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Kärcher SC5 Steam Cleaner Review

Reviewed by Debbie Talbot

Until July I was running my own shop down at Luton Indoor Market. With lots of foot traffic the floor would get very dirty. I was therefore over the moon to receive a Kärcher SC5 Steam Cleaner to review. It arrived quickly after being ordered and in perfect condition.

In the box was the following:

  • Kärcher SC5 Steam Cleaner with childproof safety lock, plug for optional ironing, integrated on/off switch, parking position, Vapohydro function, safety value & steam flow regulation. It also has an integrated funnel & a 2 tank system.
  • Floor cleaning kit, comfort plus 2×0.5m extension tubes.
  • Manual nozzle, detail nozzle & round brush.
  • Microfibre floor cloth.
  • Terry cloth cover for hand tool.
  • Descaler sticks.
  • Steam hose with gun, 2.5m.

Technical data

  • Area performance (m²) 150
  • Heating output (W) 2200
  • Max. steam pressure (bar) 4.2
  • Heating time(mins) 3
  • Boiler/tank (l) 0.5/1.5
  • Current type (V/Hz) 220 240 / 50 60
  • Weight without accessories (kg) 6
  • Dimensions (L x W x H) (mm) 439 x 301 x 305

I couldn’t wait to try it out. It took me just a few minutes to assemble. I started by attaching the hand tool and terry cloth cover. I was relieved that the parts were so quick and easy to interchange. This was perfect for cleaning the shelving in my shop.

The weight was perfect (6kg) as I struggle to lift the weight of some cleaners. It heated up in no time. The switches were simple to figure out. The water tank came out easily to be filled from a nearby tap. It was easy to replace without water spillage. I thought the tank was just the right size really and you could clean a generous area from just one tank full of water.

I then used the cleaner with the floor tool. The floors looked so clean with minimal effort. This cleaner has been used by various different people down at the market and on various surfaces. It is just as efficient on all of them. It makes life so much easier.

As a parent, I was happy to see that the device has a child lock and other safety features. Safety of any product I use is a top priority for me.

I thought the dirt pick-up of the cloths was great. I liked how I could adjust the steam coming out. Unlike some appliances I have come across, the storage was great for the various pieces of equipment.

I also wanted to comment on the look of the product. It’s black, grey and yellow colours are a great combination. It stores away easily too, not taking up too much of the storage space down at the market. I think the wheels look really funky and I love how the cable stores away, preventing trip hazards. It is just a joy to use from both a design and practicality point of view.

There is a lot of useful information on the Kärcher website, including operating instructions.

The Kärcher SC5 Steam Cleaner is excellent for keeping your home or small shop clean and fresh.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £429.99

For more information or to buy visit www.kaercher.com.

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