Some fabric steamers we’ve reviewed are large and powerful devices, while others are medium-sized and meant for everyday use at home as well as traveling. It’s not that easy to find a decent, small steamer that every traveller can pack in their bag and be set.
We have found such a device – the Travel Smart. As the name suggests, this fabric steamer is absolutely perfect for those of you that need a small, light device to carry in their bags for quick touch ups before an important business meeting or a holiday night out.
Design and Functionality
Weighing only 1.2 pounds, this is a very light, compact device. It’s pretty small too - tiny, really - so it doesn’t have a lot of features or options. Visually, it certainly has an interesting look – Conair have made a simple, modern-looking steamer, but one that not everyone will like.
Ease of use is certainly another plus, as the Travel Smart is incredibly easy to use. All commands work perfectly well. The 8-foot long cord is arguably the steamer’s strongest feature, when it comes to functionality and design at least. The user can simply plug it in and easily move around the room to reach hanging clothes that need a quick touch up, or to quickly de-wrinkle the contents of your suitcase.
Additionally, the Travel Smart has dual voltage. This is an absolutely beautiful little touch that just goes to show how far have Conair gone to cater to their target demographic. For those who aren’t too sure what dual voltage is – this essentially means that the steamer can be used everywhere around the world, without an adapter or a similar device.
With the dimensions of 4.5 x 4.5 x 9.5 inches this is a small device that virtually everyone can pack in their bag – even a handbag if needed. Simply put, the Travel Smart is designed to be a traveller’s appliance and it does not have any major design flaws if you don’t expect it to emulate the performance of a full-blown fabric steamer.
It wouldn’t be fair to expect the Travel Smart to be as powerful as large fabric steamers, so it’s best we view this device as, essentially, what it is meant to be – a useful companion for travellers. So from that narrow perspective, the Travel Smart performs very well.
This device works great on different kinds of fabrics and has enough power to provide a surprisingly good performance. 10 minutes of steam time is plenty, given the size and the steamer heats water up very quickly – in under a minute. It’s so fast that some travellers even use it to distill tap water for their hotel-room coffee. While this is not what device is meant for, it is certainly a testament to its speedy performance.
Naturally, the water tank needs to be refilled frequently, which can sometimes be a bother, but that is pretty much to be expected from a steamer like this. Most importantly, the Travel Smart works very well on a wide variety of fabrics and even though it can’t really be used to de-wrinkle extremely wrinkled clothing items, it is great for small touch ups and does everything it is supposed to very well.
The water doesn’t spill either (which is sometimes a problem with small heaters) and the entire unit functions perfectly. All in all, this is a solid product that works pretty well and the fact that it’s ridiculously cheap certainly works in its favor.
Pros and Cons
- Good design
- Highly functional
- Ease of use
- Not for everyday use or heavily wrinkled clothes
- Brand: Conair
- Product dimensions (in inches): 4.5 x 4.5 x 9.5
- Product dimensions (in meters): 11.43 x 11.43 x 24.1 cm
- Continuous steam time: 10 minutes
- Voltage: Dual voltage
- Product weight in pounds: 1.2 lbs
- Product weight in kilo: 0.54 kg
- Cord length in feet: 8
- Cord length in meters: 2.4
Final Verdict: One of the Best Within the Category
The Travel Smart is a wonderfully designed, practical and light little fabric steamer that every traveller should pack in their bag. It works great to de-wrinkle clothes quickly, performs well on all fabrics and does everything else it is supposed to – it heats up water quickly, releases a nice amount of steam and it is very easy to use. Nice additions like the dual voltage feature and the long power cord add a new dimension to the product, while the low price elevates the Travel Smart into best-buy territory.