A few years back, Vapamore stepped into the commercial bed bug arena with their MR-1000 Forza. The Forza is a high-power, high-capacity, high-durability steamer that leaves no professional wanting for more. However, its heft and price tag gives pause to those that may not need the dual-tank continuous flow design it offers. For those looking for the power and toughness of a Forza in a lighter and budget-friendly package, Vapamore now has the answer: the all-new MR-750 Ottimo.
Unboxing and first look
Like the Forza before it, the MR-750 Ottimo comes in a plain and unassuming box. It’s only when you open it up that you realize how generous a package you’re dealing with. Included with the steamer is a steam gun and lengthy hose, two extension tubes, a bunch of floor and joint attachments, and more brushes and tip tools than I would know what to do with. All of the attachments you aren’t using can be easily stowed in the included storage basket.
Despite being shrunken down from its older brother, the Ottimo is still an intimidating machine. Its powder-coated metal body panels and reinforced corners shows that it means business. The true nature of Italian engineering shines in the MR-750’s physique: it’s elegant but purpose-driven, made to look the part and act it too. Since it’s noticeably smaller and lighter than the MR-1000 Forza, the MR-750 Ottimo skips the second carry handle on the front of its body. The casters are also much smaller since they don’t need to bear as much of a load.
While the MR-750 Ottimo comes with a storage basket (albeit without the Forza’s stroller handles and cup holder), I opted to go without it for most of my testing. I did the same when I reviewed the Forza, and it was personal preference that’s driven the decision both times. While the basket will be essential for those using the Ottimo for cleaning duty, I was primarily reviewing it as a bed bug killer. When steaming for bed bugs, you only need to use a couple of the included attachments – the ones you’re not using can go in a pocket rather than a basket.
The Ottimo’s gun is very well suited for the job — it features a spacious trigger guard and a locking switch beneath the trigger itself. When engaged, that switch locks the trigger in whichever state it’s in: if you’re not steaming, it acts as a safety, but if you are, it’ll act as cruise control. Missing from the MR-750 Ottimo is the Forza’s ultra-premium hose braiding, but for the price difference I can do without.
Setup and Use
Despite its reduced footprint, the Ottimo still carries over from its big brother an enormous water capacity. Even without the continuous fill feature that the bigger Forza provides, the Ottimo can still steam non-stop for up to three hours. Thanks to its high-powered heating element, this huge tank is brought to a boil in just about 8-9 minutes. This is noticeably faster than the 15-20 minutes that a less powerful boiler would need to heat up that amount of water.
When you pull the trigger on the Ottimo’s steam gun, the first thing you’ll hear is the distinctive click of the CEME solenoid. The Italian-made solenoid regulates steam flow into the hose, reducing moisture and condensation buildup and ensuring a consistently hot and dry steam. Thanks to its incredibly powerful boiler, the MR-750 Ottimo is capable of a whopping 75-PSI steam output. This super high pressure is at the very top of the Ottimo’s class, and will ensure that the steam vapor penetrates deep into cracks and crevices to hit hiding bed bugs.
Like most commercial-grade bed bug steamers, the MR-750 Ottimo offers adjustable steam control. By turning a knob on the control panel, you can adjust how high or low the pressure coming out of the gun will be. At max pressure, the Ottimo offers unmatched penetration but at a tradeoff of a lower tip temperature, since the rush of steam flow reduces the ability for the heat to stay in place. By turning the dial down, you can better focus the heat near the tip of the nozzle, which is ideal for attachments such as the flat fabric tool.
MR-750 Ottimo vs Bed Bugs
While the MR-750 Ottimo comes with a variety of attachments for various cleaning duties, you’ll only need a couple for an effective bed bug treatment. To kill bed bugs with steam, you’ll want to narrow your arsenal down to the small flat fabric tool (paired with the included cotton cover) and the detail jet tool (with a microfiber towel wrapped and secured).
Use the fabric tool on low steam pressure to cover soft surfaces such as mattresses, box springs, sofa cushions, and more. For cracks and crevices such as baseboards, floorboards, and the edges of the carpet, switch to the detail jet tool and high pressure for maximum penetration. Remember to move the steam nozzle slowly, no more than about one inch per second, to ensure that the treated area is properly exposed to the heat.
Treating a room for bed bugs is a breeze with the MR-750 Ottimo. After a short fillup and heatup time, the spacious double-walled boiler is primed and ready to deliver class-leading 280-degree steam. This can reliably kill bed bugs and their eggs instantly, even if they’re hiding several inches from where you point the steam nozzle.
Homeowners, property managers, and pest control professionals have asked for a durable, powerful steamer that offers more than the typical consumer models but aren’t as large and feature-packed as the top-of-the-line commercial steamers. With the MR-750 Ottimo, Vapamore has answered that call.