Best Handheld Garment Steamers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 24, 2021
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

Powerful performance along with a steam output of 30g/min allows this steamer to smooth out the most stubborn wrinkles in virtually no time. Three steam settings provide flexibility of use, letting you apply it on all types of fabrics.

CONS

It might cause hand fatigue if you hold it for a long period of time.

OUR VERDICT

Reaching 30 g/minute in just 45 seconds and with 1600W of power output, the Tefal DT9100 makes for a great alternative to a traditional iron. It's also perfectly suitable for portable use. Moreover, the steamer can be applied to a variety of fabrics as well as being used as a sanitiser to refresh clothes, kill bacteria, and remove odours.

detailed parameters
Power

1600 W

Water Tank Capacity

200 ml

Heat-up Time

40 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

10 min

Weight

3070 g

Accessories

1 x steam bonnet, 1 x fabric brush, 1 x door hook

Warranty

2 years

PROS
Using the one-button pop-up mechanism, you can remove the water tank (the one that's inside the handle) hassle-free. The brush head will let you remove lint and clean visible dust. The anti-scalding gloves will prevent unfortunate accidents. 
CONS

The lead is not long enough. 

OUR VERDICT

Albeit not the most powerful model out there, the Homeasy 800W Portable Handheld Garment Steamer is almost as capable as its more expensive competition. With the 5-hole nozzle head and the steam output reaching 130+ degrees Celsius, the model can remove the most stubborn wrinkles.

detailed parameters
Power

800 W

Water Tank Capacity

110 ml

Heat-up Time

45 sec 

Continuous Steaming Time

8 min

Weight

800 g

Accessories

1 x storage bag, 1 x brush attachment, 1 x anti-scalding glove

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Taking as little as 25 seconds to heat up, the item produces powerful steam that kills 99.9% of bacteria on your clothing and upholstery. The unit was designed to operate safely at 360º, so it is equally good for flat and vertical ironing. Lightweight and compact, it will take little space in your suitcase.

CONS

The water tank is on the smaller side, so you will need to refill it more often.

OUR VERDICT

This advanced portable clothes steamer can be used for sterilising and disinfecting garments, curtains and upholstery. It will help you to quickly de-wrinkle delicate fabrics, even those that cannot be ironed. To make your travel clothes care a breeze, the set includes a foldable hanger and a storage bag.

detailed parameters
Power

900 W

Water Tank Capacity

100 ml

Heat-up Time

25 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

10 min

Weight

600 g

Accessories

1 х door hook, 1 x fabric brush, 1 x carry bag, 1 x foldable hanger

Warranty

2 years

PROS

You can use the steamer with pretty much all fabrics and garments, including but not limited to carpets, different bedding items, pillows, curtains, cushions, sofas, stuffed toys, and more. The model will let you iron, sterilise, humidify, as well as remove wrinkles and dust. The steamer takes just 25 seconds to heat up. 

CONS

The cord is pretty short. 

OUR VERDICT

The Homeasy Clothes Steamer will bring wrinkle-free elegance to you wherever you go. You'll be able to look clean and professional with very little effort. The one-button pop-up design makes the steamer easy to use with one hand.

detailed parameters
Power

1500 W

Water Tank Capacity

280 ml  

Heat-up Time

25 sec

Continuous Steaming Time

15 min

Weight

1790 g

Accessories

1 x storage bag, 1 x brush attachment, 1 x anti-scalding glove

Warranty

2 years

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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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Last updated price £79.99
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ASIN B077738KCS

 

Tefal DT9100

Lifesaver for Busy Homes

If you often have to iron clothes but the idea of having to open an ironing board every time you need to smooth a T-shirt, blouse, shirt, etc., doesn't seem that attractive, you need a handheld garment steamer. And if you seek a powerful thing, you need Tefal's DT9100.

First things first, this model is distinguished by 1600W of power output. It doesn't heat up faster than its less powerful competition, requiring the same 40-45 seconds but it does produce more steam (30g/m) and offers around 10 minutes of continuous heat time, which makes it suitable for a wider range of ironing tasks, including touching last-minute details, sprucing up your tees and shirts, as well as refreshing upholstery and curtains.

Furthermore, it features three temperature settings. The highest temperature it reaches is 140°C, meaning it can also perform the function of a sanitiser, eliminating 99.99% of bacteria and unpleasant odours lingering in the air.

In terms of convenience, the Tefal DT9100 comes with a 220ml water tank. This volume will prove more than sufficient for ironing quite a number of garments without refills. Plus, the steamer's 3m cord will ensure you can move freely while ironing and steaming, making its handling even more convenient. Add to this auto shut-off feature, locking trigger, and the fact that the unit has its own stable base, and you get a full-featured device perfect for any home.

Review of Tefal DT9100 Handheld Garment Steamer

Reliable Design

Pivoting towards design, it's hard not to notice that the steamer is quite heavy. Weighing about 3 kg, holding it for a prolonged time might make your arms tired. At the same, its larger weight also means it is more stable, so you can rest assured it will firmly stand on its own between uses.

Speaking of the exterior, the steamer looks nice. It comes in similar colours as Philips GC362/86 and features a sleek black head, black base, and golden inserts on the sides. The locking trigger and the steam button are placed on the inside of the handle to avoid accidental pressing. Also included is a steam power indicator on top of the head, which can be regulated with two adjustment buttons placed right next to it.

As far as the package is concerned, it's not too extensive but it includes all essentials you need for effortless ironing, including a steam bonnet, a fabric brush, and a door hook. The latter somewhat compensates for the unit's large weight, as you can just hang it whenever you feel that your arm has got tired. The instructions come shipped with the steamer too, so you can quickly figure out how to use it.

In all, if you value your time, convenience, and comfort, the Tefal DT9100 will fully live up to your expectations.

Tefal DT9100 Handheld Garment Steamer in the use

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Last updated price £72.99
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ASIN B07TJWV2HL

 

homeasy 800W Portable

Wrinkle-Free Elegance

The people behind the Homeasy 800W Portable Handheld Garment Steamer are saying that this steamer's bringing wrinkle-free elegance and, from what we can tell, that is an accurate assessment. With its 8-minute continuous steam output, this portable appliance is quite good at removing wrinkles. Because the steam flow reaches 18 grams per minute, the model can penetrate even thick fabric areas, smoothing out the toughest crinkles.

But, before that, where the 'elegant' part even comes from? To start with, the steamer's mint green coating looks fairly tasteful, with the polished finish giving the model a pretty charming appearance. At 23 x 18 x 13.5 centimetres, this handheld garment steamer should not present considerable transportation challenges. Likewise, stopping at 1.1 kilogrammes with the water tank and 800 grams without it, the model will not prove especially heavy. By the way, the one-button pop-up water tank design lets you remove the handle (that doubles as the tank) with one hand.

Between the ergonomic nozzle head and the 5-hole nozzle setup, the steamer's application area is increased, meaning that you'll be wasting less time moving the unit around the garment. To add more, with the steam output reaching 120-140 degrees Celsius, the model can penetrate deep into the fabric, not just ironing the garment out but also refreshing it and killing bacteria. Sofas, carpets, curtains, towels, you can disinfect most household items with this steamer.

Review of homeasy 800W Portable Handheld Garment Steamer

No Scalding

Continuing with the model's specs, this handheld garment steamer draws and outputs 800 watts, which is decent but nothing to write home about. On the one hand, the unit will be consuming less energy. On the other hand, again, its continuous steaming time peaks at 8 minutes, which means that steaming multiple garments in one go will seldom prove realistic.

What is realistic, however, is the steamer's 45-second heat-up time, letting you put the model to good use without waiting even a minute. What's also realistic is the brush attachment that comes with the package that enables you to remove lint from clothes and clean visible dust from different fabrics. On the package subject, the box also contains a storage bag that will enable hassle-free transportation and anti-scalding gloves that, as one would suspect, will allow you to steam garments without scalding your hands.

In short, the Homeasy 800W Portable Handheld Garment Steamer makes steaming various garments pretty easy at home and equally easy on the road.

homeasy 800W Portable Handheld Garment Steamer in the use
Last updated price £39.99
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ASIN B088LZ292D

 

WiredLux Flat & Vertical

Compact and Leak-Proof Design

Keeping your garments tidy may be quite a time-consuming task without the right appliances at hand. If you often travel on business and want your clothes to look immaculate, bring along the WiredLux travel steamer to your next trip. Being one of the smallest portable steamers on the market (19 x 8 x 6.5 cm), the appliance only weighs 600 g and takes little storage space.

Being the best clothes steamer for travellers, this innovative unit heats up in as little as 25 seconds, after which it can produce strong steam for 10 minutes straight, allowing you to thoroughly de-wrinkle your garments. Because steam destroys up to 99.9% of bacteria and germs that settle on surfaces, the item can also be used for sterilising and disinfecting clothes, upholstery, plush toys, curtains, and more.

The next comfy feature of this appliance is that it can operate safely at 360º. In other words, you will be able to steam flat, upright, and even upside down, depending on your needs. And, of course, you will need no ironing board. Regardless of the steaming angle, an advanced pumping technology will prevent water from spilling - the item is 100% leakproof. What is also important for safe use is that the unit's handle does not heat up during operation.

Unlike conventional irons, the handheld garment steamer can be used on all fabrics, including silk, lace, wool, and tulle. Meanwhile, a 5-hole nozzle design will ensure excellent steam penetration that will help you to remove stubborn creases on thicker fabrics.

Review of WiredLux Flat & Vertical Clothes Steamer Handheld

All You Need For Clothes Care

To deliver a superior user experience, the travel steamer uses a bunch of innovative features, including a fast water heating system, a nano-polymer water filter and a patented water pump. Equipped with a 100-ml water tank, the appliance is super lightweight even when the tank is full. On the other hand, you will need to refill the reservoir quite often; from this point of view, the unit is certainly more convenient for smaller steaming tasks.

The WiredLux Flat & Vertical clothes steamer comes with a set of accessories that will make caring for your clothes an easy and enjoyable task. You will get a clip-on brush attachment that will come in useful for steaming thicker garments as well as for removing dust and hair. Also, the purchase includes a portable foldable hanger that will ensure the most comfortable vertical ironing of your clothes. Finally, you will get a handy storage bag to keep the set at hand and neatly organised.

In a word, allowing you to quickly de-wrinkle your clothes, sterilise your kid's toys, and refresh upholstery, this portable handheld garment steamer will become a useful home helper and irreplaceable travel companion.

WiredLux Flat & Vertical Clothes Steamer Handheld in the use

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Last updated price £42.98
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ASIN B07HC421LZ

 

homeasy Clothes Steamer

25 Seconds to Start

The Homeasy Clothes Steamer makes things pretty easy. There are many little details about this handheld garment steamer that separate the product from its competition within the same price bracket.

First, the 25-second heat-up time is something that even the most expensive mid-range and high-end steamers are seldom able to replicate. You'll be wasting less time waiting for the steamer to get ready and more time steaming your garments.

The model's 280-millilitre water tank will let you steam for 15 minutes straight. You won't have to refill the tank as frequently as these steamers usually force you to. Drawing 1500 watts, the model will have no issues removing the most stubborn pleats and creases.

There are no wrinkles that the steamer won't be able to handle. In addition to its effective continuous performance, the model's 7-hole nozzle and wide steam exit work wonders penetrating steam into more fabric area much more thoroughly. At the same time, the 25g/min steam boost lets you remove the toughest wrinkles. The 2-in-1 brush attachment that comes supplied with the steamer will enable you to remove lint from clothes as well as clean visible dust from different fabrics.

Review of homeasy Clothes Steamer Handheld Portable Garment Steamer

Can be Used Anywhere, Anyhow

As far as ergonomics are concerned, the handheld model comes fitted with this relatively long 2.4-metre cord that will let you efficiently steam at home as well as on the road. That being said, some might still find the cord relatively short.

You'll have no problems using the steamer in/at all angles, even upside down. You won't have to worry about any leaks/water spitting issues. The model's relatively compact size (33.1 x 18.5 x 14.2 centimetres) and lightweight build (1.8 kilograms) make it an excellent travel companion.

The people behind the product advertise the steamer as this 5-in-1 multifunctional unit. All things considered, these people aren't wrong to do so. You can use the steamer with pretty much all fabrics and garments, including but not limited to carpets, different bedding items, pillows, curtains, cushions, sofas, stuffed toys, and more. The model will let you iron, sterilise, humidify, as well as remove wrinkles and dust.

In other words, the Homeasy Clothes Steamer will bring wrinkle-free elegance to you wherever you go. You'll be able to look clean and professional with very little effort. The one-button pop-up design makes the steamer easy to use with one hand.

homeasy Clothes Steamer Handheld Portable Garment Steamer in the use
Last updated price $0.00
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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

Type and Use

There are several types of clothes steamers available today. The most popular one is a handheld 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 handheld 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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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