam cleaners don’t include just the self-contained units that you hold in your hand. Handheld steam cleaners can also include canister cleaners with hoses that allow you to clean like a hand-held cleaner but with a lightweight wand that does not have the water reservoir.

We have intentionally included more canister steam cleaners in our list than what you would normally think of as handheld steam cleaners. The reason is because there are numerous problems with handheld steam cleaners that make them less desirable than canister models. It’s true that handheld steam cleaners are less expensive than canister cleaners but they also have fewer features and a few drawbacks.Hand Held Steam Cleaners Steamfast SF-370WH Kitchen View


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The main drawbacks of a handheld steam cleaner are related to their size and power. Handheld steam cleaners need to be compact because you have to carry the whole unit in your hand. That means that the reservoir needs to be smaller and hold less water. Unfortunately less water also means a shorter steam duration. That’s because water is heavy and if you were to increase the size of the reservoir it would be very uncomfortable to hold the steamer for long periods of time.  With a shorter steam duration comes more frequent refills, reheats, and wasted time.

Hand Held Steam Cleaners McCulloch MC-1275 Hard Surface Cleaning ViewAnother drawback is the amount of power available with the smaller handheld steam cleaners. Smaller handheld steam cleaners typically have less than 1000 watts of power and that means possibly longer time to steam and less powerful steam flow. So although a handheld steam cleaner may be compact it won’t allow you to clean as long without refilling the reservoir and it will have less steam pressure because it’s lower power. Also, a smaller handheld steam cleaner may be difficult to hold for long periods even though it’s small because of the weight of the water in the reservoir.

Handheld steam cleaners also typically have shorter power cords which means that to clean most places in your home will require an extension cord. Steam cleaners in general use quite a bit of power so you need to make sure that any extension cord that you use can handle that power.





Canister steam cleaners on the other hand function just like handheld steam cleaners because they have a hose and a wand that allows you to put the steam exactly where you need it without having to carry the reservoir in your hand in a self-contained unit.


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Canister steam cleaners also have the advantage of being able to have much larger reservoirs that provide a longer steam duration, even up to two hours. They also typically have more power than a smaller handheld steam cleaner which may provide a faster time to steam and a more powerful steam flow or steam pressure.

The drawback of a canister steam cleaner is usually its price. When you compare the additional tools and accessories that come with a canister steam cleaner it can be a good value for the price.

Take a look at our list and see if one of these handheld steam cleaners or canister steam cleaners is the perfect model for your needs!


#6 – Comforday Handheld Multi-purpose Pressurized Steam Cleaner

Hand Held Steam Cleaners Comforday Full ViewFor a compact, lightweight handheld steam cleaner, the Comforday Handheld Multi-Purpose Pressurized Steam Cleaner is a great choice for your tough jobs around the bathroom, kitchen, shop or anywhere else you need to remove dirt and grime. It comes with nine accessories that allow you to tackle a variety of tasks that require steam cleaning. Its power cord is almost 10 foot long which is unusual for these types of cleaners and will make it easier to clean around your home without the need for an extension cord. Here’s what you need to know.


  • Holds 8 ounces of water for an approximate steam duration of 15 to 20 minutes
  • Average time to steam of 2 to 3 minutes
  • Long 9.5 foot power cord for easy mobility


  • 1 – Flexible extension hose
  • 1 – Door/window nozzle
  • 1 – Door/window nozzle plateHand Held Steam Cleaners Comforday Kit View
  • 1 – Bent spray nozzle
  • 1 – Round brush nozzle
  • 1 – Funnel
  • 1 – Measuring cup
  • 1 – Towel sleeve


  • Long-lasting steam
  • Powerful pressure
  • Simple to use
  • Good value


  • Short nozzle attachment
  • Small reservoir
  • Short power cord
  • Some problems with cap





#5 – Vapamore MR-75 Amico Hand Held Steam Cleaner

Hand Held Steam Cleaners Vapamore MR-75 Full ViewAccording to Vapamore’s description of their product, Amico means “little friend,” and that may be just how you think of the Vapamore MR–75 Amico Hand Held Steam Cleaner. It has the potential to be your best little steamer friend allowing you to steam clean a variety of surfaces around your home. According to Vapamore, the MR – 75 has the largest selection of accessories and attachments available. It has a slower than average time to steam of approximately four minutes and a shorter than average steam duration of approximately 15 minutes. One notable feature that sets the MR – 75 apart from the competition is its lifetime warranty. Here’s what you need to know.


  • 1000 W compact portable handheld steam cleaner
  • Smallish 6.7 fluid ounce water reservoir provides approximately 15 minutes of steam
  • Longish 4 minutes time to steam
  • Long 10 foot power cord
  • 3 foot steam hose length
  • Weighs approximately 3.5 pounds
  • Unique lifetime warranty

AccessoriesHand Held Steam Cleaners Vapamore MR-75 Kit View

  • 1 – Steam hose and connector
  • 1 – Accessory tool adapter
  • 1 – Jet nozzle
  • 1 – Detail scraper
  • 1 – Nylon brush straight
  • 1 – Nylon grout brush
  • 1 – Nylon medium duty brush
  • 1 – Large nylon brush
  • 1 – Small brass brush
  • 1 – Large brass brush
  • 1 – Large stainless steel brush
  • 1 – Fabric steamer and squeegee
  • 3 – Cotton cover
  • 1 – Measuring cup
  • 1 – Carrying case
  • 1 – Accessory storage bag


  • Lifetime product warranty
  • Very easy to use
  • Excellent quality and construction
  • Powerful steam


  • Loud operation
  • Small tank doesn’t last very long
  • Attachments lower quality




Vapamore MR-75 Amico Usage Video


#4 – Xtech Electric Easy Handheld Steam Cleaner

Hand Held Steam Cleaners Xtech Electric Easy Full ViewThe Xtech Electric Easy Handheld Steam Cleaner is one of the most popular steam cleaners on the market because of its features, performance, and price. It is another compact portable handheld steamer that features a self-contained unit with cleaning heads and water reservoir. It has a larger than average 10 ounce reservoir capacity that provides more than 20 minutes of steam duration. This unit includes special accessories designed to clean virtually every surface in your home. Although this model claims that you can use tap water, we always recommend using distilled water to prolong the life of any hand held steamer. Here’s what you need to know.


  • 1050 W portable handheld steam cleaner
  • 10 ounce water reservoir capacity provides 15 to 20 minutes steam duration
  • Measures 16.7 x 6.1 x 10 inches and weighs approximately 3 pounds
  • Longer 9.5 foot power cord
  • Safety closure cap

AccessoriesHand Held Steam Cleaners Xtech Electric Easy Kit View

  • 1 – Built-In short spray nozzle
  • 1 – Long spray nozzle
  • 1 – Bent spray nozzle
  • 1 – Spray nozzle with a bristle brush
  • 1 – Flexible extension hose
  • 1 – Window washing squeegee
  • 1 – Door/window/clothing attachment
  • 1 – Terrycloth cover
  • 1 – Measuring cup
  • 1 – Funnel


  • Lightweight and easy to store
  • Great value
  • Lots of great accessories
  • Fast time to steam


  • Safety cap can be difficult to remove
  • Small reservoir means frequent refills
  • Tricky to lock attachments into place
  • Can get heavy to carry around


#3 – Steamfast SF-370WH Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner

Hand Held Steam Cleaners Steamfast SF-370WH Full ViewThe Steamfast SF-370WH Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner is an example of a canister steamer that not only has more power and a larger reservoir, but also is capable of cleaning more tough steaming tasks than any of the small hand held steam cleaners.  Steamers like this cost more, but in general they are better built, have many more attachments, clean better, and have none of the drawbacks of their smaller steamer cousins. It also functions as one of the steam mops to clean sealed hard floor surfaces like wood, tile, and laminate.  Here’s what you need to know.


  • Powerful 1500 watts of steam power provides a powerful steam flow and a fast time to steam of only 8 minutes
  • In addition to cleaning above floor surfaces, this model also functions as a steam floor cleaner by cleaning sealed hard floor surfaces like wood, tile, and laminate
  • Its large capacity 45 oz. water reservoir provides 45 minutes of steam duration
  • Steam-On-Demand trigger provides continuous steam with a locking switch that reduces fatigue during long cleaning periods
  • Long 64 inch insulated hose stays cool during use and gives you the reach you need to clean above floor surfaces
  • Handy onboard cord wrap makes storage of the long 15.4 foot power cord easy and compact
  • 15 versatile attachments and accessories gives you the flexibility to tackle your toughest cleaning tasks just about anywhere
  • This unit measures 8.5H x 15.3D x 12W inches and weighs in at about 8.5 lbs.

AccessoriesHand Held Steam Cleaners Steamfast SF-370WH Kit View

  • 1 – Corner tool with attachable scrub or sponge pads for hard-to-reach places
  • 1 – Mop head with two reusable and washable microfiber pads are perfect for sealed-floor surfaces
  • 2 – Extension wands for above floor surfaces
  • 1 – Jet nozzle for powerful pressurized steaming
  • 1 – Squeegee for mirrors, windows and other glass surfaces
  • 1 – Scrub tool
  • 2 – Nylon utility brushes for extra scrubbing power
  • 1 – Brass utility brush for use on BBQ grills, oven racks, vehicle engines, tools, and other hard metal surfaces
  • 1 – Measuring cup


  • Good steam pressure
  • Compact storage
  • Lightweight unit
  • Long steam duration


  • Small fill hole
  • Reports that it is difficult to carry around
  • Attachments wear out fast
  • Loud operation


Steamfast SF-370WH User Manual >>>




#2 – McCulloch MC-1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner

Hand Held Steam Cleaners McCulloch MC-1275 Full ViewIf you’re looking for a heavy-duty, professional-quality steam cleaner that still qualifies as a handheld, look no further than the 1500W McCulloch MC-1275 Canister Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner.  Again, this model has none of the drawbacks of smaller handheld units, but comes with the power and accessories you need to clean just about anything.  Whether you need to clean a hard-floor surface like one of the steam floor cleaners or just about any above-floor surface, the MC-1275 has you covered.  Here’s what you need to know.


  • Powerful 1500 watt canister steam cleaner
  • A 50 oz. water tank provides 45 minutes of continuous steam power
  • Functions as a floor steamer for sealed hard floor surfaces
  • Easy-roll caster wheels makes moving and transporting the steamer easy
  • Flexible 10 foot steam hose coupled with a long 12-foot power cord makes it easy to reach above-floor surfaces as well as sealed hard-floor surfaces
  • Measures 17-1/2 x 11-3/7 x 9-1/4 inches and weighs in at about 13 lbs.

AccessoriesHand Held Steam Cleaners McCulloch MC-1275 Hard Surface View

  • 1 – Steam jet nozzle
  • 2 – Extension wands
  • 1 – Mop head
  • 1 – Triangle brush
  • 1 – Scrub pad
  • 1 – Upholstery/floor brush
  • 5 – Nylon utility brushes
  • 1 – Squeegee
  • 1 – Funnel
  • 1 – Measuring cup
  • 1 – Terry cover for floor brush
  • 2 – Reusable and washable microfiber pads


  • Great on grout
  • Quick time to steam
  • Very durable and well made
  • Good value


  • Attachments are of questionable quality
  • No built-in cord storage
  • Button on handle can be difficult to push for long periods
  • May not provide the cleaning power advertised




#1 – McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam System

Hand Held Steam Cleaners McCulloch MC-1385 Full ViewWhen it comes to home steam cleaners, the McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam System is about the top of the line.  Powerful and effective, it has the power and tools to tackle whatever you might throw at it in your home, car, boat, garage, shop, or RV.  Its professional features include variable steam control and up to 120 minutes of continuous steam. It can also function as a steam mop floor cleaner to clean sealed hard floor surfaces. Here’s what you need to know.


  • 1500 watts of steam power and up to 4 bars (58 psi) of variable steam pressure
  • Fast time to steam of 12 minutes and up to 120 minutes of continuous steam flow from a large 64 oz. capacity water reservoir
  • 23 versatile cleaning tools
  • Long 18-foot power cord stores right on the steamer using the integrated cord wrap and when combined with the 10-foot flexible, insulated steam hose they make it easy to reach difficult above-floor surfaces conveniently
  • Stay-cool handle with ergonomic grip
  • Onboard accessory storage using the handy accessory net
  • 1-Year warranty

AccessoriesHand Held Steam Cleaners McCulloch MC-1385 Kit View

  • 1 – 13″x8.5″ Large Mop Head
  • 1 – 3″ Scraper
  • 1 – 9″ Squeegee
  • 1 – 4″ Triangle Brush
  • 1 – 6″x4.5″ Large Brush
  • 2 – 16.5″ Extension Wand
  • 1 – Jet and Angled Nozzle
  • 2 – 2.5″ Round Scrub Pad
  • 2 – 1.5″ Nylon Utility Brush
  • 2 – 1.5″ Brass Utility Brush
  • 2 – 2.5″ Round Brush
  • 1 – Bristle Brush Attachment
  • 1 – Microfiber and Scrubbing Mop Pad
  • 1 – Storage Bag and Fill Cup
  • 1 – Accessory Net


  • Very powerful steam pressure
  • Lots of attachments
  • Long steam duration
  • Quality construction and materials


  • Pricey
  • Reports of pressure gauge fogging
  • Awkward cord placement
  • Plastic handle loses integrity from hot steam flow


McCulloch MC1385 User Manual >>>





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