A very good vacuum steamer for those of you who have pets, or even for those of you who don't. If you have heavy duty pet messes, it might not work for you, though. Otherwise, I would recommend it highly.Read Users' reviews
Aside from the few issues, this all-in-one did a great job tackling the floors in my house. I would definitely recommend it to a friend or family member.Read Users' reviews
While it had problems with my linoleum floors and is quite expensive, I think that it is jam packed full of features and does a good job.Read Users' reviews
If you're okay with a budget steamer that steams well but doesn't vacuum as well as it should, then this is the all-in-one for you.Read Users' reviews
The Benefits & Drawbacks Of Multipurpose Vacuums
Multipurpose vacuums are a great innovation. They combine the best features of a steam mop with the best features of a vacuum. How can you not love that? However, as nifty as they are, that doesn’t mean that they are right for your household and the chores that they will be required to do. After all, like every other type of steam cleaner, there are pros and cons to these multipurpose steamers. Which is why I decided to write this guide today. A guide which will help you determine if these are the right cleaning tools for your home.
Of course, you could pour over dozens of steam vacuum reviews to determine whether or not you even need one of these devices but you shouldn’t have to do that. After all, your time is valuable and you just want to determine if you need this type of product or not. I have felt that if you can get the information you need in a condensed form, then that’s how you should receive it.
This guide won’t tell you what the best steam vacuum is and it isn’t designed to do that. If you want that information, then you are going to have to check out some of my steam vacuum cleaner reviews. No, the only purpose of this guide is to tell you the pros and cons of owning the best steam vacuum, not whether you need it or not. This guide really just answers one question: Do you really need the best steam vacuum or will another type of cleaner be a better choice for you? Let’s find out.
The Pros Of A Multipurpose Vacuum
Eliminates The Need For Two Cleaning Devices
One of the great pros of owning a multipurpose steam vacuum is that you don’t have to purchase a vacuum and a steam cleaner because it can function as both devices. This not only saves quite a bit of cash (we all know how expensive vacuums can be nowadays) but also saves space. Something to consider for those who may be on a budget or those who may have limited space.
Simplifies Cleaning Your Home
If you read a lot of steam vacuum reviews, as I do, then you’ll notice that one of the best things about these type of multipurpose cleaners is that you can usually go directly from vacuuming to steam mopping your floor. Which is a great time saver.
In the past, you would have to bring the vacuum out, set it up and vacuum the floor. Then you’d have to re-wrap the cord and put it back before you brought out your mop and bucket. However, with this device all you have to do is bring it out, fill it up and plug it in and you can vacuum and then mop.
Useful For Large Areas
Another thing that is often stated in a lot of steam vacuum reviews is the fact that these multipurpose steamers can cover a lot of area. Which is also a main advantage of a steam mop. However, some of these devices can make cleaning your floor even faster because some of them can let you vacuum and steam clean your floors all in one pass. Useful if you have a lot of area to cover.
The Cons Of A Multipurpose Vacuum
As is the case with most anything, there are also some cons of owning a multipurpose vacuum. As many steam vacuum cleaner reviews will tell you, there are some jobs that are better done by another type of steamer.
May Be Expensive
The one thing that always needs to be taken into consideration when buying a multipurpose vacuum is the price. While these steamers are less expensive than buying both a vacuum and a steam cleaner, or even a lot of canisters, they are usually a lot more expensive than steam mops. Sometimes as much as twice as expensive. Which may take it out of the budget of a lot of people.
Can Be Bulky To Carry
Even the best steam vacuum cleaner can be quite bulky. They can weigh twice as much as a steam mop because of the vacuum being built into it. And that increased weight may be a problem to people who have to carry it up and down stairs, especially if they don’t plan of vacuuming every day.
Not For Heavy-Duty Jobs
While this product is excellent for cleaning floors of all types, it really doesn’t excel with big cleaning messes. They just aren’t designed like a canister or deep clean machine. So if you need your carpets deep cleaned, then you might want to find another product.
The Final Analysis
Even the best steam vacuum cleaner is designed with one purpose in mind and that’s cleaning your floors. And it’s only designed to tackle those messes that aren’t heavy. While it is certainly great to have a vacuum and a steam cleaner all in the same product, it might not be great for everyone. Some people may only need a steam mop and some people will want a more heavy-duty steam cleaner like a canister. Hopefully, this guide gives you all the information you need to determine if these steam cleaners are the best for your household.
Up to the face the rigors of my house – as well as my dog and cat – is the BISSELL 1543A Symphony Pet All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop. If you aren’t familiar with this product, then let me tell you exactly what it is. It’s an all-in-one, so it’s basically a cyclonic vacuum and a steam mop all rolled into one. Much like the Bissell 1132A Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop – except this one is optimized for pet messes. Or so BISSELL claims. I’m going to put it to the test and find out.
The first thing that I noticed about this all-in-one is that it is a lot like BISSELL 1132A. In fact, I’ve noticed that some people claim that these two products are the same, except for the fact that the 1543A was cheaper at the time of this review. However, what I think these people are neglecting to realize is that while they do look alike (except for color schemes), there are some differences between the two.
For instance, this model doesn’t have an adjustable handle like the 1132A does. While that’s quite a shame, it is made up for by this all-in-one by presenting us with several new features. This includes a tank that can be emptied with one hand, specialized pet bristles and improved suction. All of which I can verify, personally.
Like its older brother, the BISSELL 1543A Symphony Pet All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop assembles fairly quickly and is ready to go in no time. Since I own a St. Bernard that likes to shed all over my living room floor, I decided to test it out in there. After adding in the water and waiting a minute, I was ready to clean up my living room carpet.
As I cleaned, I noticed that, much like the 1132A, I was able to vacuum or use steam or use steam and vacuum at the same time. This allowed me to pick up the hair in no time and I quickly realized that this machine did have an increased suction boost over the previous model.
Next, I took it into the kitchen and tried it out there. I noticed that on my linoleum floors, this machine really worked exceptionally well and did a beautiful job. It not only got up the dirt and grime, but it also got up the all of my dog’s hair. In fact, it did such a good job I decided to take it over to my friend’s house and put it to the real test.
You see, my friend lives in the country and has sort of a dog boarding service. She always has a few dogs at her house, so I wanted to really put this all-in-one steamer to the test. So I packed it over tried it out on her carpets – after they had been walked all over by 6 different dogs.
I figured this steam cleaner would do a good job on their carpets, but it didn’t do as well as I expected. After a few moments, I noticed that all of the dog hair that was on my friend’s carpet (sorry, Sarah), began to clog up the machine. This necessitated me having to pull out the pet hair from the bristles, which was pretty difficult and dump the tank more often. That’s why I figured this all-in-one steamer probably wasn’t good for large animal messes.
If I have to take everything into consideration – both the good and the bad – then I’d have to say that the BISSELL 1543A Symphony Pet All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop is a pretty good steamer for those of you who have pets, or even for those of you who don’t. Just keep in mind that if you have heavy duty pet messes, then this steamer might not work for you. Otherwise, I would recommend it highly.
A very good vacuum steamer for those of you who have pets, or even for those of you who don't. If you have heavy duty pet messes, it might not work for you, though. Otherwise, I would recommend it highly.
- easy emptying tank
- New bristles designed to loosen pet hair
- Very good suction
- Handle isn't adjustable
- Pet fur can stick in bristles
- Might not work for heavy-duty messes
Today, I’m going to review an all-in-one vacuum and steam mop that’s supposed to make my life a whole lot easier, and it’s called the Bissell 1132A Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop. It’s an all-in-one that’s not cheap but looks like it has a bunch of bells and whistles. So without further adieu, let me tell you the good points and the bad points of this machine.
One of the first things I’ve noticed is this thing was really a snap to put together. It’s literally one step assembly. In fact, from the time I browsed the instructions and then assembled this machine, I think a grand total of 2 minutes had elapsed. That’s pretty good considering it is a full-size upright.
The next thing that I noticed was that it didn’t weigh a whole lot. According to the listing I bought it from on Amazon, the Bissell 1132A Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop was listed as weighing approximately 14.7 pounds. However, while I didn’t officially weigh it, it does feel a whole lot closer to 10 pounds than it does 15 pounds.
I noticed that when I unpacked it, it came with 4 mop pads. That’s quite a bit and honestly a blessing in disguise. I hate not having enough mop pads to do my cleaning because they are still in the washer. Fortunately, that’s not going to happen with this unit. Nope, Bissell has thought to include 2 soft and 2 scrubby pads. Now I can always have one ready for cleaning.
After I assembled this all-in-one, I put in the 13 ounces of distilled water it needed and started her up. I had a couple of problems putting the lid back on it once I had removed it to put water into the machine, but the second time I tried it, it worked out a lot better.
One thing I really love about this machine is that in under a minute I had steam! After being admittedly impressed, I then took it on a little trip to handle not only the carpet in my living room but also the tile floor in my bathroom. Which I could, thanks to the very long 25-foot cord!
If you’ve never had the chance to use this machine, then let me tell you how it works. It’s basically a cyclonic vacuum and a steam mop. You can use it as a steam mop alone, vacuum alone or a combination of both. I decided to use only the steam mop on my bathroom floor, and then, I used a combination of vacuum and vacuum and steam mop on my living room floor.
The steam mop worked marvelously on my bathroom floor. It heated up nicely and really picked up the dirt. However, it didn’t do a real great job on my grout. Even on hi (it has variable steam control) it didn’t get it clean. It would have been nicer if I was able to adequately get the grout clean, but all things considered, it still did a pretty good job on my bathroom floor.
I then vacuumed half of my living room floor using only the vacuum feature. It did a great job picking up dirt – even compared to my regular vacuum. The next feature I tried out is the steam/vacuum feature. I noticed that while I used this feature the vacuuming wasn’t as consistent as when I used just the vacuum feature. It’s not off by a whole lot, but it’s still something to consider. However, I also noticed that sometimes the steam would drop when I used the steam mop/vacuum function, I noticed that there was a little bit of a drop-off in steam. Not a whole lot, but enough to be concerned. Otherwise, just using the steam mop function, I was able to get a good 15 minutes of steam.
Everything considered I think that the Bissell 1132A Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop is not only a much-needed time-saver but is also pretty tough on dirt. Aside from the few issues that I mentioned, this all-in-one did a great job tackling the floors in my house. I would definitely recommend it to a friend or family member.
Aside from the few issues, this all-in-one did a great job tackling the floors in my house. I would definitely recommend it to a friend or family member.
- Assembles in just a few minutes
- 25 foot cord
- 15 minutes of steam
- Visible water resevoir
- Variable steam control
- Plenty of mop pads
- 2 year warranty
- Vacuum can be finicky while using vacuum and steam mop together
- Water tank cover can be hard to open
- Steam temp drops during vacuuming
Today, I am going to review the Oreck VersaVac Stick Vacuum. It’s an all-in-one steamer that combines the power of a steam mop with the added convenience of a vacuum. Or perhaps, it’s the other way around. All that I know is that I’ve been waiting quite some time to review this product and I think that I am going to enjoy myself.
First and foremost, let’s get to the elephant in the room. It is one of the most expensive all-in-one steamers that I have ever reviewed. Which made me think it better have some good features and do an excellent job on my floor.
When I first unpacked it, I noticed that the whole thing was just about put together for me. All I had to do was to insert the handle and it was ready to be filled and used. Which brings me to the next feature I liked, the removable water reservoir. With one hand, I was able to remove it, fill it up and then reinsert it. It’s a lot better than some steamers where you have to struggle to get it back on. I like that.
I found that the mop head design was kind of cool, too. To use this machine as a vacuum, you leave the steam plate off. To steam, just lift it onto the steam plate and it clicks into place. To use it as a vacuum again, all you have to do is depress a pedal with your foot and you can lift it off again. Pretty easy, but not as easy as if you didn’t have to remove the steam plate to vacuum.
The Oreck VersaVac Stick Vacuum has two dials to control function and level of steam. The first dial can be set to: Steam, Vacuum, Brush On; So it can be used as a steam mop, as a vacuum (for hardwood floors) or with the brush bar turned on (for carpets). The second dial can be set to: Hardwood, Linoleum, Tile/Stone and this sets the level of steam.
The first room that I tried it on was my bedroom. My bedroom has thick shag carpet, so I thought it would be the perfect test for the brush bar feature of this unit. And as I expected before I even started, this machine had no problem pulling up ground in dirt from between the fibers.
The next room I tried it in was the kitchen. I wanted to test both the vacuum feature on the linoleum floor and how well the steam mop feature worked. The first part of my test went well. It vacuumed up just about everything. However, the second part of my test didn’t turn out so well. On my linoleum floors it left a streak. Not a big one but enough of one to be concerned about. That is when I decided to try it out on my dining room floors – which as you may know, are sealed hardwood.
On my hardwood floors it worked without a glitch, so perhaps it just didn’t like my linoleum. However, since it was a legitimate result that kept occurring every time I repeated the test, I had to note it. Other than that, though, I think this machine handled excellently. I really have no complaints.
One of the big features that I really like about this machine is the steam lock. You can depress the trigger for steaming for a short period of time, or you can push the steam lock on top of the handle. This locks the trigger in place and provides continuous steam – all without straining your grip. Finally, someone decided to implement this ingenious feature on their all-in-one steamer.
Which brings me to my conclusion. While the Oreck VersaVac Stick Vacuum had problems with my linoleum floors and is quite expensive, I think that it is jam packed full of features and does a good job.
While it had problems with my linoleum floors and is quite expensive, I think that it is jam packed full of features and does a good job.
- Easy to assemble
- Powerful vacuum
- Easy to fill
- Steam lock trigger
- Variable controls
- Heats up quickly
- 30 minutes of steam
- Leaves streaks on some hard floors
In my lifetime, I’ve used a variety of steam cleaners. Some of them worked great and some of them didn’t work as well. Today, I am going to find out exactly where the BISSELL Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner 46B4 falls on the list. Let’s take a look at this all-in-one steamer and see just how it performs.
With most steam mops you really have to make sure the floor is thoroughly swept or vacuumed. However, that isn’t the case with this model. Like all of the rest of the all-in-ones, it can vacuum and then steam mop the floor. And it can do it fairly easily.
Once I had received this product, I unpacked and put it together. Within a few minutes, I had it together and was ready to use it on my floors. But before I even began to use it, I noticed a couple of good things about it. One, it’s really lightweight. At least 30% lighter than comparable all-in-one steamers. The second thing I noticed was that it had a really generous cord – 30 feet! That’s long enough to reach just about every room on my first floor without a whole lot of outlet hopping. Which saves quite a bit of time.
I filled the tank with water and started my cleaning on the linoleum floor in my kitchen. Immediately, I noticed my first problem – this unit didn’t vacuum as well as I had hoped. Sure, it picked up most of the debris I had put down on my floor to test it out, but it still left about 5-10 % of the dirt. The vacuum, I’m afraid, is just not powerful enough.
I then decided to take it into the living room and see how it does on my carpets. There, it did more than an adequate job. I noticed that the steam really got intense and I could clearly see that it was sanitizing the heck out of my carpet. It powered through caked-on coffee stains and dirt, and it did it without so much of a hiccup. On that point, I really have to give it an A+.
However, I have to be honest here. When it came to picking up the pet hair from my dog, it really didn’t do so well. Evidently, when I tried to vacuum it up, some of it stayed near the mop head. Therefore, when I gave it a dose of steam, it got soggy and just became a big mess.
All that steam cleaning in the living room must have dampened the pad too much because when I tried to dry sweep my living room floor it didn’t work. I guess if you go from steam cleaning to dry sweeping, then you are going to have to change out the pad. It might not seem like a big deal but it could lead to a bit more work. If you purchase this steamer, just make sure you dry sweep all of your surfaces before you do any steaming – unless you like needlessly changing the pad.
Another thing that bothered me about this all-in-one steamer is that you have to continuously hold down the trigger. Which isn’t really that unusual. However, holding down the trigger was a little more difficult than it should have been, resulting in cramps in my hand while I was using. It would have been nice if it had some sort of way to lock the trigger for when you have to steam for long periods.
One thing that I really liked about the BISSELL Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner 46B4 is its swivel head. I could reach every single corner of my carpet without a problem. Even around furniture legs, it was extremely agile. I found that it worked exceptionally well in the corners and I just can’t give it enough praise on its maneuverability. Especially in conjunction with the extra-long cord.
In conclusion, I think that the BISSELL Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner 46B4 certainly has a great price point, maneuvers easily and does an excellent job steaming. However, I also find that its vacuuming features leave a whole lot to be desired. If you’re okay with a budget steamer that steams well but doesn’t vacuum as well as it should, then this is the all-in-one for you. If you’re looking for one with better than average vacuuming, then you should probably look elsewhere.
If you're okay with a budget steamer that steams well but doesn't vacuum as well as it should, then this is the all-in-one for you.
- 30 foot cord
- 2-year warranty
- Steam is hot
- Swivel mop head
- Holding down trigger can lead to hand cramps
- Vacuum is not very powerful
- Dry sweep feature can be a problem