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Kärcher SC1.020 Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner

by Kärcher
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
RRP: £137.14
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  • Fast heating up time - reduced wait to begin cleaning
  • Adjustable steam control - depending on the surface adjust the steam flow
  • Compact & lightweight - space-saving & easy to store
  • Childproof safety lock - no fear of the steam being released by accident
  • Steam means clean – steam is the most hygienic cleaning method
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Kärcher SC1.020 Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner + Kärcher Window Tool for Steam Cleaners + Karcher Round Bristle Nozzles for Steam Cleaners - Pack of 4
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 49.5 x 26 cm ; 3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
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  • Item model number: 15122130
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Feb 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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Product Description

Product Description

Kärcher SC 1.020 Steam cleaner

The Kärcher SC 1.020 harnesses the power of steam to delivery cleaning performance from nothing more than tap water. With no chemicals or scrubbing, the SC 1.020 Steam Cleaner removes tough grease from ovens hobs & extractor fans, everyday dirt from hard flooring, stubborn stains from upholstery or carpets, and even limescale and mould from tiles and taps.

The Kärcher SC 1.020 is lightweight and with the 'lamellae' floor tool you can clean large areas quickly and effectively, with no chemicals so it may be of use for allergy sufferers. The SC 1.020 has a steam flow control on its handle, which allows the steam volume to be adapted to the surface being cleaned and the level of dirt.

Accessories included

Lamellae floor tool
Hand tool
Lamellae floor tool

The optimised floor tool which clamps the cleaning cloth tighter to give large areas a more effective and thorough clean.

Large and small cloth
Hand tool

This tool is desaigned to allow the user to remove greasy dirt closer with no problems.

Detailed nozzle with round brush

This tool is designed for effortlessly cleaning areas that are difficult to reach such as crevices. This may be useful for using in the kitchen and bathroom. Replacement brushes are available to purchase separately.

Descaling sticks
Descaling sticks

Designed to provide a fast and efficient way to descale your Kärcher steam cleaner, easily cleans and is also gentle of the material.

Large and small cloth

The cloths are made from a high graded cotton, the large cloth is for the floor tool and the small cloth is for the hand tool.

Features & Benefits

Adjustable steam control
Childproof safety lock
Compact & Lightweight

Comes with a comfortable carry handle or designed with wheels for mobile use.

Adjustable steam control

Depending on the surface your cleaning you may want to adjust the steam flow.

Accessory storage
Childproof safety lock

When the product is at full pressure the safety valve to the boiler spins to prevent burning. When the pressure has fallen the product will release and you can empty the remaining water before storing.

Accessory storage

This steam cleaner has been designed to allow the user to store all the steam cleaner accessories onboard the unit.


The user can operate the unit by pulling on the trigger, then releasing it when steam is not required.

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Heating output (watt) 1500 1500 1500 1800
Steam pressure (bar) 3.2 3.2 3.2 4
Heat-up time (mins) 8 6 6 4
Continuous fill  
Tank capacity (l) 1 0.5/0.8 0.5/0.8 0.5/1.0
Unit weight (Kg) 3 4.1 4.1 6
Power lead length (m) 4 4 4 5
Hose length (m -with gun) 2 2 2 2.5
Iron compatible    
Vapo Hydro Function      
  • Detail Nozzle
  • Hand Tool
  • Round Brush, Black, 1 pcs
  • Terry Cloth For Hand Tool
  • Descaler Sticks
  • Terry Floor Cloth, 1 pcs
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  • Terry Cloth For Hand Tool
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  • Terry Cloth For Hand Tool
  • Descaler Sticks
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  • Detail Nozzle
  • Hand Tool
  • Round Brush, Black, 1 pcs
  • Terry Cloth For Hand Tool
  • Descaler Sticks
  • Terry Floor Cloth, 1 pcs
  • Floor Tool

Product Description

The Karcher SC1020 Steam cleaner is the ideal product for cleaning your home. Using steam, the SC1020 is capable of cutting through the most stubborn dirt and grease, making cleaning effortless while a selection of different cleaning attachments ensure you always have the right tool for the surface. a fast 8 minute heat up time means the SC1020 is ready for use in no time while a 1 litre tank capacity ensures you won't have to keep refilling the machine.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1,147 of 1,173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shame i dont have anything else to clean!!! 24 Nov 2011
I was reading reviews about this fancy way of cleaning and bought it primerily for my kitchen floor.
But its worked out that i can use it for everything! cleaning turned into fun process and even mu husband who is not big fan of cleaning enjoying it now.
There are some tips i can give after I read some previous reviews:
@Floor becoming too wet. Not if you keep steam output on lower setting
@After first meter you spreading dirt around. Not if you overturn cloth. You can do it up to 4 times on one cloth.
@cloths are too expensive for what they are. You can create your own out of old towel. Just cut it to same size and off you go. For me i use 3 cloths for each room separately.
@little brush collects grease and after that it become ineffective. You dont have to buy another one. Just apply a bit of washing up liquid, press against kitchen sponge and release steam. steam will clear all grease out of brush and sponge will collect it.
Happy cleaning!!!!
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126 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Piece of Kit. 3 Nov 2013
Verified Purchase
Bought the Kärcher SC1.020 Steam Cleaner from Amazon and this day, Sunday 3 November 2013, was the first day of use. I chose this unit as it is the cheapest Kärcher on offer and comparing specs' with the dearer units seemed best value. Indeed I still can't see why anyone would buy any of the dearer units as they all seem to have a very similar performance.


The unit fits together easily and intuitively. The handbook is good and if you're a linguist in 28 languages! All very straight-forward.


Previously I used a mop-n'-bucket to clean the kitchen which has a ceramic tiled floor.
I first thoroughly swept the kitchen to remove all the loose stuff.
The unit came up to steam within the stated 8 minutes and kept up the steam pressure for the duration of the clean about 15 minutes.
The cloth pads get a bit grubby after around 2-4 square metres (proves their working) but this might be as previously I used a mop and was not happy with the cleanliness achieved.
The Kärcher towelling cloth pads are circa 15" by 8" so by turning and refolding you have 4 sides to use. I rinsed out the cloth each time I turned it to remove the worst grime. This is the same as rinsing a mop and not too much more effort.
I also used microfibre cloths which being 16" x 16" give 8 sides available by refolding as above and are easy to attach and use.
Both can be rinsed out and then washed in the washing machine & tumbled then ready for reuse.
The Microfibre cloth was most probably marginally better as it seemed to leave less water residue on the floor although cleaning wise no discernible difference.
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321 of 346 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! Just AMAZING 25 Nov 2011
I've wanted a steam cleaner for at least 10 years , My husband and I argued every time I went to buy one. So I always gave in for the sake of peace. However I have a guest staying with me that 'sprinkles', and no matter what I threw at the loo, it still smelled like a urinal. In our other bathroom there was a slight musty smell, that I suspected came from the tiles near the shower. The usual arguments ensued, I was the only one who could smell these odors. Anyway I got up in the middle of the night and ordered one. OH was out when it arrived, and I set about the bathrooms. As soon as my OH arrived home I took him to show him the cloths, the one from the shower was yucky and smelled musty , the other one smelled like stale urine. Then I showed him the 'spotless bathrooms'. No arguments whatsoever, Yay!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality & price! 19 Jan 2014
Verified Purchase
Used steam cleaner for the first time today on stair carpet & wooden flooring, fabulous results, highly recommended product! :)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Steam Power 2 Mar 2014
By A Cactus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a no frills end of the Kärcher steam cleaner range but up and running it performs pretty much like the more expensive ones for cleaning kitchen and bathroom. So if you want steam cleaning with sufficient clout but can't justify >£200 then this is a more than adequate compromise. Often on offer for sub £100. Got mine under £90. The basic cleaning attachments and the cleaning methods are the same as the expensive ones just no ironing option though as the hose is fixed to the tank. Whats ironing anyway?

The main unit has no controls just two indicator lights and a cap/valve for refilling with water. Thats it.

Here are the compromises (but not too bad for the cash left in your pocket):
There is no water level indication (so find a handy pouring container that is marked to 1 litre for water filling purposes and is good for about 20 mins). No on/off switch (switch on and off at wall socket: needs to be done every tank refill). No removable tank (fill directly into pressure tank with jug, empty by inverting over toilet or garden, warning watch your feet, and warning when filling hot empty tank you will get some blow back). No cable storage or place to wind around. Steam hose is permanently attached and no clip to hold it coiled together (note cable and hose are missing in publicity shot of tool storage!) and so will snake about in a cupboard (if you can wrestle with an octopus then it is a bit easier than that).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality!
Good quality build.
Extensions do not bend much.
Very good locking mechanism with a tight fit.
Sensitive trigger. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Rv
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective Product
I purchased this item - unfortunately it worked fine for 23 months but on the 24 just after the warranty expired, the product STOPPED working altogether. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Barry Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I live without it?!
I had great pleasure in playing with this steam cleaner over the long weekend. I have had a cheaper steamer before and you can really tell the difference in the quality - the steam... Read more
Published 2 days ago by L. Bell
1.0 out of 5 stars go cheap it could not be worse than a karcher
I purchased the karcher with the idea that I was getting german quality. I was completely mistaken, I have used the device 4 times every time I was less than impressed with it now... Read more
Published 9 days ago by pj kennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Marcher never fails to please
I have 3 Kartcher products now, the cylinder steamer is the latest addition and I am so pleased with it. It is simple to use and does exactly what it promises. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Hazel Sharkey
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
We bought this steam cleaner Feb 2013 and had not issue with it, we were pretty happy and satisfied until now when the steamer out of sudden started leaking and steaming from the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Petra Jelinkova Zitova
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality robust multifunctional product.
Just arrived and I have already been cleaning everything from the kitchen floor to the lounge rug. Works amazingly on dirty grout between the floor tiles, and also lifted the dirt... Read more
Published 17 days ago by matthew smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one
Good points: worth the price as it is eco friendly and at the same time saves your pocket on those damaging disinfectants. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Javeed Ahmed
1.0 out of 5 stars the tap get locked - you will never open it again!
It a nice and powerful steamer, however, the top tap get locked and you will never be able to open it again.
Published 26 days ago by Robin Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK
I had one of these about 12 years ago and it was fab, this one just doesnt match up, that said it is as good or better than any other steamer in this price bracket, those mops are... Read more
Published 27 days ago by mrs l m nalias
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