Kärcher SC 1 Steam Cleaner

Test 09/2019

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Test seal: Kärcher SC 1 Steam Cleaner, Rating 8.5

last modified: 08.10.2019, 13:36

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All rating criteria details:

Cleaning efficiency 40%
Handling 20%
Accessory 20%
Quality impression 20%
Tested by: Tim



The Kärcher Steam Cleaner convinced us in the test, although this steam cleaner also has its weaknesses. The advantages definitely predominate. The cleaning performance is, in any case, one of these positive features. Due to its power, this small unit is superior to the competition. The quality of the components and accessories is also significantly higher than those of the competition. The operation during the application is simple. One of the weaknesses of the device is the small filling tank for the water. Smaller surfaces can be cleaned easily, but larger ones are a bit challenging. Several windows cannot be cleaned with one load of water. In such cases, water must be refilled.


  • High-quality workmanship
  • A lot of power
  • Simple operation and handling
  • Good cleaning


  • No own window attachment
  • Small filling tank

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Good cleaning performance and high-quality workmanship. Makes cleaning enjoyable.

The Kärcher SC1 steam cleaner is the highest quality device within our test. The device does not only convince optically but also practically in the hand. A high-quality impression is also created by the handle and the simple attachment of the nozzles.

The handling is simple. First, the desired nozzle must be placed on the steam cleaner. Up to 200 ml of water can be filled into the device with the included measuring cup. The lid must then be closed. To put the device into operation, plug the power cable into the socket and wait for the warm-up time. This takes about 3 minutes. Then the lamp lights up and the steam cleaner can be used. All you have to do is press a larger button on the handle and you are ready to go. The use is comparatively pleasant and easy. If you want to pause use, you can activate the parental control. Then the device does not start automatically by mistake. It is noticeable that the device has real power. Even stubborn dirt can be easily removed with the steam cleaner. As with the other steam cleaners, the volume can also be neglected with this device. The sounds of the Kärcher steam cleaner do not interfere with the warm-up time or the application.


Kärcher SC1 steam cleaner
The nozzles of the Kärcher SC1 steam cleaner

The Kärcher steam cleaner is supplied with several different nozzles:

  • Hand nozzle: For cleaning mirrors, shower cabins, and small surfaces. The cover should be pulled over the nozzle during use.
  • Steam nozzle: For removing wrinkles from clothing and moistening cloths with which dust can then be wiped off.
  • Point jet brush: For cleaning hard-to-reach areas such as joints, drains, washbasins, WCs or radiators. It is also recommended to add a cleaning agent to the tank and let it work for approx. 5 minutes.
  • Round brush: For cleaning stubborn dirt.
  • Floor nozzle: For cleaning wipeable wall and floor coverings, e.g. tiles.
  • Cotton cover: The cotton cover can be used in combination with the hand nozzle.

The Kärcher steam cleaner does not have an extension hose, which is included in the scope of delivery of the other tested devices.

Kärcher SC1 steam cleaner for window cleaning
Kärcher SC1 steam cleaner for window cleaning

Cleaning windows

At first, it may seem inconvenient that the device does not have a separate window attachment. In practice, however, this is not a disadvantage. For example, it is recommended to use the hand brush with the soft elevator to clean windows. In our opinion, this works even better than the extra window attachment supplied with the other devices. With the other devices, there is beside the normal window attachment also this combination like with the Kärcher, so that this is a good realization for all devices. In summary: Windows can also be cleaned easily with the hot air of the Kärcher.

Kärcher SC1 Steam cleaner at cleaning smooth surfaces
Kärcher SC1 Steam cleaner at cleaning smooth surfaces

Cleaning even surfaces

When cleaning a smooth surface, one immediately notices that the Kärcher has the most power of all compared devices. In addition, the attachments have a high-quality look and can easily be attached to the device. Nevertheless, the fact that so much water came out of the device was a negative factor in this case. This means that several cloths have to be wiped with depending on the size of the surface. It is only worth using a steam cleaner if the dirt is stubborn and cannot be cleaned with a normal cloth. In the case of heavy soiling, it is definitely worth using such a device.

Kärcher SC1 Steam Cleaner also cleans joints and hard-to-reach places
The Kärcher SC1 Steam Cleaner also cleans joints and hard-to-reach places

Cleaning joints

The Kärcher steam cleaner can also be used to clean the joints of heaters or similar areas. However, an extension hose is missing from the scope of delivery of this appliance, so it is not possible to extend the crevice nozzle. Nevertheless, strong power and simple operation are good for the appliance.

The Kärcher SC1 steam cleaner can also be used to refresh clothing
The Kärcher SC1 steam cleaner can also be used to refresh clothing

Refresh clothes

While refreshing the clothes, it could be observed that more water than steam had escaped from the steam cleaner. When treating clothing, it is to be expected that the clothing will get wet. It can rather be spoken of a water purifier at this point.


  • A measuring cup with a volume of 200 ml

Thermal image

Thermal image of the Kärcher steam cleaner
Thermal image of the Kärcher steam cleaner. It expels water and steam at almost 100 degrees.

We have evaluated 7 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 55 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are approx. 45 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 3.3 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 55% positive and 45% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Simple cleaning possible
  • Easy handling
Manufacturer Kärcher
EAN 4054278319520
Heating capacity 1,200 W
Length of the power cable 4 m
Boiler/ tank capacity 0.2 l
Nozzles Hand nozzle, dot-jet brush, round brush, floor nozzle
Heating time 3 min.
Child protection Yes
Steam pressure max. 3.0 bar
Scope of delivery Basic unit, 1 hand nozzle, 1 measuring cup, 1 soft part, 1 power nozzle
Quality impression Good
Packaging Good
Quality of instructions Excellent
Manual language GER, EN, FR, IT, ES, NL, PL, PT, DK, NO, SE, FI, CZ
Width 12,7 cm
Height 18,6 cm
Depth 32,1 cm
Weight 1,6 kg
Accessories Measuring cup 200 ml
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