I’ve been on the hunt for high pressure steam cleaners that offer serious cleaning ability. This list below offers 26 high pressure steam cleaners which operate above 65 PSI.
For sanitizing at home, Vapor Clean recommends a 75 PSI machine that will heat the boiler tank above 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Most home steam cleaners don’t operate anywhere near this level.
If you have a home steam cleaner and are frustrated by the amount of water emitted with steam, look for a machine that heats to a higher temperature. In turn, hotter steam will be output that contains less moisture.
What is a Good PSI for a Steam Cleaner?
There are differences between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing. Eurogem steamers recommend 3 bars of steam pressure “at the very least” for effective cleaning. 3 bars of steam pressure equals 43.5 PSI.
Vapor Clean recommends that homeowners and light commercial users look for a steam cleaner with at least 58 PSI for cleaning. This equates to 4 bars of steam pressure (bars are the European measurement). For sanitizing, lab tests undertaken by Vapor Clean showed that 100% of bacteria was eliminated at 72 PSI. This was tested with a 75PSI steam cleaner and a 120PSI steam cleaner.
As 72PSI was strong and hot enough steam to kill bacteria, Vapor Clean concluded that there is no benefit to buying a hotter, higher pressure machine. Of course, if using steam to degrease an engine or clean commercial or industrial equipment, you may want to consider the more powerful machines.
What is the Difference Between PSI and Bars?
Sometimes you will see steam pressure referred to as PSI, which is pounds per square inch, an imperial unit of pressure.
The European measurement is bars of steam. It is still measuring the pressure of the steam at a certain boiling point. The Engineering Toolbox has a great table that shows the different bars of pressure for steam temperatures.
How Hot Should a Steam Cleaner Be?
How hot a steam cleaner should be depends on what you want to use it for. For general cleaning, the steam cleaners that heat the water to boiling point (212 degrees Fahrenheit) are sufficient. For sanitizing, you would need to hold the steam cleaner in one place for quite some time at this temperature.
For efficient sanitizing, the boiler tank needs to heat the water to at least 293 degrees Fahrenheit to output steam at 72PSI.
Vapor steam cleaners vary slightly from standard home steam cleaners, as they emit less than 5% water in the steam. This is what is called dry steam. However, be aware that if you are using a hotter and more powerful machine for home cleaning on general surfaces, higher temperatures can cause damage.
A 75PSI steam cleaner will heat the boiler tank above 300 degrees Fahrenheit to sanitize at home.
High Pressure Steam Cleaners – A Comprehensive List
You’ll find 26 high pressure steam cleaners with a PSI of 65 or more in the table below.
Six of the steam cleaners on the list have a PSI of 100 or more. These are intended for commercial use and are quite an investment. I wouldn’t recommend buying these for home use unless you want the best of the best.
|Model||Boiler Temp||Nozzle Temp||PSI||Run Time|
|Vapor Clean Home Steam Cleaner||298°F||–||65||60-90 mins|
|Vapor Clean Alfa||302°F||–||65||Continuous Fill|
|US Steam Falcon Plus Commercial||312°F||245°F||65||60-90 mins|
|Reliable Brio Plus||315°F||260°F||72||Continuous Fill|
|Dupray Tosca||316°F||–||72.5||90 mins|
|US Steam Eagle Commercial||312°F||245°F||75||Continuous Fill|
|Vapor Clean Pro 6 Solo||311°F||240-294°F||75||60-90 mins|
|Polti Vaporetto Eco Steam Vac/Steamer||315°F||–||75||45 mins|
|Vapor Clean Desiderio Plus Commercial||318°F||240-294°F||75||Continuous Fill|
|Vapamore MR-750 Ottimo||302°F||210-240°F||75||180 mins|
|Kleenjet Pro Plus 200S||310°F||75|
|Kleenjet Pro Plus 300S||310°F||75|
|Ladybug 2300||310°F||–||80||Continuous Fill|
|US Steam SeaHawk||330°F||250-290°F||80||–|
|Ladybug Techno 2350||310°F||–||80||Continuous Fill|
|Reliable Brio Pro||320°F||250°F||87||Continuous Fill|
|Vapor Clean Pro 5 Solo||327°F||–||87||60 minutes|
|Vapor Clean Pro 6 Duo||311°F||240-280°F||87||Continuous Fill|
|Vapamore Forza MR-1000||320°F||280 °F||90||–|
|MondoVap Steam Vapor System||330°F||230°F||98||Continuous Fill|
|Vapor Clean Pro 7||312°F||300°F||101.5||Continuous Fill|
|Dupray Carmen Super Inox||338°F||–||105||Continuous Fill|
|US Steam Blue Evolution Commercial||338°F||–||117||Continuous Fill|
|Dupray Hill Injection||345°F||121||Continuous Fill|
|Dupray Steam Box||347°F||–||121||Continuous Fill|
|US Steam Hero||356°F||–||145||Continuous Fill|
This is the main difference between home steam cleaners and commercial steam cleaners is the temperature they heat the boiler to, resulting in variances in steam pressure.
When choosing a steam cleaner, consider how hot the boiler tank gets and how much steam pressure is created. Steam cleaners with a higher temperature produce drier steam. Higher pressured steam cleaners generally heat the water in the boiler tank well above boiling point. This makes drier steam more hygienic, kills more bacteria in a shorter time, and makes steam cleaning more effective.
The temperature and pressure level the steamer can reach is important, but so is the consistency at which it can keep the pressure. A steam cleaner that cannot maintain the boiler tank temperature and steam pressure level will be less efficient to clean your home.
Steam cleaners that operate at higher temperature levels and PSI will cost more. If hotter, dryer steam is your preference, investing in a high pressure steam cleaner that will last for years to come may make the investment worthwhile in the long run.