Best Travel Clothes Steamer
If you are looking to buy the best travel clothes steamer, we’d like to help. We’ve searched high and low for product reviews to see which travel garment steamers buyers are happiest with. The good news is, it is not all about spending more.
BE AWARE – INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIRES DUAL VOLTAGE (120/240) AND MAY NOT WORK IN ALL COUNTRIES
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You don’t need to spend much to have wrinkle-free clothing while traveling. Here are some of the most popular travel clothes steamers and what buyers liked & disliked about them.
Samsonite Dual Voltage Steamer
Great travel Steamer for international travel – comes with 120/240 volt option. Plastic Rubber, easy gripping, small in size at 4x3x7. The Samsonite Dual Voltage Steamer has a foldaway handle, large capacity for water, which will steam about 3-4 shirts, giving you about 12 minutes of steam. Does also have a viewable water line window, but reviewers complained of difficulty filling.
PROS: International use, small in size, steam ready in 2-4 minutes, additional brushes included
CONS: Spewing water, difficult to refill with water, low steam flow for some, some did not want to wait for the steam to start
By far the most popular travel clothes steamer, the Jiffy Travel Steamer is more expensive than most of the competition, coming in at around $50. It offers 800 watts of power and an 8 ounce water tank. Jiffy is marketing the steamer with color options, including breast cancer awareness pink. Here are our findings.
PROS: Immediate steam, lasts 15 minutes (3-5 items), 9 foot cord, small (6x5x11), does what it says it will do
CONS: Some experienced spewing water, leaves clothes damp, not for international travel (120v only), can burn skin, Not Dual Voltage
The Steamfast Compact Steamer is an inexpensive travel clothes steamer, coming in at around $30. It offers 800 watts of power, just like Jiffy, as well as being about the same size (7x4x9). It has a smaller water tank of 7 ounces, and requires about 1-2 minutes to heat up, rather than providing immediate steam like the Jiffy model. Here is what the reviewers thought.
PROS: Small, good for delicates, steams 3-4 garments, lightweight and portable, lasts 10-12 minutes, 9 foot power cord
CONS: Spurts water, burns skin, no on/off switch, 10 minutes of steam too short, 120v (can’t use internationally)
View all the Reviews of the Steamfast Compact Steamer HERE
Steamfast Mini Steam Iron - Our Top Pick
The Steamfast Mini Steam Iron is a different option, a steamer and iron in one, made lightweight and the smallest of all for travel (5x3x3). This is the cheapest option, coming in at under $20, and getting great reviews, 85% 5 star. It offers the quickest heat up time, but also the smallest water holding tank.
PROS: Immediate steam, great price, smallest, less likely to get burned, dual voltage power cord for international use (100-127v/220-240v)
CONS: 6 minutes total steam time, 7.5 foot cord, 420 watts, cannot be used where ‘steaming only’ is required like wedding dress
The Smartek Handheld Steamer is well liked and affordable, coming in currently at under $30. It offers 800 watts of power and the largest water tank of 13 ounces. It is also the largest portable steamer at 4x5x15. It may be more practical for vehicle travel than air travel.
PROS: Steams for 20+ minutes, lightweight, steam in 1-2 minutes, powerful steam
CONS: Spits out water, doesn’t remove wrinkles as expected, leaves clothes damp, burns skin
Read all of the Reviews for the Smartek Handheld Steamer HERE
We remind you to consider this when purchasing anything; every product gets good and bad reviews. Clothing Steamers are great products but there is a learning curve, and you could get burned by steam before you figure out how to use one correctly. Many people never figure out how to use one, and leave a bad review after being burned.
We often see reports of spewing water, but if you hold the steamhead correctly and don’t overfill, you can correct that. So, although we report what we see, we feel that many of the findings could be corrected with proper use. Also, travel steamers are not always powerful enough for heavy fabrics such as thick cotton or wool.
Use your own judgement before making a purchase, and remember most manufactuers offer a warranty against product defects.