Not so good: Not a lot to be honest at this price! It’s missing some of the features of newer (and more expensive) steam cleaners plus heat up time and steam time per tank could be better, but that’s being picky!
Our verdict: Overall a highly rated and best seller when it comes to steam cleaners. Does everything you’ll need at an affordable price.
The Vax S7 2-in-1 steam cleaner (model: Vax S7 AV) is one of the best selling steam mop models available. This model previously sat near the top of the Vax steam mop & cleaner range with an RRP of nearly £150 but more recently it is being offered at a very tempting 70% discount! The reason for this is that newer (and improved) Vax steam mop and cleaner models now exist, but how does this best seller still fair? Find out in our Vax S7 review.
The Vax S7 steam mop has the same power output (1600 watts) as the more expensive Vax Steam Fresh Combi models and this can heat the steam in under 30 seconds (the more expensive models cut 10 seconds off this time but in everyday use this will be unnoticeable). The S7 is a “2-in-1” machine and can be used as a steam mop or as a versatile handheld steam cleaner; great for cleaning bathroom tiles or removing that long-standing grime from the oven! The S7 comes complete with 10 attachments for nearly every surface including a grout brush, scraper tool, detailer nozzle, squeegee tool, metal brush and carpet glider. One point to mention though is that there is no variable steam function on this model.
As with most steam mops the water tank on the Vax S7 2-in-1 steam mop is small (400ml) and this is only enough water to generate up to 12 minutes of steam so you will have to keep returning to the sink. It is worth noting that the Vax Steam Fresh Combi models can get upto 20 minutes use from their water tanks. The 7 metre long power cord is great and saves you having to keep re-plugging as you move around the house. The hose length on the handheld unit is 0.8 metres which is a good compromise between too short and so long that it becomes a nuisance to store and use. The Vax S7 is also considerably light, weighing in at only 2.7kg.
For more information on alternative models, read our steam cleaners and mops buying guide.