What every best Clothes Steamers has:
- A good reach.
- Good water capacity.
- Automatic shut-off.
Camille Perri tests 18 different garment steamers over seven hours, ultimately choosing the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer as her top pick. She also notes that she has owned that particular clothes steamer for a decade. Testing is thorough and extremely well-documented. Runners up in the form of full-sized and travel clothes steamers are also named.
Editors of YourBestDigs.com spent hours over the course of several weeks testing 10 different clothes steamers on drapes, shirts and dresses in fabrics including linen, silk and thick cottons. Steam time, wrinkle removal, and ease of use are all considered, and the tested models are evaluated for performance on each fabric type independently.
At Reviewed.com, Keith Barry says they "checked out all the garment steamers currently available." That's a lot of garment steamers to test, and he ultimately names eight in three categories -- upright, handheld and travel -- as the best. There's also a "bonus pick" of a pricey steamer that's suitable for commercial use. Testing includes steaming clothes to evaluate performance, trying out features, and seeing how easy they were to use. Individual reviews are brief, but informative.
Editors of Good Housekeeping test six handheld steamers in the Good Housekeeping Institute's Home Appliances, Cleaning Products, and Textiles Lab. Each handheld steamer is evaluated on steam production, heat-up time, and how well they remove wrinkles from different fabrics including linen, cotton, silk, wool and polyester. Ease of use is also considered, and the six models tested are ranked from best to worst.
In this free-to-the public article, ConsumerReports.org editors test three garment steamers; including two handheld models and one full-sized upright steamer. The clothes steamers are used to press men's cotton shirts and cotton cloths. While ConsumerReports.org is a well-respected source, in the vast sea of garment steamers, just testing three is not as helpful as it could be, and the reviews themselves are extremely brief.
There are hundreds of garment steamers available on Amazon.com, and many have hundreds or even thousands of owner-reviews. These offer a good overview of the product's performance over the long term as well as everyday use. These reviews are particularly helpful in narrowing down if a product will work for your lifestyle, and also offer a good indication of the product's durability, as well as highlighting any customer service issues.
There are not as many reviews for garment steamers at Overstock.com as there are at Amazon.com, but there are still enough to get a good overview of the product's performance and features, both short and long term. Reviews tend to be thorough and steamers are rated on a five-star scale. Reviews reflect owner expectations of the product and whether those expectations are fulfilled.
At HSN.com there are even fewer steamers available than at Overstock.com, and they get many fewer reviews -- some get none. However, this is a top destination to evaluate owner input of the popular Joy Mangano My Little Steamer.
There are a handful of garment steamers sold at BedBathAndBeyond.com, and the top products have a decent number of user reviews. Steamers are ranked on a 5-star rating system and owners can say if they would recommend the garment steamer to other buyers.
Walmart.com has fewer reviews overall than at other sites, but a few steamers get good overall ratings. This is also a good resource for inexpensive steamers.