Best Clothes and Garment Steamers 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

IF YOU ARE A FAN OF CRISP AND CREASE FREE CLOTHING OUR GUIDE AND REVIEWS WILL HELP YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT STEAM OR IRONING SYSTEM FOR YOUR NEEDS

Not so long ago if you were a fan of having neatly ironed clothes you had to warm the iron in a fire to get those creases out of your best suit, thankfully in the 1920’s the first temperature controlled clothes iron was invented and sometime in 1926 the first commercial steam iron was introduced. These days, thanks to years of product development and getting the design of the new irons and steamers down to an art.

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Product

Wattage

Battery

Features

Rating

Price

Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam Review

Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam

1800 Watts

​1.5 Hours Continuous Use

Eco Mode

Removable Tank

Rapid Heat UP

Safety Features​

J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer Review

J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer

1300 Watts

1.5 Hours Continuous Use

5.5ft Flexible Hose

3 Year Warranty

Rapid Heat Up

Easy Roll Castor

Steam Fast SF-680 Review

Steam Fast SF-680

1350 Watt

Digital Controls

Safety Features

Non-Stick Teflon Surface​

J-4000 Jiffy Garment Steamer Review

J-4000 Jiffy Garment Steamer

1500 Watts

2 Hours Continuous Use

5.5ft Flexible Hose

3 Year Warranty

Easy Roll Casters

Die cast aluminum housing​

Steamfast SF-407 Fabric Steamer

Steamfast SF-407 Fabric Steamer

1500 Watts

55 Minutes Continuous Use

Safety Features

Rapid Heat Up

Easy Roll Castors​

Ivation 1500-Watt Powerful Valet Fabric

Ivation 1500-Watt Powerful Valet Fabric

1500 Watts

70 Minutes Continuous Use

Safety Features

Rapid Heat Up

Variable Steam Levels

Smooth-Rolling Castors​

Rowenta IS6300 Master Valet Review

Rowenta IS6300 Master Valet

1550 Watts

1 Hour Continuous Use

Vertical Support

Safety Features

Rapid Heat Up

Built in Hanger​

PurSteam Fabric Steamer Review

PurSteam Fabric Steamer

1600 - 1700 Watts

Compact and Portable

Lightweight

Rapid Heat Up

Reliable 3000IS

Reliable 3000IS

2 Hours Continuous Use

Safety Features

1 Year parts and Labour Warranty​

12 gauge Wiring Throughout

Do You Need an Iron or a Garment Steamer?

Whilst they seem to give the same end result they actually work in very different ways for instance a clothes iron uses its weight along with heat and steam to press the clothes you are ironing whereas a clothes or garment steamer uses very high temperature steam which is much better for your clothes as it completely stops any risk of scorching you clothes and the steam simply relaxes the fibres so is much more suitable for use even on delicate clothing.

Also if you are using an iron whilst decreasing a lot of clothes you may find you need to top it up with water a few times as the tanks are usually much smaller than the tanks you will find on your average clothes steamer.

When deciding whether a steamer or an iron is more suitable for your needs you should ask yourself a few simple questions.

How Much Room Do You have in Your Home?

One problem with irons is that no matter what kind of iron you buy you will always need an ironing board which other than slight variations are a very similar size so you would always need a certain amount of space to set your board up and room for the washing you will be doing as well as room to store the ironing board when not in use.

If you are short on space in your home then it is easy to find a garment steamer in a size that is right for you as in recent years even the handheld and compact steamers are very good quality and full of features with the ability to fit in even the smallest home.

What material are the clothes that will you be removing the creases from?

If your wardrobe consists of delicate materials such as lace, polyester or maybe satin or even silk then using an iron even on the lowest settings has a massive risk of damaging such material but if you use a garment steamer you do not have to worry about this as its perfectly safe to use on such delicate cloths thanks to the properties of the steam.

If you are someone who wears clothes that look much better with perfect crisp creases then an good quality iron will be better suited to your needs as where both an iron and a steamer are great for removing creases from your clothes only an iron will be able to press those creases into your garments.

How many clothes will you be using the iron or steamer on?

It is very important to think about just how many clothes you will be removing the creases from in one sitting so if you have a big family or often do washing for sports teams a garment steamer would be ideal for you because it is much faster to do each item than an iron is thanks to being able to simply hang the garment and run the streamer over each section.

Here are our TOP 10 Picks on the Best Clothe and Garment Steamers in the Market 2017

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Rowenta DG8520 Perfect Steam 1800-Watt Eco Energy Steam Iron Station Stainless Steel Soleplate, 400-Hole, Purple

KEY FEATURES!

  • 1800 Watt
  • ECO Mode
  • Removable Tank
  • Rapid Heat Up
  • Safety Features

The Rowena DG8520 Perfect steam iron station is an absolutely wonderful piece of kit which will help make your ironing much less of a chore, with a heat up time of just two minutes you can be decreasing your clothes in no time.

Although it may look a bit like a tradition iron there is no need for a cumbersome ironing board as with the Rowena DG8520 you are able to simple leave your clothes on the hanger and iron them whilst they are hanging up, simply point it to the garment and press the button and watch the wrinkle disappear. If you have curtains that just need a little spruce up to remove odours or creases there is no need to take them down you can simply steam them straight on the curtain pole so what would have been a big job would be over and done with in just a couple of minutes

With many features added to make your life easier one of the best in our opinion is how easy they have made it to remove any calcium deposits that build up around the heating element, Rowenta’s Calc-Away system displays a light when the deposits have built up ready for you to unscrew the calcium collector and run it under water, then you simply pop it back in the machine and carry on.

Rowenta have also fitted the DG8520 Perfect Steam with an extra-large capacity removable water tank that allows for two hours of continuous ironing. As an added bonus for those of you who are worried about the effect these powerful machines have on our environment they have also added an Eco feature which still allows for effective steaming but whilst using up to 20% less energy than the standard setting.

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J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head, 120 Volt

KEY FEATURES!

  • 1300 Watt
  • 5.5ft Flexible Hose
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Rapid Heat Up
  • Easy Roll Castors

Jiffy have designed their J-2000 Garment Steamer so that as well as being perfect for home use it is also ideal for light commercial use so if you do clothes ironing or garment steaming as a side job this steamer is perfect for you.

The J-2000 has an easy to view clear water tank that can store three quarters of a gallon of water which allows for one and a half hours of continuous steaming and as this steamer has been designed for speedier decreasing thanks to redesigned handles that are more ergonomic you can be sure that you could get through many clothes in such a long time frame.

Jiffy have fitted the J-2000 with four easy to manoeuvre castors that turn 360° allowing for you to move it around your workspace smoothly and easily. They have also added a spill-proof cap to the water tank so that even if you are rushing you will not have any mishaps.

This steamer can heat up in as little as one and a half minutes so if you realise you favourite top or suit is ridiculously creased just before you are off out the door you can feel safe in the knowledge that you can be off out the door ten minutes later with clothes that are looking brand new.

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KEY FEATURES!

  • 1550 Watt
  • Vertical Support
  • Safety Features
  • Rapid Heat Up
  • Built in Hanger

Rowenta have surpassed themselves with this steamer they have invented the first full sized steamer with vertical support with their roll and press system which gives you a sturdy flat surface to press your clothes against to allow for one handed steaming.

With a transparent easy view water tank that has an 81 ounce capacity you are able to easily see how much water is left in the machine with a full tank lasting for around an hour at a time. Rowenta put so much thought into the design of this garment steamer taking the idea from how heavy suitcases are transported they have made a ‘tilt and roll’ system which allows you to take the handle and tilt the machine back onto its large wheels for easy manoeuvring.

With a heat up time of only sixty second the IS6300 is ready to use in no time at all and with a foot operated on and off switch and a stay cool soft touch handle you are able to use this comfortably for a long time.

The Rowenta IS6300 Master Valet also has an auto off function so if the tank does run dry by mistake you don’t need to worry about any damage as it will know and switch itself off. Also if you purchase this steamer Rowenta include a fabric brush and a lint pad so you can be sure to achieve a lovely finish to your clothing.

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Steam Fast SF-680 Digital Fabric Steam Press

KEY FEATURES!

  • 1350 Watt
  • Digital Controls
  • Safety Features
  • Non-Stick Teflon Surface

Unlike the previous items we have reviews here we have Steam Fasts SF-680 Digital Fabric Steam Press which is small enough to fit on your table so can be ideal if you do not have a lot of room for your ironing. As with irons because of the way the steam comes out from the holes if you use normal tap water you could get a build-up of lime scale that could leave marks on your clothes so you should use distilled water wherever possible to eliminate that risk.

The SteamFast SF-680 also has a Steam-Burst Function that can be activated using a button on the side of the handle which sends a burst of steam into the garment to remove any stubborn wrinkles or creases.

With a take that holds around 10 ounces of water if you have lots of clothes to decrease it may not be suitable for you but if you are not a regular ironer this is ideal for you and whilst it has a much larger surface area than a traditional iron does if you have some large clothes you may have to move them around a little to get a good creases but it is ideal for bedsheets curtains or tablecloths as you can simply fold them up, press them then store them away.

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J-4000 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head, 120 Volt

KEY FEATURES!

  • 1500 Watt
  • 5.5ft Flexible Hose
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Easy Roll Casters
  • Die cast aluminum housing

Jiffys J-4000 features many of the same benefits as its ‘little brother’ we reviewed earlier but is primarily designed for commercial use with a more powerful 1500 watt heating element with dual thermostats for a rapid heat up and a stainless steel boiler tank that features a one gallon water tank so you can go for around 2 hours per filling. Being designed for professional use Jiffy have designed this steamer with a solid and sturdy aluminum housing allowing it to be used in the tougher work environments.

Being a commercial steamer the J-4000 does take a bit longer to warm up than others listed here with it taking 15 minutes to get to its standby temperature then a further 5 minutes to get to its full steaming temperature but as touched upon before this allows for a very long session of up to 2 hours and the speed it which it can decrease your garments is second to none.

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Reliable 3000IS 3/8-Gallon Professional Ironing System, Made in Italy

KEY FEATURES!

  • 2 hours Continuous Use
  • 1 Year Parts and Labour Warranty
  • Safety Features
  • 12 gauge Wiring Throughout

The Reliable 3000IS 3/8-Gallon Professional Ironing System has been made in Italy with high grade components than others in its class and even though it has been made with professionals in mind they still allow you to use your existing ironing board instead of having to splash out on unnecessary equipment.

The professional grade iron weighs in at just 3.9lb so even though it is sturdy you are still able to use it for long periods comfortably and also features a 6 foot steam hose that has been created form lightweight material.

Reliable have a long history of creating great products and as such have made the boiler tank out of stainless steel so you will not have to worry rust or any other issues and as with all of their pressurized boiler tanks they offer a Lifetime warranty for the tank so you can feel safe that even if an issue does crop up years down the line your tank can always be replaced.

Again as this is a professional product aimed towards commercial use this ironing system does take a while longer to warm up than the home models, the booklet says to leave for fifteen minutes to warm up though usually you are able to start steaming in less than ten minutes.

KEY FEATURES!

  • 1500 Watt
  • 55 Minutes Continuous Use
  • Safety Features
  • Rapid Heat Up
  • Easy Roll Castors

The Steamfast SF-407 Fabric Steamer is a very nicely priced garment steamer that has a rapid heat up time of just 45 seconds and is an amazing piece of equipment that would fit in any home.

Included with this unit is a telescopic pole which can be taken off or adjusted so your clothes are just at the right level for you when steaming so you can be more comfortable and unlike some of the more expensive versions Steamfast even include an attachable fabric brush that allows you to easily brush of anything from the clothes. With its 40 ounce removable water tank that is easy to access and a built in hanger hook to allow you to hang the clothes you are steaming straight on the machine as you are using it this budget machine is packed full of premium features.

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Ivation 1500-Watt Powerful Valet Fabric & Garment Steamer with 4 Steam Levels, Foot Operated On-Off Switch & Telescoping Rods - Smooth-Rolling Casters

KEY FEATURES!

  • 1500 Watt
  • 70 Minutes Continuous Use
  • Safety Features
  • Rapid Heat Up
  • Variable Steam Levels
  • Smooth-Rolling Castors

The Ivation 1500-Watt Powerful Valet Fabric & Garment Steamer is a very modern, stylish looking steamer that is packed with features including a dial on the top of the base that adjusts the power going to the heating element allowing for you to choose between 300w, 600w, 900w or the maximum 1500w setting giving you 4 different levels of steam so that no matter how delicate the material is you can be sure to find a steam setting that is ideal for it. If you use the steamer on the highest setting you will get 70 minutes continuous steam from it but at the lowest setting you can get as much as 7 hours of continuous steam which is a very impressive feat.

To allow you to move from room to room in case you want to clean your curtains for instance Iviation have added big rear wheels with smooth rolling castors at the front. With lots of thought going into the design of this garment steamer they have also added a foot operated on and off switch and a built in Hanger hook to keep it in the correct position whilst you are steaming your clothes.

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PurSteam Fabric Steamer, Fast-Heat Aluminum Heating Element With Travel Pouch, 180ml Capacity Perfect for Home and Travel

KEY FEATURES!

  • 1600 - 1700 Watt
  • Lightweight
  • Compact and Portable
  • Rapid Heat Up

No guide to the best garment/clothes steamers would be complete without at least one travel steamer in its repertoire and we have scouted far and wide to find the ideal portable steamer for you.

There is many portable steamers on the market but here we have the PurSteam Fabric Steamer which is the best value for money with some absolutely fantastic features that you just wouldn’t expect to see on a handheld steamer.

The Pursteam Fabric steamer looks very similar to others in its class on the outside but it is what is on the inside that is important. For instance the heating ball has been created with aluminum for durability and they have design the steam system to channel the steam in such a way that it can easily remove even the toughest wrinkles and creases from your clothes.

Even though it is such a small package, which might I add is not a bad thing at all as it is so comfortable and easy to use Pursteam have created this steamer so that it can get to full steaming temperature within ninety seconds which is incredible when you think that some of the professional steamers can take ten minutes to be ready. Pursteam also include a very stylish travel bag so you can store this away in your suitcase for when you are on your travels.

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