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Best clothes steamers

Swan SI12020N Handheld Garment Steamer
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Steaming your clothes is a brilliant way to get rid of the creases quickly and easily without causing damage to the fabric. What’s more, with steam, it’s practically impossible to pull garments out of shape or burn them. To keep your clothes looking their best, get yourself a steamer.

Best overall

Dodocool Handheld Fabric Steamer

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Dodocool handheld fabric steamer

Light and compact

You can get the creases out of the clothes you packed for a holiday or a work trip with this handheld design. It heats up in a rapid one to two minutes, and holds 180 millilitres of water, allowing you to steam clothes for 10 to 12 minutes. A deflector prevents it from spitting water to keep you safe.

Best all-rounder

Swan SI12020N Handheld Garment Steamer

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Swan SI12020N handheld garment steamer

Works on upholstery and clothes

With a 250-millilitre water tank, this model will keep steaming for longer even though it’s handheld. It comes with a detachable fabric brush, allowing you to steam curtains, sofas, and bedding as well as clothes. It can be used on delicate materials like silk and velvet and works on hanging garments and those laid out on the ironing board.

Best for long sessions

Sabi 2200 Watt Garment Steamer

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Sabi 2200-watt garment steamer

Hang clothes easily

A support net and hanger allow you to position the items you want to steam on this model. With a 2-litre water tank on board, it can keep on working for up to 40 minutes, so it’s great for family homes. Heat-up time is a fast 55 seconds even though it has a large tank. 

Best for rapid heat-up

Tefal DT8150 Access Steam+ Handheld Steamer

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Tefal DT8150 Access Steam+ handheld steamer

Two steam levels

Ready to remove creases in just 40 seconds? This steamer is up to the challenge. It offers a gentler 20 grams of steam per minute for delicate fabrics as well as a super turbo setting. It can remove odours from garments as well as wrinkles. Plus, it kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria. It comes with a travel bag, so you take it on holiday and business trips.

Best for maneuvering

Philips Steam and Go Plus Handheld Garment Steamer

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Philips Steam and Go Plus handheld garment steamer

Detachable water tank

A 2.5-metre power cord ensures it’s easy to reach where the wrinkles are with this steamer. It’s designed to deal with one garment at a time with a 70-millilitre storage tank, but the tank is detachable for easy filling. This smart black and copper number is compact at just 38-by-12.8-by-15 centimetres, and light at 948 grams.

Best for travel

PurSteam Elite 850 Watt Garment & Fabric Steamer

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PurSteam Elite 850-watt garment and fabric steamer

Uses tap water

Weighing just 721 grams and measuring 22.2-by-15.2-by-10 centimetres in size, this is a compact model that won’t make your travel bag heavy nor will it be a strain to hold up to your clothes. It produces steam in a minute, but it isn’t the most powerful of our picks at 850 watts. And, the cable’s long, meaning you don’t have to stay close to the socket when you’re steaming.

Bottom line

Clothes steamers are a neat way to get creases out after washing your clothes, but also to refresh them if they’ve picked up any odours from last night’s meal. They’ll get rid of bacteria as well. The Dodocool handheld fabric steamer can get on with the job quickly as it heats up in just a couple of minutes. And with a steaming time of 10 to 12 minutes, it will let you sort out more than one of your garments on a single tank of water. 

If you’re looking for a model that will deal with large loads of ironing and creates space to hang them as you remove creases, the Sabi 2200-watt garment steamer is the way to go. You can clip items into place and keep on steaming for up to 40 minutes with this model.

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