The Polti EcoSteamVac can steam clean and vacuum carpet, hardwood floors, tile and linoleum. It is also one of the best steam vacuums in terms of its safety features. There's a safety cap on the unit based on the pressure system and an option to park the steam vac during cleaning. It is at the top of the price range, but boasts similar accessories, steam pressure and filter to commercial vacuums.
The stainless steel boiler can reach 75 psi, which is typical for heavy-duty steam vacuum cleaners. With a high pressure, the steam is more efficient in scouring tile grout or your stove. You can also adjust the steam based on five levels – a high setting works well if your carpet has old stains, and a lower setting is best for delicate hardwood floors. The water tank has a capacity of 4.5 cups, so you can steam clean a room without refilling. There's also an indicator that tells you when the steam is heated and when the water is low, so you don't have to check the tanks mid-cleanup.
There's a HEPA filter, which is a high-efficiency filter that sterilizes the vacuum's exhaust to get rid of pollen and dust mites on the area you're cleaning as well as the surrounding air. It has a safety cap that prevents burns by keeping you from opening the unit if any residual pressure is still in the system. There's also a parking system so you're not dragging the machine when you extend the hose. The unit weighs about 23 pounds and is 1 foot by 1.5 feet, so it's not a compact machine.
This steam vac's 550-watt motor is weak compared to other machines. Most steam vacuums come in around 1,200 watts. The power cord is 19.7-feet long so you won't have to unplug to switch outlets until you're done with a room. The hose is about 6 feet long, making it possible to reach the top of a bookcase or fan.
As for accessories, it comes with extension tubes, a steam concentrator with a brush attached, a crevice tool and an upholstery vacuum nozzle. There are some dedicated attachments as well: a dusting brush, a nozzle for cleaning window frames, and a delicate floor brush made for wood. It comes with a set of three colored round brushes so you can use separate brushes for the bathroom and kitchen and disinfect them differently. It also comes with a demo DVD and a tank-cleaning brush.
Polti offers a one-year warranty on parts and labor. You can call customer support, or you can download the user manual or fill out the contact form to send an email through the company website.
This steam vacuum is at the high end of the price range, but it offers a HEPA filter, safety features and accessories specific to tasks. With its mediocre motor, it won't replace your vacuum, but the steam pressure can easily handle hard floors, mirrors and general steam cleaning throughout your house.