Best Handheld Garment Steamers for Tidy Look

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 27, 2018
The army of home appliances was replenished with another "fighter" - a handheld garment steamer, a compact device that you can take with you on a vacation and anywhere else you go. Go ahead, read the review, and pick a mini steamer that's right for you. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Water Tank Capacity
Heat-up Time
Continuous Steaming Time
Weight
Accessories
Warranty
 
PROS

The water tank is capacious and detachable, which means it doesn't need to be refilled too often and is easy to clean after use. The steamer is fairly powerful.

CONS

The handle may get rather hot with prolonged use.

OUR VERDICT

If you need a powerful garment steamer that would cope with all types of wrinkles, handle all fabrics and suit both domestic and professional use, there is no better model than the Rowenta DR8082. 

detailed parameters
Power

1500 W

Water Tank Capacity

6.76 oz

Heat-up Time

45 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

10 min

Weight

2.2 lbs

Accessories

Fabric brush, Lint pad, Steam bonnet

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The extreme steam dual heat technology produces 30% more hot steam than conventional steamers. There are two temperature settings for different purposes.

CONS

The water tank hole is too small.

OUR VERDICT

This model with three attachments will be effective for different items. Hot steam kills even house dust mites, so you can use this steamer on all types of surfaces, including furniture and toys. There is a steam pause feature for saving water and energy which makes the steamer an economical appliance.

detailed parameters
Power

1110 W

Water Tank Capacity

~6 oz

Heat-up Time

75 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

15 min

Weight

2.1 lbs 

Accessories

Fabric brush, Creaser, Silicone attachment pulls

Warranty

Limited one-year warranty

PROS

The appliance is very light in weight, simple in use, and easy to transport, thanks to the carrying bag that comes in the kit. All of this makes it a perfect "partner" for travels. 

CONS

The clothes may feel somewhat damp right after steaming. 

OUR VERDICT

The PurStream PS-510 steamer is suitable for all fabrics including the most delicate ones. Thanks to its enhanced design, it is extremely convenient to use. Great for travels and home use. 

detailed parameters
Power

850 W

Water Tank Capacity

6 oz

Heat-up Time

90 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

10 min

Weight

1.13 lbs

Accessories

Travel bag

Warranty

3 years 

PROS

Because of its tiny dimensions, the OXA HG0158 heats up surprisingly quickly and is ready to use in 20 seconds after you fill it with water.

CONS

The instructions are not that clear. 

OUR VERDICT

The HG0158 handheld garment steamer is your ideal choice should you need an affordable steamer capable of smoothing all types of clothing in a matter of minutes. The combo of small size, overheating protection, deep sterilization, and ergonomic design makes it a favorite choice for many.

detailed parameters
Power

1000 W

Water Tank Capacity

3.4 oz

Heat-up Time

20 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

6-8 min

Weight

1.87 lbs

Accessories

Fabric brush

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The steamer handle serves as a measuring cup for easy water filling. Its relatively long operation time enables you to steam a small batch of garments.

CONS

Heats up longer than other steamers reviewed here. 

OUR VERDICT

The SALAV handheld garment steamer combines simplicity of design with usability features. It doesn't boast as powerful steaming performance as some of the other options but it will surely suffice all those that need a simple and effective device for quick touch-ups. Available in several bright colours to choose from.

detailed parameters
Power

265 W

Water Tank Capacity

2 oz

Heat-up Time

150 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

10 min

Weight

1.2 lbs

Accessories

Measuring cup

Warranty

1 year limited warranty

Rowenta DR8082

Look Preppy

Despite steamers appeared on the market not long ago, today they successfully compete with conventional steam irons in terms of performance and convenience. And although none denies the effectiveness of a traditional iron, the advantages of mini clothes steamers are also numerous: they are compact, light in weight, multifunctional, and suitable for all fabrics. People who have ever used or heard about garment steamers do not need an introduction to the name Rowenta, the company that has been ranked as one of the world leaders in the market of household appliances. But if you're new, the Rowenta DR8082 Partner of Fashion X-Cel is one of those models that's definitely worth your attention.

First off, as soon as you get the Rowenta garment steamer, you'll know you've got a super comfortable and well-built appliance. It is ergonomic, solid, and very modern. As to the specs, very few models can outrival it in terms of performance. It heats up in mere 45 seconds after you turn it on and produces very hot steam that can remove all kinds of wrinkles and folds even on heavy fabrics. One of the benefits of this steamer is that it has such a shape which allows you to use it on collars, pleated seams and other small cloth elements that are hard to smooth out with a traditional steam iron.

Among the five best handheld steamers we've picked for you, the tank capacity of the Rowenta DR8082 is the biggest, although the difference with the other four is not huge. The water tank is removable and transparent which contributes to the convenience of use. Once you fill it with water, you get 10 minutes of continuous steaming time, which should be enough for refreshing several articles of clothes. The cord of the steamer is long enough and doesn't limit your movement so you can operate it quite far from an outlet.

The best about the Rowenta DR8082 is that it does notably change the appearance of clothes after steaming. The steam it generates is so hot the fibres of clothes relax almost instantly and this makes them look so smooth and great.

So if you're tired of having to steam press your clothes, it's time to consider other options, and the Rowenta DR8082 is by far one of the best you can come across. Look preppy in a matter of seconds with Rowenta garment steamer!

Review of Rowenta DR8082 Partner of Fashion X-Cel Steam Powerful Handheld Garment

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Conair GS25PK

For Immecable Look of Your Clothes

When it comes to ironing shirts decorated with paillettes, silk dresses or thin lace blouses, using a conventional steam iron might turn out to be a feeble option. But not if you use the Conair Extreme Steam Hand Held Fabric Steamer. This model will allow you to give your clothes a presentable and tidy look with minimum effort. The steamer is lightweight and easy to use, it heats up for a little bit longer than a minute and is able to ensure 15 minutes of non-stop steaming. Furthermore, it features two modes of steaming - low and high - so you can use the one that works on a fabric you've got faster and better. The Conair handheld garment steamer treats fabrics delicately, which allows you to use it on all garments you've got in your wardrobe without worries. For sterilization purposes, it can also be used on furniture - it won't cause burns nor damage it. The Conair steamer is ideal for almost all types of material: linen, wool, synthetics, corduroy, silk, etc.

Buying this Conair handheld garment steamer, you get all necessary accessories together with the steamer such as a fabric brush, a creaser, and silicon pulls. All stuff is included and there's nothing left for you to shop. So if you're thinking of buying a quality mini steamer for an affordable price, you've found it. The Conair Extreme Steam Hand Held Fabric Steamer is one of the best in its class. Featuring all the same functionality and similar specifications of our model rated as "best pick", it's our second "favorite".

Review of Conair GS25PK Extreme Steam Hand Held Fabric Steamer with Dual Heat, Pink

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PurSteam PS-510

Best Travel Steamer for Clothes

Many people do not like housework because of ironing, but if you get yourself a mini garment steamer, you'll change your attitude. With the PurSteam Fabric Steamer, you'll refresh and remove wrinkles on clothes in a matter of seconds. All you will need to do is hang your clothes on a rack, turn the steamer on, wait for around 90 seconds for it to heat up, and proceed to iron going over a garment up and down with a sweeping motion. With this steamer, you will be able to smooth out not only your clothes but also gathered curtains, tablecloth, bed linen and other cumbersome articles that are difficult to iron on the ironing board in a horizontal position. The PurSteam Fabric Steamer works very gently on most of materials, recovers their volume and gives them a flawless, neat look. Like in the other mini clothes steamers we reviewed, the working time of this model is an average 10 minutes, which should be long enough to freshen up several clothes or a couple of bulky items.

In summary, if you've been thinking whether to buy a travel iron or a handheld garment steamer, choose the latter. With this one, you'll benefit from having an option to quickly refresh your clothes that are still hanging on a rack. Besides, it's perfect for travels. For more convenient transportation, a travel case is included with the purchase.

Review of PurSteam PS-510 Fabric Steamer, Fast-Heat Aluminum Heating Element With Travel Pouch

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OXA HG0158

Ultra Compact Steamer

The OXA HG0158 mini steamer can easily remove wrinkles and folds on all types of clothes giving them a fresh and neat look. And like most of garment steamers, it relaxes inner fibres of clothes so that they release their "fullness" making clothes look more voluminous and attractive. The OXA HG0158 can also be used for disinfection of furniture, upholstery, bedding, toys. The hot steam effectively eliminates all pathogenic microorganisms and microflora, kills unpleasant and foreign odors, and removes unsightly spots of sweat. The OXA HG015 spares you the need to mess around with the ironing board while providing you with the option to proceed with ironing literally in 20 seconds after you turn the appliance on. It heats up quick and works for around 8 minutes before it needs to be refilled. When the time runs out, the auto shut-off feature turns the appliance off automatically. The OXA HG015 mini steamer is one of the smallest appliances on our review. With the weight of mere 1.13 lbs, it's convenient to store it in a closet, suitcase, or desk drawer in the office. It's also convenient to carry around as it won't add a lot of weight to your bag. So if you've come searching for a steamer you could use not only at home but anywhere, the OXA Smart 1000W Ultra-Compact Handheld Garment Steamer is the right bet.

Review of OXA HG0158 Smart 1000W Ultra-Compact Handheld Garment Steamer

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SALAV TS-01

A Pocket-Sized Helper

If ironing takes too much of your time, it's time to buy the SALAV TS-01 Travel Hand Held Garment Steamer. This miniature yet high-performing device will handle most of the ironing tasks you throw its way.

Despite its pocket size, the SALAV TS-01 generates very hot steam which allows you to use not only for ironing clothes but also for sterilization of surfaces, so you can kill two birds with one stone - iron your clothes and get rid of harmful microbes inhabiting your dwelling. With that, because of its small size, the SALAV TS-01 is perfect for use not only at home but also on business trips, travels, vacations, and in the office. With its help, you will look always presentable all while spending less than a few minutes to freshen up your suit or blouse. Using the steamer is easy. Once the steamer heats up, you will only need to move it over your clothes in a sweeping action. Although the heating time of this steamer is a little bit longer than in the other models, the working time is the same and makes 10 minutes, which is a good rate for the product with this price tag.

So, why is the SALAV TS-01 Travel Hand Held Garment Steamer worth buying?

  • Because it's easy to transport, it will become your best travel partner!
  • Because it will make you throw your ironing board away and forget about it forever.
  • Because you will fall in love with ironing and will do ironing every time you have a free minute.
  • Because it's cheap!

If you're willing to buy a garment steamer but also want to save a bit of money, then the SALAV TS-01 might be right up at your alley. Lightweight, easy to use, and reasonably priced, it will do its job as intended.

Review of SALAV TS-01 Travel Hand Held Garment Steamer with Auto Worldwide Voltage Adjustment, Gray

 

What Is a Handheld Garment Steamer?

Many tasks such as steaming silk clothes with decorative details, fluffing fur on coats, sterilizing furniture and other surfaces now can be done with the help of a garment steamer. As we're stepping into the days of technological advancements, many of new household appliances appear to simplify our chores, and a garment steamer is surely one of the most brilliant ones of them. Clothes steamers are available in three sizes - for commercial use, small businesses, and for all average users. For this review, we've made a selection of the most popular type - handheld or mini garment steamers that can be used by anyone.

Unlike the other two types, mini garment steamers are compact in size, lightweight, and easy to use. They are perfect for domestic use and for travels. The working principle of clothes steamers, no matter the type, is pretty simple. When you fill a reservoir with water and the steamer heats up, it starts to generate hot steam which then penetrates into fabrics and when it does that, it relaxes inner fibres resulting in a quicker removal of wrinkles. The benefit of handheld garment steamers is that despite their small size, they are effective at all types of fabrics including pretty dense and heavy. Another benefit is because of their small size, they can be comfortably used anywhere.

And when you're done with ironing, hang your fresh and nicely-looking clothes on one of these beautiful garment racks.

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Publish Date: 2018-02-22 11:07:29