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An electric steam cleaner is a convenient and effective steam cleaning solution for home or business. The right machine will become the centerpiece of your work. An electric steam cleaner is easy to maintain, and you do not have to worry about fuel. The Fortador Volt Electra is a powerful and high-tech commercial steam cleaner with many advantages compared to the competition. See how it compares to Steamericas’ Optima Contigo PRO.
Pressure ratings and capabilities can dictate the type of cleaning jobs you can do. Some stains and surfaces can be effectively cleaned with lower steam pressures. Some situations will either require repeated cleanings at that lower pressure, or simply a higher steam pressure to take care of it on the first try.
The Fortador Volt Electra has an operating pressure of up to 174 PSI, or 12 Bar. The Optima Contigo PRO has an operating pressure of 116 PSI, or 8 Bar. The Volt Electra gives you 50% more pressure than the Optima Contigo PRO. This higher capability can add efficiencies to your day. You can clean persistent stains and tarnishes safely and more efficiently. Below are a few examples of stains that can be easier to remove with higher pressure steam:
• Grease-based build up in commercial operations
• Rust stains
• Tar on commercial vehicles
The boiler produces the steam. The Volt Electra has a carbon steel boiler while the Optima Contigo PRO has a stainless-steel boiler.
The Fortador Volt Electra has a boiler capacity of 4 gallons. This capacity allows you to effectively use your steamer for home cleaning and in commercial settings. You will appreciate the portability of the Volt Electra as you clean from room to room. The Optima Contigo PRO has a water tank that holds .85 gallons. This is considerably smaller than the Volt Electra.
The Fortador Volt Electra offers two hoses with the unique ability for them to be used for two applications. One for steam cleaning/sanitization and one combination hose that functions as a vacuum/steam hose. While working, you can easily switch from steam to detergent with the flick of a switch.
In contrast, the Optima Contigo PRO has one hose. To clean with a detergent, you would have to stop and switch hose connections. You may have to do this several times on the same job site.
Both models come with a selection of accessories that will let you clean most basic surfaces.The Fortador Volt Electra comes with nine very useful accessories and the Optima Contigo PRO comes with fourteen. Both give you a good assortment of ends, hoses and brushes. Fortador and Steamericas offer additional and specialized accessories to meet your needs.
Whether you are using your steamer for home or business cleaning, when you are ready to steam, you want to start as soon as possible. Each of these steam cleaners gives you adequate water preheating times. The Volt Electra preheats in four to ten minutes while Optima Contigo PRO preheats in six minutes.
Both models make it easy to transport and work as you maneuver from room to room. The Fortador Volt Electra has an empty weight of 99 pounds while the Optima Contigo PRO steamer weighs 71 pounds. You and your team can easily roll either model on job sites.
Water tank capacity plays a large role in the activities you do on job sites. Having to stop and fill a water tank can decrease productivity. The Fortador Volt Electra and the Optima Contigo PRO let you fill to 1.3 gallons. Both steamers have good size tanks for residential and commercial work.
The Optima Contigo PRO has a continuous water supply option where you connect a hose to the steamer. This can be fine in situations where you are not going to move your steamer on the job. It can be inconvenient and cumbersome dragging a hose behind your steamer while cleaning from room to room on job sites. You risk rubbing corners and other parts of a customer’s building.
With an electric steam cleaner, you already have to be constantly connected to an electrical cord. Having to manage the cord and a trailing hose, is not always ideal.
When you arrive on a job site, you can center your steamer in a room or hallway to establish the most efficient cleaning base location. The longer the hose length, the less you will have to move the steamer. The Fortador Volt Electra has the advantage here.
You can easily go from room to room with fewer steamer moves with the Volt Electra’s 30-foot hose. The Optima Contigo PRO comes standard with a 19.6-foot hose, which can be limiting.
The Fortador Volt Electra features two detergent tanks, while the Optima Contigo PRO has just one. Both manufacturers let you fill 1.3 gallons of detergent.
The significant operating difference you will notice on job sites is the Volt Electra’s capability with two detergent tanks. You will be presented with various types of stains, soil and surfaces on job sites. Each stain and surface have an ideal detergent that will be most effective in removal. Having two cleaning agents ready to go as stain types are discovered can add efficiencies to your day. Not having to fill detergents on job sites reduces the chances for spills in your customer’s building.
The Fortador Volt Electra and the Optima Contigo PRO are both all-in-one machines. Having a steam cleaner with vacuum capabilities lets you clean any surface. You can use the steam extractor for cleaning carpeting, upholstery and mattresses.
Fortador partnered with Ghibli & Wierbe, a reputable company committed to high standards for our vacuum. You can count on this commercial-grade vacuum to handle all the wet and dry vacuuming needs of your work day.
For some cleaning applications, you will need a burst of hot water to get the job done. This can happen in commercial, residential and auto-detailing jobs. This injection of water dissolves the stain and brings the fabric back to life. The Fortador Volt Electra, has the capability for a hot water injection. We call it wet steam. Let nothing stop you!
As mentioned, the Optima Contigo PRO has the capability to hook a hose up to the steamer for continuous steaming. This feature can have diminished benefits as many people find it cumbersome to make their way through a building dragging a water hose.
The Fortador Volt Electra has a corrosion free and lightweight aluminum frame. The Optima Contigo PRO steamer’s case is made of stainless steel. Both are built to last and withstand the demands of residential and commercial cleaning jobs.
The Fortador Volt Electra has a complete and modern look. This highly-engineered steam cleaner with vacuum capabilities has an impressive design that is well-finished, rugged and sleek. As you grab the handle and push the steamer, you feel the impressive power of the machine. Roll and steam clean with confidence!
The Volt Electra has a 30-foot cord while the Optima Contigo PRO has a 33-foot cord. Both are close in length, and you are not likely to notice a significant difference while on job sites. The longer steamer hose of the Fortador Electra can compensate for the three feet lost in the power cord. Adding cord and hose length together, the Fortador Volt Electra gives you 66 feet of working range. The is 25% more than the 52.6 feet working range of the Optima Contigo PRO.
Both commercial steamers have good levels of technology. They both have a read-out screen that provides operating information. The Fortador Volt Electra stands out as having more readouts, intuitive controls and the operating information you need. The Optima Contigo PRO has controls that are button and dial-controlled. With Fortador, you operate in an integrated digital environment.
The Fortador Volt Electra comes with a touch screen and auto-diagnostics system. The seven-inch screen lets you control the steamer. You can easily start the steam flowing, switch to detergent and other controls with the press of a button.
This digital screen also shows current fluid level of the water and detergents. You can also monitor boiler pressure, hour meter and much more.
Fortador sells direct and through a network of experienced dealers. Steamericas also sells through a dealer network. Fortador has a team of customer service and technical support representatives in house. Should you have a difficulty, our goal is to get you up and running. We provide a high level of expertise with efficient troubleshooting and solutions.
The Fortador Volt Electra has a comprehensive standard warranty of up to 12 months. You have the option to extend the warranty up to 36 months or 3,000 moto hours. A 5-year warranty on the boiler is included.
The Optima Contigo PRO has a 1-year steamer warranty. It comes with a 2-year warranty on the boiler. Fortador’s longer warranty period gives the Volt Electra an advantage here. Fortador stands behind their steamers.
We do not want you to be down. In the case of a major repair that could take longer, Fortador will provide you a spare machine to keep your business going and your customers happy.
The Fortador Volt Electra is designed with the owner and user in mind. It has the latest technological features, user-friendly controls, and commercial-grade design to meet your short and long-term steaming needs. We are here to help you. Visit our web site, compare the models and contact us to reserve your new industrial steam cleaner today.
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