The Karcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner being used on tile floors.

Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner Review: Kitchen & Bathroom

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner. Harvey Norman was delivering it straight to my door – and I was eagerly anticipating its arrival.

When the Kärcher SC 5 Premium package landed at my place, I knew instantly that I was going to get a lot of use out of it! Billed as the most powerful steam cleaner in its class (4.2 bar steam pressure), everything about this product said, “versatile and functional”.

Read on for my Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner review. You’ll find out just how effective this product really is.

A man cleaning his floor with the Karcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner.

How do Kärcher Steam Cleaners work?

Kärcher steam cleaners heat up water, turning it into steam that is used to clean surfaces.

Unlike bleach and harsh chemicals, steam cleaning does not impact the environment, as it’s literally just water. But, alongside its chemical-free thoroughness, Kärcher steam cleaners also remove 99.99% of common bacteria from household hard surfaces.*

This fact was one of the major reasons I was so keen to use the Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner.

What attachments does the Kärcher SC 5 Premium come with?

I was impressed by how many accessories and attachments the Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner comes with.

Aside from the main steam unit itself and the accompanying steam gun components, the Kärcher SC 5 Premium package includes:

• An EasyFixFloor Nozzle with flexible joint for cleaning washable wall and floor coverings like stone, tiles and PVC.

• A Carpet Glider, which adds on to the Floor Nozzle for freshening up carpets.

• A Manual Nozzle for cleaning small areas that can be washed down, such as showers and mirrors.

• A Spotlight Nozzle that’s suitable for more difficult areas like drains, sinks, tap fittings and toilets.

• A Power Nozzle for stubborn dirt cleaning, as well as blowing down corners and joints.

• A Small Round Brush for working hard in tight spots and a Big Round Brush for basins and bath tubs.

• A range of Microfibre Cleaning Cloths that fit the attachments, and a Descaling Agent to help keep your cleaner clean.

Karcher SC 5 Steam Cleaner and various attachments.

It looked like the Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner had exactly what I needed to clean everything from the big bathtub to the smallest corner.

What are the key features of the Kärcher SC 5 Premium Steam Cleaner?

The first key feature of the Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner is the Vapor Hydro function. This combines both steam and hot water to make it much easier to remove dirt and grime. Great for surfaces like sinks and bathtubs, you can use one of the brushes to work away at the grime with the hot steam. After this, the water simply washes away all that dirt.

A person cleaning bathroom grout with the Karcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner.

Another great feature of the Kärcher SC 5 Premium is the EasyFix Contactless Cloth Changing. The last thing you want to do in the middle of cleaning is get dirty yourself just for the sake of changing the cloth. Using a convenient hook-and-loop system, you can simply put your foot on the specially designed tab and pull the floor nozzle away to remove the dirty cloth. Then, you simply drop your new cloth on the floor and press the nozzle onto it. You’ll barely need to break your rhythm.

Is the Kärcher SC 5 Premium Steam Cleaner easy to use?

The Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner is very easy to use. It’s surprisingly fast to heat up – seemingly quicker than it takes for my kettle to boil. So, don’t make a cup of tea or coffee while waiting for it to get warm!

To see how effective it is to use, I’ll take you through two key areas of the house where I put it to the test.

Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner Review: In the Kitchen

I had two key areas of my home I wanted to get stuck into. First up was the kitchen floor.

Knowing I would be testing this new Kärcher steam cleaner, I let my floor get much dirtier than I ordinarily would in the days beforehand. In fact, I didn’t quite realise just how much dirt had built up until I started cleaning.

After attaching the EasyFix Floor Nozzle with its microfiber cleaning cloth, I decided to crank up the Kärcher SC 5 Premium’s four-stage steam regulation to its highest intensity to really get stuck in. As you can seen from the photo below, there was quite a difference before and after. I didn’t realise how grey the kitchen floor was looking until I could see it next to the white colour it should have been.

Left half of a tiled floor is dirty, while the right half is clean after using the Karcher SC 5 Premium Steam Cleaner.
The still-dirty half on the left, and the clean side on the right.

 

Another job I’d been meaning to do in the kitchen was to give my oven’s glass window a good clean. Why not jump in with the Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner?

Giving the Big Round Brush a go, it didn’t take long to see the progress I was making. Have a look below and notice the greasy water I’m soaking up with a paper towel.

Our reviewer cleaning his oven door with the Karcher SC 5 Premium Steam Cleaner.

Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner Review: In the Bathroom

Impressed with the Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner’s results in the kitchen, I next put it to the test on the tiled floor in the bathroom. It had been a while since I’d done a proper clean there as well, as most weeks I just quickly go over the floor with a vacuum cleaner to pick up any dust and debris.

A Karcher SC 5 cloth that has been used, next to a clean one.
A shiny, clean bathroom floor and a dirty and clean cloth side-by-side.

 

Because the tiles in my bathroom are dark, I had no idea how dirty the floors had become. As seen above, the Kärcher SC 5 Premium’s cloth picked up lots of grime from just a quick steam clean. Colour me impressed!

After a successful outing in both the kitchen and bathroom, I’m now looking at all sorts of nooks and crannies in my home. Everywhere I see things that can only be improved with a good steam clean from the Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner.

The Karcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner.

Where to buy Kärcher Steam Cleaners in Australia

If you live in Australia, it’s easy to shop the Kärcher SC 5 Premium Portable Steam Cleaner online.

Looking to see which Kärcher steam cleaner is the best for you? You can also browse the full Kärcher range online or speak with the friendly, expert staff at your local Harvey Norman store for expert advice on your steam cleaning needs.

 

*When thoroughly cleaning with the Kärcher steam cleaner 99,99% of all common household bacteria will be killed on common smooth household hard surfaces, provided the cleaning speed of 30 cm/s at max. steam level and direct contact to the cleaning surface (test-germ: Enterococcus hirae).