Welcome to Garment Steamer Reviews

Hissssss... that's the sound of wrinkles being eased out of your clothes and curtains. Ahhh... as you smell the freshness you've restored.

Professional level results don't need to come at pro prices. Our reviews run the whole range, from budget models to premium, and from tiny travel steamers to full sized beasts.

Ding dong! It's the delivery man. Your new garment steamer has just arrived. Clang! That's the sound of you throwing your hateful old iron into the recycling bin. Good riddance!

Who Uses Garment Steamers?

All kinds of people: professional stylists; business travelers; people in a hurry; people who hate ironing. Steamers are just waaaayyyyy less cumbersome than irons, and the bubbling sound of the water is pretty relaxing.

Can a Steamer Replace My Iron?

Pretty much! If you've got some very heavy fabric that needs to be pressed, you need the weight of an iron. For fragile materials you should do a little test of the steamer in one corner to check the steam isn't too harsh. But in reality, steamers work on 99% of clothes and are actually better than irons in many cases..

Ask any drycleaner: removing wrinkles with steam is gentler, safer, and more efficient than running a blazing hot piece of metal over your carefully-chosen garments. Delicate material plus iron equals serious scorching. And have you ever tried ironing a curtain? While it's hanging? You can with the right steamer. Steaming is also five times faster than ironing.

In summary, steamers are better than irons. This lady understands:

Types of Garment Steamer

We've split our reviews into 4 groups -

  • Hand Held and Travel steamers - these are lightweight and don't take up much space
  • Full Size steamers - hang your clothes on the steamer while you steam! Practical and easy
  • Premium steamers - all the features, none of the drawbacks
  • Cheap 'n' Cheerful - for those on a budget


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How to Use a Steamer to Steam Clothes

Hang up the garment (on a clothes hanger, on the steamer's hanger if it is full size, or even on your shower rail!). Every steamer is different so read the manual to learn about best practices. This is a general guide only.

Fill the steamer's tank with water. If you live in a hard water area, use distilled water (if possible). That will avoid the build up of minerals in the steamer. When you've filled the tank, plug in and turn on. You should know it's ready - steam will be shooting out in a consistent volume.

Pull your garment taut, touch the material lightly (repeat, lightly) with the steam head and wrinkles will - POOF! - vanish (hopefully!). It's important to combine the steam and the steam head - both in harmony will ensure a smooth finish. Most people move the steam head in an upward motion. Be extra careful around decorative elements.

Some clothes can be steamed better from underneath. It's said to relax the textile and lead to better wrinkle-removal. If you have a stubborn wrinkle, try changing the angle.

Hang pants (trousers, for our British readers) from the cuff.

If you steam with the hose in an upright position, the condensation will be free to drip back into the tank. This is good. If you're bending down a lot (for example, steaming drapes) then stand up from time to time and straighten the hose.

Wearing shoes is a good idea, since hot water might drip out. As with an iron, let the device cool down before moving or storing it. It's better to pour the remaining water out before you put it away.

Finally, if you have a problem with the product you bought, read the Amazon reviews on it. Often times, someone else had the same problem as you and either returned the steamer or found a solution!

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