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Kärcher SC 3 – Comparison Test • Steam Cleaners

Class Evaluation (% share overall score)

GOOD (1.70)
Operation / handling (30%)
GOOD (1.62)
Power (25%)
GOOD (1.82)
Equipment (25%)
VERY GOOD (1.00)
Security (10%)
GOOD (1.90)
Amazon data (10%)

advantages and disadvantages

Plus points

    • Multistage steam regulation
    • Easy Park System
    • 2-chamber system
    • Short heating


    • Small water tank

Functions / Features

  • Weight (kg): 3.14 Kg
  • Power: 1900 Watt
  • Max. Steam pressure: 3.5 bar
  • Water tank capacity: 1 liter
  • Cable length: 4 meters
  • Range: 7 meters
  • 2-chamber system
  • Heating time: 0.5 minutes
  • Steam flow control: the handle
  • childlock
  • release
  • Steam strength selection: 2 steps
  • floor nozzle
  • floor cloth
  • Detail nozzle
  • Hand tool
  • Number round brush heads: 1
  • Park system
  • Manufacturer: Kärcher
  • Operating instructions: +


  • Integrated accessory compartment
  • window Washer
  • Iron
  • Iron connection
category A Total Score Score / points
Operation / handling 30% Note 1.70
Weight (Kg) 3.14 Kg  84.00
radius 7 meters  40.00
2-chamber system  + 100.00
Steam regulation handle  50.00
Steam power selection 2 stages  50.00
Total points 324.00 (500)
power 25% Note 1.62
power 1900 Watt  66.67
Max. Steam pressure 3.5 bar  58.82
Water tank capacity 1 liter  50.00
Heating time 0.5 minutes 100.00
Total points 275.49 (400)
equipment 25% Note 1.82
Integrated accessory compartment  –   00:00
floor nozzle  + 100.00
floor cloth  + 100.00
Detail nozzle  + 100.00
Hand tool  + 100.00
Number round brush attachments 1  50.00
window Washer  –   00:00
Park system  + 100.00
Iron  –   00:00
Iron connection  –   00:00
instruction manual + 100.00
Total points 650.00 (1100)
security 10% Note 1:00
childlock  + 100.00
release  + 100.00
Total points 200.00 (200)
Amazon data 10% Note 1.90
Amazon valuation 4.1  55.00
Total points  55.00 (100)
Properties without rating
cable length

Kärcher steam cleaner SC 3 is the successor of the SC 2.500 C, of the ETM test magazine (issue 03/2014) was “good” with a score and there scored particularly well with the short heating time. This has the SC 3 “inherited”, more precisely, he has improved a lot on this point: he needs namely only 30 seconds to heat up (!). In addition, this device has but to other positive features:

    • The electrical output is 1900 watts , which heat-up time 0.5 minutes and the vapor pressure of 3.5 bar.
    • The water tank can hold 1 liter of water and are constantly replenished while working without interruption. So we have to do it with a 2-chamber system, wherein the water tank but can not be removed separately from the device here, since it is integrated.
    • Two indicator lights indicate the status of heating and ev. Of water shortage. About these ads is the on / off switch for heating.
    • The selector switch on the handle has three positions:
      • Maximum amount of steam,
      • Reduced amount of steam,
      • No steam ( Parental Control ): In this position the steam lever can not be operated.
    • The extension tubes for the floor nozzle can be connected to the handle.
    • The extension cord is 4 meters long, the radius of the outlet to the floor nozzle is around 7 meters.
  • An accessory is included:
    • a hand tool,
    • a jet nozzle,
    • a round brush (it is on the detail nozzle front mounted)
    • a terry cloth cover for the hand tool,
    • 2 interlocking pluggable extension tubes,
    • the floor nozzle and a floor cloth,
    • a Kärcher Entkalkungskartusche. Depending on the local water hardness, these must be replaced, two hours before the expiry of the term of the required replacement is indicated by flashing.

Steam cleaners Kärcher SC 3

The Kärcher SC 3 is ready for use after just 30 seconds to warm.

Its vapor pressure is 3.5 bar, a double chamber system makes for permanent filling of 1 liter water tanks.

The big advantage of the steam cleaner SC 3, the tank system , which during operation permits refilling of the water tank (without Deactivating). Except for refilling with water, the operation of this steam cleaner is but identical to that of the simpler model SC1030 .

    • For refueling must only carry water from the filling hopper. The good thing is that you do not turn off this steam cleaner and has to wait for the warm-up just short (max. 30 seconds).

      If the descaling with the vendor-supplied Entkalkungskartusche would like to spare, should simply commercialdistilled water use. In the manual, the descaling is described in detail.

    • The accessory is connected as follows:
      • the floor nozzle (it is attached to one of the extension tubes)
      • the jet nozzle and the hand tool to be easily attached to the steam gun until the unlocking button clicks into place,
      • the two plugged into one another extension pipes are just connected to the steam gun,
      • sponge cover is pulled over the hand tool,
      • and just as the ground cloth over the floor nozzle.
  • If the tank is filled completely new, it must be the warm-up wait of 0.5 minutes before starting the steam cleaning. Anons eliminates the warm-up (or is practically negligible) because the boiler is permanently supplied via the water tank yes.


The electrical output is 1900 watts . The actual energy consumption depends on the selected steam level and the votes per unit amount of steam. Tile floors are a popular application for steam cleaners. The hot steam of SC3 ensures a thorough floor cleaning.

Floor cleaning with the SC3


Safety point of Kärcher SC 3 is well equipped:

    • First there is the already mentioned above, child safety on the steam selection switch of the handle. This ensures (even with the device) for a complete barrier of steam leakage.
    • The pressure relief valve in the maintenance closure of the boiler leads to an automatic opening, if the pressure inside the boiler is too high.
    • Too little water is in the boiler, so its Regulatory lamp flashes. If then still no water is added, the vessel will eventually be empty, and in this case, the switches boiler thermostat of the heating rods.
  • Finally, both the pressure regulator and the boiler thermostat can fail. But even in this case it will be provided: the safety thermostat switches the unit off if it gets too hot.


The SC 3 is a reliable, versatile and easy to use steam cleaner in its price range. In particular, the separate from the boiler water tank the use of this tool facilitates much.

We brief the main features of the steam cleaner together:

  • Bicameral,
  • Water tank holds 1 liter,
  • Vapor pressure 3.5 bar
  • electric power 1900 watt,
  • 2-stage steam control with Parental Control,
  • Indicator lights for heating and water level,
  • Maintenance closure, overheating protection,
  • lots of accessories: Hand tool, detail nozzle and floor nozzle, steam gun
  • simple decalcification with Entkalkungskartusche.

Here again follow all the information and the test score for steam cleaners Kärcher SC 3:

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