Garment Steamers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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Steamers and Steam Generators
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon sells more than 300 kinds of garment steamers, including travel steamers, full-size steamers, commercial steamers and garment presses. Several models receive hundreds of reviews from owners. The reviews are very helpful in providing an overall sense of how the steamers perform in day-to-day use. You can also pick up usage tips. The Jiffy Steamer J-2000 is a clear favorite where higher-end options are concerned, while both Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer and Steamfast SF-435W do well. Since there are few recently written comparison reviews for steamers, user ratings are invaluable.
Handheld Steamer Reviews
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThe 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. The Rowenta Ultra Steam DR5020 gets an A-minus. The Rowenta wins for being lightweight and pumping out more steam than any of the other tested models. The editors note that the water reservoir is small in this model, meaning it may need to be refilled for steaming multiple garments. The next best models are the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer and the Top Innovations Steam Fast Fabric Steamer and Iron, which both garner a B-plus. This page also offers links to similar products, further fabric care information and details on Good Housekeeping's ratings. The review's downside is that all models were tested in 2009, and it is therefore somewhat out of date.
Footloose and Wrinkle-Free
by Anjali Athavaley
Our AssessmentThis hands-on test evaluates four travel irons and steamers designed to keep you wrinkle-free on the road. The author notes that none worked as well as a full-size iron and that it took longer to get the wrinkles out of garments. Two handheld steamers are included in the test. The Rowenta Ultra Steambrush got wrinkles out of a shirt, but couldn't eliminate deep creases. The Conair Handheld Steamer worked fine on light fabrics, but couldn't do much for the author's wrinkled sweater.
by Laura Moser
Our AssessmentLaura Moser tests six travel garment steamers -- including the Rowenta Ultra Compact Steambrush, the Steamfast Compact Fabric Steamer and the Jiffy 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 Steamer Esteam Travel Steamer receives the best overall rating, based on its perfect score for performance. This comparison review would be more valuable if it were more recent.
The Jet-Setter's Registry
by Lauren Murrow
Our AssessmentLauren Murrow recommends several gifts for couples who 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.
Best Garment/Fabric Steamer
by Jerry Arlen
Our AssessmentJerry Arlen recommends five garment steamers, including the Jiffy Steamer J-2000 Garment Steamer. Testing methodology is not discussed, however, in this review. Arlen says the Steamfast SF-407 1500-Watt Fabric Steamer is the best budget full-size steamer, and the Jiffy Steamer Esteam and Steamfast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer are the only travel options named.
The Laundress Recommends
by Editors of The Laundress NY
Our AssessmentThis laundry-oriented blog reviews a half-dozen full-sized and handheld garment steamers, though the exact testing methodology is less obvious. The writer says they've used a Jiffy Steamer for 15 years and highly recommend the J-2. They also tested smaller and budget alternatives, but aren't satisfied with the Rowenta Pro Compact Steamer, Conair Pro Garment Steamer and Rowenta Travel Steamer. They say the Jiffy Steamer Esteam is the best option when it comes to handheld steamers, though no handheld steamer is ideal.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells more than 20 garment steamers and presses online and allows consumers to post reviews of products. Overall there are fewer reviews on Walmart.com than on Amazon, but several models do still get upwards of a dozen reviews. Of those that receive several reviews, the Conair Compact Fabric Steamer performs best with an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars with more than 50 reviews. About 80 percent of users say they would recommend it to a friend, and several offer solutions to complaints like leaking water. Walmart.com reviews are also valuable because reviewers list how long they've owned the product and how frequently they use it.
by Contributors to Macys.com
Our AssessmentNearly 30 steamers, steam irons and presses are available on Macys.com, but only a handful receive a significant number of reviews. Of those that do, the Bionaire 26019 Steamer and HoMedics PS250 Garment Steamer both receive about 4 stars with 10-plus reviews. Reviewers also provide feedback in their comments. While there are fewer reviews here, they are valuable because several products reviewed here aren't found elsewhere.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com doesn't have a separate section for garment steamer reviews, but several steamers are included in the list of top-reviewed irons. The GS10 Deluxe Upright Fabric Steamer is the best of the full-size steamers with 85/100 points, while the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer does best of the travel versions with 83/100 points. Both receive about a dozen reviews. Reviewers at Viewpoints.com tend to offer more detailed comments as well.
7 Holiday-Travel Packing Tips From a Pro
by Lesley Kennedy
Our AssessmentFashion stylist Lesley Kennedy lists top items not to travel without. Not all are specific products, though she does mention that she personally uses the Rowenta Steambrush travel steamer. She says she packs it with her everywhere she goes and it's quick and easy to use. While this isn't a direct comparison of multiple products, as an industry insider, it's likely Kennedy has had some opportunity to compare competitors.
Your Handy Fashion Emergency Repair Kit
by Lesley Scott
Our AssessmentIn a brief mention, fashion writer and editor Lesley Scott recommends the Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer 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.
Rowenta Precision Valet Steamer
by Sonia Zjawinski
Our AssessmentIn this single-product review, Zjawinski praises the Rowenta's ease of use. She also provides before and after photos of a steamed dress, and notes that when used properly, the steamer doesn't drip or leak. She also says the hose never gets hot, and the large water tank allows for more than two hours of continuous steaming. The steamer is light, rolls and the pole collapses for easier storage.
Gift Guide Clothing
by Editors of SheKnows.com
Our AssessmentSheKnows.com editors recommend a professional garment steamer as the perfect gift for a corporate mom. They say it helps save money while keeping office dwellers looking sharp. They specifically recommend The Garment Steamer (available at Sharper Image). It's not clear why this particular model was chosen.
Gifts for a Domestic Diva
by Editors of SheKnows.com
Our AssessmentIn another gift idea roundup, SheKnows.com editors suggest a garment steamer as a gift for "domestic divas." They note it's good for upholstery and clothing, though it's not explained why this model was chosen.
Stylist Secrets -- Part I
by Allison Abrams
Our AssessmentStylist Allison Abrams doesn't own an iron; she relies completely on her Rowenta Garment Steamer. 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 Steamer Esteam. No garment steamers are tested side by side in formal tests, however.
10 Ways to Detoxify Your Life
by Editors of InStyle magazine
Our AssessmentThe editors of InStyle magazine recommend steam cleaning as a way to avoid the chemicals involved in dry cleaning. They say for a professional look, consumers can rely on the Conair Deluxe Fabric Steamer. It's not clear whether the Conair steamer was tested or compared against any other models, though.