Canister steam cleaners are often large, funny-looking devices designed for the sole purpose of freshening up your clothing and removing wrinkles from fabrics. They look like big canisters with wheels and often a pole that can be extended to place your clothes upon—this makes steaming the clothes a whole lot easier than placing it on a hanger and doing it that way.
Below you will find the list of top rated machines currently on the market.
One thing that’s really great about them is they often can produce a lot of steam at one session, so you can steam several different articles of clothing without having to refill and reheat the unit. However, they also aren’t that portable and that’s why some people choose to buy a handheld garment steamer instead. They aren’t as powerful but they’re a lot easier to take from place to place.
While it might be a bit on the expensive side for some people, I feel that it's a high-quality unit that will do the job and do it right.Read Users' reviews
This one will get the job done but it isn't the best garment steamer on the market at this time.Read Users' reviews
It's a fine garment steamer for commercial use but maybe less so for ordinary home use. While it isn't cheap, it is powerful, durable and well built.Read Users' reviews
If it weren't for lack of an auto shut-off safety feature and occasional water "spitting", this unit really would've been a contender for the top garment steamerRead Users' reviews
All things considered, I do think this garment steamer is a decent one. For light work, I'm sure it will do the job just fine.Read Users' reviews
To be honest, when I first saw the J-2000 Jiffy Canister Garment Steamer, I didn’t care much for its design. In fact, I thought it was kind of a funny looking steamer. Of course, when it comes to getting the wrinkles out of your clothes, the look of the machine doesn’t matter in the slightest and that’s proven by the J-2000. It may be funny looking, but it’s the best clothes steamer I’ve seen in quite some time.
This 1300-watt steamer holds approximately three-fourths of a gallon of water and this gives it about an hour and a half of steam time. Which is pretty good. And the steam that comes out of it is powerful enough to get the wrinkles out of just about any type of clothing – even bulky fabrics. It took care of all my fabric steaming needs without a problem.
This unit also feels very durable. It’s made of durable plastic on the outside and has brass heating elements. Which is probably why it’s so heavy, weighing in at about 17 pounds. But its extra weight really didn’t bother me. I was happy just to use a unit that felt durable and not like it was going to break at any moment.
As I tested it out, I noticed that this unit didn’t leak or spit water like some other systems are known to do. From the time it started steaming to the time it finished, it just performed its job without complaint and without a problem.
It also had a 5.5-foot hose that gave me good reach and had a see-through water container that lets you know just how much water is left in the unit. Overall, I felt like this system was the best fabric steamer that I had used in quite awhile. If I had one complaint about it at all, it was that it took two full minutes for the water to heat up to steaming levels.
If you’re looking for a professional garment steamer, then this is the one that you might want to consider. While it might be a bit on the expensive side for some people, I feel that it’s a high-quality unit that will do the job and do it right.
While it might be a bit on the expensive side for some people, I feel that it's a high-quality unit that will do the job and do it right.
- High quality
- Long steam time
- Auto shut off safety feature
- 2-minute heat up time
Lightweight and compact are just two ways to describe the PureSteam XL Canister Garment Steamer. After all, it’s only 16-inches by 12.5 inches and weighs approximately 10.6 pounds – which makes it easy to move around from place to place. Unfortunately, the reason it’s so light is also one of its main drawbacks, but I’ll get to that in a moment. First, I want to tell you more about the features of this unit.
This garment steamer features a 7-foot electric cord, a 5-foot steam hose and easy-roll wheels that really do make it easy to push from one location to the next. It also has a 1/2-gallon water tank which takes about 45 seconds to 1 minute to heat up and delivers about an hour of steam.
Of course, features don’t really give you an idea of how well a steamer does its job. In order to determine if this unit was the best garment steamer, I had to run it through a variety of test runs on a number of different fabrics.
I tested it on my some of my finer cotton shirts and then on some heavier cotton items such as French terry cotton and Egyptian cotton fabrics. I even tested it on some of my denim jeans. And what I noticed is that for lighter cotton fabrics, this unit really did a marvelous job. However, it didn’t do as good a job as I had hoped on the heavier fabrics. It eventually got the job done but I had to make a few more passes than I would’ve liked.
I was happy, however, that this unit didn’t spit water while it was in use. Which, to be quite honest, I kind of thought it would because the unit does have a flimsy feel. It just seems like they used too much plastic in its construction. Its construction may make it lighter than comparable steamers, but it also makes me question whether or not this steamer will last for the long term.
All things considered, I think this steamer is a good one for around the house but if you are looking for a more professional quality steamer, then I’d look elsewhere. This one will get the job done but it isn’t the best garment steamer on the market at this time.
This one will get the job done but it isn't the best garment steamer on the market at this time.
- Quick heat-up time
- Feels flimsy
- Not for heavy-duty steaming
The J-4000 Jiffy is a garment steamer that’s specifically designed for commercial use. It’s a 1500-watt system that features die-cast aluminum housing, a 5.5-foot hose, and a 6-inch wide steam head. As a result, it’s one of the heavier steamers that I’ve tested, weighing approximately 23 pounds.
While it may seem like the extra weight would contribute to this unit being harder to move from one location to the other, but that’s not really the case. This system has wheels that make it easy to move it to where you need it to be. Unfortunately, the hose on this unit is a little heavy as well, which was difficult for me to use at first, but I was eventually able to get the hang of it after some practice.
The thing that’s really important about this steamer, however, is that it really has some power. After heating up for a couple of minutes, this steamer will produce steam for close to 2-hours. And I’m talking about a pretty powerful jet of steam that can power through heavier fabrics. It’s often referred to as a commercial steamer in clothes steamer reviews and after using it, I can clearly see why that’s the case.
I tested it on several different fabrics and I do have to say it really does a marvelous job. With lighter fabrics such as light cotton shirts, it almost instantly knocks out wrinkles. And for heavier fabrics, it just takes a tad longer. I really do have to say that this steamer is a workhorse.
There are only two things which are preventing this unit from being the best clothes steamer. The first thing is its weight and the second thing is its price. While the price of garment steamers fluctuate, this unit always seems to be in the upper price echelons.
After spending quite some time using this product and taking everything into consideration, I really have to say that this is a fine garment steamer for commercial use but maybe less so for ordinary home use. While it isn’t cheap, it is powerful, durable and well built.
It's a fine garment steamer for commercial use but maybe less so for ordinary home use. While it isn't cheap, it is powerful, durable and well built.
- High quality
- Produces steam for a long time
- Unit is a bit heavy
- Priced higher than comparable steamers
After reading several different fabric steamer reviews, I knew that the Rowenta IS6202 Canister Steamer was a garment steamer that I wanted to review. Just looking at the pictures, I thought it was a stylish looking unit and I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. So I ordered one and anxiously awaited its arrival. You can just about imagine how giddy I was when I finally received it.
The first thing I noticed about it – besides its stylish color – was its size. It was only about 19.4 inches by 12 inches and only weighed around 13-pounds. I also noticed that it had a telescopic pole with a built-in hanger. This allows the unit to be easily stored.
This 1500-watt garment steamer also had a foot operated on/off switch and came with several accessories: a crease attachment for pants, a fabric brush and a lint pad. So upon initial review, it looked like this unit had everything needed to be a contender for the top canister garment steamer. And that’s when I ran into a few problems.
While this unit produced a large amount of steam and could deliver about an hour of steam time, I did notice that at times it did “spit” water. It didn’t do it every single time I used it, but it did it enough for me to take notice. I just think it’s something worth mentioning. Another thing I noticed is that it doesn’t have an auto shut off safety feature. While some people may not be bothered by this lack of an auto shut-off, I wasn’t too fond of it not having one.
What I did like about his unit was that it had a large wand that allowed me to remove wrinkles on a larger piece of fabric at one time. If it weren’t for those two issues, this unit really would’ve been a contender for the top garment steamer. After all, it’s stylish, has a wide wand and produces quite a bit of steam. It’s just a little “wet” for my tastes.
If it weren't for lack of an auto shut-off safety feature and occasional water "spitting", this unit really would've been a contender for the top garment steamer
- Large steam head
- Comes with accessories
- May "spit" water
- No auto shut-off feature
The Pur Steam PS-910 Heavy Duty Garment Steamer is a steamer that looks kind of cute upon first inspection. It’s only about 10.5 inches by 9.5 inches and weighs approximately 14-pounds. I was waiting for an opportunity to review this product and add it to my collection of garment steamer reviews, so I jumped on the chance to order it.
Out of the box, I have to say that this steamer is pretty easy to put together. In only a few minutes, I had this thing assembled and ready to go. However, as I was putting it together I got the impression that maybe this thing wasn’t as sturdy as I would’ve liked. Its plastic chassis just didn’t seem all that durable, at least to me it didn’t.
First impressions can be deceiving, however, so I decided to put it through its paces. After filing the 61-ounce water tank and allowing it to heat up for about a minute, I then put it to the test. I did notice that it produced a good amount of steam for about an hour. And this steam was strong enough to really take the wrinkles out of some of my garments. On that front, it did a really good job.
Unfortunately, there were a few areas in which it didn’t perform so well. For instance, I did notice that it would occasionally spit water. Not a lot but enough for me to be concerned. Another thing that I noticed is that the steam would cycle on and off. While it may not be a big deal to some people, it did raise a few red flags for me.
All things considered, I do think this garment steamer is a decent one. For light work, I’m sure it will do the job just fine. And it does heat up quickly and delivers a nice stream of steam. I just wished that it did it more consistently.
All things considered, I do think this garment steamer is a decent one. For light work, I'm sure it will do the job just fine.
- Heats up quickly
- Easy to assemble
- Steam pauses occasionally
- Doesn't feel sturdy
- May "spit" water