Practical handheld steamers are the perfect quick-fix solution for those of you who need to quickly de-wrinkle their clothes before an important meeting or before a night out with friends. There’s a lot of these devices out there that finding the right one that does what it is supposed to can be a pretty daunting and time consuming task. The Ivation 150-Watt HandHeld Steamer seems to be exactly the steamer many of us need and here’s our review of this product.
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.2 x 12.3 inches
- Weight in pounds: 1.5 pounds
- Weight in kilo: 0.68
- Steam output duration: up to 8 minutes
- Capacity: 2.8 oz
- Power rating: AC 110V, 60Hz
- Output: 1500W
- Power cord length in feet: 6.5 ft
- Power cord length in meters: 2 meters
Design and Functionality
When it comes to design, this steamer is pretty original. It looks quite different than most similar products we have on the market today. From the distance, it might seem more like a hairdryer than a fabric steamer. This is a clear sign of good, practical design and high functionality – you want your handheld steamer to be easy to hold and even easier to manoeuvre. That shouldn’t be a problem as the entire thing weighs about 1.5 pounds.
The water tank is transparent, which is not the case with most steamers, but is definitely another great addition. It’s always great to know how much water there is left, in case you need to refill.
The grip is solid and the steamer feels comfortable. It is small and light and even if you’ve never used a similar device, you should be able to use this one without any issues whatsoever. What makes this Ivation model so good and efficient is the large number of accessories, suited for almost any fabric you can think of. This model comes with a lint remover, a crease attachment, a measuring cup, a bristle brush attachment and a travel pouch. Of course, a simple, concise user manual is also included with the product.
In conclusion, the 1500-Watt Ivation is a solid, mobile steamer that is extremely easy to use. Now, let’s talk about performance a little bit.
We tested this steamer on a wide variety of fabrics and come to a conclusion: it works well, but not equally as good on all fabrics. Which is pretty much expected, since this is a small, portable device, that is not really meant for constant everyday use.
Most importantly, the steamer works and acts fast. It takes about 30 seconds for the water to get heated and the device can then work up to 8 minutes. Now, this isn’t too long and you won’t be able to fix a lot of your clothes in such a short time frame, but that is also a given, since this is a small, portable device that doesn’t have a large water tank.
This steamer works great for men’s T-shirts, smaller women tops and, in general, works wonders for already ironed clothing that needs a little touch up. Sweaters, jackets and coats can also get de-wrinkled pretty easily by this product. On the other hand, thick cotton weaves such as curtains and tablecloths or sensitive materials like silk and very wrinkled fabrics in general still require a more powerful steamer or an old-fashioned iron.
Overall, the 1500-Watt Ivation is the perfect portable steamer for those who need a fast, reliable device to do some final touch-ups on a clothing item or to quickly wrinkle out a piece of fabric before an important event. The large number of attachments is great for that and definitely adds another dimension to the product, even though we can’t recommend it for daily use at home.
Pros and Cons
- Large number of accessories
- Good design
- Short stream output duration
- Doesn’t work well for all types of fabric
- Low water tank capacity
Final Verdict: A nice handheld fabric steamer, perfect for small touch-ups
All in all, The Ivation 1500-Watt HandHeld Steamer is a good device that is absolutely perfect for small touch-ups on fabrics that aren’t heavily wrinkled. A large number of accessories and the fact that it is light and portable makes it easy to work with and it’s great to pack in a bag and quickly de-wrinkle a few clothing items. Other than that, it doesn’t offer a lot or have the ability to serve as an alternative to larger counterparts and bigger steamers. However, those that need a small, portable device should definitely consider purchasing this steamer.