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Best Overall: PAX Handheld Garment Steamer
For an affordable clothes steamer that does it all, you should purchase the Pax Steamer. This top-rated product is compact enough to take with you on the road but still delivers powerful steam to tackle even the toughest wrinkles around your home.
The Pax clothes steamer has a simple design: Simply fill the water tank (which holds up to 140ml), replace the top and flip the on/off switch. The steamer will heat up in 60 seconds or less and will provide around 10 minutes of continuous steam per fill. The product has an automatic shut-off if it gets too hot or low on water, and it weighs around 1 pound, making it easy to pack in your suitcase during travel.
It works well on clothes and other fabrics, such as drapes and upholstery. Testers note that it’s easy to use and clean, and the results are impressive for such a small gadget. You may need to refill the steamer if you’re doing several garments but since it heats up so quickly, you’ll still be done in no time.
"If you tilt the steamer too far forward (more than 45 degrees), water will spill out of the spout. Is this a reason to boycott the steamer? No. But you should know its limits and be cautious when tilting the hot steamer—if the water drips on your body, you’ll likely get burned!"—Stephanie Vermillion, Product Tester
Best Budget: URPOWER Garment Steamer
Want perfectly polished clothes on a tight budget? The URPOWER Garment Steamer is a bargain and works well.
To use the URPOWER Steamer, simply fill the 130ml reservoir with distilled water, replace the top, and flip the on-off switch. The device will warm up within two minutes, and then you’ll get seven to 10 minutes of continuous steam to use on your wrinkled clothes. The steamer has an automatic shut-off if it gets too hot or the water is low, and it’s compact enough to bring with you on trips if need be.
This no-frills clothes steamer is great for small jobs at home or on the road. It’s small and lightweight, making it ideal for traveling or quick touch-ups. However, don't fill the tank past the max fill line, otherwise, the steamer may spit water on your clothes.
"The only downfall of this device is that given its design, it can’t be titled more than 45 degrees. We learned this the hard way while trying to get a relentless crease out of a dress; it ended up with a large water spot down the front."—Stephanie Vermillion, Product Tester
Best All-Angle Steamer: BIZOND Mini Portable Handheld Garment Steamer
One common complaint about handheld clothes steamers is that they tend to spit water or leak if you tip them too far or try to use them at the wrong angle. This can make it tricky to steam your clothes if you don’t have a hanger or your furniture if you can’t prop it upright. Luckily, the BIZOND Steamer solves that issue thanks to its all-angle head — no leaking here, even if you hold it horizontally!
This product is on the smaller side, holding just 100ml of water and providing around 10 minutes of steam per fill. However, it heats up in just 25 seconds, and you can use it at any angle thanks to its electric pump system. This unique design ensures it won’t spit water on your clothes or hands, and it makes it easier to use around the house, such as on upholstered furniture. The steamer comes with an automatic shut-off feature if it’s left on standby for more than five minutes, and its compact size makes it perfect for traveling.
Our tester gave the BIZOND Steamer top marks, saying there are no leaks, spitting or water trails. If you do have any issues with this product, the company’s customer service is top-notch.
"While using this BIZOND Mini steamer, we actually forgot how petite this powerhouse of a travel gadget is. It feels sturdy and heavy-duty while steaming, yet despite how hot it gets, the handle remains cool to the touch."—Stephanie Vermillion, Product Tester
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Black + Decker Advanced Handheld Steamer
The Black + Decker Advanced Handheld Steamer combines the power and advanced features of a standing steamer with the mobility and versatility of a handheld model. As far as handheld steamers go, this one is on the larger side at almost 13 inches tall, which allows it to pack more of a punch in the power department (1400 watts) but made it feel a little cumbersome. The water tank in the base holds over seven ounces of water so you can finish the job without having to refill, plus it has a locking trigger that allows you to press once and get a continuous flow of steam — a feature we love. The trigger also has a “burst” function that delivers an extra-strong puff to stubborn wrinkles. Black + Decker claims this model produces 45 percent more steam than its competitors.
This steamer comes with two different head attachments that optimize its effectiveness on upholstery and delicate fabric. From heavy curtains to delicate silk, the Black + Decker Advanced Handheld Steamer can keep both your clothes and your home looking fresh. This steamer has a 10-foot cord and an automatic shut-off function after 15 minutes of inactivity.
Best High-End: Jiffy Steamer J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer
If you want the Bentley of clothes steamers, the J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer is the way to go. This high-end steamer will deliver professional-grade results, but it doesn’t come cheap, with a high price tag.
The Jiffy Steamer has a high-impact plastic body, 6-inch plastic steam head and 5.5-foot hose. It heats up in two minutes or less, and each fill of the ¾-gallon water reservoir provides 1.5 hours of steam power. Recommended uses for this steamer include removing wrinkles in clothing, removing wallpaper and steaming bedding and table linens. The device also has an automatic shut-off for safety.
Best for College: Steam and Go Pro Handheld Garment Steamer
If your college student isn’t one to neatly fold or hang their laundry, they might wind up with some seriously wrinkled clothes. And with bulky irons and ironing boards out of the question in a tiny dorm room, the Steam and Go Pro provides the perfect solution for small spaces. At only nine inches tall with a 150mL tank capacity, this handy little device heats up in less than two minutes so even procrastinators can get their clothes wrinkle-free in time for class.
The cord is almost eight feet long (perfectly suited to a dorm room) and has a dual-voltage feature that makes it safe to use in different kinds of outlets, which is especially useful if they’re plugging it in in a new place. There’s also an auto shut-off mode as a safety precaution for forgetful students. The Steam and Go Pro has a stylish design and comes in four different colors: black, blue, teal, and purple.
Best Hanger: SALAV Performance Garment Steamer
Most steamers require you to hang your clothes on a separate hanger, but the SALAV Performance Garment Steamer makes things a little easier thanks to its built-in 360-degree swivel hanger. The 1500-watt steamer provides plenty of hanging space so you can easily and quickly steam multiple garments.
This stand-up garment steamer can hold up to 1 liter of water and provides up to 35 minutes of steam per fill. It heats up in just 45 seconds, and it even has multiple steam settings that will soften and straighten even the toughest fabrics. The SALAV Performance Garment Steamer has an auto shut-off for safety, and arguably its coolest feature is the built-in 360-degree swivel multi-hook hanger.
We love that it comes with a pant-pressing attachment and fabric brush. It heats up fast and is easy to use, and can also be used on curtains, as well as clothes.
For a simple, compact, and effective clothes steamer, you can’t go wrong with the PAX Handheld Fabric Steamer. It has an automatic shut-off if it gets too hot and it heats up in 60 seconds. However, if you can spend a bit more, the BIZOND Mini Clothes Steamer is a powerful steamer with an all-angle head (this means you can steam in any direction without leaks).