Steam cleaning is one innovation that has significantly improved the way we clean our houses. It is quick, easy, eco-friendly, and more importantly, very effective in getting rid of both visible and invisible dirt and impurities from our homes.
With all that said, the steam cleaner becomes an important piece of cleaning equipment in any home. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Dupray Tosca steam cleaner and comparing it with some of the popular alternatives in the market.
Being a commercial-grade steam cleaner, this device performs impeccably in most areas when compared to most steam mops and handheld steam cleaners in the market. Let’s jump in and see if it will be a good investment in your home or workplace.
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A steam cleaner will work for as long as it has water in the reservoir to produce steam. This means that the size of the reservoir is very important because it will determine how long you will be able to clean before having to stop for a refill.
This steam cleaner comes with a decent reservoir that will hold enough water to produce steam for up to 90 minutes. This is more than enough time to perform most cleaning tasks with no need for a refill. Should you need more time, you can be sure that you will be tired before you ever need a second refill.
Another important feature of a steam cleaner is the time it takes to produce steam. All steam cleaners have a reservoir that holds cold water and a boiler that heats this water so that it can evaporate to produce steam. This process takes several minutes depending on the size of the steam cleaner and the amount of steam produced.
The Dupray Tosca steam cleaner comes with a 1.05-gallon (4-liter) stainless steel boiler that will heat the water and produce steam in under 8 minutes. This may not sound very impressive when compared to some of the smaller models that produce steam in less than 5 minutes.
However, if you consider the fact that the Tosca can produce steam non-stop for up to 90 minutes and at a pressure of up to 72.5 PSI, the slightly longer heat-up time becomes understandable because the boiler has to heat more water.
Steam cleaners can kill germs without the use of chemicals because of the high steam temperatures. If a steam cleaner can’t reach high steam temperatures, it can be difficult to melt oily smudges and to kill any germs and bacteria present on the surface being cleaned.
Fortunately, this is not something you’ll need to worry about with the Dupray Tosca steam cleaner because it can reach up to 316 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees Celsius) which is more than sufficient for killing germs at home.
Controls and Accessories
The steam cleaner has a digital display that shows you the current active temperature in the boiler. It also serves as a maintenance reminder for descaling the boiler.
This digital display has two buttons: one power button for the steam cleaner and one power button for the boiler. After pressing both buttons, the boiler will start heating the water to produce steam. When the steam is ready, there is an indicator light that turns green to tell you that you can start steam cleaning. The last item on this display is a warning light that goes on when water levels run low in the boiler.
To extend this Dupray Tosca Steam Cleaner’s use, you get 25 accessories that include brushes, cleaning pads, microfiber cloths, floor tools, scrapers, a window cleaning tool and even a refilling bottle made specifically for this steam cleaner.
Dupray Tosca vs. Vapamore MR-100 Primo
When compared to the Tosca, the Vapamore MR-100 steam cleaner is a bit different in several areas. For starters, you will be able to get steam for 60 minutes from a full tank, so if you have a large steam cleaning job, you might have to interrupt it more times than the Tosca to top up the reservoir. The Vapamore also requires you to use distilled water and this can cause extra trouble when compared to the Tosca, which will produce steam perfectly using tap water.
When it comes to steam temperatures, the Vapamore steam cleaner also falls short of what the Dupray Tosca achieves. We have seen that the Tosca produces steam at a temperature of 316 degrees. The Vapamore will only reach 210-220 degrees which are slightly lower but still decent enough to kill a majority of the microorganisms present in the different surfaces that you might want to clean.
Unlike the Tosca, the Vapamore MR-100 has been designed for home use, so it lacks the tough exterior and fancy digital display. You will have to work with simple knobs and buttons to control the Vapamore steam cleaner. However, the Vapamore comes with automatic cord rewind which makes your work easier when you have finished cleaning and want to store the cleaner.
Accessories on the Vapamore are also fewer when compared to the Dupray steam cleaner, but that does not mean that they are insufficient. The only essential accessories that are missing in the Vapamore steam cleaner are the stainless steel brushes and the plunger tool.
The absence of fancy displays and high-end features also means that the Vapamore MR-100 is also more affordable than the Dupray Tosca.
Verdict: If you are looking for a simple home steam cleaner and don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, then the Vapamore will suffice. You will, however, have to make some compromises for the lower price. On the other hand, the Dupray Tosca gives you plenty of options whether you intend to use it at home or commercially.
Dupray Tosca vs. Sargent
The Sargent is another high-end steam cleaner for home use that will not disappoint you if you are looking to get a clean home chemical-free. It has a 2.2-quart (approx. 0.5-gallon) reservoir that holds enough water to generate steam for 90-120 minutes depending on your pressure setting.
The steam is produced at 298 degrees and it takes between 10 and 15 minutes to heat up. Maximum output pressure from this steam cleaner is 52 PSI. Comparing these numbers with the Dupray Tosca, you’ll find that the Sargent comes close but still doesn’t quite outshine the Tosca which produces steam at 316 degrees in less than 8 minutes.
The cleaning time is higher in the Sargent, and if you don’t use high steam pressure for long periods, you can exceed the Tosca’s cleaning time by up to 30 minutes. When it comes to accessories, both steam cleaners come with all the essential tools you’ll need for cleaning your home.
Verdict: The Dupray Tosca appears to be the better steam cleaner when compared to the Sargent because of superior performance, ease of use and its lower price tag. As a result, it offers better value for money.
Dupray Tosca vs. McCulloch MC1385
The McCulloch MC1385 steam cleaner is another steam cleaner intended for home use. It has a 64 oz water tank that is capable of producing steam for up to 120 minutes before you have to stop for a refill. If you compare this with the 90 minutes cleaning time in the Tosca, the McCulloch appears to be the winner because of the 30 extra minutes.
However, since the water reservoir is about a half of what’s in the Tosca, we can only conclude that steam is produced at a significantly slower rate in the McCulloch and this can easily limit you, especially when dealing with tough stains.
Heat-up time on the McCulloch steam cleaner is 12 minutes and it produces steam at a temperature of up to 200 degrees and a pressure of 4 bar (approx. 58 PSI). The Tosca outshines the McCulloch in these three categories because of a faster heat-up time (8 minutes), higher steam temperature (316 degrees) and higher pressure (72.5 PSI).
The 23 accessories on the McCulloch are quite impressive and will give you plenty of options when steam cleaning various surfaces. However, they lack a stainless steel brush which is ideal for aggressive cleaning on the toughest of stains.
With all that said, the McCulloch steam cleaner also gives the Tosca a run for its money in a few categories. For starters, it comes with variable steam pressure control that allows you to dial in the exact steam pressure that you need rather than having to work with three preset steam pressure levels. It is also more affordable.
Verdict: Get the McCulloch steam cleaner if you won’t be requiring high-pressure steam at high temperatures. However, if you will be dealing with tough stains that need higher pressures and temperatures, then the Tosca is a better option.
Dupray Tosca vs. Dupray Hill
Let’s finish by comparing these two siblings from Dupray. The Dupray Hill is the more powerful sibling that gives you more cleaning options when compared to the Tosca.
Although the Dupray Hill releases steam at a higher temperature and pressure (345 degrees and 121 PSI), the heat-up time remains 8 minutes just like the Tosca. It also comes with the same digital display in the Tosca so it is easy to use and one glance is all it takes to get a full status update of what is happening.
Unlike the Tosca, you have no reason to worry about cleaning time in the Dupray Hill because it allows you to refill while it is in use. No need to wait until the steam pressure goes down to safe levels for you to refill. Just refill whenever water levels go low and enjoy uninterrupted cleaning.
Another bonus feature is the 20 oz detergent tank that will make your life easy when dealing with stubborn stains that can’t be cleaned using steam alone.
When it comes to accessories, these two steam cleaners come with the same options except that the Dupray hill has a carrying case for the accessories and a steam mop.
Verdict: If you need more powerful steam cleaning power and the option of using a detergent, then the Dupray Hill will serve you well. However, it costs more so if you are operating on a tight budget, you might need to settle on the more affordable Dupray Tosca.