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Best Clothes Steamer for College

A handheld steamer is a great investment when heading off to college. As technology improves, most handheld steamers are just as good as full sized clothing steamers, without needing much space to store or time to heat up.

In this post, let’s take a look at the best clothes steamer for college. Here are the easy to store and easy to operate steamers for 2022:

best clothes steamer for college

Polardo Mini Handheld Steamer

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The Polardo mini steamer tops our list for 2022 as it has an electronic pump system and nano polymer water filter. This means that you can use the steamer both horizontally and vertically without water leaking or spitting. The nano polymer filter allows for tap water to be used without calcifying the heating element.

Heating up in just 25 seconds, the Polardo handheld steamer is compact and perfect for college. The small size makes the steamer more lightweight than other choices. The steamer runs for approximately 10 minutes at a time, plenty of time to steam an outfit before heading off to class. Check it out further below:

Beautural Handheld Steamer

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This is the number 1 best selling handheld steamer on Amazon, with over 27,500 customer reviews. There are three things I like the best about the Beautural steamer. They are:

  • Includes a lint brush, fabric brush and crease tool as standard
  • Has a long 8ft power cord
  • Larger 8.79 ounce water tank

This handheld steamer can also be used horizontally and vertically. It operates at 1200 watts, which is an average wattage for handheld steamers. It’s not the most powerful steamer, so it would be best for lightweight clothing rather than heavier items such as denim, or coats and jackets.

You’ll need to use distilled water in this steamer (as with most steamers). With a built in auto shut off, you also won’t need to worry about burning down the dorm if you forget to turn it off before rushing to class. Check it out further below:

The Beutural handheld steamer is also available at Walmart. Compare the pricing here:

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Bizond Handheld Steamer

Small and Light
Bizond Mini Steamer

The Bizond garment steamer is a mini steamer that is lightweight and portable.


It is not as powerful as any of the steamers listed above, however, if you have sheer or lace curtains this will work a treat.


The cord is 9.8 feet long, perfect for reaching to the top of the curtains. It has 900 watts of power, which means the steam output won’t be as good and it may take longer to steam.


Why I featured the Bizond Steamer on the List of Best Steamers for Curtains:

  • It has a 3 year warranty
  • Comes with a fabric brush attachment which helps to remove dust and relax fibers in the curtain fabrics
  • It is lightweight and portable
  • It is less expensive than some of the larger handheld steamers


If you’re looking for a curtain steamer that could you also pack on your next holiday this steamer is a great choice (otherwise take a look at my list of best steamers for travel here).


It is available in both the USA and Canada. If you are in the UK, take a look at the Fumorclu travel steamer, which is similar – although has a 2 year warranty.

Pros:
  • Good for smaller hands or lightweight curtains
  • Inexpensive
  • 3 year warranty
  • Includes a fabric brush
Cons:
  • Despite advertising tap water friendly, the manufacturer still recommends using distilled water. There is a lot of negative feedback that this steamer has stopped working - using tap water is probably why.
  • Lacks power compared to larger steamers
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The Bizond steamer is very similar to the Polardo steamer featured in our number one spot. Like the Polardo handheld steamer, you can use the Bizond steamer in both horizontal and vertical positions. This makes it one of the best steamers for college as you can steam linen, curtains, mattress and base as well as your clothing.

This steamer also has the built in nano polymer filter, allowing you to use tap water in the steamer if you have to. It is noted that Bizond themselves still recommend using distilled water even with the nano filter. The steamer also shuts down after 5 minutes of inactivity.

The Bizond steamer isn’t the most powerful steamer on the market, and will be better suited to those who live in warmer climates and steaming lighter weight clothing. The steamer is backed by an impressive 3 year warranty, which is the best on this list. Check it out further below:

Small and Light
Bizond Mini Steamer

The Bizond garment steamer is a mini steamer that is lightweight and portable.


It is not as powerful as any of the steamers listed above, however, if you have sheer or lace curtains this will work a treat.


The cord is 9.8 feet long, perfect for reaching to the top of the curtains. It has 900 watts of power, which means the steam output won’t be as good and it may take longer to steam.


Why I featured the Bizond Steamer on the List of Best Steamers for Curtains:

  • It has a 3 year warranty
  • Comes with a fabric brush attachment which helps to remove dust and relax fibers in the curtain fabrics
  • It is lightweight and portable
  • It is less expensive than some of the larger handheld steamers


If you’re looking for a curtain steamer that could you also pack on your next holiday this steamer is a great choice (otherwise take a look at my list of best steamers for travel here).


It is available in both the USA and Canada. If you are in the UK, take a look at the Fumorclu travel steamer, which is similar – although has a 2 year warranty.

Pros:
  • Good for smaller hands or lightweight curtains
  • Inexpensive
  • 3 year warranty
  • Includes a fabric brush
Cons:
  • Despite advertising tap water friendly, the manufacturer still recommends using distilled water. There is a lot of negative feedback that this steamer has stopped working - using tap water is probably why.
  • Lacks power compared to larger steamers
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Steamfast SF-452 Handheld Steamer

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Steamfast is a trusted name in steamers, both for clothing and cleaning. The Steamfast SF-452 is a no frills handheld steamer with 1000 watts of power. It is a little lower in power than I usually recommend, so I’d reserve this steamer for lightweight clothing and those who are attending college in warmer climates.

I like that it includes a pants clip for creasing, this is not only useful for pants and trousers but great for sleeves of dress shirts as well. There is also a fabric brush, a great tool for taking fluff and hair of clothing. It heats up in 20 seconds and can provide continuous steam for up to 20 minutes, by locking down the steam button, or press the trigger on and off as you need it to steam.

Steamfast offer a better warranty than some other manufacturers, with a 2 year warranty on this steamer. It weighs about 2 pounds without water. There are three steamfast handheld steamers on the market, but I only recommend this one and the SF-457 as it can be used both horizontally and vertically due to the water tank design.

Steamfast SF-457 Handheld Steamer

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The Steamfast SF-457 is another good choice for as a portable steamer for college students. It’s small, lightweight and ergonomically friendly. It doesn’t hold as much water as the model above, however, offers good flexibility for using both horizontally and vertically, and for those who struggle with how heavy other handheld steamers can be when filled with water.

It has a slim 5 ounce water tank design, two steam settings, 20 second heat up and is more cost effective to buy than the larger SF-452 model. It also offers continuous steam, so there are no buttons to hold down, just turn it on and get to steaming. Perfect for a quick freshen up of clothing before class.

Poweraxis Steamer and Iron Combo

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Can’t decide between a steamer vs iron for college? Here you have the best of both worlds with the Poweraxis steamer and iron combo.

This powerful little machine has 1600 watts of power, with three different steam settings and 4 temperature settings for all types of fabrics.

It is a little bulky to hold in your hand, so I wouldn’t recommend doing an entire basket of laundry with this, but for one off steaming before heading out it is a great unit. The bonus is you can use it as an iron for collars, cuffs and any creases needed (or for heavier fabrics such as denim), whilst using it as a steamer for other areas of your clothing.

The included bristle brush also helps to relax fibers in your clothing, remove lint and give a little distance between the sole plate and your clothes.

Make sure you use only distilled water in this unit though, feedback shows it has clogged rather quickly with tap water use.

Steamer vs Iron for College – Which Is Better?

It’s really up to your college student what their preference is when it comes to steaming and ironing.

If they’ve never ironed their clothing, a garment steamer is a great tool for removing wrinkles from clothing quickly which doesn’t take a lot of practice. You are less likely to burn clothing, they heat up quickly and you can steam items whilst hanging vertically, rather than needing a place to iron. So, being a compact and easily portable device, makes clothing steamers a great choice for college students.

A steamer is also excellent for dry clean only clothing, whereas an iron simply cannot be used on these types of fabrics. I do like the iron and steamer combo above, for those who like having options for all different types of clothing.

Remember however, that most clothing steamers work best with distilled water. You can easily pick this up on Amazon or from Walmart. Finding a clothing steamer than can be used solely with tap water can be done, and I have featured one on this list, and this would be the most ideal for a student attending college, so they can just grab water from the tap – steam their clothes – and head on out.