McCulloch MC1230 Handheld Steam Cleaner

If you’re looking for a McCulloch steam cleaner that’s handheld, portable and can handle a variety of different jobs, then you might want to take a look at the McCulloch MC1230 Handheld Steam Cleaner. This machine is just under 8-inches high, just over 10-inches deep and about 5-inches wide, and also only weighs about 3-pounds. Just about the right size to take it all over your home to accomplish a variety of different jobs. From the basement to the attic and everywhere in between. Now, let’s see how well it handles those particular jobs, shall we?

The first thing I noticed about this black and yellow steamer was that it came with a number of different accessories which included a jet nozzle, triangular brush, a large brush, an extension hose, nylon and brass brushes, a scrub pad, a scraper and a funnel. This unit also has a 15-foot power cord, which gives you a little additional reach. It looks like just about everything you would need to get a number of different jobs done.

Once I got everything sorted out, I then decided to fill this unit up with water and see how well it performs. So I added 6-ounces of water to it and waited the 3-minutes it took to heat up. Once it was ready to go, I then took it around my home to accomplish a couple of jobs.

I used it to clean my tile & grout, to remove soap scum from my shower walls, to clean off some grease from the top of my stove and to clean up my grill so I could put it away for the fall. And in each instance, this steamer did a great job. It produced nice hot pressurized steam that really did a good job cleaning. Unfortunately, the amount of time it produced steam was severely limited.

I was quite disappointed to realize that this handheld steamer only provided about 10-minutes of steam. Yes, I know that handhelds produce steam for a shorter period of time than larger steam cleaners, but most handhelds usually can produce at least 20-minutes of steam. The 10-minutes was just too short. Which is really a shame because I had high hopes for this particular model of handheld steamer.

So what have we learned about the MC1230 steam cleaner? Well, it’s portable, heats up quickly and produces some hot, high-pressure steam. Unfortunately, it will have to be refilled frequently due to its low steam time.

8.2 Total Score
Bottom Line

Ease of Use
  • Heats up in 3-minutes
  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • Comes with an assortment of accessories
  • Long power cord
  • Produces only 10-minutes of steam-time
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