​If you​ have ​hard-to-iron garments, or thicker furnishings like curtains that need refreshing, you​ night be considering a clothes steamer.

The best steamers can get even the worst creases out of clothes and other ​garments quickly and easily. With very little effort your clothes will look ​like they’ve just come off the shelf.

After careful consideration of ​the best models available ​in 2018, here are our top 5.

Please scroll down for reviews of each one.

​The Best Clothes Steamers of 2018

Why You Need a Clothes Steamer

​While your iron may be a trusty and time-served tool, it can only do so much.  A clothes steamer ​can handle hard-to-iron garments quickly, and is really good for furnishings like curtains.

​You’ve heard the old trick of hanging clothes in the bathroom while the hot water is running, to get the creases out? That’s what these appliances do, but with far greater efficiency.

​They work by creating steam from a reservoir of heated water. Steamers consists of a small base unit, where the water and workings are kept, plus a retractable stand upon which the garment is hung. 

Using a hose and fitments – a steam brush is the most usual one – you use it as a vertical iron, in effect, and the result is crease free clothes in no time at all.

Other benefits?  You don't need an ironing board and your steam cleaner ​takes up far less space. It can also be up and running in a ​under a minute.

You can steam many items of clothing in one go, and it’s great for one-off use, perhaps a night out when you need a garment quickly.

​Features To ​Look Out For

​There are a number of features you should consider when choosing ​a steamer,and here is a quick list of the key points.

Capacity – the bigger the water tank, the longer you have steam before refills, and the more you can do uninterrupted.

​Some of these have much bigger tanks than others, so take the time to check them out.

Power and Output – you want a machine that has enough power to pump out a​ constant steam level, so check the specifications for more information.

Accessories – some feature more bits and pieces than others, and we advise that you check with the specs before deciding on your purchase.

​Look for the brush, clips and a protective glove to begin with, although the latter can also be bought very cheaply as a separate item.

Time to Heat – if you are in a hurry you want to be up and running quickly.

All of the models we have reviewed are good to go in under a minute and one takes just 30 seconds!

Portability – light weight, compact size and a retractable hanging pole are all important factors, and differ between each model so check them out carefully.

There are also ​​a couple of other things you need to remember when using a clothes steamer.

​As there is a lot of steam ​make sure you use it in a ventilated area. ​They also get quite hot, so take care and keep pets and children away when they are in use.


​Clothes Steamers Reviews

​If you're looking for a garment steamer that's safe, quick to use and has a large capacity, the Aicock 1500W ticks all the boxes.

​You won't have to wait around for ages waiting for this one to heat up as the steam in ready in just 45 - 60 seconds.

It's extra-large 70 oz (2 liter) storage tank means it can provide ​​as much as an hour’s steaming time, plenty for a larger load of ​laundry.

This Aicock steam cleaner has 4 adjustable heights and a generous 1.5m hose, so it's perfect whether you want to steam shirts, jackets or long flowing dresses.

What we like about this particular model is it does more than steam and remove wrinkles. There are also settings for dust removal and sterilization, too.

This one also comes with an automatic shut-off safety feature which activates when the temperature is too hot or it's out of water.

In the negative column, there isn't a protective glove / mitt included with this model.

However, it's available at a low price and comes with a 2-year manufacturers guarantee.

Pros

  • Great Size for Larger Family
  • Simple & Easy To Use
  • 24-Hour Delay Timer
  • "My Cycle" Remembers Programs
  • 2 Fast Cycles
  • Variable Speed & Temperatures
  • Self-Cleaning Program

Cons

  • Timer Display Not Always Accurate
  • No Half-Load Wash

​Brand names always make us stand up and take notice, and this one – Tefal – is a well-known name in UK household appliances.

​​This ​upright garment steamer comes with many interesting features, not least the fact it can rotate through 360 degrees, ​which makes ​removing creases a lot easier.

​It heats up in just 45 seconds and it's extra-large 2.5 liter water tank gives it 80 minutes of steaming power.

This Tefal steamer has a few neat features that other comparable models don't have.

The first is it can shoot precision jets of steam. This gets the steam where you want and prevents your home from looking like a sauna.

There is also an on / off pedal which is great as it means you don't need to keep bending down to start or stop it. An extra-generous 2 meter cord ​gives you greater reach, too.

And lastly, there are three attachments to help you steam different garments. There is a crease attachment for trousers and shirts, a fabric brush for thicker ​garments and a bonnet to prevent water marks.

The major downside with this particular garment steamer is the price. However, you are paying for Tefal's excellent build quality and and a two-year manufacturers guarantee.

Pros

  • Trusted Brand
  • Extra-Large 2.5L Capacity
  • Extra Long 2M Cord
  • Pedal Operation
  • ​Automatic Shut-Off
  • ​Variable Heads
  • 2-Year Guarantee

Cons

  • Expensive

​Blusmart isn't a household name but this model ​has a number of excellent features for a great price,

​A 2.2L water tank (with a visible level indicator) provides enough juice for 70 minutes of continuous steaming. ​

​With 6 different settings for wool, silk, nylon, cotton, textiles and linen, those 70 minutes can be spent steaming a lot of different garments!

Despite a relatively low power-consumption of 1450w, it's pretty powerful. The steam is maintained at 100 C, the perfect temperature for removing creases, bad odors and bacteria.

​This Bluesmart model has a "Nano" head - basically the same as a power shower. ​There are 11 holes with a 30 degree coverage, which helps you direct the steam to where it's needed the most.

It​ also has an effective range of 1.5 meters, which will help you stay out of the steam, too!

In common with the best garment steamers, this model is really fast to start up at just 45 seconds. There is also a foot​ switch for easy operation, a brush and pants-clip included.

Size wise, it's about as big as a shoe-box on wheels! So it's perfect to wheel around and out of the way when not in use.

The major drawback (for us) ​is the manufacturers guarantee​ ​is only ​1-year, which is the bare minimum with electrical items.

Still, it is priced in the mid-range and has received some excellent reviews for its work on heavier textiles like curtains, and for people who want to steam suits in a hurry.

Pros

  • 6 Steam Settings
  • ​Large 2.2L Capacity
  • ​Long 1.5M Cord
  • 45 Second Start-Up
  • Consistent 100C
  • Nano Head

Cons

  • Only 1 Year Guarantee

If you​​'re looking for a cheap garment steamer from a reputable brand, this one from Quest Benross is great value.

​​Many users report ​this vertical steamer is excellent for shirts, blouses and dresses with pleats which are really hard to iron.

It's also quick to get going, taking just 45 seconds to produce steam, and it comes with a number of freebies including a heat-proof glove, a clasp for trousers and a brush for shirts.

​Unfortunately, the lower-price means that it​ lacks quite a few features.

The first is the auto power-off when the 1.8L water tank is empty. However, the lack of steam will be a good indicator you need a refill (it would be nice to know ahead of time though!).

​Perhaps the biggest negative is there aren't different steam settings for various fabrics and garments.

​If you can live without the extra features, this Quest Benross steamer makes a great entry-level model.

Pros

  • ​Great Price
  • ​​Easy to use
  • ​Long 1.7M Cord
  • 45 Second Start-Up
  • Consistent ​Steam
  • ​Free Glove / Clasp / Brush

Cons

  • ​No variable steam
  • ​Doesn't shut-off when water runs out

​We round out our list with another budget pick - a very portable clothes steamer from Easy Steam.

​​​At just 4kg, you wouldn't call this a "Heavy Duty" steamer, but it still in the 1800w category and the most remarkable thing is it produces steam in just 30 seconds!

​It is light and small to move around, but you still get a 1.7L water-tank which is good for 45 minutes of steaming.

​Unlike the previously reviewed model from Quest Benross, this has 2-levels of steam, one at 50% power for more delicate items like silk and chiffon.

2 is better than 1, but some of the other picks on our list have as much as 6 settings. Still, like it says on the tin it is "Easy Steam", so you can expect it to be quick and easy to operate.

​The 1.6 meter pole is telescopic and has three components. This allows it to fit into a suitcase so you can use this when traveling.

There are some freebies like a heat-proof mitten, collar steaming plate and a brush.

However, there isn't a hanger included like others on our list. There is a clamp which you can attach a hanger to.

This isn't a bad option, as quite a few people report the hangers that come with these products to be on the small size, so you find one to suit.

If you're looking for a travel steamer at a great price, the Easy Steam makes a great pick.

Pros

  • ​Great Price
  • ​​Easy to use
  • Rapid 30s Start-Up
  • ​Light & Portable
  • ​Fits in a Suitcase
  • ​Free Glove / Clasp / Brush

Cons

  • ​Only 2 Steam Settings
  • ​​No Hanger included

The Best Clothes Steamer?

If you're not on a budget, we'd have to say the Tefal Master Precision lays real claim to the title "Best Steamer of 2018".

We like the extra-large water-tank, ​the extra-long 2M cord and it's from a trusted name in household appliances. The 2-year warranty gives additional peace-of-mind too.

Tefal IT6540 Master Precision 360 Upright Garment Steamer, 1500 Watt, Black/Raspberry
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Tefal IT6540 Master Precision 360 Upright Garment Steamer, 1500 Watt, Black/Raspberry
  • 360° rotating hanger helps you remove creases and refresh clothes efficiently - no ironing board needed
  • Precision shot of concentrated steam removes stubborn creases in hard-to-reach areas with ease
  • Fast heat-up time - ready to use in 45 seconds, it's ideal for a last-minute garment press or refresh. Extra large triangular head ensures fast

Last update on 2018-06-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

We have to make special mention of the Easy Steam model, which is a great budget pick.

This a great choice if you're going on a business trip and want a travel steamer with you.