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Reliable EnviroMate Pronto 100CH Review

By: Kelly Burgess on May 30, 2017

Bottom Line

The Reliable EnviroMate Pronto 100CH is a top choice for small steam cleaning jobs. Its continuous-fill reservoir and flip-up lid are big hits with reviewers, although it holds only 10 ounces -- about 15 minutes of continuous steam.

Pros

  • Continuous-fill boiler
  • Long cord
  • Small, relatively light
  • Lifetime warranty on boiler

Cons

  • Small reservoir
  • Some durability concerns
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Breaking it down

Features

Good array of accessories. The Reliable EnviroMate Pronto 100CH steam cleaner comes with a very versatile range of attachments. A 15-piece accessory kit includes brass and nylon brushes, angle and taper nozzles, a window-cleaning blade, a fabric accessory, a water beaker and a flexible extension pipe, plus a carry bag that helps you keep it all organized. The accessories are reported as durable if you don't handle them too roughly. We found a few scattered complaints that this unit lasts only six months to a year of regular use, although customer service seems willing to honor the warranty and will replace defective models in a reasonable time frame, reports say. It's covered by a one-year warranty, plus lifetime coverage on the boiler.

Performance

Consistent, hot steam. Owners love the Reliable EnviroMate Pronto 100CH because it heats up quickly and provides a fairly powerful stream of steam. It's most appropriate for small jobs or light-duty cleaning, like removing stickers or decals, cleaning around faucets, and other tasks that otherwise require quite a bit of elbow grease. However, it is a small steam cleaner that is fit only for light duty jobs. We saw many poor reviews from owners who were disappointed that it wouldn't' clean their grill or perform other heavy-duty cleaning jobs -- that's because it's not made to do so. For that type of work you need to look at our Best Reviewed canister steam cleaner, the McCulloch MC1275 (Est. $140). The EnviroMate heats to a top temperature of 245 degrees Fahrenheit; hot enough to kill bedbugs. It also gets particularly good reviews for cleaning toilet seats.

Ease of use

Small and lightweight. The Reliable EnviroMate Pronto 100CH has a small boiler that holds 10 ounces, which produces about 15 minutes of continuous steam. It heats quickly -- in about two minutes, according to the manufacturer -- and can be refilled even when hot, although some owners say that the water boils over if you don't let it cool down a bit. Users love the flip-up lid, which stays open until you're done. Many say that the Pronto 100CH is lightweight and very easy to use. It also draws praise for its long power cord and easy-switch tools, among other features. The 32-inch steam hose comes in handy for reaching difficult spots, and a "steam ready" pilot light helps you gauge the Pronto's pressure levels.

Our Sources

Mercia Tapping and Contributors to AllergyBuyersClub.com, As of May 2017

The Reliable EnviroMate Pronto 100CH receives a perfect 5-star rating from Mercia Tapping, the president/CEO of Boston Green Goods, who is AllergyBuyersClub.com's expert reviewer for the Pronto portable steam cleaner. She says that the Pronto is a great adjunct to a full-sized steam cleaner. The steam cleaner also receives an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in just over 10 owner reviews.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2017

Although the overall rating for the Reliable EnviroMate Pronto 100CH of just 3.2 stars out of 5 seems pretty "meh," in fact, a deep dive into the lower reviews shows some legitimate complaints -- like breakdowns after less than a year. However, there are also plenty of people who downgraded their review because this little Pronto can't handle big jobs. Since it's a portable steam cleaner for small jobs, we discounted those comments.

Contributors to Wayfair.com, As of May 2017

After around 25 reviews, the Reliable EnviroMate Pronto 100CH earns an overall score of 3.9 stars out of 5. It gets particularly high praise for cleaning grout. A couple say that it's heavy to hold for long, but, again, this is not a steam cleaner meant for long, drawn-out tasks.

Contributors to BedBathAndBeyond.com, As of May 2017

In about 20 reviews the EnviroMate Pronto 100CH earns an overall rating of 3.7 stars out of 5; 70 percent would recommend it. Most say it makes tough cleaning jobs much easier, but there are a couple of disappointed users who say it does not perform very well or stopped working after just a few jobs.

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