Doesn’t need soap—safe for kids and pets
Attachments are easy to change
Lightweight and easy to store
Heats up quickly
Water level is not visible
Loses heat while you’re cleaning
Limited by the cord length
We purchased the Poulan Pro Portable Steam Cleaner PP270 so our writer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
I love new cleaning gadgets—vacuum cleaners, power scrubbers, robotic mops—you name it, I either have it or have it on my wishlist. Designed to tackle the toughest jobs around your home, steam cleaners are relatively new in the world of household cleaning appliances. They are an excellent alternative to scrubbing and a shortcut to a clean and sanitized home without using harsh chemicals. One step up from their handheld steamer, Poulan’s Portable Steam Cleaner is a mini canister steamer built for all kinds of cleaning jobs around the home. I tested it for its cleaning ability, versatility, and portability.
To test the Poulan steam cleaner, I made a to-do list of deep cleaning chores around my home. I read through the instructions carefully to learn what this cleaner could tackle and the right nozzle to use. I was surprised that I could steam clean my floors, oven, car tires and interior, shower door, toddler’s toys, and more with this one machine.
Putting together the machine and getting it ready for use was easy. Attach the accessory you want, fill it with water, and turn it on with a simple flip of a switch. This steam cleaner has a 25-ounce water tank that connects to a hose with various nozzle attachments that attach and detach with a click.
First, I decided to clean my ceramic tile floors and the grout between them. For the grout, I attached the two extension wands and the nylon utility brush to the handle. I added 16 ounces of water to the tank with the included measuring cup and funnel and turned the machine on to heat up. Heating the water only took about 6 or 7 minutes for about 15 minutes of cleaning time.
I knew it was ready to go when the indicator light turned from red to blue. Using the handheld steam nozzle and holding down the steam trigger, I got to work. As I cleaned with a slight back and forth motion, I could see dirt being pushed out of the grout. I would do a few tiles, then wipe them with a rag to collect the dirty water. It worked like a miracle.
Putting together the machine and getting it ready for use was easy. Attach the accessory you want, fill it with water, and turn it on with a simple flip of a switch.
After I blasted the dirt out of the grout, I attached the mop head to a mop pad and cleaned the entire floor surface. I locked down the steam trigger for a continuous flow of steam. It is safe to use on all kinds of hard surfaces, including sealed hardwood. The mop attachment is a bonus for a steam cleaner of this size. I love that I don’t have to invest in a separate mop, and I can easily break down this mop and tuck it away.
While using this portable steam cleaner for my tiles, I realized that this canister doesn’t have wheels like larger steam cleaners. Instead, the Poulan portable cleaner comes with a carrying strap you can wear over your shoulder while you clean. It has a handle so you can comfortably pick it up and hold it. It also has a 15-feet power cord and cord wrap to give you room to move.
This steamer is the perfect cleaning tool for families. I love having an effective way to remove stubborn dirt and stains that don’t require any cleaning product or chemicals for my home. When I steam clean, I know I’m killing germs and removing dirt and grime safely.
The steam cleaner was not effective on the built-up stain on my oven grill in my tests. To boost cleaning power, I need to use a heavy-duty oven cleaning product between steam sprays.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many accessories does this steam cleaner come with?
This Poulan Pro Portable Steam Cleaner comes with 16 total accessories, including two extension wands, a mop head with two different mop pads, a shoulder strap, a squeegee, and a variety of brushes. I love how the set included a tote bag for storing and carrying all the parts. I put all our accessories in the tote and hung them in the storage closet with the canister.
How long can you steam before re-filling?
Filling the water reservoir with just 16 ounces of water (measured with the included cup) can give you up to 15 minutes of steam cleaning. The max amount of water this machine holds is 25 ounces. I didn’t like that you have to empty and refill the reservoir between uses. There’s no way to tell how much water is left in the steamer.
Can this steamer be used to sanitize objects and surfaces?
As long as whatever you’re cleaning is safe to use with high heat and water, you can use this machine to kill bacteria and microorganisms on those surfaces. To sanitize, you hold the steamer approximately 1/2 inch from the surface and concentrate steam on the same spot for at least 5 seconds. In the month I tested the steam cleaner, I’ve sanitized my child’s toys and changing pad many times. This steam cleaner is perfect for cleaning without harsh chemicals or expensive cleaning products.
Is this steam cleaner worth the money?
For the money you’ll save on cleaning products alone, this steam cleaner is worth it. It’s versatile and has all the attachments you need for most jobs around the home. It’s worth it if you have any tiles or grout or are in the market for a steam mop. Price-wise, this steam cleaner won’t break the bank, and you can get a lot out of it.
Poulan Pro Portable Steam Cleaner vs. the Bissell PowerFresh 3-in-1 Mop and Steam Cleaner
The Bissell PowerFresh 3-in-1 Mop and Steam Cleaner can be used as a traditional mop with the extension wand and mop pad, as a handheld unit using one of the included accessories, or an extended reach handheld unit using the extension wand and accessories. At $149.99, the Bissell PowerFresh 3-in-1 Mop and Steam Cleaner is pricier than the Poulan. It has a few more accessories, but since the Poulan has the mop head attachment for mopping the floors, save money and go with the Poulan.
You’ll use it more than you think.
The Poulan Pro Portable Steam Cleaner will wow you with its ability to remove dirt and stains and can be used in so many areas around the house. I like this steam cleaner, mainly because I can easily pull it out for tough jobs, but it doesn’t take up a lot of space when it’s not in use. It heats up quickly, has all the right accessories, and is lightweight and portable. The best part is all you need is water.
- Product Name Pro Portable Steam Cleaner
- Product Brand Poulan
- MPN PP270
- Price $119.99
- Weight 6.3 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 5.25 x 10.88 x 11 in.
- Included Brass brush, nozzle, nylon brush, scraper, shoulder strap, utility brush, wet/dry cleaning pads
- Warranty 2 years