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Shark Vac Then Steam

A steam mop and hard floor vaccum all in one. Does it deliver as promised on TV?
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The new Shark Vac Then Steam hard surface steam and vacuum cleaner combines the Shark Steam Mop and the vacuuming capability of the Shark Vacuum Cleaner into one product for sealed floors.   It is not for use on carpets.

It's great when you can combine two useful products into one.  Since you need to vacuum your floors before you steam mop anyway, it makes perfect sense to combine a steam mop and a vacuum cleaner into one device.  I will bet the next generation Shark cleaner will do all surfaces including carpeting with a handy surface dial or something like that.

The question that needs to be asked about this as-seen-on-TV floor cleaner is, does it live up to the promises made on the infomercial?  Can it vacuum really well and then steam clean as promised?

Major Claims Made by Shark

  • Replaces everything else for hardwood floors
  • Uses no chemicals- just water
  • Drys in seconds, which is best for hardwood
  • Sanitizes- Kills over 99% of viruses and germs including ecoli and flu (even H1N1)
  • Picks up hair

Vac Then Steam Product Features

  • No bags or filters to buy or change
  • Interchangeable & washable micropads
  • Two year warranty

 Special infomercial offer includes scent that you can add to steam pads for fresh smell, free shipping, and a free portable steam scrubber.  The problem is, this all cost more than this offer.

Some of the major issues with hard surface steam cleaners is that floors do not dry quickly.  This can be inconvenient at best, but can also be damaging to wood floors.  Does the steam mop feature on this device help floors dry quickly? 

How well does the vacuum component work?  Does it have nice suction on all types of dirt?  Is it noisier than it should be?

If you have tried the Steam Then Vac floor cleaner by marketed by Shark, please leave your reviews, good or bad, to help other buyers find the right product and avoid a huge buying mistake.

Shark Vac Then Steam Reviews

Review the infomercial product.

Shark Vac then Steam

Posted by JackieB at Jul 29, 2010 12:25 PM
You can find it for 149.99 at Target and Sears

Shark Vac then Steam

Posted by Susie Om maker at Oct 10, 2011 10:12 AM
Big Lots, 59.00 bucks.

Shark vac then mop

Posted by Carol E at Aug 07, 2010 06:28 PM
I got mine @ bed/bath for 119.99 using 20% coupon. Typical broom vacuum performance, easy to convert to steam cleaning. Ceramic tile dried quickly. Recommend for weekly maintenance cleaning, my floors were pretty dirty to start with.

Shark Vac Then Steam

Posted by pctamer at Sep 20, 2010 07:44 PM
This was the first steam mop we purchased and thought the 2 in 1 feature would help save time. The vacuum feature was not very powerful, leaving pieces of dirt on the floor. The steam feature was fairly easy and did not leave the floors wet, but it also did not seem to clean. I expected my tile to at least feel warm immediately after the steam mop passed over it, but it did not, and the pad really did not have much dirt on it when we were done. I could not tell if it was doing anything more than a normal mop with water and, with a normal mop, I could get the dried on spills off (using some muscle gress). We determined it was not worth the money and returned it.

Shark Vac then Steam

Posted by Amanda Waits at Sep 29, 2010 07:01 AM
I purchased the product from the main website so that I could receive the handheld steamer as well. I have not used it yet, but the main vac-then-steam was great. It was very easy to put together and I like the fact that they included several different papers with directions and pictures. There are really just three main parts for the vac: handle, body, and filter container. I thought it did a great job for a handheld vac, however, medium sized items like a small piece of wood or paper clip it did not pick up. The steam took about 1-2 minutes to get going, but I think that was becuase it was the very first use. My tiles were very warm and comfy after using. I must say though, if you have a stubborn spot, you would need to preclean. I finally got a spot up after several passes and letting the steamer set on the spot for about 10 seconds helped as well. My wood floors dried very quickly and I don't have that "chemical" feel on my feet when I walk barefoot on my linoleum. Overall I think it is well worth the money if it lasts two years like the warranty states.

Shark Vac then Steam

Posted by kimbi at Oct 05, 2010 04:04 PM
Do you by any chance remember the main website that you got it from? I can't find the one with the deal with the team cleaner like on the infomercial! I was too sleepy to write the right website down!

Shark Vac then Steam

Posted by Susan at Oct 11, 2010 07:05 AM
I just saw the infomercial and am considering trying this machine. The website you're looking for is www.vacthensteam.com.

Shark Vac then Steam

Posted by tammy at Oct 28, 2010 07:39 AM
dont waste your money i was thrilled when i saw the commercial as well so i found one at canadian tire could hardly wait to try it and totally dissapointed vac is ok steamer the pits you could feel the dirt still on the floors after i used it used my good old h20 mop that isnt steaming properly and the cloth was filthy .So obviously the steam then vac did nothing really

Shark Vac then Steam

Posted by DORIS at Oct 26, 2010 09:39 AM
IM ALSO LOOKING FOR THE WEBSITE THE ADD OFFERED THE SHARKVAC-STEAM.
AS A SPECIAL A HAND STEAMER WHICH FREE AND RESEMBLED AN IRON.

Shark Vac then Steam &free hand held streamer

Posted by rhonda at Dec 11, 2010 08:11 PM
I called to order this tv deal on tv they said 4 easy payments BUT if you call now they would take 1 payment away. call now! I called they told me that I did not see that talked to me bad THEY lied on tv ,and looking on here I would NOT buy from Shark

Shark Vac then Steam &free hand held streamer

Posted by Anonymous User at Jan 21, 2011 08:29 AM
i am soooooooo glad that i saw your comment.....i was all set to buy this vac and steam and could not wait to get.+ the free gift the hand heid steamer....i thought it was to good to be true i will just stick to my mop...thank you...

Shark VAC then STEAM

Posted by Anonymous User at Apr 30, 2011 06:11 AM
I bought the Vac& Steam. I am not happy they said it would pick up dirt that other mops just push around. Wellit does not and I have to Swiffer after doing both steps with the VAC & MOP. I feel I wasted my money

Shark Vac then Steam

Posted by Anne at Oct 12, 2010 08:40 PM
Bought mine at Bed Bath and Beyond with 20% off coupon. I used it today for the first time and I am disappointed. Vacuum seems to work well; pushes easily and picks up pretty well. The steam cleaner is another thing. Doesn't push too easily; steam comes in bursts, and worst of all, my floor was not clean when I got done. I had some water drops on the floor when I removed the steam attachment, so used a paper towel to wipe it up...and dirt. I tried various areas of the floor with a damp paper towel and always got grime up too. So I do not feel the steam cleaner does much of anything. Guess you can't beat soap and water on your hands and knees. Would not buy again and may take this thing back.

vac then steam awesome

Posted by reallyisjenny at Oct 26, 2010 09:39 AM
i saw the infomercial and was so excited, then saw it at my WALMART! so i bought it and at first was very disappointed, but then read directions and realized i was not using it properly, the steamer quits steaming when put in upright position, so i had to remember to keep it low and it was perfect!!! it did take a while the very first time, but after a while, it was AMAZING! I have new medium brown bamboo wood floors and i have been using my shark cordless stick vac and a microfiber mop with bona cleaner but it was so much work. this is so much better. i returned the vac then steam to walmart, and am ordering on the shark site b/c that model has 30 ft cord instead of walmarts 25 ft cord and also holds 100 ml more of water than walmart version, not to mention the freebies and free hand steamer... i kept the vac then steam from walmart for a few days and it was so easy to use quickly when i saw a spot or two. the vacuum works safely on my wood floors, but doesn't work on carpet, so i will keep my regular vacuum too... the vacuum doesn't get right up to baseboards, but otherwise it's perfect. i do not have kids, just two small indoor dogs, so i am probably not a heavy user like some people, but i would recommend it to anyone. the only things to know is keep handle low to not kick off the steamer, and it's not a miracle tool, if you spill honey on the floor you may have to use a rag to get up mess, but honestly it's the same w/ my regular microfiber mop.
also, it left no streaks or spots on floor. it did at first, but i wasn't using it properly. I LOVE THIS THING! i have dreamt of a multitasking item like this and this is finally it...
oh, vacuum and steamer are normal noise, i think, not super quiet, not super loud... and on the website you can extend the warranty to 4 years for $15.00 so it should be a longterm household item...

shark vac then steam

Posted by Anonymous User at Nov 01, 2010 11:47 AM
Vacuum works good, but does not do a good job steam cleaning. The only thing it did was push the dirt around.

shark vac then steam

Posted by sharon barnes at Apr 30, 2011 06:11 AM
Same here. Waste of money

Shark Vac Then Steam

Posted by susan at Dec 01, 2010 01:17 PM
I used this for the first time today on various flooring (glazed porcelain tiles, glazed ceramic tiles and polyurethaned floors. It works well to sanitize and clean. I especially like being able to switch between the two functions (vac and steam. This item is not a replacement for a vaccuum cleaner, it is just a sanitizing extra, but well worth it for us clean freaks. I also used the steamer to remove a pet urine oder from an area rug, and it worked!

vac then steam

Posted by Lisa at Jan 03, 2011 06:53 AM
love the steamer. cleaned so great. I am very picky too. the sweeper didn't get close to my baseboards though. sweeper was good, but I still went over with a dry swiffer before steaming. the steamer was perfect for my large tile floor and hardwood. no complaints other than wish there was an attachment hose to suction along baseboards and edges.

Shark Vac then Steam-SOLUTION!

Posted by Tammy at Sep 02, 2011 05:55 PM
Ladies! Don't give up on your Shark Vac then Steam yet!!! I found a solution to the "not getting the floors clean enough with the steamer" problem!
I purchased a cheap spray bottle-filled it with no-rinse floor cleaner, then spray-wait a minute-then steam mop over where I've sprayed!!
Not only does in clean perfectly, but smells like a freshly mopped floor PLUS all the germs are killed.
Now you would have to pry my Shark from my cold, dead fingers!! LOVE IT!!