For those with little storage space, a limited budget or only occasional steaming needs, the Conair Compact Garment Steamer is a small and inexpensive unit, weighing only 5 pounds. This 1,200-watt steamer heats up in about six minutes and emits 20 minutes of steam. However, while about half of owners say it works well for the price, the other half report problems with inconsistent steaming, water leaks and water spitting. Many say the Conair Compact Garment Steamer just isn't a good choice for delicate or sensitive fabrics that can be damaged by water spots. For these fabrics, and for a more reliable steamer in general, we found vastly better reviews for the Jiffy Steamer J-2000 (*Est. $165), which obviously costs far more.
The Conair Compact Garment Steamer features a cool-touch hose and nozzle, a door hook for hanging garments and the nozzle, and an automatic shut-off feature when the handle is replaced. The small size and light weight make it easy to refill the tank, and an integrated carrying handle makes for easy transport. This steamer is available in four colors: red, black, blue and white. The Conair Compact Garment Steamer has a one-year limited warranty.
Some helpful reviews come directly from consumers on sites such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Target.com; however, it's difficult to reach a definite conclusion given the conflicting user reviews.
Over 180 reviewers give the Conair Compact Garment Steamer an average rating of 3.3 stars out of 5, with almost as many 5-star ratings as 1- and 2-star reviews. The most common complaint relates to leaking and spitting water.
Review: Conair GS4 Compact Fabric Steamer, Contributors to Amazon.com
Walmart.com has fewer reviews for the Conair Compact Garment Steamer than does Amazon.com, but the dozen reviewers here give this model a more favorable average rating of about 4 stars out of 5. Most reviewers say the steamer is very easy to use and produces quality results. One negative review does say the steamer can tip over easily and takes up to 15 minutes to heat up (significantly longer than what's advertised.
Review: Conair Compact Garment Steamer, Contributors to Walmart.com
Target.com has few reviews of garment steamers on their site, but the Conair Compact Garment Steamer is an exception, with more than 50 owners reviewing this model. The Conair Compact Garment Steamer receives reviews similar to those found on Amazon.com, with an average rating of about 4 stars out of 5. A few reviewers say they believe the common complaints about sputtering water can be avoided by reading the directions.
Review: Conair Compact Fabric Steamer - GS4, Contributors to Target.com