If removing the iron feels like heavy work or if you want to give your delicate hand-washed products a professional finish, a wrinkle vaporizer can polish your appearance in minutes. And because they soften without burning, the vapors are better for delicate garments such as silk and wool. We have tested 35 models since 2016, and our favorite is the Sunbeam Power Steam Fabric Steamer. Its powerful steam explosions, comfortable grip and smart accessories make it the one we grab again and again.
This vaporizer melted wrinkles without spitting water on our fabrics, something rare among the models we tested. It is also comfortable to hold and has exceptional features, better than any other portable vaporizer we tested.
Like most of the medium-sized handheld vaporizers I tried, the Sunbeam Power Steam Fabric Steamer produced a lot of steam for the job, and was easier to hold and more carefully designed than the competition. It was also one of the only portable vaporizers that left no wet spots on the test fabrics. The Sunbeam weighed just over 4 pounds with a full water tank (other medium steamers we tested weighed between 2½ and 5 pounds), however, it was the most balanced and comfortable to hold for several minutes. It was the only steam I tried that had a strip of metal heated over the steam opening, which helped soften the fabrics (like an iron would), and it was the only one with a switch to control the steam force (low or low). tall). In addition, it has an activation button to switch between a constant flow or short bursts. It also includes a “steam handle”, a pressure accessory that helped protect my fingers from boiling steam and allowed me to get close to difficult wrinkles. It has a three-year limited warranty, compared to the one-year warranty on the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam (the second medium vaporizer I tested).
There are some real clunkers in the world of small steamboats. But this one is better built and more efficient than others we tested, it even surpassed some of the more expensive medium competitors.
If you want a hand-held vaporizer to occasionally cool a delicate suit or blouse or to pack in your suitcase, you probably don’t need anything more elegant than the Conair (GS2) full-hand steam cloth vaporizer. It is less than half the price of the Sunbeam, and was more effective in smoothing wrinkles than any other steam I tried in its price range (most of which were garbage). It was also one of the only vapors of this size (often called “portable” or “travel vapors”) that I tested in 2019 that it did not pour water from the nozzle when it tipped over. It has a relatively small water tank (5 ounces; the laptops I tested ranged from 5 to 8 ounces), and spit some water when it was in use, but left less wet spots on the clothes than the other laptops I tried. If you think you will use a vaporizer regularly, invest in the well-made Sunbeam, but if you only need to soften a wrinkle from time to time, at home or while traveling, the Conair is a solid option. It has a one year limited warranty, which is typical of small and economical vapors.
This foot vaporizer was more pleasant to use than the other large vaporizers we tested. It has soft bursts of steam, a comfortable handle and the largest water tank we tested.
If you use a lot of steam, or if you prefer to skip the lift of a heavy portable vaporizer, it is a pleasure to use the reliable professional garment steamer Vivio 500 GC. It is almost 6 feet tall, with a base the size of a boat vacuum; Despite its cumbersome size, it was my favorite steam to use in the tests. The tank contains a gallon of water (most of any steam I tried), heats up quickly and its steam head was much more comfortable for prolonged use than the Sunbeam (which could support the weight of a gym). Be careful when rolling the Vivio on the floor when the tank is full, as it may splash water. This vaporizer comes with a three-year limited warranty, which was average for the ones I tried.