If you only need to steam a garment or two on occasion, the Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer does well in formal testing and consumer reviews. The Jiffy Steamer Esteam is the standout among small steamers, receiving top marks in testing and from fashion stylists and owners. It's made to fit into a bag or suitcase for travel thanks to its slim, compact design and it weighs only 3 pounds. Multiple reviewers say it works as well as their full-size Jiffy Steamer J-2000, and some even use it as an at-home steamer. Bestcovery.com reviewer Jerry Arlen suggests that for the average user, the Jiffy Esteam Steamer may be all you ever need. Plus, Jiffy steamers come with the longest warranty of the steamers we found reviewed.
However, size is a drawback, too. A few reviewers complain it requires frequent refills, as a full tank provides only 15 minutes of steam. This is due in part to the Esteam's bare bones design. The Esteam does not provide a means of limiting or controlling the flow of steam. Good Housekeeping reviewers also note that the Esteam doesn't come with any additional attachments, something they say is a drawback given the high price. For home use, the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer (*Est. $20) is slightly larger and less expensive and offers more features, reviewers say, although it's not convenient for travel. For travelers willing to splurge, the Esteam may be a good option, though.
Slate.com includes the Esteam in a test of six travel steamers and rates it the best overall. This model is also by far the favorite of several stylists and bloggers, and more than 200 owners on Amazon.com give it good reviews.
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1. Good Housekeeping
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute lists seven handheld garment steamers, and provides a description of the features and functionality of each along with an overall grade. Good Housekeeping researchers are impressed with its light weight and steady flow of steam. It's also small and easy to pack. They note, however, that for its price, the Esteam ought to come with additional attachments. The Jiffy Esteam Steamer earns a grade of B, leaving it around the middle of the pack.
Review: Jiffy Esteam Handheld Steamer, Editors of Good Housekeeping, April 2009
Laura Moser tests six travel garment steamers -- including the Rowenta Ultra Steam Steambrush, the Steamfast Compact Fabric Steamer and the Jiffy Steamer Esteam -- with the help of her mother. Her criteria are portability, design/ease of use and performance. She and her mother try the steamers on men's dress shirts, linen pants, cashmere sweaters, pillow shams and a silk kimono. The Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer receives the best overall rating, based on its perfect score for performance. The Rowenta Ultra Steam Steambrush does outperform the Esteam slightly when it comes to ease of use.
Review: Getting Steamed, Laura Moser, May 6, 2008
3. New York Magazine
Lauren Murrow recommends several gifts for couples that are avid travelers. She says the Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer is both portable and lightweight, though there is no indication of how -- if at all -- she tested this steamer and compared it other models.
Review: The Jet-Setter's Registry, Lauren Murrow, Winter 2011
Reviewer Jerry Arlen recommends five garment steamers, including the Jiffy Steamer Esteam. Arlen says the Esteam is effective and durable, citing its performance and consumer satisfaction. The Steamfast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer is the only other travel steamer named.
Review: Jiffy Steamer 0601 Esteam Travel Steamer Review, Jerry Arlen, July 25, 2011
Amazon sells more than 300 kinds of garment steamers, including travel steamers, full-size steamers, commercial steamers and garment presses. The Jiffy Steamer Esteam is one of the top reviewed garment steamers, with more than 200 reviews and an average of 4 out of 5 stars. Some complaints include that the Esteam takes a few minutes to heat up, gets hot on the outside, and doesn't have any buttons or knobs to control the release of steam.
Review: Jiffy Steamer Esteam Travel Steamers, Contributors to Amazon.com
At Viewpoints.com the Jiffy Steamer Esteam gets an average of 78 out of 100 points with 10 reviews, while the best-reviewed steamers get scores over 90. Some users note that while the Esteam does the job, it's only average. Others note some additional uses, like "ironing" table linens and disinfecting surfaces.
Review: Jiffy 0601 Esteam Travel Steamer Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of March 2012
In a brief review, fashion writer and editor Lesley Scott recommends the Jiffy Steamer Esteam as a secret of professional stylists. As she notes, "I still have mine from my professional styling days, and I'm still obsessed with it and how well it works." No other garment steamers are rated or compared to the Esteam, however.
Review: Your Handy Fashion Emergency Repair Kit, Lesley Scott, April 6, 2008
Stylist Allison Abrams doesn't own an iron; she relies completely on a full-size steamer (now discontinued). In this brief review, she states, "Boycotting an iron is not for everyone, but investing in a steamer is a wise idea for fast wrinkle fixes for your favorite pieces." She also recommends the use of travel steamers, in particular the Jiffy Esteam. No garment steamers are tested side by side in formal tests, however.
Review: Stylist Secrets -- Part I, Allison Abrams, April 10, 2008