The Joy Mangano My Little Steamer is one of the least expensive steamers of those we found. The My Little Steamer receives the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and is named their runner-up steamer in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's review. It's also discussed in an older Slate.com review, though it finishes only mid-pack in this multi-product roundup. It has an attractive design, reviewers say, and it comes in a wide variety of colors. It also comes with several attachments, a drawstring travel bag and has a retractable cord and on/off switch (unusual in this type of steamer).
Several users at Amazon.com said the steamer broke with regular use, but they also note their warranty wasn't honored by the manufacturer because it was purchased through an unauthorized, third-party retailer. At HSN.com (an authorized retailer), though, reports of faulty workmanship are notably absent, so it is certainly in buyers' best interest to purchase through an authorized retailer (Target and Bed Bath & Beyond are also authorized). Most users are very pleased with the steamer, noting that it heats up quickly and produces a lot of steam. Users also say it's extremely easy to store, clean and use. Compared to similarly priced products, the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer stands out for its ease of use, features and effectiveness.
1. Good Housekeeping
In this slide-show review, Good Housekeeping Research Institute reviewers test seven handheld garment steamers, providing a description of the features and functionality of each along with an overall grade. The Joy Mangano My Little Steamer (previously called the Ingenious Designs My Little Steamer) is ranked second and earns a B-plus. The reviewers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute note the My Little Steamer's many bonuses in their review, including: a retractable cord, two differently sized heads, a lint brush, travel pouch and fabric brushes. The review's downside is that all models were tested in 2009, as the older product name reveals.
Review: Ingenious Design My Little Steamer Model #NE244 Handheld Steamer, Editors of Good Housekeeping, April 2009
Laura Moser tests six travel garment steamers -- including the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer -- 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. Moser ranks the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer in third place. She notes it's the only compact steamer she tested with an on/off switch and it also comes with a travel pouch and several attachments. While it scores well for design, however, she says the steam isn't hot enough to make it as effective as the Esteam, and it isn't really very portable. Note: the newly redesigned My Little Steamer has a higher voltage and so may produce higher steam. This review would have been far more valuable if it were more recent.
Review: Getting Steamed, Laura Moser, May 6, 2008
The Joy Mangano My Little Steamer gets fewer reviews than some well-known Jiffy Steamer and Steamfast models, but does still receive 15 reviews. It doesn't do as well as some competitors with only 3.4 stars, but some of the negative reviews have to do with seller issues. Multiple users say they had issues with the quality of the steamer (it breaks after several uses), but the manufacturer only honors the warranty when sold through an authorized distributor. As long as the product is purchased through an authorized seller, though, the steamer comes with a one-year warranty. The quality issues are similar to other budget-priced steamers, and several users say they've been pleased with their My Little Steamer's performance for years. Users do note this model is too large for travel.
Review: My Little Steamer by Joy Mangano, Contributors to Amazon.com
HSN and HSN.com are authorized retailers and the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer receives dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.1 stars. Many users say they no longer use their iron at all because the product is so effective. Some do note it would be easier to use the steamer if they didn't have to hold the clothing item, though. Reviews saying the product broke or didn't work on arrival are notably absent on HSN.com.
Review: 900- Watt Deluxe My Little Steamer with Terry Cloth Bag, Contributors to HSN.com
The Joy Mangano My Little Steamer is ranked second on Viewpoints.com with 83 out of 100 points and 14 reviews. Several users say the product works very well, creating lots of steam in a short amount of time. Users also like that the steamer is easier to store, maneuver and clean than larger models. One user complains that without the attached clothes hanging rod of more expensive models, it's hard to hold the item to be steamed and the steamer.
Review: Joy Mangano My Little Steamer Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Anonymous blogger "AndreaM" offers a single product review of the My Little Steamer. She says it's great for a mom without the space or patience to get out an ironing board. While she likes both products, she says she does favor the travel-sized Go Mini. She notes that both My Little Steamers are easy to use with regular tap water and heat up quickly.
Review: Joy Mangano My Little Steamer and Go Mini Review, "AndreaM", Dec. 22, 2010