Chief Steamer 125 Reviews

Chief Steamer 125 Car Wash Industrial Steam Cleaner

$ 1,899.00


15 reviews for Chief Steamer 125 Car Wash Industrial Steam Cleaner

  1. ecomobileclean (verified owner)

    Spent quite a bit of time deliberating between the 125 and the 155. I ended up purchasing the Chief 125 since I’m running a mobile business and the 155 would’ve required a generator upgrade to something much larger and louder. I believe this was the right choice.

    Was concerned that the longer recovery time of the 125 might be an issue, but so far it has not caused me to lose any time and the machine has functioned flawlessly on every job. Was especially useful for cleaning the stainless steel panels on a 1981 DeLorean, but the machine has worked wonders on every vehicle so far. Even used it to clean some furniture and and a grill.

    I’ve used the 125 for both interior and exterior detailing jobs, utilized the extractor attachment for carpet and upholstery, and have run through maintenance a couple of times now. Easy to use, and not too difficult to transport. Yes, it would be nice to have a slightly longer hose and possibly some improved means of carrying the unit, but so far none of those have really presented a real problem for me.

    Lastly, Kevin’s videos are what sell this product. Without those, I’m not sure I would’ve made the purchase. He was also very helpful in responding promptly to a couple of questions I had early on. Customer service is top notch!

  2. Ernesto Navarro (verified owner)

    I am a Mobile Auto Detailer in California, I purchased the Chief Steamer 125. Kevin is a cool dude always answers his phone and customer service is great! As far as the Steamer goes, I really like the amount of pressure it provides (compared to my old McCulloch 1385) and I also like the injection mode as well. I use this thing pretty much daily and Ive done jobs that Wouldve have been either impossible without the chief or wouldve have taken me longer or maybe would have not gotten the same results! Im happy I bought the Chief Steamer 125

  3. ryan.m.peters66 (verified owner)

    I purchased the 125 and have been extremely satisfied. Have yet to be able to test it on any of my cars due to weather and lack of space from our recent move. I have however used it extensively throughout the house. It make swift work of tough dirt and grime. Easily cleaned the shower stall doorframe, removing hidden contaminants behind the frame.

    I had an issue with the hoses being mislabeled from the factory. Called and spoke directly with Kevin. He explained the proper connections and had me running again fast.

    Excellent product and outstanding after sales care.

    Highly recommend this product for anyone looking to thoroughly clean basically anything.

    Ryan P.

  4. karenmacken (verified owner)

    I just purchased the 125 2 days ago I have not used it yet but I am very happy with it so far for two reasons the customer service response is amazing + 2 the arrival time was unexpected in a great way it only took two days to get to my front door!
    What the heck for another reason to it’s very easy to move around one-handed and taking it apart and putting it together ez.

  5. bigpete405 (verified owner)

    I’m a mobile detailer I specialize in semi trucks. Every truck I work on is filthy. I started researching steamers and knew the 125 was the right fit for me. I primarily use this for interior detailing, engine bay defailing, and waterless washes inside the shop. At 120 volts you can easily plug into any outlet, the steam pressure and volume are strong. I had a McCulloch 175 before this and it didn’t even remotely compare to the vapor chief. The chemical injection is fantastic and to be honest I’ve only used water in the second tank and that alone has done the trick when I need a little extra umph. Listen to Kevin’s videos and don’t expect this to work like a 13-20 hp pressure washer, this machine is powerful for what it’s intended purpose is. It’s great to have in my arsenal. Last but not least I have to talk about Kevin. He’s a absolute stand up business owner, anytime I called to ask him his opinion or a question he gladly stayed on the phone for 15 plus mins giving me his thoughts to answer my question and do it a better way. He stands behind his steamers and is a detailer also. Thanks Kev!

  6. Paul K (verified owner)

    I am a mobile detailer. I looked at diesel and it would have worked for me being outside. But cost was a factor and I wanted brushes to do the interior. I decided on electric in 120 voltage. I chose this over the other electric injection steamer not only on price but the videos were great and pretty honest. I have had to adjust the way I wash a car and learn a completely new process. But it works. And as long as I do sections at a time, the pressure is good and the chemical delivery is excellent. The hose is long enough but of course not as long as the diesel machine. Works great on the interior with pressure turned lower. Most cars are not a problem to clean. Still getting used to much lower pressure compared to a power washer or having a diesel.

  7. Daniel A (verified owner)

    I looked for a steamer to help clean a fleet of limos. The car wash wash getting expensive and time consuming. We could not wash them inside the garage with a pressure washer or a hose so we researched steam. Electric was the way to go and this machine does well. The wash tank for the spray injection is great on the exterior and we fly through the interior and clean up spills and other “messes” that party goers make inside a limo. It does take a little more time to wash a limo with steam and the pressure will drop if we use it engaged too long. But its a time saver and great working machine.

  8. Robert D (verified owner)

    I wanted a steamer to be able to clean the inside and outside of a car. I saw videos of all the different diesel steamers and was very impressed. But the prices were very high and I was not impressed how they cleaned interiors. So for that kind of money I had to look at a smaller electric one. I quickly narrowed down the choices and I bought this one as he always answered the phone and pulled no punches about what it could and could not do. When I use the injection with the waterless cleaner, it fully wets the areas and I just wipe down. I can blow off very dirty areas and it works like he shows in the video. Even when the pressure is lower, it still works well. Not a problem on the interior.

  9. James F (verified owner)

    We needed to be able to clean our shuttle bus for our hotel without getting seats too wet. I had looked at smaller steamers at lower pressure to do the inside of the bus. One of these probably would have worked fine. But then we wanted to be able to clean the exterior as well without sending it constantly to the car wash. This one looked like it may work for both. We saw the videos of the car being cleaned with salt on it and that sold us. It does have a lot less pressure after 2 or 3 minutes and we are probably using it incorrectly. But we spray steam and chemical on half the side and wipe it down. This takes about 3 minutes. To complete the other half of the side another 3 minutes. While it “rests” the pressure quickly goes back up. We can do the entire bus in about 20 minutes and it looks great. Our guy would be at the car wash for an hour and it came back still not totally clean and still dripping water. A little heavy to get inside the bus and you have to be careful where you pick it up. You cant leave it outside as the hose wont reach all the way to the back. They said a longer hose cannot be used. But it cleans the inside terrific in no time and no wet seats.

  10. Russell J (verified owner)

    My detail shop does not have a floor drain. Have been researching steamers to wash a car for a while. I cant use the diesel inside the shop and my budget didn’t allow for it anyway. I bought this over the other one as I liked the videos and it was a little less expensive and Kevin is a detail guy and he designed it. I am sure the other one with more pressure would be good also. But this one works great. Kevin was a big help in learning how to wash a car with steam and waterless wash. On the inside its just as good and you do not need full pressure as that gets things too wet.

  11. Lynn W (verified owner)

    We purchased this to clean a nursing home. We thought the extra pressure and chemical injection would help. It does. We find the injection part of the machine helps in the kitchen and bathrooms for tile and grout. The rinsing of the injection works well. Pressure does drop as the maintenance staff just wants to keep spraying steam and cleaner at all times. But it never goes below 75 no matter how long its used. Sometimes it gets too wet if injection is used too much. Steam adjustment and the injection adjustment should be labeled a little better. But it works well and we are finding new areas to clean almost daily.

  12. Colin G (verified owner)

    I did a lot of research on bigger steamers to help me wash cars. We do work in parking garages in New York City. Diesel was not an option and neither was 220 volt. We already used a waterless wash product but some building managers were not impressed with just that method and our cars were not coming out as good with just that method and they were taking too long. We knew we needed steam. Kevin was pretty close to us and gave us a very long demonstration and showed exactly how to use it and explained everything. It makes a huge difference and he is very smart about detailing and steamers. Its a very good combination and he has helped us in immensely. We use it all day long and its held up well so far.

  13. Barry C (verified owner)

    I have a few cars, some of them are classics in a large garage. I wanted to clean them in place and be able to do my daily drivers as well. Works really well with a waterless wash in the chemical tank. I do it the way its explained in the videos and the cars get clean and do not have to move. Very minimal drips on the floor. Did have one slight issue where the chemical was not being sucked from the tank but Kevin helped me fix it pretty easily. Also wish there was a tray or place to hold the brushes.

  14. Dwayne G (verified owner)

    I originally bought this to clean my landscaping trucks and mowers as power washing makes too much of a mess. Its not good enough for that. I cant get the grease off the equipment as its caked on too much. My mistake for thinking it may work. But then I started washing my own car which is always dirty from my clothes and being in the dirty yard and it works pretty good on that. The bigger and dirtier stuff, its not powerful enough. But the smaller and less dirty stuff it does work well. We also now use it in the office and bathroom and it works well there. It does not have enough power for large trucks however.

  15. Chris R (verified owner)

    I have an Optima steamer. It works great but it does have issues and to get it repaired is difficult. So we wanted another steamer but not another Optima. I always knew Kevin sold steamers and checked his out. The price is great compared to mine so i gave it a try. The steam is really good but not like the diesel but its OK because the injection makes the difference. And you cant walk around the whole car blowing steam like you can with Optima, but i also have to stop with that one to spray on cleaner. i can do a car a little faster with the Optima. But you have to get your cleaner on the surfaces. And on the inside the Optima is really not too good. And if we need to do a car on site, we bring the injection machine. If you were on a dealer lot just steaming down and washing lot cars one after another, i choose Optima. If you are washing a car to detail and not too many in a row, save the money and get this one.

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