12 Best Steamer Ironing & Steaming Supplies
We spent many hours steaming shirts, curtains, and dresses with 10 different steamers to find the best garment steamer over a few weeks. We found the Jiffy – ESTEAM to be the best portable vaporizer available. It has a robust and functional design that eliminates wrinkles in no time. If you need something with a larger tank to steam many clothes, its big brother, the Jiffy – J-2000, wins our pick for the best stand-up steamer. This stand model works excellent, heating up in about two minutes and getting 90 minutes of steam on a full tank. steamer
1. Top Model: Jiffy J-2000
Very effective at removing wrinkles and comes with a tank that provides a whopping 100 minutes of steam. Excellent build quality with no-frills – a perfect option for a stand-up vape.
The J-2000 steamed for a whopping 100 minutes. That means you can turn on the Jiffy along with your favorite movie, and the runtime will be the same. We hope you don’t have that much work to do at one time, but the Jiffy will have your back if you do. The extra vapor time also ensures that you don’t rush when vaporizing and extends the time between refills. steamer
The dress shirts steamed in about four minutes, while the silk dress only required one pass of the steamer to remove wrinkles. The vapor head is quite broad with six holes, providing just the right vapor power. It tackled a wool sweater with ease and slipped on any garment with ease, removing wrinkles efficiently.
The handle stayed cool during warmup, a bonus for the comfort level on an already well-designed machine. And when you need to move the device around a bit, all four wheels roll easily. We didn’t have to move it around much when using it, but the job was simple when it came time to haul it away. steamer
The water chamber is transparent, allowing you to see how much water is left in the steam cycle. It’s also designed with an efficient carry handle, making transportation to and from the sink much less awkward than its competitors.
If you don’t like ironing and have a lot of things to cook, Jiffy could be the answer you’re looking for.
- The Jiffy – J-2000 Garment Steamer stood out for its robustness and fast steam time; She had everything we wanted from a steamboat. steamer
- The Rowenta for about $100 less is a cost-effective option for people looking to save, as it does a solid job of parsing clothes and straightening them in about one pass, but the quality is less than the Jiffy.
- The foot steamers tested were more or less effective at removing wrinkles, but the Jiffy was considerably more powerful, more efficient, and less of a hassle.
2. Best Portable Vaporizer: Jiffy – ESTEAM
The Jiffy – ESTEAM Portable Vaporizer provides nearly as much power as the larger Jiffy J-2000 Vaporizer, but in a compact unit. Unlike the other handheld models, the steam head is square, providing more precision to go around the corners of pockets and press the fabric more effectively. And unlike most others, for a smaller unit, it packed a lot of power.
First impressions on the appearance are not tilted in favor of ESTEAM, but they grew on us. It resembles a stylized coffee pot. Unlike the others, it does not have a maximum fill line for water. You just fill the chamber to the top, which is friendly and straightforward.
Also, unlike the others, it doesn’t have a power switch but turns on immediately when plugged in. which adds to the device’s simplicity. Still, if you ever want to turn it on and off during vaping time, it’s a bit more of a hassle having to unplug the cord instead of flipping a switch. It can be an excellent way to make sure you just open it and don’t accidentally leave a drive on while it’s plugged in.
3. Top Portable Model: Jiffy-ESTEAM
It is well built, no-nonsense with a simplistic design, and it gets the job done and built to last for many years, for a very reasonable price.
User reviews mention that their Jiffy Vapors lasted for years, mainly due to their rugged design. With other steamboats set to break down after a year or two, this slightly more expensive model would eventually pay for itself. steamer
The steam maneuvered very well, with no danger of leaking when moving around garments. With a total steam time of almost 20 minutes, it drives the other moisture out of the water. Especially if you’re just doing touch-ups on the go, steam time that’s a step above the rest means you’ll have more time to perfect the look of your clothes.
The ESTEAM heats up in two minutes and 20 seconds, and when it does, it’s pretty quiet and doesn’t rattle from bubbling inside the chamber. For a total of 19 minutes, it steamed much longer than the rest of the other portable vaporizers. steamer
In particular, it quickly straightened wrinkled shirt pockets, a task that proved difficult for most of the steamers we tested. Curtains steamed quickly, and silk items were wrinkle-free after just one pass. While it’s a bit pricey in the wearable category, it’s a solid machine that warrants the price.
At three pounds, it’s light for travel. It’s slightly larger than some of the other options, but its quality makes up for where it lacks in compactness. Overall, this should be a durable and practical option for any time you need steam, whether you’re on the go or at home.
- Options like URPOWER and Epica (discontinued), for the price, won’t let you down. But if you’re willing to spend a little more, Jiffy’s ESTEAM offers better quality.
- Like the Conair and Shark, some models were either too annoying or didn’t provide enough vapor power. Not all steamers steam the same way – you can go wrong with this purchase.
- All steamships had trouble creating wrinkles, even those that had specific tools to try to make them. Therefore, ironing cannot be better.
4. Best Travel Vaporizer: URPOWER
For travel needs, you’ll want a compact and fast design, and that’s what URPOWER offers. At 1.2 pounds, it’s easy to store inside a travel bag. steamer
The URPOWER heats quickly, another plus for when you’re on the go and need something steamed fast. Auto power off is also a nice bonus; If you’re in a hurry and forget to turn it off, this feature prevents it from overheating and causing a house fire (unfortunately, we know someone who has had this happen to them).
5. The best for travel: URPOWER
This compact unit is easy to pack when traveling and gets the job done for quick touch-ups.
The design is comfortable, and the rotating reservoir is easy to use. You can see that the water is immediately heated in the small chamber. Its takes a minute and 20 seconds for this unit to start producing steam, which is relatively quick compared to the competition.
It gives off initial pops and crackles when it first heats up but then warms up. It required going over some garments twice to obliterate all wrinkles, but it worked fine. steamer
Because the vaporizer is relatively small, the water chamber is also tiny, but it will still give you around nine minutes of vapor, which isn’t too unfortunate. The URPOWER didn’t have as much power as other contenders, but it was enough to finish our jerseys.
- The URPOWER seamlessly works just fine and requires no annoying setup tricks to get you on your way.
- It’s a great size for travel, with a decent trade-off in vapor power.
- While it may lack some capacity, it will eventually make all your fabrics look wrinkle-free.
6. Budget Pick: Epica – Handheld Steamer (Discontinued)
March 2019 Update: The model we tested appears to have been discontinued, but Epica offers a few other units for a similar price.
At around $20, the Epica is a steal for its unexpectedly powerful vapor capacity. It also promises a three-year warranty so that you can be confident in your purchase. steamer
The Epica tends to sizzle on the initial snap, but it recovers quickly and steams within two minutes. Steam is hot and works fine, but you get more than you paid for. The 10ft cord was also a nice feature as it gave some extra play in the ability to move around with the vape.
The Epica is compact so that you can throw it in your suitcase for travel. It’s not heavy-duty for steaming high-volume garments, but it will get you through your regular touch-ups and needs.
It heated up in two minutes and had a total steam time of 13 minutes. The design has an extensive steam head, which is a bonus for going through larger sections quickly, but also sacrifices precision capability slightly depending on what is being ironed; for the shirt pockets, it required a little extra work. For curtains, it worked well and removed wrinkles without difficulty.
This little boy was a pleasant surprise. It’s not the most powerful machine we tested, so I didn’t get the best pick, but it’s simple and effective for the price. Unfortunately, these days, you can’t get much for 20 bucks, but you can get the Epica and make his clothes look like a million bucks.
- The price of the Epica is unmatched in terms of value. It is a solid buy for anyone looking to save money with a three-year warranty.
- works just as well as the more expensive portable vaporizers we tested.
- It has a few flaws, including water spurts and some shaking during use, which don’t affect overall performance.
The others we tried
7. Rowenta – IS6200
The Rowenta IS6200 removed wrinkles well from all fabrics. Attachments were a bonus if you like to dress up; We could take them or leave them. You will not go wrong if you choose this option, but you will not get the highest level in terms of quality. steamer
As well as being quite challenging to get out of the box, the Rowenta made for an easy setup. The suspension head has a handy slot where the steam head is stored.
It boasts a 60-second heat-up time, which took over 90 seconds. A men’s cotton dress shirt took about four minutes to straighten. It glided smoothly over the silk dress and immediately removed the wrinkles with no more than one or two strokes of the steamer. The Rowenta’s hose did get noticeably hot but never too hot to use.
The product comes with three accessories: a fabric brush, a crease attachment, and a lint pad. The cloth brush made no noticeable difference from using the average steam head. An included crease tool sets out to solve the most significant flaw: it can’t create creases. The creases were visible but not as sharp as those made with a typical iron. steamer
Interestingly, there was a small puddle of water left at the bottom of the machine after using it and removing the water tank, but it wasn’t difficult to empty it from the chamber.
The “lean and go” feature was awkward compared to its rolling competitors. Another added feature is the power switch, essentially a large foot pedal that you step on to activate the vaporizer. The Rowenta is a decent pick, but it doesn’t particularly shine.
8. Pure Enrichment – Pure Steam XL
The PureSteam XL and Steamfast were very similar in design, with both clocking in at 1500 watts. My first impressions of the PureSteam are that it sure is cute; It almost looks like a bit of droid from Star Wars. steamer
Initially, the steam wand was inflexible and would make it difficult to maneuver around garments, but the rod got hotter and more flexible once the machine warmed up. The mesh cover on the outside of the hose kept it from getting hot to the touch. steamer
The PureSteam heated up in 60 seconds, even though it advertised 45. It gave you 40 minutes of steam time, and it took about five minutes to iron a shirt, so it seems a bit less powerful than its competitors. A full tank could make about eight shirts. Its worked well on silk and ironed out wrinkles efficiently.
Its also worked well on wool, even with slightly weaker steam power. It is a great steamer for lighter fabrics as it is simple and easy to use, but heavier garments like heavy cotton and khakis would require a lot more work.
Again, the Steamfast and PureSteam XL were highly comparable to each other. Or, they’re decent picks, giving about 40 minutes of steam and effectively steaming your clothes. The tube is the same, the steam head supports the same, and the power is about the same.
The Steamfast didn’t come with a hanger attachment, which wasn’t a problem as the pole head was the same brand as the PureSteam and worked fine for attaching the hangers.
The water tank is transparent with slight indentations for transport that are not as useful as its competitors but are pretty easy to transport. There was a 60-second heat-up time, and one tank lasted 40 minutes. Each shirt only required a slow pass with the steam head about once with a few touch-ups to problem areas like pockets or collars. steamer
Silk wrinkles were quickly removed, and the head is quite large and can cover more surface area without being bulky or ineffective. When the tank was about three-quarters of the way empty, it started making loud gurgling noises. It didn’t hamper steam performance, but it did terrify the cat.
The Steamfast only lived up to its name, getting the job done at a moderate pace.
10. Shark Press and Refresh GS500
On a steamboat, you want to be reliable and effective, not quirky and hard to get to know, which is precisely what Shark Press and Refresh were all about. The iron bar is neat but dangerous, and the concept of the press is innovative but flawed. steamer
The Shark Press comes with a vertical press pad, promising easy installation on any door. The concept seems incredible in theory. In actual practice, it’s more or less a nuisance. It also comes with a steam hood over the iron head to prevent burns.
Pressure pads are attached by adjustable handle straps that wrap around the edges of the door. It doesn’t mainly work on all entries, as some of the doors we tested still rub against the top of the door frame when open and don’t create enough room for the loop straps to fit. The belt got stuck once, and we thought we’d have a press pad stuck to our door forever, but it finally came loose.
The steam hood takes some fiddling when removed to fit other parts. It takes about three minutes to heat up, and you don’t know it’s done unless you press the handle, which is the only way to emit steam, unlike the others that steam continuously. steamer
The Shark Press takes a long time to get used to. But once given a few tries, it proves to be revolutionary: due to the press pad standing upright and leaning against the door, it’s a steamer that can create sharp creases. It has excellent steam power and was able to remove wrinkles from shirts easily, and the wrinkle remover acted like a quasi-iron. That said, working as basically a small iron bar, it gets hot. Very hot: If you accidentally touch it, it will burn you. steamer
It gives you 25 minutes of steam time, probably attributed to the pressing trigger that lets you choose when you want to steam.
It is a viable option if you like bells and whistles, but overall, it gave you average performance. It’s not a walk in the park to set up, and it takes a bit of skill to get started to full use. It was reminiscent of an excellent normal iron.
11. Pur Steamer
The PurSteam was decent, but nothing stands out. It moistens clothes and removes wrinkles. It’s slightly shaky and occasionally creaks, but it works well enough.
If you like big, silver heat-resistant mitts, PurSteam comes with one to protect your hands while ironing. It was a thoughtful inclusion, but we did not find it necessary. steamer
The heating chamber is transparent, and bubbles can be seen as the device heats up. The steam took two minutes to heat up, and once it became usable, the boiling water shook the device a noticeable amount. It quieted down after a minute of use with the occasional creak.
The steam head dripped a small amount of water from the holes, which created some water stains on the shirts if the fabric was touched. She took a few passes at a cotton dress shirt, which completely vaporized in about eight minutes. In total, she gave him 10 minutes of steam time on one fill. steamer
The PurSteam worked decently well with curtains, sliding up and down and removing wrinkles with two passes. Still, probably not the purchase for a perfectionist due to the average amount of vapor power.
12. Conair Extreme steamer
Due to its lower power and inefficiency, we don’t recommend the Conair ExtremeSteam, no matter how cool it looks. You’ll spend a lot of time frustrated and not a lot of time ironing your clothes, so we’d go with this option.
The ExtremeSteam sure is attractive. It looks like the Star Trek Enterprise. And like a ship, it is significant; It’s probably not the steamer you want to take with you on your travels. It comes with a fabric brush, a crinkle brush, and a soft brush. steamer
Filling the small water tank on this unit is difficult. It started to buzz loudly when plugged in, and steam was initially dripping out the front. The vaporizer has a trigger lock to allow you to decide if you want constant vapor or to be able to press the trigger down and only vaporize when pressed. It also has a high and low heat setting.
Here’s the bad news, the low temperature was feeling like steam coming off a refreshing cup of coffee. The high temperature was no better. Eventually, it got rid of the wrinkles, but it took longer. Head attachments were also ineffective, as they would have required more power and hot steam to operate. steamer
When he finished smoking, he blew out one last breath and then quit as if breathing a great sigh of relief. It lasted about 15 minutes. The Conair ExtremeSteam would be picked as the most creative for senior superlatives, but it’s not the steam you want to buy for functionality’s sake.
Traditional versus steamer irons
Steamers and irons are designed to remove wrinkles from your clothes, but some notable differences are.
Traditional Electric Irons: Irons are the most popular product to remove wrinkles from clothing. You’ll usually need a space big enough to pull out an ironing board to do your job, a kink that steamers don’t have. You can’t always replicate that freshly pressed look that flat irons create with steamers. For creases and hard lines, irons are still the option.
Electric Steamers: Some people dismiss the idea of using steamers on clothing altogether, arguing that steam can damage fabrics. It is mainly discussed with fancier clothing like men’s suits – it has been compared to blowing smoke through curly hair. With that in mind, steamers remain popular alternatives to irons for many reasons. steamer
Steamers do not need ironing boards. Anyone looking to save space would appreciate it. They are also much more efficient to work with large fabrics, such as curtains or tablecloths. Hanging them up and steaming them is so much easier than having to drag the materials over an ironing board.
Compactness aside, the vapors can pass through delicate fabrics like silk and satin without causing damage. Since the hot plate does not touch the garments, it also helps protect the shape. They’ll save you trips to the dry cleaner, considering you can steam wool and suits without having to take them in for professional care. steamer
How we select finalists to judge
We wanted to test the range of steamers in that most people used them and decided to try both handheld and stand-up steamers. These tests were conducted in a home with the average consumer in mind and were not intended to cater to any factory or commercial setup where you might just be browsing for hours on end. steamer
Much of our selection was narrowed down by searching retailers like Amazon to find the highest-rated products. Fortunately, there were plenty of brands available to compare, and we were able to avoid trying any product with enough complaints from previous owners. steamer
We included two brands to test brand variety, although they didn’t rate above four stars: Conair – ExtremeSteam and Steamfast – SF-407.
Testing the Jiffy foot unit, the J-2000 was a no-brainer as it was rated highly by customer reviews and did well in the Wirecutter review for heavy use.
Many brands here had multiple steam models available, and other than the Jiffy, we avoided duplication to get a better idea of what other brands had to offer.
How we test steamer
We wanted to put these vaporizers to the test by testing capabilities, effectiveness, and practical use tests to uncover potential issues. steamer
Generally, the most difficult wrinkles to remove are thick cotton, linens, and silk. So we put all three to the test on each of these steamboats. We filled each tank with water from the sink to the fill lines and came to steam.
Longest steam time: Jiffy – J-2000
A 3/4 gallon capacity water tank provided the longest steam time of around 100 minutes.
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Steam time was determined by filling the tank of each machine and letting it heat up. Once the engine started to produce steam, we started the timer. steamer
When the vapors ran entirely out of water in the reservoirs and were no longer steaming the clothes, the timer was turned off, and the time was recorded. It was done in one round specifically for steam timing.
Tests to measure effectiveness on t-shirts, dress shirts, silk, and drapes were conducted separately.
Cotton dress shirts and t-shirts
We used the same prominent men’s cotton dress shirt for each steamer to measure results. After steaming, we washed the sweater until it was completely soaked in water and threw it in the dryer to make it fit and wrinkle again. Imagine the level of wrinkles your mother would scold you for. That was our sweet spot. Quantitatively, there were about three significant creases on both the front and back of the shirts. steamer
After testing the cotton dress shirt results, prominent men’s cotton t-shirts were vaporized to see how many shirts the vapors could evaporate on a full tank. Shirts were considered “finished” when all wrinkles on the front, back, and sleeves had been removed. steamer
Again, that “pressed” look couldn’t be achieved with any steam except Shark Press and Refresh, but the shirts were considered finished when they looked good enough to wear to your company dinner.
linen curtains steamer
Next, we would wrinkle the linen curtains by removing them from the rods and piling them in a pile until the wrinkles held. Then we put the vapors on them. The curtains were approximately 33 x 53 inches and steamed as they hung from the curtain rod. They are finished when all wrinkles are removed. steamer
Standing steamers were not ideal for ironing curtains over 53 inches as it can be a stretch to reach the top. We could get the top of these shorter curtains to remove wrinkles in our test. We recommend using handheld steamers or removing the curtains from the hanging rods for better accessibility for anything taller than this.
Silk shirts and dresses steamer
We wrinkled and steamed silk dresses and shirts to test the effectiveness of each machine. As in the other tests, it was considered finished when all wrinkles disappeared. Interestingly, none of the steamships, even the smaller ones, had a hard time with silk. steamer
Handheld vaporizers vs.
Standing steamers are more extensive and take up much more vertical space. They are more geared towards high-volume steam. Suppose you have a lot of things. That needs to be ironed at once. Then this is the route for you. High volume would mean about a dozen shirts at a time or more heavy materials like wool or dress pants. steamer
Clothing stores tend to use stand-up steamers because there is no substitute for these models’ higher capacity and speed. You may want to buy one if you have a large family and a high volume of clothes to steam or have particularly difficult or delicate clothes that ironing can damage.
Handheld steamers can be convenient travel companions when you need to remove wrinkles on the go. They can fit in suitcases and be taken on the road, so your clothes can be refreshed by being in garment bags. Not only that, they are convenient for home wrinkle removal. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind for touch-ups since you don’t have to get out the ironing board.
the finish line – steamer
We have to give it to Jiffy – her vapes are impressive. The Jiffy J-2000 worked on garments like no other for permanent steaming, and the Jiffy ESTEAM worked just as well in the portable class. Get anything, Jiffy, and your clothes will look like new. You want steam power, a simple, hassle-free experience, and quality. That’s what Jiffy will deliver.
Overall, with a few exceptions, most of the vapors we tested worked. You’ll want to wait to buy from Conair and Shark, but the others will get the job done if you’re not picky. Still, we recommend Jiffy for the best of the best.
Stand-up steamers are your go-to for big projects and a lot of work. They don’t store as quickly as handheld vaporizers, so keep that in mind when deciding. If you’re looking to save some space, look into portable devices.
While ironing is a chore, steaming was weirdly entertaining in a way. So if you’re looking for an alternative to ironing, try one of these; You won’t be disappointed.
What is a steamer used for?
A clothes steamer directs a flow of hot steam onto clothing or household items, such as drapery, from a hand-held component connected to a water reservoir. The steam interacts with the fabric to loosen tightened threading and fibers, thus removing wrinkles caused by washing, drying, or prolonged bunching.
Is steaming or ironing better?
Steaming is an effective way to get wrinkles out of almost any fabric, it requires less space to use a steamer (especially if you use a handheld steamer) and it takes less time and effort than ironing does. Plus, there are plenty of other benefits—even health related! —to steaming that you can’t get from using an iron.
What is cloth steamer called?
Is it worth buying a steamer?
Steamers are much faster than irons. Handheld garment steamers beat irons in terms of convenience because they are lightweight and require little space. A disadvantage with a steamer is that creases cannot be pressed into fabrics. Your dress shirt won’t look crisp if you use a steamer.
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