I am reviewing the Dirt Devil Easy Steam Handheld Steamer PD20005. In the past, I’ve always had good luck with using Dirt Devil products. They always seemed to be well made and to do the job they were designed to do. And I sincerely hoped this product wasn’t going to be the one that ruined this brand’s reputation with me.
After I unpacked it, I gave it a thorough inspection. I noticed that it was not only nice looking – with a red body that was accented with black – but also came with a number of accessories. The accessories it came with included a jet-tip extension, squeegee tool, upholstery brush, wire grill brush and a dusting brush. It would have been nice if it had come with a larger assortment of accessories – especially considering that a wire grill brush wasn’t an attachment I was going to use on a regular basis. However, one of the attachments – the jet-tip extension – really did come in handy a little bit later while I was testing out its cleaning abilities.
I put 12 ounces of water into the unit and plugged it in. I figured it would take about 2-3 minutes to heat up, but it actually took closer to 4 minutes to completely heat up. However, once it did I noticed that the steam was pretty hot. While it wasn’t as hot as some of its competitors that I have reviewed, it was more than hot enough and did a good job of cleaning and sanitizing.
I decided the first thing I was going to use this steamer on was the grill on my deck. Since the Dirt Devil Easy Steam Handheld Steamer PD20005 had a wire grill brush and I still hadn’t put my grill away (or cleaned it for that matter), it seemed like a logical choice. And I must say this steamer did a marvelous job. I was able to melt all of that stuck on grease and grime (from cooking pork steaks, burgers and ribs) and do it with a minimal effort. It was nice, but like I said I don’t see myself using this attachment too often.
I then used the dusting brush and the squeegee tool, and all of them seemed to work very well. I also used the upholstery brush and discovered this steamer cleaned my couch and chairs as well as any other steamer I had reviewed. However, the real surprise came when I decided to test the jet-tip extension. This little accessory is revolutionary – at least, it is in my mind.
Using this attachment, I was able to clean hard-to-reach areas I’d never have been able to reach without it. I was able to clean under the front of my stove and under the lip of my baseboards. Using it, I could shoot out a small jet of steam to take care just about any tight spot.
The jet-tip accessory wasn’t the only highlight of this steamer. I also liked how it felt in my hand. It had a real nice design and was really comfortable to use. It was also pretty lightweight, which also made it easier to use. This steamer also felt pretty durable. It didn’t feel flimsy or like it couldn’t hold up to extreme use. This is important to me and gives me the confidence to use it for just about any cleaning scenario.
Having to give everything equal consideration, I would have to say that I really love the Dirt Devil Easy Steam Handheld Steamer PD20005. It is reasonably priced, was lightweight and easy to handle, and did its job as well as any other steamer. While it would have been nice to have had a few more accessories, the ones it comes with should be good enough to get most any job done.
It is reasonably priced, lightweight and easy to handle. It did its job as well as any other steamer.
- Can reach hard-to-reach areas
- 1 year limited warranty
- Takes 4 minutes to warm up
- Limited number of attachments