Steam Cleaners

Steam is a very useful tool for detailers. It can be utilized on both the interior and exterior, as well as the engine bay for sensitive cleaning areas. Steam cleaners are also very useful around the house! Below are some suggested steamers from our subscribers on /r/autodetailing.

Filtered Water

Please note is best to use distilled or soft water when using a steam cleaner to prevent it from clogging up with mineral deposits between uses.

Brand Model Price Pros Cons Additional Comments
McCulloch 1275 $140 Small, comes with a few attachments, heats up well Cheap plastic construction, small tank, about an 45 minutes – hour of continuous use For ~$30 more you can upgrade to the 1375 which is stronger and has more attachments
McCulloch 1375 $170 Strong, inexpensive, heats up quickly High pressure attachments can come loose, plastic braided shield broke quickly
McCulloch 1385 $200 Produces lots of steam, easy set up, lots of attachments Cheap plastic feel, no canister gauge to show how much water in the tank, included bag does not hold everything
Steamfast SF370 WH $120 Lightweight, decent pressure, variety of attachments Steam isn’t the hottest, need to stop using from time to time to build pressure
Vapamore MR 100 $299 Small, powerful Small tank, continuous refill problems
Vapor Systems VX5000 $800 Stainless steel construction, durable, usage time, plenty of attachments Price, short hose, heat up time, clunky
Updated on 21 November 2022

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