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10 best clothes steamers for smooth, crease-free garments

Banish the iron to the back of the cupboard with a clothes steamer. From portable, handheld devices that you can pop in your luggage to wardrobe-sized units that can steam bulk items in minutes, we’ve rounded up the best steam cleaners for clothes, curtains and other fabrics for a crease-free life.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Apr 4, 2022

Clothes steamer on jumper

Some people love ironing, but let’s face it, life is too busy to be reaching for the board and an iron every time just one item needs pressing. This is why many people are turning to garment steamers to smooth the wrinkles out of their clothing. They claim to be quicker, more portable and as effective as the traditional iron and ironing board. But is that the case?

Smooth, wrinkle-free clothes not only look smarter but can boost your confidence no end, so we’re here to help you find the right garment steamer for you, ultimately shaving time off your busy routine. Whether you’re looking for a garment steamer that is powerful enough to deal with everyday pressing or one for occasional lightweight items, we’ve got the best garment steamers, whatever your budget.

We've also independently researched each clothes steamer we've recommended, evaluating their pros and cons so you can make an informed decision as to whether a steamer is the right choice for you. From which type of steamer to pick to handy tips for using one, we’ll show you how to organise your ironing routine.

How we chose our recommendations

We know the importance of having household gadgets you can rely on and making sure your hard-earned cash is spent on a product that's up to task. That's why we choose all of our recommendations carefully – here's how we select the best.

Recommendations from Mumsnet users

We believe in providing honest, real-life recommendations when purchasing a product. This is why we have scoured the Mumsnet forums to find out which clothes steamers our trusted users recommend and have put through their paces. Independent and authentic suggestions like these are so valuable, and we always look out for the products that have been proven to make parents' lives easier. 

Expert picks

In addition to the invaluable tried and tested advice from our Mumsnet reviews, we’ve also spent many hours searching through the reviews from other reputable ‘Best Buy’ websites such as Which? to see which products have been recommended there. By choosing our resources carefully from sites we know we can trust, we know that any information we provide to our readers is honest and balanced and reflects the true thoughts of consumers just like you.

Real consumer reviews

Armed with the above, we then evaluate a whole host of reviews (particularly those that are verified purchases) from other reputable sources such as legitimate review websites and real-life tester feedback.

Here are the best clothes steamers to buy this year.

1. Best overall clothes steamer: Tefal Access Steam Minute DT7000 Handheld Garment Steamer

Front view of a blue, white and dark grey handheld steamer

Price: £53.00 | Buy now from Argos

“I have this. I wear very casual clothing, so I just use it for tops but it’s great!” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Dalmation88)

The Tefal Access is a great piece of kit for those in a rush. It’s ready in just one minute, making last-minute garment spruces easy without the need for an ironing board.

It comes with a fabric brush, which allows you to smooth out thicker pile fabrics, such as cord and velvet. It’s even gentle enough for sequins and beads, according to the manufacturer.

One slight downside is the lack of hanging equipment, but as it’s lightweight, we recommend hanging clothes over a door using a coat hanger for vertical steaming.

Key specs

  • Tank Capacity: 0.15 litre
  • Transparent Water Tank: Yes
  • Hanging Equipment: No
  • Accessories: Fabric brush, steam bonnet
  • Power: 1100w
  • Dimensions: 24.5 cm tall
  • Weight: 990g

2. Best budget clothes steamer: Steamworks Handheld Garment Steamer

Side view of Steamworks handheld steam cleaner in blue and black

Price: £26.00 | Buy now from Argos

“I have this one from Argos which works very well but it can feel a bit bulky and heavy, so not travel friendly. I find that they work particularly well on silk and lightweight items.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Xsquared)

Don’t worry if you’d like to try a clothes steamer but you’re on a tight budget - we have you covered with the Steamworks handheld steamer, which is currently just £26 at Argos. 

It’s similar in shape and size to the Tefal Access, with a few slight changes, namely the colour and the size of the water tank, which is a 0.23 litre size. Not the biggest, but bigger than the Tefal, so it should need filling up less often.

It’s fast, too, taking just 30 seconds from switch on to reach the temperature required to steam clothes. Like most steam cleaners on our list, it is attached to a power cable, and at 3m long it isn’t the most portable of devices, but if you’re looking for a steamer that is on-budget and offers vertical steaming with minimal accessories, this could be the best hand steamer for you.

Key specs

  • Tank Capacity: 0.23 litres
  • Transparent Water Tank: No
  • Hanging Equipment: No
  • Accessories: Brush tool
  • Power: 1500w
  • Dimensions: 14.6cm x 11cm x 25.8cm
  • Weight: 1067g

3. Best handheld clothes steamer: Homeasy Clothes Steamer

Homeasy clothes steamer

Price: £39.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“I've not ironed a single thing since I bought this last summer. Love it. So good for silky tops, delicate blouses and any skirts with pleats.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user CamsPaisleyCuffs)

This handheld clothes steamer may not look the most glamorous, but going by reviews, it works a treat to remove wrinkles and creases from clothing and even furniture. It’s advertised as a 5-in-1 cleaner, tackling bedding, curtains and sofas with its built-in lint removing abilities.

The Homeasy clothes steamer reaches 110 degrees, which is hot enough to kill some bacteria. It’s also got great reviews from our Mumsnet users who praised its crease-busting abilities and long run time of 15 minutes cleaning. We would have liked a more elegant design as this is one of the heaviest handheld steamers we’ve reviewed, but for home use it should be fine.

Key specs

  • Tank Capacity: 0.28 litres
  • Transparent Water Tank: No
  • Hanging Equipment: No
  • Accessories: Brush head, storage bag, anti-scalding glove
  • Power: 1500w
  • Dimensions: 32.1cm x 18.3cm x 14.7cm
  • Weight: 1501g

4. Best travel clothes steamer: Swan Handheld Garment Steamer

Swan clothes steamer

Price: £27.49 | Buy now at Amazon

“I bought a little cheap one from amazon... brilliant for taking on holiday and decrinkling lightweight clothing but not for pressing heavy duty clothing.” (Retailer recommended by Mumsnet user Roseyleaf)

“I had the Swan garment steamer. It's brilliant. I got it for heavy velvet curtains it worked a treat. I hardly use it, to be honest I don't iron a single thing but DH uses it more often and likes how quick and portable it is.” (Reviewed by Mumsnet user Isettled)

This Swan clothes steamer doesn’t have all the accessories provided by some of the more expensive brands, but it is handy if you’re taking a trip and want to spruce up your clothing before wearing it.

It is lauded for its lightweight design and short-ish (1.9 metre) cable that makes packing it in your luggage bag a breeze, and also comes with a clip-on brush attachment for thicker pile fabrics. The power is 1100w, which isn’t as hefty as some steamers out there, but for basic decrinkling, it should be more than enough to get the job done.

Key specs

  • Tank Capacity: 0.25 litres
  • Transparent Water Tank: No
  • Hanging Equipment: No
  • Accessories: Brush
  • Power: 1100w
  • Dimensions: 32.5cm x 16.9cm x 13.9cm
  • Weight: Not provided

5. Best vertical and horizontal steamer: Philips Steam&Go Plus Handheld Clothes Steamer

Black and copper handheld steamer with attached cable

Price: £64.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have the Philips Steam&Go. I have nothing to compare it with but I find it effective. It’s a bit big for travel and takes up quite a lot of space but I use it a lot when I can’t be bothered getting my iron and ironing board out.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user ColourMyLife1)  

“I have this one, and I love it. Not used my iron in about two years! Only downside is it has a fairly small water reservoir, so if I'm doing a long maxi dress I usually need to refill the water. But other than that it's great. Sooo much faster and easier than using a clunky iron and ironing board.” (Vetted by Mumsnet user WineGetsMeThroughIt)

Well doesn’t this look luxurious! The Philips Steam&Go Plus has received quite a few popular votes on the Mumsnet forum, mainly because of its lightweight design and ability to banish the ironing board.

It is by far the most ergonomic, fitting into the hand with ease, but has a tiny water reservoir of 0.7 litres, meaning it won’t last more than one item, making it inconvenient for large washing loads. Still, it’s powerful with 1300w powering its action. This is about middle-of-the-road for these devices but it still manages to pack in up to 24g/s of steam to smooth those creases effortlessly.

Key specs

  • Tank Capacity: 0.7l
  • Transparent Water Tank: No
  • Hanging Equipment: No
  • Accessories: Brush, glove, storage bag
  • Power: 1300w
  • Dimensions: 38cm x 12.8cm x 15cm
  • Weight: 950g

6. Best for beginners: Beldray BEL0932RG 1500w Handi Steamer

Beldray clothes steamer

Price: £28.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“I love my steamer, it’s so much faster than ironing and gives a better finish to my clothes.” (Opinion on clothes steamers from Mumsnet user PeachMelba78)

“I have a very cheap little travel steamer from Amazon which has been brilliant. I hate ironing so use it most days and it does the job really well.” (Retailer recommended by Mumsnet user BangingOn)

No time to lose? Then the Beldray clothes steamer might be the option for you. It heats up and is ready to use in just 30 seconds, saving valuable time before the school run.

We’re a fan of the transparent water tank which, while small at 0.27l, allows us to see when a top-up is needed. It’s also powerful over long steaming sessions, offering 1500w for up to 15 minutes of continuous steam using just one tank.

Reviews were a little mixed for this device, with some complaining about its weight when the tank is full. Others loved its ability to steam horizontally and vertically and liked the fact that it has built-in anti-calc properties. With an anti-shut off and lockable button for continuous steam, we think it’s worth a try if you need a quick clothes pick-me-up.

Key specs

  • Tank Capacity: 0.27l
  • Transparent Water Tank: Yes
  • Hanging Equipment: No
  • Accessories: Measuring jug, brush
  • Power: 1500w
  • Dimensions: 18.7cm x 11.9cm x 29.2cm
  • Weight: 1220g

7. Best upright clothes steamer: Fridja F1000 Vertical Garment Steamer

Frijda clothes steamer

Price: £99.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have a proper upright steaming station that I use for practically everything, haven't touched the iron since I got it.” (Type of clothes steamer recommended by Mumsnet user KatharinaRosalie)

This steamer is not for the faint-hearted. Fridja claims it's used by retail stores to keep their stock beautifully pressed, and with a clothes hanger, trouser attachment and added fabric brush we think it would have everything they need.

The item has a large tank capacity of 2.2l, allowing you to steam large piles of ironing without needing to refill. The tank is also see-through, allowing you to keep an eye on the current water level. Reviews proclaim that it does what it says on the tin, steaming multiple items in minutes (made simpler with a rack to set the items up on), but there are questions about the build quality, which some describe as flimsy.

For less than a hundred pounds, it offers a lot of features for the cash, but we recommend assessing whether it will withstand your lifestyle and how often you need to steam clothes before purchasing.

Key specs

  • Tank Capacity: 2.2l
  • Transparent Water Tank: Yes
  • Hanging Equipment: Yes
  • Accessories: Clothes hanger, fabric brush, trouser attachment
  • Power: 1500w
  • Dimensions: 32cm x 25cm x 80cm
  • Weight: 5400g

8. Best for large ironing loads: Tefal IXEO Power QT2020

Tefal steamer

Price: £284.00 | Buy now from Amazon

The Tefal IXEO may not be cheap, but it provides a viable alternative to ironing in our opinion, taking up less space than a traditional ironing board, and heating to temperatures that kill bacteria.

It comes with a large tank capacity of 1.1 litres - much bigger than a steam iron, although the water tank is not transparent, so do keep an eye on it if you purchase. It comes with a built-in hanger, which is perfect for delicate fabrics, and a removable board allowing for horizontal and vertical pressing.

We’ve read some excellent reviews of the product, stating that it offers iron-worthy results, but it is worth noting that it's awkward to use if you are left-handed due to its design. It also takes quite a bit of time to assemble - you have been warned.

Key specs

  • Tank Capacity: 1.1l
  • Transparent Water Tank: No
  • Hanging Equipment: Yes
  • Accessories: Hanger, removable board
  • Power: 2170w
  • Dimensions: 40cm x 40cm x 160cm
  • Weight: 13.2kg

9. Best for gadget fans: Samsung AirDresser Clothing Care System

Samsung Airdresser

Price: £1,999 | Buy now from Samsung

If you’re looking for a luxury gadget, then the Samsung AirDresser could be right up your street. It promises to take away the need for ironing and drying, allowing you to place wet items in the dresser for neat pressing. Just hang your selected items inside and choose from one of the steaming modes available and it will refresh your clothes, removing bacteria and wrinkles together.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, possibly. There are a few downsides to the machine, not least the price, which makes it unobtainable for many. It also needs to be plugged directly into the wall to do its stuff, so you’ll be limited on location. It can also only handle six items at once, but with steam options taking less than an hour, this may be all you need. What many do like is its hands-off approach. Just hang the clothes, fill up the water reservoir and press a button and it will do the hard work for you. Expensive, but if you can afford it, it may be a valuable timesaver.

Key specs

  • Tank Capacity: 1.5l 
  • Transparent Water Tank: No
  • Hanging Equipment: Yes
  • Accessories: No
  • Power: 240v
  • Dimensions: 185cm x 44.5cm x 61.5cm
  • Weight: 89kg

10. Best for bacteria busting: Tefal DT8150 Access Steam

Tefal DT8150 black and silver handheld steamer

Price: £83.99 | Buy now from Very

Taking a more traditional route to steaming, we’ve gone back to the old favourite - a handheld device with built-in water tank. The Tefal DT8150 is the most powerful handheld steamer on our list, with 1600w of power surging through its cord. It also comes with the largest number of accessories, including a fabric brush and steam bonnet to direct the steam away from your hands. It has a door hook too, which is handy if you’re after vertical steaming.

One downside is its weight - its a cumbersome 1070g, which makes it awkward for travel, but reviews of its performance are favourable, with some using it to decontaminate bags after travel and others using it for quick clothing refreshes. We doubt it is good enough to replace an iron and ironing board setup, but for occasional clothes pressing it does the job.

Key specs

  • Tank Capacity: 0.2l
  • Transparent Water Tank: No
  • Hanging Equipment: Yes
  • Accessories: Door hook, pleat attachment, steam bonnet, travel bag, fabric brush
  • Power: 1600w
  • Dimensions: ‎11.5 x 14.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Weight: 1070g

What type of clothes steamer should I go for?

Purchasing the best steam cleaner for you comes down to meeting your individual needs. Some will require nothing more than a quick handheld steamer for a clothing refresh, whereas others will be looking to eliminate ironing for good.

Handheld steamers

Handheld steamers are great if you need something lightweight and versatile enough for travel. A handheld steamer is a useful option for business travellers, and those who need a quick garment press for a special occasion, such as a decrinkle of a wedding or bridesmaid dress or sari before a big event. If you are looking for a long-term option that may rival an iron, a larger, less portable device can offer increased power and a heavier steam-per-second ratio for better results.

Upright steamers

Upright steamers are ideal if you have a long garment to press. The clothes are added to a hanger and then pressed against a solid surface. These are the most common types of clothes steamers available, although it is worth noting that they are also great for long curtains, too. If you are after the neat press of a pair of trousers or you would like to steam your carpets, bedding or furniture items you’ll need to invest in a steamer that offers horizontal steaming, too. These are a little more expensive but also come with the upright steaming option allowing you to steam a wider range of fabric surfaces.

Is a garment steamer worth it?

Whether a garment steamer is worth it or not depends on what you need the steamer for. In our opinion, it is difficult to recreate the look of an ironed item with a garment steamer, particularly on heavier fabrics, but it is possible to reduce wrinkles overall. If precision is vital for you, look for a garment steamer that has accessories that can add crisp lines, such as a trouser creaser, and opt for the heavy-duty garment steamers that come with higher steam-per-second ratios. These will not only work faster than those with less steam pressure but will achieve superior results when compared to their lower-ratioed brethren.

Which fabrics cannot be steamed?

Some fabrics, such as woollen materials and chenille are not recommended for steaming. These tight-knit fabrics are prone to shrinking when dampened, which can result in permanent damage to the item. With the exception of the Samsung AirDresser, we recommend any items that are dry-clean only are kept away from garment steamers and handed to professionals for cleaning. The Samsung Airdresser claims it is suitable for dry-cleaning, but as always, check with the clothing manufacturer if you are unsure of the end results.

What is the best steam cleaner?

For us, the best steam cleaner provides exceptional wrinkle reduction, while also being cost-effective to use. We have chosen to compare our steam cleaners against each other, not against the performance of an iron as the end results are too different to provide an accurate comparison. 

The favourite of the bunch for us was the Tefal Access Steam Minute DT7000, which is lightweight enough to take on your travels, while also providing a decent wrinkle reduction so you look presentable on the beach, in the city or wherever you happen to be visiting. Price-wise, it is not the cheapest option - that honour falls to the Steamworks Handheld Steamer - but when weighing up its pros and cons, it offers great value for money and excellent vertical steaming.

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