Steamer For Clothes: Key Specifications and Features

There are basically two types of clothes steamers.  You can buy a home steamer for clothes or a portable steamer for clothes.  This article is about home steamers which are heavier duty, are designed to remove more wrinkles from clothing and fabrics, and can handle a wider variety of wrinkle removal tasks.

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Why would you buy a home steamer perhaps instead of an iron and ironing board?  There are several reasons including space, type of material, ease of use, and performance.

 

 

 

Once only available to laundries and dry cleaners fully capable clothes steamers have come down in price so that they are now available to most households.

 

Important Steamer For Clothes Specs

Before we can discuss the best home steamer for clothes, we need to take a minute to discuss the important specifications and features that you should base any decision on.

 

Steamer For Clothes Power

Power means wattage.  The higher the wattage, the quicker the steamer will heat up the water in the reservoir.  Also, more power improves steam output to allow steaming a wider variety of fabrics. Lower wattage devices may have trouble removing wrinkles from tougher fabrics like denim.

Reservoir Capacity

How long you can steam and how many garments you can steam depends heavily on the water reservoir capacity of the steamer for clothes.  As you might imagine, the more water in the reservoir, the longer the steam will last.  This is an important consideration if you normally want to steam a large number of garments or larger fabric area like that of drapes and curtains.

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Heat Up Time

Waiting around for the steamer to start producing steam is not my idea of fun.  If you’re the impatient sort or just can’t afford to miss a minute of your busy schedule, choose a steamer with a short published heat up time.  Many newer garment steamers can begin producing steam in less than a minute.

Steam Time

Steam time for a steamer for clothes is directly related to the wattage and reservoir size.  More wattage means more powerful steam but, it also uses the reservoir at a faster rate.  If you’re looking for high wattage, make sure the steam time matches up with your expectations.  This usually means choosing one with a correspondingly large reservoir to maintain steam time.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Portability

Travel steamers are ultimately portable due to their small size.  You won’t be Example of Steamer Portabilitytaking a home steamer on the road in most cases but, you still need around the house portability.  Weight, dimensions, and capability to be moved are all important considerations for portability.  Wheels are the most common addition to a home steamer that helps with portability.  If portability is important to you, make sure your choice has wheels or some other easy method of moving the steamer from storage to where you want to use it.

 

 

Clothes Steamer Storage

 

Storage

Storage is concerned with how easy it is to store the device.  Most home steamers are fairly easy to store.  They typically have a built-in garment hanger for you to hang your clothes while steaming and that makes them tall.  Some are collapsible which makes them even easier to store.  On the other hand, they are usually very narrow and can be stored in a corner of a room or in a closet.  Think about where you can store the steamer when considering a steamer for clothes.

 

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Cord Length

Even though most home garment steamers are portable, ultimately the length of the cord determines how close to an outlet you need to be when steaming.  If you are limited in the availability of outlets in your home where you will be doing your steaming, make sure you get a long cord that can accommodate your needs.  Important:  You are highly discouraged from using any sort of extension cord with a high power device like a clothes steamer.  The risk of fire and burns due to a hot cord are a real possibility that you want to avoid at all costs.

 

Home Steamer For Clothes Key Features

Besides the key specifications that you should look for, there are some features that can make your life easier when using your steamer for clothes.  Take a look at some of the key features:

Key Features Clothes Steamer

 

Garment Hanger

Many modern garment steamers come equipped with a handy garment hanger as an alternative to hanging your clothes on a door or other hanger somewhere in your house.  If this is important to you, make sure your choice has a garment hanger.

 

Fabric Brush

Some home clothes steamers have an included fabric brush to remove lint while steaming.

Garment Steamer Warranty

 

Warranty

All other features and specifications being equal, a longer warranty may tip the balance in favor of one steamer for clothes or another.  Warranties range from a low of 90 days to a typical high of 5 years.  Look for a warranty of a year or more on your clothes steamer.

 

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2 thoughts on “Steamer For Clothes: Key Specifications and Features

  1. Hello: I am looking for a hand held fabric steamer with dual/International voltage, that has 11,00 watts or higher . If you know of one please advise. Thank you for your help.

    • John, I don’t know of any U.S. models that meet your requirements. Have you considered getting a Conair ExtremeSteam GS23 and buying a separate dual voltage converter that can handle 1100W or more and is designed for hair dryers and other appliances? That’s my suggestion. -Mark

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