Updated 4 Apr 2016

Karcher

SC1.020

Snapshot: The Karcher SC1.020 steam mop has a non-removable 1L water tank and weighs 4.6kg but it doesn’t have a carpet steaming attachment. How well does it clean?

SC1.020
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$299

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Test results

Overall score
81
Stain removal
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Floor wetness
?/10
Hand-held mode
?/10

Good points

  • Very good stain removal.
  • Easy to use.
  • Mop head moves very easily on the floor.
  • Good at leaving the floor dry.
  • Very good hand-held function makes it easier to clean walls.
  • Large capacity water tank.

But

  • Non-removable water tank.
  • Takes six minutes to heat up and can’t be refilled on the go.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Stain removal (50%)
  • Ease of fill and use (30%)
  • Floor wetness (20%)

Prices are from a February 2015 survey.

Stain removal

We assessed stain removal using a large sheet of vinyl with everyday stains like coffee, mustard, red wine, shoe polish, and soy and tomato sauces. We left these stains to dry overnight and then attempted to clean them with the steam mops.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$299

Specifications

Water tank capacity (L)
1.00
Measured power (W)
1500
Stated power (W)
1500
Reach from socket (m)
8.0
Weight (kg)
4.6
Heating-up time (min:sec)
6:00
In-use time (min)
21

Features

Height adjustable handle
×
Removable water tank
No
On-the-go refill
×
“Steam on” lock-switch
×
Swivel head
No
Heat-up/cool-down pad
×
Cord storage
Yes
Carpet attachment
×
Jet nozzle

More Info

Notes

Steam mops in our database have been tested to slightly different methods, as our test evolves to keep pace with the market and technology.

Availability
Hardware stores and Karcher Centres.

Member reviews