Up for my review, is the Xtech Electric Easy Hand held Steam Cleaner. This steamer kind of reminds me of the robot maid from the Jetsons – Rosie is her name, I think. That’s because it had a large bottom, the refill cap looks like a head, and the handle and spout look like arms. While that makes it look kind of whimsical, what I’m really interested in is seeing how well it performs.
Once it arrived at my house, I unpacked it and took note of the contents. It came with a user manual, funnel, measuring cup, terrycloth cover, bent spray nozzle, long spray nozzle, spray nozzle with bristle brush, window cleaning attachment, flexible extension hose and window squeegee. After briefly browsing the manual, I decided to just go ahead and give this steamer a spin.
The first thing I did was to fill it with water. Which should have been one of the easier parts of this review. However, it turned out to be kind of a pain. In order to take off the cap, you have to apply pressure to it with the heel of your hand and then turn counter-clockwise. Which didn’t work out very well. It took me a couple of tries before I could proficiently remove the cap.
With the cap finally removed, I then put the funnel into the hole and poured out 10 ounces of water – which is what the capacity of this unit’s water tank is. I then attached the spray nozzle with bristle brush on it and proceeded to clean something that’s been bothering for a long time now. The 5×7 foot area rug in my living room. My son spilled some tropical punch on it and I just haven’t had time to try to get it out. That is, not until today.
What happened was this unit did a fantastic job of taking out the stains. After allowing it to warm up for a few minutes (3 to be exact), I was able to use the steam and bristle brush to completely lift the stain from the carpet. And it did it in only a few moments. Which I felt was pretty impressive because it had been dried on for quite some time. That sort of gave the encouragement to try out a few other tough projects with the Xtech Electric Easy Hand held Steam Cleaner.
For example, I was able to remove some dried-on grease from the glass top of my stove and I was able to do it with a minimum of fuss. I was also able to clean the windows in my living room using the included window squeegee. Using just steam – and nothing else – I was able to get those windows crystal clear. A lot cleaner than I would have if I had cleaned them with window cleaner and a rag. I also used it to get the grease off of my stove’s hood and it did it without a problem.
However, I feel like I need to give all of you a word of warning. The steam that comes out of this unit is hot, very hot. And it produces a pretty good amount of it, so be sure to be safe and follow all of the manufacturer’s safety recommendations.
Other than the refill cap, I can only see two drawbacks of this handheld steam unit. One, it’s not as compact or as light as some of the other models I’ve tried. While it’s not huge by any stretch of the imagination, it is a little bigger than what I expected. And two, it’s more expensive than a lot of other brands. However, that’s probably due to how it’s made – which is evidently very well.
All things considered, I really liked the Xtech Electric Easy Hand held Steam Cleaner. While it cost a little more than most other steamers I’ve tried, it really does a fantastic job of cleaning. There wasn’t a single job it didn’t do well for me. It is a portable steamer I’d definitely recommend to friends and family.
There wasn't a single job it didn't do well for me. It is a portable steamer I'd definitely recommend to friends and family.
- Cleans Well
- Cleans a variety of surfaces
- Decent water capacity
- Refill cap is a pain
- Not as compact as some units
- Higher priced than competing brands