Best Canister Steam Cleaner Reviews of 2017

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McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner Review

McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner Review

An excellent mid-price range steam cleaner that does an excellent job cleaning and is very portable.

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McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam System Review

McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam System Review

It produces super hot steam, under pressure, that can blast through just about any cleaning job.

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Sienna Eco Canister Steam Cleaner SSC-0312 Review

Sienna Eco Canister Steam Cleaner SSC-0312 Review

For the price, you get a durable, well-built Eco-friendly machine that can really handle some of the toughest jobs you could put to it.

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Steamfast SF-275 Canister Steam Cleaner Review

Steamfast SF-275 Canister Steam Cleaner Review

The steam it produced was hot, lasted about 45 minutes and could handle MOST jobs. All in all, I think it's a reasonably priced unit that works fairly well

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BISSELL Big Green Complete Home-Cleaning System 7700 Review

BISSELL Big Green Complete Home-Cleaning System 7700 Review

All things considered, I think it's a good system but a little expensive for my tastes.

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The Benefits & Drawbacks Of Canister Steam Cleaners

One of the questions I most frequently get asked is what kind of steam cleaner should a person buy for their lifestyle. In other words, what are the pros and cons of a canister steam cleaner? This question is then usually followed by “What is the best canister steam cleaner.” While I have answered the latter question in a number of different canister steam cleaner reviews, I don’t think that I have adequately answered the former question. Which is something I intend on correcting today.

Now, to some people it may seem like it’s no big deal deciding which type of steam cleaner to buy. After all, when you come down to it, there are only four different types of cleaners: handhelds, canisters, multi-purpose vacuum/steamers and steam mops. You would think that it would be easy-peasy. However, that isn’t the case.

In my experience, each of these different steam cleaners have their own set of pros and cons. For instance, if you wanted to clean your grill you wouldn’t buy a steam mop, now would you? No, you would probably want to buy the best canister steam cleaner you can find for that job. Of course, you can always go through all of the canister steam cleaner reviews I’ve done, but before you read all of those, then why not find out if a canister is really what you need. Which is the purpose of this guide. So without further adieu, let’s get started.

The Pros of A Canister Steam Cleaner

When many people decide to do their research on steam cleaners, they often discover that the best canister steam cleaner is really what they need for their home. You might feel the same way if you really need the following features:

They Handle Tough Jobs

One of the main advantages of canister steam cleaners is that these machines often come with a ton of power. Most of them are over 1,000 watts of power and that equates to steam that is over 200 degrees Fahrenheit. They can also often supply this steam under pressure.  Hot, pressurized steam can power through just about anything. Grease, grime, dirt, you name it, one of these devices can probably clean it. I’ve used my canister on tough cleaning jobs which have included tile/grout, BBQ grills and ceramic floors and it has been a miracle.

They Have Many Different Accessories

Another advantage to canister steam cleaners is that many of them come with a large compliment of accessories. Scrub brushes for cleaning tough, stuck-on grime; extra-long hoses for reaching nooks and crannies; window cleaning accessories and some even have mop heads. Of course, you’ll still want to check canister steam cleaner reviews to make sure that the one you want contains the accessories you need, but in general, most canisters have most accessories than other types of steam cleaners.

Cleans For A Long Time

While it’s true that not all canisters are equal, for the most part, they all usually provide quite a bit of cleaning before they need to be refilled. Many, if not most, canisters can clean for around 2 hours before they have to be refilled. That is a lot better than other types of steam cleaners. In fact, there are a number of handheld steamers which only deliver about 15 minutes of steam before they have to be refilled, which means that canisters will often deliver about eight times the steam production of handhelds.

The Cons Of A Canister Steam Cleaner

While a canister steam cleaner is really good for all of the above situations, unfortunately, there are a couple of situations in which it is not so good. Below are some of the cons of a steam cleaner canister:

Cost Can Be A Factor

This is one of the biggest drawbacks of canister steam machines. They are usually one of the most expensive steam cleaners. Sometimes, they are even 2 to 3 times as expensive as the next category of steam cleaners—which is something to really keep in mind. Especially if you are on a tight budget. Of course, everything is relative and there are a number of canisters which are on the low end of the price spectrum, so they don’t necessarily have to be extremely expensive than competing models.

May Be Too Big For Some Spaces

Another problem with big steam canisters is that they might not be the best option if you live in a small area such as an apartment. After all, these systems can be bulky and if you don’t have the need to clean a large surface area or don’t have adequate closet space to store it, then you might want to look for something else.

Not As Portable As Some Steam Cleaners

Sure, these steam cleaners have wheels and have some sort of portability, but they aren’t as portable as something like a handheld steamer. It might be difficult to get into a small bathroom with your canister for instance, especially if the are to be cleaned is outside the reach of your hose. Just something to consider when looking at canister steam cleaners.

Might Be Too Much Power

Just remember that steam canisters have a lot of pressurized steam, so you don’t want to use one for delicate surfaces such as some upholstery, some fabrics, and unsealed floors. Other types of steam cleaners are more suited to these surfaces.

The Final Analysis

Well, those are the pros and cons of purchasing a steam canister. As you can see, these devices are really good for certain cleaning jobs and not-so-good for other ones. It all depends on what you need to clean with it, as well as the size of your home. Different people have different needs which is why I’m presenting this guide to you. Hopefully, it will help you decide if a canister steam cleaner is really right for you or if you need a different type of steam cleaner. Please check out some of my other guides for more information.

The McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner is up for review today. It’s a portable steam cleaner that has a whole lot of power. Needless to say, I was really excited to try it out and see what it could do around the house.

The first thing that was evident to me was how easy it was to put together. In just a minute or so, I had it all together and was examining the 18 accessories that came with the unit. Some of the accessories it comes with include a triangular brush, a nylon brush, a brass brush, a squeegee, a fill cup, 2 mop pads, tipped jet nozzle and a stick mop head. It looks like enough accessories to do a wide range of different jobs around the house.

Before I started on my housework, however, I decided to time to see how long it would take to warm up. I filled it with 48 ounces of water. I had to fish out a funnel to do it, though. In about 10 minutes, it was pressurized with a whole lot of steam and ready to take on its first task – which just so happened to be in the kitchen.

I put on the brush attachment and proceeded to clean my stove. It tackled the grease that had accumulated on the sides and bottom drip plate in no time flat. Then I put on the mop head and cleaned my linoleum floor to perfection. After accomplishing this task I decided to take it into the bathroom and see what kind of a job it could do there.

It did a fine job from cleaning out my dreaded tile grout to cleaning the tiles themselves and even squeegeeing my shower door. Since it did such a good job on the kitchen and now, the bathroom, I decided to put it to the real test and use it on my car.

Using its wide range of accessories, I was able to clean my car from fender to fender. I was not only able to steam the carpets, but I was also able to clean the rims and the grease off of the engine block. Each one of these tasks it handled perfectly and with steam that was over 200 degrees, so you know it’s sanitizing at the same time.

Now, I know what you are thinking. How did it do all of that on one tank of water? It did it because this unit delivers about 45 minutes of steam at a time. And it’s variable control, so you can decide how much steam you need at a time.

What’s really impressive, however, about the McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner is the trigger. It’s very easy to depress. And thanks to the trigger lock, you can lock it to keep the steam on all of the time – which let me tell you, really saves your hands.

The only problem I had, other than filling it, was a problem I had with its older brother – the  McCulloch MC1385 – and that’s the wand getting overly hot while I was using it. If you’re not careful, I can see how it would be easy to burn yourself, so be sure you take care when using this product.

All things considered, I think the McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner is an excellent mid-price range steam cleaner that does an excellent job cleaning and is very portable. While it’s not perfect, it’s imperfections are slight and are outweighed by how it performs. I would definitely recommend this product to my family or friends.

8.7 Total Score
Excellent

An excellent mid-price range steam cleaner that does an excellent job cleaning and is very portable.

Quality
8.5
Ease Of Use
8.5
Performance
8.5
Features
9
Value
9
PROS
  • Easy to assemble
  • High pressure
  • Lots of accessories
  • Portable & compact
  • 10-minute heat-up time
  • 45-minutes of continuous steam
CONS
  • Really should have come with a funnel
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If you’re looking for something a little bigger than a steam mop, then you might be in the market to buy a canister steam system. Which is why I’m reviewing the McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam System. Canister steamers can cost quite a bit of money, so I think it’s important to get an honest opinion of them. Hopefully, I can do that for you today.

One of the first things that I noticed is it came with a whole lot of attachments. 23 in all. Some of the accessories you can find include: jet nozzle, angled nozzle, triangular brush, large brush, nylon utility, brass brush, round brush, round scrub pad, fill-cup, storage bag, scraper, extension wand, mop head, mop head brush, squeegee, 2 scrubbing mop pads, 2 microfiber mop pads. Now, that’s quite a lot of accessories.

I found out that the  McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam was pretty easy to use. Just add 64 ounces of water (yes, it holds that much!), let it warm up for about 12-15 minutes and then you can clean just about anything with it.

However, it was during the fill-up stage that I came across my first problem. I noticed that it wasn’t very easy to fill up the unit with just the enclosed cup. I had to get a funnel from my kitchen to put the water in it.

The first thing that I used it for was my grill. Over the summer, one of my grills really got caked with grease. I cleaned one of them with a hand-held steamer, so I decided to clean the other one with this unit. What were my results? It worked a lot better than I thought it would. The steam on the unit got so hot, it just melted the grease off of it. I barely had to use the brass brush to finish it off. It was much faster than using a hand-held unit.

Then I decided to take it all over my house and see how long the steam would last. So I used it on all my floors: my linoleum kitchen floor, my tile bathroom floor and my sealed hardwood floor. It powered through all of them and I still had steam left. So I took it back into the bathroom and used the squeegee on my shower doors and on the tile surfaces. And I still had steam, so I started looking for other surfaces to clean.

I had quite a bit of soap scum and I’m embarrassed to say, dirt on my sink, so I decided to give the cleaner a go on it. Thanks to its high-pressure steam, which it says is close to 58 PSI, I was able to power through all of that soap scum and dirt. I usually don’t get impressed with a steam unit, but this one really did impress me.

Not only is the steam under a great deal of pressure, but it is also pretty hot. The steam out of this unit is about 200 hundred degrees—hot enough to burn you. In fact, it’s so hot, if you use it for too long, then it can make the attachments too hot to hold onto with your bare hands. It’s definitely something to be careful with.

It’s hard to find a steam cleaner that will power through grout grime, but this one did it in no time flat. Not only was I able to clean the grout, but I was also able to then attach the mop head and clean all of the floor tiles.

I managed to run out of things to clean before I ran out of steam. Which isn’t all that surprising. This machine delivers 2 hours of steam and powers through grime quickly, so you’re likely to run out of things to clean before you run out of steam as well.

The one thing that I didn’t really like about this unit was that you had to wait 30 minutes before you could dump out the remaining water to put it away. I understand the water gets hot and is under pressure, but it would have been nice if cool down was a little faster.

With all of that being said, I have to say that I really do like the  McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam. Sure, it had a few minor flaws (or maybe I’m just nitpicky), but it produces super hot steam, under pressure, that can blast through just about any cleaning job.

8.5 Total Score
Very Good

It produces super hot steam, under pressure, that can blast through just about any cleaning job.

Quality
8
Ease Of Use
8.5
Performance
9
Features
9
Value
8
PROS
  • Easy to assemble
  • High pressure
  • 2 hours continuous steam
  • 12-minute heat-up time
  • Lots of accessories
CONS
  • Have to wait 30 minutes to cool
  • Handle gets very warm
  • Really should have come with a funnel
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Although I believe that a lot of the steam canisters that are made today are friendly to the environment, it’s nice to run across run that actually has that designation in the name. And this supposedly Eco-friendly steam cleaner is the Sienna Eco Canister Steam Cleaner SSC-0312. This unassuming little steam cleaner might look kind of small but I think that it’s going to pack quite a bunch. Let’s take a look at what it can do around my house.

When I first received this steamer, I put it together and filled it with about 40 ounces of water. Within a few minutes, it was ready to clean and I was ready to clean with it. I decided to just jump into the fray with this system and tackle one of the biggest jobs in my house. The grout in between the tiles in my bathroom.

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews, then you know that my tile grout is infamously dirty. I have trouble cleaning it and there are very few steamers which can make short work of this herculean chore. Fortunately, the Sienna Eco Canister Steam Cleaner SSC-0312 is more than up to the task.

Using 212-degree super-heated steam and some nice pressure, this machine cleaned up my tile grout better than any other machine I’ve used. I didn’t have to use a lot of elbow grease and I didn’t have to use any cleaners. Not one—I guess that’s why this machine is eco-friendly. You can clean without using any chemicals or cleaners whatsoever.

After I finished the tile grout, I took it on a little tour around my bathroom. Thanks to its extra-long three-foot hose, I was able to clean around and behind the toilet, as well as around the sink. I was then able to attach the squeegee to the hose and clean my glass shower doors. And all of this was done with minimal effort—well, almost.

While I was cleaning the bathroom, I did notice that the trigger was not as easy to depress as I would have liked.  Holding it for just a few minutes made my hand pretty tired. I imagine that if I had to do large jobs, then the handle would turn into a real pain. This unit might be eco-friendly but it sure isn’t ergonomically designed.

After the bathroom, I then took it into my dining room, attached the mop head to it and gave my hardwood floor a good cleaning. As I expected, it did a great job. It also did a great job on my linoleum as well.

I then took it into my living room and tested it out a bit on my carpet. While I didn’t clean the whole carpet with this machine, I did spot test it on several stains that were made by my dog on the carpet. It managed to clean those up without so much as a hiccup. I’m sure if I cleaned the entire carpet, it would do a fine job on that as well.

Another thing that I didn’t like was there was no way to regulate the steam. It was all on or all off. It would have been nice to regulate the steam pressure because not every job requires me to be all gung ho about it.

I also noticed that I couldn’t easily check the water in the tank while I was using the system. This resulted in me losing steam during the middle of a job because it had run out and I wasn’t even aware I was running low. Some kind of water level indicator on this steam canister would make all of the difference.

I did like the ability to clean a variety of different surfaces with this steam machine. While there isn’t a bevy of accessories that come with this unit, they are just the right ones to get the job done. I was able to clean walls, floors, tile, hardwood, carpet, my grout and my stove – all with this one unit. That made all of the difference in the world.

Another thing to like about the Sienna Eco Canister Steam Cleaner SSC-0312 is the price. While it isn’t the cheapest canister steamer on the market, it’s pretty close to it. For the price, you get a durable, well-built machine that can really handle some of the toughest jobs you could put to it. All things considered, I think that if you are looking for a great steam cleaner, then you might want to take a good hard look at this system. It isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it does clean very well. And by the way, is very Eco-friendly.

8.2 Total Score
Very Good

For the price, you get a durable, well-built Eco-friendly machine that can really handle some of the toughest jobs you could put to it.

Quality
8
Ease Of Use
8
Performance
9
Features
8
Value
8
PROS
  • Super hot steam
  • Cleans a variety of surfaces
  • 35 minutes of steam
  • Extra long hose
  • Excels with tile grout
CONS
  • Cannot regulate steam
  • Trigger may be cumbersome
  • Not easy to tell if tank is empty
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I have the good fortune of reviewing the Steamfast SF-275 Canister Steam Cleaner. If you haven’t seen it yet, then let me tell you a little bit about it. It’s about 20 inches long, 12 inches high and 13 inches wide. It has a rounded shape and 2 wheels that sort of give it the car of the future look. It looked like it would be easy to use, so I couldn’t wait to put it to the test in my home.

One of the first things that impressed me by this little unit is that it was easy to put together. Within a matter of minutes, I had it out of the box and all ready to go. I love it when a steamer doesn’t require a bunch of tools to put together. I just want it to snap together and be ready to go – I guess, I’m kind of lazy that way.

The next thing to impress me was the fact that out of the accessories it came with, the manufacturer was thoughtful enough to include a funnel with its accessories. Sure, it takes up a spot that could have been used by another sized brush, but is in my opinion, very necessary. It’s tough to fill up canister steamers without a funnel, so I was more than happy they included one with the unit.

What other accessories came with the  Steamfast SF-275 Canister Steam Cleaner? I’m glad you asked. It also came with 16 other accessories which included a squeegee, nylon utility brushes, jet nozzle, scrub pad, triangle brush, extension wands, microfiber pads and a measuring cup. Not too bad, but I felt there could have been a few more brushes included with this system. Nonetheless, there should be enough accessories to tackle just about any job.

The first thing I tackled in my house with this canister steamer was my oven. I have a beautiful electric oven that’s built in my wall that I don’t clean nearly enough. As a result, it’s usually just covered in grease. The last time I fired up this oven it was smoking like no one’s business, so I decided to clean it ASAP. And it appeared this steamer came in just in time to do that job.

After letting it heat up for about 8 minutes, I put on the nylon brush and went to work cleaning the oven. Much to my surprise, it got really hot. I’m sure that the steam was at least 200 degrees because it really made short work of that grease. The steam melted it and the brush cleared it away.

One test that I like to subject any steam machine to is the grout in my bathroom. That’s because it can really get quite dirty. So I fired this steamer up and tackled it. While it did produce hot enough steam for the job, I felt that the steam pressure was a little off. I ended up using way too much elbow grease to clean the grout – and I just have to blame the pressure. While it works for a lot of jobs, it just isn’t sufficient for others. It also would have been nice if it had a longer cord. To handle the grout in my bathroom, I had to hook up and extension cord to the outlet in the hall. That’s because the cord is only about 6 ½ feet long – I would have liked if it was longer.

The next job for it to tackle was my linoleum and hardwood floors. For that test, I hooked up the mop pad and went right to work. It passed that test with flying colors. It picked up all the dust and dirt, and it did so without leaving a ton of water on the floor. Good job, Steamfast!

While I was mopping the floor I was really enjoying the trigger system on this unit. It’s easy to press and provides a nice continuous burst of steam. And if you get tired of depressing the handle to make steam, then there’s a trigger lock that keeps it depressed for you. Now that really saved my hand quite a bit of discomfort.

All things considered, I have to sum up the performance of the  Steamfast SF-275 Canister Steam Cleaner as follows: It could use a longer cord and more accessories, as well as steam pressure that was a little higher. However, the steam it produced was hot, lasted about 45 minutes and could handle MOST jobs. All in all, I think it’s a reasonably priced unit that works fairly well.

7.8 Total Score
Good

The steam it produced was hot, lasted about 45 minutes and could handle MOST jobs. All in all, I think it's a reasonably priced unit that works fairly well

Quality
8
Ease Of Use
8
Performance
8
Features
7
Value
8
PROS
  • Easy to assemble
  • Low Price
  • 45 minutes of continous steam
  • Hot Steam
CONS
  • Steam pressure a little low
  • Could use more accessories
  • Power cord a little short
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Today, I’m doing a comprehensive review of the BISSELL Big Green Complete Home-Cleaning System 7700. A canister steam machine that doesn’t exactly match its name. When I ordered it, I was expecting a machine that was big and well, green. Instead, what I received was big but it was more like gray with green accents. Anyway, regardless of its color I still have a job to do, so let’s give this not-so-little steam cleaner a review.

The first thing I noticed when I unpacked this steam machine was its size. It’s 54-inches long, 13-inches wide and 24-inches tall. And not only is is physically pretty big, but it is also kind of heavy—weighing in at almost 40 pounds. Thankfully, it has a good set of wheels on it, so I can push it all over the house. Or at least as far as the 18-foot power cord will allow me.

After reviewing the manual, I came across a pretty cool feature of this machine. It has a 3-stage filtration system. The water filter completely removes dust, the foam filter removes bigger particles and the HEPA filter filters the air as it leaves the machine. This really prevents dust from being kicked into the air. I guess, that makes this machine Eco-friendly.

The first test that I gave to the  BISSELL Big Green Complete Home-Cleaning System 7700 was my sealed hardwood floors. After letting them build up a bit of dust (as well as laying down some dirt on my own), I fired this canister steamer up and went to work. It easily picked up all of the dirt and grime from my hardwood floor and it didn’t leave the floor too wet either. I had similar results with it when I took it into my kitchen and tested it out on my linoleum floor. It quickly cleaned it and left it only slightly wet.

Up next, was the shag carpet in my bedroom. Using the attached head, I was able to power through the dirt. While this system doesn’t actually steam the carpets, it does raise the temperature of the water you put into it by about 25 degrees. All thanks to its built-in heater. Which means, while it may clean as well as a true steam cleaner, it doesn’t sanitize. In order to sanitize floors or carpets, you are going to have to use a cleaning solution.

What I really liked about this canister is that it can clean hard floors, carpets and just about everything else. It even cleaned the grout in my bathroom—which is no small feat. And while you’re cleaning, you don’t have to keep changing out the water because it has a pretty big 1 & 2/7 gallon tank.

However, there are a few negative things I experienced with this canister. The first thing I noticed is that it doesn’t have a latch on its water tank. Which means, in the unlikely event your machine gets turned over, you are going to have a huge mess on your hands. The second thing I didn’t like was the size of the wand. I felt like it was a little too small, like it was built for a smaller person. I would have liked it if it were a little bigger or could extend a bit.

Another thing I didn’t like about the BISSELL Big Green Complete Home-Cleaning System 7700 was the price. It was one of the most expensive systems out there and it didn’t even sanitize—although, I do have to say that it does do a good job of cleaning. All things considered, I think it’s a good system but a little expensive for my tastes.

7.4 Total Score
Good

All things considered, I think it's a good system but a little expensive for my tastes.

Quality
8
Ease Of Use
7
Performance
7
Features
8
Value
7
PROS
  • Water-filtered vacuum system
  • HEPA filter
  • Long cord
CONS
  • Heavy
  • Wand isn't long enough
  • No latch on water tank
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