How Do I Choose the Best Portable Steamer?

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  • Last Modified Date: 17 October 2019
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To choose the best portable steamer, you should think about how you want to use your steamer, how much capacity you need, and if there are any additional features that would benefit you. You can use a portable steamer for many different applications, and the way you intend to use yours will help you decide which model is best for you. The amount of water that the steamer can hold will also impact how you can use it and how convenient it is. Portable steamers are available in very basic models or with several optional features, and you should think about which features, if any, are important to you.

Portable steamers are often used for getting wrinkles out of clothes, freshening fabrics, and for cleaning and sanitizing surfaces. Think about how you want to use your steamer as you are looking at available options. Some models are very small handheld machines that have a nozzle on the end, while others are simply a smaller version of a regular steamer and have a canister and hose attachment. If you want to use your steamer for cleaning many areas in your home or for steaming garments while traveling, a smaller version is probably better for you. If you are not going to be moving your steamer around very often or have bigger items that you want to steam, then a larger model with a canister will give you more power and will probably be best for you.


The amount of water that your portable steamer can hold will determine how much steam it can make. Most steamers have a continuous steam measurement that is expressed by how many minutes of steam the machine can produce. Think about how long you might need to have continuous steam for the jobs you need your steamer to do. Also remember that a higher capacity will give you more minutes of continuous steam, but it will also make your portable steamer bigger and heavier.

Some of the available options for a portable steamer are extra attachments, cleaning solutions, and shoulder straps. Multiple attachments are helpful if you are using your steamer for cleaning and might need different types of nozzles to effectively clean different surfaces. Similarly, a shoulder strap can be helpful for walking around the house to clean multiple areas. Some portable steamers come with cleaning solutions such as antimicrobial formulas that can be added to the water compartment. This allows you to have the cleaning power of steam and extra disinfecting power as well.


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