It depends on what you want to use it on.
I have 2 different ones and I prefer one over the other.
I have arthritis in my hands so I like the "Steam Buggy"-I bought it on eBay
for quite a deal--you can also find parts for it if you ned them on eBay. It
gives a strong shot of steam for a long time.
I also have a "Steam Penguin", this one you have to pump with your
thumb-that's why I don't use it as much. It doesn't hold as much water and
the steam isn't as strong as the "Steam Buggy". It's good for small jobs.
But I would not recommend it for consistant use!!
I have the Euro-Pro Steam Shark. It has several attachments - one of which is
the detail brush. It's a round brush about the size of a pencil and it has a
lot of power behind it...good for cleaning the grout in tile floors and other
things where you want to concentrate on small areas. It works find for other
things as well but I may not be as particular as other people.
I also have a steam buggy that I bought on ebay that I like a lot. I use it
for big jobs like when I am cleaning windows or a major bathroom deal. I
also have one that is hand held that I use for quickies, like a stain on the
carpet or furniture. I use it to clean my fridge at least once a
month...couldn't imagine cleaning a fridge any other way. It is only good
for 15 minutes at the most, but it does the job in that amount of time. I
don't find the window attachments good on either one...I still wipe glass
down with paper towels, but the pressure from both of them will blast off
little fly spots or soap scum in a second.
I have a Eureka Evnirosteamer that I use on all my hard flooring (tile,
vinyl, and laminate.) It was inexpensive and does a good job but is a single
task steam mop only. You do have to use a broom and/or Swiffer before using
the steamer as it doesn't pick up particulate. It leaves the floor a little
wet, but dries in about 5 minutes. I also have a small hand-held steamer.
It is OK, but runs out of steam (literally) too fast. The window attachment
is useless but it is great for getting into crevasses that are otherwise
impossible to clean. It works fine on the refrigerator, stove, and sink.
If I were in the market for another steamer, I would get one with a larger
reservoir that you could fill "on the fly" rather than having to let it
cool. The one advertised on HSN (Europro I believe) looks better than what
I have. Once you move beyond the $200 range, you start to see much higher
steam temperatures which presumably do a better job and leave surfaces
dryer. Unfortunately, you start to see very hefty prices.
I found a Eureka Hot Shot steamer at Lowes for $25. It was a floor
model without attachmets.
Wasn't worth the electricty it took to heat up the 1 cup of water it
The only thing it did do effectively is melt the "Liquid Gold" the
previous owner sprayed all over the wood cabinets. Man-o-man, I have
a mess now.
It was much more effective to get a _dry_ rag to remove grease and
I have a DeLonghi Steam-It-Clean that puts out about 45 minutes of 250 F
50 psi steam. It runs about $300 (Frontgate.com has 'em), comes with a
bunch of brush/squeegee attachments, and can do a direct jet for detail
work. Sucker can strip mildew off grout in seconds; the only thing it
doesn't clean is waxed floors, as it melts the wax. As usual with steam
cleaners, it doesn't pick up particulate. I usually use a sponge for
The Blue Zebra
If you are in the Cincinnati area, you can pick up one of the DeLonghi
steamers at a deep discount at the Frontgate Outlet Store. I was there on
Tuesday and they had several unit. I don't recall the price, but most items
are discounted by about fifty percent.
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