Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Compact Steam Cleaner

The Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Compact Steam Cleaner is a complete solution for tackling the toughest jobs to be found in the home. This powerful, versatile and compact steam cleaning system uses jets of steam to break down grime, kill bacteria and is the perfect tool for cleaning floors, mirrors, tiles, cookers, hobs and grills. The Vax S5 gets to work helping to keep your home clean and hygenic.

Key Features

  • Eliminates bacteria and allergens
  • Steam cleaning without solution
  • Accessory kit
  • 30 minutes steam time so less refilling
  • Lightweight and compact, easy to use and store
  • Free 2 year UK Vax warranty for complete peace of mind

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Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Compact Steam Cleaner
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Power Output

1500 Watts

Boil Time

8 Minutes

Steam Time

30 Minutes

Tank Capacity

1.2 Litre

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Measuring jug
Floor head connector
Concentration nozzle
Large plastic brush
Detail nozzle

Scraper tool
Grout brush
Floor head
Floor head cloth
Window / Upholstery tool
Upholstery cloth

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The Vax S5 Review

The Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Compact Steam Cleaner is a bit of a big mouthful to constantly type out and for you to read, so we’ll compact it down and make it a little lighter. Which is quite ironic, really, because the Vax S5 is a smaller more compact steam cleaner than it’s slightly bigger brother, the Vax S6 which is billed as the full home cleaning system version rather than just designed for the Kitchen and Bathroom.

Don’t, however, let that designation put you off. The S5 has the tools and the beating heart inside to tackle most cleaning jobs you’ll find in the home even if the included accessories are indeed geared towards those two particular rooms.

The Vax S5 is about a kilogram less in weight and comes with a smaller water tank (1.2 litres capacity as opposed 1.6 litres). While this means less steam and usage time it also means less boil time too which was one of our issues with the S6. You will have 30 minutes of steam time for 8 minutes of boiling which at least puts this particular model into the yeah, that’s okay category. However, there is still no indicator on the water tank that tells us that the steam is about to run out. Come on Vax! Sort it out!

The steam power generated by the Vax S5 is very good and it will tear through most grime, grease and dirt easily with its continuous steam. As with most vacuum-less steam cleaners, a dirty water residue is usually left behind which will need to be mopped up afterwards but once cleared, the vast majority of hard surfaces will gleam as though they are brand new.

As mentioned, the attachments are geared towards the kitchen and bathroom but there are tools in there that can be used all around the home. However, once again, the Vas S5 struggles a bit with softer surfaces such as carpets and upholstery. It will give it a good go, but you’ll find you’ll have to have a few attempts at removing deep stains. Another plus point is that most of these accessories can be stored on the V5 itself in the handy little storage compartment located on the back of the unit.

One or two of the accessories leave a little bit to be desired, though, namely the extension tubes which seem a little bit too flimsy for our liking, but on the whole there is a good selection of attachments and you’ll be sure to find what you need for the particular job at hand.

We do need to mention the noise of the Vax S5. The steam release gives off a high pitched squeal which gets annoying far quicker than it takes for you to get used to, so you’ll be best off hunting down your ear plugs before getting down to work!

Our Verdict On The Vax S5 Kitchen and Bathroom Master Compact Steam Cleaner

We really like the Vax S5 – as a cleaner designed to tackle the kitchen and bathroom it’s excellent. You’ll be surprised at just how much grime is lifted from your hard surfaces and how they’ll shine when you’re done.



  • Compact & Lightweight
  • Good Boil Time to Steam Time Ratio
  • Powerful Jet Of Steam
  • Gives Excellent Results
  • No Water Tank Indicator
  • Soft Materials Require Repeat Cleans
  • Noisy!
  • Some Accessories Have Quality Issues

Likewise with your appliances; after years acculamting grease you’ve probably thought you’ll never lift it but after a few minutes with the Vax S5, they’ll have never looked better.

The noise produced by the cleaner is a bit of an issue – not enough to have us tell you to avoid but compared to other models but you’ll definitely notice it. Likewise, it’s a shame that Vax are reluctant to put an indicator on the water tank so you’re aware of how much longer worth of steam you have available.

Those couple of little gripes aside, the Vax S5 is a fantastic steam cleaner for the price and will give your home a shine that you never thought possible. Highly recommended.

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