Reliable Viva E40 Steam Cleaner
As the midlevel model with CSS, the EnviroMate VIVA E40 is very similar in construction and style to the E20 with two notable
differences. First, the VIVA E40 features CSS which means it has a cold water reservoir that, at any time, you can directly add
water. This eliminates the reheating wait time since water is not added directly to the boiler. Secondly, the VIVA comes
with a 7 piece bonus accessory kit which includes 5 additional brushes and an extra jet nozzle. This EnviroMate steam cleaner
features the same consistent steam that is found throughout the line of Reliable steam vapor cleaners.
What I like about the Reliable Viva E40
As far as cleaning and sanitizing, there really is a lot of consistency between models. So the E40 delivers 5 bar pressure and
steam temperatures well over 200° F. Maintaining a constant pressure and temperature is key to effective steam cleaning, and the VIVA
allows you to clean and sanitize throughout the home without the use of chemical cleaners. As an alternative method of cleaning, steam
cleaning is quickly gaining popularity in that it leaves no chemical residue or vapors, and the high temperature steam is actually more
effective in eliminating germs that most conventional household cleaners. Instead of cleaning for appearances, you are actually deep
cleaning to provide a healthier home for you and your family.
The patented EMC2 system used to be exclusive to only one Reliable steam cleaner, but
now the E40 comes standard with this feature. Using a process by which minerals are crystallized into smaller components, the EMC2 system
prevents hard mineral scale and sediment from building up in the tank, and unlike traditional water softening methods, EMC2 won't
damage the stainless steel tank.
Overall, the construction of the Reliable VIVA is better than the introductory models. With better internal components and a true
ABS body, these mid level steam cleaners are more durable and built to give you years of service. The accessories are a little more rugged
and can take more of the abuse that comes with regular steam cleaning. All components are made and assembled in Italy. So unlike cheaper
Asian imports, the boilers are better built; the body is more durable, and the internal electric components are of a better quality. And little things
that you cannot see, like the trigger functionality, is enhanced. Instead of a mechanical trigger that works by physically opening
a valve, Reliable models have electric triggers which are easier to depress and hold. All of these things, though largely unseen, make
a big difference in performance and the longevity of a steam cleaner.
Continuous steam is a must for people who are more serious about a steam cleaning regimen. Having to refill a boiler then wait for the
unit to reheat can really slow your cleaning routine, and for most of us, our time is important and not something we want to waste on
With dual heating elements, the EnviroMate VIVA E40 cuts down on the heat up time when you begin. While not as fast as a "flash"
heating system, the heat up time is one of the best among all Reliable steam cleaners and in line with some of the most respected
steam cleaner brands on the market today.
The addition of the Lifetime Warranty on the boiler is a nice step up. Few comparable steam cleaners have this time of guarantee on the
boiler, so while the "bumper to bumper" warranty is shorter, the boiler, which does most of the work, is covered.
What I do not like about the Reliable Viva E40
The steam volume control for this unit is on the body, so it lacks some of the convenience provided by other steam cleaners with
the control right on the handle. For most this won't be a big issue, but control on the handle does make it easier when transitioning
between surfaces that may require more or less steam.
The lack of a tool caddy or onboard tool storage is a problem with most steam cleaners. Additional accessories and a wide variety of
attachments is great! Losing them or spending a lot of time searching for them... not so much.
With this model you do begin to move up a bit in price, but you are getting a better quality machine. And the additional 7 piece
accessory kit is meant in part to help offset the additional cost.
In all, the Reliable VIVA E40 is a quality steam cleaner with an attractive price point. Durable and easy to use, the VIVA
provides you with all of the standard features that have made Reliable steam cleaners some of the most popular models available today.
With few drawbacks, the E40 is a great way to begin eliminating chemical cleaners from your home while providing a safer, more effective and healthier way
to clean and sanitize.