Vapamore MR 100 Steam Cleaner - A Lightweight, Easy To Use Steam Vapor Cleaner

 

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The Vapamore MR 100 Steam Vapor Cleaner is a basic residential machine that uses steam, instead of toxic chemicals and cleaners, to clean around the home.

Update: The Vapamore MR-100 has been discontinued and has been replaced by the MR-100 Primo.


Vapamore MR-100 Steam Cleaner

Price: $299.00 (MSRP)
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PROS
  • Lightweight and easy to use.
  • Convenient on-board accessory storage compartment.
  • 17 accessories and attachments included.
  • Stainless steel boiler.
CONS
  • Poor fit-and-finish.
  • Not suitable for larger homes or projects, nor commercial use.
  • Very wet steam.
BOTTOM LINE
The Vapamore MR-100 is a basic steam cleaner for your home, but has its flaws and is overpriced in our opinion. There are comparable units available at a fraction of the price.

 

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Vapamore MR-100 Steam Cleaner Review

Overview

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Steam cleaning has been very popular in Europe for decades and is now starting to catch on here in the United States. This has brought quite a number of manufacturers, like Vapamore, to the scene.

Vapor steam cleaning uses the eco-friendly power of steam to penetrate deeply into the pores of surfaces and fabrics. Steam cleans, deodorizes, and sanitizes any heat resistant surface, as well as kills dust mites, fleas, and other pests, including their eggs.

The Vapamore MR100 steam vapor cleaner is a cute little thing, with vibrant yellow and black features and a streamlined look. Large wheels make the MR100 docilely follow along as you work. There is even a small compartment to stow a few accessories, keeping them close at hand when needed.

The Vapamore uses a single 1.6 liter (approx. 7 cup) tank/boiler system. After filling the tank with water, the steam cleaner is ready to use in about 12 minutes and will last for 40 to 60 minutes of sustained use.


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Performance

The Vapamore steam cleaning system’s website and literature states that the MR-100 achieves steam temperatures of 240ºF to 250ºF at the tip and produces dry steam vapor (approx 5% moisture content). We tested the tip temperature with both digital and analog thermometers and could not attain the temperatures claimed by the manufacturer.

During use, the first thing we noticed is raw water spewing out of the tip along with the steam. When you release the trigger, a short water drizzle occurs each and every time. And, while it is normal for condensation to occur in the hose during short pauses, it seems particularly excessive from the Vapamore. The moisture problem is most pronounced when using towel wraps on the tools. Towels can only be used a very short period of time before becoming completely saturated and useless (steam does not pass through a saturated towel), indicating a steam temperature that is too cool and extremely high in moisture content. A dry steam vapor cleaner that produces steam with a 5% – 6% moisture content, does not spit water nor saturate towels.

 

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The nylon cleaning brushes are the most used brushes because they help loosen dirt and grime without scratching. Unfortunately, the Vapamore’s cleaning brushes cannot withstand the steam temperatures, becoming soft and mushrooming with even the lightest of use. The nylon brushes supplied with the MR 100 steam vapor cleaner test unit sent to us by Vapamore were useless by the end of our tests. Replacement brushes from Vapamore’s website cost $3.50 to $5.00 each, replacing brushes after only a few uses will get expensive.

There is a strong odor of hot plastic that emanates from the hose of the MR100. The odor comes from an inferior chemical formulation used in the manufacture of the hose. The steam heat releases those chemicals into the air and steam that you’ll be breathing while using the steam cleaner. Your hands and clothing will also smell from being in contact with the hose and steam. While it is not uncommon for new appliances to give off some odor initially, the Vapamore is excessive and the problem will likely remain for the life of the steam cleaner. We have never encountered this degree of off-gassing from any other steam cleaner we’ve tested. Chemically sensitive individuals will be the most adversely affected.

The floor and window attachments clean moderately well for being hampered by excessively wet steam. No matter where the steam pressure is set on the Vapamore MR100, raw water can be seen squirting from the vapor jets along with the steam, resulting in puddling. You will need lots of towels handy while using this vapor steam cleaner. Additionally, the clamps on the floor tool are not strong enough to adequately hold the towel in place, necessitating the use of additional clips or rubber bands to do the work. Also, the provided towel is too small to fully encase the head to direct the steam out the bottom where it is needed. Instead, the steam escapes out the open sides. Using larger towels and refining your wrapping technique will minimize these problems.

Bottom Line

Vapamore has put a lot of effort into making an attractive machine and surrounding it with exciting advertising, flashy literature, and endorsement personalities. Unfortunately the MR 100 vapor steam cleaner does not live up to the hype. There are better quality, less expensive steam cleaners available. We found that the SteamFast SF-275 steam cleaner, for example, outperformed the MR100, and for one-third of the price.

 

Vapamore MR-100 Steam Cleaner Features

  • 1500w Heating Element.
  • Stainless Steel Boiler.
  • ETL listed to UL Standards.
  • Adjustable Pressure Control.
  • 6′ Detachable Steam Hose.
  • 18′ Electric Power Cord.
  • On-board Attachment Storage.
  • 45+ Minute Operation Time.
  • 17 Accessories & Attachments.

 

Vapamore MR-100 Steam Cleaner Attachments

Vapamore MR 100
 

1) Steam gun with hose
2) Accessory adapter
3) Detail accessory nozzle
4) Jet detail nozzle
5) Nylon detail brush
6) Metal detail brush
7) Floor cleaning head
8 ) Floor cotton mop cover
9) 2 in 1 clothes / fabric steamer

10) Clothes / fabric cover
11) 2 in 1 window / surface
12) Extension tubes (three)
13) Fill funnel
14) Measuring cup
15) Cord reel
16) Accessory storage bag
17) Nylon grout brush

 

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Vapamore MR 100 Steam Cleaner
Technical Specifications

Steamer Type: Non-Continuous Fill
Electrical Needs: 1500 watts, 120V, 60Hz
Boiler Capacity: 1.6 liters (7 cups)
Operating Pressure: 50 psi
Tip Temperature: 240º – 250º F (per manufacturer)
212º F (our test results)
Boiler Temperature: 240º – 250º F
Tank Construction: Stainless Steel
Hose Length: 7 ft. (including steam gun)
Power Cord: 18 ft.
Initial Heat Up Time: 11 minutes
Operating Time: 45 – 60 minutes
Dimensions: 15.5"L x 11.5"W x 8"H
Weight: 11 lbs.
Warranty: 1 Year, Limited
Price (MSRP): $299.00
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Disclaimer: The manufacturer generously sent us a complimentary unit for the purposes of testing and review. However, that in no way influenced the information presented here. We always give our honest opinions, findings, and reviews. You can read our full Disclosure Policy here.

Consumer Reviews of the Vapamore MR-100 Steam Cleaner

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Comments

  1. I tested the Vapamore MR-100 for the first time on Friday, November 5, 2010. Immediately, I noticed that too much water was being emitted with the steam. My wife and I followed the directions to the letter and purged the water from the unit after the initial heating period (eleven minutes).

    My wife attempted to steam some clothing and the clothing ended up wet. We tried the entire process over several times with the same result–too much water. However, when you watch the tutorials you do see any water dripping. I could tolerate a little water but this is excessive.

    As I am typing this review, my wife is attempting to contact USBedBugs.com by phone so that the Vapamore MR-100 can be returned. Of course, all agents are currently busy please continue to hold or press 0 to deliver a voice mail. Where is customer service?

  2. Most steam cleaners all produce “wet steam” initially. You must purge the moisture prior to using the machine. These machines will spit moisture at first. Just like most any other steam cleaners you need to first purge the lines into a towel or some sort of cloth.

    Remember that steam is water and is converted to gas by boiling water, and turns back into water once it has cooled down below the boiling point of water. Any residual steam that is left in the hose after use will turn back into water after it has cooled and will spit water out once pressure is induced into the hose the next pressure is induced by steam. It’s a simple matter of physics and anyone whom claims otherwise is not telling the truth or is a wizard of some sort.

    • This point was thoroughly covered within the review. The Vapamore MR100 we tested produced wet steam and excessive amounts of water during use, well after the initial purging period, and continued regardless of how long the steamer was in use.

  3. Electrical Contractor Brisbane says:

    I have similar problems as Adam, it has periods were it spurts excessive hot water, instead of steam, means you have to go around with a towel on your foot drying it up, so its twice the work. 🙁

  4. Steam mops are not really supposed to spurt hot water but hot vapour. With the help of a good microfibre pad, the floor should be dry in under five minutes.

  5. It really helps get a deeper clean to fabrics and carpets as they are the ones that often store germs and even pest eggs, although they will not entirely rid them out, it’s a good prevention and mitigation measure. For pest problems, of course a professional pest control service will be needed.

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