As you may or may not know I have hard floors in addition to carpet, both in my house and in my testing area (what I occasionally refer to, affectionately, in videos as “The Lab”). These hard floors get dirty just like the carpets and also need a thorough cleaning like everything else. I previously used a Bissell machine to clean my hardwood, tile and linoleum until my hard water broke the steam release valve and steam started shooting out the side and the unit died. After an autopsy was conducted and the machine was buried I went on the hunt for a new one.
Hard Floor Performance
The HAAN SI-70 has a pretty good trick up its sleeve compared to many other machines on the market in that the steam unit can be pulled out and used as a handheld unit. This is great (and I have a whole section talking about it later) but most people are buying this machine for its performance on the floor. This machine does a good job on the floor, using 212 degree steam to clean the floors and microfiber pads to scrub the floor and absorb the water left behind. This steam dries very quickly and does a very good job at cleaning, although some stubborn spots persisted and I had to take out the hand unit to blast them away. This machine had a few troubles getting coffee spots off of hardwood, but outside of that did a very good job.
The HAAN SI-70 also has a carpet attachment that can be put on the unit for steaming your carpets and area rugs. This is nice for sanitation purposes and to get even more dirt out of the carpet. When I tried the carpet steamer I was able to remove more dirt after I steamed than after I just vacuumed. In addition the steamer was able to remove a large amount of smell in the carpet. The steamer also snaps on easily and can be ready to use in just a few minutes.
One of the coolest features of the machine, and something that isn’t available with other machines is the unique ability to use attachments. This feature is quite easy to use as you just have to squeeze two buttons and the steam unit detaches from the main body. After the steam unit is detached it can be used to steam off stubborn spots on your floor, or an attachment put on. In the box there are attachments for a small cleaning head, a grout cleaning brush and a 90 degree elbow. All of these attachments just slide onto the steam unit and are ready to use instantly. All of these attachments work pretty well at cleaning, with the steam unit generating a very powerful stream of steam.
With the average price of the unit being $129.99 the machine is a good buy, with sales being able to drop the price down to $99.99 a wallet friendly price. Although this machine isn’t the cheapest in the steam mop field, it does a great job and has AMAZING build quality compared to its competitors. While most other machines creak and flex the HAAN stays solid. I feel the machine does a great job on my hardwood and tile, getting most of the dirt. On linoleum the machine also cleans quite well getting everything I put down and let dry. To say it bluntly, this machine works. This is a machine where you don’t work for a good clean, a good clean works for you.