The Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer is not technically an iron, but most travelers say they don't need all of the features of an iron, they just need a quick touch-up for their suitcase-creased clothing. Reviewers say this steamer is lightweight, easy to use and the steam lasts for about 15 minutes -- plenty of time to de-wrinkle a couple of suits. The only complaint is that it lacks an on/off switch.
Simple machine. Making the Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer work is as simple as plugging it in; there is no on/off button, although some reviewers would prefer one. Its reservoir holds 8 ounces of water, which users say is enough for several garments, and it has no internal water lines or pumps that can become clogged. While a special outer housing ensures cool-to-the-touch operation, owners recommend letting it cool off before refilling it. The 9-foot power cord gets good reviews for its reach, but it's not retractable. The steamer shuts off automatically when it runs out of water.
Ready to go in minutes. The 2-pound Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer is easy to use: Simply fill it with water and plug it in to create steam. It's ready in a few minutes and the steam lasts about 15 minutes. Travelers rave about it as a travel accessory, saying it's much quicker and easier to use than hotel irons and ironing boards. Reviewers say the instructions are straightforward, and the steamer is easy to fill and clean. You should clean it when you see calcium scale collect in the bottom of the Esteam; Jiffy recommends its Steamer Liquid Cleaner (Est. $5).
Rave reviews. The Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer is so popular with some reviewers that they say they no longer use an iron. Its 600-watt heating element emits enough hot steam to make wrinkles disappear quickly. Both professional and consumer reviewers say it performs well, heats up fast and produces a consistent stream of steam. Many report that they have had to unplug it and walk away in the middle of a job, but that it reheats very quickly when plugged back in. It's also reported to be highly durable. It comes with a three-year warranty.
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