Best Handheld Garment Steamers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 16, 2018
Keeping clothes wrinkle-free can be a neverending battle for those who value maintaining a tidy personal appearance. However, you can bring this battle back to your own terms by getting a handheld garment steamer. Read on to find out about five of the best handheld clothes steamers on the market. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Water Tank Capacity
Heat-up Time
Continuous Steaming Time
Weight
Accessories
Warranty
 
PROS

Due to its high power, it heats up to it's maximum steam temperate very quickly. The Anti-Leakage system protects against water leakage.

CONS

The water tank is a bit small.

OUR VERDICT

A compact steamer with several nozzles that will quickly give your clothes a nice and neat look. Cleans, kills bacteria and effectively smoothes clothes of various fabrics. Equipped with an auto shut-off system for overheating. The ergonomic handle helps prevent arm fatigue.

detailed parameters
Power

1500 W

Water Tank Capacity

3.1 oz

Heat-up Time

25 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

6-8 min

Weight

1.08 kg

Accessories

1 x Travel Bag, 1 x Measuring Cup, 4 x Removable Attachments, 1 x User manual in English

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Heats up to maximum readiness in just 20 seconds. Saves water and electricity.

CONS

May be a bit heavy for some people.

OUR VERDICT

This model has an interesting design and works very efficiently. It is suitable for any kind of fabric, both delicate and dense. Quickly refresh your clothes and smooth out even the deepest creases with minimal effort.

detailed parameters
Power

1000 W

Water Tank Capacity

3.5 oz

Heat-up Time

20 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

6-8 min

Weight

1.26 kg

Accessories

1 x Long brush, 1 x Villus brush, 1 x User Manual

Warranty

2 year

PROS

The special design of the spout makes it easy and convenient to process steam not only clothes, but also furniture, curtains, and even cakes.

CONS

The water tank doesn't close very tightly.

OUR VERDICT

A universal device for effective steam cleaning anything. Safe and easy to use, with a wide opening for water filling, so that it will not leak when filling the tank.

detailed parameters
Power

850 W

Water Tank Capacity

3.5 oz

Heat-up Time

50 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

5-10 min

Weight

721 g

Accessories

1 x Travel Bag, 1 x User Manual

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Very lightweight - suitable for travel. A large water tank allows for continuous operation without needing to stop to fill up.

CONS

The steamer tends to leak out some excess water through the nozzle.

OUR VERDICT

Delicate wedding dresses, tight curtains, expensive ties, children's toys - all this and much more you can put in ideal condition with the help of this steamer. The convenient placement of the buttons makes it quite easy to use.

detailed parameters
Power

850 W

Water Tank Capacity

6 oz

Heat-up Time

90 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

10 min

Weight

513 g

Accessories

1 x User Manual

Warranty

3 year

PROS

A completely sealed structure prevents the leakage of even a single drop of water. Very easy to fill.

CONS

Lower power than many other models.

OUR VERDICT

A compact and easy-to-use steamer that effectively removes unpleasant odours from your clothes and other things and smooths out small creases. A decent option for situations when there is no time/opportunity for washing and ironing.

detailed parameters
Power

400 W

Water Tank Capacity

4.4 oz

Heat-up Time

90 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

10-12 min

Weight

862 g

Accessories

1 x Fabric Brush, 1 x User Manual

Warranty

1 year

Ymiko Garment Steamer

Highly Portable

For those who often do a lot of travelling, especially for work, having portable appliances that you can easily take with you is very important. This includes something like a handheld clothes steamer. The importance of being able to keep your clothes looking clean and neat while on the go cannot be understated. Those who travel a lot for business need to always look their best, which is often a difficult task when staying at a hotel. Being constantly on the move also doesn't afford much time to take proper care of clothing, which often presents a very challenging dilemma.

The Ymiko Garment Steamer is an answer to many a business traveller's prayers. Featuring a sleek, portable design, this garment steamer is perfect for those who need to maintain their appearance quickly and easily, all while having little to no time to do it. Although it's designed with portability in mind, don't let that fact make you think that it skimps on other features. This travel steamer is actually very high powered, which allows it to heat up to the maximum operating temperature in record time. This means you can focus your time on actually steaming your clothes instead of having to wait long periods of time for the steamer to be ready.

Review of Ymiko Garment Steamer 1500W Powerful, Portable, Handheld

High Powered and Effective

When we say this model is high powered, we're not joking. It's a massive 1500W, which gives it both a high maximum operating temperature, as well as a record-high warm-up time of 25 seconds. There are few models on the market, portable or not, that can match these numbers. This means that you can spend the little time that you have on refreshing your clothes instead of having to wait forever for the steamer to heat up. The maximum temperate also means it's ideal to use with more than just clothes. Even heavy curtains can be easily steamed with this, while most other models would hardly affect them.

Despite its high power, there's no need to worry about the steamer overheating. It includes overheating fuse protection, which will automatically power off the device should it get too hot. It also includes anti-leakage protection, which means that the water that you put in will only leave as steam, and not unnecessarily soak the fabric it is being used on. About the only negative with this model is the low capacity water tank, which unfortunately doesn't provide much operating time between refills. Despite this fact, this model is a dream for anyone who values both high power and portability in their handheld clothes steamer.

Ymiko Garment Steamer 1500W Powerful, Portable, Handheld in the use

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OXA HG0158

Very Fast Heat-up Time

Anyone looking for an easy way to keep clothes or other things made of types of fabric straight and neat knows that they need a steamer that is up to the task. Different clothes are often made of different fabrics, and having a steamer that is powerful enough to steam through just about any kind of fabric is a necessity. There are other features that are needed, too, such as a quick start-up time, brushes for removing excess dirt, and even portability can enter the mix for those who need to steam their clothes while on the go.

The OXA HG0158 Powerful Clothes Steamer is one of the few hand steamers that seems to add up all of the necessary features into one complete package. Featuring a high operating temperature coupled with a very fast start-up time, this handheld steamer is up to the task of straightening even the worst wrinkles. It can easily steam through many types of fabric, including cotton, wool, silk, linen, and both organic and polyester fabrics. This helps give it a wide range of use cases that it is perfect for, including steaming heavy curtains, bed sheets, sweaters, and even cloth upholstery. There are few things that you can throw at this travel steamer that it won't be able to handle.

Review of OXA HG0158 Smart 1000W Ultra-Compact Handheld Garment Steamer

High Powered Yet Efficient

High powered steamers are often needed for different types of heavy fabric, but extended use can often run up the electricity bill. Not so with this model. Despite it's high power of 1000 watts, which provides a high operating temperature and an ultra-fast heat-up time of only 20 seconds, this steamer still runs very efficiently and only uses the bare amount of needed power. This means that you can use it extensively without having to worry about paying through the nose for your electric bill. It is also efficient with it's water usage, thanks to the steam push button that allows you to use steam only when you need it. This helps prevent a constant stream of steam from quickly using up the water in the tank.

Even when the water is used up from the high capacity tank of 100ml, it is easy to fill up again thanks to the removable design of the tank. You can quickly and easily remove the tank, which makes it quite easy and convenient to fill without having to worry about transporting the steamer to and from the tap. This is definitely a big positive, as the steamer may seem a bit heavy for some people. However, the weight of the steamer is still low enough to allow for easy use. With such great performance and a highly efficient design, this model may just be the ideal steamer for you.

OXA HG0158 Smart 1000W Ultra-Compact Handheld Garment Steamer in the use

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Pro Breeze Garment Steamer Compact and Portable with Ultra-fast Heating Element

Versatile Garment Steamer

Finding the right handheld garment steamer that works for all of the different use cases that you need shouldn't be difficult, yet sometimes it can seem so. Many steamers may not include all of the features that you need, or may just not be up to the task of handling whatever types of fabric you need to use it on, whether they be cotton, wool, or other types of organic or synthetic fabrics. Many others don't seem to be made with simplicity or versatility in mind, seeming to only be useful in certain cases but not in others. If you have found this to be a common problem in your search for the perfect steamer, then you're not alone.

The Pro Breeze Garment Steamer may just be the perfect model for those who need the ultimate in versatility in their steamers. Featuring an 850-watt ultra-fast heating element, this steamer can be up and ready to use in just 50 seconds. Its compact design means that it can be used both equally well at home and while on the road, and it even includes a carrying pouch for times when you need to take it with you while travelling. It even includes a unique nozzle design that gives the steam a wide spread, making it suitable for not only fabrics, but for even steaming a cake. Not may steamers on the market can match this kind of versatility.

Review of Pro Breeze Garment Steamer Compact and Portable with Ultra-fast Heating Element

Unique, Effective Design

This unique garment steamer is quite good at its primary job, which is to straighten wrinkles in clothing, yet doesn't just stop there. Featuring a spread nozzle that helps to evenly distribute steam into fabrics, this makes it ideal to use in just about any use case scenario, as stated before. It also includes other features that can help improve your steaming experience. For instance, the auto-safety shutoff feature helps prevent the possibility of the steamer overheating whenever it has been operating for a long period of time, or when it runs out of water. It also features a 3.5-oz water tank, which provides plenty of water for up to 10 minutes of continuous use. It even has a wide opening for the water tank, which makes refilling without spilling water very easy.

This handheld steamer does have a few drawbacks. It isn't as high powered as some other models, and the water tank doesn't seem to close very tightly, which may at times result in some water leakage when it's not held upright. However, these issues are very minor, and don't detract from its overall performance. When all is said and done, most people should find that this particular model will work well for there needs, thanks to its unique design and versatility.

Pro Breeze Garment Steamer Compact and Portable with Ultra-fast Heating Element in the use

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PurSteam PS-510

High Quality, Low Price

One of the more negative aspects about having a large choice of hand garment steamers is that it's almost impossible to discern the high quality ones from the others. In general, the adage "You get what you pay for" applies, but this isn't always the case. Some steamers are just built much better than others, and yet some still don't really hold up well after extended periods of use. Short of trying out individual hand steamers one by one, which of course just isn't practical to do, there are few ways to know that you're getting a quality product.

With the PurSteam Fabric Steamer, there shouldn't be any question about quality. This is a high quality, commercial grade product that has been carefully crafted and engineered for giving not only a great quality steam, but also to last someone for a long time. Made of BPA FREE ABS/PP plastics, which are renowned for their durability, it features a strong build quality while still remaining lightweight. It will hold up well over extended use, and runs much less risk of cracks or breakage than many of its contemporaries. It is also highly portable and easy to carry with you almost anywhere, fitting easily into any sized travel bag.

Review of PurSteam PS-510 Fabric Steamer, Fast-Heat Aluminum Heating Element With Travel Pouch

Perfect For Extended Use

The high build quality is far from the only positive about this particular model. It boasts 850 Watts of power, which is plenty powerful enough to give most kinds of plastics a thorough steaming, and allows it to heat up to maximum temperature in just 60 seconds. The aluminum heating ball is quite durable and effective, and is higher quality that the heating elements found in most other handheld steamers. The detachable elongated nozzle is wide enough to give a widespread gust of steam, and also allows for easy steaming even in hard to reach areas or awkward angles. The 6 oz of water storage capacity is also much higher than most other models, allowing for use for an extended period without the need to stop and refill.

On the downside, the shape of the nozzle does tend to cause some issues, especially when trying to steam anything that is laid out horizontally. The shape of the nozzle doesn't lend itself well to being used in anything other than a vertical position, and it does tend to leak water in such cases. However, considering that steamers are rarely used in such instances, this is hardly worth nothing. Overall, this commercial grade steamer should provide you with a high-quality experience for a long time.

PurSteam PS-510 Fabric Steamer, Fast-Heat Aluminum Heating Element With Travel Pouch in the use

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Vansky VS-GS01 UK

Popular and Effective Steamer

Some people prefer products that are simply designed to work well, without offering many additional extras. This is understandable, as it is common to find products that have many additional bells and whistles that come at the expense of its core functionality. For steamers, what matters most to people is that the device is good at what it is supposed to do, which is to straighten and refresh clothes. That is the primary purpose of a steamer, after all. Whatever extras are offered are nice, but the most important thing is that the steamer is good at its main function. Being easy to use is also very helpful.

The Vansky Handheld Garment Steamer is a prime example of a steamer that is meant to do its primary job very well. It is not devoid of extras, but it is easy to see that most of the work on this steamer was put into making it do its job well, instead of impressing people with a long list of extras. Of course, it isn't just designed to do a good job of steaming, but it was also designed to be very straightforward and easy to use, which is certainly the case. The simple push button operation of the device makes it quite easy to get going with instead of needing to read through the manual before knowing how to operate it.

Review of Vansky VS-GS01 UK Handheld Garment Steamer Portable

Air-Tight and Easy to Use

One of the best aspects of this portable clothes steamer is that the design of the steamer is made to be air tight, which helps prevent any extra water from leaking out of the device. Although the manual states to never angle the steamer more than 45 degrees, in our experience we've never had any water leak out, regardless of the angle. Coupled with a wide opening to allow for easy water refills in its spacious 130ml water tank, its easy to see that this steamer was well designed for focusing on its primary purpose of straightening and refreshing clothes.

This model operates at only 400 watts, which is much lower powered than many other models, but for its low power it does a great job of straightening clothes, and even has a high maximum operating temperature. The startup time is 90 seconds, which is much slower than many other models, but still fast enough so that you don't have to wait all day for it to be ready to use. It also includes overheating protection to prevent it from being damaged by excessive heat, a lightweight and portable design, and even comes with a detachable fabric brush. With everything offered with this model, it should be a no-brainer for those who are looking for the best clothes steamer that focuses on doing its job well.

Vansky VS-GS01 UK Handheld Garment Steamer Portable in the use

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What Is a Handheld Garment Steamer?

A handheld garment steamer is an appliance that is used for removing wrinkles from anything made out of fabric, especially clothes, curtains, sheets, and other things that often get wrinkled with use or in storage. They are similar to steam irons, but there is one big difference - they can be used without an ironing board. Handheld clothes steamers have become quite popular to use for removing wrinkles from clothes without even having to remove them from the hanger.

On a very basic level, their main purpose is for removing wrinkles from clothes, but many models do have some additional benefits. Clothes that have been lightly worn before can be refreshed with a steamer without needing to toss them in the washing machine. Minor dirt stains can be removed, and unpleasant odors can be removed. What's more, many steamers can often heat up to full power much quicker than a standard steam iron, making the refreshing of clothes and other things made of cloth very convenient. Curtains can be smoothed and refreshed without having to take them down, and furniture can be quickly cleaned to remove unpleasant smells. All in all, they are very convenient for those who don't have the time to put various things through washing and ironing cycles.

If you're looking for any other appliances for taking care of clothes, you may want to take a look at some of the best rated washers and dryers.

What Features to Compare

Handheld garment steamers come in many different shapes and sizes. Although many will have similar characteristics, different models can have a pretty wide variance from each other. Finding the right steamer for your needs will depend on what features and abilities that you require from one. However, there are a few attributes that you should pay attention to, regardless of the model or its specific use cases:

  • Heat up time - This is the amount of time that it takes for the steamer to heat up to its maximum temperature. Typically, steamers will often heat up faster than a steam iron, but this isn't always the case. For those who are often pressed for time, the faster the heat-up time, the better.
  • Maximum power - This can dictate some of the other aspects of a steamer, particularly the heat-up time and the maximum temperature. Those that are higher powered are more likely to do a good job of removing wrinkles from heavier fabrics.
  • Nozzles - Many steamers come with just one nozzle without the ability to replace it for a different size. If you are getting a model like this, you will want to make sure that the nozzle is big enough to quickly steam clothes or other fabrics.
  • Portability - Those who do a lot of traveling can find a steamer to be a blessing. However, not all steamers are ideal for traveling, so make sure that your model is made with portability in mind.

Although there are some other aspects to steamers that may affect your decision on which model to buy, keeping these main points in mind should help you find the perfect steamer.

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Tips for Using a Handheld Garment Steamer

Anyone who hasn't used a handheld garment steamer before may be a little confused about how to operate them. Most come with instructions, but many really don't provide much in the way of best practices for getting the best results. There tends to be some confusion about which types of fabrics to use them with as well. Here we will provide some tips on how to get the best results from your handheld garment steamer

  • Be aware of which fabrics that garment steamers are meant to work with. In general, garment steamers work well with any fabric made of cotton, wool, silk, or polyesters. Some types of fabrics, however, should not be used with steamers, such as suede, waxed leather, or anything made from plastics. Make sure you check the label of your clothes or other fabric items to see what it is made of before using your steamer on it.
  • Be careful with steaming delicate fabrics such as silk or velvet. Using too high of a temperature with the steamer can cause damage to these fabrics. Make sure that the steamer is held at least two inches away from the fabric, and don't keep it in one spot for too long. Any kind of fabrics that have prints on them may be better to steam inside-out.
  • There are many types of clothes that steamers can be used on instead of irons. Heavier types of fabrics may get best results from irons, but many that are more delicate are best de-wrinkled with a steamer. Clothes such as jeans, dress coats, ties, and heavy cotton shirts will have best results with an iron, especially if they have creases that should be pressed.
  • It's always best to use a steamer on clothes while they are on the hangers. Most handheld steamers work best when held in an upright position, and are specially made to work with vertically-oriented clothing. Turning a steamer at a low angle may result in problems with steam properly escaping or even water leakage.
  • Anyone who does a lot of travelling is best off investing in a steamer instead of an iron. Many handheld steamers are made with portability in mind, have a smaller footprint, and weight much less than most irons.
  • Handheld steamers can be used with much more than just clothing. They often work well with refreshing and de-wrinkling curtains, thin towels, and even some tapestries. Of course, before using on such items, be sure to check the material that they're made of before using your steamer on them.
  • Don't overfill your steamer with water. Most steamers have some kind of indicator in the water tank to show the maximum filling level. Filling the water tank beyond this level may cause some problems, such as the steamer not distributing steam correctly, or excess water coming out of the steam holes.
  • When using the steamer, it is best to move the steamer in slow, downward strokes along the fabric. Moving too quickly may not allow enough steam to be absorbed in the fabric, and moving too slowly can result in the fabric getting soaked and saturated. It may take a little practice with using the steamer before you are able to get the best results from it.

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Publish Date: 2018-02-26 12:20:47