Best Handheld Garment Steamer Reviews of 2017

The Beautural Portable Hand-Held Garment Steamer is the best clothes steamer I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. at least so far. It’s a 1200-watt steamer that has the power to steam out the wrinkles from a variety of different clothing – including wool, cotton, silk, and polyester. It seems like it did a great job on just about any article of clothing I put in front of it.

However, when it comes to finding the best garment steamer, it’s not only about the power of the steamer. Other things have to be taken into consideration. And one of those things is how much water the unit holds. After all, how much water a steamer holds usually tells you how long it will provide steam.

This unit holds approximately 8.7 ounces of water or 260 milliliters. With this steamer, that will provide you with about 13-minutes of continuous steam. And it doesn’t take very long for it to heat up either. In just about 30-35 seconds, the unit is heated and ready to provide a nice hot blast or continuous flow of steam.

Another thing I really liked about the Beautural garment steamer is that it can be used in any position – both horizontal and vertical – to get the job done. This is because it has an anti-leak system that keeps the water in the tank where it belongs. It’s also easy to use it in any position because it has a tangle-free cord that allows it to be moved in any direction. A very handy feature, if you ask me.

Out of the box, I noticed that the unit I received also had a nice assortment of accessories. It contained a fabric brush, a lint brush, a helpful instruction manual and a measuring cup. I also noticed that this steamer had a stainless steel head. That makes it more durable than many other types of hand-held clothes steamers but it also contributes to the one and only problem I have with it: it’s weight.

By far, this is one of the heaviest garment steam units that I have ever used. Which doesn’t really impact how easy it is to carry it with you while you’re traveling, but may make it more difficult to use for long periods – especially if you have arthritis in your hands. Just something to think about.

Other than that tiny flaw, however, I think this is a great garment steamer. It’s something that I keep finding uses for and I use it on a regular basis. Needless to say, I would highly recommend it for your garment steaming purposes.

9.1 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.8
Ease of Use
9.2
Performance
9.0
Features
9.2
Value
9.5
PROS
  • Good assortment of accessories
  • Tangle-free cord
  • Doesn't "spit" or leak water
  • Continuous steam function
  • Easy to use
  • Nice design
CONS
  • Can be a little heavy
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I don’t often get too excited by garment steamers, but I actually did find myself getting quite happy over the Bizond Mini Steamer For Home and Travel that I received. That’s because I found that this unit was not only a nice looking unit but also had quite a few great features, too.

The first thing that I noticed about it was that it heated up in under 30-seconds. In fact, I think that it heated up in about 25 or 26 seconds. That’s pretty fast. And once it heated up, I noticed that it provided a continuous blast of steam for about 10-minutes. Sure, that means this steamer doesn’t provide steam for as long as some other units, but I think for a lot of people it’s enough steam to get the job done.

It would probably have provided more steam if it held more water. Unfortunately, it could only hold about 3.3 ounces or about 100 ML of water. Although I do have to say that for holding so little water, it did better than I thought it would.

One of the things I really like about this clothes steamer is that it could be held in just about any position and still deliver steam without leaking or “spitting” water. I was even able to use it upside down and it did a fine job.

Another feature that intrigued me was that it had a “Nano Polymer Filter” that is supposed to allow you to use it with hard water without the pump inside of it being clogged with calcium. While I didn’t have the opportunity to see how this feature worked over the long-term, it seemed to work well for the couple of times I used the unit. Which is a good thing for me because I have very hard water where I live.

I also liked the fact that this steamer had a 6.5-foot cord. While it wasn’t a no-tangle cord, the extra length allowed me to use the unit in ways that wouldn’t be possible with a shorter cord. And anything that makes my life easier I’m willing to embrace.

The last thing I’d like to mention about this portable steamer is that it is indeed travel-size. It’s small and only weighs about 1.4 pounds. Just the right size to throw in a suitcase when you’re traveling. It also makes it easy to hold and use. I sure didn’t have much hand strain with it and that’s for sure.

This might not be the best clothes steamer but it does come pretty close. I do believe it’s something that should be checked out – if it meets your criteria for a clothes steamer. For me, it worked pretty well.

8.9 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.5
Ease of Use
9.3
Performance
8.6
Features
8.5
Value
9.4
PROS
  • Has a filter
  • Long Cord
  • Doesn't "spit" or leak water
  • Easy to use
  • Good travel size
CONS
  • Small water capacity
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The Tenswall Hand-Held Portable Garment Steamer is a unit that I’ve seen in a couple of garment steamer reviews and I was anxious to try it out. However, when I first received it, I do have to say that I wasn’t really impressed with the way it looked. To me, it sort of looked like a watering can but as the saying goes, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Which is why I decided to put it to the test.

I took it out of the box it came in and immediately started setting it up. The first thing that I noticed was that this steamer was pretty lightweight. It only weighed about 1.2 pounds and it kind of felt good in my hand. While I wasn’t impressed with the way it looked, I do have to say that it really is pretty nice to hold.

The next thing that caught my attention was the size of its water reservoir. It only held about 140 milliliters of water, which is approximately 4.7 ounces. That’s not the biggest reservoir I’ve seen on a garment steamer but it certainly isn’t the smallest. However, the real test is how long it takes to heat up and how long it provides steam. And this is where I encountered my first problem.

It took about 2-minutes for it to heat up. Which wouldn’t have been a problem by itself, but when you couple that fact with its 7-minute operating time, then you can quickly see that with this unit you’ll be spending a lot of time waiting for it to heat up so you can use it. Not exactly my idea of a good time.

Normally, the long heat up time and the shorter use time would have put this steamer at the bottom of my list, but I do have to say that it did do a good job while I was using it. Sure, it’s not the most powerful unit in the world but it does get the job done and did a variety of different fabrics from silk and cotton to linen and wool.

Unfortunately, when I tried to change the angle of the steamer while I was steaming, I did notice the next problem. While this steamer worked great while being held straight, it did have a tendency to “spit” if I changed the angle too much. Which is a shame because I was really hoping for more out of this unit.

Overall, I still think it’s a good garment steamer, but it’s definitely not the best garment steamer on the market today but it’s definitely not the worst. I still think it’s a decent middle-of-the-pack sort of garment steamer.

8.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.2
Ease of Use
9.2
Performance
8.3
Features
8.4
Value
9.0
PROS
  • Easy to use
  • Good travel size
  • Easy grip handle
  • Lightweight
CONS
  • May "spit" water
  • Long heat up time
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The Anbanglin Hand-Held Garment Steamer is another clothes steamer that looks less like what it’s purpose is and more like something else. In this case, I thought that it looked quite a bit like one of those old fashioned microphones – but then again, maybe that’s not me because out of all of the fabric steamer reviews I’ve seen, I don’t think anyone has made that comparison.

I did notice, however, that its design not only made it fairly easy to hold and use but also helped prevent my hand coming into contact with steam. I also noticed that it had a stainless steel bucket head which I was not expecting it to have. I thought for sure its head would be all plastic, after all, many of them are nowadays.

The next thing I noticed was that it had a fairly spacious water reservoir. It held about 240 milliliters of water or approximately 8.7 ounces of water. So needless to say, I was really hoping that this thing would deliver steam for a long period of time.

And I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. After about a short 45 second heat-up time, I was able to use this steamer for about approximately 15 minutes or so. That means that this unit has one of the longer steam times. Unfortunately, there were a few problems that negatively impacted that awesome run-time.

One of the problems I encountered with this unit is that it just isn’t the best fabric steamer. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not horrible or even terrible. It’s just not as powerful as some of the other units I’ve tried – at least, in my opinion. It’s just that I felt like it required a longer run-time to do a job that other steam units may have done in a slightly shorter period of time.

Another thing I really didn’t like about it was that it had a short cord that limited my ability to move around the room with it. Its cord is only about 4-feet long. Sure, that’s not extremely short but is shorter than some comparable steam units that are on the market today.

Everything considered, I think this is still a decent unit that is good for lighter steaming jobs. As long as you don’t expect it to do heavy-duty wrinkle removing, it should serve most people well. I mean, most people aren’t as picky as I am but I’m just trying to keep high standards.

8.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.2
Ease of Use
9.0
Performance
8.0
Features
8.0
Value
8.7
PROS
  • Easy to use
  • Good travel size
  • High capacity water reservoir
  • Quick heat-up time
CONS
  • Cord is short
  • Not for heavy-duty steaming
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When I first received the OXA Portable Hand-Held Garment Steamer, I thought it was a nicely designed product. At least, it looked like a nicely designed product. It had the look you’d expect from a garment steamer and fit quite nicely in my hands. So I think it’s safe to say that I was really looking forward to running it through its paces. Which is exactly what I did.

The unit I received came with 2 brushes – a villus brush and a long brush. It also had a 6.5-foot power cord, which I was quite happy to see after using a few clothes steamers that had smaller power cords. Something else that I noticed about this steamer was that it weighed quite a bit – approximately 29 ounces. While it isn’t the heaviest unit I’ve used, it surely isn’t the lightest.

The next thing I noticed was that it only held approximately 3.3 ounces, or 100 milliliters, of water. Which, if you’ve read my other clothes steamer reviews, will tell you that it doesn’t exactly put it in my favor. I like my garment steamers to have a little more capacity than that.

The small water capacity, however, did allow the unit to warm up very quickly. In fact, the unit was ready to go in about 20-seconds – which is extremely fast. And it after it warmed up, it gave me approximately 7-minutes of steam. And that puts it on the lower end of the spectrum. In my opinion, I think modern garment steamers should provide at least 10-minutes of steam.

I was happy with the safety features this unit had: an auto shut off feature and didn’t once spill or spit water while it was being used. And I do have to say that this unit did a good job steaming, it’s just the small run-time, low water capacity and its weight that kept it from being rated higher in a very competitive steamer market in which quite a few units are competing to grab our attention.

8 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.2
Ease of Use
8.2
Performance
7.6
Features
8.0
Value
8.2
PROS
  • Doesn't "spit" water
  • Quick heat-up time
  • Long cord
CONS
  • A bit heavy
  • Smaller water reservoir
  • Only 7-minutes of steam
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