BEST CLOTHES STEAMERS | NOVEMBER 2018

Clothes steamers are great appliances for not only removing wrinkles from clothes, but also to sanitize, remove wallpaper and other uses. The ReviewLab team has taken the guesswork out of which model to buy by performing extensive research on different clothes steamers. Here you’ll find detailed information on portable and standing clothes steamers, combination steamers and irons, as well as the best overall and the best value. Each clothes steamer on our list includes its top features, specifications and other considerations. Below is our buying guide with key considerations and a price breakdown that will help you make an informed decision on which clothes steamer is best for you. Read more about our methodology.

Best Overall

94

The Anbanglin Clothes Steamer has a 40-second heat-up time, 10 to 20 minutes of continuous steaming and more features that make this our top pick in clothes steamers. It’s a great choice for home or travel.

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94
RUNNER-UP

The Bizond Portable Garment Steamer is a great choice for either home or travel. Besides a 90-second heat-up time and 10 minutes of continuous steaming, it has built-in safety features, including a second water reservoir to prevent spills.

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Best Value

93

Features that make the Deneve Handheld Garment Steamer an excellent choice for the budget-minded shopper include a two-minute heat-up time, 10 minutes of continuous steaming, a nine-foot power cord and convenient accessories.

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89
RUNNER-UP

The Nearpow Portable Clothes Steamer is another great low-cost steamer perfect for seven-to-10-minute steaming jobs. Additional features include an eight-foot power cord, automatic shutoff protection against overheating and dry water reservoir.

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Best Portable Clothes Steamer

96

The Beautural Handheld Garment Steamer is a powerful portable clothes steamer with a 35-second heat-up time and 14 minutes of continuous steaming. Other features, such as a lock button and automatic shutoff, make this Beautural model an excellent choice in portable clothes steamers.

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Best Standing Clothes Steamer

93

The PureSteam XL Standing Fabric Steamer is a powerful clothes steamer with a 45-second heat-up time and 60 minutes of continuous steaming. These and many other helpful features make the PureSteam XL an excellent choice for a standing clothes steamer.

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87

The Jiffy J-2000 Garment Steamer is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a large-capacity, standing clothes steamer. With a .75-gallon reservoir and 1.5 hours of continuous steaming, you can finish most of your steaming jobs without refilling the tank.

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Best Combination Clothes Steamer and Iron

93

The Besteamer Home Garment Steamer is an excellent model that delivers the convenience of a steamer and iron in one. Weighing just over two pounds, this steamer/iron is also a great choice for traveling.

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Clothes Steamers BUYING GUIDE

  • KEY CONSIDERATIONS

    Water Capacity 

    The size of the water reservoir will determine how long the clothes steamer releases steam, so, first consider how much steaming you’ll be doing. Standing clothes steamers have large tank reservoirs and may steam for one hour or more. These steamers are a great choice if you plan to steam a lot of clothes at once, or need to steam drapes or remove wallpaper. Portable clothes steamers have much smaller reservoirs and typically steam for eight to 15 minutes, depending on the model. Portable steamers are good for smaller clothes steaming jobs, and they’re also a good choice for traveling.

    Time To Heat Up

    The time it takes to heat up the reservoir of water can affect how long your steaming job takes. Both portable and standing clothes steamers have heat-up times ranging from 30 seconds to two minutes.

    Safety

    Safety is an important consideration when working with the power and high heat of clothes steamers. Many steamers, both portable and standing, have automatic shut-offs if the water gets too hot, if it runs dry or if the steamer is left unattended for a period of time. You also want to make sure the steamer doesn’t spit or leak hot water.

    Length of Reach

    The length of reach needed will depend on how the steamer will be used. If you plan to use your steamer for such things as drapes or removing wallpaper, make sure the power cord, steamer hose or wand is long enough. Some standing steamers have telescopic poles that let you adjust the length.

  • PRICE BREAKDOWN

    You can purchase a small capacity, portable clothes steamer for under $20. Larger capacity portable steamers can run from $25 to $50 and may be more powerful with higher wattage, thus faster heat-up times, than smaller models. Standing clothes steamers, with their large capacity reservoirs and high wattage, are the most expensive and range from $60 to $200 or more, depending on the manufacturer, accessories and other factors.

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Best Overall

TOP PICK

Anbanglin Travel Clothes Steamer

The Anbanglin Clothes Steamer is a powerful, yet portable, clothes steamer that includes many features to do a thorough steaming job. With a 260 ml reservoir (over eight ounces) and up to 20 minutes of continuous steaming, you’ll be able to remove wrinkles from several articles of clothing or sanitize bedding, your bathroom or kitchen. Accessories include a lint brush and fabric brush. The compact 10-inch length makes the Anbanglin Clothes Steamer a great choice for home or travel.

  • 94overall
  • 95quality
  • 96value
  • 90brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Capacity. Though the Anbanglin Clothes Steamer, at 10 inches long, is small enough to take traveling, it has a large reservoir that holds 260 ml (over eight ounces) of water. This provides up to 20 minutes of continuous steaming.
  • Time to heat up. The water in this Anbanglin reservoir heats up in 40 seconds. Several reviewers comment that the quick heat-up time is convenient for removing wrinkles on garments at the last minute. 
  • Safety. The Anbanglin Clothes Steamer includes a thermostat to control the temperature. A thermal fuse turns off the steamer if the temperature gets too high or if the reservoir runs out of water.
  • Warranty. Unlike many clothes steamer manufacturers that offer a one-year warranty, Anbanglin’s warranty is for two years.

Other Considerations

  • Cord length. The power cord on this clothes steamer is four feet long; an extension cord can be used if more length is needed.
RUNNER UP

Bizond Portable Garment Steamer

The Bizond Portable Garment Steamer’s weight of 1.3 pounds makes it convenient for home or travel. You can steam wrinkles out of clothes and other fabrics, remove dust mites from upholstery and mattresses or sanitize your bathroom and kitchen. The water heats up in 90 seconds and provides 10 minutes of continuous steaming. Safety features include an automatic shutoff if the water gets too hot or if the water runs dry, and an extra reservoir to prevent spills. All this, plus a free fabric brush, makes the Bizond another ReviewLab top-pick clothes steamer.

  • 94overall
  • 94quality
  • 97value
  • 89brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Continuous steaming time. Though the Bizond Portable Garment Steamer’s water reservoir, which holds 120 ml (four ounces), is small, this steamer produces up to 10 minutes of continuous steaming.
  • Time to heat up. This Bizond steamer has a 500-watt heating element that heats up the water in 90 seconds, which is convenient when you need to remove garment wrinkles at the last minute.
  • Safety. The Bizond Portable Garment Steamer automatically shuts off if the water temperature gets too high or if the water runs dry. This clothes steamer also has an anti-spill design that includes a second reservoir to catch extra water before it leaks from the steamer.
  • Sized for home or travel. This Bizond clothes steamer weighs only 1.3 pounds and is 7.8 inches high, making it a great steamer to take with you when you travel. Many reviewers say they like the portability of this lightweight steamer, whether around the house or when they travel.
  • Warranty. Bizond has a “no questions asked” two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Other Considerations

  • Cool before adding more water. One complaint is that the reservoir needs to cool down before adding more water for additional steaming.

Best Value

TOP PICK

Deneve Handheld Garment Steamer

The Deneve Handheld Garment Steamer is loaded with features that make this a great choice, not only for those watching their pennies, but also for anyone looking for a clothes steamer that’s safe to use on all types of fabric. The heat-up time is two minutes with 10 minutes of continuous steaming. For your safety, this steamer has an automatic shutoff if the water gets too hot or if it runs dry. Along with the steamer, Deneve includes a garment holder and a fabric brush attachment.

  • 93overall
  • 92quality
  • 99value
  • 89brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Capacity. The Deneve Handheld Garment Steamer has a reservoir that holds seven ounces of water, providing up to 10 minutes of continuous steaming.
  • Time to heat up. This Deneve clothes steamer’s 1000-watt heating element heats up the water in approximately two minutes, though several users comment that the water heats up in less time.
  • Safety. The Deneve Handheld Garment Steamer is designed to prevent tipping and spilling, and includes an automatic shutoff if the water gets too hot or if the reservoir runs out of water.
  • Long power cord. This clothes steamer’s power cord is nine feet long, giving better reach for all your steaming jobs.
  • Accessories. With your purchase of the Deneve clothes steamer, you’ll also receive a fabric brush attachment and a garment holder that has a suction cup to attach to any door or wall.

Other Considerations

  • Attachment falls off. A few users comment that the fabric brush attachment doesn’t always stay on the steamer.
RUNNER UP

Nearpow Portable Clothes Steamer

The Nearpow Portable Clothes Steamer is a low-cost steamer light and compact enough to use around the entire house and to take with you when you travel. The eight-foot power cord provides plenty of reach to steam clothes, tablecloths and more. This Nearpow steamer has a 130 ml water reservoir (just over four ounces), supplying seven to 10 minutes of continuous steaming. Safety features include an automatic shutoff when the water gets too hot or runs dry. All this, plus a two-year warranty, make the Nearpow Portable Clothes Steamer a great choice for budget-minded shoppers.

  • 89overall
  • 89quality
  • 95value
  • 83brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Continuous steaming time. Though the Nearpow Portable Clothes Steamer has a smaller reservoir than some other models, you can steam fabrics or sanitize for seven to 10 minutes. Several users comment that this steamer quickly removes wrinkles, and they use it almost daily.
  • Time to heat up. This Nearpow clothes steamer has a 700-watt heating element that is powerful enough to heat up the water in one minute.
  • Safety. The Nearpow Portable Clothes Steamer will automatically shut off if the water temperature gets too high or if the reservoir runs out of water. This model also has several certifications: FCC, ETL (United States and Canadian compliance with nationally recognized safety standards), CE (European Conformity) and RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances).
  • Sized for home or travel. This Nearpow clothes steamer weighs only 1.2 pounds and is 8.25 inches high, making it convenient to use around the house or to take with you when you travel.
  • Warranty. Nearpow will replace your clothes steamer free of charge if returned within two years of purchase.

Other Considerations

  • Angle of use. Nearpow recommends that the steamer be kept at a 45-degree angle or less to prevent spilling or spitting when in use.

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Best Portable Clothes Steamer

why buy?

A portable clothes steamer is easy to use around the house for all your steaming jobs, including getting wrinkles out of clothes, cleaning and sanitizing the bathroom or cleaning upholstery. Portable clothes steamers are also a great choice for traveling.

Top Pick

Beautural Handheld Garment Steamer

The Beautural Handheld Garment Steamer has a heat-up time of 35 seconds and a large 260 ml reservoir that provides 14 minutes of continuous steaming. And with the lock button, there’s no need to hold the trigger down while you’re steaming clothes, curtains and other fabrics or sanitizing your upholstery, shower curtain or kitchen. It’s safe to use this steamer at any angle. All this, plus additional accessories, makes the Beautural Handheld Garment Steamer our top pick for a portable clothes steamer.

  • 96overall
  • 96quality
  • 97value
  • 93brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Capacity. The Beautural Handheld Garment Steamer has a reservoir that holds 260 ml of water (almost nine ounces) and provides 14 minutes of continuous steaming. And the 7.8-foot power cord provides a good amount of reach.
  • Time to heat up. This Beautural clothes steamer has a powerful 1200-watt heating element that heats up the water in 35 seconds or less, especially convenient for removing wrinkles for those last minute appointments.
  • Safety. The Beautural Handheld Garment Steamer will automatically shut off should the water get too hot, the reservoir run dry or if the steamer is left on and unattended for eight minutes. This steamer can safely be used horizontally and vertically without spillage. The power cord rotates 360 degrees to prevent tangling or tripping.
  • Accessories. Included with your steamer purchase are a lint brush, a brush for delicate fabrics, a measuring cup for pouring water into the steamer and an instruction manual.

Other Considerations

  • Small water filling hole. A few users wish that the hole for adding water to the reservoir was larger.

Best Standing Clothes Steamer

why buy?

Since standing clothes steamers have a larger water capacity and longer steam time, they’re a great choice for bigger steaming jobs, such as getting the wrinkles out of multiple garments or removing wallpaper. These steamers are also more powerful, able to clean tile, grout, barbecue grills and other tough jobs.

Top Pick

PureSteam XL Standing Fabric Steamer

The PureSteam XL Standing Fabric Steamer has many features that will make your steaming job easier. The five-foot hose and telescopic pole provide plenty of reach for steaming drapes or removing wallpaper. The powerful 1500-watt heating element brings the water up to temperature in 45 seconds, and you’ll get a full hour of continuous steaming. Included with your purchase is a garment hanger with clips. All this, plus a two-year warranty, is why we’ve chosen the PureSteam XL as a top pick for a standing clothes steamer.

  • 93overall
  • 95quality
  • 87value
  • 86brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Capacity. The PureSteam XL Standing Fabric Steamer has a half-gallon tank, providing up to 60 minutes of continuous steaming, which makes this steamer perfect for larger jobs, such as steaming multiple garments and drapes or removing wallpaper. Many users say they’re happy with this steamer’s ability to remove wrinkles.
  • Time to heat up. The PureSteam XL steamer has a powerful 1500-watt heating element that brings the water up to temperature in 45 seconds.
  • Long reach. This steamer has a telescopic pole that you can adjust to your height; the pole is detachable for easy storage. The five-foot steam hose and seven-foot power cord give you additional reach. The tank is mounted on rolling casters, so the steamer is easily moved to where you need it.
  • Accessories. Included with your purchase are a brush for delicate fabrics and a garment holder with clips.
  • Warranty. Pure Enrichment offers a two-year manufacturer’s warranty on its PureSteam XL Standing Fabric Steamer.

Other Considerations

  • Inconveniently located power switch. A few users say they wish the power switch, which is located on the back of the tank, were more accessible.
RUNNER-UP

Jiffy J-2000 Garment Steamer

The Jiffy J-2000 Garment Steamer has what it takes to get your big steaming jobs done at one sitting. The .75-gallon tank heats up within one to two minutes and provides 1.5 hours of continuous steaming, one of the longest times for home clothes steamers. The caster wheels on the tank make the steamer easy to move, and the no-drip check valve system prevents spillage on your hardwood floors or carpets. These features and more make the Jiffy J-2000 Garment Steamer a great choice for steaming clothes, upholstery, drapes and more.

  • 87overall
  • 91quality
  • 53value
  • 90brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Capacity. The Jiffy J-2000 Garment Steamer has a .75-gallon tank that supplies up to 90 minutes of continuous steaming so you can get most of your large steaming jobs done without refilling.
  • Time to heat up. The Jiffy J-2000 steamer has a powerful 1300-watt heating element that brings the water up to temperature in one to two minutes.
  • Safety. This steamer has a fusible link with an automatic shutoff that will turn the steamer off if the water in the reservoir runs dry.
  • Durable construction. The 1300-watt heating element is die cast in solid brass and the steamer has all-brass couplings. The outer housing of the caddy is constructed with high-impact plastic, and 360-degree swivel casters make it easy to roll the steamer where you need it.
  • Warranty. Jiffy offers a three-year warranty for damages due to defects in materials or workmanship of the J-2000 steamer.

Other Considerations

  • Do not use extension cord. This steamer's instructions state that you should not use an extension cord with it.

Best Combination Clothes Steamer and Iron

why buy?

A combination clothes steamer and iron is a convenient, portable appliance for the home, and they’re typically compact enough for travel. Besides steaming wrinkles out of clothes, these steamers have a ceramic, non-stick attachment to also allow you to iron your clothes.

Top Pick

Besteamer Home Garment Steamer

Besteamer Home Garment Steamer heats the water in approximately one minute, supplying up to 15 minutes of continuous steaming. The iron base is ceramic, which prevents sticking to fabric. These features, along with a free lint brush and fabric brush, as well as a convenient hook for storage, make the Besteamer Home Garment Steamer an excellent choice for a portable combination steamer and iron.

  • 93overall
  • 94quality
  • 93value
  • 89brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Capacity. The Besteamer Home Garment Steamer has a reservoir that holds approximately 260 ml of water (almost nine ounces) and provides 14 minutes of continuous steaming.
  • Time to heat up. This Besteamer model has a powerful 800-watt heating element that heats up the water in one minute.
  • Safety. The Besteamer Home Garment Steamer will automatically shut off if the water runs dry in the reservoir. The iron has a ceramic coating, which won’t stick to clothing and cause burns.
  • Sized for travel. The Besteamer steamer/iron weighs just over two pounds and is 13.6 inches tall, making it compact enough to fit in your suitcase. Several users comment that this model is lightweight and easy to use, and that they take it with them when they travel.
  • Accessories. Included with your steamer purchase are a lint brush and a brush for delicate fabrics. The Besteamer is designed with a hook for easy storage.

Other Considerations

  • Must cool before attaching brush. Besteamer instructions state that you should make sure the steamer/iron is cool before attaching or detaching the lint or fabric brush.