The Best Steam Cleaners In Australia Are The New Super-Products!

Note: Due to high demand, many steam cleaners are currently sold out. As of September 2020, our top pick, Bissell Powerfresh Slim Cleaner, is currently in stock (click here to view) while most others are unavailable.

For Australians that place a lot of importance to the hygiene of their home, the best steam cleaners are the new super-product when it comes to home cleaning.

By using extremely potent steam to kill off bacteria and mites, you can also dislodge hardened grease in your home.

The great thing about steam cleaners is how they can handle everything from windows to porcelain tiles as well as ovens and laminated floors!

Because of the fad strengthening in the market, many vacuum cleaner manufacturers have stepped into the steam cleaner space.

Product Steam Cleaners
Kärcher SC4 EasyFix Steam Cleaner, Yellow
Our #1 Rated
Karcher SC4 Steam Cleaner

The range of accessories with the Karcher lends a dimension of versatility we have rarely seen in this price range, while adjustable steam power handles all kinds of stains.

H2O HD 5-in-1 All Purpose Handheld Steam Cleaner System for Home Use, with 8 Piece Cleaning Accessory Kit
Great For Small & Large Cleaning Jobs
H2O HD Steam Cleaner

Versatile 5 in 1 cleaning appliance; Floor cleaner, carpet cleaner, hand-held steamer, window and glass cleaner and garment steamer in one unique machine.

Bissell 2635F Steam Shot Bare Floor Cleaners,Gray
Best Handheld Steam Cleaner
Bissell Steam Shot

Comes with Grout brush tool for scrubbing small cracks and Services.

Bissell 1977F Symphony Pet Vacuum Cleaner,Purple
Bissell Symphony

If you had the budget to back you up, then the Bissell Symphony is an immensely versatile cleaner that can vacuum and steam clean.

BISSELL PowerFresh Slim Steam Cleaner System, 2233F Steam Mop Disco Teal
Bissell PowerFresh 2233F

Although it may not look like it, when it comes to delivering a powerful burst of steam, the Bissell PowerFresh 2233F is a pocket rocket that comes in a cost-effective package.

Maxkon 2.1L High Pressure Carpet Floor Window Steam Cleaner Mop
Maxkon Steam Cleaner

Quick up heating time, only 1 Mins. Adjust the steam amount. Refill functions, you can fill water without any waiting.

Product Details
Our #1 Rated
Kärcher SC4 EasyFix Steam Cleaner, Yellow
Karcher SC4 Steam Cleaner

The range of accessories with the Karcher lends a dimension of versatility we have rarely seen in this price range, while adjustable steam power handles all kinds of stains.

Great For Small & Large Cleaning Jobs
H2O HD 5-in-1 All Purpose Handheld Steam Cleaner System for Home Use, with 8 Piece Cleaning Accessory Kit
H2O HD Steam Cleaner

Versatile 5 in 1 cleaning appliance; Floor cleaner, carpet cleaner, hand-held steamer, window and glass cleaner and garment steamer in one unique machine.

Best Handheld Steam Cleaner
Bissell 2635F Steam Shot Bare Floor Cleaners,Gray
Bissell Steam Shot

Comes with Grout brush tool for scrubbing small cracks and Services.

Bissell 1977F Symphony Pet Vacuum Cleaner,Purple
Bissell Symphony

If you had the budget to back you up, then the Bissell Symphony is an immensely versatile cleaner that can vacuum and steam clean.

BISSELL PowerFresh Slim Steam Cleaner System, 2233F Steam Mop Disco Teal
Bissell PowerFresh 2233F

Although it may not look like it, when it comes to delivering a powerful burst of steam, the Bissell PowerFresh 2233F is a pocket rocket that comes in a cost-effective package.

Maxkon 2.1L High Pressure Carpet Floor Window Steam Cleaner Mop
Maxkon Steam Cleaner

Quick up heating time, only 1 Mins. Adjust the steam amount. Refill functions, you can fill water without any waiting.

So how do you make an informed decision in an overcrowded market?

Following VacuumShop’s list of the best steam cleaner reviews is an excellent place to start!

We answer some commonly questions we receive from steam cleaner owners.

Check out our section stating the critical factors to look into before making a purchase!

Let’s step right into the best steam cleaner reviews then!

Best Steam Cleaners In Australia 2020

  • Bissell Symphony - Best Premium Steam Cleaner
  • Bissell PowerFresh 2233F - Best Handheld Steam Cleaner
  • Karcher SC3 EASYFIX - Best Performing Steam Cleaner

Before settling into a decision, take a hard look at the ease of use, steam power, accessories in hand and the overall cleaning versatility.

Each of the cleaners that have made our list of the best steam cleaner reviews Australia currently have, are top-notch cleaners.

We’ve divided them based on the best premium offering, the best handheld steam cleaner as well as the top performer we came across!

1. Bissell Symphony - Best Premium Steam Cleaner

Bissel

If you had the budget to back you up, then the Bissell Symphony is an immensely versatile cleaner that can vacuum and steam clean.

This versatile steam cleaner plus vacuum cleaner rolled into one, can do either or both at the same time!

Digital controls will allow you to easily switch between modes.
By having a corded design, this steam cleaner will help you get all of your cleaning done without worrying about batteries running out.

Our team of reviewers also appreciated a 7.6-metre long power cord!

We also loved how quickly the water would be heated up, in a little over half a minute.

At under 4.5 kilograms, this steam cleaner is exceptionally agile, which adds to its appeal through improved mobility.

The water tank capacity of just 0.4 litres, however, wasn’t all that impressive.

The fast heating time, however, does not make this a big issue, other than the inconvenience of refilling the tank every 10-15 minutes!

No sealed floors are a match for this Bissell steam cleaner, with surfaces including wooden and laminate floors or porcelain tiles.

We loved how quickly the steam would dry up, without leaving the floor wet for too long and create a safety hazard at home.

Despite the expensive price tag, versatility makes it worth the money.

  • Vacuum cleaner + steam cleaner
  • Can switch between modes easily
  • A corded model with a long cord
  • Fast water heating time of about 30 seconds
  • Lightweight at under 4.5 kilos 
  • Steam dries quickly
  • Expensive
  • Water Capacity of only 0.4 litres
  • Only cleans for 10-15 minutes on a single tank

2. Bissell PowerFresh 2233F - Best Handheld Steam Cleaner

Bissell Steam Shot 2635F

Although it may not look like it, when it comes to delivering a powerful burst of steam, the Bissell PowerFresh 2233F is a pocket rocket that comes in a cost-effective package.

With a lightweight design of under 2.8 kilos, this corded handheld steam cleaner also doubles up as a steam mop. In this way, it is perfect for cleaning spots at home that traditional steam cleaners cannot reach.

Multiple accessories with the Bissell PowerFresh 2233F will add to the versatility in portable steam cleaning, while a near 8-metre long power cord makes life easier.

Our testers found the flat scraping tool with the cleaner was extremely good at removing scum from sticky surfaces.

The fabric steamer could also double as a wrinkle remover of your clothes and curtains!

The squeegee tool was ideal for window cleaning.

The angle brush and grout tool are ideal for removing soap scum in showers and dried up soil in garden tiles.

If your home has sinks that are discoloured or stovetops with excessive grease, the Bissell PowerFresh 2233F can be an effective cleaning weapon to reclaim control!

The 0.35-litre water capacity meant that we could only steam clean for about 8 minutes on a single tank.

Our testers were also slightly miffed that it took over two minutes for the steam cleaner to be ready to use once you fill it up.

We were also left wishing that we didn’t have to keep our finger on the trigger.

Despite some drawbacks, the excellent cleaning performance and the affordable price tag make us a big fan of the Bissell PowerFresh 2233F.

  • Affordable price
  • Lengthy 7.6-metre power cord
  • 8 accessories mean highly versatile portable cleaning
  • Lightweight at under 3 kilos 
  • Can be used to remove wrinkles from clothing
  • Low water capacity of under 0.4 litres
  • Steam cleaning of only about 8 minutes on a single tank
  • Heating time is over 2 minutes
  • The trigger needs to be held down, which can be tiresome

3. Karcher SC3 EASYFIX - Best Performing Steam Cleaner

Karcher SC3 EASYFI

The range of accessories with the Karcher lends a dimension of versatility we have rarely seen in this price range, while adjustable steam power handles all kinds of stains.

The ease of use is what this Karcher steam cleaner has got going for it.

Water heating time is just about 30 seconds, and there is an automatic descaler dispenser for effective cleaning.

A drawback of the descaler unit, however, is that you have to regularly replace it every few months, which means an ongoing expense.

A litre of water capacity is nearly twice the capacity that most steam cleaners come with!

That capacity volume also means that this Karcher steam cleaner will last for about 15 minutes.

Our team of testers were highly impressed with the floor cleaning head which can effectively clean large spaces of floors quickly!

The steam cleaner could effectively clean sealed floors such as laminate, wooden, stone and porcelain tiles.

By giving you the ability to control steam power, you can handle any surface.

Our thorough testing helped us determine how well this Karcher steam cleaner performs in getting rid of grease.

It can also get rid of mould in showers and the stubbornest stains off curtains and furniture!

The descaling unit really helps get rid of limescale in the bathroom!

Weighing just about 3.5 kilograms, this is a lightweight cylinder steam cleaner.

We appreciated how a lock system would protect your children from the high-pressure and dangerous steam.

With 1900 watts of power, it's not really an energy-efficient choice for your home.

As a corded model, the 4-metre long power cord seemed a bit inadequate.

Through performance alone, this Karcher steam cleaner is one of the best steam cleaners we have seen in Australia.

  • Fifteen minutes of cleaning time
  • One litre of water capacity
  • Descaling unit is a powerful tool in bathroom cleaning
  • Steam power control
  • Heating time of about half a minute
  • Lightweight at only 3.5 kilos
  • Excellent floor cleaner
  • The lock system is useful for homes with curious children 
  • Short power cord of four metres
  • Descaler unit needs to be replaced occasionally, which is a running expense
  • Not energy-efficient

What Critical Features Does A Steam Cleaner Have?

We’re going to discuss some of the most critical factors that determine the quality of the steam cleaner you choose for your home.

The best kind of steam cleaners will quickly heat up water, eject steam powerfully to kill of bacteria and be nimble devices.

Check out some of the key considerations to think about before deciding for your home.

Corded or Cordless

Cordless steam cleaners are more convenient than corded steam cleaners for daily use.

That is especially true if you hate reconnecting in new power outlets as you move along your home.

The downside of a cordless cleaner, however, is battery life often won’t go beyond 15 minutes.

Cleaning Requirements

A versatile steam cleaner can be expensive.

If you only need a steam cleaner for particular hotspots at home, then a handheld steam cleaner could do the job while also saving you a little money.

A steam mopping head is ideal if your home is predominantly made up of hard floors, but they are still somewhat expensive.

Cylinder steam cleaners are, however, the most expensive and often the most effective kind of steam cleaners.

They can also hold more water than typical steam cleaner models, which means less time refilling water for you.

Steam Power

Steam power is the holy grail when it comes to the effectiveness of your steam cleaner.

When the high temperature of the steam combines with extreme pressure, you get a powerful cleaner that can dislodge all grime and grease it comes across.

Tools Included

For a truly versatile steam cleaner, you need to focus on the accessories that are provided.

If you wanted to get rid of grease or grime on your oven, then look out for a scrubbing mop pad with your steam cleaner.

If you wanted to clean windows, then a squeegee tool is vital.

For stained furniture, an upholstery tool could be essential for deep cleaning.

Look out for detergent dispenser options for comprehensively cleaning your floors.

Water Capacity

The capacity of your steam cleaner to hold water and efficiently use it is what makes your steam cleaner an effective device that is also easy to use.

If the capacity is too low, then you will be left constantly refilling it.

Heating Time

If your steam cleaner takes too long to heat the water into steam, then you would never look forward to using it!

For an efficient cleaner look out for models that can heat water in under a minute!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can A Carpet Steam Cleaner Replace My Carpet Cleaner?

At the basic level, a steam cleaner cannot perform as well as a carpet cleaner.

Although steam cleaners can do an admirable job in cleaning particular hotspots in carpets, they cannot perform at the level of carpet cleaners - yet.

Why Should I Buy A Steam Cleaner?

There are a few areas where steam cleaners have a distinct advantage over most other cleaning equipment.

The powerful steam that is dispelled from steam cleaners can get rid of pests such as dust mites, insects and bacteria as well as stubborn grime and grease from your floors.

As steam cleaners rarely make use of detergent, they are a bit more cost-effective in operation when compared to carpet cleaners.

Steam cleaners can remove stains from furniture or even dirt marks on glass and windows.

You can also use your steam cleaner to clean up dried up juice or milk in your fridge, soap scum on your showers or even grease on your stovetop!

Where Should I Not Use My Steam Cleaner?

Because of the high-pressure steam that comes out of steam cleaners, VacuumShop advises that you not use it on surfaces such as wooden floors unless it is sealed.

The steam can seriously damage wooden material as they can lead to water excessively pooling up between floorboards through the steam.

It is also ill-advised to use a steam cleaner on cardboard.

Final Verdict - Steam Cleaner Review Australia

Despite being a somewhat recent addition to the world of home cleaning, steam cleaners are now everywhere for very good reasons.

An excellent steam cleaner can be versatile in operation and can be a hygienic cleaner of your tiles at home.

The best carpet steam cleaners can also provide a refreshed look to certain hotspots in your rugs.

If you need a powerful performer for your home, both the Karcher SC3 and the Vax Duet Master Steam Cleaner are excellent choices.

The Bissell Symphony comes with a premium price tag while it makes up for it by the array of accessories included.

If your steam cleaning needs are limited and you are on a budget, then the Bissell Steam Shot handheld steam cleaner is probably all you need!

Because of the vast array of choices on the market, keep the unique needs of your home and budget before making a choice.

About the author

Andrew Creswell
Andrew Creswell
Consumer Product Review Expert at | contact@vacuumshop.com.au | + posts

Andrew Creswell is the senior editor at VacuumShop and a product review expert.

Based in Melbourne, his experience as a content writer for major international publications has given him great knowledge over the consumer appliances industry and the expertise needed to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Over the past decade, Andy has done reviews on thousands of home appliances and cleaning equipment and has established himself as a consumer technology expert.

Last update on 2020-10-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

    • Hello Allan,
      I’m afraid so unless your maple floors are sealed! Moisture from steam cleaners can seep into the space between floorboards and can lead to damages over time!

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