The Best Steam Cleaners for Every Surface in Your Home

white and green steam mop being used on the wood floor
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Giving your home's surfaces a deep clean is more important now than ever before, as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. For many homeowners, investing in a steam cleaner has helped them get this critical job done. And while large, professional-grade iterations, which can be rented by the hour or run through your home by an expert, are perfect for those once-a-year sweeps, these days you may be looking to clean and disinfect more frequently—and you might be wary about non-immediate family members operating freely throughout your house.

Purchasing a steam cleaner for personal use can help you achieve that deep-level clean at home, and all on your own. But here's the thing: While the CDC does recognize steam cleaning as an effective sterilization method, the jury's still out on whether in-home devices can produce medical- or professional-grade results. But think of it this way—steam cleaning is a good first step. Follow up a steam session with a tried-and-true disinfectant, and your home is that much safer overall. These appliances are useful beyond the context of the pandemic, as well: Not only can they help you achieve a sanitized surface, but they can also help lift pet hair and eliminate stubborn grime.

When shopping for a steam cleaner, consider the following factors: Decide exactly how you want to use it, determine the amount of storage space it will take up, and then choose whether or not you want a multi-purpose model—most steam cleaners can pull double- or triple-duty and treat a myriad of your home's surfaces, from textiles and wood floors to carpeting. There are handheld tools on the market, as well; these help you hit hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, like the space behind toilets or underneath cabinets. Bigger models, on the other hand, will tackle larger surface areas (think the floor of your grand living room) with ease. Ahead, you'll find a list of steam cleaners that hit all of the aforementioned categories—some are better geared for your floors, others your windows, and in some cases, everything in between.

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Heavy Duty

McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner
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An extra-long power cord, an 18-piece accessory set, and chemical-free pressure cleaning method make this heavy-duty steamer a great choice for big spaces, like living room floors and kitchen counters.

Shop Now: McCulloch MC1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner, $141.12,

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Pet Friendly

Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Upright Carpet Cleaner
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If you're looking for a steam cleaner that can handle the wear and tear your cats and dogs put both your carpet and upholstery through, bookmark this model from Bissell. The lightweight machine boasts a whopping 12 rows of bristles—which will help remove even the most set-in pet hair—and a handheld attachment for those hard-to-reach places.

Shop Now: Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Upright Carpet Cleaner, $199,

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Carpet Steamer

Dupray One Plus Steam Cleaner
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Adjustable steam pressure and unlimited cleaning time are just two of the features of this carpet steamer. There's absolutely no downtime; you can refill the water reservoir while you're actively, so you can get the job done better and faster.

Shop Now: Dupray One Plus Steam Cleaner, $699.99,

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Hardwood Floor Safe

Poulan Pro Heavy Duty Upright Steam Cleaner
Courtesy of Target

You'll get 45 minutes of continuous steam with this heavy-duty upright system, which comes with 17 accessories, including a steam mop attachment. Better yet, you can use the machine on hardwood floors.

Shop Now: Poulan Pro Heavy Duty Upright Steam Cleaner, $179.99,

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Hard Surface

Bissell Steam Shot Deluxe Hard-Surface Cleaner
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Clean your home's hard surfaces with ease with this high-pressure handheld steam cleaner. The 1,000-watt power rating allows you to clean effectively sans harsh chemicals—and it's small enough to carry all over your home. Each cleaner comes with accessory pieces to help clean a multitude of non-fabric surfaces.

Shop Now: Bissell Steam Shot Deluxe Hard-Surface Cleaner, $39.95,

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Cosway 1500-Watt Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner Mop
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This multi-purpose, highly efficient steam cleaner provides the deep clean of a professional model via a wheeled unit that is small enough to store in a closet.

Shop Now: Cosway 1500-Watt Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner Mop, $136.95,

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Ladybug 2200 Steam Vapor System
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The 13-piece appliance has a continuous refill system with a two-quart reservoir—which means you won't have to pause to add more water when cleaning larger spaces. This is a true multi-purpose model, designed to clean and disinfect everything from upholstery to flooring.

Shop Now: Ladybug 2200 Steam Vapor System, $1,899,

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Microfiber Mop

O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop
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This lightweight design is just five pounds—but it cleans like a much larger machine. The adjustable steam levels can treat several surfaces and will kill 99 percent of bacteria (no chemicals needed). It also comes with a glider for carpets and a replacement microfiber mophead.

Shop Now: O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop, $122.69,

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Micro Pulse Vibration

Sienna Luna Plus Steam Mop Steam Cleaning System with Accessory Kit
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Using sonic micro-pulse vibration technology, this machine offers three levels of adjustable steam control to help loosen stuck on grime. The vibration feature mimics scrubbing, cutting your cleaning time in half and reducing the amount of elbow grease needed to use to get your surfaces clean. It works on grills, toys, and even windows, as well as other hard surfaces.

Shop Now: Sienna Luna Plus Steam Mop Steam Cleaning System with Accessory Kit, $129.99,

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Steam Mop

Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop
Courtesy of Target

This steam mop gets floors cleaner and more sanitized than a traditional mop, alone. With three different steam settings, it works across all different types of hard surfaces, including sealed hardwood floors.

Shop Now: Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop, $79.99,

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