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This canister steam vacuum features a strong filter, which is critical if you have allergies or health problems because it cleans the surrounding air as well. The EnviroMate Tandem also comes with a variety of attachments to sanitize hardwood floors, carpet, upholstery, clothes and your car's interior.
The Reliable Corporation's vacuum is more expensive than typical steam vacs for household use. It uses a HEPA filter, a high-efficiency air filter, which makes the vacuum's exhaust cleaner than the surrounding air since it traps small particles that most vacuum cleaners recirculate. This is a plus if you have allergies, asthma or other health problems caused by dust mites or pollen. This steam vacuum cleaner has a 1,700-watt motor, which is important because the motor needs enough power to push the air through the dense HEPA filter.
It is one of the best steam vacuums in terms of attachments. It has a 24-piece accessory kit that includes attachments such as a brush to disinfect car seats, a smaller detail brush to clean grout between your bathroom tiles and a squeegee for mirrors and windows. The power cord is 16 feet long, so you won't have to unplug to switch outlets after each room, and the 7.2-foot hose means you're not tightly tethered to the steam vac. There's a steam pressure control on the unit as well as a light and sound warning when the water level is low, so you don't have to keep checking mid-cleanup.
The water tank can hold 7.5 cups and there are two heating elements. With that large of a reservoir, a five-minute heat-up time is impressive. However, the vacuum takes a hit to convenience in other ways. The Tandem is large: It is about 1 foot by 1.5 feet and weighs almost 26 pounds.
Reliable offers a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor and a lifetime warranty on the pressurized steam boiler tank. The company website has a phone number and email address you can use to contact support. You can download an instruction manual online, but there are no FAQs and no option to chat with customer support.
You can steam clean and vacuum your floors simultaneously with the Reliable EnviroMate Tandem, and because it's a canister steam vac, you can also steam clean the rest of your house with the attachments. It's at the high end of the price range for home steam vacs, but the HEPA filter can make a difference if you're sensitive to dust and pollen.