Wrinkles in your clothes can make you look sloppy and unkempt, and those wrinkles may even lead to missed opportunities like a new job or a promotion at work. Garment and clothes steamers provide the same professional results you would get from a dry cleaner at home. These little appliances will remove wrinkles and press your clothes to a precise point. Though we picked the Jiffy Steamer J-4000I as the best garment and clothes steamer, we also included a few other models that you can use at home, on the go and even while on business trips.
How to Choose the Perfect Clothes Steamers
While some of these are great for throwing in your bag when leaving your house, others are best for use at home. Make sure you know which features you should look for to buy the best one for your needs.
The reservoir capacity refers to the amount of water that the internal tank can hold. Steamers for home use should have a tank that can hold one gallon or more of water. If you need a portable model, look for one with a smaller tank that won’t weigh down your bags.
Always look at how long the steamer will produce steam. You generally want one that will last for an hour or more. If the machine produces less steam, you’ll spend more time cleaning and removing wrinkles.
Removable Water Reservoir
Larger machines often come with a removable water reservoir that you can take out of the machine, fill in your sink and then put back in the machine. This makes it easier to use that machine. If a heavier steamer doesn’t come with a removable tank, you may need to run a hose from your sink to the machine.
Consider investing in a steamer that does more than just steam and clean garments. Depending on the attachments that come with the product, you may find that you can use it for cleaning your floors, steaming your furniture and even steam cleaning heavy drapes or curtains.
Included Hanging Rack
An included and attached hanging rack will make it easier than ever to steam garments. These steamers have a metal or plastic rack that attaches to the top of the machine. You can hang clothing right from the rack or from a hanger attached to the rack. Some even come with racks that use multiple bars for steaming several items at the same time.
Our Top 10 Steamers
1. Jiffy Steamer J-4000I-1330 Pro-Line Multi-Purpose Steamer with 7.5 ft Hose
This Jiffy Steamer model gets our nod as the top garment and clothing steamer. Though it comes with a 7.5-foot hose, you can also opt for a model with a five-foot hose, which is a little more suitable for steam cleaning clothes.
It comes loaded with attachments that make it easy to steam everything from your new suit to the drapery hanging on your windows.
Weighing in at right around 28 pounds, its lightweight enough that you can easily carry it with you from room to room, but it also comes with attached wheels that let you pull it around your home. In addition to steaming your clothes to remove wrinkles, you can use the included attachments to steam clean your furniture or even floors.
We also love just how quickly this one works. It heats up the water in mere minutes, and once you fully fill the tank, you’ll have nearly two full hours of steam.
2. Kazoo 1580W 54 oz. Professional Dual Bar
This Kazoo model gives you the same results that you would get from a dry cleaner in the comfort of your own home.
We love that it has a built-in garment rack attached right to the top of the machine. You can hang your clothes on that rack for fast and convenient steaming.
The included brush attaches to the machine via a long hose and lets you easily move the brush across the fabric.
Kazoo specially designed the brush from a rustproof type of stainless steel to reduce the risk that the water vapors might corrode the brush and stain your clothing. The steam produced by the machine reaches temperatures of more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit to kill germs living on the fabric, and it comes with six different levels/settings that let you use the machine with delicate or fragile fabrics and heavy-duty clothing too.
3. J-4000M Jiffy with Metal Steam Head
If you love the color pink and want to steam and clean clothing at home, this Jiffy Steamer is just right for you.
As part of its Pink Series, this one features a whimsical pink case that may make you want to clean a little more.
The metal steam head releases the steam that the machine produces and features a unique design that won’t rust or corrode, which means you can steam all your clothes without worrying about rust stains appearing on the fabric. That larger steam head measures six-inches across and lets you get more done with each swipe of your hand.
It also comes with multiple settings that you can choose from in relation to heat and steam and a hose that measures more than five-feet long. We also like that it comes with a warranty that covers the first three years you own it and its attached garment rack.
4. J-4000D Jiffy Drapery Steamer with Plastic Steam Head and 7.5 Foot Hose Attachment
Also from Jiffy Steamer is this dependable model that comes with its own attached garment rack.
Though you’ll need to use some type of hanger to hang your clothes from that rack, you can then move the steam head up and down or side to side to steam all areas of the fabric. That garment rack also acts as a storage rack for the steam head itself when the machine is not in use.
Made from aluminum, this steam cleaner gets top marks from customers because of its longer hose and larger steam head. With a steam head measuring six-inches wide, you can steam your clothes in a fraction of the time that you expected, and its hose measures more than seven-feet long, which helps you clean floors, drapery and furniture too. Jiffy Steamer includes a manufacturer’s warranty of three years on this model.
5. Rowenta DG8430 Pro Precision 1800-Watt Steam Iron Station Stainless Steel Soleplate
The problem with larger and heavier steam cleaners is that you can only use those machines at home.
If you want something that you can easily take with you, opt for this compact clothes steamer from Rowenta. Though it mimics the design of a traditional iron, it delivers bigger and more impressive results.
When you first turn it on, it takes just three minutes for the reservoir to come up to temperature and for the machine to produce all the steam you need. It then produces up to 90g of water every minute and can provide you with up to 90 minutes of usage. It also comes with a larger water tank that can accommodate up to 33 gallons of water. Adjustable steam settings let you change how the steam comes out for working on different types of jobs, including steam cleaning your drapes or using the machine with clothing.
6. SALAV Professional Series GS60-BJ Wide Bar
Despite some great reviews from customers, we just couldn’t move this SALAV steamer further up on our list because it doesn’t last nearly as long as our top ranked models do.
You’ll notice that this steamer comes with a number of plastic components that aren’t nearly as strong as the metal components found on steamers from Jiffy Steam and Kazoo.
This small machine has a simple knob on the bottom that lets you adjust the steamer to the setting you need based on clothing type. You can use it with silk, wool, cotton and even linens.
Silicone pads added to the very bottom keep it upright on slick surfaces like tile and hardwood and keep the machine from sliding across the floor as you pull on the hose. We’re also a fan of the telescoping clothing pole on the top. This pole spins 360-degrees to help you clean all areas of your clothing.
7. Elite Steamer By PurSteam
With a 61-ounce tank that is twice the size of those found on comparable models, it’s no wonder why so many shoppers love this product from PurSteam.
It heats all the water in its tank to the perfect temperature in just 60 seconds or less and then provides you with up to 60 minutes of steam.
While many steamers come with just a one-year warranty, the manufacturer includes an impressive five-year warranty on this model. That warranty also covers the cast-aluminum heating element inside, which heats up faster and lasts longer than those made from cheaper metals.
PurSteam guarantees that this steamer will produce steam of more than 240 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to kill many of the germs and bacteria that thrive on fabrics. We also like the tools and accessories that come with this model which help you create crisp shirt collars and do other tasks.
8. Conair GS4R Compact Fabric Steamer
While this Conair steam cleaner doesn’t provide nearly the power that you need for cleaning and steaming at home, it’s a suitable choice for use on business trips and vacations where you want to look your best.
This steamer comes with a small tank that you can easily fill with water from any tap. It comes with a 1200-watt internal heating element that quickly brings the water up to temperature when plugged into an outlet.
While its attached cord might look small, that cord actually pulls out from the machine and extends to six-feet long.
Conair used its patented technology to ensure that both the handle on top and the cord itself stay cool while the machine is on, but you’ll want to be careful around the tank, which can feel warm or hot. This steamer has a safety feature that causes it to turn off after several minutes of inactivity.
9. PurSteam Fabric Steamer
Also from PurSteam is this smaller product that is perfect for tossing in your bag before heading off on vacation.
It even comes with its own heating pouch, which will keep any water left inside the tank from spilling out on your clothes. An aluminum heating ball inside slowly increases the temperature of the water in its tank to ensure that you have all the steam you need without waiting for the water at the bottom of the tank to heat up.
PurSteam includes a three-year warranty and ensures that this steam cleaner will heat up in just 90 seconds. Weighing just one pound, this is one of the smallest and lightweight of all the steamers we found for sale.
While it is gentle enough to use on most fabrics, you may find that this one won’t work on heavier types of fabric and that it doesn’t work as effectively as other models.
10. URPOWER Portable Handheld Fabric Steamer
Similar in design to the last model, this steam cleaner from URPOWER is portable and lightweight enough for taking on vacation.
A simple switch on the handle lets you turn the steamer on and off, and the indicator light just below the power button lets you know when it’s ready to use. Simply unscrew the nozzle on the top, fill the reservoir to the top with clean water, turn on the power button and wait for the indicator light to come on before using it.
Its patented nozzle pushes the steam out in an effective design that lets you reach more of the fabric with every pass of your hand.
The downside is that this is a portable model. Its tank holds just 130ML, which will give you a maximum of 10 minutes of steam power. For better results, you’ll want a larger model with a bigger tank.
Best Garment and Clothes Steamer
After a careful examination of all top home and portable models, we picked the Jiffy Steamer J-4000I as the best garment and clothes steamer. Though it delivers professional results, it’s easy enough for anyone to use. This steamer comes with an attachable hose that measures over seven-feet long, which is long enough for using on your curtains and drapes, but it is also available with a slightly shorter hose. At 28 pounds, it’s a little more lightweight than those that dry cleaners use, but it provides nearly two hours of steam time with just a single fill of its tank.