Handheld

A handheld clothes steamer is a great accessory to pack in your suitcase for a weekend away, or a quick refresh of clothing before work in the morning. It’s also a good investment for your home. But with so many handheld clothes steamers on the market, it can be hard to choose one.

Here are our top recommendations for 2022, as well as things to consider when buying a handheld clothing steamer.

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1. Conair Turbo Extreme Steam

Conair Turbo Extreme Steam Handheld Fabric Steamer

Conair is a trusted brand in garment steamers and small appliances, and the Conair Turbo Extreme Steam handheld steamer doesn’t disappoint.

The Conair Turbo Extreme Steam handheld steamer has 5 steam settings and a whopping 1875 watts of power.

In 2022, it is common to see handheld steamers for clothes that have just as much power and functionality as full sized steamers, and this Conair steamers is one of those.

The Conair steamer heats up in 40 seconds for fast steaming.

The multiple steam settings are a bonus, as you can change the steam output for different types of fabrics.

The Conair handheld clothes steamer also has a built in crease tool, which is useful for creating pleats and creases in sleeves, trousers and flattening cuffs.

The only thing that lets the Conair handheld steamer down a little is it has a small water chamber, holding just over six and a half fluid ounces of water.

As a handheld steamer however, this is a fairly common water chamber size. We’re willing to overlook this for the massive 1875 watts of steaming power in this handheld steamer!

Conair have a range of handheld steamers, which you can read in our round up review post of all the Conair handheld steamers.

2. Electrolux Handheld Steamer

Top Pick
Electrolux 1500 Watt Handheld Garment Steamer
$59.99

With a 10oz water tank and 12ft power cord, you'll be ready to steam your wedding dress in just 30 seconds with this Electrolux handheld garment steamer. Steam horizontally or vertically without water dripping thanks to the built in steam pump.

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Electrolux is a quality brand in home appliances and I was very happy to see a garment steamer added to their selection.

This stylish handheld steamer has two steam settings, 1500 watts of power and a long power cord.

It not too large and heavy, has an ergonomically designed handle for comfortable steaming and with a run time of around 18 minutes, will steam multiple pieces of clothing before needing a refill.

There is a safety setting to auto turn off the steamer when not in use. If you’re the type of person who races out the door of a morning, gets half way to work and wonders if you’ve turned off the iron, this is the steamer for you!

Best of all, this steamer actually works. The ceramic sole plate retains heat for ultra fast steaming, leaving your clothing, linen and drapes wrinkle free in no time at all.

You can use the Electrolux Steamer in both horizontal and vertical positions and thanks to the built in electromagnetic pump, there’s no spitting water. Electrolux also include a fabric brush and lint brush.

I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase the Electrolux handheld steamer. It is a little pricier than some of the non-branded steamers, but on par with the brands such as Rowenta, Conair and Sunbeam. For more information, take a look at the full review of the Electrolux handheld steamer and Electrolux travel steamer here.

Top Pick
Electrolux 1500 Watt Handheld Garment Steamer
$59.99

With a 10oz water tank and 12ft power cord, you'll be ready to steam your wedding dress in just 30 seconds with this Electrolux handheld garment steamer. Steam horizontally or vertically without water dripping thanks to the built in steam pump.

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06/16/2022 10:51 pm GMT

3. Rowenta Handheld Steamer

Rowenta handheld steamer

Rowenta are another excellent brand in clothing steamers and the newest model for 2021 is the DR8120 – the Xcel Steam plus (+).

With two steam settings, you get excellent steam output at 20 grams per minute on the low steam setting and 26 grams per minute on the turbo settings.

Included with this handheld steamer are 3 attachments – a pants press, steam bonnet and fabric brush, all which are handy items to have with your garment steamer and do come in handy for lint, pet hair and adding creases to clothing.

Rowenta also include a bonus door hook for over the top of your door, so you always have somewhere to hang your clothing when steaming.

The power cord is an impressive 9.84 feet long – one of the longer power cords from the steamers on this list. This means you don’t need to be steaming right next to a power outlet, and if using this steamer for curtains or drapes, there’s plenty of cord to reach to the top.

With a built in anti-calcification setting, you can use tap water in this Rowenta steamer, as long as you clean it regularly using a 50% mix of white vinegar and demineralized water. Find step by step instructions on how to clean a Rowenta steamer here.

4. Black and Decker Handheld Clothes Steamer

handheld steamer for clothes

The Black and Decker handheld clothes steamer includes attachments needed for effective steaming with a focus on other uses around the home as well as clothes. This is the only garment steamer I have seen which comes with an upholstery attachment.

Featuring a whopping 15ft long power cord, the Black and Decker handheld steamer also makes our list of best steamers for curtains.

Not only will you reach the top of your curtains with ease, you can rest assured that if you forget to turn off the steamer it will auto switch for you, when not used for 15 minutes.

The wattage is 1400 watts, not as great as some of the other handheld clothes steamers on this list, but also not unsuitable for curtains and drapes. There is a turbo boost function for getting stubborn wrinkles out.

Black and Decker stand behind their steamer with a two year warranty. The user guide and warranty information is comprehensive and easy to follow.

5. Yika Clothes Steamer

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The Yika clothes steamer is a great budget friendly handheld steamer. With two steam settings, 30 second heat up time and 1200 watts of power, this steamer will run for around 20-25 minutes before needing a refill.

Use it both horizontally or vertically, this handheld clothes steamer has a ceramic coated soleplate and comes with a fabric brush attachment. Check it out below.

6. Poweraxis Iron and Handheld Steamer Combo

handheld steamer for clothes

This is a handy mini iron and clothes steamer combo, a great solution if you have collared shirts or like to make creases in trousers or sleeves. It has a powerful wattage with 4 settings, operating between 800 and 1600 watts of power.

Like other handheld clothes steamers on this list, the Poweraxis steamer can be used horizontally and vertically. The handle is quite bulky and it is not the most ergonomic steamer, with more of an iron appearance, however, its short heat up time and continuous flow of steam make this a great dual purpose appliance.

7. Reliable Dash Handheld Garment Steamer

handheld fabric steamer

Reliable (the brand) make some pretty good full size clothing steamers and their handheld steamer is impressive enough to make this list. With 1500 watts of power, and a 300ml water tank, this is comparable to the Electrolux handheld clothes steamer, at less of a cost.

Like other steamers on this list, use the Reliable Dash steamer horizontally or vertically – great for clothing or curtains, as well as upholstery and linens. It uses steam pump technology to output dry steam and is ergonomically designed.

What to Consider When Buying a Handheld Clothes Steamer

There are several things I like to consider when buying a clothing steamer, both handheld and full size versions. They are:

Wattage

The power behind the clothes steamer will directly affect the steam output, and the ability to quickly de-wrinkle your clothing. I try to look for handheld steamers that are at least 1200 watts of power, preferably 1500 watts.

The more powerful the steam output, the faster you will use the water in your tank however, which leads me to my next point…

Water Capacity

Handheld clothes steamers aren’t meant to hold a gallon of water, otherwise we’d never be able to hold them in our hands and move them around! That being said, some handheld steamers hold a few ounces only, which is mighty inconvenient if you have a few items to steam, or are tackling curtains or other furnishings around your home.

I try to look for a handheld steamer that has at least a 6 fluid ounce tank (200ml), for a good balance of weight vs steaming time.

Steam Settings

Some handheld steamers have multiple steam settings which is handy for different fabrics. They will output steam at different levels to help protect your garments. These steamers have the ability to reduce their wattage for lower settings. This is handy for delicate items like lace and silk.

Whilst I tend to turn on my steamer and use the highest setting, I do like the ability to use different steam settings if I needed to. That is why I will always consider the ability to alter the steam settings when considering a handheld steamer.

Accessories

The only accessory you really need when using a handheld clothes steamer is a steaming glove on your opposite hand! Unfortunately, there aren’t many manufacturers that include these with their handheld steamers. Luckily, they are inexpensive to buy.

If you have a variety of fabrics in your wardrobe you may find the accessories come in handy, which is why I like to choose steamers that include them. Accessories can include a crease tool, steam bonnet for delicate fabrics, brush for thicker fabrics, silicone bands to help pull the fabric as you steam and upholstery bonnet.

You can also buy steamer boards and over the door pads. If you have a handheld steamer, these are really useful to protect your door from damage, and give you a padded backing to help press against to remove wrinkles.

Warranty

Sometimes steamer manufacturers surprise us and provide longer than 12 month warranties, which is always a bonus for small handheld appliances. Black and Decker are one of those manufacturers who offer a 2 year warranty, which is great to see a brand supporting the longevity of their product.

Auto Shut Off

If you’re one of those people who are driving to work and wonder if you’ve left the iron on, an auto shut off feature is something you should consider! Many handheld steamers offer this feature, which is great for peace of mind when you are in a rush.

Conclusion

Handheld clothes steamers are a great item to have around the home. They’re great for steaming clothes efficiently, but they can also be used for a variety of other things, too. We hope you’ve gained some insight into what a handheld clothes steamer can do for you and we hope you’ve gained a better idea of which model will suit your needs best.

If you have any other questions about a handheld clothes steamer, please don’t hesitate to comment below. Thank you for reading, we are always excited when one of our posts is able to provide useful information on a topic like this!