A travel sized steamer is a great investment when heading off to college. As technology improves, most handheld steamers are just as good as full sized clothing steamers. I’ve compared the best portable steamers, with a focus on the needs of college students, or apartment living with small spaces in mind.
Portable Clothing Steamers – A Quick Comparison
Short on time? Here’s a quick comparison of the best handheld garment steamers:
Naturalife 1200 Watt Handheld Steamer
This portable steamer by Naturalife holds around one cup of water and is great for steaming 1-2 items at a time. The heat up time is around 30 seconds and the steamer comes with a lint brush, creasing tool and fabric brush.
1200 watts is a powerful heating element for continuous steam and comparable to full sized garment steamers. The water tank is a completely separate unit, so it can be removed from the steamer to refill with water.
What I love the most about the latest handheld garment steamers is the ability to use in both a vertical and horizontal steaming position. The Naturalife steamer is no exception. Use it vertically to steam curtains, hanging clothing or horizontally to steam bed covers, or clothing laying flat on your bed.
The fully enclosed water tank is what gives this steamer its ability to be used horizontally. The steamer won’t spit or leak water due to its design, which is why it makes my list for the best steamers for college. I’m all about multi-function items and this steamer is one of those.
The original Beutural garment steamer has already made my list of top handheld steamers, and this updated dual voltage steamer is just as impressive.
Dual voltage means the steamer has a built in automatic voltage adjustment for use across different countries. The beutural travel steamer self converts between 100 and 240 volts. Check out the video on Amazon which explains this, and the other features of the steamer.
The newer version of the Beutural dual voltage steamer has 1000 watts of power. This is 200 watts less than the original version, I suspect this may be needed for the built in voltage adjustment. The steamer heats up in under 1 minute and will auto shut off after 8 minutes of inactivity, a great feature for those of us who are driving to work wondering if we remembered to switch something off!
The dual voltage steamer also comes with two water chambers, depending on your steaming needs. A 100ml container for travel or single items or a 200ml container for steaming multiple items. A lint brush and soft brush are included, as well as a storage bag.
As the water tanks are fully self contained, the Beutural Dual Voltage Steamer can be used in both a vertical and horizontal position. Great for steaming jeans or pants laying flat, or steaming your bed covers whilst on the bed.
I really like the space saving design of the Beutural Dual Voltage Steamer. The head of the steamer folds down when not use. This is compact enough to place in a bedside drawer, making it a great choice for college students.
The urpower steamer is currently the number 1 rated new release steamer on Amazon. It has been updated for Christmas 2019, January 2020 with a larger water capacity for longer steaming. Included with the portable steamer is a travel bag and steaming glove.
Firstly, I’m so happy that a company is including a steaming mitt/glove in with their products! In my opinion, this is essential for your hand that isn’t holding the steamer, to protect it from steam burns.
The increase in the water capacity between the older version and updated version is 60mls. It heats up in under two minutes and the curved design of the neck directs the steam in a concentrated output, which is handy for heavier wrinkled areas.
The downside with this steamer is it cannot be tilted horizontally as well as vertically. It is only suitable for vertical steaming, and should not be tilted past a 45 degree angle. A good choice for hanging clothes, curtains and cushions.
I’m unsure about the wattage of this steamer and have written to the manufacturer to request for information. I’ll update this post when known.
The Easehold two in one garment steamer and iron is another great choice for college students or apartment living. For anyone that has ever used a clothing steamer will know it can be tricky to get shirts collars, cuffs and pleats really straight with steam. Steam is great for relaxing fibers in fabrics, but if you want a really pressed or stiff look, starch and an iron is a better choice.
This is where the Easehold Steam Iron comes in. Use it to efficiently steam your clothing, then remove the water tank to switch off the steam and use the iron head to finish off your pockets, collars, cuffs and pleats.
The Easthold Steam Iron can be used in a flat horizontal position, as well as vertically. It has a huge 1300 watts of power behind it to remove tough wrinkles. There’s no attachments with this steamer, it comes with a silicone mat to rest the iron on and a bag to pack away with, also making it a great choice for travel.
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Other Great Portable Garment Steamers
- Get Rid of Those Tough Wrinkles - in Only 26 Seconds Our Powerful Patent Pending Heating Element Generates Non Stop Steam
- Industry Leading PROPRIETARY STEAM PLATE DESIGN for both Vertical and Horizontal usage with no water spitting, spraying or leaking
- 12 MINUTE STEAM TIME - large reservoir allows more time to steam larger garments, clothes, curtains, sheets and much more
- This Amazon only Diamond Edition includes STORAGE BAG, LINT ROLLER, and PORTABLE HANGERS. Stay safe with our leak free and automatic shutoff safety mechanism
- Gentle yet durable and powerful to handle all of your steamer needs. Our meticulous manufacturing and design process ensures you are getting the most technologically advanced hand steamer for clothes iron on the market today
- WHAT YOU NEED: are you tired of wasting time keeping your clothes as neat as a pin? Would you like to look spick and span anywhere, anytime and under any circumstances without hours of getting ready? Garment steamer for clothes by Bovolo Techno Park is the perfect solution!
- PORTABLE & POWERFUL: the advanced steaming technology of this clothes steamer waves goodbye to any wrinkles on your clothes wherever you are: this travel steamer for clothes compact size and light weight makes it extremely easy to pack & carry – in the blink of an eye this it becomes your ideal travel accessory!
- GENTLE & UNIVERSAL: garment steamer for clothes by Bovolo treats your cotton, satin, nylon blends, beads, linen, wool, sequins, embroidery and the most delicate fabrics as gentle as a lamb – they will say “THANK YOU! ” for using this clothing steamer. From now on dry cleaners are out-of-date & out of the question. Remove wrinkles/clean/sterilize/sanitize/refresh/defrost? Quick! Clothes/beds/sofas/armchairs/curtains/carpets? Easy!
- HQ & SAFE: with this portable steamer for clothes made of high temperature resistant premium materials you can finally say “NO! ” to weird plastic smells or nasty chemicals! Superior design makes impossible any water leakage or heating burns. The included user-friendly manual provides simple instructions to maximize your results using this fabric steamer!
- ORIGINAL GIFT IDEA: order & present hand steamer for clothes by Bovolo Techno Park as a thoughtful gift for a friend or colleague and you can be sure to win their appreciation. The clothes steamer is a smart, long-term investment that will save your time, money and effort when it comes to looking good, neat and fresh!
- SHARP EVERYWHERE FOR ALL KIND OF GARMENTS - Our handheld garment steamer helps to get wrinkles out of your cloth easily and quickly. All you need is a small place to hang your cloth then steam! After filling the water, the steamer heats up only in 30 seconds.
- FIT TO USE ON ALL FABRICS - cotton, wool, polyester, plush, silk, fiber, nylon, velvet, and linen? No problem! Our travel garment steamer is suitable for clothes, bedding, table clothes, sofas, toys and so much more. Distilled water recommend.
- HIGH QUALITY & SAFETY - When you open the box, you will find this handheld steamer is good worthy, absolutely not cheaply made ones. Advanced Pump to Steam technology makes the steaming more efficiently and 100% leaking-free. Built-in double overheat protection protects you and your Clothes Steamer safe, if it is overheated, the steamer will stop heating automatically.
- PORTABLE FOR HOME AND TRAVEL - Packing into your luggage, this Garment Steamer can be easily stored in a small room and easy to pack into the luggage when you are traveling.
- SATISFACTION CUSTOMER SERVICE – PROSII gives our customers a 90 days refund and a hassle-free 24-month assurance. The excellent after-sales service makes every purchase 100% risk-free.
- Instantly release wrinkles, refresh upholstery, and give garments a professional, fresh-pressed look with the powerful Conair Turbo Extreme Steam Handheld Fabric Steamer
- Aluminum plate for professionally-pressed results without an iron; built-in creaser for perfectly crisp pleats & folds
- Fast 40-second heat-up time
- 2 steam output settings: Standard and Turbo
- 7. 3-Ounce water tank for up to 15 minutes of continuous steam
- FULL STEAM AHEAD – No wrinkle is too tough for the Luxury Edition iSteam! Its ready-to-go water tank heats in 25 seconds and powers 10 continuous minutes of soothing steam. Gently iron all your clothes, drapery, beddings, and more! Plus, stay dry and safe thanks to the upgraded Spill-Proof Technology and Automatic Safety Shutdown System!
- POWERFUL & PORTABLE – Don’t let tricky creases and wrinkles ruin your trips! Your iSteam is strong enough to power through those tough wrinkles and small enough to easily stash in your luggage. Impress your friends and family with its stunning look design! Not only is it feather-light, but it also includes features like a Nano-Polymer Filter that purifies water and prevents calcification inside the tank.
- INNOVATIVE 360° TECHNOLOGY, NO WATER SPOTS LEFT BEHIND – Ordinary clothes steamers tend to spurt or leak water, which can stain and even ruin your garments! iSteam features an Electronic Pump System that prevents water from leaking. Steam Iron from any angle – This design even allows steaming upside down without any water left behind!
- THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ANY HOLIDAY! – Treat your beloved ones with the ideal gift for any holiday or special occasion. iSteam can be used by anybody and for several household tasks: Steam, clean, treat and refresh any fabric or other surfaces. Attach the bonus Gift brush accessory to dust off and refresh all coats, wool, delicates, and more, to the same multi-action wrinkle-busting results!
- iSTEAM SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – We know you’ll fall in love with your portable steamer for clothes, curtains, and more! With a 3-Year Warranty and a customer care team always ready to smooth things over, don’t wait to get the steamy, spill-proof results you deserve, completely risk-free!
- Compact & Lightweight – With dual voltage switch button (100-120V, 220V-240V) for multiple countries, detachable steam nozzle, easy to pack which perfect for travel and family day to day use
- Easy to Use & Effective - Rotate the steam nozzle and take it out - Fill in water to the water tank - Insert the steam nozzle into the main body and rotate it to lock in place - Plug in the steamer and wait for the steam, then ready to use
- Powerful & Safe - 600W Steamer produces powerful steam which never sprays water, heats up quickly and water tank for 8-9 minutes of continuous steaming, automatically stop working function when the unit gets too hot or the water level is too low
- Best Gift Choice - Travel steamer for clothes with 8 ft extra-long power cord, never worry about operating steamer remotely. Say Goodbye To The Wrinkles, it’s suitable for all kind of fabrics.
- Full Satisfaction Guarantee - 24 months quality warranty. We use our own products daily. We expect the best for our family and guarantee the same for Yours
- SAVE TIME – Running late and don't have time to iron? Our steamer releases wrinkles in mere minutes!
- TRAVEL-READY – Be wrinkle-free on the road! The steam iron is small enough to pack in your suitcase!
- BURN-FREE – Steam from any angle without it spitting out burning hot water or soaking your clothes!
- BONUS TRAVEL BAG – Receive a FREE travel bag so you can take your portable clothes steamer anywhere!
- WORRY-FREE WARRANTY – Travel the world with wrinkle-free peace of mind and a lifetime guarantee!
- FAST AND POWERFUL - 1600 Watts of power with 26 Grams/Min. of steam and ready to use in just 40 seconds. Steam your clothes in no time
- KILL 99.9% OF BACTERIA W/O CHEMICALS - Steam is a safe way to kill 99.9% of bacteria, dust mites, and more! Clean and refresh your whole household including curtains and furniture
- HEATED METAL FACEPLATE - Easily iron away any stubborn wrinkles with the heated metal faceplate
- STEAM ANY TYPE OF FABRIC: DELICATE, LARGE, OR THICK - With different modes of steaming and high steam power, this steamer can dewrinkle and sanitize any type of fabric, even suits or jackets
- USE TAP WATER - Rowenta Steamers work great with regular tap water. Fill the removable 6.76 oz tank directly from the sink and steam for up to 10 minutes continuously
Steamers That Have Great Reviews…
…And Reasons Why I Don’t Entirely Agree
This steamer is currently Amazon’s Choice for portable garment steamers and has a 4.9 out of 5 star rating, reviewed by 72 people. Would I buy this steamer for a college student? Maybe.
Firstly, I was interested in this steamer due to its size. It seems to fit easily in the palm of your hand and I thought this might be a great choice a college student as it’s small and lightweight.
Why I’m not Entirely Sold on this Garment Steamer
Wattage: At 950 watts its heating power isn’t as good as other handheld steamers on the market. This means it won’t produce as much steam as other steamers with higher wattage. Having said that, other models of this handheld design were between 600 and 800 watts. That makes the Uarter handheld steamer a better choice than those.
If you’re only steaming a lightweight summer shirt less steam power might be ok, but if you want to get the wrinkles out of a pair of jeans, this type of steamer isn’t the best choice. There’s a video review on Amazon demonstrating this with what appears to be a fairly lightweight pair of shorts. The video review is entitled ‘serious steam power’ and is worth a look.
The review is praising the garment steamer, but it goes for 2 minutes and has only steamed the front side of one leg of the shorts. If you kept going at this rate, that’s 8 minutes to steam one pair of shorts.
If you look closely you can see the steam, which I do like. But you can also see some water droplets on the shorts, which I don’t like – although, if this happens, they do dry. The steamer can also be used horizontally as well as vertically – another bonus. The water tank is smaller than other portable steamers, however, it is designed to be this way.
There are also no attachments with this steamer. No creasing tool, lint tool or fabric brush, which personally, I prefer. Perhaps a college student wouldn’t care, or wouldn’t use these items anyway?
Needless to say, there’s some great points to the Uarter handheld steamer, but also some features in other garment steamers that I prefer. At the time of writing, the price point was also comparable to the other garment steamers that offer greater steam power, accessories and more features than this one. If you don’t need the extra features or accessories, this could be a worthwhile handheld steamer for you.
Clothes Steamer Reviews, Ratings & Advice
Hi, I’m Lauren. Passionate organizer, t-shirt folder and owner of both a commercial steamer and a home steamer. I’ll discuss all things steaming, so if you’re thinking of purchasing a garment steamer or steam iron, I’m hoping I can help you determine the best one for your needs. Please join me on social media, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! Happy Steaming!
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