McCulloch MC1375 vs. MC1385 Steamer Comparison

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Known for its heavy-duty steam cleaning machines, the McCulloch brand is a popular name in the cleaning industry. Two of its most sought-after models, the MC1375 and MC1385, are often compared to one another due to their similarities.

So, what’s the difference between the McCulloch MC1375 and the MC1385?

The primary difference (and advantage) of the MC1385 is that it has a bigger water tank (64 oz.), compared to the MC1375 which has a 48 oz. water tank. So while either model will operate at 58psi, the MC1385 will run more steadily at a higher pressure with its larger boiler.

Additionally, the MC1385 has 23 accessories, compared to MC1375 with its 20.

Apart from just the water tank and accessories, however, there are important differences that you need to know before you buy either steam cleaner. In this post, let’s compare the McCulloch Mc1375 and the MC1385.

Comparing the McCulloch MC1375 vs. MC1385

Before we move on, I would like to say that both steam cleaners have more similarities than differences. Since both are made by the same brand with similar specs, do not expect much differences between them.

That said, I will do my best to point out important differences between the two, since I have both steam cleaners. Unlike most reviewers who copy and paste from Amazon, I will show you the differences that matter.

With that out of the way, let’s compare both steam cleaners.

Key Differences Between McCulloch MC1375 and Mc1385

McCulloch MC1375 Canister Steam Cleaner

McCulloch MC1385 Canister Steam Cleaner

  • 48 oz. water tank
  • No steam control on the hand nozzle
  • 20 accessories

  • 64 oz. water tank
  • Steam control on the hand nozzle
  • 23 accessories

1. Water tank capacity

The McCulloch MC1385 has a bigger water tank at 64 ounces, while the McCulloch MC1375 has a 48 oz. water tank. Thanks to the bigger water tank, you can enjoy up to 120 minutes of continuous steam with the MC1385, compared to just 90 minutes with the MC1375.

However, keep in mind that while the MC1385 has a larger *capacity* for water, it does not affect the heat or power of the steam. It just means you can work longer before needing to pause for reheating or refilling, if you have an enormous job that goes beyond an hour or two of continuous use.

If you ask me, I do not see myself steam cleaning my house for 2 hours straight without a break. However, your circumstances may be different from mine. 

With a bigger water tank capacity, the McCulloch MC1385 produces more steaming time than the MC1375. If you see yourself steam cleaning for a long time, I recommend buying the MC1385.

2. Steam control on the hand nozzle

The MC1375 allows you to control the steam pressure, albeit through the unit itself.

Unlike the McCulloch MC1375, the MC1385 has a steam control on the hand nozzle.

This allows you to control how much steam to use. If you only plan to do simple jobs where you use the same steam level throughout, this feature won't matter much. But if you aren't sure when you start, or you have a task where you need to tweak the steam pressure and volume as you go, it does.

On the MC1375 (and most competitors) you need to go back to the tank unit and bend over to adjust the steam there. And since the hose is so long, you might be a couple of steps away. But this would not be a make-or-break factor by itself. It simply goes on the list with the other features when adding it all up. 

While both steam cleaners allow you to adjust the steam pressure, the MC1385 makes it easier for you to do so via its steam control on the hand nozzle. With the MC1375, you need to go back to the tank unit and bend over just to adjust the steam pressure. In short, the MC1385 is more convenient.

3. Portability

The McCulloch MC1385 is easier to move around thanks to its upright position

Looking at both McCulloch steam cleaners, you will notice that the MC1375 sits horizontally (on its belly), while the MC1385 sits vertically (upright, similar to travel luggage).

While both of McCulloch steam cleaners have wheels, the upright position and the location of the handle of the MC1385 allows movement of the unit, without pulling on the hose. In my opinion, it also provides easier movement from one spot to another for different parts of a cleaning job.

Also, the MC1385 has hooks on the back where you can wrap up the electric cable, so it is easily stored between uses. Because of the position of the handle, you can also drape the hose around the unit more easily, although the manual does not describe doing this.

I like how the MC1385 sits upright and moves easily when I’m moving around my house during cleaning. The handles are sturdy and the wheels are smooth, making it supremely portable. The MC1375, on the other hand, is harder to move in my opinion and feels more stationary.

4. Number of accessories

Last but not least, the difference between the two McCulloch steam cleaners is the number of accessories. You get 23 accessories with the MC1385 and 20 accessories with the MC1375.

For what that's worth, both come with useful accessories and I am not going to list each one right here. Be sure to visit McCulloch's website, it's easy to compare specs of all their models.

However, one of the most important accessories found in the MC1385, but not found in the MC1375, is the squeegee tool (window cleaning attachment). This makes it very easy to steam clean glass surfaces, such as mirrors, as well as windows and even glass coffee tables.

The difference in the number of accessories is not significant in my opinion, although the window cleaning tool (squeegee) is very useful. But hey, if I were to choose between having 23 or 20 accessories to choose from, I would choose more options any day!

Final Verdict

WINNER: McCulloch MC1385
  • Bigger water tank means more steaming time.
  • Steam control on the hand nozzle.
  • Moves around easily thanks to its upright position.
  • More accessories to choose from (23).

For me the number of attachments would not be a deciding factor, especially when you look at the major design differences in the actual unit. You can always buy 100 attachments but you can't make the tank bigger or smaller after the purchase.

The McCulloch MC1385 will work for bigger jobs and is more convenient for storage in my opinion. It is a big device! But at least the cord and hose can basically hang on the unit between uses.

Without a doubt, the McCulloch MC1385 is far superior than the MC1375. If you are going to spend a significant amount of money either way, go for the better one, in this case, the McCulloch MC1385.

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Ryan O'Connor

I write about house cleaning and vacuum cleaners. For me, nothing is more important than a clean environment to ensure both a healthy and happy life. Learn more.