November 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Est. $120 and up
McCulloch MC-1275

Best budget steam cleaner

  • Cleans for up to 45 minutes
  • Lightweight
  • Locking steam button
  • Long hose, power cord`
  • Steam pressure and temperature too low
  • Can't refill when hot
Where to Buy

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 the scrubbing attachments tend to melt or deteriorate quickly.


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 without the steam cleaner. "Occasionally there's a tough spot that requires some scrubbing, but it is still much less work than it was before I got this product," says one reviewer. The MC1275's steam button can be locked in the "on" position, making big jobs easier. Like most bargain-priced steam cleaners, it's on the noisy side, although only a handful of owners complain.

Ease of use

Lasts for almost an hour. 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 when 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. "I only needed one tank of distilled water to clean my entire 2,500-square-foot house," says one reviewer. 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.


Lots of features for the price. The McCulloch MC1275 comes with a plethora of attachments including 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. Some users dislike the lack of storage for the power cord and steam hose, and a few wish for an over-the-shoulder carry strap. The most common complaint we found is that the MC1275's nylon scrubbing brushes either melt or wear out after about an hour of scrubbing. The McCulloch steam cleaner is backed by a one-year warranty.

Where To Buy
McCulloch MC-1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner

 (1,447 reviews)
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The McCulloch MC1275 receives an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 after more than 880 user reviews. Owners say the results aren't miraculous, but the steam cleaner is quiet enough, and easy to maneuver and use for many cleaning tasks. One drawback: There's no place to wrap and store the steam hose and long power cord.

Review: McCulloch MC-1275 Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner, Contributors to, As of November 2013


After more than 370 user reviews, the McCulloch MC1275 gets 4.2 stars out of 5 at 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, As of November 2013


About 180 customers give the McCulloch MC1275 a rating of about 4 stars out of 5. They agree it's a good value but doesn't produce miraculous results. It heats quickly, and works well on soap scum and mildew in the bathroom.

Review: Heavy-Duty Portable Steam Cleaner, Contributors to, As of November 2013


More than 15 shoppers review the McCulloch MC1275, giving it an overall rating of about 4 stars out of 5. Most agree that the MC1275 does a good job of cleaning and is a great machine for the money. However, a few point out shortcomings like a sponge attachment that fell apart after about 30 minutes of use.

Review: McCulloch Heavy-Duty Steam Cleaner - MC1275, Contributors to, As of November 2013


About a dozen owners give the McCulloch MC1275 an average score of 3.5 stars out of 5 at They're more critical than reviewers at most other websites, and either love this steam cleaner or hate it.

Review: McCulloch MC1275 Canister Cleaner, Contributors to, As of November 2013


Reviews posted at vary in quality, but we still find that they're worth a look. The McCulloch MC1275 is the highest-ranked steam cleaner here, with a score of 83 out of 100 after about eight user reviews.

Review: McCulloch MC1275 Steam Cleaner Reviews, Contributors to, As of November 2013

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