Best Handheld Garment Steamers for Tidy Look

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 25, 2019
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 high power combined with an extra large metal head that has evenly located openings allows smoothing out the most wrinkled clothes in seconds.

CONS

The switch may be not very sensitive.

OUR VERDICT

The Rowenta DR8080 is a convenient-to-use device that allows the easy steaming of any clothes, including coats, suits or even a silky dress. It is fitted with a large water tank and a useful set of heads.

detailed parameters
Power

1500 W

Water Tank Capacity

6.8 oz

Heat-up Time

45 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

10 minutes

Weight

2.2 lbs

Accessories

Fabric Brush, Lint pad, Steam Bonnet 

Warranty

1 year

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

Rather heavy.

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
Power

1110 W

Water Tank Capacity

7 oz

Heat-up Time

75 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

15 min

Weight

3 lbs

Accessories

Fabric brush, Creaser, Soft cushion brush

Warranty

1 year

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

The device is fitted with a large stable base, which makes storage convenient and safe. A door hook in the set allows ironing anywhere at any time.

CONS

If you plan to take the steamer with you on a trip,  consider that the tool requires a lot of space.

OUR VERDICT

The Rowenta Xcel is a modern vertical steamer that will help you get perfect results. For convenient use, it has an ergonomic body and a rotating power cord. It it suitable for all kinds of clothes and fabric.

detailed parameters
Power

1100 W

Water Tank Capacity

5 oz

Heat-up Time

45 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

8 min

Weight

2.5 lbs

Accessories

Fabric Brush, Steam bonnet 

Warranty

1 year

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

Rowenta DR8080

Powerful and Convenient-to-Use

The Rowenta DR8080 is a convenient device that comes from a well-known manufacturer of household appliances. Not only will it make your clothes wrinkle-free but also spare them from germs and other bacteria. First things first, this unit is quite powerful. It works on 1500 Watts, so it will take less than a minute for it to get ready for use. The unit is fitted with a large water tank that will give you about 10 minutes of continuous work without the need to refill. You also don’t need to use distilled water since the device works with tap water as well. Despite the large water tank and a stainless steel body, the unit is also pretty lightweight (only 2.2 lbs), so it is convenient to carry and, thanks to the ergonomic handle, easy to grip.

The Rowenta steamer comes with a convenient set of attachments including a Fabric brush, Lint pad, and Steam bonnet. The combination of various heads and modes allows you to use the steamer on different kinds of fabric, so you can use the steamer not only on clothes but also curtains, upholstery, and other covers. However, it might take you a while to get used to the mode change since the switch is not very sensitive.

Even though in some cases money doesn't equal quality, but in this case, it does. The Rowenta Handheld Garment Steamer is a convenient device that will become an irreplaceable assistant in your household. So, if you are willing to pay for the very best, this steamer is for you.

Review of Rowenta DR8080 Handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer

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Conair ExtremeSteam GS23RS

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 than waiting till Conair fabric steamer is ready to do the job. However, you need to fill the removable reservoir with water and it has 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.

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.

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 GS23RS Handheld Fabric Steamer

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Conair ExtremeSteam™ Professional Hand Held Garment Steamer Overview
 

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 the 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

 

Rowenta Xcel (DR7000)

Simple yet Reliable Steamer

With the Rowenta Xcel Steamer, you can refresh and disinfect your clothes in no time. The device seems small and simple, yet it is powerful enough to ease your household chores and spare you from ironing. The steamer will be ready to use in just 45 seconds, so it is perfect for quick last minute touch-ups. With the help of this device, you can breathe new life into your old clothes and furniture pieces, no matter what kind of material they are made of. The steamer will gently smooth everything out and give professional cleaning results since it kills 99.9 % of germs.

The water tank is not the biggest one you can find (5 oz), yet it fits enough water to provide you with 8 minutes of work. As with most of the Rowenta steamers, this model works with any kind of water, so you can fill the tank under the tap and you are good to go.

As for convenience, the unit has a large stable base, which makes storage convenient and safe. A lot of users also point out that the extra long power cord is a major plus. The set also features a door hook that allows steaming anywhere at any time. However, if you plan to take the steamer with you on a trip, consider that the tool requires a lot of space.

So, if you are looking for a reliable streaming device that will quickly get rid of wrinkles, we highly recommend the Rowenta Xcel Handheld Garment Steamer. It is simple and affordable, yet will please you with good results.

Review of Rowenta Xcel (DR7000) Handheld Steamer

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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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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 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 fibers 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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3. 3 Tips for Choosing a Portable Garment Steamer, DoItYourself.com.

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5. Mariette Mifflin Common Uses for a Garment Steamer, the Spruce.

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7. Clothes steamer, Wikipedia. January 14, 2018.

8. Kimberly Janeway Steamers Can Save a Trip to the Cleaners, Consumer Reports. September 21, 2015.

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