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PurSteam 10-in-1 Review

This versatile machine will cost you a little more time cleaning but will save you money for the effort
PurSteam 10-in-1
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Price:   $100 List | $69.97 at Amazon
Pros:  Specialized attachments, removable handle, can clean rugs
Cons:  Struggles with heavy debris, short cord, mediocre maneuverability
Manufacturer:   PurSteam
By Nick Miley and Genaveve Bradshaw  ⋅  Sep 23, 2022
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  • Cleaning Performance - 40% 5.3
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6.4
  • Maneuverability - 20% 5.4
  • Features - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The PurSteam 10-in-1 is a multipurpose steam-cleaning tool of slightly lower quality. We like that it has attachments for various household surfaces such as window and grout cleaners. However, we don't love that it is a bit flimsy and requires a little more time to clean everyday messes than the higher-scoring models in the class. That said, the unit is priced appropriately for its quality, and most users will be satisfied with this device so long as they set their expectations correctly. Gripes aside, we do find the PurSteam to be a solid deal.

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Pros Specialized attachments, removable handle, can clean rugsPowerful, maneuverable, great scrubbing brush, reasonably pricedTons of attachments, great handling, good spot cleaning, versatile for more than just the floorRelatively inexpensive, acceptable cleaning performanceSimple to use, inexpensive
Cons Struggles with heavy debris, short cord, mediocre maneuverabilityNo hands-free cleaning pad changing, few accesorriesSwitching between attachments isn't convenient, tank fills on sideProne to falling over, not as robustly constructed as other modelsNot very effective, pad rolls off, inconsistent steam
Bottom Line This versatile machine will cost you a little more time cleaning but will save you money for the effortThe best, most effective model we've tested at an impeccably fair priceTons of attachments offer unique, high-quality cleaning options for all throughout your homeThis super basic mop has absolutely no frills or features to make it stand out, but still offers reasonable cleaning at an affordable priceA simple steam mop whose price is appealing but performance is lacking
Rating Categories PurSteam 10-in-1 Bissell PowerFresh... Bissell PowerFresh... O-Cedar Microfiber Light'N'Easy Ultra...
Cleaning Performance (40%)
5.3
9.0
8.1
4.3
2.9
Ease of Use (25%)
6.4
8.4
8.1
5.1
4.6
Maneuverability (20%)
5.4
8.2
8.2
5.2
4.0
Features (15%)
8.0
5.9
7.6
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Specs PurSteam 10-in-1 Bissell PowerFresh... Bissell PowerFresh... O-Cedar Microfiber Light'N'Easy Ultra...
Steam Adjustability Dial (manufacturer claims 3 settings) Low, high Low, high Dial No
Water Tank Capacity 380 ml (manual)
340 ml (website)
474 ml 399 ml 400 ml 200 ml
Water Fill Opening Diameter 1" 1" 0.75" 1.4" 0.75"
Pad Attachment Velcro Elastic Elastic Velcro Velcro
Additional Mop Head? Yes No No No No
Included Pads 2 2 2 1 1
Cleaning Brush? Yes Yes Yes No No
Hose Attachment? Yes No Yes No No
Cord Length 15.6' 25' 25' 20' 20'
Additional Accessories Included Steamer jet, window squeeqee, small brush, scraper, angled nozzle, big brush, double brush, small plastic cup and funnel for filling water tank Built-in scrubber Built-in scrubber, squeegee, hose, medium cleaning head, small cleaning head, grout tool, small scraper, precision power nozzle, 3 small scrubbing brushes, microfiber cloth None None

Our Analysis and Test Results

The PurSteam 10-in-1 has a lot to offer users at a reasonable price. This device has attachments for every surface in the house, making it more of a steam cleaner than simply a mop.

Performance Comparison


PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop - there's more to this unit than just a mop; it has attachments to get...
There's more to this unit than just a mop; it has attachments to get the whole house spick and span.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Cleaning Performance


Cleaning performance is the most important metric in our steam mop evaluation. Steam mops are supposed to simplify surface cleaning, but more importantly, they are supposed to tackle the toughest messes where vacuums and traditional mops fall short. With this expectation in mind, we designed a series of evaluations to test these products' capability to meet this standard and thus earn a place in the broom closet. While the PurSteam 10-in-1 does well with laminate and vinyl flooring, as well as removing stubborn stains, the unit struggles to clean tile and stone.


Three sub-metrics comprise the cleaning performance evaluation. These sub-metrics are synthetic floor cleaning, tile and stone cleaning, and stubborn stain cleaning. After completing the synthetic flooring tests, one tester exclaimed that "the PurSteam loves linoleum." Indeed, it performed well above average on linoleum and vinyl. The main issue preventing a higher overall evaluation in this metric is that the mop tends to catch and skip over these surfaces, requiring additional passes.

PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop - the pursteam does well on synthetic surfaces but has the unfortunate...
The PurSteam does well on synthetic surfaces but has the unfortunate tendency to skip over the surface at times, requiring a bit of extra work.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

In the more demanding tile and stone tests, we observed that the PurSteam has a reasonably smooth glide but struggled with these surfaces. There is a tendency for the mop pad to catch on rough areas such as undissolved mud. In one test, the mop occasionally lost contact with the ground, so little pieces of dried debris and pebbles would get passed over. We observed similar difficulties when cleaning ketchup. Eventually, we cleaned the floor of both substances, but it took a few extra passes.

PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop - the pursteam had a difficult time cleaning dirt and ketchup...
The PurSteam had a difficult time cleaning dirt and ketchup (seen here) from stone and tile. While it could do the job, it took a bit more effort than some of the leading models.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Finally, we set the PurSteam on stubborn stains such as those heat-hardened messes found on stovetops and long-neglected floors. Performance here was consistent with other cleaning tests — the PurSteam will get the job done; it just requires a bit more work in the form of multiple passes. The mop did much better on synthetic flooring than on other floor types.

Although we did not judge the mops on the following, it's worth noting that, with prolonged use, some of the components of the mop body get hot enough to be painful when touched.

PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop - stubborn stains like those found on stainless steel were manageable...
Stubborn stains like those found on stainless steel were manageable but required a little more elbow grease than some of the competition.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Ease of Use


Ease of use is an important metric. As with any purchase we make — particularly those that perform a cleaning function — we want the product to make our life less complicated. As such, we look closely at the water tank design, how long the unit takes to heat up, the control layout and functionality, and the overall design. The PurSteam received an average score in this evaluation. However, it heats up with the best models, and the water tank has a good design.


The water tank has a transparent window, so the water level is clearly visible. The tank is also removable making it easy to fill. Additionally, the heating element is quite effective, bringing the water to temperature in less than a minute.

PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop - you can fill the pursteam's tank while attached to the unit or...
You can fill the PurSteam's tank while attached to the unit or removed. We like that the unit comes with a funnel though it isn't necessary.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

While the mop is easy to push around, testers noted that this is both good and bad as the handling can feel a bit squirrely — the mop head pivots as soon as you start advancing it. Such looseness can make it tough to push the PurSteam in a straight line, especially when the flooring is textured. On the bright side, the unit can stand upright thanks to a locking handle — a feature that, to our surprise, some models lack. Finally, the mop is lightweight and easy to carry around.

PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop - we appreciate that the pursteam stands upright without a prop - it...
We appreciate that the PurSteam stands upright without a prop - it makes storage and general use all the easier.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Odds and ends features include washable Velcro replacement pads (three pads come with purchase). The Velcro is secure, but as a result, it is hard to get on and off. The unit's power cord is simple to manage, too, with built-in storage on the side of the handle. And the handle is foldable, making it all the easier to store.

PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop - the pursteam's microfiber pad attaches to the head of the mop with...
The PurSteam's microfiber pad attaches to the head of the mop with Velcro. While secure, the pad is relatively difficult to get on and off.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


We drill down on how each steam mop moves through dusty, dirty domestic spaces in detail in this metric. Specifically, we look at mop glide, edge cleaning, and cord length (as it pertains to the movement of the device). Unfortunately, the PurSteam didn't fare particularly well in this evaluation despite its agile head.


The issue we encountered with the PurSteam is not that it doesn't glide. Rather, it does not maintain good contact with the ground. The mop head often feels like it skips over sections, particularly when encountering heavy debris like mud. This inconsistency requires the user to press down harder or make repeated passes. This shortfall raises another issue we encountered during our testing: exposed plastic can contact the floor when manipulating the mop, and this plastic could cause light abrasion on soft surfaces.

PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop - when plowing through tough messes such as mud, the head of the...
When plowing through tough messes such as mud, the head of the PurSteam often struggles to maintain good contact with the surface being cleaned.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Edge cleaning is critical for any surface cleaning device. As discussed previously, the mop head on the PurSteam is very agile — it pivots and moves freely, which is great for reaching nooks and crannies. However, its flexibility proves to be a bit of a detriment. As it turns out, it is hard to steer the mop in a straight line along the edge of a room. Additionally, the cord length is short at just 15 feet, 6 inches. This could be a big limitation if you don't have a modern house with tightly spaced outlets.

PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop - the pursteam has a relatively short cord for the class at 15'5"...
The PurSteam has a relatively short cord for the class at 15'5". This feature could pose some problems in some homes depending on the location of the outlets.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Features


This metric is a bright spot in the assessment of the PurSteam mop. This device has a ton of attachments, and they mostly prove useful. But it's not just the cornucopia of attachments that got us jazzed: the PurSteam offers detachment as well. The head and steam tank break away from the handle for use in tight spaces.


Many of the attachments that come standard on the PurSteam aim to get the mop off the floor and onto other household surfaces. These areas include windows, countertops, and a brush that helps to deep clean grout throughout the bathroom. This steamer can even be used to remove wrinkles in clothes.

PurSteam 10-in-1 steam mop - this steam mop has an attachment for all those hard-to-clean spots...
This steam mop has an attachment for all those hard-to-clean spots in the house.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the PurSteam 10-in-1?


The PurSteam is a pretty good steam mop for the price, and it's often available for below its MSRP. It is true that it struggles with tough clean-ups and isn't the easiest to maneuver. But, it gets the job done with just a bit of extra effort. That said, if you are going to use a steam mop regularly, it may be worth the extra money to get a more robust model. Or, consider a pre-cleaning device such as one of the many vacuums we've tested.

What Other Steam Mops Should You Consider?


Without a doubt, you should have a look at the Bissell PowerFresh Deluxe if for nothing else but a point of comparison. This unit is at the top of the steam mop heap for an excellent price, though it doesn't come with as many attachments. If you love attachments and versatility and are willing to spend a little bit more, we also highly recommend the Bissell PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet.

Nick Miley and Genaveve Bradshaw
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