best travel steamer

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If you are heading away on a trip, I’ve compiled a list of travel steamers that are lightweight, compact and easy to fit in your luggage. While most handheld steamers are marketed as travel steamers, they are quite large and bulky, and take up too much room in your suitcase.

These steamers all measure under 10 inches at their longest point and 5.5 inches at the widest, some being much smaller than that. There are also options of dual voltage travel steamers that work at both 110 or 120 volts and 220 to 240 volts without needing a converter. These travel steamers have built in converters, meaning you only need the specific wall plug for the country you are traveling to.

Here is a table of the steamers on this list, with the dimensions, weight and voltage. I’ll explore the specific features of each steamer in the text below:

SteamerDimensionsWeightVoltage
Polardo Travel Steamer7.5 x 3 inches1.2 pounds110v only
Electrolux Travel Steamer8 x 2.5 inches1.6 pounds110v only
Rowenta Travel Steamer10 x 5.5 inches2.5 pounds110v – 220v
Conair Travel Steamer9.5 x 4.5 inches1.2 pounds120v – 240v
Salav Travel Steamer7.5 x 5 inches1.2 pounds100v – 240v
Sharper Image Travel Iron5.3 x 3.7 inches0.98 pounds120v – 220v
Steam & Go Travel Steamer7 x 4 x 9 inches1.2 pounds100 – 240v

Polardo Travel Steamer

The Polardo travel steamer is lightweight at just 1.2 pounds. With a built in nano polymer filter, you can use tap water in this steamer, avoiding the need to find distilled water whilst traveling.

You can use this steamer both horizontally and vertically and it is small enough to fit in your carry on luggage. Measuring around 7.5 inches tall x 3 inches at the widest point (the steamer head), this travel steamer also comes with a drawstring bag for travel.

Electrolux Travel Steamer

This travel steamer by Electrolux heats up in 30 seconds and provides 10 minutes of continuous steaming. Measuring 8 inches x 2.5 inches it won’t take up too much space in your luggage. You can use this steamer both horizontally and vertically and the metal steam head is ideal to hold heat for extra ironing power.

A fabric brush is included as well as a water cup for refilling the steamer. It has a 7.5 foot power cord, which is more than adequate for a travel steamer. Pack it all in the included travel pouch to tuck away neatly in your luggage.

Rowenta Dual Voltage Travel Steamer

This Rowenta steamer (model number DR7051) is specifically designed for travel and can be used in both 110 volt and 220 volt countries. It is a little larger and heavier than the other steamers on this list, weighing 2.5 pounds and measuring 10 inches tall x 5.5 inches wide.

This steamer comes with everything you need for travel, a fabric brush, steam bonnet for delicates and an over the door hook to hang your clothing on whilst you steam. This is all packaged in a handy travel bag. It heats up quickly (45 seconds) and you can use this steamer both horizontally and vertically.

At 1100 watts, it is the highest powered steamer on this list, making wrinkle removal efficient and easy.

Built in Voltage Conversion
Rowenta Dual Voltage Travel Steamer
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Conair Dual Voltage Travel Steamer

This is a compact and lightweight dual voltage steamer, but unfortunately it lacks a little steam power. At 450 watts, it has less than half the power of the Rowenta steamer above and half the power of the Electrolux and Polardo steamers.

If you are traveling to a warm location with lightweight clothing, this steamer may be suitable for you. You can also use this steamer in both a horizontal and vertical position, although Conair caution against tipping the steamer upwards, which may cause leaking water.

Salav Auto Voltage Travel Steamer

This is an inexpensive travel steamer by Salav that has an automatic voltage adjustment built in, so you can use it across the world. It is fairly compact, at approximately 7.5 x 5 inches, has a 6.5 foot power cord and weighs just over 1.2 pounds.

This steamer lacks a little in the power department, at only 265 watts, it is really only suitable for lightweight clothing, or fabrics that require a gentle steam, such as silk and rayon. You also can only use this steamer in a vertical position, with no ability to steam laying flat.

Sharper Image Dual Voltage Mini Steam Iron
$24.99
Pros:
  • 3 temperature settings
  • 8ft power cord
  • 1 minute heat up
  • Weighs less than a pound
Cons:
  • Travel case sold separately
  • 350 watts of power - might not be useful for tough wrinkles
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Steam & Go Dual Voltage Travel Steamer

Pros:
  • Works between 100-120V and 220-240V with no converter required
  • Measures 7 x 4 x 9 inches
  • Weighs 1.2 pounds
  • 4 Stylish Colors
Cons:
  • 1 year warranty
  • Cannot use horizontally
  • Have to manually change the voltage using the slider on the steamer
  • Takes 2 minutes to heat up
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InstaSteam

Something else to consider is InstaSteam. This is a small packet with ecofriendly contents that, when mixed with water, creates steam. You hang your clothing inside the included garment bag, activate the steam and in 5-10 minutes wrinkles have relaxed from the clothing. You don’t need any electricity, removing the need for a travel steamer, adaptors and converters.

Read more about InstaSteam in my full review here.