What the experts say
"A well-designed upright steam cleaner with pop-out handheld and plenty of tools stored onboard..."Read Full Review
"This Vax cleaner delivered good cleaning results on the hob and hard floors but it is not so effective on stubborn grease in the oven..."Read Full Review
"If you’re looking for a multipurpose and multifunctional cleaning tool, that’s also affordable, then you cannot go wrong with the Vax S86-SF-C Steam Fresh Combi..."Read Full Review
What users say
19 Feb 2020
Wouldn’t buy a steam cleaner again
This is the first steam cleaner I have owned and to be honest I think it is a waste of money. My kitchen floor cleaned ok but no better than a mop and bucket, it hasn’t removed any black mould from the shower tray surround, it hasn’t cleaned a mark from my sofa and is hopeless at cleaning windows. It is easy to use, the handheld appliance is easy to separate and it is easy to fill with water and detergent but as far I am concerned it doesn’t work well. I wish I hadn’t bought it.
06 Mar 2018
Pros: I have steamed my windows clean. Grout in-between floor tiles and the whole floor surface and have been extremely happy with the performance.
Cons: Slightly awkward to hold the handheld unit when the extension tube and head attachment in situ.
21 Feb 2017
I am happy with my purchase as I spent a lot of time trying to find the right steam cleaner. I have used this all over the house from using it on the floor to the bathroom and have even used it to clean my sofa. Great multi function product which I recommend. I personally like the fact that the cord is long so I don't have keep unplugging it. It does get in the way a little bit but that doesn't bother me.
11 Jan 2017
Pros: I cleaned cooker rails & pans, tiles, floor tiles, wood floor & windows, it was easy to use both with the long handle & hand held, I would recommend it for all sorts of uses, even curtains whilst hung, but I wouldn't recommend steaming your husbands suit whilst he is wearing it.
Cons: I have found no bad points. It works for me.
08 Nov 2016
What an absolute waste of time and money, I should have stuck to a trusty mop and bucket and topical chemical cleaners. The instructions are head scratching to say the least, " dont keep the trigger pressed" but if you want steam you have to keep it pressed! floors are left wet and need to be dried and only the very lightest of soiling is removed I really dont know why reviewers were waxing lyrical about this product maybe they work for Vax? wouldnt recommend this in a month of Sundays!
15 Oct 2016
Pros: Easy to assemble and use.
Cons: Instructions say to remove and empty any liquid remaining in both the water and detergent containers after use, as if left in will affect the steamer. This means you're wasting water and detergent, which both cost money.I remove both from the steamer and keep upright in a plastic tray until required for next steaming.
23 Jun 2015
Couldn't do without it now
Item is easy to use, not heavy. Fab on my oven inside with wire brush certainly no other detergent has worked before and then usually leaves a horrid smell in the oven. Light weight for floors and carpets. Does the job. Just needs filling quite often is the only bug bear but even then it warms up very fast and it's easy to do. Love it.
27 Jan 2015
A useful tool
The 8m cable is brilliant & how it turns into a hand held is very useful. The jet steam nozzle is hot but only at very close range. You can hold your hand 4 inches away from steaming nozzle & it doesn't get too hot to keep your hand there, even when up to temperature. Flat attachments seem better. Carpets have fluffed up & I steamed all the mattresses, pillows, tiles, mirrors, windows, chairs, floors, oven etc Cleaner does not leave lemon scent, maybe its too diluted....
27 Jan 2015
Steam Cleaning Revelation
Incredible! This piece of kit is a real eye-opener. Kitchen floor, conservatory floor, bathroom floors, shower cabinet, cooker hob, kitchen cabinets, sinks, baths, taps, toilet seats; all have felt the power of this steam cleaner; it even lifts the pile on worn areas of carpet. The only minus I've found is that the cable is very long and very thick and sometimes gets in the way.
22 Jan 2015
Pros: Eh....... Seriously!!??Good points!!??None really.The mop looked good and fancy but the design on how it works is absolutely naff!! How this can be described as a 'steam' cleaner is beyond me.
Cons: This is the 4th steam cleaner I have bought over the years and the previous ones I have used have always 'steamed' continuously so that you are actually cleaning with steam. This one however, does not. It has a 'steam button' which I initially thought its purpose was to give an extra boost of steam. Hmmmm nope!! with this button in fact you 'only' get steam when you press it and pressing it too often (ie enough times to get enough steam to clean) results in the appliance over heating and cutting out!! Very poor design for a steam mop. Steaming my home incl my childrens playroom area incl toys/highchairand my floors normally takes around 30 mins. With this I found myself waiting to finish the job 4 hrs after starting it because it cuts out and you have to wait up to 2 hrs for it to reset itself and come back on. You would get the same result with a mop and bucket and trailing your steam iron along with you on an extension cable in order to give you a shot of steam! Looks the business but quite frankly it is nothing but a glorified mop. Without the steam you are cleaning with nothing more than a wet cloth on a fancy looking appliance. I'm surprised at all the good reviews I read about it (which I looked at prior to purchasing.) If you aren't familiar with a steam mop then you could be taken in by it, but if like myself you have used steam mops regularly then (in my opinion) you're in for a disappointment.
06 Dec 2014
Pros: Cleans brilliantly, easy to use, great results, would recommend this to anyone
Cons: Nothing at the moment
19 Nov 2014
Not good for textured floors
If you are trying to clean anything other than smooth floor tiles / laminate etc don't buy this item. On my slightly textured stone floor, the pad curls under the appliance at the front and is ineffective. Considering returning item.
10 Jun 2014
bought this because i wanted a hand held steamer aswell, so the multi function was perfect, i can really recommend this it is brilliant for cleaning pvc windows and shower/bathrooms, the floor scrubber is great as we live on a farm and our floor gets quite dirty sometimes, plus we have 2 dogs and a cat! it leaves everythig quite clean & fresh, i bought it when it was on offer which i am glad i did, the floor can take a while to dry but that is prob because i use the scrubber first.
20 May 2014
The Vax is amazing! I have laminate floors and carpets and the results are fantastic. The ease of use on carpet is great with the floor guide attachment. Also ideal to keep your carpets smelling fresh when you have pets! It gets a big thumbs up from me and my dogs as also it is not noisey.
20 May 2014
Easy to use
Having had steam cleaners before and although been initially very pleased with them, I did decide to do some thorough research through reviews before I came to buy a new one. So far this steam cleaner has been efficient and easy to use. It reaches 'cooking point' very quickly so is ready to go in not much time. I have found that the secret is not to use the detergent trigger too much that way the floor does not get over wet. This steamer has a pull out scrubber head which is very useful.