The 2.5-litre water tank gives you 80 minutes of continuous steam time. The model's really fast heat-up time of 45 seconds makes it good for last-minute adjustments. The foot-operated on/off pedal lets you control the steamer without bending over.
All of the accessories require extra storage space.
The Tefal IT6540 is arguably one of the most complete garment steamers that the market has to offer. In addition to its precision, convenience, and endurance, the appliance comes equipped with 3 extra attachments to help you with different garments and fabrics.
Adjustable pole and integrated hanger with trouser clips, pleat/crease attachment, fabric brush, steam bonnet
The model's 7-hole nozzle penetrates into more fabric area much more thoroughly. With the supplied lint remover and refresh brushes, the model lets you remove wrinkles as well as remove dust, iron, sterilise, and humidify different clothing and furniture items.
The handle is relatively massive.
This Homeasy 5 in 1 Fabric Steamer is the most flexible and versatile prospect in the budget price bracket. Its 110-degree Celcius steam penetrates deep into the fabrics, refreshing your clothes and killing the bacteria. It will prove useful with various items around the house.
Storage bag, 2 x brush attachments
The SmartFlow technology ensures that the steam plate is heated up to an optimal temperature. This way, the plate remains safe for all types of fabrics and prevents the occasional wet spots. It can be used vertically and horizontally.
The continuous steaming time is lower than advertised.
What the Philips GC362/86 handheld garment steamer lacks in steaming time, the model more than makes for up with its well-thought-out design, excellent functionality, and solid versatility. Aside from making your clothes look good, the appliance just as well removes odours and kills bacteria.
Heat-resistant storage bag, fabric brush, safety glove
The water tank is removable, so it is easy to clean and refill under the tap. The locking trigger keeps you and your clothes safe. The 3-metre cord and a flat stable base make the steamer practical and convenient. The pleat attachment is perfect for trouser creases.
For a handheld steamer, the model is a bit large.
The Tefal DT8150 is an equally great travel model and household appliance. For a handheld garment steamer, it is fast and powerful, perfect for last-minute touch-ups as well as for everyday use. The ceramic coating of the soleplate gives you great results on all fabrics.
~ 9 min
Door hook, fabric brush, pleat attachment, steam bonnet, travel bag
The unit takes only 25 seconds to get ready. The ceramic plate will be maintaining high temperatures and preventing heat loss with its uniform thermal conductivity. The anti-scalding glove will let you steam clothes without particular caution.
The plastic cap for the water tank is pretty flimsy.
The Homeasy Clothes Steamer, with its ergonomic nozzle that comes adopting seven wide-exit holes, will be thoroughly penetrating into more fabric area than most handheld steamers. Meanwhile, the 25 g/min steam out will be coming out evenly to remove the most stubborn wrinkles.
Brush attachment, storage bag, anti-scalding glove
It's All About Precision
The Tefal IT6540 is a marginally more expensive option than most similar products but the price does make a lot of sense considering what this professional product offers in return. Speaking of which, that "Master Precision" title above is a bit of a giveaway. Yes, above everything else, Tefal IT6540 is precise. There are a few things that are responsible for its precision.
First things first, there's the telescopic pole, mostly because it adjusts to a height that best suits you and your clothes. Plus, it collapses for easy storage, an aspect of its design that has nothing to do with precision but the one that we feel is worth mentioning regardless.
While we're on the subject of adjustment, we would also like to point out the 360° integrated rotating hanger. With it, you'll be able to steam both sides of your clothes with relative ease. Plus, it comes equipped with trouser clips, another little detail that lets you steam and sanitise clothes from both sides. With it, you'll be able to remove creases and refresh your clothes in as effortless and efficient of a manner as possible.
But the biggest culprit, so to speak, behind the model's precision is probably its precise steam shot that comes through the tip. The combination of a powerful 30 g/min steam output and 2 different steam settings (diffused and concentrated) helps you remove even the most stubborn creases in the most hard-to-reach areas.
The Key is Speed and Control
So, does this garment steamer have anything to offer aside from its precision? Well, as it so happens, it does. For one, it comes equipped with a really sizable 2.5-litre water tank. That water tank is mostly the reason for the model's impressive 80 minutes of continuous steam time. As you'd imagine, 80 minutes is more than enough for any pile of clothes. Nevertheless, it is just as good for last-minute adjustments, largely thanks to its really fast heat-up time of 45 seconds.
Unless you happen to be some sort of a deviant, there's no joy in steaming or ironing your clothes. But the right appliance can make it a lot less inconvenient and tedious. In the case of this model, the key is a foot-operated on/off pedal. It lets you control the steamer without bending over, a considerable improvement over your usual deal.
All things considered, the Tefal IT6540 is arguably one of the most complete garment steamers that the market has to offer. In addition to its precision, convenience, and endurance, the appliance comes equipped with 3 extra attachments to help you with different garments and fabrics. These attachments and the model's performance make it suitable for commercial applications.
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Easy but Versatile Too
The Homeasy Fabric Steamer is all about that "easy" part in the company's name. You'll be able to remove wrinkles from just about any fabric. Though this isn't the most powerful model on the market, its performance and overall utility are excellent considering the modest price tag.
As far as we're concerned, the steamer's biggest strength is its 7-hole nozzle and wide steam exit. The holes in particular allow the model to penetrate into more fabric area much more thoroughly. On paper, its 18 g/min steam output is nothing to write home about but you should have no issues removing the toughest wrinkles. Drawing 1000 watts, the model doesn't take too long to heat up and start producing steam. Turn the steamer on and you'll be able to start tackling those wrinkles in about 45 seconds.
There are many little details that separate this product from its budget counterparts within the same price bracket. The "5-in-1" part in the title up there refers to the model's well-thought-out and practical design as well as the two brush attachments that come supplied with the package. Taking the lint remover and refresh brushes into account, the steamer lets you remove wrinkles as well as remove dust, iron, sterilise, and humidify different clothing and furniture items. You'll be able to work with carpets, sofas, different bedding items, curtains, cushions, pillow, stuffed toys, the list goes on.
20 Minutes Straight
Of course, though the model's versatility is definitely its strength, people buy these garment steamers for clothing items first and foremost. The model doesn't disappoint in that department too though. You'll have no issues with any and all fabrics, including but not limited to silk, plus, down, fibre, cotton, linen, and more.
The model is equally suitable for vertical and horizontal steaming. Its leakproof design lets you press clothes on a table and/or iron hanging clothes. You won't need an ironing board. The relatively large 260-ml water tank will let you steam for 20 minutes straight. The model automatically shuts off when its reservoir runs dry or when the unit gets too hot.
Long story short, the Homeasy Fabric Steamer is the most practical and versatile prospect in the budget price bracket. Its 110-degree Celcius steam penetrates deep into the fabrics, refreshing your clothes and killing the bacteria. It will prove useful with various items around the house.
Go With the Flow
On paper, the Philips GC362/86 is your run-of-the-mill handheld steamer. Most of its specs do not necessarily disappoint nor impress. But that's just how it is on paper. Take a closer look and you'll find that the model actually has quite a lot going for it. At the end of the day, it isn't about the number of characteristics nor about the specs. More often than not, it is about execution. And that's where the steamer edges out a solid chunk of its competition.
That execution starts with the SmartFlow technology. In layman's terms, the technology ensures that the steam plate is heated up to an optimal temperature. This way, the plate remains safe for all types of fabrics and prevents the occasional wet spots. The heated steam plate makes it easier to press the fabric while steaming horizontally, giving you improved steaming results. All in all, the steamer is an equally fitting everyday solution for your standard garments and for delicate fabrics like silk.
By the way, the aforementioned horizontal steaming isn't your only option. Though it is the optimal choice if you need the right results in those difficult-to-iron areas such as collars and cuffs. But if you simply want to quickly de-wrinkle and refresh your clothes without using an ironing board, vertical steaming is the way to go.
Where Ergonomics Meet Functionality
Admittedly, some things about this handheld garment steamer aren't that impressive. The continuous steaming time of 8 minutes isn't too shabby for a handheld steamer but it isn't remarkable either. Plus, despite the advertised number, it doesn't always give you those full 8 times. The person to blame for the limited steaming time is mostly the 70-millilitre water tank.
Then again, we can't really hold it that much against the steamer. The numbers may seem unimpressive out of context but keep in mind that we're dealing with a particularly compact appliance. It adds up to 38.2 x 15.2 x 13.6 centimetres in overall dimensions and weighs less than 1.3 kilograms. Add to that the ergonomic handle and you have yourself a practical and convenient device that you could use for hours on end.
The steam output here is fairly respectable. The electric pump that the model comes equipped with automatically provides you with a continuous steam output of up to 24 g/min, just the thing you need for quick and easy de-wrinkling.
In conclusion, what the Philips GC362/86 handheld garment steamer lacks in steaming time, the model more than makes for up with its well-thought-out design, excellent functionality, and solid versatility. Aside from making your clothes look good, the appliance removes odours and kills 99.9% of bacteria.
A Steamer With no Chill
The Tefal DT8150 is a solid all-around product with its highs and lows. For our taste, we would say that the highs definitely outweigh the lows, which is why we've included this product in our review. That said, we would still like to address one or two of its flaws. More than anything else, we aren't the biggest fans of the model's bulkier profile. The whole thing adds up to 11.5 x 14.5 x 27.5 centimetres, so it isn't particularly tall but a tad too wide and inconveniently shaped to be comfortable.
On the other hand, it is surprisingly light. With a weight of 1.07 kilograms, it is arguably one of the most lightweight handheld garment steamers on the market and definitely one of the most lightweight steamers in its price range.
Now, as for the model's highs, we would like to start with its fast 40-second heat-up time. Sure, it may not be that much of a change compared to the usual deal, but even some of the most expensive standing garment steamers seldom feature this kind of heat-up time, so we definitely couldn't overlook this parameter. The continuous steaming time here ranges somewhere around 9 minutes. It's nothing we haven't seen in the aforementioned standing steamers but, for a handheld model, it is actually rather impressive.
We've been criticising the model's appearance earlier but it was probably largely influenced by the 200-millilitre water tank. And if it wasn't for the tank, the appliance wouldn't have been able to deliver 9 minutes of continuous steaming time. So, as it is always the case, you have to sacrifice one thing in favour of the other.
Bring It With You
Again, we've been critical of the steamer's appearance, but it's not like we don't like a single thing about its design. On the contrary, there is a lot to like here. The aforementioned water tank is removable, so it is easy to fill and clean. The locking trigger keeps you and your clothes safe. Finally, the 3-metre cord and a flat stable base make the whole thing practical and convenient.
With garment steamers, the steam output is always a priority. And, for a mini handheld model, 26 g/min is nothing short of excellent. Add to that the appliance's fast heat-up time and you'll be able to refresh and sanitise your clothes in no time at all. The soleplate that heats up to 140°C reduces the chance of drips, so your clothes will be ready to wear straight after steaming.
Aside from the steamer, you get a nice little door hook that will let you hang your clothes just about anywhere. You also get a fabric brush that helps with thicker fabrics, a steam bonnet that helps with delicate fabrics, a pleat attachment for trouser creases, and a nice little travel bag for convenient storage and transportation.
All in all, the Tefal DT8150 is a portable appliance that's equally great for travelling and home use. For a mini handheld garment steamer, it is fast and powerful, perfect for last-minute touch-ups as well as for everyday use. The ceramic coating of the soleplate gives you great results on all fabrics.
homeasy Clothes Steamer
Performance and Aesthetics to Boot
The Homeasy Clothes Steamer is relatively bulky (compared to its handheld garment steamers peers) but, at the same time, quite elegant, with its all-white profile looking less crude than what we're used to, especially within this price range. You can tell that the unit's appearance is something that's been given a lot of thought, which's something we always appreciate, even though aesthetics is not something we necessarily emphasise when reviewing household appliances.
As much as we like the unit's outline though, aesthetics is the last and probably the least reason we've added this product to the list. What convinced us first was the ceramic plate that, unlike its stainless steel counterparts, not only maintains high temperatures but also brings uniform thermal conductivity, pretty much preventing heat loss. The long air guide that this plate comes sporting helps too though, reducing air reflux and water beads formation.
Garment steamers can be quite tardy at times, taking somewhere around 40-50 seconds to reach the desired temperature. That's where the unit shares no similarities with its peers, usually taking no more than 25 seconds to heat up. You'd think that the trade-off would be the continuous steaming time but that's not the case either as the unit is able to steam for 15 minutes straight, which's more than respectable compared to even most mid-range handheld steamers.
Thoroughly Penetrating More Fabric Area
We've examined and concluded the unit's appearance/design but this is where we'll have to go back there since you cannot tackle the performance aspect without addressing the design solutions that enable its excellent performance. First, the nozzle is quite ergonomic so that you'd be able to reach and steam around and between collars and cuffs. Second, with seven holes and wide steam exits, the steam that the nozzle is producing penetrates into more fabric area with increased thoroughness, whilst the 25-gramme per minute steam output comes out not only powerfully but also evenly, removing the toughest wrinkles.
The two-sided brush attachment that comes with the unit contributes too, with the part above letting you remove the lint from clothes, whilst the part below is removing visible dust from the fabrics. Now that we've approached the accessories, you'll also receive this nice little storage bag that will aid transportation and an anti-scalding glove that should prevent any unfortunate accidents.
To sum this up, the Homeasy Clothes Steamer brings terrific performance with elegant aesthetics to match, all at an affordable price.
What Is a Garment Steamer?
If you want to make a good impression on everyone, a rule of thumb is to wear neat and clean clothes. With that in mind, the market provides many good household appliances, with a garment steamer being one of them. As the name suggests, a garment steamer is designed to fight wrinkles and refresh clothes by treating them with hot steam. Unlike conventional irons that work from the mains, fabric steamers are more convenient to operate, weigh less on average, and offer better manoeuvrability. Plus, as they use steam, there's almost no risk of damaging clothes, even if your wardrobe contains mostly silk and fabric dresses.
Yet, the biggest advantage of garment steamers lies in the fact that they not only allow for removing wrinkles and making your clothes perfectly smooth but also killing germs and bed bugs which often inhabit bedclothes. This makes them especially useful for people with allergies as well as for those who may need to sterilise certain things from time to time. Garment steamers come in a variety of designs and shapes and can perform a variety of different functions. To make the choice less tricky for novice users who do not know a lot about garment steamers, we've selected the top-5 of models so you can choose one that will be right for you.
Another appliance which may come in handy for cleaning not only your bedding but also furniture and even a car is a steam cleaner. In case you don't own one yet, make sure to read our best steam cleaners reviews.
What Features to Compare
Type and Use
There are several types of clothes steamers available today. The most popular one is an upright garment steamer. It is used to de-wrinkle and smooth clothes that are hung on a hanger or attached to some pole. The beauty of upright garment steamers is that they allow for a quick freshening of clothes including upholstery that is impossible to iron in any other way. Upright models are compact in size and take very little space; they offer excellent manoeuvrability. The second type is a steamer with a base. This type of garment steamer, obviously, is bulkier but it is also more versatile allowing you to iron almost all types of clothes and fabrics that you have in your place. Generally, using these garment steamers requires an ironing board too.
Power and Steam Output
The next two features to consider are the power and steam output. These two parameters determine how fast you'll be able to smooth and de-wrinkle your clothes. It's crucial that the steam flow is not weak and allows you to finish ironing in less time. 1300-1800 Watts are considered the ultimate performance with the minimal steam output of 25 g/min. It goes without saying that the more powerful the steamer is the faster the steam will be produced. Though the difference in time is not huge, it's still nice not to waste time waiting. So make sure to check out the heat up time as well.
Capacity and Steaming Time
Tank capacity is also important. The bigger it is the more time you will be able to iron without having to refill it. On average, tank capacity featured on garment steamers varies from 200 ml up to 2 litres. Whether you need a steamer for home use or you're looking for a portable thing suitable for travel as well, the market offers multiple options to choose from. Like we said before, the steaming time is linked to capacity.
Nozzles and Accessories
Finally, consider the package: what nozzles and how many accessories come supplied with the unit. What is also important to pay attention to is the quality of materials. To reduce the price of their products, many manufacturers produce nozzles from plastic, but if you want them to serve you longer, we highly recommend considering those made of durable aluminium or stainless steel. Some of the nozzles may also include an additional heating element which allows them to heat up faster and better removing stubborn creases. These nozzles are usually connected to a steaming station by a special hose, through which goes the steam; the longer they are, the easier it is to move the steamer over clothes. Last but not least, check out what brushes come included. Many of them can be really helpful, allowing you to clean not only your blouses, dresses, and pants but also heavy fur winter coats.
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