Handheld Steamer: 4 Most Popular Travel Steamers

It’s happened to me and probably happened to you. You’re traveling and finally make it to the hotel. You unpack your clothes and they appear to be beyond ironing! They are so wrinkled 

ESTEAM Portable Hand Held Steamerthat it looks like they may have come from the factory that way. Enter the handy handheld steamer.

Even if your hotel room has a decent iron, which is hopeful thinking at best, you don’t think the iron will get those wrinkles out without damaging the fabric. So you’re stuck unless you had already thought ahead and packed a handheld steamer to do the job. If you didn’t, that’s okay, now you’re going to be able to read this article, make a smarter choice, and be ready for next trip.

Handheld Steamer List

For our comparison, we have tried to look for the specifications and features we have specified along with good value. A handheld steamer is considered a better buy if it has the features and specifications at a reasonable price.
Ultimately, it is just our opinion and you will need to make the final decision. This list should provide you with enough information to make a choice or at least continue the comparison. Please review our list and consider which handheld steamer is best for you:


Jiffy Steamer ESTEAM Travel Steamer

#1 – ESTEAM Personal Hand Held Steamer

This is a powerful 600 watt steamer with a fast time to steam of about 60 seconds. It should be durable with its high-impact plastic housing and rugged design. It has a generous 8 ounce reservoir that translates to approximately 15 minutes of steam. It is lightweight coming in at only 2 lbs and the size is compact at 5 x 6.5 x 11 inches. That should be small enough to fit in just about anyone’s suitcase.

This unit comes with a large port for filling and it uses tap water without salt. This should be a very hard water-resistant steamer. It comes with an auto-off feature to prevent the risk of fire from overheating when the water runs out. It features a housing that is cool to the touch when steaming and a large comfortable handle sure to make steaming easier. This unit has an extra long 9 foot power cord making it one of the most convenient steamers to use.

This steamer is available in two colors, black and pink, to satisfy you’re your tastes. ESTEAM handheld steamer units are made in the USA and come with a 1 year warranty. This handheld steamer is sure to do the job whether on the road, at your office, or at the house.


Steamfast Steamer SF-435 Compact Steamer

#2 – Steam Fast SF-435 Compact Fabric Steamer

One of the smallest portable fabric handheld steamers at 7 x 9 x 4 inches, it is also very powerful with a 800 watts of power. It provides 12 minutes of powerful steam from its 7 oz water capacity and should make a great partner when traveling.

No matter what the fabric, the SF-435 will safely and quickly remove wrinkles better than an iron. Great for touch-ups on shirts or blouses on a trip, there is no worry about hard water buildup. It comes with some handy accessories including a lint remover, fabric brush, and a housing for accessories. Look for a price of around $25 online.



Ultra Mini Travel Hand Held Steamer

#3 – Ultra Mini Travel Steamer

The Ultra Mini can double as your travel steamer and your home steamer. It is tough on wrinkles but, not on your delicate clothes and fabrics. It is lightweight but, comes with a class-leading 850 watts of power for a quick time to steam and a powerful steam flow.

Compact at only 3.5 x 5 x 8 inches, it has a 3 inch surface for steaming and a reasonable 5 ounce capacity water reservoir. Accessories include 5 changeable steam heads for flexibility and a travel bag. It is hard water resistant by design and comes with a long 8 foot power cord. Look for a price of around $35 online.




#4 – Samsonite Travel Clothes Steamer

Samsonite has built-in dual voltage capability for their travel steamer. You can use it in the U.S. and in many foreign countries. Light and compact, this Samsonite steamer is definitely designed for easy travel with its folding handle and small size.

This handheld steamer should be able to remove even tough wrinkles from clothing packed for long hours in a suitcase. Accessories include a fabric brush that can be removed and a power-on light. As an added safety benefit, this steamer is designed with no-spill baffles to prevent hot water from leaking out and burning your hand when used at severe angles. Look for a price of approximately $35 online.


Handheld Steamer Comparison

TitleSteamFast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer, WhiteESTEAM® Personal Hand Held SteamerUltra Mini Travel SteamerSamsonite Travel Garment Steamer Dual Voltage
Feature800-watt fabric steamer provides 12 minutes of continuous steam
More effective and gentler on fabric than ironing; 7-ounce water capacity
Removes wrinkles and odors from clothes, linens, curtains, upholstery, and more
Includes a fabric brush, lint remover, and rubber accessory housing
Measures approximately 7 by 9 by 4 inches
600 watt heating element (120 volt for North America use only)
High-impact plastic outer housing for durability
Quick one minute heat-up time
15 Minute steam time per filling
Made in the USA
Perfect travel or at home steamer
Removes creases and wrinkles from fabrics thick, thin or delicate for seamless results
Just fill with tap water
Includes a drawstring travel bag
Plastic; 3 1/2 x 5 x 8 inches
Anti-spill baffles mechanism helps prevent hot water leakage
Dual 240/120 voltage operation for worldwide use
Large-capacity reservoir (with water line window) fills easily under tap
Compact steamer quickly removes stubborn, packed-in wrinkles without harming fabrics
Lightweight, compact design with fold-away handle, detachable brush and power-on light
Warranty1 year3 Year Warranty
Height4 inch11 inch8 inch
Weight1 pound3 pounds1 pound
Width9 inch6.5 inch5 inch
Length7 inch5 inch3.5 inch
Rating3.9 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars
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Product prices and availability are accurate as of Jul 7 18:04:26 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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I’ve taken a look at 4 of the best handheld steamers on the market. I hope this information helps you to choose the handheld steamer that is right for you.