If you need to get wrinkles out of your clothes and don’t feel like getting out your ironing board, the garment steamer is for you.
What is a clothes steamer ? How to choose it? What are the best steamers of the moment? All the answers to your questions below!
The 3 best-selling clothes steamers of the week
Comparison of the best vertical steamers
Rowenta: Probably the best vertical steamer among those analyzed in this comparison
The Rowenta is a hybrid between a professional ironing powerhouse and a vertical steamer , combining portability and high power.
If your idea is to acquire a vertical iron for reasons of convenience and space saving, but you do not want to give up the performance of a central ironing unit, this model is one of the best you will find .
It is very easy to use, because it tells you the selected steam mode, when there is no more water and even warns you when there is limescale. I also found the descaling system very useful, which is cleaning without the need for descaling tablets.
As soon as you hold the head in your hand, you notice its lightness and maneuverability , since it weighs only 530 grams , and the shape of the sole (wider than usual) makes it easy to iron difficult areas such as shirt collars or cuffs.
It has an eco mode which is very useful for long ironing sessions and a system called smart protect which is very useful to avoid burns on clothes, whatever the fabric. It has an automatic shut-off and an anti-limestone system.
I also want to point out that it is very compact and its handle makes it easy to use anywhere in the house, which makes it a great option for ironing clothes and disinfecting any surface, from the sofa to the sheets, including curtains and even children’s stuffed animals.
The Rowenta is the top of the range from Rowenta, a model that allows you to obtain fast and professional results while taking up very little space in your home, but it is obviously sold at a slightly higher price than the other models. examined.
- Compact and portable
- Eco mode
- Fabric protection system
- Anti-limescale system without cartridge
- Power and efficiency at central ironing level
- The price
Jiffy Steamer: An efficient and well-designed upright steamer with fragrance diffuser
The Jiffy Steamer is one of the most powerful upright irons we’ve reviewed , and it shows in the ironing results and speed. It heats up in just 45 seconds , and with just one tank fill you can iron 7-10 items, so I’d say it’s ideal if you’re looking for a good result in the shortest possible time.
I loved the scent diffuser included in the iron, which you can put essential oils into and eliminate the “closed wardrobe” smell while ironing.
This model has a safety shutdown function in case of empty tank or inactivity, and includes 5 steam settings to adapt to different fabrics, but this setting is manual (it does not detect the type of fabric like the Rowenta Ixeo). Also, this garment steamer does not have an extra burst of steam like the Ixeo, so a few extra strokes are needed on thick fabrics.
I found the included board very comfortable and original, since the upper part is a hanger to hang clothes , and it continues down with a very long board that allows you to leave the longest dresses without wrinkling them.
It is foldable and can be disassembled , but you have to take into account that every time you take it out you have to adjust the height of the board again, so I wouldn’t if you use it every day . I also think it has a very neat design.
- Powerful and fast
- Includes aroma diffuser
- Extra long vertical board
- Roll-up cord at the base
- No additional steam supply for heavy laundry
- Manual steam level adjustment
- Cord not very long
Electrolux: The best handheld steamer, the most efficient thanks to its technology capable of regulating steam
Apparently, the Electrolux Steam & Go doesn’t stand out in terms of power, tank capacity or heat-up time, so why say it’s the best, because power isn’t everything, since this iron is able to detect the type of fabric, adapting the jet of steam to delicate fabrics as well as thick fabrics . In addition, by adapting the jet, it also does not need a large tank, because it does not waste water.
It is a very versatile model, as it has an anti-drip system that allows you to iron both vertically and horizontally, which I find essential for ironing difficult areas such as collars or cuffs.
The plates are made of stainless steel and the design is very ergonomic and light (1.28 kg), which makes it an excellent choice as a portable steam iron for travel, plus it comes with a bag and a glove resistant to the heat .
The tank is removable and you can fill it even while you are using the iron and the 3 meter cord allows you to move freely.
The Steam&Go is very efficient, but it’s not one of the fastest to heat up (takes about 50 seconds to get ready), although I don’t consider that a downside, I have to say there’s other models that take almost half the time..
- Detects fabric type to tailor throw
- Allows vertical and horizontal ironing
- Anti-drip system to prevent clothes from getting wet
- small tank
- Not quick to heat up
Rowenta Access Steam+: A fast and efficient steamer whose design avoids leaving moisture on clothes
The main downside to most garment steamers is that the steam can leave clothes damp, but there are models like the Rowenta Access that incorporate ceramic coating , multiple holes and heating technology to prevent condensation causing damp clothes .
This vertical steamer has a power of 1600w , so it heats up quickly and irons quickly too, and you can adjust the steam to two levels (gentle and turbo) . It also has a button to lock the steam outlet for continued use, although at this point I have to say I didn’t like it as it easily unlocks if you touch it by mistake.
It is very comfortable (it weighs only 1.4 kg) and practical (it comes with a 3 meter cord) . It’s also very easy to use, as you just need to press the power button and set the steam to one of two settings. It comes with a hanger which I found very useful for ironing clothes.
The tank is not the strong point of this model, as it only holds 190 ml , which is barely enough for two or three garments. However, it is very easy to remove and reload.
Be careful if you are easily distracted! This model does not have an automatic shut-off system .
- Quick and convenient
- System that avoids leaving moisture on the clothes
- Includes many accessories and a storage bag
- Extra long cable
- No automatic shutdown
- The tank is not big
Secura: A steamer with an extra-wide ironing head that lets you iron in just a few passes
The Secura steamer stands out for its large stainless steel head, ideal if you want to invest as little time as possible in ironing, since in just a few passes you can cover large areas of clothing .
This steamer weighs little (1.26Kg) but we cannot say that it is compact, but I would not recommend it as an upright iron for travel. If your idea is to travel with your garment steamer, I recommend the Secura GS1800 model, which is much more compact, with a removable handle and carrying bag, although it has less power (800w) and is slower to heat.
It has an automatic safety shutdown (inactivity or low water level) and two operating modes (continuous or pulse). The tank holds 220ml , which is enough to iron about 5 shirts.
The tank is easy to remove, although I have to say that I found the anchoring system a bit flimsy, and you have to make sure it’s closed tightly to avoid accidents.
- Extra large ironing head
- Fast heating and ironing
- bulky items
- The tank anchoring system could be improved
Fandiishop: An effective, light and inexpensive steamer
The Fandiishop is a very compact, practical and versatile steamer, and very popular thanks to its good value for money.
This steamer has stainless steel plates and can be used to iron all types of fabrics. Thanks to its two outlets, it distributes the steam very well. In addition, the tank is removable and very easy to fill and clean , and has a capacity of 280ml (about 9 minutes of continuous steam, or what amounts to the same, about 4 or 5 shirts).
The operation is very simple, since it has a single button , with the possibility of pressing it intermittently or locking it for continuous steam output.
I was surprised by its low weight (1.1 kg), and found it very easy to handle, as well as safe, as it automatically shuts off after 8 minutes of inactivity or when the tank is empty .
One thing I didn’t like is that the instructions are in English, and although it can also be used horizontally, the drip system isn’t perfect and some water may leak out. I also didn’t like the result with thick clothes or jeans, because you have to use it several times.
- Light and compact
- Instructions in English only
- Insufficient power for thick clothes or jeans
Guide to know everything about clothes steamers
A steamer is a device that, like a conventional horizontal iron, emits steam for the purpose of smoothing clothes and removing wrinkles from the fabric of clothes . It also manages to eliminate unpleasant odors and disinfect.
However, what really defines garment steamers is how they are used. They are shaped like a pistol and emit steam directly onto clothes or curtains when hung, ie in an upright position.
There are few differences between a steamer and a central iron of the same type. The main difference is the water tank . In garment steamers, it is included in the structure itself. On the other hand, in vertical ironing centers, it is placed separately from the iron itself. The objective is, on the one hand, to reduce the weight of the device and to make it more comfortable and easier to use. On the other hand, they also guarantee greater autonomy by keeping more water available.
In general, having an external water tank also means that vertical ironing stations offer greater power both in the constant jet and in the steam jet. They also tend to have a wider range of settings. However, they are more sensitive to limestone. This is why they include filters or require the use of distilled water, which implies constant maintenance costs.
What should you consider when choosing a clothes steamer?
To choose the right vertical iron for you, you should pay attention to the following aspects:
At least 1300 W. This is, in any case, what any garment steamer should offer. Remember that, unlike conventional irons, they remove creases directly with the jet of steam, and not with a hot metal plate. So they need more power.
It depends on the power, although other factors have an influence. Don’t choose a model that offers less than 30 grams of steam per minute . However, keep in mind that the higher it is, the faster it will remove creases, but it will also have a shorter battery life and consume more energy.
This will be determined by the volume of the water tank and the steam output . My advice is that, unless it is a power station, choose a model with a capacity between 1 liter and 1.5 liters . This will allow you to iron a good number of items at once and you won’t find the operation of the device too cumbersome.
In total, those numbers mean between 30 and 45 minutes of continuous runtime without the need for recharging, although it all depends on the intensity of the jet you choose.
Tap water contains limescale which can build up in the tank. That’s why, if you don’t want to constantly buy distilled water from the supermarket, you should choose a steamer with a limescale filter . If you don’t, the sediment in the water will damage the iron in a very short time.
The longer, the better . Think that a long cord will give you more freedom of movement while ironing. It must be at least two meters long. But if it’s three or four, that’s fine.
Some steamers include specific accessories for ironing delicate fabrics or curtains , for example. In many cases they are not mandatory, but they are never superfluous.
There are two systems that all clothes steamers should be equipped with.
- The first is overheating protection . Its purpose is to shut down the device when, after a long period of operation, its internal components exceed the safe temperature range.
- The second is fire protection , which shuts down the device after a period of time (usually 15-30 minutes) without detecting activity. So, in case you forget to turn it off, there is no risk. It is also recommended that they have locking mechanisms so that children cannot use them.
Indispensable if you steam a lot of clothes at once, as it makes the job much faster. However, if you only plan to use your vertical steam iron occasionally, the investment is not worth it.
Types of steamers
We can mainly distinguish the types of steamers on the market:
- Standing steamer. These are the best garment steamers for the home. Why ? They are quite large in size, have large water tanks and offer excellent autonomy. The main reason is that they are designed to iron large quantities of clothes, sheets, curtains or any other textile item you can imagine in one go. They also offer a multitude of settings.
- Hand steamer . We are now talking about steamers recommended for travel, that is to say to take with you if you have to spend a few days abroad and want to steam your clothes every time you leave the hotel. They are undoubtedly very useful devices, especially for those who travel a lot for their work and have to wear shirts and suits all the time. These are fully portable models that include the water tank inside the structure and offer limited autonomy. They are also less powerful than the previous ones, but they are more than enough for their purpose.
Advantages of garment steamers over conventional irons
Steamers offer a series of indisputable advantages over traditional irons. Let’s take a look at it:
- They adapt perfectly to all types of fabrics . It doesn’t matter whether they are thick and sturdy (wool, denim…) or thin and delicate (silk, linen…). The steam they emit is able to rid them of wrinkles without any risk or danger.
- They don’t need an ironing board . This is undoubtedly another of their main advantages. Steamers can be used directly on clothes while they hang on their hangers or on curtains while they do their job. They’re even effective on sheets and bedspreads when they’re already on the bed.
- There is no risk of burning a garment . Conventional irons eliminate wrinkles thanks to the heat accumulated in the soleplate. This means that if you keep it in contact with the fabric for too long, there is a risk of burning it. However, thanks to the bursts of steam, this cannot happen when using a clothes steamer. It is also impossible to burn your fingers or hands.
- Buttons and zippers are no longer a problem . Ironing a shirt or jacket with a horizontal iron is a challenge that requires some experience. With a steamer, however, that doesn’t matter. The jet of steam effectively reaches all corners of the garment.
- No more back pain . It is true that many ironing boards can be adjusted in height. However, using horizontal ironing boards still requires the user to adopt a slightly hunched position. It’s fine for a while, but when you have to spend an hour a day ironing your laundry, your lower back suffers. Steamers, on the other hand, allow you to work completely standing up, which avoids any discomfort.
Disadvantages of steamers
It is obvious that clothes steamers offer a variety of advantages over conventional horizontal irons. However, we cannot avoid the fact that they also have certain drawbacks. Here we will analyze them:
- Limited autonomy . If you want to iron a large number of very thick fabrics, you will need fairly powerful steam jets. This means that you will need to refill the tank every two or three items. This is not the case with conventional irons.
- Heat . The jet of steam emitted by these clothes steamers can cause a considerable increase in the thermal sensation and ambient humidity in the room where it is used. You will quickly notice this by the mist forming on the windows. Therefore, you should always keep windows and doors open when using yours.
- They moisten the tissues . A fact that is not comfortable if, for example, you want to iron a garment to wear it immediately. The ideal is to do it at least 5 or 10 minutes in advance to give it time to dry completely. It is not advisable to put the clothes in the wardrobe immediately.
These are all disadvantages that we could not ignore. However, we must also point out that none of them are serious enough to dissuade you from buying a garment steamer.
The only thing that is obvious is that if you need to iron a lot of clothes on a regular basis and you have particularly thick and intricate clothes and textiles, you might consider combining it with a traditional horizontal iron… The decision is yours.
How is the LIDL steamer?
LIDL has in its catalog a 1300w steamer, with a 250ml tank, automatic shut-off and you can buy it in 2 colors; white and gray. It is a cheap steamer, but its power is low and its materials can be upgraded .
How to use a steamer?
To use a garment steamer, the first step is to hang the garment on a hanger . Then you turn on the steamer (make sure there is water in the tank). Select the power setting and apply steam in an up and down motion , while stretching the garment with the other hand.