Best Handheld Garment Steamers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 18, 2019
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

The anti-calc water tank is particularly easy to maintain. Thanks to the delicate fabric guard, you'll be able to steam a whole bunch of different delicate fabrics without worrying about ruining them. You can also use it with soft furnishing, curtains, upholstery, duvet, mattresses, and other similar items around the house.

CONS

The portable hanger is a little flimsy. 

OUR VERDICT

What we like about the Fridja F10 is that it is a portable clothes steamer by every definition of the term. Nevertheless, it packs the sort of punch that's usually reserved for standing steamers. With this little appliance, you'll be able to always look your best, at home or on the road.

detailed parameters
Power

1500 W 

Water Tank Capacity

260 ml 

Heat-up Time

45 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

14 min

Weight

900 g

Accessories

1 x luxury carry case, 1 x water bottle adaptor, 1 x delicate fabric guard, 1 x portable hanger, 1 x collar press, 1 x travel plug

Warranty

30 days

PROS

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.

CONS

The continuous steaming time is lower than advertised.

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
Power

1300 W

Water Tank Capacity

70 ml

Heat-up Time

45 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

8 min

Weight

~ 1000 g

Accessories

1 x heat-resistant storage bag, 1 x fabric brush, 1 x safety glove

Warranty

2 years

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

100 ml

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

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.

CONS

For a handheld steamer, the model is a bit large.

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
Power

1600 W

Water Tank Capacity

200 ml

Heat-up Time

40 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

~9 min

Weight

~ 1000 g

Accessories

1 x door hook, 1 x fabric brush, 1 x pleat attachment, 1 x steam bonnet, 1 x travel bag

Warranty

2 years

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

180 ml

Heat-up Time

90 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

10 min

Weight

513 g

Accessories

1 x user manual

Warranty

3 year

Fridja F10

Power in a Compact Body

Handheld garment steamers are usually underwhelming compared to their standing counterparts. That's just the way it goes, you simply can't pack the same components inside a much smaller body.

That said, the Fridja F10 gets as close to standing steamers as possible without losing or even sacrificing its portable nature. First things first, the manufacturers have been able to basically cram a 1500W heater into a handheld model.

But it isn't just about its power either, though the latter is certainly impressive. Whereas most hand steamers feature a water tank with a capacity that's limited to somewhere around 100-150 millilitres, this one gives you 260 ml to work with. It might not seem like that on paper but that water tank makes a considerable amount of difference.

For one, it is largely responsible for another impressive feature of this product - its ability to maintain a continuous steam output for 14 minutes straight. As it is usually the case, you'll have the option of holding down the steam button manually to control the steam or sliding the lock for the aforementioned continuous jet of steam.

Review of Fridja F10 Handheld Clothes Steamer

Any Fabric Will Do

As we've hinted at earlier, despite the model's power, it doesn't really trail behind its competition when it comes to ergonomics and convenience. Without the water tank, it weighs around 900 grams. With the tank, the whole thing adds up to 29.8 x 26.6 x 15.8 centimetres in overall dimensions, not the smallest handheld clothes steamer on the market but definitely not the largest either. By the way, the anti-calc water tank is particularly easy to maintain.

Of course, at the end of the day, it is all about steaming, about how well it copes with different fabrics, and how well it treats them. And, in and of itself, the steamer is versatile enough. But a nice little detail that puts the product on top of the bulk of its competition is all of the extra accessories.

For one, you get a delicate fabric guard. With it, you'll be able to steam cotton, satin, poly cotton, nylon, viscose, velvet, saris, sequin, silk, wedding dresses, and wool suits. It stops the metal plate from touching the fabric without reducing the model's effectiveness. On top of that, it will help you safely freshen soft furnishing, curtains, upholstery, duvet, mattresses, and a whole bunch of different items around the house.

Other than that, you get a collar press that will help you with shirts, a water bottle adaptor and a travel plug for your upcoming vacation abroad, a portable hanger that will prove equally useful at home or on the road, and a nice carry case to pack all of it.

Again, what we like about the Fridja F10 is that it is a portable handheld garment steamer by every definition of the term. Nevertheless, it packs the sort of punch that's usually reserved for standing steamers. With this little appliance, you'll be able to always look your best, at home or on the road.

Fridja F10 Handheld Clothes Steamer in the use

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Philips GC362/86

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.

Review of Philips GC362/86 Steam&Go Plus Handheld Garment Steamer

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.

Philips GC362/86 Steam&Go Plus Handheld Garment Steamer in the use

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Pro Breeze PB-S01

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 PB-S01 Garment Steamer Compact and Portable

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 PB-S01 Garment Steamer Compact and Portable in the use

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Tefal DT8150

A Steamer With no Chill

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.

Review of Tefal DT8150 Access Steam+ Handheld Garment

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 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, Tefal DT8150 is a portable appliance that's equally great for travelling and home use. 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. 

Tefal DT8150 Access Steam+ Handheld Garment 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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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.

What you may also want to get to take care of your clothes are washers and dryers. With these devices in your arsenal, household chores no longer will be a challenge for you.

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.

Did you know?

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