Test Kärcher SC 5 EasyFix : le nettoyeur vapeur XXL inépuisable

Test Kärcher SC 5 EasyFix : le nettoyeur vapeur XXL inépuisable

convenience of use

We are facing a benchmark in the field of steam cleaners. The SC 5 is Kärcher’s top of the range. At almost 6kg on the scale, we can only rate it as a heavyweight in this area. In comparison, the lightness of the SC 2 EasyFix surprised us since the device did not even weigh 3 kg.

The hose that the accessories connect to connects to the front of the sled.

The hose that the accessories connect to connects to the front of the sled.

The SC 5 obviously takes care of the floor, thanks to its mop and its two extension tubes. But the Kärcher can also accommodate other tips, to clean windows, pipes, and all other surfaces, such as a hood, cooktops, or a barbecue grill. If the device is versatile, some competitors do better, like the Black + Decker SteaMitt and its 17 accessories.

Before starting cleaning, it is obviously necessary to fill the tank with 1.5 liters of water. The SC 5 then draws from this tank and stores 500ml in the sled, to then create the vapor. So the noises are very often audible and simply mean that the pump is starting to transport the water to the machine casing. The tank, removable for convenience, can be filled even when the device is running; an acoustic signal simply sounds to notify the user of the removal of the tray, as well as a warning light for the same reasons.

And as with most steam cleaners, the manufacturer recommends using only clean water, no detergent.

Once the device is on, the user simply turns the large dial to choose the desired vapor flow. Then a green light comes on and the machine starts to preheat. Kärcher provides four intensities, as well as an additional option: the VapoHydro function. Removes the most stubborn stains by adding hot water to the steam already expelled.

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

It only remains to go around the house to clean every corner, closely followed by the SC 5 which is very practical. Mounted on two large wheels, the sled slides along the ground and makes us forget its 6 kg and its full tank. Especially since its 8 m cable offers a more than comfortable field of action; which contrasts with just 5 m for the Kärcher SC 3 Upright EasyFix. The wipe, for its part, does not stick particularly to the ground and does not resist from one side to the other; It also slides nicely under furniture and in small spaces.

Editor rating: 5 out of 5

Interview

As we said before, the SC 5 can store up to 500 ml of water in its casing. Once the cleaning session is over, it must be emptied periodically by opening the maintenance lock, hidden under a hatch. Therefore, it is necessary to unscrew it, once the appliance has cooled down, and turn the steam cleaner over so that the water flows naturally. It’s not really practical, but it’s the only way to empty the device.

This hatch hides spaces to store small accessories, as well as the maintenance lock that must be unscrewed to empty the water from the appliance.

This hatch hides spaces to store small accessories, as well as the maintenance lock that must be unscrewed to empty the water from the appliance.

To go further and descale the SC 5 EasyFix, Kärcher obviously recommends its own detergent to avoid damaging the device.

Both the floor cloth and the one suitable for the hand nozzle are machine washable at 60°C. It will simply be necessary to organize, because the German manufacturer only provides one copy of each. Therefore, the user will need to give the mops a quick rinse if they want to clean a surface again.

Finally, the SC 5 is still a bulky device, especially when compared to a broom-shaped steam cleaner like the Vileda Steam Plus. Her accessories store on the sled to ensure they don’t get lost. Finally, if its 8 m cable offers the user great freedom of action, it is not the most practical to store. Shame.

Editor rating: 5 out of 5

Washed

As with all steam cleaners, we test their ability to strip the floor. We spread different substances on the floor the day before the test: lipstick, carbon black, oil and soda. Once the tank is full and the 3 minutes necessary to heat the device have elapsed, we begin the test.

And the results are excellent! The steam cleaner removes the residual soda after one round trip, then a second for the oil. When it comes to the two most stubborn substances, SC 5 is not intimidated. Cleans most competitors’ favorite lipstick in five swipes. For comparison, only a few devices, such as Polti SV450_Double, SV650_style and Vileda Steam Plus, had come to terms with the substance. Finally, the carbon black made it a bit harder for the SC 5 to create stripes on the ground, but it managed to tame it in just five round trips.

On the left, the dirty floor of your laboratory;  on the right, the result after only four passes.

On the left, the dirty floor of your laboratory; on the right, the result after only four passes.

And Kärcher has provided a special function to remove all kinds of dirt: the VapoHydro option. You have to turn the knob to the maximum to activate it and the function then delivers hot water along with the usual steam. However, pay attention to the amount of water that remains on the floor after the passage of the device, which can leave traces after drying. And after releasing so much water, the mop can also create a small puddle, once hooked to the sled.

Be that as it may, the SC 5 can work for 27 min at maximum intensity and almost… 2 h 47 min at minimum intensity; Which is quite a feat in the small world of steam cleaners!

Strengths

  • Excellent washing performance.

  • 8m cable

  • Large capacity water tank.

Weak points

  • Imposing size.

  • Just a wipe for the floor.

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