Top Upright Garment Steamer Reviews – Stay Wrinkle Free

Last Updated on June 26, 2021
Full Sized upright garment steamers provide flexibility in steaming wrinkles out all kinds of materials.

by Janet Martinelli

It doesn't matter how nice your clothes are if they are visibly wrinkled. Instead of noticing your striking colors and sharp cuts, people's eyes are going to be instinctively drawn to the unkempt network of folds on your garments.  It doesn't have to be that way.

Upright garment steamers use powerful steam to help you eliminate stubborn wrinkles in your clothing fast. They are ergonomically designed for you to work standing up, with no need to swing around the heavy components as you would with handheld models.

I've curated the best upright steamer brands and models for the job in this article, let's waste no time in finding your perfect fit.


BEST GARMENT STEAMER OVERALL


Rowenta Master Valet Steamer- Model IS6520 360

Reasons to buy:

  • easy to use; just fill the tank, plug it and and start ironing
  • heats up in about 45 seconds
  • quick removal of wrinkles- around 2 to 4 minutes
  • perfect for delicate fabrics, fancy dresses and kids clothes
  • easily recommendable
  • a great day-to-day steam iron

Reasons to avoid:

  • takes more time on suits
  • needs to be cleaned regularly especially if you have hard water

Here's How We Did the Test:

Making this evaluation possible would require us a team of people who will check the pros and cons each product, a wide variety of models to test, and a specific number of hours to be utilized to assess all the units. 

6 USERS

24 MODELS

35 HOURS

Top Upright Steamers for Home Use

ROWENTA
Rowenta IS6520 Master 360 Full Size Garment and Fabric Steamer with Rotating hanger, 1500-Watt, Blue
JIFFY
J-2 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head, 120 Volt
PURSTEAM
PurSteam Garment Steamer, Heavy Duty Powerful Fabric Steamer with Fabric Brush and Garment Hanger
SALAV
SALAV GS18-DJ/120 White Garment Steamer with Adjust Hanger
STEAMFAST
Steamfast SF-520 Full Size Steamer with Insulated Hose, Clothes Hanger, and Fabric Brush, White

Rowenta IS6520 Master 360

Benefits
Easy storage (telescopic pole)
Start ironing after 1 min (heating time)
Switch on & off using foot control
Proven to remove wrinkles in 2 to 3 minutes depending on fabric
Accessories included: brush to remove wrinkles, lint pad to remove hair and lint, steam bonnet to prevent water drip
Specs
Heating Time: 60 sec
Steam Time: 60 min
Tank Size: 81 oz

J-2 Jiffy Garment Steamer

Benefits
Long Lasting Cast Aluminum Design
2 hours of steaming
Up to 5 times faster than ironing
Swivel wheels for easy manuvering
4 interchangable Steam heads
Specs
Heating Time: 120 sec
Steam Time: 120 min
Tank Size: 128 oz

PurSteam Garment Steamer, Heavy Duty

Benefits
Premium Quality components
Large Capacity
Up to 248 degree F steam
Kills up to 99.8% of germs
63 inch hose
Specs
Heat up Time: 45-60 sec
Steam Time: 60 min
Tank Capacity: 61 oz

SALAV GS18-DJ/120

Benefits
Telescopic aluminum pole for compact storage
1500 watts of powerful, continuous steam
Double insulated hose helps maintain steam temperature
Auto shut-off when water runs out or overheats
Straightens wrinkles on clothing, drapes, upholstery and more
Specs
Heat up Time: 45 sec
Steam Time: 60 min
Tank Capacity: 54 oz

Steamfast SF-520 Full Size Steamer

Benefits
Removes wrinkles and odors
Cool-touch insulated hose
Attachable fabric brush, clothes hanger
1500w
5ft cord length
Specs
Heat up Time: 45 sec
Steam Time: 63 min
Tank Capacity: 70 oz
$128.95
$195.44
$94.49
$79.99
$69.99
ROWENTA
Rowenta IS6520 Master 360 Full Size Garment and Fabric Steamer with Rotating hanger, 1500-Watt, Blue

Rowenta IS6520 Master 360

Benefits
Easy storage (telescopic pole)
Start ironing after 1 min (heating time)
Switch on & off using foot control
Proven to remove wrinkles in 2 to 3 minutes depending on fabric
Accessories included: brush to remove wrinkles, lint pad to remove hair and lint, steam bonnet to prevent water drip
Specs
Heating Time: 60 sec
Steam Time: 60 min
Tank Size: 81 oz
$128.95
JIFFY
J-2 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head, 120 Volt

J-2 Jiffy Garment Steamer

Benefits
Long Lasting Cast Aluminum Design
2 hours of steaming
Up to 5 times faster than ironing
Swivel wheels for easy manuvering
4 interchangable Steam heads
Specs
Heating Time: 120 sec
Steam Time: 120 min
Tank Size: 128 oz
$195.44
PURSTEAM
PurSteam Garment Steamer, Heavy Duty Powerful Fabric Steamer with Fabric Brush and Garment Hanger

PurSteam Garment Steamer, Heavy Duty

Benefits
Premium Quality components
Large Capacity
Up to 248 degree F steam
Kills up to 99.8% of germs
63 inch hose
Specs
Heat up Time: 45-60 sec
Steam Time: 60 min
Tank Capacity: 61 oz
$94.49
SALAV
SALAV GS18-DJ/120 White Garment Steamer with Adjust Hanger

SALAV GS18-DJ/120

Benefits
Telescopic aluminum pole for compact storage
1500 watts of powerful, continuous steam
Double insulated hose helps maintain steam temperature
Auto shut-off when water runs out or overheats
Straightens wrinkles on clothing, drapes, upholstery and more
Specs
Heat up Time: 45 sec
Steam Time: 60 min
Tank Capacity: 54 oz
$79.99
STEAMFAST
Steamfast SF-520 Full Size Steamer with Insulated Hose, Clothes Hanger, and Fabric Brush, White

Steamfast SF-520 Full Size Steamer

Benefits
Removes wrinkles and odors
Cool-touch insulated hose
Attachable fabric brush, clothes hanger
1500w
5ft cord length
Specs
Heat up Time: 45 sec
Steam Time: 63 min
Tank Capacity: 70 oz
$69.99

1. Rowenta IS6520 360 Master Valet Steamer

Top Overall

USER RATING: 

95%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1500 W
  • Tank: 2.5 Liter
  • Heat-up time: 45 sec
  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • Features: Stay cool handle, Foot operated on/off

PROS

  • Adjustable height for compact storage
  • Fast heat time
  • Extra Large Water Tank
  • Tilt and Roll System
  • Built-in hanger
  • Large Steam Head

CONS

  • Relatively high price
  • Steam handle gets slightly hot

A professional quality garment steamer at an affordable price.

The Rowenta IS6520 can head up quickly as it clocks in at 1500 watts, more than enough to produce rich and effective steam to eliminate stubborn wrinkles in no time.

It comes equipped with a number of special features that make it incredibly convenient for steaming a variety of garments in your home. The Roll and Press vertical support makes it easy to work on non-clothing garments such as drapes and upholstery.

Of course, this full sized steamer is also designed for clothing sporting a built in hanger, hanger hook, and garment clips - perfect for working on a dress shirt or a pair of chinos.

The telescoping pole makes it easy to set a comfortable working height, and reduces the unit's size significantly for storage. At a bit over a half-gallon capacity, the removable and transparent water tank is easy to fill and monitor.

 When you consider the numerous accessories that accompany this unit, you can see why it's one of the top choices.

2. Jiffy J-2 garment steamer

USER RATING: 

99%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1300 W
  • Tank: 128 ounce
  • Heat-up time: 2 min
  • Steam time: 2 hours
  • Weight: 17 lbs
  • Features: Die cast aluminum housing

PROS

  • 5.5-foot hose
  • Electrical Certifications: UL, cUL, TUV/GS, CE, NOM and ANCE
  • Lightweight, flexible hose
  • Five times faster than conventional ironing

CONS

  • Hose heats up more than expected

Made in the USA with no sacrifice of quality.

Suitable for home use or even in mild commercial applications, the Jiffy Steamer J 2 comes equipped with a shatter-proof large water tank (1 gallon) that provides up to 2 hours of steaming.

This steamer comes with 4 interchangeable steam heads so that you can choose the right fit for any application to smooth wrinkles. In addition to heads you'd normally expect, the 12" wide carpet steam head makes it viable for handling over-sized garments.

The cast aluminum housing promotes a long life span for this steamer even under heavy use. Keep up with regular maintenance and this model should last for years to come.

A safety wiring feature will turn the steamer off when it runs out of water, which helps mitigate the risk of overheating.

 While the aluminum construction may make for a bit heavier product, it does stand on four swiveling wheels to make it easier to maneuver.

3. PurSteam Elite Garment Steamer

USER RATING: 

80%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Temperatures up to 248 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 61 ounce water tank capacity
  • Heats up in under 60 seconds
  • Steams for 60 minutes between refills
  •  Expandable from 15 to 19 inches

PROS

  • Strong and consistent steam
  • Compact design fits in small spaces
  • Removes wrinkles from clothes quickly
  • Tube does not get too hot
  • Customer service is top-notch

CONS

  • Included garment clips are weak
  • Requires intermittent reheating

When it comes to customer service, it seems there's no beating the team at PurSteam. Users rave about their attentiveness and willingness to help whenever a problem arises, no matter how small it may be. That's a lot to be said for a product that's lower in the price range.

The steamer itself has a lot going for it as well. Built from high-quality components such as the cast aluminum heating element, this model certainly won't feel cheap in your hands. The company stands behind it with a full 5 year warranty, which is almost unheard of in this product landscape.

The 61 oz tank allows for a full 60 minutes of steam cleaning without the need to stop and refill, which is plenty to take care of most household tasks. It may not be the absolute best garment steamer I've reviewed thus far, but it's certainly a decent product available at a fair price

4. SALAV GS18-DJ/120 white performance series garment steamer

USER RATING: 

97%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1500 W
  • Tank: 60 ounces
  • Heat-up time: 45 sec
  • Steam time: 60 min
  • Weight: 9.04 pounds
  • Features: Adjustable hanger, ergonomic nozzle

PROS

  • Patented folding adjustable hanger 
  • 4.6 ft. double insulated hose 
  • Telescopic aluminum pole
  • Compact storage
  • 6.5 ft. cord length

CONS

  • Relatively high price

If you're looking for a light-duty garment steamer in particular, you're likely to come across the GS18-DJ/120 Performance Series from SALAV. As with the Conair Home, this unit is primarily designed for removing wrinkles from clothes.

What it lacks in power and robustness, the Performance Series makes up for in convenience. It heats up from a cold start in as little as 45 seconds, and the water tank, while small, provides enough capacity for over 60 seconds of fabric steaming.

The built-in clothes hanger on this model is very convenient for storage purposes, and when you reduce the telescoping pole in length completely the unit becomes quite small.

What puts me off most about this steamer is the number of reports of failure. Whether or not they arise at the fault of the user aside, this is just something I haven't seen as much with other models.

The price of the SALAV Performance Series is truly hard to beat though, and if your budget is tight it will still get the job done.

Professional Grade Upright Steamers

PURSTEAM
PurSteam Garment Steamer Professional Heavy Duty Industry Leading 2.5 Liter (85 fl.oz.) Water Tank, 60+min of Continuous Steam with 4 Level Steam Adjustment
ROWENTA
Rowenta IS8440 Professional 1700-Watts Full Size Garment and Fabric Steamer with Screen, White
JIFFY
J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head, 120 Volt
SALAV
SALAV Professional Series Dual Bar Garment Steamer with Foot Pedals, GS45-DJ Silver
STEAMFAST
Steamfast SF-565 Professional Garment Steamer with Clothes Hanger, Fabric Brush, Multiple Steam Settings, Rapid Heating

PurSteam Garment Steamer Professional

Benefits
Burn Prevention Saftey Cap
Wheels allow to wheel this anywhere
Heats up so fast
Simple to use
4 Level Steam Adjustment
Ideal for many types of fabric
Specs
Heat up Time: 60 sec
Steam Time: 60 min
Tank Capacity: 85 oz

Rowenta IS8440 Professional

Benefits
Patented steam and press screen
XL Delta Steam Head
1700 Watts of power
Adjustable Height
4 Level Steam Adjustment
3 attachments
Specs
Heat up Time: 45 sec
35 grams a minute of steam
Tank Capacity: 52 oz

Jiffy J-2000 Upright Steamer

Benefits
1300 watt solid brass heating element
High-impact plastic outer housing for durability
Wheels on the bottom of the unit
Five-foot flexible hose
Automatic shut-off for safety
Specs
Heat up Time: 120 sec
Steam Time: 90 min
Tank Capacity: 64 oz

SALAV Professional Series Dual Bar

Benefits
Great for commercial use because water tank can last for 60 minutes (1.8L tank)
Consistent steam temperature due to double insulation fo hose
Dual bar gives better stabilization
Specs
Heating Time: 45 sec
Steam Time: 60 min
Tank Size: 1.8 liter

Steamfast SF-565 Professional

Benefits
5 ft insulated hose
4 Steam levels
Deluxe dual bar garment hanger
Removable water tank
Integrated pants hanger
Specs
Heat up Time: 45 sec
Steam Time: 90 min
Tank Size: 106 oz
$115.34
$109.29
$197.86
$115.99
$79.99
PURSTEAM
PurSteam Garment Steamer Professional Heavy Duty Industry Leading 2.5 Liter (85 fl.oz.) Water Tank, 60+min of Continuous Steam with 4 Level Steam Adjustment

PurSteam Garment Steamer Professional

Benefits
Burn Prevention Saftey Cap
Wheels allow to wheel this anywhere
Heats up so fast
Simple to use
4 Level Steam Adjustment
Ideal for many types of fabric
Specs
Heat up Time: 60 sec
Steam Time: 60 min
Tank Capacity: 85 oz
$115.34
ROWENTA
Rowenta IS8440 Professional 1700-Watts Full Size Garment and Fabric Steamer with Screen, White

Rowenta IS8440 Professional

Benefits
Patented steam and press screen
XL Delta Steam Head
1700 Watts of power
Adjustable Height
4 Level Steam Adjustment
3 attachments
Specs
Heat up Time: 45 sec
35 grams a minute of steam
Tank Capacity: 52 oz
$109.29
JIFFY
J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head, 120 Volt

Jiffy J-2000 Upright Steamer

Benefits
1300 watt solid brass heating element
High-impact plastic outer housing for durability
Wheels on the bottom of the unit
Five-foot flexible hose
Automatic shut-off for safety
Specs
Heat up Time: 120 sec
Steam Time: 90 min
Tank Capacity: 64 oz
$197.86
SALAV
SALAV Professional Series Dual Bar Garment Steamer with Foot Pedals, GS45-DJ Silver

SALAV Professional Series Dual Bar

Benefits
Great for commercial use because water tank can last for 60 minutes (1.8L tank)
Consistent steam temperature due to double insulation fo hose
Dual bar gives better stabilization
Specs
Heating Time: 45 sec
Steam Time: 60 min
Tank Size: 1.8 liter
$115.99
STEAMFAST
Steamfast SF-565 Professional Garment Steamer with Clothes Hanger, Fabric Brush, Multiple Steam Settings, Rapid Heating

Steamfast SF-565 Professional

Benefits
5 ft insulated hose
4 Steam levels
Deluxe dual bar garment hanger
Removable water tank
Integrated pants hanger
Specs
Heat up Time: 45 sec
Steam Time: 90 min
Tank Size: 106 oz
$79.99

1. PurSteam Full Size Garment Fabric Steamer Professional

USER RATING: 

86%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • 2.6 liter water tank capacity
  • Ready to use in 45 seconds
  • 60+ minutes of continuous steam time
  • 1500 watts of power
  • Weighs just under 14 pounds

PROS

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Heats up very fast
  • Adjustable to your working height
  • Requires little storage space
  • Works on the toughest wrinkles

CONS

  • Steam hose is a bit stiff
  • Assembly instructions aren't particularly helpful

Easy to use and great for all types of clothing.

The PurSteam is an attractive option because it has a lot to offer when working with your clothes. In addition to the standard steam head, it comes with a crease attachment so that you can create a more perfected look for your pleats, collars, and cuffs. Other included attachments make it easy to take care of all the detail work.

What I like most about this model is the level of performance you get for the price. It stands up to some higher end models out there, while remaining one of the most affordable options.

 If you are looking for something to steam heavy duty garments like rugs and thick drapes then you may want to look for another product that is specifically designed for these purposes. For clothes however, the included hanger and clips help make this steamer a great fit.

 

2. Jiffy J-2000 Garment Steamer

USER RATING: 

97%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1300 W
  • Tank: 96 ounce
  • Heat-up time: 2 min
  • Steam time: 1.5 hours
  • Weight: 17 lbs
  • Features: Solid brass heating element , for home or light commercial use

PROS

  • 6 inch Wide Plastic Steam Head
  • High-impact plastic outer housing
  • 5.5 foot flexible hose
  • Electrical Certifications: UL, cUL, TUV/GS, CE, NOM and ANCE

CONS

  • Relatively high price

For when all you need are the essentials.

The Jiffy J-2000 doesn't come with a built-in hanger like many of the other models do, but I actually like that in this case. Not only does it make it easier to store, but it frees up the manufacturer to focus on the features that make this a superior garment steamer.

You'll notice that it's a bit higher priced than some of the alternative products out there, but it's worth it to get an American made steamer with a 1300 watt solid brass heating element.

This steamer is geared a bit more towards clothing and smaller garments, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's built to withstand use in commercial settings.

Featuring a 3/4 gallon water tank the Jiffy J-2000 will have you steaming for up to 1.5 hours per fill, and it comes equipped with an automatic shut off for safety purposes.

3. SALAV GS45-DJ Professional Series Dual Bar Garment Steamer

USER RATING: 

84%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1500 W
  • Tank: 60 ounce
  • Heat-up time: 60 sec
  • Weight: 11 lbs
  • Features: Foot pedal, dual bar support, dual insulated hose

PROS

  • Power and Setting Foot Pedals
  • Dual Bar Support
  • Double Insulated Hose
  • More accessories included

CONS

  • Not ideal for cuffs and bottom of sleeves
  • Can sometimes have drips

A sleek product that delivers on performance.

I like that this steamer was designed with the end user in mind. The power and the steam setting switches are ergonomically located at the base of the unit for hands-free operation with your feet.

The steam hose features two layers of insulation and extends over 4.5 feet in length, making sure your steam stays hot while still allowing you plenty of room to work.

The patented hanger design accommodates a multitude of garment shapes, and it resides on dual telescoping bars for extra support and convenience.

As mentioned in many of these upright steamer reviews, this product also comes with an assortment of attachments so you can choose the perfect one for the job.

With a 1.8 liter water tank capacity you'll be covered for up to 60 minutes of steaming, and this SALAV model will be up to operating temperature in as little as 45 seconds.

Commercial Grade Upright Steamers

JIFFY
J-4000 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head, 120 Volt
ROWENTA
Rowenta IS9100 Precision Valet Commercial Full Size Garment Steamer with Retractable Cord and Variable Steam 1550 Watt, Grey Purple
SALAV
SALAV Iron Professional Clothes Steamer with Vertical Steaming
PURSTEAM
Professional Series Garment Steamer Accessories for Clothes Dual-Pro Iron, 1800 Watt Power and a Large Water Tank, Built-in Ironing Board and Garment Hanger
STEAMFAST
Steamfast SF-580 Professional Dual-Use Iron and Garment Steamer with 33.8-Ounce Water Tank, Built-in Ironing Board and Garment Hanger

J-4000 Jiffy Garment Steamer

Benefits
Die cast aluminum housing
All brass couplings
Automatic shut-off for safety
Standby Mode
Delivers iron like results
Specs
Heat up Time: 15 min
Steam Time: 120 min
Tank Capacity: 7.4 oz

Rowenta IS9100 Precision Valet Commercial

Benefits
Foot-operated on/off
Telescopic pole is adjustable for storage
On-board tool storage compartment
Fabric, upholstery, lint brush and crease attachments
Auto-off safety feature
Specs
Cord Length: 60 sec
Steam Time: 250 min
Tank Capacity: 128 oz

SALAV Iron Professional Clothes Steamer

Benefits
Vertical steaming
Dry ironing functions
1800W Double-Heating System(on steam nozzle and main heater)
Ironing board can be adjusted to any angle
Professional and heavy duty garment handling
Specs
Heat up Time: 15 min
Steam Time: 120 min
Tank Capacity: 7.4 oz

Professional Series Garment Steamer

Benefits
Absolutely most powerful and continuous steamer available
Fast & Effective Wrinkle Remover
1800W power
Ironing board can be adjusted to any angle
Rotating Steam Nozzle
Specs
Heat up Time: 48 seconds
Steam Time: 45 min
Tank Capacity: 2 liter

Steamfast SF-580 Professional Dual-Use

Benefits
53-inch steam hose
5 Iron Temp Settings
1600W of power
Foldable ironing board with cover
Dry or steam ironing
Specs
Heat up Time: 9 min
Steam Time: 30 min
Tank Capacity: 33.8 oz
$271.10
$296.39
$239.99
$164.97
$79.99
JIFFY
J-4000 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head, 120 Volt

J-4000 Jiffy Garment Steamer

Benefits
Die cast aluminum housing
All brass couplings
Automatic shut-off for safety
Standby Mode
Delivers iron like results
Specs
Heat up Time: 15 min
Steam Time: 120 min
Tank Capacity: 7.4 oz
$271.10
ROWENTA
Rowenta IS9100 Precision Valet Commercial Full Size Garment Steamer with Retractable Cord and Variable Steam 1550 Watt, Grey Purple

Rowenta IS9100 Precision Valet Commercial

Benefits
Foot-operated on/off
Telescopic pole is adjustable for storage
On-board tool storage compartment
Fabric, upholstery, lint brush and crease attachments
Auto-off safety feature
Specs
Cord Length: 60 sec
Steam Time: 250 min
Tank Capacity: 128 oz
$296.39
SALAV
SALAV Iron Professional Clothes Steamer with Vertical Steaming

SALAV Iron Professional Clothes Steamer

Benefits
Vertical steaming
Dry ironing functions
1800W Double-Heating System(on steam nozzle and main heater)
Ironing board can be adjusted to any angle
Professional and heavy duty garment handling
Specs
Heat up Time: 15 min
Steam Time: 120 min
Tank Capacity: 7.4 oz
$239.99
PURSTEAM
Professional Series Garment Steamer Accessories for Clothes Dual-Pro Iron, 1800 Watt Power and a Large Water Tank, Built-in Ironing Board and Garment Hanger

Professional Series Garment Steamer

Benefits
Absolutely most powerful and continuous steamer available
Fast & Effective Wrinkle Remover
1800W power
Ironing board can be adjusted to any angle
Rotating Steam Nozzle
Specs
Heat up Time: 48 seconds
Steam Time: 45 min
Tank Capacity: 2 liter
$164.97
STEAMFAST
Steamfast SF-580 Professional Dual-Use Iron and Garment Steamer with 33.8-Ounce Water Tank, Built-in Ironing Board and Garment Hanger

Steamfast SF-580 Professional Dual-Use

Benefits
53-inch steam hose
5 Iron Temp Settings
1600W of power
Foldable ironing board with cover
Dry or steam ironing
Specs
Heat up Time: 9 min
Steam Time: 30 min
Tank Capacity: 33.8 oz
$79.99

1. Jiffy J-4000 Garment Steamer

USER RATING: 

91%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Power: 1500 W
  • Tank: 128 ounce
  • Heat-up time: 1 min
  • Steam time: 2 hours
  • Weight: 24.6 lbs
  • Features: Corrosion-proof stainless steel boiler tank

PROS

  • Fusible link
  • Preheat and Steam Settings
  • 5.5-foot hose
  • Dual thermostats 
  • Electrical Certifications: UL, cUL, TUV/GS, CE, NOM and ANCE

CONS

  • Heavier unit compared to other models
  • Heavier steam head

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Like its younger sibling the J-2000, the Jiffy J-4000 doesn't feature built-in clothes hangers, garment clips, or other features commonly found in home fabric steamers. Instead the team at Jiffy have decided to deliver where it matters - a quality build construction.

In fact, the J-4000 is designed specifically for use in a commercial setting. It's cast-aluminum housing and stainless steel boiler tank make this a heavy duty and rugged unit that will withstand prolonged and aggressive use.

You'll note that this is quite a bit heavier than many of the alternatives, so moving it around will take more effort. It also takes quite a bit of time to achieve full operating temperature, with the preheat cycle taking about 15 minutes and full steam temperature being achieved after an additional 5 minutes. Once it's up and running though, you can expect reliably full and continuous steam from the J-4000.

Clearly this steamer is made for professionals, so if you need something a step up from the home models its worth looking into further.

2. Rowenta IS9100 Precision Valet Commercial Full Size Garment Steamer

USER RATING: 

88%

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Dimension: 7 x 62 x 12 inches
  • Power: 1600 watts
  • Tank: 128 oz
  • Heating Time: 60 sec
  • Steam Time: 2.5 hours
  • Weight: 17 lbs
  • Features: Foot operated on/off, removable tank

PROS

  • Commercial steamer
  • Telescopic pole for easy storage
  • Auto off safety feature
  • Cool touch handles
  • Variable Steam Control
  • Good for upholstery and fabric

CONS

  • Can be too much for someone who needs it for occasional home use

In contrast with the Master Valet, the Precision Valet was specifically designed to meet the demands of commercial use.

This steamer comes with a generously sized 1 gallon water tank that is removable for easy filling. This allows you up to 2.5 hours of garment steaming, far more than many household models can provide.

The design of the Precision Valet's base and handle make it easy to move around while remaining plenty stable during use. The foot-operated switches keep your hands free to work when turning the unit on and off. Once you're ready to go, you'll only have to wait through the 60 second warm up period before you can start working.

Some users find that the wheels don't spin as freely as they should on this unit, and that the handle could be more appropriately placed. Both of these are valid arguments, but overall I still think this is a high quality garment steamer worth considering.

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Final Verdict: Best Upright Fabric Steamer for Your Money

We've explored a ton of upright garment steamers in this article. While there are a number of viable contenders for our top choice, of course there can only be only be one. I'll go ahead and spill the beans, I've chosen the Rowenta IS6520 360 Master Valet as my #1 recommendation for the best upright garment steamer.


The Master Valet has plenty of power. At 1500 watts this model continuously pumps out full and relatively dry steam for the extent of your wrinkle-removing session. The upright Roll and Press really saves the day when it comes to working with larger garments that need a little bit of extra treatment, and the included accessories give you everything you'll need to treat whatever garment may need to be rid of wrinkles.


I can't say that the decision is quite so straightforward though, and you could make a good case for choosing the Conair ExtremeSteam. It pumps out some particularly hot steam for rapid and deep wrinkle removal. Also noteworthy is the SALAV GS45-DJ, it's a sturdy and sleek design that will easily work through even your toughest garments.

Depending on your budget and your particular desires, one of these three models should suit your needs perfectly.

How To Choose The Correct Upright Garment Steamer for Your Needs?

Before we dive in, let's quickly define the most important aspects to consider when choosing the best upright clothes steamer for your needs.

Size

A majority of the upright garment steamers that I'll discuss in just a bit are telescoping, so they can be adjusted to fit your height and the clothes you're working on. Make sure the model you choose is tall enough for you.

Keep in mind that while most of these products can be compacted via the telescoping feature, they will still have a footprint.

Pay attention to the size of the water tank too, as it will impact the extent of steam production between refills. I'd recommend a model that provides at least an hour of continuous steam, or at least about a 1/2 gallon tank.

Heat

So many of these upright garment steamers pride themselves on how quickly they come to operating temperature, often in 2 minutes or less. The less time it takes to heat up the better, as all too often we're in a rush when we need our clothes steamed to perfection.

You may be inclined to compromise here, but remember this: The sooner the unit heats up, the sooner you'll be on your way to wrinkle-free clothes.

Power

These units typically fall somewhere in the range of 1300-1800 watts of power. When it comes to producing continuous thick and powerful steam, higher wattage is generally better.

Steam exists in excess of 212 degrees Fahrenheit, and if there is not enough power to maintain temperature the device may spit water. Higher wattage garment steamers tend to produce more effective steam.

Budget

While fabric steamers tend to have a bit higher price tag than irons, you may be surprised to learn that they aren't tremendously expensive. You should be able to find a suitable model in the low-hundred dollar range, and even if you are looking for something high end the prices generally aren't overwhelmingly steep.

As with all purchases, make sure to establish what you're willing to spend from the outset. Even if your budget changes slightly during the buying process, it will help guide your decision making.

Special Features

At first glance it might seem like all garment steamers are made equal, but my research has demonstrated definitively that this is simply not the case.

Sure, they all function similarly at the core. However, many of the models boast special features that will make your life easier in unexpected ways.

Stay on the lookout for built-in clothes hangers, built-in fabric brushes, and high-quality steam heads. Special features of this kind are not "must-haves", but they can certainly take your experience with the product from ordinary to extraordinary.

Still with me? I'm glad to hear. The following upright garment steamer reviews will help you close this case in no time.


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Last Updated on June 26, 2021