The 8 Best Travel Steamers of 2022

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Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, the last thing you want is to be stuck with wrinkled clothes. Enter the travel steamer: Steam cleaning rids clothes of wrinkles in a flash, you don't need an ironing board or precise ironing technique, and it helps to preserve delicate fabrics and can remove odors and bacteria. These travel steamer options are lightweight, so you can include one in your suitcase or overnight bag, and they are available in a range of prices.

There's a surprising amount of variation between these compact gadgets. Some factors worth considering include the amount of available space you have when you pack, the type of material you want to steam, how quickly the streamer heats up, and more.

Here are the best travel steamers to slot into your suitcase.

Our Top Picks
This steamer is able to be used at all angles safely and is lightweight, compact, and can emit steam continuously for 10 minutes.
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Highly effective at removing wrinkles, this budget-friendly option can be used on a wide variety of fabrics.
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This elegant and highly functional steamer has a detachable fabric brush that makes it ideal for silk and wool.
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Best for International Travel:
Conair Travel Smart Garment Steamer at Amazon
This Conair Travel Smart steamer handles dual voltage, so all you’ll need is a small, cheap converter (not a pricey transformer).
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Steam or iron your clothes with this lightweight and effective two-in-one option.
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This steamer has two heat settings for handling different types of fabrics and comes with a fabric brush, cushion brush and a creaser.
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Best with Carrying Case:
URPOWER Garment Steamer at Amazon
This steamer has a lot of power and comes with a travel pouch and heat-resistant glove to allow you to safely steam your clothes.
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A speedy steamer like the MagicPro heats up in 25 seconds. Turn it on, and it’ll be hot by the time you get your garment out.
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Best Overall: BIZOND Mini Clothing Steamer

BIZOND Steamer

The BIZOND Mini Clothing Steam is a reliable steamer with a host of useful features that make it perfect for travel. The device is lightweight and compact, weighing 1.26 pounds and measuring 7.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches at its widest point. Unlike many other options, you can steam from all angles without spilling hot water.

To use, simply fill up its 100-milliliter water tank and wait 25 seconds for the water to heat up. Once ready, this device will emit steam continuously for ten minutes—enough to de-wrinkle an entire outfit. It automatically shuts off after five minutes of not being used.

You won’t need to fuss with filtered water, either: the steamer's built-in NANO filter removes organic matter and salt to prevent calcification and prolong the lifetime of the device. For extra peace of mind, this steamer also comes with a three-year warranty.

BIZOND Mini Clothes Steamer

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What Testers Say

"At 1.26 pounds—and no larger than a pint glass or travel coffee mug—the portable BIZOND fits in any suitcase or backpack. We like that its cord has a hook-and-loop fastener tab for tight packing and organization." Stephanie Vermillon, Product Tester

Best Budget: MASTEAM Portable Travel Garment Steamer

MASTEAM Steamer

At 1.05 pounds, the budget-friendly Pax Steamer is lightweight and will easily fit into your carry-on. This powerful steamer holds a reasonable amount of water (enough to emit 10 minutes worth of steam) and can be used on many fabrics, from shirts to drapes. 

This device is easy to use and highly effective at removing wrinkles. Note that it needs to be held a particular way to minimize spilling: for best results, use on items that are already hung up.

Best Splurge: Cirrus No.2 Steamer

Cirrus No.2 Steamer

This elegant little device has a decidedly different look than many of its peers. Available in four neutral hues (including everyone's favorite, millennial pink), the Cirrus No.2 Steamer is sleek and utilitarian. It comes in a chic heat protection bag for easy transport and has a woven cord to prevent tangling. A detachable fabric brush works well for for silk and wool.

The No.2 Steamer heats up in 25 seconds and produces consistent steam for up to six minutes. Because of its petite size, this device can only hold 90 milliliters of water. To fully de-wrinkle a shirt or blouse, you'll probably need to refill it a few times.

Best for International Travel: Conair Travel Smart 450 Watt Dual Voltage Garment Steamer

Conair Travel Steamer

If you frequently travel internationally, it can be a hassle worrying if your devices can withstand the electrical current differences in other countries. This Conair Travel Smart steamer handles dual voltage, so all you’ll need is a small, cheap converter (rather than a pricier transformer). It weighs 1.2 pounds, and it’s 9.5 inches tall. 

Slip this into your luggage, and you’ll be able to steam as needed in both the United States and Europe. It only holds enough water for around 10 minutes of steaming, so you may need to refill the water tank for bigger jobs.

Conair Travel Smart Garment Steamer

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What Testers Say

"Travel-sized devices usually have basic functions with few adjustable features. Due to the Conair size, there really isn’t an option to adjust the steam intensity. Thankfully, we found that nothing was lacking in the power or quality of the steamer." —Julie Hershman, Product Tester

Best Iron Combo: ROWENTA DV8613 Steam 'N Press 800 Watts 2-1n-1 Travel Iron and Garment Steamer

Rowenta-Handheld-Steamer

There’s a lot to love about a steamer, but sometimes you need an iron pressing for a sharp, wrinkle-free look. That’s where this Rowenta Travel Iron and Garment Steamer comes in: thanks to its compact ceramic soleplate, this two-in-one option can be used to both iron and steam your clothes.

To use, just fill up the 2.5-ounce water tank and adjust the temperature to suit your needs (you'll want to go hotter for cotton and linens, and cooler for silks and wool). The device produces consistent steam for 15 minutes and comes with a built-in kickstand for cooling. The bristle attachment adds even more versatility, while a hanging hook ensures convenient storage.

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Best with Attachments: Conair Extreme Steam Hand Held Fabric Steamer with Dual Heat

 Conair Extreme Steam Hand Held Fabric Steamer Dual Heat

If you're looking for a versatile steamer that can de-wrinkle all different types of fabric with ease, the Conair Extreme Steam Fabric Streamer is a great pick. As its name implies, this steamer operates at super high heat to produce steam that will easily tackle deep wrinkles. Two heat settings make this Conair steamer adept at handling different types of fabrics. Three helpful attachments—a fabric brush, a cushion brush, and a creaser—add even more versatility.

Best with Carrying Case: URPOWER 180ml Garment Steamer

 URPOWER-Updated-180ml-Steamer

This eight-inch tall steamer is compact and comes with a travel pouch, which makes it incredibly easy to stash away in your luggage. Petite yet packed with power, it heats up in two minutes and does an effective job at removing wrinkles fast. The water tank holds up to 180 milliliters—enough to last you for at least one garment steam.

For extra safety, this steamer comes with a heat-resistant glove, so you can use this glove while you’re steaming clothes to protect your hand the hot steam. Note that if you’re planning on traveling abroad, this steamer will require a transformer to convert the voltage.

Best Fast Heat-Up: MagicPro Portable Garment Steamer

MagicPro-Portable-Garment-Steamer

While away, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time attacking wrinkles. A speedy steamer like the MagicPro heats up in 25 seconds. Turn it on, and it’ll be hot by the time you get your garment out of your bag. 

This streamer can be used on most fabrics, from silk to velvet, and is suitable for thicker items like drapes, bedding, and toys. Thanks to its leak-proof design, you can steam clothes that are resting horizontally on the bed or hanging vertically without worrying about water spilling. The MagicPro steamer also comes with a fabric and lint brush attachment.

Final Verdict

Our top pick is the BIZOND Mini Clothing Steamer, which heats up fast and is compact enough to stuff in your suitcase. If you're on a budget, opt for the MASTEAM Portable Garment Steamer (view at Amazon). While it lacks the Bizond’s filter and ability to tilt this steamer in any direction, it’s a reliable and effective option.

What to Look for in a Travel Steamer

Heat-up Time

One of the main differentiators between travel steamers is how quickly they heat up. If you plan ahead, you might not mind a model that takes a little while to power up, but if you tend to rush out the door at the last minute, a steamer that heats up in seconds might be a better option.

Continuous Steam Capabilities

Travel steamers are small and can’t hold a lot of water. They typically only provide a few minutes of steam, but having to hold your finger down on the button even for that long can be uncomfortable. Be aware, however, that choosing a model that steams continuously means the water levels will run down quickly. Base your decision on what works best for the types and quantities of garments you need to steam.

Weight and Size

Even travel steamers can vary a fair amount in size and weight. A larger model that holds more water may suit you if you have multiple garments to steam and you have the space in your suitcase. If you always struggle to close your case and only need to use the travel steamer occasionally, a smaller model will be more convenient.

Fabric Compatibility

Many travel steamers are suitable for all types of fabrics. Make sure you check that model you select is appropriate if you plan to use it on delicate fabrics, like silk or wool.

Additional Features

Basic models steam your clothes, and that’s it. However, more advanced travel steamers can also iron, remove lint, and more. Consider what features might come in handy when you’re choosing the model you want.

FAQ
  • Which steamers are easy to pack?

    All travel streamers are lightweight and portable when you compare them with traditional clothes steamers. Most weigh less than 2 pounds, and some of the more compact varieties are no larger than a standard travel mug. This makes them easy to slot into even the smallest of suitcases.

  • What steamers are easiest to use?

    Some travel steamers are lighter and more ergonomic than others. Personal opinions differ on which are the easiest to use, and it depends on what you need it for. Selecting one that you can hold at any angle without the water spilling out is helpful, and those with a larger water container will save you the inconvenience of refilling them so often.

  • Do travel steamers work?

    Absolutely! Standard-size clothes steamers are more powerful and carry more water, so they are better for steaming multiple garments and heavy fabrics. However, a quality travel steamer will still effectively lift creases out of the clothes you are taking on vacation or a business trip.

  • How hot do travel steamers get?

    To produce steam, all models need to generate water temperatures of more than 200°F. That means you need to use any clothes steamer with care. For use with heavier fabrics, temperatures can reach as high as 395°F on standard clothes steamers, but the less powerful travel varieties don't often reach these temperatures.

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