If you dislike ironing your clothes almost as much as persistent wrinkles, then investing in one of the best handheld steamers means you'll never have to choose between the two again — well, almost never.
An iron can still come in handy when you’re pressing a crease into a pair of trousers or when you want a crisp finish on a button-up shirt. But when it comes to your everyday, run-of-the-mill wrinkles, a handheld garment steamer is a faster, easier alternative.
The best portable garment steamers can heat up in mere seconds and release wrinkles just as quickly. Plus, they are compact, easy to store, and work on a range of fabrics — from sturdy cotton to delicate silk to dry-clean only wool. And while a garment steamer doesn't have the cleaning power a steam cleaner does, it can help kill bacteria and eliminate odors.
But not all handheld steamers are the same. Beyond varying in quality, there are plenty of different features available that could be beneficial depending on your wardrobe and lifestyle. Frequent flyers might want a compact steamer that offers dual-voltage so they can use it on trips abroad. Or, if you are forgetful, there are plenty of models that have an auto shut-off to put your mind at ease. So if you are ready to trade-in your clunky old iron, check out these eight highly-rated handheld steamers.
1This Steamer That Has A Cult-Following On Amazon
2This Super Popular Steamer That Has An Automatic Shut-Off
This small but powerful garment steamer is another super popular option, boasting more than 1,500 positive reviews on Amazon. It holds 130 millimeters of water, which should give you a continuous stream of steam for about seven to 10 minutes. It also features an automatic shut-off which will engage when the unit is either too hot or the water level is too low.
3This Investment-Worthy Steamer With Loads Of Features
If you have the extra cash to spend on a steamer, this model by Rowenta is worthy of investment. It heats up in 45 seconds, provides 10 minutes of continuous steam, and has a powerful burst of steam trigger to penetrate heavy fabrics and release tough wrinkles. It also has 9.8 foot long cord, a lint remover, a fabric brush, and a steam bonnet attachment that prevents water from spraying out the front. The only downfall to this handheld steamer is that it weighs in at three pounds — but if you need to set it down to give you arm a break, it is self-standing and has a hook, so it can sit or hang.
4This Dual-Voltage Travel Steamer That You Can Use Abroad
If you are looking for a garment steamer you can take on trips abroad, look no further, this is the one for you. Not only does have dual-voltage — which means you can use anywhere in the world with out a voltage converter — it also has a handle that folds down to make the unit more compact. It offers 10 minutes of continuous steam as well as a detachable lint remover and fabric brush.
5This Steamer That Can Go Longer Between Refills
This handheld garment steamer weighs a little more than other models on this list and takes two minutes to heat up but it produces a continuous steam for up to 12 minutes, so you can go longer between refills. It also comes with a fabric brush and a lint remover to use with wools and corduroy.
6This Affordable Steamer That Comes With Accessories
This steamer heats up in 90 seconds, has the capacity to 120 milliliters of water, and promises six minutes of continuous steam. It also comes with a fabric brush and a heat resistant glove. One Amazon reviewer raved that "all of the wrinkles were gone after one or two passes of the steamer in each area."
7This Lightweight Steamer With An Extra Long Chord
This one-pound portable fabric steamer heats up in two minutes and produces steam for up to 10 minutes. It also boasts an eight foot cord — so if your plugs are far and few between, this could be a handy feature for you. Also, if you forget to turn it off, no worries, this steamer turns off automatically when it senses that it's gotten too hot or its water level has become too low.
8This Steamer That Has Multiple Steam Settings
This handheld fabric steamer has two steam settings. One setting heats up in just 20 seconds and lasts for only eight to 10 minutes. The second option heats up in 45 seconds and lasts a whopping 18 minutes. It also features a fabric brush attachment and an automatic shut-off for when the steamer gets low on water or overheats.
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