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Tefal Pure Pop review: lightweight clothes steamer is the perfect travel companion

Fed up with pulling crumpled clothes out of your suitcase? The Tefal Pure Pop clothes steamer is the solution to your problem.

By Laura Cooke | Last updated Jan 31, 2024

Overall star rating: 5/5

Price on writing: £42-£62 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Tank Capacity: 70ml | Transparent Water Tank: Yes | Hanging Equipment: No | Accessories: Reversible velvet pad and lint pad, travel pouch | Power: 1300w | Dimensions: H31.8 x W14.1 x D5.7cm | Weight: 700g

What we like

  • Very easy to set up and use

  • Lightweight and slim

  • Heats up quickly

  • Available in a range of bright colours

  • Comes with a convenient storage bag for travel

What we don't like

  • Tank is a little on the small side

  • Bag is plain

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What Mumsnet users say

“I've recently bought the Tefal pop steamer and love it!” Recommended by Mumsnetter Someaddedsugar

Our verdict

Quick, easy and compact…what’s not to love about the Tefal Pure Pop clothes steamer? This nifty little gadget is perfect for holidays, taking away to university, or just ridding your favourite everyday shirt of a few stubborn creases when digging out the ironing board feels like overkill. 

I found the Tefal Pure Pop made light work of creases, leaving my favourite dress looking freshly ironed. The steamer was incredibly easy to set up and operate. If you are looking for a straightforward clothes steamer for occasional use, without any fancy bells or whistles attached, then the Tefal Pure Pop ticks all the boxes. I loved the choice of funky colours too.

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How easy is the Tefal Pure Pop to set up?

The Tefal Pure Pop clothes steamer is very easy to set up. The water tank slides off smoothly and the rubber stopper is removed so the device can be filled with water. The stopper is then replaced and the steamer is plugged into the mains, ready for use.

What is the Tefal Pure Pop like to use day-to-day?

The Tefal Pure Pop is easy to use and a simple slider switch on the handle turns the steamer on and off. A white light glows on the steamer head as it heats up. Once the indicator light has gone off (after around 15 seconds) the Pure Pop is ready to use. 

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I tried the clothes steamer on a dress that had been lying in a crumpled heap at the bottom of my wardrobe for a couple of weeks. After hanging the garment up, I pressed the steam button and got to work. Following the super straightforward instructions, I put the soft velvet pad onto the fabric and moved the steamer around the dress, keeping the pad in contact at all times. It was really satisfying to see the creases melt away, without having to keep running the steamer over and over the same area. Tefal recommends passing the steam jets over the garment from top to bottom, holding the steamer upright or at a 30 or 90 degree angle. The Pure Pop should not be used while being held horizontally. 

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I was very impressed with how quickly the Pure Pop managed to smooth out the wrinkles and creases, but it did take almost a whole tank of water for one garment, so this is something to bear in mind before purchasing. Tefal markets the Pure Pop as a travel steamer, so it is really only meant to be used for small amounts of steaming, hence the small tank size. If you have a massive pile of wrinkly clothes to de-crease, you should consider investing in a larger clothes steamer or sticking with a trusty steam iron.

Unlike some of Tefal's irons (including the excellent Tefal Ultimate Pure), the Pure Pop clothes steamer does not come with a built-in anti-calc filter. If you live in a hard water area and notice the performance of the steamer has decreased over time, Tefal recommends removing the steam pad and filling the tank with 50% water and 50% white vinegar, blasting the steam until the tank is completely empty. Repeat with a full tank of water until empty. The reversible pad can be washed separately with water and soap and can be reused once dry.

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Does the Tefal Pure Pop come with any accessories?

The Tefal Pure Pop is light on accessories compared to other steamers, but the velvet steam pad can be removed and flipped over to be used as an effective lint remover. The steamer also comes with a handy drawstring travel pouch.

Does the Tefal Pure Pop offer value for money?

Retailing at £42 to £62 on Amazon, depending on your colour preference, at the time of writing (January 4th, 2024), I feel the Tefal Pure Pop offers great value for money if you are looking for a lightweight clothes steamer to throw in your suitcase. The small tank size means it is not suitable for tackling huge piles of ironing, but for the odd garment or an emergency de-wrinkle, the Tefal Pure Pop is a great addition to your laundry toolbox.

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How we tested

Reviewer Laura lives in Sussex with her husband and two kids, aged four and six. The Tefal Pure Pop clothes steamer was tested on an assortment of light and heavy fabrics on its ability to remove creases, wrinkles and lint. Our reviewer also took into account how easy the clothes steamer was to set up, use and clean.

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