I had this Enviro steamer and thought it was okay when I had nothing to compare it to. Then the Enviro suddenly stopped working after just a few uses... very frustrating! But now I'm actually glad it did! Because that's when I decided to buy the Haan SI-35R. Here is my opinion upon comparing the Enviro to the Haan....and no I don't work for Haan! WEIGHT:
*The enviro was so heavy that I was very fatigued after using it on the kitchen and baths and that was defeating the purpose of making cleaning easier on my back and joints. *The haan is very light and easily fits under things. WATER TANKS:
*The enviro had the water tank in the base and you have to get out the little cup and funnel they give you and pour two cupfuls into the base, now you need to have a place to store your cup and funnel and not lose them! Then when you are done, you have to pick up the heavy enviro and dump the leftover water out ... try doing that with the handle flopping around and the cord hanging there. *The haan has a detachable water tank on the handle that you simply pop off, fill, and snap back in place. No bending down, and no looking for funnels. It holds plenty of water. It is so simple to pour out any remaining water when finished. HANDLE:
*The enviro handle is adjustable but keeps working lose and slipping down while you mop. Very annoying! If I recall correctly, it also did not have a nice curved handle to hold onto. The hook to hold the cord out of the way while in use was useless, the cord kept slipping out of it. I've seen some reviewers state that there is only a small plastic pin holding the enviro handle on. *The haan handle is curved at the top and is a comfortable length. The handle appears to have one large sturdy looking connection to the base. You can hang this steamer up on a hook and store it out of the way if you like. There is a hook to keep the cord out of the way while in use. The upper and lower cord storage hooks have "quick release". I think the cord is thicker than the enviro one was. Although shorter, the cord length on the haan is fine for me. Even if I were to have to unplug and go to another outlet, it only takes a half minute to reheat. PADS:
*The enviro pads are an all cotton waffle weave fabric that shrinks when you wash them. In my opinion they are too thick and bulky and do not let as much steam through, especially once they get wet...and they do become quite saturated. They were hard to clip onto the base. Which you have to crouch down to do. I was always worried the plastic clips would break and I'd have no way to hold the pads on. I never used it on my wood floor because I knew it left my ceramic tile too saturated. Someone suggested using an old towel for a pad. I tried this and the towel got soaked quickly and it became nearly impossible to push, which flared up my tennis elbow again! **The haan pads are so nice! They velcro on. You just drop the pad on the floor and sit the cleaner on top of them and they stick just fine. Also, the pad center which sits under the steam holes is very thin so that the steam can shoot through more directly onto the floor instead of soaking the whole pad. It gets plenty hot! The pads are more absorbent than the enviro ones. I have used this cleaner on my sealed wood floor because I can see the steam go on them and evaporate almost immediately. Finally! A way to give my wood floors a light scrubbing. DESIGN:
For me, the haan wins for all around design. Light, short, easy to fill and empty, lots of steam power, great pad system, easy storage. I simply LOVE the Haan! It is everything they claim and more, and I could not ask for anything to be better! It is as close to perfect as you can get. If my haan were to quit working I'd get it repaired or replace it with the same model. I love it that much. I could not say that for the enviro. I purchased an extra warranty for the Haan. It may be a more expensive machine, but I am getting much more use out of it as it is so light and simple to use. I'd definitely recommend it.
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