The Best Portable Steam Cleaners

Comparing the best portable steam cleaners Shark, McCulloch, Wagner, Jiffy Steamer and Ladybug... The review includes the budget, on-demand power steamers, handheld, garment and vapor steamers.

In searching for the best handheld steamers, many websites have been visited, including,, Walmart, Sears, Canadian Tire... and based on hundreds of online user reviews, the best portable steam cleaners are:

McCulloch MC-1275

McCulloch MC-1275 portable steamerMcCulloch MC-1275

McCulloch MC-1275 is one of the best portable steam cleaners of the budget models, which can provide continuous steam of up to 45 minutes; thanks to the water tank of 48 oz. It offers a lock switch for steam control, so you can release your finger when cleaning, but you cannot adjust the steam.

The heating power of 1500 Watts makes your steam cleaner ready in 2-8 minutes, but it depends on how much water is in the tank. McCulloch MC-1275 is designed mainly for cleaning stains and eliminating unpleasant odors, but not for disinfecting.

With the storage compartment for 10 attachments, including steam jet nozzle, two extension wands, a triangle, an upholstery/floor, and a utility brush... it perfectly steams away stains and odors from carpeting, floor mats, upholstery in the cars, truck buts, garage, patio furniture.

These portable steam cleaners have been rated 4 out of 5, based on over 430 reviews. You can buy McCulloch MC-1275 cleaner for $104, down from $150, and it comes with a one year warranty.

Wagner 905

Wagner 905Wagner 905

Wagner 905 is on-demand power steamer and cleaner for the whole house. It also provides 45 minutes of continuous steam as the McCulloch MC-1275, but it takes longer for pre-heat (12 minutes).

Wagner's 1,500-watt steam power is not only great for cleaning floors, but it can remove wallpaper, kill bacteria, dust spores, mites, mold and sanitize. It actually provides a deep sanitizing steam that can be controlled with the touch of a button. Depending on the application, you can set the steamer output; continuous or intermittent steam.

With the available accessories, you can safely steam hard surfaces, upholstery, carpet, pillows, curtains, dirty barbeques and greasy stovetops... basically inside and around the house.

It has been rated 4.2 out of 5, based on over 370 reviews. You can buy Wagner 905 cleaner for $87, reduced from $150, and it comes with a one year warranty.

Shark SC630

Shark SC630Shark SC630

Shark SC630 or model Premium SC630D is the handheld steam cleaner that weighs only 7 pounds for easy carry and use. It is designed for deep cleaning throughout the house, hard and soft surfaces, to remove grease and grime, soap scum and streaks, sanitize and even to eliminate wrinkles on garments.

Shark SC630 portable steam cleaners have been rated 3 out of 5, based on over 110 reviews. You can buy this handheld cleaner which includes a wide assortment of accessories, from $62, reduced from $100, and it comes with one year warranty.

Jiffy Steamer J-2000

Jiffy Steamer J-2000Jiffy Steamer

Jiffy Steamer J-2000 is the garment steamer that uses 1300 watt power and high velocity steam to remove wrinkles from garments, upholstery and drapes.

It takes less than a minute-two to heat up.

The water tank is removable and has a capacity to provide enough water for steaming up to 60 minutes. This lightweight steamer, has only 18 pounds, but for a convenience it has sturdy casters.

This garment steamer has been rated 4.4 out of 5, based on over 180 reviews. You can buy Jiffy Steamer J-2000 for $150, reduced from $170, and it comes with one a year warranty.

Ladybug XLT 2300

Ladybug XLT 2300Ladybug XLT 2300

Ladybug XLT 2300 with TANCS antimicrobial system is the best deluxe dry vapor steam cleaner, according to

This is a high performing model that heats quickly to the temperature of 298 F, making it ideal not only for home use but for lightweight commercial applications.

The temperature of close to 300 F kills germs, bacteria and viruses so it is recommended for people who suffer from allergies, asthma and MCS.

Lady bug steam cleaner, XLT 2300 features 58-ounce water tank that provides a 60 minute continuous steam flow, while refill is available on the fly, which increases the efficiency. It lacks the steam lock switch, but it provides a higher quality boiler, which is made of stainless steel. This is one of the most expensive portable steam cleaners, but it provides a superior performance, durability and reliability. It has a steam volume control, low water light and audible signal, built-on tool caddy and all the necessary brushes. Its price is $1700, and it comes with the warranty of 3 years.

Other two models/types that are worth mentioning are the floor steamer, Eureka 313A Enviro, which sells for $70, and is rated 4 out of 5, based on over 950 reviews; and the handheld travel steamer, Jiffy Steamer ESTEAM, which is rated 4 stars out of 5, based on over 150 reviews. It sells for $63.


Remember, portable steam cleaners for homes are designed to clean and sanitize without the use of harsh chemicals. Either you buy a handheld steam cleaner, floor or home steamer, you will have portability and green cleaning.

According to the features presented in the above review, Ladybug XLT 2300 is probably one of the best portable steam cleaners, not only among the reviewed models from above, but surely among many other models and brands. For those looking for the economy models and due to the high price of the above model, Wagner 905 is the one we recommend, because of the good quality, great reviews and off course, affordability.

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