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The 7 Best Travel Steamers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

Wrinkles? We don't know them thanks to these tiny, yet powerful steamers

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There's nothing worse than realizing that you so carefully (or not-so carefully) packed clothes only to have them become a wrinkled mess during transit. While some hotels provide steam irons, Airbnbs or other vacation rental homes don't always supply that household tool. In such situations, especially if you're dealing with delicate fabrics, a travel steamer becomes an essential. These compact units are light enough to pack into a carry-on or duffel bag, yet they deliver powerful steam that eradicates all wrinkles from your clothes in just a few up-and-down motions.

While we haven't had the chance to test travel steamers in The Lab , we did conduct an at-home test with 29 clothes steamers of all kinds—travel steamers included. During this test, we measured each steamer's heat time, considered the water tank capacity, and evaluated the steamer's effectiveness against deep-set wrinkles. After all our testing, we can say: don't let a travel steamer's compact size fool you. Whether you're looking for crease-creating attachments or pocket-size devices, the models below are the best options to reach for when you're in a pinch—or should we say wrinkle?

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  • How We Tested
  • What to Look For
  • Why Trust The Spruce

Best Overall

True & tidy handheld garment steamer.

  • Effectiveness 4 /5
  • Design 5 /5
  • Portability 4 /5

Very lightweight

Large stainless steel soleplate

See-through water tank

Tricky to fill water reservoir

Of all the travel steamers we tested, the True & Tidy Handheld Garment Steamer stood out the most and is the one to undeniably add to your suitcase. This colorful unit weighs just 1.5 pounds, and it breaks down into two pieces, making it extremely easy to stash in a bag of any size. We loved that its water reservoir is completely see-through, which allowed us to monitor exactly how much water was left. And it excelled in our testing, removing tough wrinkles with just a few passes, thanks to its powerful steam and stainless steel soleplate.

This travel steamer comes with a brush attachment that can help smooth fabric as you work, and it was ready to use in around two minutes. The handle stayed cool and comfortable for the duration of our testing, and the on-off rocker switch made the steamer simple and straightforward to operate. Our only woe when it comes to this travel steamer is that the water tank is a bit tricky to fill. You have to pour water in slowly. Otherwise, it backs up and overflows. However, beyond that one quirk, the product exceeded our expectations, earning perfect scores for design and value.

Dimensions:  6.5 x 4.13 x 8.62 inches | Weight: 1.43 pounds | Water Tank Capacity:  4.6 ounces | Power Level: 600 watts | Heat Time:  80 seconds | Steam Time:  10 minutes

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Best Overall, Runner-Up

Pure enrichment portable garment steamer.

  • Effectiveness 3 /5
  • Design 4.5 /5
  • Portability 5 /5

Long power cord

Easy to fill water tank

Not best for deep-set wrinkles

Need to refill tank when steaming multiple garments

A close runner-up is the Pure Enrichment PureSteam Portable Steamer. During testing, we found it was easy to twist off the top nozzle and fill the water tank—a process that wasn't so easy when using our "best overall" pick. Although, this steamer's compact size does mean you'll have to refill it if you have multiple garments to steam. But, we think it offers just enough steam time to finish at least one or two garments. Plus, the power cord is 8 feet long, making it easy to maneuver around your garment and navigate outlets in your hotel room or Airbnb.

This steamer is one of the lightest models we tested at just over 1 pound. It would easily fit into a suitcase or carry-on bag without making your bag overweight or taking up too much space. As is to be expected with smaller clothes steamers , this model isn't the best for eliminating deep wrinkles, but it did efficiently eliminate most wrinkles with just a few passes. All in all, if you're torn between our top recommendations, know that both models are easy to hold and operate, and quick to heat up.

Dimensions:  8 x 5.5 x 3.2 inches |  Weight:  1.13 pounds |  Water Tank Capacity:  4.4 ounces |  Power Level:  800 watts |  Heat Time:  2 minutes |  Steam Time:  10 minutes |  Steam Settings:  1

Best Budget

Black+decker easy garment steamer.

  • Effectiveness 4.5 /5
  • Design 4 /5

Slit in nozzle gives off impressive steam

Large, easy-to-fill water tank

Extremely effective at removing wrinkles

Somewhat bulky design

The great thing about travel steamers is they're typically quite budget-friendly, and one of the best values we found was the Black+Decker Easy Garment Steamer. Despite its low price, this steamer worked extremely well in our tests, removing wrinkles in just one or two passes. We loved that its nozzle has a slit-shaped opening, which allowed more steam to come out and helped deliver faster results.

This travel steamer takes about a minute to heat up, and there's a large window that lets you see into the water tank to monitor how much is left. The top of the unit twists off when you need more water, and we had no issues filling the water tank from the faucet. The steamer is slightly bulkier than other models we tested, but it's still compact enough to fit in a carry-on or another suitcase.

Dimensions:  8.15 x 3.7 inches | Weight: 1.9 pounds | Water Tank Capacity:  7.4 ounces | Power Level: 900 watts | Heat Time:  80 seconds | Steam Time:  8 minutes

Best Splurge

Beautural steamer for clothes.

  • Value 3.5 /5

Includes several handy accessories

Great for creating creases

Longer steam time than average

Accessories allow you to do more with your travel steamer, and the Beautural Steamer comes with three handy attachments: a brush, a lint brush, and a crease clip. This steamer is on the larger side, making it slightly bulky to travel with, but in testing, we liked that it's able to remove most wrinkles within a few passes. We were also impressed with the crease clip, which made crisp, clean creases with just one pass.

The Beautural Steamer only takes a minute or so to heat up, and its water tank delivers up to 15 minutes of steam. We liked that it has a locking trigger for continuous steaming—the only thing we didn't like is that the water tank opening is tiny and awkwardly placed, making it tricky to fill without spilling.

Dimensions:  10.7 x 4.3 x 6 inches | Weight: 2 pounds | Water Tank Capacity:  8.8 ounces | Power Level: 1200 watts | Heat Time:  30 seconds | Steam Time:  15 minutes

Best Compact

Isteam steamer for clothes.

Release button for water tank

Can be used both horizontally and vertically

High-quality brush attachment

Not as effective in horizontal position

If you don't want to sacrifice any more suitcase space than is absolutely necessary, it's worth splurging on the iSteam Steamer. This sleek little device is one of the smallest we tested, yet it blew us away, heating up in less than a minute and delivering enough steam to remove wrinkles in just a few quick passes.

This steamer has a water tank mounted to the front, and an easy-to-press button releases the tank for filling. All of its pieces are made from thick, durable plastic, and we were even impressed with the quality of its brush attachment, which had significantly more bristles than other options. You can even use this steamer at an angle thanks to its no-drip design—though, we found it was less effective in a horizontal position, as the steam tends to taper off a bit.

Dimensions:  9.1 x 6.4 x 4.4 inches | Weight: 1.55 pounds | Water Tank Capacity:  4.1 ounces | Power Level: 900 watts | Heat Time:  25 seconds | Steam Time:  10 minutes

Best for Heavy Materials

Magicpro portable garment steamer.

  • Effectiveness 4.3 /5
  • Design 3.8 /5
  • Value 4.5 /5

Strong steam production

Easy-to-operate trigger

Sturdy, durable form

Can be bulky in suitcase or bag

It generally holds true that the larger the steamer, the more power it packs. The MagicPro Portable Garment Steamer is an unbeatable model in terms of steam output, making it ideal for heavy fabrics like wool or denim. But, the major downside is that it's fairly bulky and takes up quite a bit of space in your suitcase. Still, we were wowed by this steamer, which has a water reservoir attached to the front of its sturdy, durable body. It was able to remove wrinkles in one to two passes, working significantly better than similarly-sized models and earning a perfect score for effectiveness.

The MagicPro Steamer has a trigger-style button that turns the steam off and on, and it automatically locks in, saving you from having to hold it down the whole time. It's ready to use after just one minute of heating—impressive for its size—and it comes with a brush attachment, as well as a lint brush.

Dimensions:  12.8 x 7.09 x 5.35 inches | Weight: 2.81 pounds | Water Tank Capacity:  10.1 ounces | Power Level: 120 watts | Heat Time:  25 seconds | Steam Time:  15 minutes

Best for Wedding Dresses and Delicate Items

Conair 2-in-1 garment steamer.

Heats up extremely fast

Four steam settings

Includes a variety of attachments

Oversized and bulky design

Doesn't work well horizontally

The last thing you want on your wedding day is to accidentally scorch your wedding dress—which is why we recommend the Conair Turbo Extreme Steam for delicate items. This steamer comes with a unique "delicates bonnet" attachment that helps to diffuse the steam, yet it doesn't hamper the unit's effectiveness. It was able to remove wrinkles from fabric in just a few passes in our testing, and we were impressed that it heated up in less than a minute, as well.

There's one major downside to this steamer, and that's its size. The unit is about 1 foot tall and weighs over 3 pounds, making it one of the largest options on this list. It wouldn't be good for frequent fliers who only travel with a carry-on, but we think it would come in handy at weddings or other special events, in particular.

Dimensions:  11.61 x 11.61 x 6.02 inches | Weight: 3.5 pounds | Water Tank Capacity:  8.5 ounces | Power Level: 1875 watts | Heat Time:  < 1 minute | Steam Time:  10 minutes

To keep your clothes looking fresh on the road, we recommend the True & Tidy TS-10 Handheld Garment Steamer . This compact unit is extremely lightweight and easy to operate, and it delivers an impressive blast of steam that removes wrinkles fast. For a more budget-friendly option, we also like the Black+Decker HGS011F Easy Garment Steamer . While slightly larger, its unique slit opening gives off ample steam for tackling wrinkles in fabrics.

Bear Portable Handheld Clothes Steamer : We have not had a chance to formally test this steamer, but one of our editors, Mia Ingui , says she loves this steamer as a travel option because it's not too cumbersome in her luggage and it effectively removes wrinkles without requiring refills. Plus, it can double as a steam iron in a pinch! While she wishes this model had a power switch, it's still a solid steamer that's also well-designed.

How We Tested the Travel Steamers

We purchased and tested 29 clothes and travel steamers in one of our homes for several hours over the course of two months. To start, we unboxed and set up each steamer, noting how clear the instructions were and how intuitive the design of the steamer is. We noted whether it was durable and practical, and if the buttons were placed well. We also considered whether each model could be described as a stylish option, and if the steamer came with accessories like a case or a brush attachment.

Next, we evaluated the heat time of each steamer by timing with a phone stopwatch how long the water took to heat up. We then used wrinkled linen napkins to test the effectiveness of each steamer and try out all the settings. Throughout our use of the steamers, we asked ourselves the following questions: How quickly did the steamer remove the wrinkles? Did it take one pass, three passes, or five passes to remove them? Did the napkin feel damp afterward? We answered all of these questions before also rating the portability of the product, and noting how easy it was to hold or carry around. We put the travel steamer in a packed carry-on bag to see if it would be practical to pack it in a suitcase and if it drastically altered the weight of the bag.

Lastly, we applied our hands-on experience to rate the overall value of the product and decide if it's worth the money you'd spend on it. All of these insights were boiled down to this list of what we believe are the very best travel steamers.

What to Look for in a Travel Steamer

Heat and steam time.

When comparing different steamers, you'll want to look at their heat and steam times. The former indicates how long the unit takes to heat up and be ready for use, while the latter indicates how long the steamer runs when the tank is full. The longer the steam time, and the larger the water tank capacity, the more garments you can often de-wrinkle in one steaming session, without having to run to the sink to refill the tank.

"I like [a steamer] that has a decent amount of continuous run time—10 minutes, at least—so that you don't have to stop and refill several times," says Melissa Maker of Clean My Space. Our "best for heavy materials," the MagicPro Portable Garment Steamer , has a 15-minute steam time, which could allow you to easily steam a longer dress or multiple T-shirts. While travel steamers sometimes sacrifice steam time due to their small sizes and thus smaller water tanks, all of the models in our roundup have steam times just under or slightly over 10 minutes.

Size and Weight

A steamer's size not only impacts its steam time, but it also determines how packable it is in luggage. If you're going to be packing a steamer in your suitcase, it should ideally be compact and lightweight—otherwise, it will prevent you from packing other necessities. The unit's weight will also impact its usability. "A steamer should be a manageable weight, comfortable to hold, and nicely balanced, so it's not too top or bottom-heavy," says Maker. Our "best overall" pick, the True & Tidy TS-10 Handheld Garment Steamer , is very lightweight at just 1.5 pounds, and it can be separated into two pieces for even more packability.

Design Features

There are multiple design elements to keep in mind when picking out your travel steamer. Although a slimmer travel steamer is great to easily slip into a suitcase, it may be top-heavy and lack a handle, causing a greater risk of accidental burns and complicating the cool down process. For that reason, you want to look for a steamer that has a well-distributed design. Additionally, you should look for a steamer that has an easy-to-access water tank. Some options can be tricky to refill, while others may feature an easy-release button, such as our "best compact" pick, the iSteam Steamer . Our "best for wedding dresses and delicate items" pick, the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam 2-in-1 Garment Steamer , may be one of the bulkiest handheld steamers in this roundup, but it has a comfortable handle and larger water tank.

Most travel streamers are lightweight and portable when you compare them with traditional clothes steamers. Most weigh less than 2 pounds, and some of the more compact varieties are no larger than a travel mug. This makes them easy to slot into even the smallest of suitcases. We particularly love the iSteam Steamer for its compact size. It was the smallest one we tested, but didn't sacrifice effectiveness or features.

Some travel steamers are lighter and more ergonomic than others, making them easier to use. While what's easiest for you ultimately comes down to personal preference, selecting one that you can hold at any angle without the water spilling out is helpful. Those with a larger water tank will save you the inconvenience of refilling them so often, as well. Our "best overall" pick, the True & Tidy TS-10 Handheld Garment Steamer , can be tricky to refill, but is very lightweight and comfortable. Notably, the handle stayed cool for the duration of our testing.

Travel steamers absolutely work! Standard-size clothes steamers are more powerful and carry more water, so they are much better for steaming multiple garments and heavy fabrics, such as wool and denim. However, a quality travel steamer will still effectively lift creases out of the clothes you are taking on vacation or a business trip.

To produce steam, travel steamers need to generate water temperatures of more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit. That means you need to use any clothes steamer with care , to avoid accidental burns and spills. For use with heavier fabrics, temperatures can reach as high as 395 degrees Fahrenheit on many standard clothes steamers, but the less powerful travel varieties don't often reach these temperatures.

While they may seem similar, steamers and irons serve different purposes in the laundry room. Steamers use hot steam to relax fibers within a fabric, while irons are used to press and smooth fabric and create creases. Further, steamers are typically used vertically on hanging garments, while irons require a horizontal surface, such as an ironing board .

Yes, travel steamers can be packed in a carry-on or checked bag. Just make sure they don't contain any liquid. 

Steamers are effective at sanitizing clothing due to the hot temperature of their steam, but they don’t necessarily clean your garments. The hot air kills bacteria, but it doesn’t get rid of dirt, grime, odors, or sweat that may be on your clothing.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Camryn Rabideau , a freelance writer and product tester for The Spruce. As she started her research into travel steamers, she spoke with experts for insights on the benefits of steaming, what to look for in a travel steamer, as well as how to steam clothes properly. Rabideau personally tested 29 different clothing steamers, including a wide range of handheld models, evaluating each one on its design, portability, heat time, effectiveness, and value. She took these scores, as well as her overall experience with each steamer, into consideration as she put together this list of the best travel steamers.

Our Experts:

  • Wayne Edelman , CEO of Meurice Garment Care
  • Melissa Maker , cleaning expert and founder of Clean My Space
  • Emma Phelps , an associate editor for The Spruce, updated this roundup with additional information from Rabideau's original testing.

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Tested and Reviewed: The Best Travel Steamer to Take on the Road

By Erinne Magee

The Best Travel Steamer to Take on the Road

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Even the most seasoned travelers open their suitcase after landing and find themselves with a daunting task ahead: deciding if their wrinkled clothes can get by with a thorough shake out or if reinforcements are needed.

Of course, most hotel rooms are equipped with irons, but the task of setting up the ironing board and fitting each article of clothing just right can feel overwhelming. Not to mention, some pieces are too delicate for harsh heat. Enter our swanky new friend, the travel steamer.

When I set out to find the best travel steamer, I admit, I was hesitant about such a practical item taking up precious carry-on space. But when traveling as a family of four , as I often do, an ironing board set-up can quickly become a catch-all for toys, shopping bags, or electronics and simply get in the way. After testing these steamers, I’ll be leaving the iron tucked away.

Of the nine steamers tested, my favorite models had one thing in common: a metal soleplate, allowing you to touch the steamer to the clothing to smooth out tricky spots. While steamers are mostly celebrated for their ability to get the wrinkles out, they also kill 99.9% of bacteria. Important to note, most steamers come with the recommendation of distilled water to keep the sediment buildup at bay, which I did not use as most of us don’t have easy access to it when we travel.

Each steamer has been tested and reviewed on jeans, khakis, T-shirts , button-down shirts, blouses, and jackets based on the following criteria:

  • Size/packability : Does it fit into a weekender or carry-on?
  • Power/efficiency: Is it faster and easier than setting up and using the hotel iron? Or at least just as good?
  • Water capacity: How many times do you have to refill the reservoir to steam an entire outfit?
  • Leakproof: Will you be late to dinner while waiting for the wet spots to dry?
  • Durability/longevity : Is the quality going to withstand enough trips to make the steamer worth packing and purchasing?

Which is the best travel steamer?

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The design here is just smart. The steamer weighs less than a pound, but produces a solid stream of steam. With a small reservoir, I was surprised the water lasted for almost 10 minutes, allowing for five items to be de-wrinkled (though it was not powerful enough for jeans). There is a button to turn the steam on, but you don’t have to hold it down, which I appreciated. The metal soleplate allows for an ironing option, which is what I ended up using to smooth out the jeans. An adjustable head not only makes the seamer compact, but gives you the option to steam at different angles. I did wonder if frequent adjusting of the head would loosen the feature, but the steamer seems to be quite solid and well made. The unit also comes with a wall mount so you always have a place to hang the garment at home.

Weight: .8 pounds

Pros -Lightweight and packable -Adjustable head -Comes with wall mount -Powerful

Cons -Works best on lighter fabrics only

Can I travel with a portable steamer?

Most travel steamers will fit into your carry-on and can go through TSA without any issues; just make sure any remaining liquid from the reservoir has been emptied before getting to the airport.

Is a portable steamer worth it?

If you are going to a formal event or know you’re packing clothes that are famous for wrinkling, then yes, it's worth adding to your suitcase. As someone who typically only uses a carry-on unless traveling with family, I do value my space and find the steamer to be an easy item to remove should I be running short on room.

What is the lightest travel steamer?

The Nesugar steamer weighs less than a pound, which inched it ahead of the Conair Turbo (weighing in at two pounds and measuring 13 inches long) in overall rating.

More steamers I tested

Of the nine steamers I tested out, these are the others I would recommend, with caveats:

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One of the more expensive steamers I tested, the Conair is definitely the winner in terms of power and functionality—a T-shirt can be good as new in less than a minute. While the steamer can blast wrinkles from jackets, you can also lower the setting for more delicate items. The Conair turbo is the only steamer I tested that had various settings to choose from. It even has a built-in creaser, if that’s your thing.

Because the steamer is more powerful, it uses more water, so refills are necessary after a few items (depending on the fabric and intensity of the wrinkles, of course). The Conair Turbo would’ve taken top spot if it were more compact for traveling (its dimensions are 13" x 8" x 6", making it a bit bulky for carry-ons). If you find yourself using an iron a lot at home, this steamer may actually be your best bet.

Weight: 2 pounds

Pros -Can dewrinkle anything  -Various settings to choose from -Quick heat-up

Cons -Hard to fill with small opening -On the larger side for travel

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This is by far the most aesthetically pleasing steamer I tested and ranks number two for packability. With a 30-second warm up and automatic steam (no trigger to hold), the Seekclass was off to a good start, but it did take four minutes to steam one pair of pants and I had to utilize the metal soleplate in order to get the job done. The reservoir is tiny, so I had to refill it before I could finish the pants, too. Because the hole to refill is so tiny, it’s also hard to get out any remaining water when you’re ready to pack up the unit. Knowing this, it’s smart to let the steamer dry out at your earliest convenience to keep any build-up from forming.

Pros -Handle folds in, making it easy to travel -Metal soleplate -Quick heat-up

Cons -Leaks when on its side -Very small, hard-to-fill reservoir -Heavier material requires at least one refill

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At first I was wondering if I had a faulty unit because it took several minutes for this steamer to heat up, which felt like an eternity compared to others. Once it was ready to go, though, the steam was quite efficient as long as the material wasn’t too thick (button-down shirts worked fine, but nothing heavier). Again, the metal plate comes in handy for more stubborn wrinkles. You have the option to lock the steamer into a continuous stream or control the trigger for smaller bursts (this helps save water in between items, too).

Weight: 1.57 pounds

Pros -Metal plate -Option for continuous steam or manual

Cons -Longer heat up time -Won't tackle jeans or heavier garments

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International travelers will be happy about the automatic dual voltage with this steamer. While the heat up is quick (about 20 seconds), the reservoir of the steamer is painfully hot so be sure to only hold on to the handle. Unfortunately, the high temperature of the reservoir requires a pause between fill-ups, but you can get three items done with one tank. My favorite feature is the automatic steam from the get-go, which means your fingers get a rest from holding down the trigger button that comes with many other steamers. The main reason this steamer remains on the final list is for its appeal to those who frequently travel abroad.

Weight: 1.2 pounds

Pros -Collapsible handle for travel -Automatic heat-up (no power button) -No trigger needed to release steam

Cons -Cannot promptly refill reservoir because the tank gets so hot

The 8 Best Travel Steamers

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When it comes to traveling, wrinkled clothes are nearly unavoidable. Sure, you could use that iron in your hotel room or bring one along, but irons aren’t the best at removing wrinkles from every type of fabric. That’s why we “stan” with travel steamers. 

Hotels and rental properties typically have an iron on hand, but we’ve seen a major lack of steamers–even among the 5-star chain and boutique properties. So, it’s good that companies have been shrinking their steamers to be more travel friendly. 

Travel steamers come in various sizes, have different water capacities, and heat at different rates. Below, we’ve listed our favorite travel steamers, including a few we’ve tested, some for the international traveler, and those that don’t take up too much of your precious suitcase space.

  • What to Look For

Why Trust Tripsavvy

Best overall, homeasy travel clothes steamer.

Affordable, easy to hold, and heats in 25 seconds

Brush attachment

It breaks down into two parts for packing

150-milliliter water tank for 10 minutes of steaming

It doesn’t stand up on its own 

We’ve been using the HOMEASY Travel Clothes Steamer for our personal travel for quite some time, and we couldn’t think of a better steamer to be our “overall pick.” This affordable steamer has an easy-to-hold design. In fact, the handle is also the 150-milliliter water tank that offers up to 10 minutes of steaming. On our last trip, we steamed about four pieces of clothing before refilling the water tank. 

The HOMEASY Travel Clothes Steamer is ready to steam in about 25 seconds but can also be a dry iron if you prefer those hard straight lines on a collared shirt. There’s an included brush attachment, and the cord is 6 feet long. If you need to set the steamer down mid-steam, keep in mind that it is top-heavy and may fall forward. 

Our favorite aspect of the steamer? It can be broken into two pieces and placed between packed clothes and shoes.

Water capacity: 150 milliliters |  Heat time : 25 seconds |  Weight:  2.19 pounds |  Cord length : 6 feet

Best Budget

Pursteam handheld steamer.

Affordable and excellent handheld design

The power cord is 8 feet long

130-milliliter water tank capacity

Shuts off when water tank is empty

Not very compact

Only 800 wattages

It takes a minute and a half to heat up

You asked for the best budget travel steamer, and we found it: the PurSteam Handheld Steamer. It may not be a very compact travel steamer, but it provides a decent water tank with a 130-milliliter capacity for the price. And when the water runs out, the steamer turns off automatically, preventing any accidents that might occur. 

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait 90 seconds for this steamer to heat up, but when it does, you’ll have 8 feet of cord length to move about your accommodations, steaming clothes where you see fit. 

Portable travel steamers tend to have wattages between the 700 to 850 range, so it’s not abnormal that the PurSteam Handheld Steamer works on only 800 watts. We’d be surprised if you got 10 minutes of steam time, as the brand advertises, because, with that low wattage, you’ll have to steam for longer because the creases and wrinkles will be harder to remove—just something to keep in mind.

Water capacity: 130 milliliters |  Heat time : 90 seconds |  Weight:  3.78 pounds |  Cord length : 8 feet

Best Splurge

Steamery travel steamer.

On and off switch, and it stands sturdily on its own

Steam and iron in one 

Steam only releases when you press the button

Shuts down automatically after 30 minutes of inactivity

90-milliliter water tank 

We had a chance to test the Cirrus 3, the newest in the line of STEAMERY travel steamers. This steamer doubles as an iron and is perhaps one of the sleekest on this list. It also has an incredible steam power that works wonders on wrinkly clothes. 

The Cirrus 3 has an on/off button that we had to press after plugging it into the outlet. A light flashes around the steam button for about 30 seconds as the steamer heats up. When it’s ready to steam, the light stops flashing. We were able to steam two to three items on a full water tank, depending on how large and wrinkled the clothing items were. 

To steam, we had to press and hold the steamer button. When we paused or needed to exchange one clothing item for another, we released the button, and the steam stopped. The steam button, combined with an anti-puff feature–which minimizes water leakage–ensured that the water in the tank dispenses only when needed. In fact, water never leaked during our testing. Because of these two features, the steam time produced from Cirrus 3’s 90-milliliter water tank (which is on the small side) extends to match steamers with larger tanks. 

On testy wrinkles and to make clean lines, we used the iron plate and the included pad. The iron plate gets incredibly hot and had no issue against tough creases. We appreciated that the steamer stands independently without falling over and comes with a rubber cover for the iron plate. And if we ever forget to turn off the steamer, the auto shut-down feature will turn the machine off after 30 minutes of inactivity. 

While it may be pricey and is not the most compact steamer on this list, the Cirrus 3 removes wrinkles more effectively than some cheaper, smaller versions we’ve tried. Business travelers and those who like to look sharp on vacation would be wise to buy one.

Water capacity: 90 milliliters |  Heat time : 30 seconds |  Weight:  1.9 pounds |  Cord length : 7.5 feet

Most Compact

Chi steam handheld steamer.

Ready to steam in 35 seconds

10 grams of steam per minute

Save water and steam with the steam button

Thin and lightweight design, perfect for packing

Small water tank

Only 800 watts of power

Remember the CHI hair straightener we were all obsessed with? CHI now offers a travel steamer: the CHI Steam Handheld Garment Steamer. We chose this steamer as the most compact travel steamer because of its design. Although it’s 10 inches in length, it’s thin in shape, so you can easily slip it into a travel tote or on the side of your suitcase, and it won’t take up much room.

Because of the shape, there are some drawbacks to this steamer. CHI doesn’t provide the water tank capacity, though it doesn’t look that large, and the brand advertises that you only get five minutes of continual steam. CHI mentions that the steamer outputs 10 grams of steam per minute, but it’s such an odd measurement that we’re not sure how to translate that for you.

You’ll have to press and hold a steam button to release steam. This should help with conserving some water. With only 800 wattages of power, it’s not the strongest steamer on the list, but it’s small and light enough to barely take up any room in your travel bags. It could be an excellent travel choice if you’re willing to refill it occasionally and take your time steaming.

Water capacity: Not listed |  Heat time : 30 seconds |  Weight:  1.1 pounds |  Cord length : 6 feet

Most Versatile

Hometop handheld steam iron.

1300 watts of energy

It heats in 40 seconds and has a 150-milliliter water tank 

15 minutes of steam time

It works as a steamer, dry iron, and steam iron

Suggests distilled water 

We understand that some folks aren’t ready to move on entirely from irons, so we put the HOMETOP Professional Handheld Steam Iron on this list. It may look like a longer, thinner iron, but this product functions as a steamer, dry iron, and steam iron.

With a 1300 wattage capability, this travel steamer has a phenomenal energy output and should easily remove wrinkles. Combined with the 150-milliliter water tank, you should get up to 15 minutes worth of steam time. And if you run out of steam, you can immediately begin dry ironing with the iron plate. It may not be the most compact travel steamer on this list, but it’s surprisingly lightweight.

Our only hang-up is that it suggests you use distilled water, which isn’t feasible when traveling. Of course, the brand advertises that tap water is fine if you properly clean water out of the water tank–but even then, the product may not last as long as if you used distilled water.

Water capacity: 15o milliliters |  Heat time : 40 seconds |  Weight:  2.5 pounds |  Cord length : 7.5 feet

Quickest Heat Time

Bear travel steamer.

Affordable, compact size, and additional brush tool included

Impressive 1000 wattage

It takes 10 seconds to heat up

No leakage no matter the angle

The water tank is only 120 milliliters

Some travelers like to go, go, go and don’t have the luxury of a lot of time to steam their clothes. After 10 seconds, the Bear Travel Steamer will be ready to attack those pesky wrinkles on your travel ‘fit. That’s a speedy heating time for such an affordable travel steamer.

We’re also impressed by the steamer’s 1000 wattage. A 120-milliliter water tank capacity is in the average range, but we’re not sure if the wattage and water tank capacity could result in 10 to 15 minutes of steam time, as the brand advertises. Customers back up this hunch, noting that they must refill the tank often. Still, the brush attachment is a bonus, and the compact size means it won’t take up too much space in your travel bag.

Water capacity: 120 milliliters |  Heat time : 10 seconds |  Weight:  1.4 pounds |  Cord length : 6 feet

Best for European Travel

Rowenta hand-held garment steamer.

150-milliliter water tank, and the cord is 9 feet long

Ready to use in 45 seconds

Works with both 220 and 120 voltage

Includes fabric brush, steam bonnet, and door hook

Somewhat bulky

Love to travel to Europe? We do too. But on our last trip to Germany, we fried a travel steamer because it wasn’t designed for 220 voltage. We should have come prepared with a dual voltage steamer–like the Rowenta Xcel Steam Travel DR7051 Hand-Held Garment Steamer.

In Europe, appliances run on 220V, and in the U.S. and Canada–it’s 120 voltage. Most travel steamers bought in the U.S. are designed for 120 voltage, so if you plan to visit Europe, you will need a dual travel steamer, like this Rowenta. Not only does it work at home and abroad, but the steamer offers a 150-milliliter water tank capacity and heats up in 45 seconds.

You’re not limited with a 9-foot cord, and you can utilize additional accessories like a fabric brush, steam bonnet, and door hook. Just make sure to leave room in your suitcase as this is a somewhat bulky travel steamer.

Water capacity: 150 milliliters |  Heat time : 45 seconds |  Weight:  2.5 pounds |  Cord length : 9 feet

Most Technologically Advanced

Conair 2-in-1 garment steamer.

Doubles as an iron 

250 mL water tank and a 10-second heat-up time

Four steam settings from low to turbo

The smart sensor stops steam when placed on a flat surface

Includes a bonnet, creaser, and 2-in-1 silicone band and bristle brush

Say hello to the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam–a premium choice among travel steamers. It may be on the pricier end, but this Conair travel steamer doubles as a dry iron and is very technologically advanced. You only have to wait 10 seconds for the steamer to heat up before choosing among four steam settings–low, mid, high, or turbo. 

With 1875 watts of turbo steaming power and a whopping 250-milliliter water tank capacity, you can decrease and de-wrinkle quite a few vacation outfits before needing to refill. Conair advertises that you'll get only 10 minutes of steam time, but we'd wager you'll have a bit more. 

Accessories like a bonnet (for delicate fabrics), creaser, and a 2-in-1 silicone band and bristle (to stretch fabric tightly and remove wrinkles) are a nice plus. And if you set this steamer down to take a rest, a smart sensor will prevent steam from escaping, so you don't waste power, water, or steam. We'd say it was the perfect travel steamer if it weren't so bulky or pricey.

Water capacity: 250 milliliters |  Heat time : 10 seconds |  Weight:  3.39 pounds |  Cord length : 8 feet

What to Look for in Travel Steamers

You’d think that all travel steamers were the same size–small, compact, tiny enough to fit in a suitcase–but they come in all different shapes and heights. We’ve seen some the size of our hand and others similar in length and width to a woman’s size 7 shoe. Always look at the dimensions before buying. Consider travel steamers that break down into smaller pieces because they could be easier to pack. 

Travel steamers cost anywhere from $19 to $200. Those in the $20 to $50 range are usually of good quality. Of course, if you seek additional accessories or technological advances, check out the travel steamers over $75. 

Wattage may seem inconsequential for a travel steamer, but it’s not. A steamer’s power is measured in wattage. The higher the wattage, the more efficient it will be at releasing steam and removing wrinkles. At-home steamers typically have 1000 to 2000 wattage, whereas you’ll find that travel steamers have wattages that range between 750 and 850 watts. Lucky for you, we’ve included plenty of travel steamers on this list that are either at or above the 1000-wattage range. 

Steam time is dependent on the water tank capacity and wattage. Be wary of the steam times advertised by different brands. We’ve found in our own experience and reading reviews that they’re not always accurate. 

Travel steamers with 150-milliliter water tanks will last longer than those with 120 to 130-milliliter tanks. We’ve found that those with 150-milliliter water tanks will typically offer 10 minutes worth of steam time, though it could be slightly shorter or longer depending on other things like wattage, steam capacity (like if the steamer has a low setting versus a high setting), or if the steamer turns off when placed on a flat setting. 

Be wary of travel steamers that claim to last more than 15 minutes. It’s not impossible, but the compact size of a travel steamer alone would make us think this was unlikely.

We think a steamer is better because it’s a safer option on a wider range of fabrics. For instance, an iron’s soleplate can damage delicate materials like silk, but a steamer is less likely to. You also don’t need an ironing board or a towel to use a steamer, such as is needed with an iron.

Sometimes iron plates get so hot that they can melt certain materials on your clothes. The plate can stain another clothing item with that melted substance if not cleaned properly.

Of course, there are benefits to an iron compared to a steamer. An iron can remove super tough wrinkles and/or create strong, decorative lines on dress shirts and jeans. Thankfully, you can have the best of both worlds regarding steamers and irons, as many steamers double as irons with an added iron plate. 

A travel steamer can work in Europe and other countries, but you’ll need to check the voltage of the steamer before buying it. In the US, Canada, and Mexico, our appliances typically run on 120 voltage, while in Europe and other parts of the world, it’s 220 voltage. It would help if you bought a travel steamer like the Rowenta listed above that has dual voltage capabilities, or you’ll need to use a converter on a 120-voltage travel steamer to convert the voltage to 220 voltage. Trust us when we say you can’t just use an adapter with your travel steamer in Europe. A converter should do the trick, but if you want to be safe, just buy a dual-voltage travel steamer.

Author Alex Temblador is an outdoor and travel journalist who lives in Texas. In addition to working out–running, lifting, hiking, kayaking, and more–at least five days a week, Alex seeks out adventurous travels all around the world. Through her career as an outdoor and travel journalist, she has rappelled in Mexico, kayaked in Puerto Rico and Thailand, skied in Telluride and Montana, surfed in Zihuatanejo, scuba dived in Bonaire, hiked in Peru and Switzerland, and completed a one-day, 100-mile cycling event in 100-degree weather in North Texas.

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Tested and reviewed: the best travel steamer to pack in your suitcase

By Erinne Magee

Tested and Reviewed The Best Travel Steamer to Take on the Road

Even the most seasoned travellers open their suitcase after landing and find themselves with a daunting task ahead: deciding if their wrinkled clothes can get by with a thorough shake out or if reinforcements are needed.

Of course, most hotel rooms are equipped with irons, but the task of setting up the ironing board can feel overwhelming. Not to mention, some hotel irons aren't so trustworthy, while some fabrics are too delicate for harsh heat. Enter our swanky new friend, the travel steamer.

When I set out to find the best travel steamer, I admit, I was hesitant about such a practical item taking up precious carry-on space. But when travelling as a family of four, as I often do, an ironing board set-up can quickly become a catch-all for toys, shopping bags, or electronics and simply get in the way. After testing these steamers, I’ll be leaving the iron tucked away.

Of the 10 steamers tested, my favourite models had one thing in common: a metal soleplate, allowing you to touch the steamer to the clothing to smooth out tricky spots. While steamers are mostly celebrated for their ability to get wrinkles out, they also kill 99.9 per cent of bacteria. Important to note, most steamers come with the recommendation of distilled water to keep the sediment buildup at bay, which I did not use as most of us don’t have easy access to it when we travel.

Each steamer has been tested and reviewed on jeans, khakis, t-shirts, button-down shirts, blouses, and jackets based on the following criteria:

  • Size/packability : Does it fit into a weekender or carry-on ?
  • Power/efficiency: Is it faster and easier than setting up and using the hotel iron? Or at least just as good?
  • Water capacity: How many times do you have to refill the reservoir to steam an entire outfit?
  • Leakproof: Will you be late to dinner while waiting for the wet spots to dry?
  • Durability/longevity : Is the quality going to withstand enough trips to make the steamer worth packing and purchasing?

Which is the best travel steamer?

smallest travel garment steamer

The design here is just smart. The steamer weighs less than 500 grams, but produces a solid stream of steam. With a small reservoir, I was surprised the water lasted for almost 10 minutes, allowing for five items to be de-wrinkled (though it was not powerful enough for jeans). There is a button to turn the steam on, but you don’t have to hold it down, which I appreciated. The metal soleplate allows for an ironing option, which is what I ended up using to smooth out the jeans. An adjustable head not only makes the seamer compact but gives you the option to steam at different angles. I did wonder if frequent adjusting of the head would loosen the feature, but the steamer seems to be quite solid and well-made. The unit also comes with a wall mount so you always have a place to hang the garment at home.

Weight: 0.3 kg

Size : 22.6 x 7.9 x 4.2cm

Pros -Lightweight and packable -Adjustable head -Comes with wall mount -Powerful

Cons -Works best on lighter fabrics only

Can I travel with a portable steamer?

Most travel steamers will fit into your carry-on and can go through airport security without any issues; just make sure any remaining liquid from the reservoir has been emptied before getting to the airport.

Is a portable steamer worth it?

If you are going to a formal event such as a destination wedding or know you’re packing clothes that are famous for wrinkling, then yes, it's worth adding to your suitcase. As someone who typically only uses a carry-on unless travelling with family, I do value my space and find the steamer to be an easy item to remove should I be running short on room.

What is the lightest travel steamer?

The Nesugar steamer weighs less than a pound, which inched it ahead of the Conair Turbo (weighing in at about 900 grams and measuring 33cm long) in overall rating.

More steamers I tested

Of the 10 steamers I tested out, these are the others I would recommend, with caveats:

smallest travel garment steamer

Leave it to Swedish brand Steamery to create not just one of the most effective hand-held steamers on the market, but also the most aesthetically pleasing. Their latest style is a slick-looking steamer and iron in one. The tool heats up quickly with just one button and the power is impressive – I was able to steam a couple of crinkled silk dresses in a matter of minutes. It also comes with a wearable heat-protecting ironing mitt so it's really easy to remove every crease. Overall it's not just great for travel, but can easily replace your iron at home. If you're hand luggage only, this one may be a little on the heavier side, but if you're travelling with check-in luggage, the minimalist design is easy to store amongst your other items. They also make a fabric spray that is brilliant for keeping clothes smelling fresh when you're travelling. Lauren Burvill

Weight: 0.86 kg

Size : 24.6 x 14 x 8cm

Pros Pros -Can dewrinkle anything  -Can stand on its own -Quick heat-up

Cons -On the heavier side for travel

smallest travel garment steamer

The Conair is definitely a winner in terms of power and functionality — a t-shirt can be good as new in less than a minute. While the steamer can blast wrinkles from jackets, you can also lower the setting for more delicate items. The Conair turbo is the only steamer I tested that had various settings to choose from. It even has a built-in creaser, if that’s your thing.

Because the steamer is more powerful, it uses more water, so refills are necessary after a few items (depending on the fabric and intensity of the wrinkles, of course). The Conair Turbo would’ve taken top spot if it were more compact for travelling. If you find yourself using an iron a lot at home, this steamer may actually be your best bet.

Weight: 1.38kg

Size : 34.5 x 21.4 x 14.4 cm

Pros -Can dewrinkle anything  -Various settings to choose from -Quick heat-up

Cons -Hard to fill with small opening -On the larger side for travel

smallest travel garment steamer

At first, I was wondering if I had a faulty unit because it took several minutes for this steamer to heat up, which felt like an eternity compared to others. Once it was ready to go, though, the steam was quite efficient as long as the material wasn’t too thick (button-down shirts worked fine, but nothing heavier). Again, the metal plate comes in handy for more stubborn wrinkles. You have the option to lock the steamer into a continuous stream or control the trigger for smaller bursts (this helps save water in between items, too).

Weight: 1.19kg

Size : 28.5 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm

Pros -Metal plate -Option for continuous steam or manual

Cons - Longer heat up time -Won't tackle jeans or heavier garments -Heavy

smallest travel garment steamer

International travellers will be happy about the automatic dual voltage with this steamer. While the heat up is quick (about 20 seconds), the reservoir of the steamer is painfully hot so be sure to only hold on to the handle. Unfortunately, the high temperature of the reservoir requires a pause between fill-ups, but you can get three items done with one tank. My favourite feature is the automatic steam from the get-go, which means your fingers get a rest from holding down the trigger button that comes with many other steamers. The main reason this steamer remains on the final list is for its appeal to those who frequently travel abroad.

Weight: 0.5kg

Size : 24.1 x 11.4 x 11.4 cm

Pros -Collapsible handle for travel -Automatic heat-up (no power button) -No trigger needed to release steam

Cons -Cannot promptly refill reservoir because the tank gets so hot

This article was originally published on Condé Nast Traveler US .

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Wondering what’s the best travel steamer to take with you on your next journey? We’ve rounded up the most popular options available. These are the top 10!

Spoiler alert : Can’t wait to find out our top two travel steamers? These are the fave two brands according to our readers (and we agree)!

  • PurSteam Mini Clothing Steamer
  • Polardo Hand Held Portable Travel Garment Steamer

Best Travel Steamer

Table of contents.

Nothing is more unflattering than wrinkles and creases in your travel outfits, especially if you’re attending an important business meeting or going out for the evening. While there are many ways to pack clothes without wrinkles , there are certain occasions you just can’t take the risk.

If you’re traveling for business, attending a conference or formal event, or want to look Insta-worthy anywhere you go, here is a list of travel clothing steamers that can help you remain presentable and perky for your itinerary!

Still not sure about packing a steamer? Keep your clothes looking fresh and neat with these wrinkle release sprays instead!

What is the Best Travel Steamer?

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850W PurSteam Garment Steamer

PurSteam Portable Travel Steamer

PurSteam  is the best handheld travel steamer according to our readers. It’s also the one my friend uses as her everyday steamer at home (instead of owning an iron).

At 1.13 pounds it’s quite lightweight and similar in size to the majority of small portable clothes steamer brands out there. It’s adept enough to smooth out most garments and heats up quickly, which is a plus when you wish to get ready on time to go sightseeing. And, it also includes a bonus travel pouch, for easy storage. 

This portable steamer is 850 watts, which means it’s powerful enough to do whatever you need.

This mini clothing steamer gets the readers’ vote so it gets my vote as well.

Here’s a list of top travel accessories that you can also add on your packing list aside from the steamer!

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700W Hilife Garment Steamer

Hilife Travel Garment Steamer

The Hilife travel streamer is a massive favorite with travelers as it’s an extremely small and lightweight travel steamer for clothes which allows you to pack light while also putting less strain on your arms, too! 

At 700 watts, it gets the job done. While it doesn’t iron out deep creases, it easily removes the wrinkles from the majority of clothing. 

The downside is that neither of the top travel steamers shown above is dual voltage. But the Hilife is still a solid choice to use along your travels.

Thinking of where to store your steamer? Here’s a list of the best packing organizers !

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400W Conair Garment Steamer

Conair Garment Steamer

Conair doesn’t just make amazing curling irons and blow dryers; they also make a comparable handheld fabric steamer. This Conair steamer is the ONLY dual voltage steamer we could find. Do you have any other suggestions?

Unlike the previous steamers, this includes a detachable bristle and lint brush to remove debris and have more hand control. It claims to have an impressive 10-minute steam time and a convenient 8-foot cord.

Incredibly light at just 1.2 pounds this could easily be the best travel steamer for clothes available. One traveler noted that she took this on a trip to France and reported how it worked beautifully. 

Aside from a garment steamer, you might also need business travel essentials on a work trip!

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Polardo Handheld Mini Steamer

Polardo Mini Steamer

A downside of portable travel steamers is that they are often oddly shaped which creates a challenge to have a neatly packed suitcase. But the Polardo Mini has a unique shape that uses the body as a handle, making it one of the smallest travel steamer products that are fuss-free to store or pack.  

The 25-second heat-up mode is one of the fastest around and our favorite feature is the auto-protection that turns off after five minutes in standby. One reader says, “I never have to take a hotel ironing board out again. Even in carry-on, this is something I won’t go without.”

Its compact size, quick heat-up, and the fact it doesn’t spit water places this lightweight travel steamer as a sure bet! 

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900W iSteam Handheld Fabric Steamer

iSteam Portable Steamer

The iSteam Steamer is considered one of the best steamer for clothes with its spiral nozzle designed to evenly distributes steam for a put-together outfit in no time and prevent spits of boiling water from spoiling your clothes. It is also super lightweight and  easy to store in any suitcase or carry on luggage

The water tank lasts up to 15 minutes off continuous steaming to bust out those deep creases. This travel size clothes steamer is certainly popular, one traveler calls it a “lifesaver” to business professionals and says that it “steams like a pro.” Plus, it’s safe to use with the built-in automatic shut-off if it gets too hot or too low. 

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1200W BEAUTRUAL Handheld Garment Steamer

BEAUTRUAL Garment Steamer

While the Beautural portable travel clothes steamer might not be as compact as some of the products we’ve featured, it is definitely more powerful. More watts equals more power, which equals better ability to tackle some ornery creases!

It generates about 14 minutes of continuous steam and preheats in 35 seconds or less, removing wrinkles fast and efficiently. One reader says, “Without reservation, this is the best hand held steamer I’ve ever used.”

It’s safe to use on all kinds of fabric, from cotton and polyester, silk, and wool. Bonus too, it has three attachments, including a fabric brush, creaser, and a lint brush. This mini steamer clearly has the tools to achieve a wrinkle-free look! 

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1200W Conair Extreme Steam Hand Held Fabric Steamer

Conair Handheld Steamer

Thanks to 1200 watts of power and an easy to fill water tank, Conair  makes some of the best travel garment steamers in terms of power. Yet somehow it’s quite compact. 

It’s adored by TFG readers and as one says, “I love this! So portable and easy to put into a suitcase.”

This lightweight travel hand steamer is less than 2 pounds and has a slender design for convenient storage. It also heats up fast—in 40 seconds you can start de-wrinkling your clothes! 

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600W Jiffy Esteam Handheld Travel Steamer

Jiffy Esteam Handheld Travel Steamer

The priciest steamer on our list is the Jiffy Esteam handheld travel steamer . What makes this item stand out are the converter/adapter plugs which are included. It can run for 15 minutes per water tank fill, which makes it beneficial when you have a few outfits to de-wrinkle.

Don’t let the fact that it’s bigger put you off. What makes it one of the best travel clothing steamer selections is how it performs. One reader feels “It’s a little larger and heavier than I’d like, but still fits in my carry-on and doesn’t weigh me down.” 

It has a 600-watt heating element (120-volts in North America) and it’s a durable choice, made with high-impact plastic. Perfect for carting along to your next vacation! 

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1600W Rowenta DR8120 Handheld Garment Steamer

Rowenta DR8120 Garment Steamer

Rowenta makes one of the best steamers and this round-up wouldn’t be complete without including their travel-size version. This portable handheld brand is a bit larger than the travel steamers previously listed.

However, we’d class this as the luxury option because of its 1600-watt power and the higher price tag, too. Surprisingly, the Amazon price tag is less expensive than the Jiffy, while being much more powerful.

The downside? It weighs in at 3 pounds so it may be best for professional jobs that require a steamer on the go. 

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350W Sharper Image Mini Steam Iron with Dual Voltage for Travel

Sharper Image Dual Voltage Steamer Iron

If you want a little more, the best travel steamer iron is the Sharper Image  as shown above. It’s versatile because it can press clothes and take out creases or wrinkles simultaneously.

As a pro, it’s a dual voltage garment steamer but as a con, with only 350 watts it offers the least amount of power as some of the other models listed.

A word of warning, though, try to get continuous steam as opposed to spurts of steam as this can burn the fabric—unfortunately, I speak from experience. But this is a great travel size steamer iron if you want both functions. Buy it here !

Best Travel Steamer Comparison Chart

Travel steamer vs. regular steamer.

If you’re used to the power of a full-size, quality garment one, you’ll find a notable difference with a small portable steamer.

The main difference is a travel size garment steamer ranges from 750-850 watts whereas a regular one is around 1700-1800 watts. This means that it will take longer to steam out wrinkles and you may not be able to remove the most stubborn of creases.

If you plan to travel with clothing items that wrinkle easily, you may want to consider one of the best small steamer models instead of a travel-size one, which may offer up to 1500 watts of power. They’ll take a little more room in your suitcase but will ease the frustrations of a slow steamer experience.

A full-size steamer may perform well, but the best mini travel steamer brands are more portable, packable, and quality enough to help you look suitable for whatever you have planned.

Note: I personally own a travel steamer for home use and I don’t use it often enough for it to cause me frustration!

Should I Buy a Travel Steamer?

It’s not easy to find a decent clothes travel steamer but I still own one and use it on trips when necessary. It’s better than nothing!

To determine the best travel steamers you have to weigh the pros and cons. I know someone who was so meticulous with their clothing that they packed a FULL-SIZE steamer on a vacation! In this case, a small clothing steamer or even a travel size steam iron makes more sense.

Some people (me included) even prefer to own a mini garment steamer instead of a full-size one for daily use at home. They’re less bulky and more affordable so this is an ideal option if you only need to steam the occasional clothing item.

It’s important to remember that it can also be a challenge to find the best dual voltage travel steamer model.

How to Choose a Travel Steamer

There are a few things to know before purchasing a travel fabric steamer:

  • They’re not as small as you might like
  • They’re not as powerful as a regular steamer (800 vs. 1800 watts)
  • They can only steam one garment per fill
  • They’re rarely dual voltage

The truth is that even the best mini clothes steamer does not compare to its full-size counterpart. While they do offer the convenience of removing wrinkles on the go, they will not be as powerful. It’s important to be realistic about your expectations before deciding to buy one.

The list of travel clothes steamers we’ve provided lays out several options that could work for you! 

You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly !

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Best International Travel Adapter

Traveling Abroad With a Travel Steamer

Dual voltage electronics have two voltage options: 110-120 volts (US) and 220-240 volts (Europe). They are ideal for travel because they are safe to use at home and abroad, too. 

Right now, travel steamers can be somewhat difficult to source. If you do not buy an international travel steamer dual voltage model you’ll need to bring BOTH a travel adapter and a converter . While there are some travel-friendly converters, they’re usually only good for products up to 200 watts—a compact travel steamer is higher than this—so choose one that can handle the voltage.

If you plan to buy a dual voltage clothes steamer then a universal travel adapter is all you’d need and it will work in various outlets abroad, such as the international adapter  pictured above. 

Tip: It’s important to understand that an adaptor and converter are NOT the same thing. An adapter fits the outlets and a converter changes the electrical current so your electronics down blow a fuse!

Here’s our voltage converter vs. travel adapter post to give you more information!

After choosing from our round-up of the best travel steamers, please read our guide or watch the video above to learn about the difference between travel adapters, converters, and voltage!

What Is the Best Dual Voltage Travel Steamer? 

Unfortunately, there are not many dual voltage travel steamers in the market—the Conair is the best travel clothes steamer product we are aware of. Though a steamer travel iron, the PurSteam is also dual voltage. They’re both listed above, so please take a look and compare. If you know of other travel garment steamer dual voltage brands, let us know!

Tip: Remember to switch your clothing steamer to 220V/240V when you arrive at your destination !

What do you think is the best travel steamer? Share and comment below!

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  • Best Wrinkle Free Pants for Travel: Casual to Dressy Picks 
  • These Wrinkle Free Shirts Will Make Packing A Breeze 

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Great post! I’m always on the lookout for new travel gadgets to make my trips more comfortable and convenient, so this was really helpful. Thanks for sharing your top picks!

Donna Smith

I use a steamer at home and like it. Good to know that a Small travel steamer takes longer to heat. I’ll have to consider this when choosing, but I definitely need one that takes up less space.

Michelle Coats

This post was so helpful!

Lynn Petillo

My next travel purchase will be a portable steamer. Friend had one on our recent trip to New Zealand and it was well worth her bringing it!! She has the PurSteam handheld travel steamer.

Kristina Grimaldi

I have the Conair Extreme Steam Turbo handheld steamer and it works almost as well as a professional steamer. A lot faster to start. Downside is that its bulkier than your average handheld steamer.

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5 Best Clothes Steamers, Tested by Laundry Experts

Wrinkles don't stand a chance against these handheld and professional picks.

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You may be surprised to hear that garment steamers may just edge out the irons our grandmothers wielded for decades. Handheld or upright, clothes steamers are lighter to manage and don't require an ironing board that hogs precious closet space.

Our top picks:

Turbo ExtremeSteam Handheld Fabric Steamer

Best Overall Clothes Steamer

Conair turbo extremesteam handheld fabric steamer.

Power Steam Handheld Travel Garment Steamer

Best Value Clothes Steamer

Conair power steam handheld travel garment steamer.

Advanced Handheld Garment Steamer

Most Versatile Clothes Steamer

Black + decker advanced handheld garment steamer.

Garment Steamer

Best Professional Clothes Steamer

Jiffy garment steamer.

Handheld Garment Steamer

Best Travel Clothes Steamer

Chi steam handheld garment steamer.

A great clothes steamer is an excellent tool to have in your laundry arsenal, but there are a few things to consider before you pick one up like steam output, ease of use, and whether it can operate at different angles without dripping.

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, our team has tested hundreds of laundry-related items including irons (even the best cordless irons ), ironing boards , washers , dryers and, of course, clothes steamers. We test garment steamers on a range of fabrics, including natural and synthetic fibers, to measure heat-up time and gauge efficiency, ease of use and overall value.

At the end of this article, you'll find more info on how we test steamers in our Lab and with consumer testers . We also answer when a billow of steam is better than ironing (sequins, anyone?) and outline helpful shopping pointers.

The Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam is a Good Housekeeping Seal -holder for a reason. It's one of the best wrinkle removers we've ever tested. We like the two steam slots, ceramic faceplate for a smoother glide and five steam settings — from delicate to turbo — to meet any fabric need. Once it starts pumping, the steam is continuous, with no extra buttons to press.

We were especially impressed with how well the Turbo dewrinkled denim jeans and lined wool pants, unlike some other steamers we tested that couldn't handle thicker fabrics. On a lower setting, this worked magic on a cotton top with sequins and embellishments. It produced abundant billows of steam on all settings, pumping out from 11 grams per minute on low to 22 grams per minute on high. The 9-foot cord allowed us to maneuver freely around the garment. This model includes a three-in-one attachment to lift fibers, protect delicates and pull fabrics taut for better results, along with a built-in creaser to help achieve sharp pleats. Its large head may make it more difficult to store but that's an easy drawback to overlook, if you ask us.

The Conair brand, dating to 1959, has a long history in personal care products. We consider the brand's steamers to be wrinkle-removing champs. But this totable model, which earned a spot in our 2023 Best Cleaning & Organizing Awards , does even more.

Its head pivots to three positions to steam at an angle or flatten to tuck neatly into a suitcase. In the Cleaning Lab, we found this pretty sage steamer easy to use and totally packable. It heated up in 35 seconds to smooth even tricky fabrics like linen, and the dual voltage power is a plus for worldwide travel. It even comes with a folding hanger. What more could you need?

We got almost 5 ½ minutes of steam time from each water tank fill, and the little green goddess pumped out 16 grams of steam per minute, a very good performance for a steamer with a small tank. We didn’t experience any spitting, either.

You can beautify way more than clothing with the Black + Decker Advanced Garment Steamer. The extra-long cord (15 feet!) makes it simple to reach high-up places such as curtains and even bed skirts that are far from an outlet. We appreciate that the steamer stands upright and automatically shuts off after 15 minutes, a nice-to-have safety feature if you happen to walk away.

The water tank was easy to fill and the product left fabrics looking smooth and finished. This model comes with attachments for upholstery, delicate fabrics and lint removal, and we found that the continuous steam feature was especially helpful for large swaths like draperies, mattresses and furniture. Our only wish? That the long cord retracted for tidy storage.

This classic workhorse made in the U.S. since 1940 doesn't have fancy bells, whistles or attachments. But ask any photo stylist responsible for making clothing look picture-perfect, and they'll tell you it's still the best. We love the 90 minutes of gentle, continuous steam from its 3/4 gallon water tank. You'll spot it in every fashion magazine closet and at every photo shoot because it performs without fail. It even comes in pink!

We have used it often in the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab and consider it the gold standard of upright garment steamers with a stand. It shuts off automatically for safety and rolls easily on swivel casters. This Jiffy even comes backed by a three-year warranty. Because of its height and hose length (5 1/2 feet), it may be a bit challenging to store.

best clothes steamers testing a garment steamer on a blue shirt

This Good Housekeeping Cleaning Award -winner is a Lab favorite. The slim steamer is comfortable to hold and about the size of a flat iron making it easy to tuck into your suitcase — even a small carry-on , weekender or backpack . It's ideal when you don't know what kind of in-room amenities your lodging will offer but still want to look neat and put together, not crumpled and rumpled, after a flight or road trip.

Despite its small size, we saw solid performance. Filling the tank is easy, it revs up quickly and it's simple to use. It pumps out five minutes of steam, so it will need to be refilled more often than other steamers. In our tests, we got pro results even on the front placket of a cotton shirt. We love that it works in any direction without dripping and comes with a travel pouch.

How we test clothes steamers

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When we take off our lab coats, we in the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab manage life at home, just like you do, including wrinkled clothes. We know what matters to people who run households, and we are committed to reporting the pros and cons of products, so you get your money's worth. No one needs a fail that wastes your time, energy and dollars.

We put all garment steamers through a consistent battery of tests, to check heat-up time, handling, performance and other pressing issues. We consider design, balance, a comfortable hold and overall footprint. We look at the size of each water tank and time how long the water lasts. We want to be able to fill and empty it without struggles or spills. We never lay the clothing flat to steam it, and neither should you. We test steamers vertically, on hanging garments. The drier the steam, the better. Wet steam or spits and sputters can leave fabrics wet and damaged with water spots.

best clothes steamers filling a garment steamer water tank

We want to know how hard each steam machine works. We consider how many grams of steam it pumps out per minute (the higher the number, the faster it works). Then we test each model on linen (always a true challenge), delicate silk, cotton, wool and synthetic fabric swatches and garments we've balled up and wrinkled overnight. That includes light, heavyweight and woven fabrics, knits, blouses, tops, pants and jackets. We especially track steamer performance on tough-to-smooth fabrics and fibers, like linen and heavy cotton.

We time how long it takes to smooth each crunched-up item and then score each fabric using an industry-standard protocol borrowed from our GH Textiles, Paper and Apparel Lab . We also note any spitting or sputtering and test any steamer attachments.

What to look for when shopping for a clothes steamer

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✔️ Large water tank. If you expect to steam often, look for a large water tank, long cord and a button to lock in continuous steam. If you will use the steamer occasionally or just for travel, consider a slim model that's nice and lightweight.

✔️ Long run time. Do you plan to do a batch of items at once (uniforms for the week, for example)? Select a model with a longer run time.

✔️ Compact design. Don't get a large pro steamer — the kind that magazine stylists use — if you don't have the space. It could turn into a clothes hanger but not in the way you intended.

✔️ Water type. Check the product's use and care guide on the brand website for details on using distilled water and cleaning mineral residue, which can clog a steamer. Most use regular tap water, but some brands recommend distilled, especially if your tap water is extremely hard.

✔️ Safety features. Let a steamer cool off in a place away from kids and pets, then empty the water tank before storing. Steamers with auto shut-off help protect you and your family.

Does a clothes steamer really work?

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Should you trade up from your trusty iron to a more modern clothes steamer? Good steamers do come through, erasing wrinkles without having to lug out an ironing board and heavy iron .

A steamer can freshen garments on the go, in a hotel room or before a job interview or party. It's convenient since most clothing can be steamed right on a hanger. It also simplifies tasks like smoothing curtains or drapes, since you don't take them off the rods.

A steamer is more compact, with no cumbersome board to store. And you can save money and time by giving clothes a quick steam to refresh them in between dry cleaning drop-offs.

Clothes steamers are even your secret weapon to kill bacteria and dust mites near the surface and help remove odors from difficult-to-clean mattresses, throw pillows, stuffed toys and upholstery. And a steamer is, hands down, the simplest way to de-wrinkle sheer, delicate and embellished fabrics and garments without scorching or damaging them.

Are steamers better than irons?

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For some — but not all — de-wrinkling jobs, a steamer works better than a steam iron. Garment steamers pump out soft billows of hot air that pass through fabrics and delicate fibers to allow wrinkles to fall out as you gently tug on the bottom of the shirt or blouse. Irons, on the other hand, use moisture, heat, steam and pressure to smooth and flatten fabrics and remove wrinkles as you press against the board.

Ironing takes more muscle but is better suited to setting pleats or sharp creases or when you want a crisp finish, like on a dress shirt.

Steamers are also better suited for items trimmed with sequins and beads, and tailored garments , like jackets, that are hard to lay flat. And a clothes steamer is better when you don't want a pressed look or sharp creases, as for knit sweaters or dresses.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?

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This article was originally written by Carolyn Forté , the GH Institute's Home Care & Cleaning Lab executive director. She has a B.A. in family and consumer sciences from Queens College, City University of New York, and is a consumer products expert. She has been testing, speaking and writing about appliances, textiles, cleaning products and more for over 40 years as well as consulting with the appliance industry about appliance testing protocols and consumer laundry habits.

Contributing writer Alice Garbarini Hurley is the most recent updater of this article. She has written about home, kitchen and style for more than 40 years at Woman’s Day , Seventeen and Good Housekeeping. Her first glimpse of a clothes steamer was in the fashion closet at her first job. She writes about interior design and home furnishings for Aspire Design and Home and after working on this story, is considering investing in a standing steamer of her own (in pink!).

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Carolyn Forté brings more than 40 years of experience as a consumer products expert to her role as executive director of the Good Housekeeping Institute 's Home Care and Cleaning Lab. Using deep analytical testing and writing expertise in appliances, cleaning, textiles and organizational products, she produces cleaning and home care advice for GH, has authored numerous books and bookazines for the brand and partners with the American Cleaning Institute to co-produce the Discover Cleaning Summits. She holds a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences from Queens College, City University of New York.

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Alice Garbarini Hurley has been a lifestyle and consumer writer since a pizza parlor taste test for the Dumont High School Periscope . She wrote about prom dresses and mascara at Seventeen, then about everything that matters at Good Housekeeping as a senior lifestyle writer for 10 years and as a GH freelancer for 10 more. Her work has appeared in The New York Times , Coastal Living and InStyle . She has published essays and has blogged at Truth and Beauty since 2010. Writing keeps Alice calm and focused while raising a teenage girl. She loves bluebells and daffodils, Cape Cod, accessories, cream in her coffee and reading cookbooks cover to cover.   

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  • 1 The Best-Seller: PurSteam Elite Steamer
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  • 4 The Most Stylish: Joy Mangano My Little Steamer Go Mini
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The 6 Best Travel Steamers You Can Buy on Amazon

Whether you’re packing a blazer for a business trip or a cocktail dress for a destination wedding, the last thing you want to find upon opening your suitcase is a pile of wrinkly clothes. For a fast fix to this often-inevitable dilemma, bring along a trusty travel steamer. Much easier than setting up the hotel’s ironing board, a portable steamer smoothes wrinkles and creases in no time, while also freshening up your clothes. Shop our picks below, and add one to your packing list, pronto.

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The Best-Selling steamer PurSteam Elite Steamer

The Best-Seller: PurSteam Elite Steamer

The PurSteam Elite is a best-seller on Amazon, and it’s easy to see why. As one of the smallest and lightest options on the market, this steamer is a go-to for frequent travelers—plus, it comes with a travel pouch for convenient packing. While it only has one steam setting, it’s simple to use and suitable for all types of clothes. At 900 watts, the steam is ready to go in under a minute and gets the job done quickly. Best of all, it has a 3-year warranty and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee—so if you don’t love it, you can return it.

The 2-in-1 Iron-Steamer: Easehold Garment Steamer

The 2-in-1 Iron-Steamer: Easehold Garment Steamer

This 2-in-1 pick from Easehold gives you the choice to either steam vertically or use horizontally as a dry iron with its ceramic plate. If you have extra-wrinkled clothes or need to make creases, the iron functionality will be a much-appreciated bonus. The caveat is that you’ll need to use it with an ironing board for the latter option, so it might not be feasible for all travel accommodations.

The High-End Model: BLACK+DECKER Advanced Steamer

The High-End Model: BLACK+DECKER Advanced Steamer

Trusted brand BLACK+DECKER offers a high-performance advanced steamer for those wanting a fancier device. With continuous and burst steam control settings, 1400 watts of power, a preheat time of under a minute, a 15-foot cord, and three attachments for delicates, upholstery, and lint, this selection seems like a no-brainer. The only downside is that it’s a little bigger and lot heavier than other models, making it less ideal for folks who like to travel lightly.

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The Most Stylish: Joy Mangano My Little Steamer Go Mini

The Most Stylish: Joy Mangano My Little Steamer Go Mini

Joy Mangano’s My Little Steamer is the cutest one on the market (even the name is adorable!) with bright color choices and a triangular head. But aside from its style, this baby’s also got serious steaming chops. It delivers 900 watts of power in a super tiny size—it’s only about 3 inches wide, a little over a foot tall, and 1.12 pounds. Plus, its shape and comfort grip handle make it painless to hold and use.

The Perfect No-Frills Choice: iSteam By Exagora Steamer

The Perfect No-Frills Choice: iSteam By Exagora Steamer

All-in-all, the iSteam is your quintessential no-frills-but-doesn’t-need-any travel steamer. Top-rated and among Amazon’s recommended products, it heats in 60 seconds, allows for up to 10 minutes of continuous steaming, has an easy-fill water tank, includes automatic shut-off for safety protection, and is small and lightweight for portability. The iSteam doesn’t boast any fancy settings or attachments, but if you’re just looking for a steamer that, well, steams...this is a solid pick.

The Heaviest-Duty: Sunbeam Steamer

The Heaviest-Duty: Sunbeam Steamer

For some serious steaming, turn to the Sunbeam. It heats extra fast (in under 45 seconds), steams continuously for extra long (up to 15 minutes), and removes wrinkles extra effectively (with an average of 45 percent more steam output per minute than its competitors). It even has a heated wide wrinkle remover bar on its head for effortless pressing. While it is bigger and heavier than most, and you have to pay separately for its attachments, this one might be worth it for those who value the highest quality product.

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Downy Wrinkle Releaser

Use With: Downy Wrinkle Releaser

No matter which steamer you go with, you’ll want to pack some wrinkle releaser spray for optimal results. We love this odor-eliminating one from Downy, which comes in the TSA-approved 3-oz. travel size. Just give your clothes a spray, start the steamer, and you’ll be wrinkle-free all vacation long.

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The 8 Very Best Clothing Steamers

From mini travel steamers to the workhorse standing unit found in every costume shop..

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Steamers are the secret weapon of garment care. Although their place in the home-appliance canon is less established than that of irons , they can do many of the same things: “I don’t think people understand how much you can get away with steaming things as opposed to ironing,” says Zach Pozniak , a third-generation dry cleaner and the vice-president of operations at Jeeves New York . “You can steam the vast majority of your clothing and be pretty happy with the results.” Plus steaming is, in many cases, better for keeping delicate, soft textiles in good shape: “Ironing is way more aggressive to your clothes than steaming is,” says Pozniak, “because you’re drilling it with pressure and heat,” while steamers work more gently to relax fibers.

As an amateur sewer and the owner of a lot of fussy clothing, I keep both an iron and a steamer around. I pull out the iron for sewing projects or a mega-wrinkled garment, but for the vast majority of clothing, I’ll use a steamer (right now, a sturdy Jiffy standing model — more on that below). As Posniak says, steaming is gentler on the fabric and less likely to damage it through accidental scorching. It’s also quicker than ironing, and 99 percent of the time I steam something, it’s a last-minute wardrobe change and I’m already running five minutes late. No matter your use case — whether you only use one when traveling or you steam your bed linens every week — there’s a model for you. To help find the best clothes steamer, I consulted 12 experts, from stylists to laundry influencers, about their tried-and-true favorites and tested several highly recommended models myself.

What we’re looking for

We’re categorizing steamers as travel size (less than 12 inches tall and six inches wide), handheld (too large to throw in a suitcase, but small and lightweight enough to use one-handed), and standing, the largest size, which feature a water reservoir, a hanging rack, and will usually have wheels.

The power of a steamer is measured in watts, which corresponds to how quickly an appliance heats up and how forcefully it can expel steam — think about the difference between a face mister and Jacuzzi jets. Most options on this list are between 1,000 and 2,000 watts, which is powerful enough for even heavy-duty garment-steaming tasks.

Tank capacity

The water capacity of a steamer is an industrial-design balancing act: too small and you’ll be running back to the sink to refill it before you finish steaming a single shirt; too large and the appliance will be heavy and unwieldy when full. Most handheld options on this list have a tank capacity of between four and eight ounces of water, which provides about ten to 15 minutes of continuous steam, an output the experts I spoke to agreed was sufficient for home use. If you’re regularly taking on long steaming sessions, consider a freestanding steamer, which has a higher-capacity tank and is found in “every department store and every studio,” per costume designer Alison Freer. (It’s the style I used to steam entire racks of theater costumes at my college costume-shop job.)

Several of the experts I spoke to also shared tricks for avoiding a buildup of the minerals naturally found in tap water, which causes spitting. Mineral buildup will “eject this gross white grainy sand, and if you iron it into your clothes, now it’s stained,” warns Pozniak. Filling the tank with distilled water will prevent mineral buildup; if you want to get even more precise, Patric Richardson, host of The Laundry Guy , recommends using spring water, which contains some minerals but less than tap water. That allows the water to heat up beyond the boiling point of distilled water — the same rationale as adding salt to pasta water — which makes for a hotter, more effective steam. Another suggestion from Marilee Nelson, a nontoxic consultant and co-founder of Branch Basics , is to fill the tank with a half-and-half mixture of water and an inexpensive, high-proof vodka: the alcohol will “remove allergens, body odor, and even smoke and perfume picked up on clothes.”

Best clothes steamer overall

Conair Turbo Extreme Steam Handheld Steamer

Size: Handheld | Power: 1,875 watts | Capacity: 7.3 ounces

The Conair Turbo Extreme Steam is a powerful, reliable steamer that can stand up to nearly any steaming task you throw at it. I used it for several months, and it’s favored by three other discerning users: Kate Young, Uma Thurman’s stylist and the mastermind behind her wrinkle-free 2022 Oscars look ; Strategist writer Ambar Pardilla ; and Pozniak , who uses it about twice a week to clean drapery and upholstered furniture in clients’ homes. Pozniak discovered the model while searching for an alternative to a standing machine , which he found unwieldy. He likes that the Conair steamer is lightweight, heats up in about 30 seconds, and can “run at full blast” for about ten minutes.

When I tested it, I was impressed with the quick heat-up time and the amount of steam it could generate on the highest setting. (The Turbo has five settings, which correspond to the volume of steam it puts out.) It’s on the larger side, but once it was in my hand, I realized all the other things I could steam and gave my pillowcases and bedding a quick once-over, too. Pardilla also loves the steamer, which she bought after the experience of stamping “big horseshoe-shaped marks onto a couple of T-shirts ” made her swear off irons. “It gives you a red-carpet-immaculate finish every time,” she says.

Best standing clothes steamer

J-2000M Jiffy Garment Steamer with Metal Steam Head, 120 Volt

Size: Standing | Power: 1,300 watts | Capacity: 96 ounces

The Jiffy J-2000 standing steamer is the industry standard; you’re more likely than not to find it in any costume shop or department store. Freer has four, the oldest of which was a gift from a mentor and is “easily 25 if not 30 years old and still works like a champ.” I had assumed a J-2000 steamer would be too heavy-duty for me — I steam a garment about once a week, usually five minutes before leaving the house — but I was curious after graphic designer and home sewer Tracy Ma mentioned that she has one. Although it “seems silly at first to have such a large thing in a New York apartment,” she says, “it’s actually an appliance I use regularly.”

After a month of use, my conclusion: If you aren’t a clothes person, you don’t need a standing steamer. If you are, this will change your life. It heats up fast, rarely needs to be refilled, and gets wrinkled nylon and creased wool crisp in minutes. Keeping it in the corner of my bedroom removed the mental block around getting an appliance out of the closet, so I ended up using it more often and thus getting more wear out of my most wrinkle-prone clothes, like collared shirts and silk dresses. I’ve even used it to steam pajamas . It’s expensive, but it will last you decades and is easy to repair — if a component breaks, Jiffy sells replacement parts on its website, which is helpful for heavy-duty users. (“One of the wheels fell off because I’m always dragging it through a parking lot,” Freer says.) It’s versatile enough to handle most items in your wardrobe: “I use it on everything —  jeans ,  T-shirts , heavy sweaters, coats,” says chef Daniela Soto-Innes .

Best less expensive clothes steamer

Conair Extreme Steam Fabric Steamer with Dual Heat

Size: Handheld | Power: 1,110 watts | Capacity: 6 ounces

If you want the Extreme Steam Turbo in a smaller package, this smaller, less expensive version of the Conair Turbo is a good choice. It’s the go-to steamer of Queer Eye ’s Tan France , who praises its “lightweight” construction and its reliability. He says, “Every stylist out there knows how annoying it is when a steamer leaks and drips,” potentially damaging delicate fabrics, but the Extreme Steam rarely does. It’s also a favorite of Strategist senior editor Simone Kitchens, who says it’s “so solid.”

Best travel clothes steamer

Jiffy Esteam Handheld Steamer

Size: Travel | Power: 600 watts | Capacity: 8 ounces

This compact Jiffy travel steamer is a favorite of Freer and businesswoman Barbara Corcoran (one of the sharks of Shark Tank ), who says it takes 30 seconds to get dresses looking “like I just went to the dry cleaner.” Freer appreciates its compact size — it’s about “the size of a Hydro Flask”— and says it especially comes in handy at events. The device is small, but powerful enough to lift deep wrinkles: She mentions a time her boyfriend folded and packed a suit in his luggage, and “I coaxed that thing back to life” with just the Jiffy steamer. “That’s the thing I’m still proudest of in my entire career.”

I tested the Jiffy Esteam on a silk suit that needed a quick refresh before wearing. It’s a very simple device — it doesn’t even have an on or off button, just a red light to indicate it’s working — but it does the job well. The Esteam took about a minute to heat up and smoothed trouser wrinkles in one pass. It also has the distinction of being the least annoying to fill garment steamer on this list — the top unscrews, and you can fill the tank directly from the tap like a water bottle.

Best clothes steamer for international travel

Conair Travel Dual-Voltage Steamer

Size: Travel | Power: 1,200 watts | Capacity: 2.7 ounces

For a less expensive travel steamer, Conair’s dual-voltage model is a great option and has the useful feature of working with 120-volt U.S. outlets and 220-volt outlets, which are more common worldwide. When I tested it, it heated up in about 36 seconds and emitted a fine, gauzy hiss of steam that unwrinkled a pair of wool pants in no time. Its capacity is on the lower end, so you’ll need to refill it after steaming a couple garments. But it’s a solid option if you’re looking for a powerful steamer you can throw in your luggage, or if you only steam one or two things at a time — it’s become the model I reach for over our best-in-class pick, the Conair Turbo Extreme Steam, when I need to give something a quick once-over before leaving the house.

Best ergonomic steamer

Rowenta X-Cel Handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer

Size: Handheld | Power: 1,600 watts, 1,875 watts | Capacity: 6.76 ounces

Rowenta makes some of our favorite irons — it has a reputation for precise engineering and reliable safety features. They also make a great garment steamer, recommended by stylist Shannon Adducci . “On long shoots, you really appreciate its thumb-saving ergonomic design,” she says. “Unlike overhead triggers on flimsier models, the trigger on the X-Cel is positioned under the steam head for you to pull with your index and middle fingers.”

Best stylish steamer

Steamery Cirrus No. 3 Steamer

Size: Travel | Power: 1,000 watts | Capacity: 3 ounces

Steamery bills the Cirrus No. 3 appliances as a combination steamer and iron, which is a bit of a misnomer — it has a front plate safe to press directly onto textiles that heats up to about the lowest level on a traditional iron , so it can’t flatten deep-set wrinkles or smooth textiles that need higher heat like linen or cotton. Strategist writer Dominique Pariso, who uses the Cirrus No.3 a few times a week, says it’s great for instances where “I realize the shirt I want to wear is wrinkled five minutes before I’m supposed to leave my apartment.” (And five minutes before leaving the house is, to be honest, also when I do most of my steaming and ironing.) Its sleek design is also a plus: Strategist contributor Chris Black recommends it as a wedding-registry item, and it’s a favorite of Bread Beauty Supply founder Maeva Heim, who named it the best gift she bought herself in 2020.

Best splurge iron-steamer combo

Laurastar Lift Steam Iron

Size: Handheld with tank | Power: 1,600 watts | Capacity: 37.2 ounces

Richardson swears by his Laurastar steam iron, which he’s used for several years — it combines the functions of an iron and a garment steamer into one appliance, eliminating the need to buy one of each. He especially likes the hot, dry steam it produces: “Their steam dries on contact. I can iron a shirt in 60 seconds with their iron because you only go over the area once and it’s completely dry, so you can just keep moving.” And though it’s expensive, he says it’s well worth it if you regularly spend money on dry cleaning — you can get the same results with a Laurastar iron at home — and it’s made to last. “It’s like buying a KitchenAid mixer — you only ever buy one.”

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The Best Clothing Steamers

Our pick for best clothes steamer, the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Garment Steamer (GS54), in dark blue.

A good clothing steamer can have your garments looking polished and wrinkle-free in mere minutes. It’s often a more appealing option than pulling out the iron, and because a steamer smooths without scorching, it’s a better tool for delicate fabrics like silk and wool.

We’ve tested dozens of steamers since 2016, and our current favorite for regular home use is the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Garment Steamer . Its powerful blasts of steam, comfortable grip, and smart features make it the one we grab over and over. We also recommend an inexpensive compact steamer that’s ideally suited for travel, plus a heavy-duty steamer with a larger water tank for folks who frequently tackle bigger jobs.

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Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Garment Steamer (GS38R)

A powerful steamer with clever features.

This steamer melted wrinkles without spitting water on our fabrics—rare among the models we tested. It’s also comfortable to hold and has standout features, like an aluminum steamer plate and dual steam settings.

Buying Options

Budget pick.

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Conair CompleteSteam Hand Held Fabric Steamer (GS2X)

For occasional use.

This small, inexpensive steamer is best suited for travel and occasional home use. It does leave some wet spots on fabrics, but it’s better built and more efficient than the other portable steamers we tried.

Upgrade pick

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Reliable Vivio 500 GC Professional Garment Steamer

For marathon steaming sessions.

For serious steamers, this pricey, supersized floor-standing model will make getting the job done a lot more pleasant. Its steam head is the comfiest to use for extended periods, and it holds the most water—just be careful when rolling it across the floor with a full tank, because it can splash.

Like most of the midsize handheld steamers we tested, the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Garment Steamer (GS38R) produced ample steam for the job, and it was easier to hold and more thoughtfully designed than the competition. It was also one of the only handheld steamers that didn’t leave wet spots on test fabrics. The Conair Turbo steamer weighs just under 2.75 pounds with a full water tank (other midsize steamers we tested weighed between 2.5 and 5 pounds), making it among the lightest and most comfortable to maneuver. The heat-up aluminum steamer plate glides over fabric, helping to smooth wrinkles nearly as effectively as a traditional iron. It also comes with several accessories, including a silicone band attachment for pulling fabrics taut, a mesh bonnet for protecting extra-delicate items, and a bristle brush for loosening fibers to allow for better steam penetration. Plus, with two settings, the Conair Turbo steamer was one of the only models we tested that allowed us to control the heat and force of the steam: We used the “steam” setting for smoothing delicate silks, while the more powerful “turbo” setting was effective for tackling heavier cotton shirts. It has a one-year limited warranty.

If you want a steamer on hand to occasionally freshen up a garment, or to pack in your suitcase, you probably don’t need anything fancier than the Conair CompleteSteam Hand Held Fabric Steamer (GS2) . It’s around half the price of the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Garment Steamer , and it was more effective at smoothing wrinkles than any other steamer we tried in its price range (most of which were junky). It was also one of the only steamers of this size (often called “portable” or “travel” steamers) we tested that didn’t pour water out of the spout when tipped over. It has a relatively small water tank (5 ounces; the portables we tried ranged from 5 to 8 ounces), and it did spit some water when in use, but it left fewer wet spots on clothes than the other portables we tried. If you think you’ll use a steamer regularly, invest in the well-made Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam, but if you just need to smooth a wrinkle now and then—at home or while traveling—the Conair CompleteSteam fabric steamer is a solid choice. It has a one-year limited warranty, which is typical for small, inexpensive steamers.

If you do a lot of steaming, or if you find handheld steamers too heavy or uncomfortable, the Reliable Vivio 500 GC Professional Garment Steamer is a pleasure to use, and it may be worth the (considerable) investment. It’s nearly 6 feet tall, with a base about the size of a canister vacuum; despite its cumbersome size, it was our favorite steamer to use in testing. The tank holds a gallon of water (the most of any steamer we tried), it heats up quickly, and its steam head was much more comfortable for extended use than the handheld steamers that we tested. Be careful rolling the Vivio across the floor when the tank is full—it can splash water. This steamer comes with a three-year limited warranty, which was average for the ones we tested.

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Our pick for best clothes steamer overall, the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Garment Steamer (GS54), in dark blue.

They say the devil is in the details, but with the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Garment Steamer , the details were downright heavenly. The Conair Turbo steamer checked every box on our list: It was effective at vanquishing wrinkles, didn’t leave wet spots on test fabrics, and felt comfortable to hold. It heated up in under a minute and provided more than 15 minutes of continuous steam, and we found its long, 10-foot cord convenient. But the smart details—like the aluminum-quilted steam plate and the two steam settings—pushed the Conair Turbo steamer above its competitors to make steaming an enjoyable chore.

The bursts of steam from the Conair Turbo steamer smoothed out a silk dress in seconds and a rumpled cotton pillowcase in under a minute. Several steamers we’ve considered have multiple holes for the steam to escape, but the Conair Turbo has a thin, long slit, which results in a more targeted sheet of steam. It took more wrinkles out of crumpled button-down shirts than the other handheld steamers we tested (although the most stubborn wrinkles, on the sleeves and the bottom hems, still needed an iron). Also, many steamers we tested spit droplets of water along with the steam, leaving wet marks on test fabrics. The Conair Turbo steamer didn’t; out of eight handheld steamers we tried, only the Conair Turbo and the (now discontinued) Sunbeam Power Steam Fabric Steamer left clothes completely dry.

Handheld (aka midsize) steamers can be uncomfortable to use after a few minutes—of the three steamer types we tested, they were the heaviest to hold. The Conair Turbo is among the lightest and most comfortable handheld models, for both vertical and horizontal use. It weighs about 2.75 pounds with a full tank (the handhelds we tested ranged from 2.5 to 5 pounds), so while it can still feel heavy after prolonged use, it’s lighter than most in its category. It wasn’t as comfortable to use as the floor-standing Reliable Vivio 500 GC Professional Garment Steamer , but it’s about a quarter of the price and far, far easier to store.

Its 7.3-ounce water tank is one of the smaller water tanks among our handheld test group. Nevertheless, in testing it produced more than 15 minutes of continuous steam, and we were able to smooth a dress, a jacket, a pair of slacks, and three heavily wrinkled cotton button-downs with water left to spare. The Conair Turbo steamer’s water tank is also easy to remove and replace—simply slide up the release switch to unlock the tank, then click it back into place—which is handy if you do need to refill it in the middle of a big job. And it stands up on its own, meaning it can be filled while resting on the counter.

A side view of the Conair Turbo Garment Steamer, being held up in the air by a person's hand.

The Conair Turbo steamer has a heat-up aluminum head that glides smoothly and helps to push steam into the fabric’s fibers (similar to what an iron does). This feature was enormously helpful for unwrinkling heavier fabrics, especially when used horizontally against a flat surface. It also comes with three snap-on attachments: a bristle brush to ensure steam penetrates fibers for a perfect press, a silicone bar for pulling fabrics taut, and a mesh bonnet to protect your most delicate textiles. But for quickly removing heavy wrinkles, this steamer performs best all on its own. The Conair Turbo steamer also gave us more control over the amount of steam than most other handheld steamers, with two settings: “steam,” for freshening up lighter items, and “turbo,” for blasting the wrinkles out of weightier fabrics.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

The relatively small water tank makes the Conair Turbo steamer weigh less than the competition when full, but it also means you’ll need to refill it if you’re doing a lot of steaming. And because of the tank’s small opening, it was challenging to fill from a gallon-jug of distilled water. (This is pretty common with handheld steamers, and can be easily remedied by using a funnel.) Plus, the small opening means it takes a long time for the tank to dry fully after use. Finally, we found the built-in creaser tool fiddly and awkward to use. If you want to make sharp pleats, use an iron.

Our pick for best clothes steamer in a smaller size, the Conair Complete Steam Hand Held Fabric Steamer (GS2).

Portable (aka travel-size) steamers are not the most impressive examples of modern engineering—most of them leak, and they’re not that powerful—but the Conair CompleteSteam Hand Held Fabric Steamer (GS2X) is the best one we’ve found, and it even outperformed some bigger, pricier models. If you need to use a steamer only occasionally, for an outfit or for a trip, the small CompleteSteam is effective, affordable, and lightweight.

In our testing the Conair CompleteSteam not only beat all of the cheap portable steamers, it also was easier to fill and left fewer wet marks on clothes than midsize handhelds from Rowenta and Black+Decker . The Conair CompleteSteam didn’t produce as much steam as our main pick, the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam, so it needed more passes over the fabric to flatten wrinkles, and it wasn’t as effective on tough creases—but it’s also less than half the price. The Conair CompleteSteam is just right for light jobs and travel, and it’s more comfortable to use than a heavier midsized steamer if you don’t have much to steam. It did leave some water spots when used too close to fabrics. But the CompleteSteam can also be used horizontally (not a given in this category); it dribbled only a few droplets, which was a win compared with others that poured water everywhere.

A side view of the Conair CompleteSteam’s Hand Held Fabric Steamer being held up by a person's hand.

The Conair CompleteSteam (like most of the five portable steamers we tried) looks like a small watering can, and it weighs about 2.5 pounds when full. It was the heaviest of the portable steamers we tested, yet it has one of the smallest water tanks. Empty it’s just over 2 pounds, and the tank holds 5 ounces of water. By comparison, the Hilife Steamer weighs 1.5 pounds when empty and has an 8-ounce water tank. You can steam two, maybe three, outfits with the Conair CompleteSteam before you’ll need to refill.

Conair’s one-year warranty is comparable to those of most of the other inexpensive portable steamers we considered. The price and quality of portable steamers indicate to us that these are not meant to last forever.

Our pick for best clothes steamer for long sessions of steaming, the Reliable Vivio 500GC Professional Garment Steamer.

If you have a lot of steaming to do (like helping a wedding party get dressed or tackling a mountain of laundry), if you prefer to steam clothes spread out on a table or bed instead of hanging upright, or if you don’t find heavy handheld steamers comfortable to use, the floor-standing Reliable Vivio 500 GC Professional Garment Steamer is a solid alternative that left its four competitors in the dust. A flexible hose makes this steamer the most comfortable of our picks to use. It releases a steady, effective flow of steam; it’s smartly designed; and its 1-gallon tank was still steaming long after we ran out of fabric to smooth. It does, however, cost nearly four times as much as the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam .

For big jobs, the handheld Conair Turbo steamer will build up your biceps but test your patience; the Reliable Vivio, on the other hand, has a lightweight hose (like all floor-standing steamers) that was more flexible than others we tried and easier to glide across fabrics. (It’s like using a vacuum-cleaner hose.) This also made the Reliable steamer the best of our picks for steaming horizontally, if that’s what you prefer. It was as effective as other full-size steamers at smoothing wrinkles (and also similar to the handheld Conair Turbo in this regard), but it was the only one that didn’t spit any water.

All floor-standing steamers have an attached pole to hold the steamer head and a garment. The Reliable Vivio comes with its own hanger, which keeps your clothes steadier while you steam than models like the PurSteam and the Jiffy , neither of which included one. The Reliable Vivio’s design sets it apart, but it did require more setup than other floor-standing steamers we tested—we had to get out a screwdriver. Another standing steamer we tried, the Pure Enrichment Pure Steam , also came with a snap-on hanger, but it was harder to move around (an important consideration when you’re trying to steam the front and back of a shirt).

A close-up of a person's hand holding the steam head of the Reliable Vivio (with a removable brush attachment on).

Like those of all floor-standing steamers we tried, the Reliable Vivio’s removable tank was easy to fill, with a screw-on cap and a wide opening that fit under a faucet. It held more water (a gallon) than any other steamer we tested, but it still heated up in about two minutes. You don’t have to empty the tank after each use, so once it’s set up, it’s a breeze to wheel out and start using. The Reliable Vivio’s wheels were better on hardwood floors than those of any other full-size steamer we tried, but be careful when storing the steamer or moving it around. If the base tips backward, some water will dribble out of the tank. Leaking is a common issue, and this wasn’t the worst offender during testing. It comes with a three-year limited warranty.

Wirecutter senior staff writer Jackie Reeve has spent the majority of her waking life working with textiles, and that means dealing with wrinkles. She has written our guides to cotton sheets , flannel sheets , bed blankets , throw blankets , pajamas , robes , bath towels , and duvet covers , among others. In the course of doing the research for those pieces, she has done so much laundry that she must hold the company record by now. Jackie also wrote our guides to irons and ironing boards . For this guide she also built on the research of Camille Perri and Tim Heffernan.

Zoe Vanderweide is a Wirecutter staff writer covering style, so she’s constantly wearing, washing, styling and generally fussing over clothes. At any given time, she has between 30 and 40 garments in her testing queue to keep clean and wrinkle-free. In her off-hours, she’s also a type-A neatnik who considers a marathon garment-steaming session the ideal way to spend an evening in.

If you own a lot of delicate fabrics, or if you just need to freshen up the occasional piece of clothing or linen, a steamer will be a solid addition to your laundry arsenal, and it might even be a replacement for an iron . Over time, a steamer can also save you money normally spent at the dry cleaner. If you choose to hand-wash your delicate items at home ( we have guidelines on what can and can’t skip the dry cleaner ), a steamer can smooth out wrinkles and help everything look professionally cleaned and pressed. Steamers generally heat up in a couple of minutes, and the top ones we’ve tested melt away wrinkles with very little effort. They work best—and fastest—on thinner fabrics like silk and polyester, which you probably don’t want to iron anyway for fear of scorching them. Steamers are also a convenient way to smooth wrinkled curtains or drapes without having to take them down. We tested three basic types of steamers for this guide: midsize handheld models, which look like small dumbbells and are a good choice if you steam semi-regularly; small portable models (shaped like a pitcher), which hold a few ounces of water and are best for light use; and full-size, floor-standing models (similar in size to a vacuum cleaner), which have a rod to hang your garments on and the biggest tanks, so you can steam for long stretches without refilling.

Don’t rely on a steamer to create sharp pleats or creases, or to flatten seams. Some we tried came with special tools for that purpose, but they were time-consuming and fiddly, and they made us wonder why we hadn’t just gotten out the iron. In testing we also found that steamers were less effective than irons on stubborn folds and wrinkles, particularly on the hems of heavily creased shirts, jeans, and cotton sheets. If you wash and dry dress shirts—or any button-down shirts—at home, an iron is a better tool for keeping them crisp. A steamer can be helpful if you want to avoid storing a big ironing board in a small apartment, but that’s only realistic if your laundry isn’t that wrinkled. (We recommend options for small-space living in our ironing boards guide .)

We used these criteria to choose the best steamers:

Effective: The steamers with the strongest bursts of hot steam flattened wrinkles the fastest. We wanted to be able to steam an outfit in minutes and get out the door.

Non-leaking: A water stain can ruin a delicate, expensive fabric, and dribbling water can also be a safety hazard with a plugged-in appliance. We looked for steamers that didn’t drip, spit, or leak.

Big water tanks: The bigger the tank, the longer you can use your steamer before having to refill it. We looked at three different size categories and prioritized roomy water tanks for all of them.

Comfortable to use: Midsize handheld steamers can be especially top-heavy and awkward to hold. Since steaming involves a fair amount of arm lifting, we looked for steamers that were comfortable enough to use for several minutes at a time. We also favored steamers that could be used both vertically and horizontally, for people who are more comfortable using a steamer on a flat surface. And we looked for longer cords, which are helpful if you’re tall, or if your outlets aren’t in a convenient spot.

Protected by a warranty: Over the years, we’ve learned that irons and steamers can break easily. For one person, a steamer might last for years, and for someone else, the same model might conk out after two months. We considered only models with solid warranties, in case they give up the ghost too soon.

In addition to relying on our own deep knowledge of steamers (gained from a long history of testing them), we considered opinions from The Strategist and Good Housekeeping , and checked star ratings on Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and other retailers to compile a list of 28 candidates. We narrowed the list by reading user reviews from those same retailers, checking for things like customer service concerns and for reports of steamers that didn’t last long, and we looked at each steamer’s specifications—warranty, water-tank size, and useful features. We included well-reviewed steamers, favored brands that have proved to be reliable in the past, and covered household names that are easy to find. In the end, we decided to test 17 steamers in three categories: portable, handheld (aka midsize), and floor-standing.

We tried each steamer on a variety of items, including cotton sheets, button-down shirts, and silks, noting which models met the above criteria. We used them vertically (on clothes hung from hangers) and horizontally (spread out on an ironing board), and we measured the length of the steamers’ extension cords and the size of their water tanks.

This is not a comprehensive list of everything we tested in previous iterations of this guide, just what’s still available.

Handheld (aka midsize)

The   Beautural 1200-Watt Steamer for Clothes  smoothed wrinkles on thin silk but struggled with thicker cotton, and it spit some water onto fabrics.

The Black+Decker Advanced Handheld Steamer (HGS200) was a dud. We had to push the power button several times to get it to work, and it was the slowest steamer to heat up in our testing. Also, it didn’t produce much steam, and it made strange—even alarming—noises, so we unplugged it after just a few minutes. It did have the largest water tank (13.5 ounces) of any handheld we tried, though.

In past years, we’ve also tested and dismissed other handheld steamers, including the Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer and the Steamfast SF-435 Compact Fabric Steamer .

The Hilife Steamer for Clothes leaked water, couldn’t be used horizontally, and didn’t get very hot.

In previous years we also tested and dismissed a number of other portable steamers, including the Conair Travel Smart and the Pure Enrichment PureSteam Portable Fabric Steamer .

Floor-standing

Our former floor-standing pick, the J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer , has a simple design, and it emitted strong steam, but it was the worst offender in our testing when it came to water leaks from the tank. When we tried to roll the Jiffy’s stiff wheels across the floor, water poured out of the base, covering the cord and plug. We had to halt testing this steamer until it was dry enough to plug in, and it leaked again when we moved it after testing.

The Pure Enrichment Pure Steam XL Standing Steamer was the least expensive full-size steamer we tried. Although it has some nice details, overall you get what you pay for. It spit on our test fabrics, and it wasn’t as powerful as our Reliable Vivio 500 GC floor-standing pick. The clip-on hanger kept garments still, but it was fussy to unclip and turn around to steam the garment’s other side. Plus, it had the smallest water tank of the floor-standing group.

The PurSteam Full Size Garment Fabric Steamer has a dial to control the force of the steam. This is a nice (and rare) feature, but the steamer leaked on all the test fabrics. Also, the hose was stiff to use until the steam loosened it up after several minutes.

In previous years we tested and dismissed several other floor-standing steamers, including the Conair Ultimate Fabric Steamer (GS28) and the Steamfast SF-510 Fabric Steamer .

This article was edited by Ingela Ratledge Amundson and Jennifer Hunter.

Editors, The Best Clothes Steamers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviews , The Strategist , May 10, 2019

Sarah Bogden, These Are the 10 Best Garment Steamers to Buy , Good Housekeeping , December 7, 2018

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The 9 Best Clothes Steamers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

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Clothes steamers are a great alternative for people who don’t have the patience, space, or tools to iron their clothing . Clothes steamers work by heating up water to produce steam, which loosens the clothing’s fibers to get rid of wrinkles. Steaming also helps give your clothes a nice refresh and can be used for other household items, such as curtains.

“A hot iron can easily burn or damage more delicate fabrics like silk, satin, cashmere, or polyester,” says Marilee Nelson , co-founder of Branch Basics. “Steamers are a much safer option for delicate fabrics while simultaneously refreshing garments, reducing wrinkles and odors, and killing bacteria. Steaming is also more environmentally friendly, since you don’t have to wash the clothes that only need to be refreshed.”

To determine the best clothes steamers, we tested 48 models in our Lab, assessing each product’s effectiveness, ease of assembly, design, and overall value, as well as how long it took for each product to produce steam. We also tapped Nelson and Jerry Pozniak , managing director of Jeeves New York, a luxury dry cleaning service, for their expert advice on what to look for when shopping and tips on how to use the model you choose.

Best Overall Clothes Steamer

Conair extremesteam hand-held fabric steamer.

  • Effectiveness 4.7 /5
  • Design 4.3 /5
  • Portability 5 /5
  • Heat Time 5 /5

It comes with a helpful three-in-one attachment and a built-in clamp for creasing.

It’s a bit heavy.

Of all the clothes steamers we tested in our Lab, this device from Conair earned our top spot thanks to its smart design, efficient heating process, and overall effectiveness. The compact yet powerful steamer removed wrinkles in all types of fabric (including cotton and silk), and took just 40 seconds to fully heat up.

This steamer comes with five steam settings (ranging from low to supercharged) for use with different fabrics and includes a helpful three-in-one attachment that consists of a silicone band to pull fabric tauter, a fabric spacer to keep trims safe, and a bristle brush for use on heavier materials. It also has a built-in clamp to create even pleats and folds, and it can be used for up to 15 minutes continuously thanks to its large, 7.3-ounce water tank.

The steamer’s opening is fairly small, but the device also comes with a water funnel to help avoid spilling. Additionally, it has a lengthy cord, a reasonable price tag, and a comfortable grip, and it comes in five fun colors. Take note, though, that it isn’t the most lightweight steamer, so you might get a sore arm after several minutes of use.

Heating Time: 40 seconds | Steam Duration: 15 minutes | Weight: 3.5 pounds | Water Tank Capacity: 7.3 ounces

Best Budget Clothes Steamer

Proctor silex compact 2-in-1 garment steamer/iron.

Proctor Silex 

  • Effectiveness 4.2 /5
  • Portability 4.8 /5

It removes wrinkles from silk quickly and effectively.

The water reservoir is small, and the steamer presents a burn risk if you’re not careful.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive clothes steamer that still packs a punch, make sure to consider this model from Proctor Silex. The small and lightweight steamer boasts a low price tag, but that’s just one of several perks it offers.

When we tested out this steamer, we found that it heats up very quickly and is simple to use, with only one button to press and a single setting. It’s not the best on linen (it eases wrinkles but doesn’t fully remove them), but it is highly effective on silk and cotton. It’s comfortable to hold, too, thanks to a long handle, and it has a lengthy 10-foot cord for extra convenience. Additionally, the steamer comes with a fabric brush attachment for use on upholstery. 

That brush can double as a spacer to keep a necessary 1-inch buffer between the steamer’s head and the handle; otherwise, you might risk getting burned, as we found during our tests. We also didn’t love that the water reservoir is pretty small and requires frequent refilling, although the reservoir is easy to fill up with a funnel. You can also only use the steamer for up to seven minutes in one go. Still, for a simple, no-frills device, it’s worth its low cost.

Heating Time: 45 seconds | Steam Duration: 7 minutes | Weight: Not listed | Water Tank Capacity: 4 ounces

Best Upright Steamer

Pure enrichment upright clothes steamer.

  • Design 5 /5
  • Portability 4.5 /5
  • Value 4.5 /5
  • Heat Time 4 /5

The included garment pole is adjustable and comes with hangers.

There’s no indicator light to say when it’s at the right temperature.

If you want a steamer that can provide a serious amount of power for a long period of time, opt for an upright model like this option from Pure Enrichment. The device has a massive 2-liter water tank to provide an hour’s worth of steaming, far greater than many others.

During our tests, we discovered that this steamer works quickly and effectively on all fabrics, especially silk. It heats up quickly and has four steaming levels to choose from, as well as adjustable temperature controls, which we found to be extremely helpful. To use this device, you just need to step on the pedal at the base; the water tank is detachable and easy to take in and out without spilling. The adjustable garment pole conveniently comes with hangers and clips, saving you the hassle of bending over to steam clothes and deal with the cord. Additionally, the steamer features a fabric brush and has a comfortable arm.

Although the steamer has wheels on the back for portability, we wish it had more wheels on the front for better stability. There also isn’t an indicator light to say when it’s ready to use or at the proper temperature. In all, though, it’s a very high-quality steamer that offers plenty of significant, time-saving benefits.

Heating Time: 45 seconds | Steam Duration: 1 hour | Weight: 9.6 pounds | Water Tank Capacity: 67.6 ounces

Best Clothes Steamer for Upholstery

Black+decker hgs200 advanced handheld steamer.

  • Effectiveness 4.5 /5
  • Design 4 /5

The three attachments are all effective and easy to use.

You have to press the button the whole time.

Getting wrinkles out of upholstery can be tricky, but this top-rated steamer from Black+Decker is more than up to the challenge. During our tests, we found that the lightweight, easy-to-use device completely removed wrinkles from all fabrics (especially silk and cotton), and it comes with a special upholstery attachment that makes it even more effective.

That’s far from the only great feature of this steamer. It also includes a lint remover attachment as well as one for use with delicate fabric that helps prevent water from dripping onto the material. While the steamer only has one setting, its steam and temperature are powerful and consistent, and the water tank is fairly large (and easy to take on and off). The device is comfortable to hold, too, and has a long 15-foot cord for extra portability.

On the downside, you do have to press the power button the entire time you use the steamer, which can be irksome, and there’s also no fabric creaser attachment included like with some other options. That said, it’s still a reliable and efficient steamer we wholeheartedly recommend for upholstery and more.

Heating Time: 45 seconds | Steam Duration: 15 minutes | Weight: 3.6 pounds | Water Tank Capacity: 7.4 ounces

Best Portable Clothes Steamer

Brookline steamer.

  • Design 4.5 /5

It comes in three colors and has a low price tag.

It starts to lose effectiveness after half the water has been depleted.

For anyone looking for a clothes steamer they can easily take on the go, this option from Brookline is an excellent choice. The highly compact and lightweight steamer is small enough to throw in a bag for a trip or store in nearly any area, and while the 9-foot cord provides a good amount of length, it’s not so long that it takes up much space.

Available in three colors (including a fun pink), this is a very simple steamer, with one setting and no accessories. Because of this, it’s not ideal for heavy-duty cleaning or use with more difficult fabrics like linen, but it’s perfectly effective for silk and cotton, among other materials. The water tank is easy to refill (albeit not very large, causing frequent refills to be needed), and the steamer’s arm is comfortable to hold no matter how long you use it. 

One notable flaw of this steamer we noted in our testing is that it does start to slow down after more than half of the water in the tank has been used, and it also takes a bit of time to heat up. But considering its low price and compact design, we still believe it’s worth the purchase for on-the-go steam jobs.

Heating Time: 2 minutes | Steam Duration: 10 minutes | Weight: 1.5 pounds | Water Tank Capacity: 6 ounces

Best Large-Capacity Clothes Steamer

Chi handheld garment steamer.

  • Effectiveness 5 /5

It heats up in just 20 seconds.

The button is awkwardly located, causing accidental setting changes.

Having to constantly refill a clothes steamer’s water tank can be a hassle, which is why a large-capacity steamer like this model from CHI is so desirable. The device boasts a 10-ounce capacity tank that’s not only larger than average, but it’s also easy to fill due to its large opening, saving you serious time and effort.

This steamer  heats up more quickly than most (in just 20 seconds!), and it comes with two mode options (low and high). It’s comfortable to hold, has a long 10-foot cord, and features a locking mechanism to keep the steam on or off. It also comes with a fabric brush that we found to be very effective during our testing.

In terms of negatives, they’re pretty minor; for one thing, the main button is inconveniently located, which can lead to accidental setting changes, and we noticed that there can also be some slight water sputtering when the steamer is first turned on. But those are small qualms that certainly don’t overpower the steamer’s many benefits (including its fairly low price and stylish red color).

Heating Time: 20 seconds | Steam Duration: Not listed | Weight: 1.7 pounds | Water Tank Capacity: 10.1 ounces

Best Clothes Steamer/Iron Combo

Electrolux garment steamer.

  • Effectiveness 4.8 /5
  • Design 4.8 /5

The locking mechanism keeps the steam going without any effort on your end.

The setting icons are hard to decipher and have no instructions.

Why shell out the money for a clothes steamer as well as an iron when you can have a device capable of doing both jobs? This steamer from Electrolux can be used vertically or horizontally like an iron, powerfully removing wrinkles from fabric regardless of its position.

The compact steamer (which is available in either black or blue) has two settings and comes with a sizable 10-ounce water tank that requires minimal effort to fill and remove. The device also stands out for how quickly it heats up (only 30 seconds) and for how long it can be used continuously (nearly 20 minutes). It has a comfortable grip, too, and comes with a handy locking mechanism that keeps the steam going without you having to continuously press the button. The steamer also includes a fabric brush and lint brush, and it has a lengthy 12-foot cord.

Price-wise, this steamer is slightly above average, and you’d hope that for that amount, it’d come with instructions on how to decipher the otherwise-unclear icons for each setting. That annoyance aside, this is a very solid device that does both of its jobs quite well.

Heating Time: 30 seconds | Steam Duration: 18 minutes | Weight: 3.9 pounds | Water Tank Capacity: 10 ounces

Best Clothes Steamer with Attachments

Conair handheld garment steamer.

  • Effectiveness 4.4 /5

In addition to the three main attachments, it also has a handy built-in creaser tool.

Its power decreases the longer you use it.

If you want a clothes steamer that comes with multiple extra tools designed to enhance the steaming process, take a look at this great pick from Conair. The small, lightweight steamer features three highly useful attachments: a silicone band to pull the fabric taut, a bristle brush to get through heavier fabrics, and a delicate fabric spacer to keep trims and finer fabrics safe from harm. But that’s not all; the steamer also comes with a built-in creaser tool that we found very effective and easy to use during our tests. 

Filling this steamer’s water tank is simple, but you do need to be careful of overfilling or else it won’t work. You can choose between two settings (regular and turbo), both of which are labeled clearly and have instructions, and the steamer’s comfortable grip means your arm won’t get tired, even if you go all 15 minutes of the continuous use it promises. The steamer also has a long cord and a price tag that’s right about average. It may not be the most powerful steamer on the market, and frustratingly, it does wane in power as it works, even on turbo mode. But there’s still a lot to like, especially those helpful accessories.

Best Professional Clothes Steamer

Jiffy fabric steamer.

It can be used continuously for an hour and a half and rarely needs a water refill.

It only has one setting.

Compact clothes steamers may be convenient, but if you want a device that can handle heavy-duty use and don’t mind the large size, a professional-grade option like this model from Jiffy is the way to go. The steamer can last for an hour and a half of continuous use, with a huge 96-ounce water tank that can go through at least a half-dozen items before needing a refill.

In our tests, we noted that this powerful steamer works well on all materials (with silk standing out in particular) and is comfortable and easy to hold. It helpfully comes with a rod to hang up clothes as you work, as well as two sets of wheels that glide smoothly and provide extra stability. The cord is long, too, and the tank is easy to fill without spilling.

Despite its power, this is a fairly simple steamer that only has one setting, so you can’t vary the steam level or temperature depending on the fabric. It also may leave the occasional water mark on clothing, and its large size makes it difficult to store. For the high price, we wish the steamer had fewer flaws, but its long use and sheer power are impressive enough to make up for them. 

Heating Time: 2 minutes | Steam Duration: 1.5 hours | Weight: 15.9 pounds | Water Tank Capacity: 96 ounces

After all our testing, we found Conair’s Turbo ExtremeSteam Handheld Fabric Steamer to be the most appealing, thanks to its five powerful settings and useful attachments, among other features. For a great lower-budget alternative, we recommend the Proctor Silex Compact 2-in-1 Garment Steamer/Iron , which is compact, easy to use, and heats up very quickly.

To find the best clothes steamers, we tested 48 models in our Lab, evaluating their effectiveness on a variety of fabrics. For each steamer, we first recorded its measurements, then noted how easy or difficult it was to roll it (if it was a standing model) or unfold it (if it was a folding model). We filled each steamer’s water reservoir to the max, then hit the “on” button (going to the highest setting if available) and timed how long it took to fully heat up. We then switched the steamers’ settings to the lowest options (if available) to let them cool down and recorded that timing, as well.

Next, we began the steaming process with each device. We first steamed a woman’s silk shirt on the lowest/silk setting (when applicable) and noted how quickly and well wrinkles were removed. After, we moved to the medium/cotton setting (when applicable) and steamed a men’s dress shirt while noting the same information. For this test, we also used the steamer’s creaser attachment (if included) to create a crease along the shirt’s side and then took note of its sharpness. Finally, we switched to each steamer’s highest/linen setting (when applicable) and worked the device on a pair of linen pants, recording the capability and speed in removing wrinkles.

At the end of our testing, we summarized each steamer’s effectiveness in tackling wrinkles on each fabric as well as if the steamer ever sputtered near or onto the garments. We also noted our thoughts on the design of each steamer, including the simplicity of filling the water tank without spilling, the comfort level of holding the steamer for long periods of time, the number of setting options and the ability to understand their functions, and the existence and effectiveness of any accessories.

After that, we recorded the cord length of each steamer and whether it could rotate easily around the base when we changed angles or directions. For portable steamers, we looked at the ease of folding and storing it for travel, while for standing models, we analyzed how smoothly the wheels moved around our Lab.

Lastly, we determined each seamer’s overall value by considering whether its performance, design, and portability felt worthy of its retail price. We are currently long-term testing each item on our list and will update with further insights when we have them.

How to Shop for Clothes Steamers Like a Pro

There are two types of clothing steamers: handheld steamers and large upright steamers. The type you buy should depend on how you want to use it, how long you want to spend steaming, and how much storage space you have available. Handheld clothes steamers are best for those who steam clothing occasionally or don't have the space for a large upright steamer. Large garment steamers work better for those who steam clothing frequently, as these products have larger water tanks and can steam for much longer than handhelds (up to 20 minutes on a handheld vs. an hour on a large steamer). 

Keep in mind that a larger steamer isn’t necessarily better. In fact, Pozniak says that he only uses handheld steamers for clothing, drapery, and upholstered furniture—the lighter, the better. “We moved away from the larger units due to size, weight, and water dripping issues,” Pozniak says. “Also, the large steamers take forever to heat up.”

Nelson agrees, saying: “Handheld steamers remove wrinkles just as efficiently as vertical steamers, but they are designed with portability in mind and are easy to bring in your travel bag .”

If you are interested in a large garment steamer, just make sure you have enough storage space for one in your home. Although some large garment steamers can be broken down to become more compact, they will still need about as much space as a stick vacuum cleaner .

“The heat up time is an important selection criteria,” says Nelson. “If you plan to use your steamer in the morning before heading to work, it should not make you late!” Most steamers heat up in just under one minute, but the exact time varies depending on tank size and steamer power. Our Best Large-Capacity pick, the CHI Handheld Garment Steamer for Clothes , heats up the fastest in just 20 seconds.

Smaller steamers will generally heat up more quickly than larger upright steamers, which can take about two minutes to heat up. While the difference isn't huge, it's still important to consider. Similarly, the length of time a steamer can run varies depending on the capacity of its tank. Smaller steamers have a runtime of about eight to 20 minutes, while larger garment steamers can run for one to two hours depending on the setting.

The most important part of a clothes steamer is effectiveness, but extra features can certainly make the steaming process a whole lot easier. Common additional features include more than one steam setting, which will help if you need to get steaming done quickly or have sturdier fabrics. The Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Handheld Fabric Steamer , our Best Overall pick, has five heat settings and comes with a variety of accessories.

Some useful accessories to have include crease clips and bristle brush attachments. Crease clips help create creases in your pants without an iron, while a bristle brush attachment helps loosen fabric fibers so that they de-wrinkle more easily. “Having the right accessories makes all the difference in your steaming experience, such as a mini board which helps make the finishing touches like collars perfect,” Nelson says.

If you're looking at a large garment steamer, look for additional features such as wheels on the bottom of the device, a retractable cord, and an included hanger with hanger clips to hold up your garments more easily.

More Steamers to Consider

Conair Handheld Garment Steamer for Clothes, ExtremeSteam : This low-priced steamer works very well on various materials (including linen) and can be used almost immediately after refilling the water. That said, the water reservoir is very hard to fill, and it’s heavy enough to cause shoulder soreness.

MagicPro Portable Garment Steamer : As for this steamer, it’s highly effective and easy to use, including when filling up the water tank. But it only has one setting and becomes uncomfortable to use after a few minutes’ time due to its heavy weight.

Questions You Might Ask

What is the difference between a clothes steamer and an iron.

The big difference between a clothes steamer and iron is contact. Irons require direct contact onto fabric to get rid of wrinkles , whereas steamers need to be held a short distance away from the fabric to achieve the same result. Irons are great for creating creases in pants, pressing pleated clothing, and getting wrinkles out of thicker fabrics that would take a longer time to tackle, such as jeans or a blazer. Steamers are best for more delicate items or fabrics, such as a silk blouse or a cashmere sweater.

So is one necessarily better than the other? “It depends on the type of fabric,” Pozniak says. “Cotton and linen will need an iron, while you can use a steamer for silk, wool, and synthetic fabrics. If you do steam cotton and linen, you may get out some of the wrinkles, but those fabrics will never look crisp. You need the steam of an iron to relax the fibers and the heat of the iron to remove the moisture and ‘set’ the fabric, making it look crisp.”

Are there any fabrics you shouldn’t steam?

Fabrics you should not steam include “leather, suede, fur, vinyl/plastic fabrics, and some embellished garments,” Pozniak says. Suede, leather, and fur in particular “can be severely damaged with steam.” You also don't want to get too close to embellishments like buttons, beads, or sequins, as those could be made of plastic and melt.

Can you use a steamer to freshen up clothes between washes?

Absolutely, says Nelson. “Steamers are perfect for freshening up used garments in between washes since the hot steam targets bad odors. Especially when it comes to fabrics that cannot be washed, or items too bulky to wash by hand or in a machine—like a duvet or even a couch —steaming is an excellent alternative. Spritz your garment with vodka before steaming for even more odor removal!”

How do you properly use a clothes steamer?

Always read your product's instruction manual before you proceed, as use can vary between clothes steamers. Typically, you start by filling up the tank with water up to the water line, not above it. Then, turn on the device and wait until the machine starts continually producing steam. Otherwise, there's a risk of water spurting out and getting onto your fabric, which may stain it.

Hang your garments on a hanger and hold them taut while steaming. Keep the steamer an inch away from the garment while steaming—do not put the steamer nozzle directly to your clothes. According to Nelson, you should “steam any sort of lining first, and always steam items from top to bottom to produce an optimal effect.” Once you're done, wait for your clothes to dry. Throughout the steaming process, make sure that your hands stay far away from the extremely hot steam so you don't get burned.

Should you regularly clean a clothes steamer?

Yes, but how often depends on how much you use it. If you notice that your clothes steamer is not producing steam as easily or as quickly as previous uses, that's when it's time for a cleaning . Clothes steamers get dirty when the minerals from hard water build up overtime and create a gunk that can clog your nozzle and leave white residue on your clothes.

You can avoid this by using distilled water when you steam. If that isn't an option, you can clean your clothes steamer with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and distilled water. After you've put the mixture into your water tank, turn on your steamer and let that mixture run until it's about halfway done. Repeat the process until your nozzle lets steam out easily and quickly. Once you're ready to use your steamer again, make sure to do the same process but with just distilled water to make sure that any remaining vinegar is removed.

This roundup was written by Rachel Simon , a writer for Real Simple , Better Homes & Gardens , The New York Times , and many other publications; and Nicole Lund , associate commerce editorial director at Dotdash Meredith. To find the best clothes steamers, we tested 48 irons in our Lab and evaluated each model on its effectiveness, design, and overall value for money. We also consulted Jerry Pozniak , managing director of Jeeves New York , a luxury dry cleaning service, and Marilee Nelson, co-founder of Branch Basics, for expert advice.

Next to each product on this list, you may have noticed a Real Simple Selects seal of approval . Any product appearing alongside that seal has been vetted by our team—put through tests and graded on its performance to earn a spot on our list. Although we buy most of the products we test, sometimes we do get samples from companies if purchasing a product ourselves isn’t an option. All products go through the same rigorous process, whether they are purchased or sent by the company.

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The 10 Best Garment Steamers in 2024

By Author Heather Evanson

Posted on Last updated: January 24, 2024

Categories Household

The 10 Best Garment Steamers in 2024

Garment steamers, also known as clothes steamers, are a helpful multi-purpose appliance. They work as an alternative to an iron and ironing board as a faster method of removing wrinkles from clothing and the like. The best garment steamers are easy to use, quick to set up (no ironing board required), and lightweight — you simply de-wrinkle garments right on the hanger. Besides just getting wrinkles out of clothes, many people will use steamers for other tasks like refreshing drapes, sanitizing furniture and carpets, or assisting with wallpaper removal.

After researching all the available options, we came up with our list of the top 10 steamers. At the number one spot on our list is the  Rowenta Prostyle Garment Steamer. Not only is this one of the best-rated garment steamers on the market, but it’s also from one of the more reliable brands and its price tag is half that of comparable models. This steamer is an adjustable height standing unit that creates steam powerful enough to knock wrinkles out of most material types. It also comes with plenty of accessories for hanging your clothes, creating creases, and removing lint. However, if you’re interested in something a bit more robust or need a steamer small enough to tuck into your suitcase, our list will have something to suit your needs.

If you’re looking to compare garment steamers quickly, here’s a brief breakdown of our favorites.

Best Garment Steamers: A Closer Look

Here, we take a more detailed look at the top picks above.

1. Rowenta Prostyle Garment Steamer

The best garment steamer overall

Rowenta Compact Valet Steamer – Model IS6200

Brand:  Rowenta |  Type:  Standing |  Steam Time:  45 Minutes |  Heat Time:  45 Second | Tank Size: 51 Ounces | Price: 💰💰

Rowenta  is a big name in laundry care, and they make some exceptional products. The Rowenta Prostyle Full Size Garment Steamer is arguably the best of the best. It is mobile, easy to use, and has holders for a variety of garments. We think it’s the best steamer on the market for the price — most steamers of this quality are far more expensive.

The Prostyle is an attractive-looking model with a top-notch build quality. The water tank holds 51 fluid ounces of water. This enables you to run the Rowenta garment steamer for almost an hour straight without refilling the tank.

On top of that, there are multiple attachment accessories to make this machine even more versatile. When using the pad that comes with it, the final results are nearly as crisp as using a traditional steam iron.

You’d think this model would run about $200-$300, but at around $100, this machine is a steal.

Reviewers Like

  • It can get wrinkles out of most fabrics 
  • This steamer has a great price, powerful steam, and sturdy construction
  • Turning the power on and off is easy and convenient — you just operate it with your foot

Reviewers Dislike

  • The pole doesn’t get very tall
  • The hose is too short for tall curtains or other similar items

smallest travel garment steamer

2. Rowenta Pro Precision Steam Station

The best eco-friendly garment steamer

Rowenta Pro Precision Steam Station

Brand:  Rowenta |  Type:  Handheld |  Steam Time:  1.5 Hours |  Heat Time:  3 Minutes | Tank Size: 47 Ounces | Price: 💰💰💰💰💰

This Rowenta garment steamer is the ultimate solution for steam cleaning clothes. This is the most recent upgrade to their Steam Station model, and we are a fan of the improvements. It’s easily one of the best garment steamers and, of course, the most expensive too. However, you can throw out your old steam iron that is 20 years old after you buy this and trust that it will last just as long. And, it has an eco-mode setting that reduces power consumption by 20 percent to help save on energy costs. 

The DG8520 will get out the toughest wrinkles and give you the sharpest looking creases without breaking a sweat. With 1800 watts of raw power, this Rowenta steamer can handle commercial-like workloads. Stainless steel soleplate, precision tip, large water tank, and a handle trigger to release steam on demand rounds this product out nicely. If you want the best upright steamer for professionals, this model won’t disappoint. Also, this steamer has an eco-mode setting that reduces 

  • The actual iron part is lightweight and easy to use
  • This steamer has adjustable temperature options and auto-off safety features
  • This steamer can keep steaming for long periods, which makes it great for anyone who likes to do their steaming/ironing in batches
  • The unit works well, but it’s expensive
  • The steamer can be awkward to move around because it’s heavy and large

3. Pure Enrichment PureSteam Fabric Steamer

The best budget handheld garment steamer

Pure Enrichment PureSteam Fabric Steamer

Brand:  Pure Enrichment |  Type:  Handheld |  Steam Time:  10 Minutes |  Heat Time:  2 Minutes | Tank Size: 4.3 Ounces | Price: 💰

This portable handheld garment steamer has one of the highest consumer ratings among the competition. It’s perfect for getting those few pesky wrinkles out when you’re on the road or heading out the door. The price makes it easy to consider buying two, one for home and one for the office in case of an emergency!

  • This company has excellent customer service
  • It works well for traveling and heats up quickly
  • When it’s out of water, the steamer stops automatically
  • This unit doesn’t produce super-strong steam
  • Several reviewers had issues with this unit boiling over

4. Steamfast Steamer (Model SF-407)

The best budget standing garment steamer

Steamfast Steamer – Model SF-407

Brand:  Steamfast |  Type:  Standing |  Steam Time:  45 Minutes |  Heat Time:  45 Seconds | Tank Size: 40 Ounces | Price: 💰💰

Another popular unit is the SteamFast SF-407 Fabric Steamer. SteamFast makes some affordable, quality fabric steam products, and this model is no exception. This fabric steamer is powered by 1500 watts and has a warm-up time of under a minute — that’s about as good as it gets for around the 50 dollar price range.

The unit is slightly bulky, but the four wheels on the bottom and long 4.3-foot hose make it easy to operate. It comes with a fabric brush, clothing hook, and telescopic pole. 

  • This steamer generates a lot of steam
  • For a standing unit, this item is relatively easy to store
  • The steamer heats up very quickly and lasts for a long time
  • The hose gets very hot, so you need to be careful not to burn yourself
  • The wheels don’t have a locking option on them, making it hard to keep the steamer from moving around

5. Conair Travel Smart Garment Steamer

The best travel garment steamer

Conair Travel Smart Garment Steamer

Brand:  Conair |  Type:  Handheld |  Steam Time:  10 Minutes |  Heat Time:  30 Seconds | Tank Size: 3 Ounces | Price: 💰

If you’re looking for an inexpensive option, this is the best cheap steamer designed especially for travel. The Travel Smart Garment Steamer, from the trusted brand Conair, weighs just about one pound making it ideal for traveling. It won’t take up much room in a suitcase, it heats up fast, and it lasts 10 minutes on a tank.

It may not get a super wrinkle out of a suit jacket, but it will de-wrinkle dress shirts just fine. This product comes with a handy storage pouch and dual voltage capability allowing you to use it on international trips as well. The Conair fabric steamer isn’t a bad option, especially when considering the price, and may just be the best travel garment steamer for under 30 dollars.

  • It has a decently long cord
  • Unlike many other steamers, this unit doesn’t have issues with spitting water
  • This steamer can detect the voltage type you’re using and will switch automatically
  • This steamer doesn’t work well for heavier material
  • When you run out of water, you have to wait for it to cool off before you add more

6. Jiffy ESTEAM Personal Hand Held Steamer

The best handheld garment steamer

Jiffy ESTEAM Personal Hand Held Steamer

Brand:  Jiffy Steamer Company |  Type:  Handheld |  Steam Time:  15 Minutes |  Heat Time:  1 Minute | Tank Size: 8 Ounces | Price: 💰

Arguably the best handheld garment steamer, the Jiffy Esteam is a lightweight, simple solution. This is a great portable steamer for use at home, on the road, or at the office. It easily stows away in a drawer or closet. A 600-watt heating element puts it at one of the most powerful handheld steamers available with a quick one-minute heat-up time.

Some homeowners and professionals use it as a replacement for their iron. It lasts about 15 minutes on one tank fill. The only downside is that there is no on/off switch, so once you plug this baby in you better be ready for action.

  • It has a nice, long cord
  • The steamer is compact and easy to use
  • It heats up quickly, and the steam lasts longer than many other handheld steamers
  • It’s a bit heavier than some of the more compact handheld options
  • This steamer works well for small jobs, but it’s not the best option for steaming larger batches of clothes

7. Jiffy Garment Steamer (Model J-2000)

The best standing garment steamer

Jiffy Garment Steamer – Model J-2000

Brand:  Jiffy Steamer Company |  Type:  Standing |  Steam Time:  1.5 Hours |  Heat Time:  2 Minutes | Tank Size: 96 Ounces | Price: 💰💰💰💰

The number one choice for standing steamers based on our standards is the J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer. This is also the best-rated garment steamer on our list. For the individual who hates ironing but hates wrinkles even more, the Jiffy Steamer is an able companion.  Jiffy Steamer Company  was founded in 1940 in the United States and has since grown to be the world’s largest steam technology manufacturer.

This is the best garment steamer you can find at this price point. It isn’t beautiful looking (it sports more of a commercial look), but you’re probably not too worried about winning style points with your new garment steamer. It is available in pink, which is unique. Some people have even used it to remove wallpaper and clean carpets. It makes short work of most tasks, heating up in about 60 seconds, and can put out steam for one and a half hours on a single tank. By the way, this bad boy comes stocked with a massive 96-ounce tank.

Jiffy Steamer Company charges more for their steamers, but they are the gold standard in quality. The only thing they manufacture is steamers, and they do it well. Their heating elements, durability, and anti-leak hoses are all top-notch. Garment steamers aren’t known for being extremely durable, but the J-2000 will stand the test of time.

The J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer is ideal for both homeowners and light commercial use.

  • It’s not a bulky unit, so it’s pretty easy to move around and store
  • The steamer is well built, durable, and works on wrinkles for most types of materials
  • If you opt for the model with the metal head, you can also use this unit to create creases 
  • The handle is a bit large and heavy
  • The hose isn’t insulated to protect you from the heat

8. Rowenta IXEO All-In-One

The best all-in-one garment steamer and iron

Rowenta All-In-One Pro-Garment Steamer and Iron

Brand:  Rowenta |  Type:  Standing |  Steam Time:  40 Minutes |  Heat Time:  45 Seconds | Tank Size: 33 Ounces | Price: 💰💰💰💰

This Rowenta steamer is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a steamer and iron combination with a small footprint. Even though this combination steamer has several more uses than a standard steamer, it doesn’t take up much more room because of its unique design. This steamer generates a powerful steam level that will get wrinkles out of your clothing and kill up to 99.9 percent of the bacteria trapped in your fabrics. 

One of this unit’s best features is that you can detach the ironing head and water tank from the base and board to make it more convenient to carry around the house for other jobs like sanitizing your furniture or steaming your curtains. However, when you use the base and board, it offers an adjustable height board that can move between three different positions: flat, vertical, and angled. 

  • The steamer can separate from base for cleaning jobs around the house
  • It produces lots of steam and is good at getting wrinkles out of all kinds of fabrics
  • The steamer head and base are lightweight, and it doesn’t take up too much room
  • The steamer’s base has some hard plastic parts that can break easily
  • The board takes some getting used to as it’s smaller than a standard ironing board

9. isteam Handheld Fabric Steamer

The best personal garment steamer

isteam handheld clothes steamer

Brand:  isteam |  Type:  Handheld |  Steam Time:  10 Minutes |  Heat Time:  1 Minute | Tank Size: 5 Ounces | Price: 💰

The isteam handheld steamer rounds out our top 10 list with quick and convenient steaming. It heats up in under one minute and finishes steaming your shirts in less than 10 minutes. It’s compact and lightweight, making travel worry-free.

  • It’s a good size for travel
  • This unit gives off a lot of steam
  • It gets wrinkles out of clothes pretty quickly
  • Some reviewers had issues with this steamer overheating
  • This steamer needs frequent refilling because it goes through the water in the tank quickly

10. Heavy Duty Garment Steamer by PurSteam (Model PS-910)

The best garment steamer

Heavy Duty Garment Steamer by PurSteam – Model PS-910

Brand:  PurSteam |  Type:  Standing |  Steam Time:  1 Hour |  Heat Time:  1 Minute | Tank Size: 61 Ounces | Price: 💰💰

The PurSteam Garment Steamer has a maximum temperature of 248 degrees Fahrenheit. If you leave your hand in front of it, you better watch out, or you’ll feel the burn. That is hot enough to penetrate even the thickest of fabrics for instant wrinkle elimination. Also, that’s hot enough to kill 99.9 percent of germs, so you’re also getting your cleaning work done at the same time.

The heating element is constructed of a cast aluminum material, making it heavy-duty and durable enough to withstand such high heat. This unit also comes with a great warranty and a reputation for exceptional customer service. The bottom line? The PurSteam Elite Garment Steamer is a mean, steam, wrinkling killing machine.

  • It comes with lots of useful accessories 
  • This steamer has a terrific warranty and excellent customer service
  • The unit heats up quickly, lasts a long time, and the steam is strong
  • Several reviewers complained about leaking problems 
  • The telescoping pole doesn’t extend to be tall enough to keep taller items from touching the floor

What to Look for in the Best Garment Steamers

Woman holding a shirt while she steam cleans it

If you’ve never owned a steamer before, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you understand the  differences between traditional irons and garment steamers  so you can be sure to find something that will best suit your needs. Before purchasing one of the top 10 clothes steamers, here are some things you should keep an eye on before hitting that buy button. 

If you ask a laundry professional there are technically two main types of garment steamers:  standing models  (also known as full-size models or floor models) and  handheld models  (sometimes called travel models if they’re small enough). Along with the steamer itself, many models (especially the heavy-duty steamers) offer various  steamer accessory tools  that can help with different jobs.

For frequent travelers or those low on space, a handheld steamer is a no-brainer because it’s lightweight and has a small footprint. Be careful when shopping for a handheld steamer because many of them are cheap, under-powered, and sometimes spit water all over the place.

Those looking for a garment steamer for home use are probably best off with a floor model that features a few holders for clothing and other items to hang from as you operate the steamer.

If you are on the market for a heavy-duty steam cleaner for  steam cleaning floors  and whatnot, you may want to skip a standalone garment steamer and find a heavy-duty unit that comes with a steam cleaning accessory.

Performance

One of the key differentiating characteristics of garment and clothing steamers is the warm-up duration. Some garment steamers take up to 15 minutes or even longer to heat up and be ready for de-wrinkling action. It is like waiting for a pot to boil, it can be pretty dull, so if you are a person who puts a high value of efficiency you may want to pay a bit more for a model that heats up fast.

A decent-sized water tank is another consideration. Those with smaller water capacities will need frequent refilling, so if you plan on doing some bulk steaming sessions, you’ll want one with a big tank. Another performance characteristic you’ll want to consider is the hose’s reach, a longer hose and longer power cord makes for a lot more flexibility when it’s steam cleaning time.

Wattage and Maximum Temperature

A lot of the time, higher wattage results in a higher max temp, but that is not always the case. Always check the unit’s maximum temperature and don’t just assume because it has a high wattage specification that it has a super high max temp. Suppose you find a model with high wattage that only has a mediocre max temperature. In that case, it’s likely an inefficient model that will waste more electricity than an efficient, higher-quality model.

Another general rule of thumb is that the higher the temperature, the greater the ability to remove the most difficult wrinkles and creases. Furthermore, in the upper ranges of steam temp, you gain the ability to kill germs too .

Accessories and Extras

Last but not least are the extra bells and whistles that come with each model. Some of the most expensive steamers come with a whole kit of goodies, or the manufacturer will sell add-on accessories you can purchase separately. Interchangeable nozzles, attachable brushes, multiple hangers/hooks/holders, clips, long hoses, and wheels on the bottom of the unit are just a few of the extras to look out for. Many units even come with  lint removal  accessories to keep your clothes looking their best.

Automatic shut-off is another smart feature to look for just in case you accidentally leave it on.

It’s always a good idea to read the clothes steamer reviews/garment steamer reviews section carefully to know what capabilities your future steamer will have.

Our Process

For this guide on the best garment steamers, our team spent 6 hours researching the most popular options from over 13 brands and manufacturers, big and small. We then read about one hundred user reviews (both positive and negative) to discover what shoppers thought about each unit. After comparing this data, we narrowed our list down to the top 10 garment steamers on the market. You can count on this research to guide you to a mindful purchasing decision.

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  • FORWARD-LOOKING DESIGN: Nesugar G3 Travel Steamer for Clothes has a Forward-looking design. Mainbody is as light as only 0.75lbs, almost the weight of two Smart phones, long lasting for over 8 minutes of continuous steaming to emit wrinkle perfectly by using less steam, keeping clothes as dry as possible in the meantime.
  • EASE TO USE: 900W Steamer produces soft and long-lasting dry steam. preparation for steaming in just 15 seconds, with only one button to control for steaming. 6ft Power Cord, easy for operating steamer conveniently. Equipped a travel storage bag, it can be a portable travel steamer or a handy home steamer.
  • STEAMING IN ANY ORIENTATION: As a portable steamer, it is designed to use in all angles. Dual-use is designed with a hanging iron and a flat iron for home and travel uses.
  • NO WATER SPOT LEFT BEHIND: Nesugar G3 Travel Steamer from any angle without any water left behind! For all kind of garments, all coats, wool, delicates, and more.

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