If you’re looking for something a little bigger than a steam mop, then you might be in the market to buy a canister steam system. Which is why I’m reviewing the McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam System. Canister steamers can cost quite a bit of money, so I think it’s important to get an honest opinion of them. Hopefully, I can do that for you today.
One of the first things that I noticed is it came with a whole lot of attachments. 23 in all. Some of the accessories you can find include: jet nozzle, angled nozzle, triangular brush, large brush, nylon utility, brass brush, round brush, round scrub pad, fill-cup, storage bag, scraper, extension wand, mop head, mop head brush, squeegee, 2 scrubbing mop pads, 2 microfiber mop pads. Now, that’s quite a lot of accessories.
I found out that the McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam was pretty easy to use. Just add 64 ounces of water (yes, it holds that much!), let it warm up for about 12-15 minutes and then you can clean just about anything with it.
However, it was during the fill-up stage that I came across my first problem. I noticed that it wasn’t very easy to fill up the unit with just the enclosed cup. I had to get a funnel from my kitchen to put the water in it.
The first thing that I used it for was my grill. Over the summer, one of my grills really got caked with grease. I cleaned one of them with a hand-held steamer, so I decided to clean the other one with this unit. What were my results? It worked a lot better than I thought it would. The steam on the unit got so hot, it just melted the grease off of it. I barely had to use the brass brush to finish it off. It was much faster than using a hand-held unit.
Then I decided to take it all over my house and see how long the steam would last. So I used it on all my floors: my linoleum kitchen floor, my tile bathroom floor and my sealed hardwood floor. It powered through all of them and I still had steam left. So I took it back into the bathroom and used the squeegee on my shower doors and on the tile surfaces. And I still had steam, so I started looking for other surfaces to clean.
I had quite a bit of soap scum and I’m embarrassed to say, dirt on my sink, so I decided to give the cleaner a go on it. Thanks to its high-pressure steam, which it says is close to 58 PSI, I was able to power through all of that soap scum and dirt. I usually don’t get impressed with a steam unit, but this one really did impress me.
Not only is the steam under a great deal of pressure, but it is also pretty hot. The steam out of this unit is about 200 hundred degrees—hot enough to burn you. In fact, it’s so hot, if you use it for too long, then it can make the attachments too hot to hold onto with your bare hands. It’s definitely something to be careful with.
It’s hard to find a steam cleaner that will power through grout grime, but this one did it in no time flat. Not only was I able to clean the grout, but I was also able to then attach the mop head and clean all of the floor tiles.
I managed to run out of things to clean before I ran out of steam. Which isn’t all that surprising. This machine delivers 2 hours of steam and powers through grime quickly, so you’re likely to run out of things to clean before you run out of steam as well.
The one thing that I didn’t really like about this unit was that you had to wait 30 minutes before you could dump out the remaining water to put it away. I understand the water gets hot and is under pressure, but it would have been nice if cool down was a little faster.
With all of that being said, I have to say that I really do like the McCulloch MC1385 Deluxe Canister Steam. Sure, it had a few minor flaws (or maybe I’m just nitpicky), but it produces super hot steam, under pressure, that can blast through just about any cleaning job.
It produces super hot steam, under pressure, that can blast through just about any cleaning job.
- Easy to assemble
- High pressure
- 2 hours continuous steam
- 12-minute heat-up time
- Lots of accessories
- Have to wait 30 minutes to cool
- Handle gets very warm
- Really should have come with a funnel