- Simply an essential item for the frequent traveler
- Small water tank is inevitable but potentially annoying
- Used by some customers to steam their hair!
- At current price points, a painless, regret-free buy
The E-best Mini Travel Handheld Garment Steamer (sticker price $99.99) is ideal for the frequent business traveler or if you have an extremely limited amount of storage space, measuring just 8 x 3 x 6 inches and weighing a paltry 1.2 pounds. Compact and lightweight, this steamer is safe for use on both garments and household upholstery. It comes with a 4-ounce refillable water tank and heats up in as little as 15 seconds. It can provide up to 10 minutes of continuous steam and the 600 watt element supplies a sufficient amount of heat. The 8-foot power cord is roughly industry standard and allows the user to easily move around while the steamer is in use.
Overall, customers are well pleased with the product’s size and performance. However, users have consistently noticed a few issues. For example, the device does not heat up as quickly as advertised; instead of being ready to steam in 15 seconds, it takes closer to 45 seconds or 1 minute for noticeably emitted steam to begin coming from the steamer head. The most commonly cited problem was that the water tank was far too small. At only 4-ounces, the tank supplies only enough water and steam for use on one garment before it must be refilled.
There is also no low-water indicating light or automatic safety shut-off to prevent overheating on this device. These features come standard on most other steamers and are a glaring omission from this one. It is also suggested by customers that the steamer be kept upright at all times; tipping it to the side while steaming causes water to drip from the steamer head thus wetting the garment being steamed. This is a common complaint with many handheld steamers and is not specific to this one alone.
Being extremely compact and at a low price point are this product’s best features, however. The device seems to work adequately enough to please most consumers despite having several minor drawbacks. If you are looking for a small, portable, inexpensive steamer this is likely a safe bet. But do not expect to be able to steam an entire outfit in one sitting, or get professional-grade quality. For that you will need to look elsewhere.
Rating (Best in Class)
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