Shark has become a name synonymous with steam cleaning over the last few years, with products ranging from small handheld steam cleaners to large-scale industrial steam cleaning products. Since it is well-known and something our readers are likely to come across fairly regularly, we thought we would introduce a couple of Shark products as examples of the excellent value this brand provides.
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Although Shark produces many different kinds of steam cleaners for both home and industrial use, there are a few specific products we wish to highlight as they are the most likely to provide value to you in the form of your daily cleaning needs. These Shark steam cleaning mops are great options when it comes to first-time buyers since they provide the reliability and flexibility needed to ensure your cleaning needs are met without being outrageously expensive.
Power and Flexibility
Shark steam mops are notorious for their ability to produce powerful steam power in a fairly compact system. They produced significant steam power during each of our tests and performed extremely well when compared to other steam mop products. While they are not more powerful than the high-end steam mops on the market, they make up for this by being reasonably priced and being well put together.
When it comes to mid-range steam mops, there are few brands that compete with Shark products. They have double benefits in that they are fairly inexpensive, but perform comparably to higher-end models. We do not suggest Shark products as a first-time purchase only because they are more expensive than many “entry-level” products we have reviewed. We suggest starting with more affordable options to determine whether steam mops are a good fit for your home cleaning needs.
Shark products are universally heralded as some of the best-built products on the market. In this, they come short of industrial steam cleaners like Efbe-Schott but outperform almost all other brands. They have a reputation for being built to last and can take punishment better than most products. We agree with this assessment as we always felt the steam mops and handheld attachments had more to offer than we demanded of them.
When it comes to steam cleaning, there are very few “miracle workers”. In other words, any form of cleaning will always require some elbow grease and steam cleaners are no exception. However, Shark steam mops were regularly able to surpass our expectations in their performance. This can primarily be attributed to their steam power and versatile handheld attachments which made them ideal for tackling everyday messes in every environment we tested them in.
We would strongly suggest picking up a Shark steam cleaner when you have determined steam cleaning is the way you want to go. They are a bit more pricey than many products on the market, but they will work well from Day 1 and continue until you no longer have use for them.
POLTI Vaporetto Smart Mop
Polti steam cleaners have generated a reputation for powerful vapour steam cleaners in the last several years, and remain one of the top producers of all vapour steam cleaners in the world. They specialize in vapour steam cleaners and have many products available on the market. Unlike many other brands we have reviewed, they showcase very few steam mops and handheld steam cleaners. Although the products Polti manufactures are larger and more cumbersome than your traditional steam mops and handhelds, these vapour steam cleaners are much more powerful and reliable than their general-purpose cousins.
To help you decide if Polti is the right brand for you I recommend that you spend some time reading the reviews below of each model to give you a better look into the advantages and disadvantages of each machine. There is no one size fits all when deciding as it will massively depend on what you intend on using it for, for example, if you want to use it to clean your kitchen cupboards you’re going to want a different machine than if you wanted to use it for upholstery. So decide what you are going to use it for the most and what key characteristics you want. We have summarised some of the main advantages of each machine in the table below but if you like the looks of a specific machine you can read a more in-depth review by clicking the orange button that says ‘jump to review’.
As you can see from the pictures Polti favour two designs, one designed with a caddy and a handle much like henry hoovers. At first, I was worried that they would be hard to maneuver but I didn’t run into that issue and quite liked the fact that I didn’t have to carry the weight of the whole unit while cleaning like some units where you have a strap around your back.
The other design is one where you carry the unit in one hand and the steamer in the other, again I had no issues with Polti’s design and it really comes down to personal preference, an elderly lady I know preferred the first design whereas my mother preferred the second. What I also like is the large selection of accessories that you can pick from which are easily replaced if need be, each specialized accessory just makes the overall job of cleaning your house that little bit easier as often they will have something specific for the job you are wanting to do.
All in all these Polti devices have really impressed us for years and is a brand we are happy to recommend to you. We feel that they are a great entry point for the vapour style machines, they suit a variety of budgets with the cheapest being around £70 going all the way to £200+.
We hope that our reviews are informative and help you to decide which cleaner to buy, we want to pass on the benefit of our experience to you so you can maximize your effectiveness when you clean your home. With fewer bacteria, dust and allergens floating around, you can rest assured that not only will you have to clean less often, but your home will be safer for your loved ones too.