I have the good fortune of reviewing the Steamfast SF-275 Canister Steam Cleaner. If you haven’t seen it yet, then let me tell you a little bit about it. It’s about 20 inches long, 12 inches high and 13 inches wide. It has a rounded shape and 2 wheels that sort of give it the car of the future look. It looked like it would be easy to use, so I couldn’t wait to put it to the test in my home.
One of the first things that impressed me by this little unit is that it was easy to put together. Within a matter of minutes, I had it out of the box and all ready to go. I love it when a steamer doesn’t require a bunch of tools to put together. I just want it to snap together and be ready to go – I guess, I’m kind of lazy that way.
The next thing to impress me was the fact that out of the accessories it came with, the manufacturer was thoughtful enough to include a funnel with its accessories. Sure, it takes up a spot that could have been used by another sized brush, but is in my opinion, very necessary. It’s tough to fill up canister steamers without a funnel, so I was more than happy they included one with the unit.
What other accessories came with the Steamfast SF-275 Canister Steam Cleaner? I’m glad you asked. It also came with 16 other accessories which included a squeegee, nylon utility brushes, jet nozzle, scrub pad, triangle brush, extension wands, microfiber pads and a measuring cup. Not too bad, but I felt there could have been a few more brushes included with this system. Nonetheless, there should be enough accessories to tackle just about any job.
The first thing I tackled in my house with this canister steamer was my oven. I have a beautiful electric oven that’s built in my wall that I don’t clean nearly enough. As a result, it’s usually just covered in grease. The last time I fired up this oven it was smoking like no one’s business, so I decided to clean it ASAP. And it appeared this steamer came in just in time to do that job.
After letting it heat up for about 8 minutes, I put on the nylon brush and went to work cleaning the oven. Much to my surprise, it got really hot. I’m sure that the steam was at least 200 degrees because it really made short work of that grease. The steam melted it and the brush cleared it away.
One test that I like to subject any steam machine to is the grout in my bathroom. That’s because it can really get quite dirty. So I fired this steamer up and tackled it. While it did produce hot enough steam for the job, I felt that the steam pressure was a little off. I ended up using way too much elbow grease to clean the grout – and I just have to blame the pressure. While it works for a lot of jobs, it just isn’t sufficient for others. It also would have been nice if it had a longer cord. To handle the grout in my bathroom, I had to hook up and extension cord to the outlet in the hall. That’s because the cord is only about 6 ½ feet long – I would have liked if it was longer.
The next job for it to tackle was my linoleum and hardwood floors. For that test, I hooked up the mop pad and went right to work. It passed that test with flying colors. It picked up all the dust and dirt, and it did so without leaving a ton of water on the floor. Good job, Steamfast!
While I was mopping the floor I was really enjoying the trigger system on this unit. It’s easy to press and provides a nice continuous burst of steam. And if you get tired of depressing the handle to make steam, then there’s a trigger lock that keeps it depressed for you. Now that really saved my hand quite a bit of discomfort.
All things considered, I have to sum up the performance of the Steamfast SF-275 Canister Steam Cleaner as follows: It could use a longer cord and more accessories, as well as steam pressure that was a little higher. However, the steam it produced was hot, lasted about 45 minutes and could handle MOST jobs. All in all, I think it’s a reasonably priced unit that works fairly well.
The steam it produced was hot, lasted about 45 minutes and could handle MOST jobs. All in all, I think it's a reasonably priced unit that works fairly well
- Easy to assemble
- Low Price
- 45 minutes of continous steam
- Hot Steam
- Steam pressure a little low
- Could use more accessories
- Power cord a little short