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McCulloch MC1275 Review

By: Kelly Burgess on May 30, 2017

Bottom Line

The McCulloch MC1275 has a 48-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 comes with a range of attachments.


  • Includes 10 accessories
  • Cleans for up to 45 minutes
  • Locking steam button
  • Long hose, power cord
  • Lightweight


  • Can't refill when hot
Our Analysis
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Breaking it down


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.


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. It's also very lightweight, at under 10 pounds. Some retail sites have it listed at double that, but we checked with the McCulloch rep and it does weigh 9.95 pounds without water.

Our Sources

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2017

The McCulloch MC1275 receives an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 after more than 2,510 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.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of May 2017

After more than 565 user reviews, the McCulloch MC1275 gets 4.2 stars out of 5 at Walmart.com. 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.

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2017

About 410 HomeDepot.com customers give the McCulloch MC1275 a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 and 90 percent would recommend it. 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.

Contributors to Target.com, As of May 2017

Nearly 35 Target.com 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. Several say it works as well as more expensive machines they have used or owned.

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