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|Medisure Steam Inhaler Cup||Under 1 minute|
|Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler||35 seconds|
|Beurer FS50 Facial Sauna||15 seconds|
|Dr Junghans Medical 50030||50 seconds|
|Rio Facial Sauna and Steamer||30 seconds|
Steam is an amazing thing. We’re not talking as a source of power, but in the home, where it can be used for many different purposes. Steam can help with our health – it aids breathing and can soothe the symptoms of coughs and colds – and it is also great for our clothes, too! You’ve all tried the trick of hanging your freshly washed clothes in the bathroom to get the creases out – and it works!
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It’s not always practical, however, to hang your clothes in the bathroom – especially when you have a family at home! If you have a spare bathroom and you haven’t tried it, it is worth a go, as it’s cheap and easy to do. What we’re going to be looking at here are the 10 best clothes steamers. We’ll talk a little more about why you need one and what they do in a moment, but first, think about it: wouldn’t it be great to have a handy, inexpensive device around the home that can get the wrinkles out of that shirt or blouse in a few seconds, without having to get the iron out?
Well, you’ll be pleased to hear there are many such devices available and at great prices. We took a look at ten of the best for you, so before we tell you about each one, let’s talk a little more about clothes steamers.
Best Clothes Steamers UK
Table of Contents
- 1 Best Clothes Steamers UK
- 2 How It Works
- 3 Important Features to Consider
- 4 Let’s Wrap It Up!
Our first featured model is this one from PurSteam, a brand with a wide range of steam products, and one that comes highly recommended by satisfied customers. It’s one of the compact variety; think a medium-sized kettle and you have the size and shape pretty much in mind. It’s finished in black, should colour be a selling point with one of these, and it is small and easy to use. One of the main factors in usability is the power: this one is 850watts, which is more than enough for a steamer of this type.
The makers claim this model – which is mains-powered for the heating elements – can produce steam within 80 seconds, so you are ready to go very quickly. It has a 106ml capacity reservoir, which while not great is enough to give you full steam for 10 minutes – plenty, then, for getting the creases out of a garment. It comes with a travel bag, too, and is designed to be compact, so is great for that purpose. It’s also cheap, so put it on your shortlist if this type is for you.
This is another of the popular portable models, which are designed for hand-held use and are surprisingly compact. This one is finished in a more fetching white and blue and looks a lot like a hairdryer. It comes with a 260ml water tank and 1200W of power, so is very versatile indeed. It’s perfect for travel, too, as it is very small and will not take up much space in your luggage. You get 14 minutes on full steam after 35 seconds of heat, which is very quick indeed.
This one is designed to be used both horizontally and vertically, and has special anti-leak design to facilitate this, unlike some others of its type. It is also designed with many safety features including over-heating protection, low water switch off, and it will automatically shut down if unused for 8 minutes. The water tank is removable for filling and you get a measuring cup, plus you also get a lint and fabric brush which is a neat touch. It’s a good model at a sensible price.
Given the very specific purpose of these items it is surprising how many different designs we came across. This one is a very neat model indeed, and perfect for travel use as it is very small and light, and a versatile on at that. You get what is in effect a mini-iron – you can use it as you would a steam iron – combined with a clothes steamer, and it is surprisingly effective given its compact size. It’s neatly designed for hand-held use, and comes with a 1500W element – that’s a lot of power for the size.
This model has an interesting feature in that you get two steam settings: one is for less steam for thin garments, the other more for thick garments, and the maker claims this is unique. It will heat the water in a matter of 15-seconds and, depending on the setting, you will get between 6 and 12 minutes of steam from a 130ml tank. It’s very neat, clever and comes with a handy stand that you can rest it on when not in use, but be aware it may be a little more expensive than some similar models.
This model is very, very similar to the one we have first on the list, except it is finished in white. It’s one of the compact variety; think a medium-sized kettle and you have the size and shape pretty much in mind. It is small and easy to use, and designed to be simple to hold and move for easy steaming. One of the main factors in usability is the power: this one is 850watts, which is more than enough for a steamer of this type.
The makers claim this model – which is mains-powered for the heating elements – can produce steam within 50 seconds, so you are ready to go very quickly. It has a 106ml capacity reservoir, which while not great is enough to give you full steam for 10 minutes – plenty, then, for getting the creases out of a garment. It comes with a travel bag, too, and is designed to be compact, so is great for that purpose. It’s also cheap, so put it on your shortlist if this type is for you.
This is the first model that is not of the compact variety – in other words, it’s not one you can fit in your luggage for travelling. The main unit is a small device on wheels – think of a compact vacuum cleaner and you have the right idea – that has a tube attacked with the steam head at the other end. This is the type of model that professional steam cleaners and launderers use, and is one for regular use.
You have a powerful 1800watt element, that’s enough for one of these in any circumstances, that heats the water to steaming point in just 30 seconds. It also comes with am integrated garment hanger for more effective use. The reservoir holds 1.7litres of water, so you get a full 45-minutes of steaming time from one fill. It also has auto shut-off functions for added safety, and comes with a brush attachment, a collar plate for efficient steaming of shirts, and a protective mitten. It’s good, and surprisingly affordable for one of this type.
Staying with the floor-standing, professional type of steamer for this one from the Blusmart range, and it’s an impressive model with some excellent features. It comes with an integral hanger so you can steam your clothes as efficiently as possible, is easy to use, and has a 2.2litre water tank for prolonged use. From steam – which is available in 45-seconds – you can use this one continuously for as much as 70 minutes, depending on the setting you choose.
This model comes with six separate steam settings so is very versatile indeed. Each setting is designed to handle, safely and without damage, different types of material ranging from silk to woollens. It has a foot operated switch for ease of use, and the hanger and base unit both have wheels for ease of movement. It’s not portable so not a travel model, but if you are looking for a serious clothes steamer for regular use in the home, then this one is a very good model, albeit at a more expensive price than some others.
This is another of the professional-type models, and is one that is popular with commercial users as well as for regular home use. It features the usual floor-standing unit that houses the heating elements and the water reservoir, is fitted with wheels for ease of movement, and has a fitted – integral rather than stand-alone – clothing stand and holder for the head and steaming unit. It’s very neat, and there is a sense of quality about this one.
The 1750watt element offers enough power for commercial steaming, and with a 3litre water tank that gives you a continuous 85 minutes of steam at full power – and heats up in less than a minute – you can steam a lot of clothes in one go with this one. You get six different steam settings, so you can handle just about every material without worry, and it comes with a variety of fitments for hanging trousers and skirts, plus an upholstery brush and more. This may be one of the more expensive models on our list, but it is undoubtedly one of the best and most capable, too.
These stand-up – or upright – designs are perhaps more useful than the hand-held models, unless you want to use one when you travel. This is a very neat design that offers all the benefits of the type, is nicely made and comes with some handy features. 1800watts of power is more than enough to give you plenty time for steaming – more than 60minutes in fact, on full steam – and it heats up very quickly indeed.
The hose is a good 1.7m long, so you get maximum steam and can reach into wherever you want to go, and the integrated stand and hanger are a nice touch (very similar to another of these, in fact) while you also get adjustable steam levels, and it has wheels for ease of movement. A water tank of a little less than 2litres is adequate, it has an auto switch-off function for safety, and for one of this design it is a very good price.
This one is the only model on our list from what can be called a household name brand. Tefal is best known for a range of quality kitchen products, so it is no surprise it has clothes steamers in its collection. This is a hand-held, portable model – indeed it is very compact and light so great for travelling – that is designed for occasional and last-minute use, and it will be great for anyone needing a steamer to carry when on the move. It’s also surprisingly powerful for one of these at 1500watts, which is what you would expect from a bigger model.
It is ready to go in just one minute and, unlike most of these, you can use this with an attachment that constantly refills the small water reservoir so you have continuous use. That may make this the one that people choose over others. It is light and has a trigger that can be locked in place for continued steam, and comes with a brush attachment. It’s one of the more expensive hand-held models here, but quite possibly the best one of the lot.
This is another of the popular portable models, which are designed for hand-held use and are surprisingly compact. This one is finished in a more fetching white and blue and looks a lot like a hairdryer. It comes with a 320ml water tank and 900W of power, so is very versatile indeed. It’s perfect for travel, too, as it is very small and will not take up much space in your luggage. You get a massive 18-32minutes on full steam after 24 seconds of heat, which is very quick indeed.
This one is designed to be used both horizontally and vertically, and has special anti-leak design to facilitate this, unlike some others of its type. It is also designed with many safety features including over-heating protection, low water switch off, and it will automatically shut down if unused for a number of minutes. The water tank is removable for filling and you get a measuring cup, plus you also get a lint and fabric brush which is a neat touch. It’s a good model at a sensible price.
That’s our list of the 10 best clothes steamers for you, and we have covered both of the main types with several options. Which one suits you best depends upon what you want it for, so before we talk about our choices from the list, let’s have a quick look at some of the features you need to consider when choosing your best clothes steamer.
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How It Works
The concept is simple: you have a device into which you put water; the water is heated until it turns to steam, and the steam is directed onto the clothing to dampen and heat it, and thus to remove wrinkles. These devices are cheap to buy and use, they don’t need any harmful chemicals or additives, and they come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles.
You can choose from small, portable devices that are hand-held. These tend to be popular with people who need one for travel use – perhaps business users who need to have a shirt without creases in to hand at all times. You can also get professional-type steamers, which are used by the cleaning companies and laundry services to get the desired result. These are larger, often with more running time, and designed not for one garment but for many at the same time.
The great things about clothes steamers is that they are very easy to use. You simply have to follow the manufacturers instructions for safety – steam can scald, after all, if you are not careful – and make sure you do it right. They are also cheap to use, and are relatively energy-efficient.
We’ll cover the factors you need to look for when choosing the best clothes steamer towards the end of our reviews, and there are quite a few differences between the models featured, so without any further hesitation, let us show you the top 10 clothes steamers on the market right now, and see if we can help you find the right one for you.
Important Features to Consider
There is absolutely no doubt that the best clothes steamer makes a sensible and practical purchase, and as these are far from expensive you may want to look more closely at the models we have featured.
Which one is right for you? Here are a few pointers as to what you need to consider when choosing the best clothes steamer.
- Hand-Held or Upright – this is the first major point you have to consider. Our list is split between the two main types: those that are portable and hand held, a little like a hairdryer, and those that are more substantial and feature a base unit with a stand, and a steam head. If you need one for travelling, the hand-held is the obvious choice, but for regular steaming you might prefer the upright model.
- Power – the wattage of the heating elements determines how efficient your steamer will be, and the higher the wattage, the quicker and more effectively it will operate. Among our lists, power ranges from around 800watts to more than double that amount, so be sure to choose carefully.
- Vertical or Horizontal – there are some models here that can only be used for horizontal steaming, while others – including all the upright models – can also be used in vertical mode. It is important you
- Steam Selection – some have a fixed steam output, others you can select the amount and heat of your steam. This is important when dealing with delicate fabrics, and needs to be considered carefully.
- Capacity – the more water the steamer carries, the longer you will get full steam out of it. Some are a matter of a few minutes, others much more, so look at the specifications when making your decision.
That’s our main features to look for, so which is for you? Let’s check it out!
Let’s Wrap It Up!
So, which is the one for you? Let’s split our conclusion into two parts, and deal with those who want a hand-held model first.
The key to the hand-held clothes steamer is a combination of portability and versatility, and to that end, we have two favourites. One is the very neat and usable Beautural model, number 2 on the list, which offers great steaming time in a very neat and usable package at a good price. The other is the Tefal hand-held, number 9, which is the best overall at this price, and a quality item with excellent features including continuous refill.
If you need an upright, there is one outstanding model on our list: it’s number 7, from BestSteam, and it offers a combination of all the features you need from one of these, in a quality package.
That’s our review for you, and we hope that we have found you the best clothes steamer for you!