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Not a Magic Bullet
on April 22, 2017
I've yet to find anything inside that this is my go-to appliance. Don't get me wrong; for a sub-$100 unit it's very well constructed, with lots of attachments and no leaks (impressive, since even brand-new $3k units sometimes leak). It produces a decent jet of steam once it's up to full power, and it's plenty hot.
But... it's not for everything.
The first big project I tried it on was general dirt in the carpet, especially by the edges. I'm sorry to say that it didn't do any better than plain water; I ended up switching back to my ironically-named carpet steamer and soap. It didn't damage the carpet, but it didn't really help, and there was the added risk of smashing your drywall into paste.
Next I tried it on the range & oven. It's pretty messy; imagine using a low-powered pressure washer inside your house. Again, you kinda need to use whatever soap or cleaner you would normally use, and it's not like it's any better at breaking up stained-in cooking grease. All in all, not worth it.
So I figured if it's going to make a mess, what better task than using the squeegee attachment on the shower doors? But just like the other two experiments, this was a deafening 'meh'; it didn't really help with water stains or soap scum any more than regular water would. I also tried it on the shower pan, but again, using some cleaner and tapwater worked better. Ditto for a toilet bowl as well.
So what should you get it for? I can't speak to wallpaper removal, but it's not bad for some things in the garage. If you need to spray something like your lawn mower, for example, I think it works better than a normal pressure washer with less risk of peeling up the paint. It might work for some small degreasing projects, but only if you can do it outside and contain the leavings.
All in all my suggestion would be to try one before you get it, even an inexpensive model like this, if you don't have a specific project already in mind.