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McCulloch MC1275 Review

Est. $140
Reviewed
May 2015
by ConsumerSearch

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Pros
  • Includes 10 accessories
  • Cleans for up to 45 minutes
  • Locking steam button
  • Long hose, power cord
Cons
  • Low steam pressure, temperature
  • Can't refill when hot

Bottom line

Owners say the McCulloch MC1275 represents a great value, with a 50-ounce reservoir that provides up to 45 minutes of continuous steam and a steam button that locks in the "on" position for big jobs. It won't eliminate scrubbing entirely, but it lessens the work and improves the results. The MC1275 comes with a range of attachments, although some reports say that the scrubbing attachments tend to melt or deteriorate quickly when doing heavy-duty jobs.

Breaking it down

Features

Many features for the price. The McCulloch MC1275 comes with a plethora of attachments that get great reviews from owners because they make this steam cleaner so versatile for cleaning just about anything. They include a triangle brush, small scrubbing brushes, squeegee, upholstery/floor brush with terrycloth cover and two extension wands, although only the small brushes fit into the onboard storage bin. However, some say the accessories, especially the small brushes, don't hold up well on heavier cleaning jobs, but the floor/tile nozzles get kudos. There is also no storage for the attachments, something that frustrates users.

Performance

Good performance at a great value. Most owners say the McCulloch MC1275 does a good job for a home steamer. You may still have to use a little elbow grease on tough dirt and grime, but the results are better than just scrubbing alone, and many are very happy to get those kind of results without having to use chemicals. The MC1275 gets good reviews for its performance on a variety of surfaces, including tile, grout, stainless steel and glass. Like most bargain-priced steam cleaners, it's on the noisy side, although only a handful of owners complain.

Ease of use

Long steam time. The McCulloch MC1275 is lightweight and easy to use, with a 10-foot steam hose and dual extension nozzles that owners say come in handy for jobs like clearing ice blocks from roof gutters or cleaning walls and toilets. The 48-ounce reservoir takes 10 to 15 minutes to heat up and offers about 45 minutes of steam cleaning. The tank has to cool before water can be added, however, and you might want to keep a rag handy to wipe up the dribble of condensation that comes out of the hose after pauses. The MC1275's steam button can be locked in the "on" position, making big jobs easier.

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McCulloch MC1275 Reviews

1. Amazon.com

The McCulloch MC1275 receives an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 after more than 1,480 user reviews. Owners say the results aren't miraculous, but it's a great steam cleaner for the price. The accessories and long steam time get much praise. Some say it does not work well enough as a deep cleaner, and wish they had bought a more expensive model.

Review: McCulloch MC-1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2015

2. Walmart.com

After more than 465 user reviews, the McCulloch MC1275 gets 4.2 stars out of 5 at Walmart.com; 85 percent would recommend it to a friend. Most reviewers say it's lightweight, powerful and does an excellent job on grout. Complaints are generally due to the steam not being hot enough to meet owners' cleaning expectations.

Review: McCulloch Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner, MC1275, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of May 2015

3. HomeDepot.com

About 280 HomeDepot.com customers give the McCulloch MC1275 a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. They agree it's a good value but doesn't produce miraculous results. However, many say the MC1275 heats quickly, and works well on soap scum and mildew in the bathroom.

Review: McCulloch Heavy-Duty Portable Steam Cleaner, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2015

4. Target.com

More than 20 Target.com shoppers review the McCulloch MC1275, giving it an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Most agree that the MC1275 does a good job of cleaning and is a great machine for the money. Several say it works as well as more expensive machines they have used or owned. While Target.com does import reviews from other sites for some products, all the reviews for the MC1275 appear to be written by the site's users.

Review: McCulloch Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner - MC1275, Contributors to Target.com, As of May 2015

5. HarborFreight.com

In just under 40 reviews, the McCulloch MC1275 earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Owners say it works very well and they're thrilled to be able to deep clean without chemicals. A few say it takes too either to heat up or to loosen some grime.

Review: Steam Cleaner Kit - McCulloch, Contributors to HarborFreight.com, As of May 2015

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