The Vax S7 Total Steam Mop is a revolutionary new 2 in 1 steam mop from Vax which is lightweight but highly effective on grease and grime. Being both a standard steam mop and a converting to a handheld cleaner, you can be sure the Vax S7 will tackle all jobs within the home.
- Total home cleaning
- Breaks down grease and grime
- Ideal for windows, tiles and mirrors
- Detachable handheld steamer
- Kind to the environment
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Before we start our review of the Vax S7 Total Home Master be sure to remember to check out these other steam mops that are available.
There are a wide range of steam mops on the market and although each of them do a similar job to a similar standard, the small differences between one make / model and another can catapult one into the realms of the best steam mop.
Ease Of Use
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Small Plastic Brush
Velcro Micro-fibre Cleaning Pads x 2
The Vax S7 Review
Let’s be clear from the off, the Vax S7 is in direct competition with Thanes H20 x5 Steam cleaner here. They may be named slightly different (the S7 being a 2 in 1 cleaner and the H20 being a 5 in 1 cleaner) but they are effectively competing for the same market.
In the case of the Vax S7, the 2 in 1 refers to the fact that this cleaner is both a traditional steam mop which can be broken down into a more compact handheld steamer. Exactly the same, and aimed at the same household cleaning jobs, as the H20.
Out of the box, the Vax S7 is an easy enough device to assemble and get ready for work. It’s 500ml water tank is easy to fill and when powered up you’ll be steaming away in next to no time as you only have to wait an astonishing 30 or so seconds for the steam mop to be ready for use.
And it’s as a mop where the Vax S7 excels. It glides across hard surfaces without any of the effort you would normally use to hand-crank a standard mop and bucket. The mop head, shaped to allow access into corners and hard to reach areas, shifts around obstacles and is actually a joy to use, leaving behind a gleaming clean surface.
One of the popular complaints about steam mops concerns the water residue that is left behind and the Vax S7, like most models, can suffer with the same problem. However strategic use of the steam control can limit this to a minimum and even at its worst, there’ll be less residue than the old-fashioned mop and bucket.
A mention has to be made about the micro-fibre pad that attaches to the bottom of the Vax S7 for cleaning floors. Normally, these clip onto the bottom of steam mops but Vax have developed a neat little Velcro means to connect pad to mop. Simply place the pad on the floor and put the mop on-top and you’re ready to go.
Let’s get to the other side of things now. The Vax S7 becoming a handheld. If you can manage it, that is. The instructions for the conversion are sparse, to say the least, and when you think you’ve figured it out the release catch only seems to work when it wants to. It’s fiddly, cumbersome and, frankly, a bit of a pain.
When you do manage it, the Vax S7 as a handheld is .. Ok .. At best. It does what it’s supposed to do but that’s about it. Some of the accessories, although you have a wide variety so as to take on as many cleaning jobs as possible, are a bit small and fiddly to attach. Some are fine, but one or two of them left us a little disappointed.
Once attached, as mentioned, the Vax S7 does an ok job with most of the tasks you ask it to perform – particularly with bathroom tiles and the oven, but you’ll probably find more use and better results by just using this particular steamer as a floor mop for which it is primarily designed.
Our Verdict On The Vax S7 Total Home Master
The Vax S7 Total Home Master is a perfectly good steaming mop that will do a grand job of your hard floors with the added extras that a handheld device can give.
The Vax S7 is a great little floor mop that will definitely put a smile on your face when you see the results in your kitchen or of your laminate flooring. It’s quick to assemble, quick to get steaming and glides effortlessly across the surface.
If Vax had left it at that then the ratings above probably would have been a little higher but the handheld option lets the Vax S7 down a bit. It’s certainly not a deal breaker – make no mistakes, you won’t be left disappointed with the performance as a handheld, but it could have been better. But the conversion from mop to handheld, although we improved when we got the hang of it, could be a bit too fiddly for some.
All in all, the Vax S7 Total Home Master makes a good effort and does a fairly decent all round job. The real bonus comes with the price and you can pick up some decent discounts on Amazon and at those prices, you’re getting a pretty good steam mop and cleaner.