This post is a bit of a change in direction for this blog but I posted a photo on my Instagram stories of the steam cleaner when it arrived and my inbox blew up with questions about it! I figured the best way to answer them all is in a proper, detailed review. So, today, I’ll be talking about whether you need a steam cleaner, and if you do (YOU DO!) whether it should be the Morphy Richards 9-in-1 Steam Cleaner.
Why you need a steam cleaner in your life
Get rid of chemical cleaning products!
Steam cleaners offer next-level cleaning of almost everything in your home. You’ll not need any chemical cleaners, which I find a huge plus, as the heat and steam are enough to disinfect alone.
One item to clean EVERYTHING in your home
If you get the right type of cleaner with all the right attachments you can clean SO MANY different parts of your home!
- Hard floors,
- almost anything!
So far I’ve used the Morphy Richards 9-in-1 Steam Cleaner on our hardwood floors, our big shaggy rug, windows, kitchen and bathroom wall tiles, sinks and to clean out the grouting of our kitchen floor tiles. It is AMAZING. You’ll clean off the dirt that you didn’t even know was there. Like, I thought the grouting between the tiles was black. It’s not! It’s white! I removed a bunch of rust stains from the bathroom sink so it’s now sparkling white again with no tinge of orange. And my lovely shaggy rug has a new lease of life.
What to look for in a steam cleaner
Here I’m going to list all the reasons why I bought the Morphy Richards 9-in-1 cleaner, then after I will discuss if it met my expectations. I did quite a bit of research before deciding on a steam cleaner. I read a lot of reviews and noted down peoples wishes and frustration points. Some really important factors I looked for:
- long cable (at least 5 meters)
- upright and handheld capabilities
- swivel head
- large water capacity (400ml minimum)
Find a cleaner with a long cable
I found that a lot of steam cleaners only had a cable length of 2-3 meters, which means you either can’t reach parts of bigger rooms, or you constantly have to keep unplugging and moving to another plug socket. Not the end of the world, but an annoyance that can be easily eliminated by making sure to get a steam cleaner with a cable of more like 5 meters.
Upright vs handheld cleaner
Most steam cleaners are either upright OR handheld. With the upright cleaner you can only really clean floors (and you’ll NEED an upright one so as not to destroy your back/knees) but you’ll need a handheld version if you want to clean things like upholstery, windows and sinks. I went for the Morphy Richards as it has both modes. You can use it upright to do the floors, then a quick clip unhooks the handheld part so you can move onto smaller or higher up places.
You NEED a swivel head
Do not get a cleaner with a fixed head! When cleaning floors especially, you’ll want a swivel head to more easily manoeuvre and clean around fixed furniture (e.g toilet bowl). Otherwise, you’ll end up missing patches.
Would I recommend the Morphy Richards 9-in-1 Steam Cleaner?
I opted for the Morphy Richards 9-in-1 steam cleaner because it had all the main things I was looking for:
- 5M cable
- 400ml water capacity
- 30second heat up time (nice and short)
- swivel head
- upright + handheld
- reasonably priced at just £54.99 on Amazon.
And, overall, I love it. It’s super easy to assemble (just two little screws to twist in) and in just one click it goes from upright to handheld. It comes with multiple different attachments that are designed for different things such as:
- hard floor cleaner
- carpet adapter
- window attachment
- upholstery attachment
- and a number of large and small nozzles and brushes perfect for grouting, taps, sinks or surfaces.
It makes the hard floors glisten, it turned my black, dirty grouting back to white and allows me to clean kitchen surfaces without dangerous chemicals. Adding the carpet adapter onto the floor brush blew a new life into my rug making it look much fresher and newer.
The downsides to the Morphy Richards 9-in-1 Steam Cleaner
The only downside to this cleaner is the weight. I’m just a wee thing and in both upright and handheld modes it’s a bit heavy. I have to use quite a bit of strength to glide it over the floors and, whilst the documentation boasts that the handheld section was designed to be used with one hand, I have to use two.
It is a little heavier than other options on the market. According to the listing, it is 3kg and you can easily find other models for just over 2kg, which I think would make a huge difference to ease of use.
Overall though, I love having a steam cleaner and I am happy with my choice. It being a bit heavy is manageable, especially considering it has a lot of other pros (cable length, swivel head) that many other models did not. But, if you can find one with all of those benefits PLUS a kilo lighter, I’d recommend spending a bit extra for the lighter weight.