How many times have you looked at a pile of un-ironed shirts and wanted them to just disappear?
If your answer was too many times to mention, it might be time to invest in a little bit of help.
A clothes steamer is an effective way to live crease free and as they don’t make direct contact with the clothes, you don’t have to worry about burning an iron shaped hole into your favourite garments – we’ve all been there.
Like conventional irons, steamers require a little bit of water for the real magic to happen. Most heat up relatively quickly and deliver (sometimes continuous) steam to remove creases straight away.
Before parting with your cash and investing in a steamer, it makes sense to find out which type best suits your needs.
To help you with your decision, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best clothes steamers you can buy right now.
Best clothes steamers to buy
Best Tefal clothes steamer for affordability
This colourful handheld steamer from Tefal is compact with a sleek design and a powerful wattage that will melt the creases right out of your garment.
The vertical steam gadget has a powerful wattage of 1100W, so you can be sure this isn’t a shy gadget that doesn’t pack the power. A two metre power cable enables you to steam clothes without having to stand right next to power sockets.
Once you’ve poured in your water the steamer is ready to use in just 60 seconds – not bad, considering it takes around 60 seconds to position a shirt correctly on the ironing board.
Best clothes steamer for travelling
The Fridja clothes steamer is the perfect travel companion, coming with its own water tank, but you could very easily screw a plastic bottle on the end if you’re travelling and it’ll do the same job.
Boasting a whopping 1500 watts of power, this steamer is one of the most powerful on the market. It heats up in as little as 45 seconds and also has an anti-calcium water tank, making sure your clothes are neat and fresh.
Dual power modes allow you to switch between eco mode and full power mode for a lighter or more powerful steam output.
The steamer comes with a haul of accessories including a velvet travel bag, water bottle adapter and a folding hanger to name a few goodies.
The device also comes in white or black, so you can choose the best to fit your taste.
Best handheld clothes steamer
The Philips Steam & Go Plus has a stylish and modern design with rose gold trimmings. At just under £70 with amazing features – this is a steamer to keep a close eye out for.
1300 watts of power don’t make it the most powerful on the list, but it certainly isn’t the least – it can also output steam both vertically and horizontally, which many other clothes steamers out there can’t offer.
A long 2.5 metre cable is long enough for you to steam anywhere in a room comfortably. Automatic and continuous speed will de-wrinkle your clothes in no time.
Best luxury clothes steaming system
Refresh your clothes and keep them wrinkle free with this luxury option from LG.
With the LG Styler Clothing Care System, TrueSteam technology will remove bacteria and sterilise your clothes. This is ideal for people with allergies and or sensitive skin.
You can also use it to gently and quickly dry your clothes you wouldn’t trust your tumble dryer with. It can even dehumidify your clothes or infuse them with your preferred fragrance.
All you need to do is plug it into a regular socket and fill the water container. After the cycle is over you empty the drain tank and it’s ready to use again.
Best Breville clothes steamer
Designed to save time, the Elite Temp handheld garment steamer heats up in as little as 35 seconds, which is ideal for busy households.
Providing a seamless process from start to finish, the lightweight Elite Temp handheld garment steamer has three steam settings for customisable steam power.
Our writer reviewed the steamer for herself and was able to steam all of the creases out of a brand new shirt in around two minutes.
Thanks to its compact size, the lightweight and folding steamer is ideal for travellers or gym goers as it can be easily stored in suitcases or gym bags to keep clothes fresh on the go.
Best clothes steamer for large garments
If you’re looking for a steamer to sort of take the place of your iron (let’s be honest, ironing is about as exciting as being burnt by one) this model from Morphy Richards is top quality in its field and could very easily replace your iron.
A massive 1750 watts of power are packed into this little gadget, which is only 250 watts below some of the most powerful irons. A three metre cable allows you to comfortably steam wherever you are in the home.
Ready to use in just 35 seconds, switch between eco mode or a turbo mode, depending how much you have to steam and what the garments are.
Included in the pack is a lint brush, which is perfect for eliminating pet hair or other transferred fabric whilst you steam.
Best clothes steamer for fast steaming
Another one from Beldray, sure to get you lovers of rose gold excited.
This model boasts slightly more power than its predecessor, it has 1500 watts of power and a 270ml removable water tank. The steamer is ready to use in as little as 30 seconds and offers 15 minutes of usage from just one charge.
With a continuous vertical steam function and a fabric brush, you can achieve a deep clean on garments and upholstery with minimal effort.
Best Russell Hobbs clothes steamer
The Russell Hobbs steam genie has an impressive 1650 watts and is ready to use in as little as 45 seconds, this handy gadget is small but mighty.
The vertical steamer, although very powerful, only has around 11 minutes of continuous steam time – which isn’t the best we’ve seen compared to the other contenders, but still enough to do all of the upholstery in the living room.
The pack includes three adjustable accessories; a delicate bonnet, an upholstery bonnet and a trusty lint brush for stubborn fabrics.
Best for a professional finish
This handheld steamer is also self-standing and can be used vertically or horizontally – offering you ease of use when de-wrinkling the wardrobe.
The water tank is able to hold up to 200ml and 1500W of pure steam power. An anti-calc container ensures that your clothes are cleanly and freshly steamed, without any unsightly residue.
It isn’t the smallest steamer we’ve come across, but is small enough to travel with you when you’re away.
Best clothes steamer for clothes and upholstery
Ideal for all of the garments that aren’t safe to go in a dryer, the Tefal Cube is a high pressure garment steamer, which is perfect for all of those ‘hand wash only’ items, since it wipes out any lingering germs without needing harsh chemicals.
So, on top of the usual curtains and clothes, you can sanitise pillows, coats, and school uniforms while getting rid of any stubborn wrinkles too.
What’s more, it also doubles as an iron, if you want to have some real fun. The 1.1 litre tank holds so much you can keep steaming for 80 minutes.
Best powerful clothes steamer
This clothes steamer has a fairly sleek, compact design for an upright steamer. If push comes to shove, you could probably squeeze this into your suitcase.
Boasting 1600 watts of power – this steamer has three steam settings and reduces stubborn creases in your light and heavy garments quickly.
The water tank can hold up to 2.5m of water which heats up within 35 seconds, and will last you for 80 minutes worth of steaming time.
It’s super easy to use whilst at the same time removing odours and freshens up fabrics and also comes with a convenient clothes hanger and trouser clips.
Best affordable clothes steamer
The Beldray handheld steamer is easy to use and compact enough to fit in your suitcase or overnight bag if you’re away.
With an impressive 1200 watts of power and a heat up time of just 30 seconds – what’s there not to love so far?
The vertical steamer has the option for continuous steam by flicking a switch on the trigger button, which will give you around 15 minutes of steam – that’s enough to tackle that pile of shirts you wanted to disappear.
What type of clothes steamer should you go for?
There are two types of clothing steamer – upright and handheld. Both designs do the same job but there are a few key differences:
Upright steamers are powerful and best suited to heavy duty fabrics. They are heavier and bulkier and can weigh upwards of 7kg. They have large water tanks built into their base that allows you to keep steaming for longer.
They tend to include built-in hangers, however due to their size and weight they are far less portable and more expensive.
Handheld steamers are much smaller and lightweight (1kg – 2kg), making them far easier to carry around and travel with. They also have much smaller water tanks and tend to be more affordable.
They tend to look like either a shower head, an iron or a kettle.
Is steaming bad for clothes?
No, steaming is not bad for your clothes. In fact, there a number of benefits of using a clothes steamer, including:
- Gentle of fabrics compared to irons, which crush fabric fibres and shorten the lifespan of your clothing
- Freshen clothes and removes odours – perfect for a quick pick-me-up on tired garments
- Removes allergens from clothing, ideal for those with sensitive skin or allergies
However, there is a slight caveat here – not all fabrics are suitable for steaming. Materials such as waxed fabrics, suede, leather and plastic synthetics aren’t suitable for use with a clothes steamer.
Features to look out for
Weight – If you’re planning on taking your steamer with you on your travels – maybe you’ve got a wedding or work event abroad, so you will need something compact, portable and lightweight.
Size – You will need to consider the size, especially if you’re steering towards an upright steamer as handling the water tank may require some strength. You will also need to think about where to store it.
Steam settings – Some steamers have more than one setting allowing you to alter the flow of the steam – which is handy if you’re steaming different fabrics that require less or more.
Heat up time – You will want to opt for a steamer with a speedy heat up time if you find that you’re always short on time, and hoping for something that will save you time.
Water tank – Handheld steamer water tanks are lightweight and small, so you will need to think about how often you are willing to refill it.
Fabric suitability – You will need to check that your steamer is suitable for all fabrics or for the fabric you wish to use it on. If you are steaming light fabrics, you may not need to go for something that is very powerful. Likewise, if you’re wanting to steam heavy-duty fabrics, you will need a handheld steamer that is powerful or opt for an upright steamer.