Finding the best handheld garment steamer is a tough task. Is not it?
If you are a travel freak who takes leisure trips across the world or a business executive who has to take business trips around the globe then you need to dress with an air of confidence. A very popular adage says, "Dress Well, Test Well". The dress you wear speaks of you and makes you perform better with neat dressing.
As far as dressing up for the occasion for time constrained people is concerned, a bulky steamer would not fit into their travel bag and that's when the engineers started looking for handy and light-weight alternatives to bulky steamers. The portable unit is the alternative they came forward with.
These light use units are designed ergonomically for the purpose of portability and meeting the needs of businessmen who cannot afford to spend hours on steaming clothes. With the passage of time and the advancement of technology, some portable units were made efficient for household use. Now, choosing the best from a wide range of products available in the market is a hectic task and that requires a lot of effort thus we have reviewed the top-selling products for you to choose from.
1. BLACK+DECKER HGS200 Advanced Handheld Steamer- The Longer Use Portable Unit
Steamers that are portable have the same drawback in common and that's the steaming time delivered by the hand-held unit. The steaming time of such steamers doesn't last for near hour like upright ones. Moreover, the size of the water tank is so compact that we cannot expect hours of steaming in a single fill. The Black+Decker HGS200 model is the only handheld fabric steaming product that surpasses the steaming time of all other hand-held steamers* available in the market.
*45% more steam than Conair GS23 series based on 3rd party screening as of July, 2016
The 1400 watt Black+Decker Model that heats up under a minute, comes with an extra long 15 ft cord that gives you plenty of reach for steaming drapes and linen. The drapes look presentable only with a single pass of steam. The stubborn wrinkled clothes such as cotton shirts gets dewrinkled with the powerful steam gushing out and vaporizing it in one go. Delicate fabric like silk, that you refrain from ironing even at the lowest temperature setting can be steamed away within seconds.
To ensure safety there comes the auto-shut off feature which shuts off the steamer after 15 minutes of inactivity. The steam trigger lock helps you to apply the steam continuously or in small bursts. Adding more to the features, it comes with three attachments to remove lint and pet hair and also steaming upholstery and delicate fabric.This easy to operate unit not only helps in deodorizing and refreshing fabric, plush toys and drapes but also steam cleaning moisture tolerant and hard surfaces such as high chair trays and kids playing surfaces as an alternative to harmful chemicals.
The best thing about this unit is, being a portable one, it is not only meant for travel purpose but also well suited for household purpose for routine steaming of your garments. It saves a huge amount of money spent on dry cleaning every year thus saving bucks and providing satisfaction.
Every product comes with its own set of pros and cons and as claimed by many a customers, this unit's head drips and spills water on your clothes leaving it wet which can be disappointing. To avoid this, we suggest you to hold it in a proper angle without leaning it too much (which lets the head to drip water). Moreover, considering the features, this unit is a bit overpriced and very few would prefer the durability to performance.
2. TaoTronics TT-PI002B Upgraded Portable Steamer- Top-Rated Handheld Unit Under $20
The TaoTronics TT-PI002B is an upgraded version of the TPI001 model. The TP001 model is the highest selling budget steamer under $20 and the customer reviews that the product received was amazing. What's new in the upgraded version and how much more does it cost is the first thing that crosses your mind?
The 750W upgraded model consumes less power than the 800W old model. The water tank volume is where the change is noticed. The old model had a water carrying capacity of 120mL whereas the new model comes with a large 200mL water tank which provides 10 minutes of continuous steam as opposed to the old model that had a steaming time of just 6 minutes and what's the price you pay? Well, the newer unit also falls within $20 and I am sure only a fool might go for the old model while the upgraded unit has already entered the market.
The re-engineered water tank is ergonomically designed to prevent water spilling and excessive pouting. The steam heats up in less than two minutes and comes with an one-touch ON/OFF button for ease in use. It is ETL certified which means it is designed for safety and shuts off automatically if the water level drops below the threshold and on overheating to prevent product malfunctioning.
The attachments include a high heat resistant brush, a pair of heat protective gloves/mitt and a safe pouch to safeguard your product.
The best thing about this unit is you get more value at a less price and that undoubtedly makes it one of the best selling travel steamers in the US. Portable steaming units were manufactured to serve the purpose of being carried in your bag for leisure or business trips. As people started traveling, the evolution of latest re-engineered bulky units into compact, easy to carry, light-weight units took place. But portable steamers were not meant to serve the routine purpose of daily steaming. Now people have started using handy units as an alternative to standing steamers no matter how many times it demands a refill. The same applies to this product. It is one of the best travel partners but demands a refill time and again when you use it at home.
The customer service provided by the TaoTronics team is great which ensures that even if you get a defective unit, your problem would be attended to and that's the very first thing every customer should look for while making a purchase.
3. Jiffy ESTEAM Personal- The Most Powerful Handheld Steamer
This handcrafted and American-made steamer is the most powerful handheld model in terms of performance. Jiffy is quite a popular manufacturer of steamers based in the US. It manufactures the most durable product along with a 3 years manufacturer's warranty and with unmatchable customer service since ages.
The 600 Watt heating element, heats up the water in less than one minute and delivers 15 minutes of continuous steam. A premium space for 8 ounces of water makes it convenient for household use too. Go for steaming your jeans, slacks, business suit, trench coats or tie without any hesitation.
It is claimed to be 3 times more powerful than other travel steamers. That's why it is priced a little higher than other handheld products. You pay for the performance and durability. Why buy cheap and buy often than buying quality and buying once?
The use of tap water leads to limescale build up that clogs the holes in the head so we recommend you to use mineral water instead and if the limescale build up has already formed, you can use a little vinegar to clean it up.
This product can be used worldwide with the use of a converter kit which comes at $22 (approx.) that makes it the best soughted product for traveling purpose where you don't have to worry about the voltage specification of other countries.
4. Conair ExtremeSteam GS23- The Best Portable Steamer For Heavy Fabrics Under $40
When it comes to eliminating heavy wrinkles and creases on your garment, Conair GS23 is the one to answer the stubborn wrinkles.
This moderately priced, one year warranty product, comes with a Dual Heat Technology that produces concentrated steam (up to 30% hotter steam) to penetrate heavy fabric and melt wrinkles 5x faster than other units thus killing any bugs or dust mites in the clothes and freshening the garment.
The heat up time is under 2 minutes which produces 15 minutes of continuous steam. While heavy creases requires hotter steam to penetrate the fabric, mild fabrics like silk or satin requires mild steaming thus the Dual Heater system ensures that it's safe for all ranges of fabric.
This 1100 watt device comes with 3 attachments viz., fabric brush, creaser, and soft cushion brush and a 9ft long cord for easy maneuverability. The built-in steam trigger allows you to choose between continuous steam and energy saving steam pause.
It comes with a small pump that gets clogged at a certain point of time thus letting the steamer to indicate green light but no steam gushing out of the steamer-head. You need not to throw it away but fix it yourself by forcing air through the upper tube with a medicine syringe or similar pumping device. To avoid the clogging make sure you drain the tank post steaming to remove all water and air bubbles.
5. Pure Enrichment PureSteam- Best Portable Steamer for Travelers
Moderately priced under $40, Pure Enrichment holds its product to the highest quality standard. The ergonomically designed nozzle not only adds to the aesthetic look of the product but also delivers powerful steam output evenly.
The fast heating water tank heats up in less than 2 minutes and produces 10 minutes of continuous steam. It features an 8 ft cord that eliminates the necessity of an extension cord. The steaming is not only limited to garments but also bed linens, upholstery, mattress, etc.
This 110V compact model is easily portable and comes with an auto shut off feature which cuts down the power supply if the product overheats or water level goes below the required level thus ensuring safety. It comes with a 2 years manufacturer's warranty which ensures the durability of the product thus cutting a huge amount of expenditure on dry cleaning.
There has been few consumer complaints regarding the size of the tank that affects the average steam supply time and steams only one shirt per filling. This steamer is a perfect steamer for travelers and is not recommended for daily use as it would be hectic refilling the tank after steaming just one shirt (with heavy creases). Our word of caution is: Do not fill above the maximum level, it causes to water to splutter and splash resulting in injuries.
It's very important to consider your needs and then look for a product that matches your criteria. You see, the best handheld garment steamer is not very difficult to find and we hope that the list helped you a bit upon deciding which unit to go for. Asking for the best amongst the 5 reviewed above can be cumbersome. It entirely depends upon what product standards should be met according to your requirement. If you have any query regarding any of the above mentioned product then feel free to ask in the section below.