I’ve been itching for a long time to try out a hand-held steamer; one that I could carry around the home to handle jobs my steam mop won’t handle. And it didn’t take a whole lot of research to figure out which one I was going to try first. Within a few moments of looking, I stumbled upon the DB Tech Hand-held Multipurpose Pressurized Steam Cleaner.
When I saw this unit I figured it had everything I wanted in a portable steam cleaner. It was advertised as being 8.8”x5.3”x11.2” and weighing just over 3 pounds. Plus, it had a long power cord, a ton of accessories and the price was right: just under $30. It was everything I was looking for so I ordered it and anxiously awaited its arrival.
When it arrived, I took it out of the box and made a note of all of the accessories it came with. The DB Tech Hand-held Multipurpose Pressurized Steam Cleaner came with: a window nozzle, squeegee, a flexible extension hose, a funnel, long spray nozzle, measuring cup, round brush nozzle. Towel sleeve and bent spray nozzle. Of course, the measuring cup and the funnel are in the kit to help you refill it – after all, it’s highly recommended that you don’t overfill it (that could damage it), so I consider this unit to really have 7 accessories. However, during my testing, I quickly realized that was all I needed to get most any job done.
Once I filled this little steamer and fired it up, the first thing I noticed was that it was loud as hell. Not enough to keep me from wanting to use it but loud enough to give me a start. I also noticed that this thing produced some pretty hot steam. A lot hotter than I thought it would produce. So if you decide to get this product, then be sure to use it safely because the steam is hot enough to burn skin.
One of the first thing that I decided to use the DB Tech Hand-held Multipurpose Pressurized Steam Cleaner on was the tile grout in my bathroom. It whizzed right through it in no time flat. Then I did my glass shower door and a number of other surfaces around my home. I noticed that it easily melted some candle wax I had on one of my end tables and also removed some old gum from the bottom of my coffee table (which was evidently left by my son).
I took it out to my car and was able to not only use the extension hose to clean out my sticky cup holders but also used it to clean the carpet and headliner. I even was able to clean my car’s rims. With each of these jobs it handled perfectly – oh, well almost perfectly. There were a few problems that I would like to discuss. For one, the material the accessories were made of was not the sturdiest of materials. It felt kind of thin to me. In fact, while I was using the extension nozzle to clean out my car, it became so hot I had to use a pair of gloves to hold it and finish the job. Not exactly what I was expecting.
It also should be noted that this unit only carries about 8 ounces of water, so you have to refill every 15 minutes. That’s not a huge deal, but it is something that needs to be mentioned. Especially if you are doing a job that’s quite a distance away from the tap.
All things considered, I felt that the DB Tech Hand-held Multipurpose Pressurized Steam Cleaner was a pretty good hand-held steamer. It did feel a little flimsy and the lack of a warranty kind of bothered me, but when it was time to get the job done it took care of every task I threw at it. And factor in its amazing cleaning ability with its low price and it’s easy to see why many people would want to buy this portable steamer.
It did feel a little flimsy and the lack of a warranty kind of bothered me, but when it was time to get the job done it took care of every task I threw at it.
- Comes with 9 accessories
- Low price
- Cleans grout well
- Cleans a variety of surfaces
- Only enough steam for 15 minutes
- Not as heavy duty as other steamers
- Have to refill often
- No Warranty