5 top-rated upholstery steam cleaners that will effortlessly tackle everyday messes

Streamline the clean with a handy steam.
Photographer: Brigid Arnott | Stylist: Lisa Hilton

Nothing beats lounging in the living room after a long day of work. A weekly ritual that most of us share is that sweet moment of silence that is kicking up the feet with a well-deserved drink in hand.

So, it’s understandable that after day-in-day-out use the cleanliness of the couch take a toll. Whether the new puppy or last week’s sipping spillage is to blame, raising the upholstery back to its glory days is possible.

We have curated a list of the best upholstery steam cleaners that will guarantee your furniture a new lease on life. Whether you are on the lookout for a heavy-duty cleaner, or one small enough for apartment living, we have found something for every budget and need.


  1. Bissell little green portable spot & stain carpet cleaner, $229, Godfreys (here’s why)
  2. Bissell 36984 spotclean in purple, $238, Amazon (here’s why)
  3. Hoover cleanslate spot cleaner, $299, Godfreys (here’s why)

The best upholstery steam cleaners to shop in 2024


Bissell Little Green portable spot & stain carpet cleaner

$229 at Godfreys

Designed with apartment living in mind, the Little Green portable spot cleaner effortlessly removes embedded stains and dirt with a simple spray and swipe. Whether preparing for a one or two-room clean, moving with convenience is possible with the handle and on-board tool storage solution.

Key features:

  • Tough bristle brush
  • Eco-friendly design made from 75% recycled material
  • Carry handle
  • On-board tool storage

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Bissell 36984 spotclean in purple

$238 at Amazon

This compact and lightweight cleaning machine from Bissell easily tackles everyday messes, allowing you to get on with what’s more important. Its slimline design also lets you easily store it in your laundry or cleaning cupboard when not in use.

“Such an easy-to-use system that worked a treat on my couch…amazing results,” commented a five-star reviewer.

Key features:

  • Hydro-rinse cleaning tool
  • Oxy Boost cleaning formula (236ml) and Spot & stain formula (236ml)
  • Slim-line design

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Hoover cleanslate spot cleaner

$299 at Godfreys

The trusty Hoover has served homeowners for decades, delivering sparkling results in the bathroom, bedroom and living spaces. So, when it comes to getting the mess off upholstery around the home, Hoovers’ CleanSlate Spot Cleaner knows no different. Fitted with various differently sized nozzles and brush heads, it will leave each inch of your space looking and smelling fresh.

Key features:

  • Dual tank system cycling clean water
  • Portable and lightweight design
  • WidePath brush, TightSpot tool
  • 2-in-1 spot and stain targeting tool
  • 5.5m cord and a 1.37m hose

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Bissell stain eraser turbo 2982F cordless portable spot cleaner

$169 (usually $199) at Amazon

Power through once unreachable stains with the convenience of cordless technology. This easy-to-clean tool features a high-power rotating brush head and powerful suction automation, delivering deep cleaning results both in the car and the home.

Key features:

  • Cordless cleaner with charging cable
  • Removable tank, brush roll and suction lens
  • Tough stain Power Brush
  • Oxy Boost (236ml) and Spot & Stain formula (236ml)
  • Two year guarantee

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Bissell spotclean hydrosteam 3689F

$479 at The Good Guys

Qualified cleaners and home bodies will appreciate the features of this compact Hydrosteam from Bissell. Equipped with two interchangeable tool attachments ridding the room of stubborn stains and scents, enjoy a commercial grade clean at the touch of a button.

Key features:

  • 8cm and 12cm tough stain tool
  • Multi-surface tool
  • Hydro-rinse-self-cleaning tool
  • Bissell pet stain & odour formula (236ml)
  • Oxy Boost formula (236ml)

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Do steam cleaners really work on upholstery?

Steam cleaners are extremely effective when it comes to lifting stains and dirt from upholstery. There are a variety of cleaners available to shop, each ranging in form, with some better suited to upholstery than others. When deciding on the cleaner best suited to you and your home, it is important to take note of the inclusion of detergents. Though it is always nice to clear the bacteria as well as the dirt, depending on the material under cleaning, damage may appear.

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