Polti Vaporetto SV650_style test: Ferrari among steam cleaners

The convenience of use

Unusual lines, an imposing wash head and a metallic red handle: Polti SV650_style inevitably attracts attention. Its cork handle, while useless, completes its well-defined style.

Like many of its competitors, especially the Vileda Steam Plus, Polti can adjust the steam output to three intensity levels. The weakest is suitable for the most fragile surfaces such as laminate, delicate fabrics, sofas or plants. As for our favorite plants, be careful not to give them a mindless heatstroke. We didn’t have a chance to try it, but the manufacturer recommends keeping a minimum distance of 50cm to cool the plant. The medium level is suitable for glass, tiles and rugs and carpets; Please note that the brush comes with an accessory specifically for these last two surfaces. As for the most powerful stream, it is intended to eliminate stains and old marks.

To select one of these three intensities, the user must press a single central button on the control panel. When Polti is on, the LEDs light up alternately during heating.

Comfortable to the limit, the steam mop moves very easily, despite the impressive cleaning head; Vice versathe Kärcher SC 3 Upright Easyfix was very good, but not the most docile.
On top of the hatch allows you to add an air freshener. The product then diffuses during washing, mixing with the released steam. We recommend that you use the product sold by Polti, Frescovapor to avoid possible damage.

On the other hand, detergent cannot be added to the 500 ml tank. However, the action of steam should be sufficient to clean any surface. Especially since the broom comes with a host of accessories to best suit the task at hand: clean windows, tile joints, pipes, BBQ grills, etc. The SV650_style then turns into a handheld steam cleaner; which reminds us of Black+Decker SteaMitt. Its reservoir detaches from the handle to accommodate a new tip and carry it around the house. For greater convenience, a hose is also placed at the end of the tank.

Various SV650_style accessories.

Various SV650_style accessories.

This format also offers the possibility of activating the Extra Steam feature; an option reserved for the Vaporetto Style line. By pressing the button hidden under the handle for a few seconds, the user can increase the steam supply by 5 seconds; the function can be activated again after one minute. We tested it quite informally on our newsroom carpet. The spots, always present, thought they were invulnerable. Not! We went through a few of them after activating this Extra Steam feature.

Editorial rating: 5 out of 5


The Polti SV650_style proved to be quite impressive during the washing tests. To appreciate this, we dried soda, oil, lipstick, and soot on the floor in our lab. After a night of waiting, we fired up the SV650_style; which took 25 seconds to be operational.

Oil and soda, the substances that are easiest to clean, are removed in just one pass. The mixture of water and soot required ten trips back and forth; which is a very good indicator. As for the lipstick, what a surprise! Just ten trips back and forth was also enough to erase the traces; its most trusted competitors, Polti SV450_double and Vileda Steam Plus, had to go 14 times to achieve the same result.

Finally, the 500 ml mop tank provides comfortable autonomy during washing sessions. At maximum intensity, it can be cleared in 17 min 22 s; when you can wash for 30 minutes 26 seconds if the steam supply is set to the minimum intensity.

Significant Arguments

  • Several napkins are provided.

  • Transforms into a handheld vacuum cleaner.

  • Excellent washing performance.

  • Complete cleaning accessories.