Garment steamers are touted as a substitute for ironing and a way to freshen clothes between trips to the dry cleaner. But don't get your hopes up: Most experts agree that a garment steamer cannot completely replace an iron for all of your clothing.
In a Good Housekeeping review, editors note that while a garment steamers can be an alternative to traditional steam irons, the steamers struggle with "sharp creases and stiff fabrics, like dress shirts."
An advantage to garment steamers, as noted on MarthaStewart.com, is that, "A quick steam can refresh garments between dry cleanings, perk up creased coats taken out of storage and smooth wrinkles from a rarely worn cocktail dress." You can read about the best-reviewed garment steamers in our updated report.