542 of 562 people found the following review helpful
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I have had my eye on the Ladybug steamer for months now, drooling over all it could do but it was far out of my price range. I own the Envirosteamer steam floor mop and love it, but I wanted something to get into tight spaces like around the toilet, in the tub, the oven, etc. With some Santa money I got more serious about purchasing a canister steamer in addition to my floor steamer and began some comparative testing and studying. Fortunately, I live in a neighborhood that is all "green built certified" which means, in order to have a green rating, all homes were built with no carpet and lots of people hate chemicals which means it's a neighborhood full of steam mops which makes comparing the models quite easy. That's a good thing because it just saved me over a thousand bucks because I wound up no longer wanting the Ladybug. Here's how they rate...you decide which is best for you:
These are the canister mops I compared:
NUMBER OF STEAM JETS SPITTING OUT HOT STEAM:
WATER PRESSURE CONTEST; (1st place being shoots steam the hardest)
V- 2nd PLACE
H- 3rd PLACE:
R- 4th PLACE:
CORD LENGTH: (so you don't have to stop, unplug, water cools some, replug in)
recap: An 8' cord is INSANE. I couldn't even get across my kitchen counter or walk around my bed to steam all of the mattress without using an extension cord!
Note: These temperatures are based upon using the small hose attachments. In every case that we used the long hose attachment included to turn these into a floor mop, the steam had to travel down the long hose so it cooled and wound up only being about 115 degrees by the time it reached the floor. Which results in very poor cleaning. Because of this, if you are wanting this mostly for floor steaming, I would suggest going with a steamer that shoots out hot steam directly onto the floor from its tank rather than through a long hose before reaching the floor as a canister mop does.
TIME TO HEAT UP:
R 2 liters
For a controlled cleaning test, I mixed Dr. Pepper with sugar and spread it evenly across a 4' length of my stained concrete floor and kept the pets away until it dried completely in a gunky mess. I then tested each mop against it in lengthwise strips, moving them at the same pace after a full heat up, as well as testing each on its own strip of bathroom tile & grout. Here's who performed the best:
Tie: Ladybug and Vapamore. These, due to the really hot temps, loosened the gunk on impact and made it VERY easy to clean my floor. Their hot temps and heavier steam also cleaned tile the best but Vapamore actually did a BETTER job on uneven surfaces like tile with grout..but don't expect shiny white grout because it wasn't exactly returned to looking brand new either.
2nd place:Haan...but it wasn't nearly as good as the above two.
Last place: Reliable. Although the steam temp is hotter than the Haan, it doesn't shoot out as strong and only had 5 steam jets so this diminished its effectiveness Didn't come close to the V or L.
All were at temps to kill bacteria and sanitize without using chemicals such as counters and mattresses, unless you tried to turn it into a floor mop which I don't suggest because the steam was too cool to clean as well as a real floor steam mop made for that purpose..
Other notes: The ladybug was the most awkward to carry. It just wasn't made for carrying up stairs, etc.
Conclusion: Considering the Ladybug is over a thousand dollars more than any of the other mops, this was a real eye opener! I tested these with my friends and we all agreed, hands down, that the Vapamore was the best buy. And I love it! It cleaned the best BUT the Ladybug lasted much longer as far as cleaning time. However, Vapamore cleaned for 50 minutes prior to needing a refill which, for me, is all I need. That said, if you want to use this commercially and don't want to have to take time to refill, the Ladybug may be worth the steep price for you. Considering they have the same 3 year warranty though, I'd rather buy 4 Vapamores for the price of one Ladybug and have one in every room. I kid. The Reliable seemed to lack things that were just silly...like having a cord longer than my blow dryer and only having 5 steam jets.
78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Dana Point Artist
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My bamboo and travertine floors get a lot of foot and paw traffic. I bought the machine with a little skepticism since the floor isn't clean unless I hand scrub it (the idea of swiffer grosses me out). I was amazed at the job this machine does and oh so happy with the labor and time-saving advantage in using it. I tested it on the walls, and viola! Nice job. I didn't need cleaners, which is a big plus as I am trying hard to do my part in environmental mending.
Look forward to trying it on tiny tiny glass tiles surrounding my master suite bath. The only downfall is the cord length, but an extension cord remedied that.
60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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I rec'd my Haan Steam Cleaner on Friday and I cleaned everything in sight! I cleaned my tile shower, my hardwood floors, my tile floors, my area rugs, my windows, my bed (yep), my countertops, inside my refrigerator...my pets and husband kept away in fear I would steam clean them! I used every attachment, every pad and I loved everything about it. My house sparkles and smells heavenly without any harsh cleaners. I cannot recommend more highly.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Mother of Pearl
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I researched tons of steam mops before purchasing the Haan MS-30. After evaluating my needs, I decided that I wanted a multi-purpose cleaner. A separate steam mop and handheld steamer would take up too much room. I chose the Haan because it had relatively good reviews, but mostly because it is German-made and in my experience, that has meant high quality.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was how sturdy it seemed. My best friend has let me use her Shark Vac Then Steam mop, which I liked, but it was not nearly as well-built as this one seems. It has a ton of attachments, which all seem to work pretty well.
The bathroom: Cleaned the floors great, they felt sanitized. It also got this ring that I had on the linoleum around the toilet. I wasn't able to get it off mopping it. Granted, I did not get on my hands and knees to do it either. The squeegie attachment cleaned my mirror great and did a pretty great job on my glass shower door. I did have to stop mid-cleaning to refill the machine, but I was doing some pretty thorough cleaning, probably wouldn't happen for maintenance cleaning. I steamed the toilet and it worked well for that. I have to admit that I don't have water rings because prior to this, I used professional strength toilet bowl cleaner. Yes, I know, icky chemicals. I didn't see much of a difference in the tile in the bathroom. We have subway tiles with white grout. It did wonders for the crease between the backsplash and counter. I got all kinds of crud out that I couldn't remove with q-tips and soft scrub. Overall, I liked it for the bathroom because it felt sanitary without having to use the harsh chemicals that I normally use.
The Living Room: Great on windows. I thought I would be sneaky and use it to clean my walls...BAD IDEA. It smudged some of the paint, but that's fine because I really didn't like the color anyway. I had some carpet stains from where my dog chewed his bone. Mind you, we only had this dog for two weeks. The steamer and some hand scrubbing did nothing to remove it. Overall, okay for living room cleaning, didn't really shine.
The Kitchen: This is where the Haan MS-30 shined. I have a glass-top stove that has a rubber seal around it. I have scrubbed and tried everything to get the little particles out of there, but everything seemed to push it deeper. I can happily say that this cleaned the stove to new. It blew out all of that crap like it was nothing. It did wonders cleaning the knobs and underneath them and all of the build on grease around the edges. It's like I have a brand new stove/oven. The same thing with my dishwasher, it was amazing. The Haan did a decent job on my finished wood floors. They certainly felt clean, but later I found a place where it started to pull up the refinisher that I put on it a week ago. The angled-tip attachment cleaned between the floors and baseboards like magic...a place where I have hand-scrubbed before with no avail. It It finally cleaned the hand prints off the fridge handles that would not come off with a magic eraser or comet. My Kitchenaid mixer is now sparkling again (It is 15-years old). Overall, amazing for kitchens.
I spent about four hours doing what I mentioned above, but I suspect that it won't be as long for maintenance cleaning.
Pros: Wide selection of attachments for every job. Great at cleaning crevices and appliances. Great for sanitizing. Decent floor cleaner. The squeeze handle lets you turn off the steam. The machine rolls very smoothly on hard floor.
Cons: The door to the storage for the cord is a little flimsy, but it is nice to be able to store the cord in the machine. The unit has to frequently pause to reboil water. You have to let it cool for about 15-20 minutes before the safety cap will come off to refill. You can't adjust the heat of the steam.
48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this cleaner after using the Shark Steam Cleaner which broke after 2 years of use. Needless to say, I won't go back to a Shark. The Haan received good reviews from multiple sites; however, I my experience was not so good. I received the steamer and couldn't wait to use it as I had put off mopping for two weeks waiting for the steamer. I opened the box, read the instructions, filled the unit with the appropriate amount of water and pushed the power button which immediately threw a breaker. OK, no problem. I switched to another outlet. I waited for the ready light to illuminate and it never did. I went ahead and tried the unit without the ready light on and it failed. I called Haan (the number is in the packing) and they helped me troubleshoot. Yes, it was a defective unit. Haan stated they would send me a new unit minus the accessories which I was to keep to use with the replacement. (Keep in mind that I purchased this unit through Amazon Marketplace from a third-party vendor). The replacement arrived and I couldn't wait to use it as I had to mop on my hands and knees through this process. I followed the instructions once again...it didn't work appropriately. Called Haan...troubleshooted...defective floor attachment. It was a mess. So, I've boxed up both units shipping each unit to the vendors. I do not recommend this steamer. I was told from the third-party vendor, which is where my original purchase came from, and was informed that their actual return policy is a re-stocking fee. Due to the argument that the unit was defective, I'm supposedly getting a full refund. I'm going to do some major research on my next purchase. Hope this helps.