Vapamore has been making high quality bed bug steamers since 2008, and they’re not showing any sign of slowing down. After seeing years of success with the best-selling MR-100 Primo, Vapamore followed up with the larger and more professional MR-1000 Forza this summer. Hot on the heels of the Forza’s launch is Vapamore’s all-new, handheld MR-75 Amico. The Amico is an affordable and portable steamer suitable for home steaming needs, and rounds out the company’s bed bug steamer lineup well. With three steamers at three very different price points, how do you know which model suits your needs? Find out in our comparison review.
The youngest and smallest of Vapamore’s bed bug arsenal is the MR-75 Amico. The Amico barely tips the scales at just three and a half pounds, but is capable of over 40 PSI of hot 200-degree steam, which is more than enough to kill bed bugs on contact. Its boiler can heat up a full tank in just four minutes, and it comes with a carrying case and several attachments, so you’re ready to go out of the box.
The Amico’s small footprint and low price come with some tradeoffs. It doesn’t have as much adjustment control as the Primo, and its quarter-quart tank only allows for about 10 minutes of steaming between refills. Compared to other handheld steamers, the Amico is a worthy buy; however, it wouldn’t hold up well in a contest with a larger capacity and more feature-rich steamer.
Vapamore’s MR-100 Primo is the perfect fit for just about any residential application. It has a spacious 1.6 liter boiler (allowing for about an hour of operation per fill) constructed out of stainless steel. The Primo features adjustable steam output, solenoid-operated steam control, and a unique onboard storage compartment for its attachments. Like the Amico, the Primo’s ergonomics and build quality are second to none – this is a steamer that is easy to use and will stand up to years of use.
The compromises made with the Amico are largely absent in the Primo. While this mid-level steamer lacks some of the premium features that can be found on more expensive models, like continuous flow and direct injection, it more than holds its own in its price bracket.
The MR-1000 Forza is quite possibly the most well constructed steamer I have ever encountered. Its commercial grade steel body is built like a tank, and kind of looks like one too (albeit some sort of new-age Italian tank). The Forza entered a highly competitive price range, full of heavy hitters with premium features, and it still managed to stand out. With 90 PSI and a ridiculously hot 280-degree steam output, this bed bug killer packs a serious punch.
The Forza’s appeal doesn’t stop at its build and its power, though. Features like continuous flow and adjustable steam output are very desirable to pest control and property management professionals, and the 50 accessories and attachments that ship with the unit ensure that the buyer is equipped for every possible steaming scenario.
Which One for Me?
Vapamore did a great job of separating each product in their lineup by distinct applications and price points. If you are a professional looking for power and precision, look no further than the MR-1000 Forza. If you are a homeowner looking for a well-priced steamer with premium build quality and features, the MR-100 Primo should fit the bill perfectly. If you are on a tight budget, or are looking for an ultraportable solution, the MR-75 Amico will get the job done just fine. All three are capable bed bug steamers, and we recommend them. You can find Vapamore steamers at Bed Bug Supply.