Product Review: Karcher SC1.020 (A real test)


It has been a long time I was aiming to have a steam cleaner for my home. Due to short of money, so I can’t really break the bank last year because each steam cleaner could cost more than MYR 1000+ for it’s latest model.

There are a couple of choices in the market right now, includes H2O 5 in 1 steam mop, Black Decker steam mop, or Philips one. But none of them can solve my problem entirely because these products are mainly for mopping the floor. But if you want to clean the kitchen grease like I did then they are all totally incompatible.

After searching around the entire online supermarket, I decided to buy the Karcher SC1.020 steam cleaner from GD E-Store at Lazada.com.my. Actually this is the first experience I buy something from this seller, but the it’s Lazada’s 5/5 rating system convince me to do it without any doubt.

This Karcher SC1.020 steam cleaner sold around RM700-800 last year, but the price drop drastically due to a new model launched by Karcher itself somewhere around early of this year. So I managed to settle down with this SC1.020 at price RM588.10 with some Lazada voucher code helps. This product mainly manufactured in China, but for a pure Germany build you can get at around RM800. And I strongly believed that their qualities are definitely better than the China one. There are a lot of sellers are selling the same product at very different price, some of them can reached more than Rm1000+, so, please take note and do your research before placed a wrong order!w

I was so surprised with the shipping time, after I placed my order at Lazada at the afternoon on 6 of March 2016, and then I received that item around 8th on the same month. The product received was in superb good condition, and the seller (GD E-Store) even send a WhatsApp confirmation to me to make sure I received that on correct timeline. This is the first time I encounter such a responsible seller from Lazada.com.my.

Bulky, Noisy, but designed for heavy duty

Most of the Karcher product is made for heavy duty usage, the SC 1.020 is also classified into the same category. You can fill up 1 liter of water (maximum level) into the steam pot. It sounds like 1 liter of water isn’t enough to do cleaning, but in facts it can last 25-30 minutes on and off usage.

If you bought a few Karcher products, you would noticed that most of the Karcher product are very noisy. The Karcher’s water pump machine, most of the vacuum models, and this SC 1.020 steam cleaner too. So it is not recommended to use this while your grandmother or babies are sleeping.

Accessories

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It comes with 2 extension sticks, 2 big wheels and 1 small wheel (that you have to install yourself), point jet nozzle, floor nozzle (default), hand nozzle and a round brush.

Boiling Time Test 3

It took around 7-8 minutes to boil 1 liter of water, during this period I can do some preparation so I won’t waste my time just standing there and wait for the light to go off. I see a lot of frustration at Amazon.com review that they were waiting too long for the boiling process, but I strongly believed that the problem is not on the first time boiling, but the second time when you want to reload the water again.

You can’t open the boiler opener when it contains hot pressure, but you want to reload the water as soon as possible in order to continue your work. So I have to wait for a few minute to drain all the pressure out from the nozzle before the opener release the security lock.

Safety Test

There are 2 important safety features on this SC 1.020 model. The first one is the boiler safety valve and the second one is the safety pin at the nozzle. The SC 1.020 mainly designed to use high pressure mixing with the hot water in order to produce 3.2 bar pressure hot steam, so it is very dangerous if someone open the boiler valve straight away. So this safety valve is a must have for a high pressure steam cleaner.

The safety pin on the nozzle is to prevent someone accidentally press on the nozzle pin. I have to admit I injured my middle finger on the first try because I forgot to switch the pin the locked mode instead.

Wiring Test

The length of the cord wire is pretty long from my point of view. Because it needs electricity to create the high pressure steam, there is no way Karcher can design it to be cordless for now. So if you are cleaning a big area, you have to make sure you have electricity switches all around or else you have to buy a super long wire extension.

Review Test

Floor Mopping5
After review, I can be 100% sure this is the best product for floor mopping, with just 1 liter of water is very good enough to clean more than 500 square feet of flooring before reloading. The only problem with floor mopping is that it comes with white cloth, probably it will turns to chocolate flavor in third time when you use it. but so far I am quite satisfied with the result of mopping the floor.

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In the YouTube demonstration, it showed that the SC 1.020 can clean the dirt between the basin and water tap easily, but my test showed that it isn’t true at all, about 50% cleaner than I predicted at the first place. Below are the photos before and after i use the steam cleaner on the dirt spot.


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I give a 3.5/5.0 rating on cleaning the grease because this model it looks like design for this, but in the end I conclude it is not entirely designed for cleaning grease. I was trying it’s limit but it can’t really do the job perfectly. The SC 1.020 steam cleaner is able to help to remove the soft grease that stick on my hood pyramid but not hard grease. The hard grease will stick on the round brush, hence make it harder to clean the rest. And the only solution is to clean the round brush again with kitchen tissue before proceed my test. I believe that this is the limitation of using a steam cleaner without any chemical. And I believe after this test, it proved that steam or hot water (100 Celsius) can never clean hard grease. So we probably need something more than the 100 Celsius or use chemical.

So I decided to combo it with Mr Muscle. Means I spray Mr Muscle on the hood pyramid first, and soak it for few minutes, before I remove the hard grease with the SC 1.020 steam cleaner. It the result looks much more better than the first try.

This is not the first time I clean the kitchen hood pyramid, the last time I spent 90 minutes on it. But with SC 1.020 steam cleaner I am able to shorten to time to 40 minutes. So I conclude that this SC 1.020 steam cleaner speed up 55.6% of my time, so it is a good buy still.

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Cushion cleaning
Not available – short of time to do this test.

Clean up

It is pretty easy to clean up the SC 1.020 steam cleaner. What I did was turning off the plug, pressing the nozzle in order to release the pressure inside the boiler, so that I can turn the boiler valve anti-clockwise when the valve released by the safety pin. The only worry is  to make sure you turn the boiler horizontally when draining away the hot water so that your hand won’t get burned by the steam.

Spare Parts

I noticed that it is pretty difficult to look for SC 1.020 spare parts in Malaysia, in Malaysia they only sell the white cloth in retail shop. For any addition spare parts probably have to get from at Karcher Malaysia HQ. But what I noticed is there are tons of SC 1.020 steam cleaner accessories in the Amazon.com includes different type of hand brush and other standard accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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