Wallpaper steamers have been around for many years now and they are seen as an essential tool for wallpaper removal by many people. They are often referred to as a wallpaper stripper but regardless of what you call it, they are available in a variety of sizes and power ratings to best suit your requirements. Whether you need to remove vinyl, multi-layered, painted or textured wallpaper, there is a range of models to choose from at your disposal.
To assist you in selecting a wallpaper steamer, our handpicked selection lists top-performing models, chosen based on our first-hand experience removing a variety of wallpaper. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.
Our Top Picks At A Glance:
How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates The Wallpaper Steamers
As we’ve renovated a number of properties that we own (rentals/Airbnb’s), a wallpaper steamer is a tool that we have had plenty of experience with.
We’ve also had the “pleasure” of removing a variety of wallpaper types including multi-layered to the dreaded woodchip that can be a nightmare to remove.
As you can see in the photo, we own multiple steamers because my partner and I usually tackle large wallpapered areas as a team. Over the years, we’ve tested several steamers and the desirable features that we look out for include long runtimes and a powerful input for faster “steam up” times. We focus on these factors the most because having to refill and wait for the steamer to get to the temperature can waste a lot of time.
Below is a video that we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing one of our recommendations. As you can see, it only takes approximately 15 seconds for the steam to loosen up the wallpaper ready for its removal.
To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest wallpaper steamers (for this article), we are continually testing the latest models offered by top brands in the UK. This means that when a brand releases a new and improved model, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test (where applicable).
As well as our experience and testing of a range of wallpaper steamers, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the power rating, runtime, tank capacity, build quality, design, safety features, steam plate size, cable and hose length, warranty and value.