Steam cleaners have virtually taken over the floor cleaning market. They advertise their ability to sanitize hard floor surfaces only using water, which is healthier and less expensive than chemical cleaners. With many different brands and types available, it becomes difficult to decide which one is best. Here we’ll compare the top four competitors: Haan, Shark, H2O and Gruene Steam.
Haan Steam Cleaners
The cleaners by Haan offer several products that operate using the power of hot mist to sanitize various parts of a home. The Haan steam vacuums suck up dirt and also clean a floor by flipping a switch. Created to handle all hard-surface floors, these vacuums work on laminate, vinyl and tile, to hardwood, marble and more. For clothing and lightweight fabrics, Haan provides a garment steamer. This item is designed to kill germs and freshen draperies, pillows and upholstered items, including pet beds and stuffed toys.
The HS-20 Deluxe Personal Sanitizing Steam Cleaner disinfects tight spaces since it is a hand held machine. Safe and effective on basically all surfaces and materials, this hand held steamer comes with an accessory kit including brushes and a squeegee. For consumers who don’t want to purchase several different units, the MS-30 Multi-Purpose Steamer cleans floors, sinks, walls, countertops, ceilings and windows. Only using water, it eliminates harsh chemicals and also incorporates attachments for various jobs. However, one major drawback to the Haan cleaner is the price, as it is traditionally much more expensive than competitor models, without providing much added value.
Like Haan products, the Shark® 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam™ allows users to vacuum up dust and particles and then clean floors with vapors coming only from water. The Shark product works on bare-floors, dries in seconds, provides at least 15 minutes of vapor cleaning power with one tank of water, and offers 99.9% sanitization. It comes with two superior cleaning, fast drying micro-fiber cleaning pads, an easy-to-replenish water tank, 30 feet of cord and storage tray. For other cleaning solutions besides floors, Shark’s Portable Steam Pocket® cuts through grease and grime in the kitchen, bathroom and any grimy area. This handheld steamer also is chemical free. It includes extension hose, cylinder cleaning wand, wedge cleaning attachment, two micro-fiber cylinder pockets, one cylinder dusting pocket, two micro-fiber wedge pockets, direct nozzle, garment kit, two bristle brushes, scrubber wedge pocket, squeegee wedge pocket and tote bag. However, like Haan, the well-known Shark name can often mean a higher price, although consumers aren’t necessarily getting a better value or a better cleaning tool.
Along with Haan and Shark products, The H2O Mop® converts water into vapors and disinfects floors using a microfiber floor cloth underneath the machine. Not requiring any chemicals, toxins aren’t released into the air with these types of cleaners. The vapor quickly removes dirt and grime while killing dust mites and certain strains of bacteria. The H2O Mop® can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, foyers, and around pets and children. Similar to other vapor cleaners, it can be used on laminate, hardwood, vinyl, marble, slate, ceramic and carpets. This unit includes a 17 ft cord, measuring cup, two microfiber cloth pads, carpet glider, and one year limited warranty. Machine washable, the microfiber cloth pads can be used multiple times. Although the H20 Mop® is effective on floors, it is not a multi-functional product. Unlike competitors, it cannot convert to a handheld unit and does not come standard with attachments to clean other household items.
Gruene Steam Mop
Created to sanitize hard floor surfaces, the Gruene Steam Mop is comparable in some aspects to other vapor cleaners. Like others on the market, this product uses only water to eradicate dirt and grime. The Gruene Steam Mop doesn’t leave residue behind or decrease air quality by emitting toxins. It is lightweight and comes with machine washable pads that eliminate waste of disposable pads that constantly have to be replaced. In addition, even terry cloth pads can be used for cleaning pads, saving money.
In contrast to other cleaners, the Gruene Steam Mop easily converts to a hand held steamer to handle all cleaning needs. From taking wrinkles out of clothes, refreshing curtains, sanitizing mattresses, removing grime around sinks, cleaning golf clubs, scouring tile grout and more, this unit does it all. Out of the other machines listed above, the Haan MS-30 Multi-Purpose Steamer is the only other item that cleans floors and also functions as a hand held steamer. However, it’s more expensive than the Gruene Steam Mop. Gruene’s unit also has protective measures installed to prevent burns. Rather than utilizing a high pressure boiler like other vapor cleaners, Gruene makes their unit operate on an efficient technology called Flash Heating. This process operates similar to a tank less water heater in your home and will not build up heat that can burn hands when the top is loosened. The most attractive aspect of the Gruene Steam Mop is that it was developed based on actual customer’s reviews instead of an engineer who’s never cleaned a floor or any other surface for that matter.
With so many steam cleaners available, it may seem like a daunting task to choose the best one. However, by first evaluating your steam cleaning needs and researching the options available from the top competitors, you’ll be sure to select the most effective steam mop to get the job done right the first time.