The Clothing Steamer I Use

Clothing Steamer Review

Clothing Steamer Review

I get asked about my clothing steamer several times a week.  It almost always goes like this, “Which clothing steamer do you use again?  I tried searching for it on your blog but couldn’t find it.”  That’s because I had yet to write a post on it and had only talked about it extensively on Instastories–until now!

I’ve said that I hate ironing and never, ever, everrrrr did it.  I was the person that took a hair straightener to get out a few major wrinkles from some of my shirts.  Ha!  But once I discovered a clothing steamer?  OHMIGOSH.  GAME CHANGER.

Now, does a steamer totally replace an iron?  I think it depends on what kinds of clothing and material you’re using it on.  I have very flowy clothes made of soft materials–you know, how I’m often talking about the “drape” of a top–and the steamer works great for that.  It also works great on my curtains.  However, for my husband, if he’s looking for a crisp look for his button up shirts, the steamer isn’t sufficient.  It *WILL* get the wrinkles out, but it will not make his shirts look crisp.  For crispness, he goes for an iron.  For my wardrobe, the steamer works really well though!

Clothing Steamer Review - My Favorite Steamer

 

WHY I LOVE STEAMING CLOTHES

  • It’s easier than dragging out the ironing board.  It’s also easier than laying your clothes on a flat surface and ironing section by section, having to move the garment in the right place to iron the right section.  Overall, with a steamer, I find there’s less maneuvering.  You just keep the garment on a hanger and run the steamer back and forth over wrinkles.
  • It can un-shrink some clothes that have shrunken in the wash.  I’m looking at you, Old Navy tops and dresses! Ironing can do this too, but I’ve already established that I wouldn’t iron to begin with.  😀  The steam relaxes the fibers and helps the garments expand back out.  My mind was exploding when I discovered this!  I thought of all the trouble I’ve gone through with wondering if things would shrink in the wash and having to guess whether to compensate for potential shrinking by sizing up, etc.  Or I thought of the garments that have shrunk that I’ve been sad about.  It’s amazing to have a solution! I regularly expand shrunken garments by 1.5 to 2 inches (basically back to its regular, pre-washed measurements) thanks to steamers.  I’m sure it doesn’t work on all materials, but it almost always works with my rayon items and most cotton items.  It’s always worth a shot, in my opinion!
  • I find it therapeutic.  I don’t know why!  I hate ironing but find steaming therapeutic.  I’ve heard other PMTers say the same! 🤷🏻‍♀️
  • Steamers take less time to cool than irons.  Having a hot iron sitting out for a while to cool down always freaked me out a little.  Steamers are not only smaller, but they also take less time to cool down.  It’s a little thing, but it makes a difference!

 

THE STEAMER I USE

The first steamer I bought was a tiny little travel steamer (THIS one), and I still bring that on trips.  However, as a smaller steamer, the tank is really tiny which means that I have to refill it more often when I steam a lot of clothes or have clothes with more wrinkles.

Since that was my first steamer and I hadn’t tested others, when I decided I wanted a steamer with a bigger tank I took it as an opportunity to test a few more steamers.  I still don’t know a whole lot about steamers, but this past holiday season I tested a handful of steamers that were a little larger, though still handheld and decent to travel with, and had more functions.

Some that I tested were:

 

Clothing Steamer Reviews

I ended up with one from Anbanglin which I originally didn’t try because it didn’t have as many reviews as some of the other ones, plus it only had 4 stars as opposed to others that had 4.5–and I rely heavily on reviews!  But, I liked this one a lot more than the others.

I also noticed another company sells the same steamer, but in pink–sooooo cute!!  Wish I’d seen that when I was searching last year!  Anyway, that listing has 5 stars, so that makes me feel better.  😛  Find the pink version HERE.

 

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS STEAMER

  • It’s still portable but has a 260ml tank, allowing you to get continuous steam for 15-20 minutes.  With smaller tanks you’ll need to refill more often.
  • Has an on/off button.  A couple other steamers I tried at this size didn’t have on/off buttons.  You just had to plug or unplug them for power.
  • Automatic power off once it gets too hot.
  • Powerful flow of steam.  Other steamers I tried at this size weren’t quite as powerful and I had to run the steamer over the wrinkles more times than with this one.  Or, for one of the others, the holes were placed near the top instead of more centered.  I fund I had to tilt it at a specific angle for it to be really effective.  The holes on the Anbanglin/Plemo are more centered and require less specific angling.
  • Button for continuous steam option.  Some steamers require you to hold down a button anytime you want steam to come out.  Other steamers constantly emit steam if the steamer is on, which wastes steam when you are moving a garment around and not actually steaming it.  This one gives you the best of both worlds.  Once it’s on, you need to press a button to emit steam, so it’s not wasting steam when you don’t want it to.  But, you can also click a switch to hold down the steam button so that you can get a continuous flow of steam without having to keep your finger on the button.  I love that function!
  • You can use it horizontally and water won’t spill out.  I don’t use this feature much, but supposedly you can face the steamer down onto a horizontal surface (like imagine using it as an iron) and the hot water won’t spill out.
  • See-through water tank so you can see how much water is left.
  • Comes with detachable brush.  I prefer steamers with brushes, as seen in the closeup of the pic above.  I don’t know if you’re supposed to do this (because remember how I said I don’t know a ton about steamers? :D) but the brush makes me feel comfortable getting the steamer closer to the garment which makes steaming faster and more effective.

Find the steamer HERE in blue and HERE in pink!

Review of My Favorite Clothing Steamer

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white tunic  |  similar jeans  |  watch  |  pink top


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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Justina Kenyon
    April 19, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Does it also have a brush around the edge? I like my steamer (one you recommended in a comment a few years ago), but it would be helpful to have a brush on the front for lint.
    I was converted to using steamers after reading one of your posts 2+ years ago and it’s great. A thing I like about steamers that you didn’t mention is that I’m not worried to have mine sitting out when I’m done with it. The cool down time for irons has always freaked me out and my steamer cools quickly after it is turned off.

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      April 19, 2018 at 7:16 am

      Yes! You can see the brush in my pics. I’ll add that to the post cuz it’s one thing I love about it. And I totally agree about the cool down time!

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    Millie
    April 19, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I need to buy this steamer like now. I hate to iron too. Thanks for the review. By the way is the tunic a true size or runs big. I am usually size 6. Do you think a small size will fit me or is betther to buy the medium?

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      April 19, 2018 at 8:59 am

      I wear the tunic in size M and I’m usually size 6. It’s a pretty loose fit on me but it fit my shoulders better than the S. I think you could probably get away with either S or M depending on if you want it looser or not. I also do a front-tuck since it’s so long, but the length helps it drape nicely when tucked.

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        Millie
        April 19, 2018 at 9:04 am

        I have been eyeing this tunic for some time know. Is time for me to buy it. Thank you for your help. Your girls are just beautiful!

        • Reply
          Audrey @ Putting Me Together
          April 19, 2018 at 9:07 am

          You can always get two sizes and use Nordstrom’s free return shipping to return the one that doesn’t work! I order multiple sizes all the time.

  • Reply
    Larizza
    April 19, 2018 at 9:51 am

    This is a great post, thank you! I know steamers work well with blousy tops, but have you tried using your steamer on a more stiff top like a mens dress shirt? Soon to be boy mom here and looking at ways to not have to iron those adorable baby boy dress shirts! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Bergen-Bish
    April 19, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Both Addie and Ella are adorable. Ella reminds me of my oldest daughter when she was an infant! So sweet! My daughter just turned 13 last weekend. Time flies!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    April 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    As a side note, these little hand held steamers work GREAT on sorry glad and tile! It meet the soap residue and shampoo right off. I do a small section, wipe it of with a dry microfiber towel, then move on to the next section. Once its all done,a quick once over work your glass/tile cleaner, and its spotless… No streaks!!!! Nothing is worse than cleaning shower glass and this makes it so quick and easy!!!! I actually find it therapeutic too cleaning my showers!

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      April 19, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      Oh that’s so interesting! I need to try that–thank you!

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        Sarah Jepson
        April 19, 2018 at 10:28 pm

        So I just realized all of the typos! That’s what happens when you are commenting from a sunny little league game… Anyway, it works GREAT on shower glass and tile! It makes the soap residue and shampoo melt right off!

  • Reply
    Christina Bryant
    April 19, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    And I thought I was the only person who used a hair straightner on my clothes 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura
    April 21, 2018 at 10:31 am

    How does it do with linen and cotton? As I hate ironing also, lol.

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      April 21, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Works great on both for me! It won’t give you the crisp lines for any material, but it will get wrinkles out of all everyday popular materials like polyester, cotton, linen, and rayon, etc.

  • Reply
    Mindy
    April 22, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    What brand is the mini travel steamer? And how much smaller is it?

  • Reply
    Allegra Ghiloni
    April 23, 2018 at 4:00 am

    I recently invested in a steamer and I love it! No lines or marks and so much faster!

    Allegra xx

    Allegra Ghiloni Fashion Stylist
    http://www.allegraghiloni.com

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    Amanda
    April 24, 2018 at 5:48 am

    This may seem crazy, but is there any way you could show exactly HOW you use it? I bought this steamer after you recommended it a while ago, and I don’t know if its “user error” or what (haha), but I have a terrible time using it! I seem to pretty much always burn myself or end up with goofy lines going down my shirts. Thanks!

    • Reply
      1913KeeKee
      April 30, 2018 at 5:18 am

      I tend to get my shirt too wet when I use it and it takes longer than ironing. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. Am I holding it too close or not letting it heat up long enough?

  • Reply
    Robin
    April 26, 2018 at 8:10 am

    You blew my mind when you wrote that you could use it to “unshrink” clothes! It worked beautifully on my 95% rayon 5% spandex shirt this morning! love to not be tugging all day and feeling like I am pudgier than when I bought it!

  • Reply
    Irais
    December 12, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Hello,

    I am new to your blog and so far I love every piece of your blog, it gives me inspiration and motivates me to work with the clothes that I have and of course buying a few items never hurts.
    Now getting back to your steamer post.Thank you sooo much for writing this post. I was looking for a steamer because I also dislike ironing. I saw the steamer the one from Anbanglin listed on your things you like from Amazon and then mentioned again on gifts for travelers. Sooo, I decided to order it, it was delivered this weekend and I am in love with this little machine. I steamed all my clothes after doing laundry and even my bathroom shower curtain and my pillow cases lol I went a bit over board but yay it’s better then being wrinkled lol. Anyway, Thank you!

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      December 14, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Perla, thanks for reading! So glad to hear you love what’s here and how much you enjoy steaming! Hahaha i seriously hated ironing, but I don’t know why steaming is so therapeutic! 😛

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