Kärcher SC 5 EasyFix test: the inexhaustible XXL steam cleaner

Convenience to use

We are dealing with a standard in the field of steam cleaners. SC 5 is the top of the range offered by Kärcher. With nearly 6kg displayed on the scale, we can only classify it as a heavyweight in this region. In contrast, the SC 2 EasyFix’s lightness surprised us because the device did not even reach 3 kg.

The hose to which the accessories are attached is attached to the front of the sled.

The hose to which the accessories are attached is attached to the front of the sled.

The SC 5 obviously takes care of the floor thanks to its squeegee and extension tubes. But the Kärcher can also accommodate other parties, for cleaning windows, pipes and all other surfaces such as hoods, cooking plates or a barbecue grill. If the device is versatile, some competitors perform better, such as the Black + Decker SteaMitt and its 17 accessories.

Before starting cleaning, it is clear that it is necessary to fill the tank with 1.5 liters of water. Then SC 5 is withdrawn from this tank and 500 mL is stored in the sled, for steam formation afterwards. Noise is heard more often and simply means that the pump is beginning to transfer water to the machine housing. The tank, which is removable, can be filled for greater convenience, even while the device is working; An audible signal simply sounds to alert the user to remove the tray, as well as a warning light for the same reasons.

As with most steam cleaners, the manufacturer recommends using only clean water, no detergents.

Once the device is turned on, the user just has to turn on the large dial to choose the desired steam flow. Then the light turns green and the machine starts preheating. Four intensities are provided by Kärcher, plus an additional option: the VapoHydro function. Removes the toughest stains by adding hot water to the steam that has already been released.

To release the steam, simply pull the trigger. It is possible to use a child safety device that prevents the production of steam.

All that remains is to walk around the house cleaning every corner, followed by SC 5 which is very handy. Mounted on two big wheels, the sled glides across the floor and makes us forget about 6kg and its full tank. Especially since the 8-meter cable provides a more than comfortable working area; Which contrasts with just 5m of the Kärcher SC 3 Upright EasyFix. Wipe, for its part, does not stick to the ground and does not resist back and forth; It also glides well under furniture and in small spaces.

Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

Maintenance work

As we said before, the SC 5 can store up to 500ml of water in its housing. Once the cleaning session is over, it must be emptied regularly by opening the maintenance shutter, which is hidden under a hatch. It is therefore necessary to disassemble it once the appliance has cooled down and stir the steam cleaner so that the water flows normally. It’s not really practical, but it’s the only way to drain the device.

This hatch hides spaces for storing small accessories, as well as a maintenance closure that must be unscrewed to empty the water from the device.

This hatch hides spaces for storing small accessories, as well as a maintenance closure that must be unscrewed to empty the water from the device.

To go further and descaling the SC 5 EasyFix, Karcher apparently recommends its own cleaner to avoid damaging the device.

Both the floor cloth and the fitting cloth for the hand nozzle are machine washable at 60°C. It will be simply necessary to organize, because the German manufacturer offers only one copy of each. So the user will have to rinse the mop quickly if they want to clean the surface again.

Finally, the SC 5 is still a huge device, especially compared to a vacuum-format steam cleaner like the Vileda Steam Plus. Its accessories are stored on the sled to ensure they are not lost. Finally, if the 8-meter wire provides great freedom of action to the user, then storage will not be the most practical. Shame.

Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

wash

As with all steam cleaners, we evaluate its ability to strip the floor. We spread different materials on the floor the day before the test: lipstick, carbon black, oil and soda. Once the tank is filled and after 3 minutes needed to warm up the device, we start the test.

The results were excellent! Steam cleaner removes traces of soda after a round trip, then a second for oil. As for the two most stubborn substances, SC 5 is not intimidating. Most competitors clean pet lipsticks in five sweeps. For comparison, only a few devices, such as the Polti SV450_Double, SV650_style and Vileda Steam Plus, have handled this material. Finally, the carbon black made it a little more difficult to create streaks on the ground, but he managed to tame them in just five round trips.

On the left, your soiled lab floor;  On the right, the score after only four passes.

On the left, your soiled lab floor; On the right, the score after only four passes.

Kärcher has provided a special function to expel all kinds of dirt: the option VapoHydro. You have to turn the knob as far as possible to get in and the function then delivers hot water along with the usual steam. Pay attention, however, to the amount of water left on the floor after the device has passed, which can leave traces after drying. And after releasing a lot of water, a small pond can also be created by the mop simply by attaching it to the sled.

Be that as it may, SC 5 can run for 27 minutes at maximum intensity and approximately… 2 hours 47 minutes at minimum intensity; Which is an achievement in the small world of steam cleaners!

strength point

  • Excellent washing performance.

  • 8 meter cable.

  • Large capacity water tank.

Weak points

  • impose size.

  • Only one wipe on the floor.

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