Many user reviewers say with a steamer like the Jiffy Esteam Handheld Travel Steamer (Est. $62) they don't need an iron. The Esteam is easy to use -- simply fill it with water and plug it in to create steam. It heats in just a few minutes and the 8-ounce reservoir capability produces enough steam to last about 15 minutes, which is plenty of time, travelers say, to press the suitcase wrinkles out of suits, blouses and skirts. Many non-travelers use it around the home for touching up everything from that seldom-worn cocktail dress, to curtains and draperies.
Professional consumer-reviewers say the Jiffy Esteam heats quickly and produces a steady stream of steam. It's also reported as sturdy and durable. Because it is lightweight and compact, travelers say it doesn't take up much room in a suitcase and, at just two pounds, doesn't add much weight. The 9-foot power cord is ample for even taller jobs, but it's not retractable, so it adds bulk to the unit when it's stored. There is no on/off switch; the unit must be plugged and unplugged to activate and turn off. However, it has an automatic shut-off function if it runs dry. A set of converter and adaptor plugs for worldwide travel is available (Est. $25).
The Steamfast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer (Est. $20) is even lighter than the Esteam at 1.6 pounds, and travelers give it great reviews for performance. They also like that it includes a fabric brush and lint remover.
Reviewers agree that this steamer is best for occasional use and for those who have time to wait for the garment to dry after steaming, as it can leave water spots on clothes. It also lacks an automatic shut-off, so -- with no on/off switch -- you have to be vigilant about unplugging it when you're done and keep a close eye on the water level.
Still, for the price, this is a great clothing steamer for those who just need one now and again. For those who want the features of a full-size garment steamer without the full-size price, the Jiffy Esteam can't be beat.