Best Garment Steamers

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
Looking neat is always important and that's why you must always wear smooth, fresh, and clean clothes. There's an excellent way to get rid of wrinkles and creases on fabric - the power of hot steam! Take a look at our shortlist of 5 best garment steamers and choose the best one! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Power
Steam Output
Water Tank Capacity
Heat-up Time
Continuous Steaming Time
Nozzle
Steam Hose Length
Accessories
Warranty
 
PROS
You can remove a water tank and refill it when ironing. The iron tightly sits on the steam station thanks to the brand-new Lock System. The appliance creates unbelievably powerful pressure (5.2 bars) that de-wrinkles all kinds of fabric.
CONS
The overall weight of this steam iron station is rather big, so the appliance is for stationary use.
OUR VERDICT
This steam iron station combines the advantages of a conventional iron and a garment steamer, so it provides the maximum ironing efficiency. This multifunctional appliance can easily cope with all kinds of fabric and do all ironing jobs really quickly.
detailed parameters
Type
Iron station
Power
1800 W
Steam Output
120 g/min
Water Tank Capacity
47 oz.
Heat-up Time
120 sec.
Continuous Steaming Time
90 min.
Nozzle
Stainless steel soleplate
Steam Hose Length
6 ft.
Accessories
Calc away system, Precision tip
Warranty
1 year
PROS
Moving this garment steamer around a house is simple due to a special 'suitcase-inspired' design - you just need to tilt the appliance and pull it by a pole. This clothes steamer has a huge water tank, so you won't need to refill it too often. It's easy to switch the unit on and off thanks to a foot pedal.
CONS
The telescopic pole seems too short for some owners though it's quite OK for most users.
OUR VERDICT
It's a handy and quite compact fabric steamer that will make de-wrinkling and freshening of clothes and fabric easy and quick.
detailed parameters
Type
Upright steamer
Power
1500 W
Steam Output
38 g/min
Water Tank Capacity
81 oz.
Heat-up Time
60 sec.
Continuous Steaming Time
60 min.
Nozzle
Plastic
Steam Hose Length
4.5 ft.
Accessories
Fabric brush, Crease attachment, Lint pad, Telescopic pole
Warranty
1 year
PROS
Extra-hot steam (248 F) eliminates 99% of most widespread bacteria and bed bugs. Designed for use on tender types of fabric (even polyester and nylon) as well as natural fabrics. The base has large wheels which help you move the garment steamer around the house without any efforts.
CONS
A longer steam hose would be far more useful for steaming drapes and curtains.
OUR VERDICT
A versatile upright garment steamer and the only steamer shipped with a 5-year warranty. This model combines quick heat-up time, efficient performance and the largest water tank among the rest.
detailed parameters
Type
Upright steamer
Power
1500 W
Steam Output
30 g/min
Water Tank Capacity
61 oz.
Heat-up Time
60 sec.
Continuous Steaming Time
60 min.
Nozzle
Aluminum
Steam Hose Length
5.25 ft.
Accessories
Telescopic pole, Large wheels, Pant press
Warranty
5 years on heating element
PROS
It's easy to fill the removable water tank. The garment steamer has a slide switch to control the temperature for de-wrinkling different kinds of fabric. Conair has a steam trigger for constant steam release; no need to keep your finger on it all the time.
CONS
Designed for vertical steaming only, never use it otherwise.
OUR VERDICT
Conair is a compact garment steamer that can really substitute for a conventional iron. This appliance is capable of de-wrinkling delicate fabrics, drapes, clothes with decorative elements, etc.
detailed parameters
Type
Handheld steamer
Power
1100 W
Steam Output
~13 g/min
Water Tank Capacity
7 oz.
Heat-up Time
75 sec.
Continuous Steaming Time
15 min.
Nozzle
Plastic
Steam Hose Length
9 ft.
Accessories
Fabric brush, Creaser, Soft cushion brush
Warranty
1 year
PROS
Compact, maneuverable and lightweight appliance. Takes very little place in your apartment or house. De-wrinkles most types of fabric and clothing. A long power cord (~10 feet) makes this clothes steamer more convenient in use.
CONS
A small water tank means that you'd need to refill it quite often.
OUR VERDICT
An affordable and yet, a very handy garment steamer for different fabric. Designed for hassle-free one-hand operation.
detailed parameters
Type
Handheld steamer
Power
800 W
Steam Output
17 g/min
Water Tank Capacity
7 oz.
Heat-up Time
120 sec.
Continuous Steaming Time
12 min.
Nozzle
Plastic
Steam Hose Length
No hose
Accessories
Fabric brush, Lint remover
Warranty
1 year

What is a Garment Steamer

If you want to make a positive impression on the others, make sure to wear fresh and smooth garments. And that's why you need to use a garment steamer - an appliance that helps you remove wrinkles on fabric and freshen it at the same time with the help of hot steam. Unlike an iron, a fabric steamer can't damage the fabric because it uses just the power of hot steam. A garment steamer can de-wrinkle the clothes which a conventional Steam Iron can't handle at all. Keep in mind that a hot pressurized steam kills germs and bed bugs that live on fabric, as well as prevents allergies and that's why these appliances are very often used to sterilize clothes, drapes, curtains, beddings, etc.

What Features to Compare

Type and Use

There are several major types of clothes steamers produced today. The first and the most widespread one is an upright garment steamer which is used for de-wrinkling and smoothing clothes that are hung on a hanger on top of a telescopic pole or on any other hanger. Of course, you can use upright garment steamers to apply steam on curtains, towels, and so on, but these fabric steamers are also used for freshening upholstery. Сompact hand-held steamers take little place in your home and are extremely maneuverable; they are used to cope with clothes, upholstery, bedsheets. Finally, you can choose an iron with a steam base that will be able to cope with all clothes and fabric used in your family; these appliances are used mainly for ironing clothes on an ironing board with the maximal efficiency thanks to an immense amount of hot steam.

Power and Steam Output

The next step to make is to consider the power and steam output which are the crucial features for a fabric steamer. They determine how fast you'll be able to smooth and de-wrinkle your clothes. If a steam flow is weak, the small dabs of water will stay on the fabric which is, of course, a very inconvenient mishap if you're going to steam a piece of clothing and then put it on. A garment steamer for home use should have the power of 1300-1800 Watts and ensure the minimal steam output of 25 g/min. Of course, the more powerful a fabric steamer is, the faster it generates the steam: some models are ready for use within less than a minute while others may require up to 3 minutes to heat up. So, make sure to check out the heat-up time.

Capacity and Steaming Time

Also, you need to take the water tank capacity into account, because it's an important feature that determines the continuous steaming time of the appliance you choose. It varies from just 7-15 minutes for hand-held garment steamers with the water tank of just around 200 mL (this compact appliance is useful either if you go on a trip or have just a couple of clothes to steam at home), to more than an hour of steaming for upright garment steamers that have large water tanks of up to 2 L.

Nozzle and Accessories

Finally, pay attention to the nozzle of the steamer for clothes and particularly to the material it's made from. It's usually made from plastic or metal (stainless steel or aluminum). Aluminum nozzles are usually more durable and heat up faster. Also, some garment steamers have an additional heating element inside a nozzle - it pre-heats the steam and makes it more efficient in removing wrinkles and creases on fabric. The nozzle is connected to a steaming station itself by a special hose in which the steam flows. And the longer it is, the easier it's going to be for you to use the appliance. And check out what accessories every fabric steamer includes - some of them are really important and helpful. For example, some steamers for clothes go with brushes that help you steam and clean your coat.

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Review of Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam

Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam

Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam

Type and Use

This is an upgraded model of Rowenta garment steamer and it's a truly multifunctional appliance. This fantastic steamer combines all advantages of a conventional steam iron and a powerful cloth steamer (which you can use to de-wrinkle and smooth clothes). But the most amazing results you get when you are ironing garments on the ironing board - the amount of steam released from the Rowenta's soleplate is so immense that all wrinkles disappear immediately. Thus, this marvelous garment steamer helps you cope with all kinds of fabric, including dense cotton. Vertical steaming will be most helpful for soft and delicate clothes such as shirts, blouses, linen, and other delicate kinds of fabric that may get damaged by a hot soleplate of a conventional iron. Moreover, a powerful steam shot not only ensures amazing de-wrinkling but also kills bacteria on fabric.

Review of Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam

Power and Steam Output

Rowenta garment steamer has one of the most powerful steam stations, boasting 1800 Watts of power. Such an amazing rate ensures total heat-up under just 2 minutes, despite a fairly large water tank. Moreover, this Rowenta garment steamer boasts a truly outstanding steam output - 120 g/min, so vertical steaming is as efficient as possible, and no other appliance stands close to this one. If you are concerned about your electricity bills, this best garment steamer has a unique Eco setting that saves up to 20% power, reducing steam output and soleplate heating.

Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam in the use

Capacity and Steaming Time

Rowenta clothing steamer has a pretty big water tank - 47 oz. If you fill it up, you will be able to use the steam station for up to 90 minutes. What's more, you can easily remove the water tank and refill it even when ironing. With this efficient appliance, you will certainly cope with all your clothes, linen, bedding, etc. That's why this Rowenta garment steamer is very popular with professional tailors who need a truly reliable appliance for their sewing workshops.

Detailed review of Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam

Nozzle and Accessories

The steam station has a 6-foot steam cord connected to the iron itself. The iron brags Rowenta's own unique Microsteam 400 soleplate which was developed for homemakers' convenience. Microsteam 400 is made of scratch-resistant, durable, and extremely smooth stainless steel. The soleplate has hundreds of tiny holes through which hot steam is released. Moreover, Microsteam 400 boasts special nano-glass coating smooth gliding. There's a Precision Tip on the front part of Rowenta garment steamer that helps iron areas around collars and buttons with utmost precision. Any clothing steamer uses water and this water may cause scale formation. To prevent it, Rowenta has a highly efficient CALC AWAY system, allowing you to remove tiny particles of the scale and dirty water. Though this garment steamer is fairly heavy, you can still carry it around with the iron attached to the station. The new Lock System keeps the iron firmly fixed in place.

Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam
Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam
 
Review of Rowenta IS6200 Compact Valet Full Size Garment Steamer

Rowenta IS6200

Rowenta IS6200

Type and Use

This is a typical upright steamer - an excellent appliance that you should use in combination with a conventional steam iron. Although, some people prefer using the garment steamer only. This appliance can easily cope with delicate and lace fabric, as well as drapes, curtains, tablecloths, and so on. As of fabric types, Rowenta clothes steamer is particularly useful for smoothing silk, cotton, and chiffon. And unlike irons, garment steamers are absolutely safe for fabric - the vapor is never too hot to cause any damage.

Review of Rowenta IS6200 Compact Valet Full Size Garment Steamer

Power and Steam Output

Rowenta upright steamer has a major advantage - just 1 minute and it turns water into vapor thanks to 1500 Watts of power. Therefore, you can easily use this clothes steamer to de-wrinkle a shirt and pants before leaving for work in the morning. The steam output this unit provides is almost 40 g/min - enough to get rid of all creases and wrinkles on any fabric. No problem if you want to de-wrinkle even a jacket made of dense fabric!

Rowenta IS6200 Compact Valet Full Size Garment Steamer in the use

Capacity and Steaming Time

It's one of the best garment steamers in terms of water tank capacity, which is 81 oz. - enough to ensure up to 60 minutes of continuous operation. No doubt, you will be able to cope with all clothes, bedsheets, curtains, etc. The water tank is removable, so filling it with water is very simple. Moreover, the water reservoir is transparent and you can always see the level of water. However, even if you forget to fill the tank, the clothes steamer will automatically shut off.

Detailed review of Rowenta IS6200 Compact Valet Full Size Garment Steamer

Nozzle and Accessories

The nozzle is made of plastic and, therefore, has no additional heating element inside. The handle of the nozzle is always cool, so you won't get burned. There are several accessories a manufacturer includes in a package: a fabric brush, a lint pad, and a special crease attachment. These accessories will help you not only de-wrinkle your clothes but also clean them. Keep in mind that hot steam is used for freshening clothes and for killing bacteria. Finally, we think it's important to emphasize the 'Tilt and Toll' design of this Rowenta garment steamer - you just tilt it slightly and the unit is ready for moving from one room to another. Finally, the manufacturer used a foot ON/OFF pedal instead of a small button. Therefore, you can switch the clothes steamer on and off without a need to bend down and do it manually.

Rowenta IS6200 Compact Valet Full Size Garment Steamer application

VIDEO
Test: Rowenta Compact Valet IS6200D1 Defroisseur / steamer /vapor
Rowenta IS6200
Rowenta IS6200
 
Review of PurSteam PS-910

PurSteam PS-910

PurSteam PS-910

Type and Use

This upright garment steamer is not just versatile but also quite affordable so anyone can get it for home use. It's designed for steaming all kinds of fabric without a need for an ironing board: organic fabrics, wool, cotton, silk, but also polyester and nylon. It makes it a professional fabric steamer that will come in handy in any store. Also, this appliance will find a place in a hotel - a lot of bedding, drapes, and curtains need to be steamed every day in any hotel or motel. The steam is very hot and it kills 99% of bacteria, so PurSteam will not only steam but also remove all unpleasant parasites from fabric. No need to say, the garment steamer is also excellent for home use. If you have a large house with many rooms - you will surely need to do quite a lot of ironing and steaming. We've tested PurSteam garment steamer on make shirts - the result is totally satisfying: the fabric gets smooth immediately.

Review of PurSteam PS-910

Power and Steam Output

PurSteam garment steamer has an overall power of 1500 Watts and it's enough to heat the water and turn it into a high-temperature steam within just a minute. It's really fast - you can just get up and go make some tea, and when you're back - PurSteam will be ready. The steam output is pretty good - 30 g/min. which is enough for a quick and efficient steaming.

PurSteam PS-910 in the use

Capacity and Steaming Time

PurSteam garment steamer has the biggest water tank in our review - 61 oz. such huge capacity ensures an hour of steaming and it's enough to handle a lot of fabric no matter where you are using a steamer for clothes: at home or at work. This best garment steamer provides up to 1 hour of continuous steam on a single water tank.

Detailed review of PurSteam PS-910

Nozzle and Accessories

This best steamer for clothes has a large aluminum nozzle with a heating element inside. As a result, the steam is always very hot and the temperature reaches 248 F - enough to penetrate deep into the fabric and 'relax' the threads and make the fabric smooth. The steam hose is 5.25 feet long, so you have a sufficient length to maneuver around. Some users think the hose could be longer and they're quite right. But if you need to steam curtains, you will still need to lift the fabric steamer somehow to reach their upper parts. The steamer has an aluminum telescopic rod with a collapsible hanger for your shirts, robes, dresses, pants, and so on. There's even a pant press and though it's convenient you will be able to steam your pants even without it.

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PurSteam PS-910
PurSteam PS-910
 
Review of Conair ExtremeSteam GS23 C Hand Held Fabric Steamer

Conair ExtremeSteam GS23 C Hand Held Fabric Steamer

Conair ExtremeSteam GS23 C Hand Held Fabric Steamer

Handy Addition to Your Iron

A lot of homemakers are literally afraid of de-wrinkling clothes and bedding made of some delicate fabric since a conventional iron might damage them. And it does happen! However, there's a simple yet affordable way out and it's a fabric steamer. Even if this household appliance isn't a total substitution for an iron, it's still a truly helpful device anyone should have. The main advantage of garment steamers is that they don't contact the fabric directly, thus, they can't burn it. Conair ExtremeSteam is surely one of the best portable handheld fabric steamers available on the market. Not only is this unit efficient, it's also rather affordable. This is a superb appliance for people who don't wish to spend much time on ironing and need to get a smooth shirt or skirt really fast. The power of the device is sufficient to make steam within 75 seconds, which is an amazing result for such a compact unit. That's also a benefit in terms of electricity consumption! Moreover, you won't disagree that sometimes installing an ironing board takes longer that waiting till Conair fabric steamer is ready to do the job. However, you need to fill the removable reservoir with water and it has a sufficient capacity for using the appliance for 15 minutes. So, you will be able to de-wrinkle your suit or shirt before leaving for work in the morning. This appliance can be used with any kind of fabric, such as silk and cashmere, so you can de-wrinkle drapes and clothes, even those with some ornament. Also, a powerful steam shot removes unpleasant odors (tobacco, food, etc.), so you can quickly 'de-odorize' the clothes that have been hanging in a closet for quite a long time. Finally, let's not forget that a garment steamer kills germs so there's no need to carry your clothes to the dry cleaner's. Try this appliance and see the wrinkles disappear!

Review of Conair ExtremeSteam GS23 C Hand Held Fabric Steamer

Attachments and How to Use Them

Conair fabric steamer comes with 3 different attachments that allow you to de-wrinkle various types of fabric. Use a soft cushion brush if you need to smoothen a delicate and thin blouse or an embroidered shirt. Use this attachment with any delicate fabric! Let's mention a temperature control slide switch - don't forget to set the right temperature before you start steaming. If you wish to de-wrinkle some piece of clothing made of thicker fabric - a coat, jacket, waistcoat, etc. - use a fabric brush attachment that will force the steam deep into the fibers. If you want to make creases on your suit pants, use a creaser. There are some rules you must follow using this appliance and the first one is: apply steam only vertically and don't try to use a fabric steamer horizontally (laying clothes on an ironing board, for example). The second rule says: you must never touch the nozzle as the steam is fairly hot. Finally, don't forget to remove the remaining water after using the garment steamer.

Conair ExtremeSteam GS23 C Hand Held Fabric Steamer in the use

More Products to Consider

It's really convenient to use a fabric steamer on clothes hung on hangers, so we recommend you to buy one of them.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Conair ExtremeSteam™ Professional Hand Held Garment Steamer Overview
Conair ExtremeSteam GS23 C Hand Held Fabric Steamer
Conair ExtremeSteam GS23 C Hand Held Fabric Steamer
 
Review of Epica 800 Handheld Fabric Steamer

Epica 800

Epica 800

Type and Use

It's a small Epica steamer for clothes and the only compact hand-held model in our comparison. The unit is designed for people who want to use a compact appliance that takes little space at home. That's why this handheld garment steamer is popular with those who have rather small apartments or houses and, therefore, don't want to clutter up their home by getting large appliances. Epica garment steamer can easily smooth your shirts or pants that are hung on a hanger, but this appliance can also be used for smoothing curtains, drapery, bedding, and so on. Next, Epica garment steamer is perfect for delicate clothes such as knitted sweaters and so on. Also, this fabric steamer can remove odors. No secret, if a piece of clothing hangs for a long time without being worn - it accumulates an unpleasant smell, so you can simply apply steam and the odor will be removed. Finally, don't forget you can easily use hot steam for getting rid of bedbugs.

Review of Epica 800 Handheld Fabric Steamer

Power and Steam Output

A hand-held garment steamer is less powerful than the full-sized appliances in our comparison - 800 Watts. However, it's sufficient for a quick water heat-up and steam formation. For example, it takes just 2 minutes for this small fabric steamer to get the steam ready. Of course, the steam output is also inferior to the rest of steamers - just 17 g/min. No need to say, it's insufficient for professional use, so you aren't going to see this hand-held garment steamer in a clothing store.

Epica 800 Handheld Fabric Steamer in the use

Capacity and Steaming Time

A hand-held fabric steamer is small and that's why the capacity of the water tank is pretty small - just 7 oz. Therefore, you need to refill it quite often. The tank is large enough for up to 12 minutes of steam application which is enough for minor daily chores. You will be able to smooth your shirt and pants really quickly before leaving for work. You can also use this small garment steamer as an additional appliance along with a steam iron. Many people use Epica 800 exactly this way: less sensitive types of fabric are ironed with an iron whilst tender fabrics are smoothed with the help of a steamer.

Detailed review of Epica 800 Handheld Fabric Steamer

Nozzle and Accessories

Epica garment steamer has a small plastic nozzle with several holes for steam release. It's a hand-held model and so it has no heating element inside a nozzle. As you can see, this handheld fabric steamer doesn't have a steam hose. This appliance is certainly convenient due to its hand-held mode of operation. You can maneuver it around without any difficulties. The appliance comes with a special fabric brush and a lint remover that will help you clean your coats, jackets, suits, etc. In all, it's a useful garment steamer that can reach literally anywhere where your arms do.

Epica 800
Epica 800
 

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