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Last updated: 14 March 2020


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Garment steamers are magic on delicates and useful on soft furnishings like curtains and cushions. We lab test and review the latest models from brands including Philips, Tefal, Sunbeam and Kmart Anko to help you find the best garment steamer for you. Our buying guide will explain the features to look for, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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Our expert testers give every garment steamer a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at removing creases from a range of fabrics, especially delicate
  • are best at removing creases from curtains
  • are easiest to use.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find which garment steamers come with wheels, and which . Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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    Variable steam

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    How many steam settings the appliance has.

      Tank capacity (L)

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      How much water the tank can hold. Handheld steamers have a far smaller capacity and will need refilling more often.

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      Performance score

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      We assess how effective the garment steamers are at removing creases. We use synthetic organza, silk, wool, a cotton shirt, denim jeans, a poly-cotton shirt, dresses and curtains for the test. The performance score accounts for 70% of the overall score. Linen doesn't typically work well with garment steamers, so although we test this, we don't factor the result into the performance score.

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      Ease of use score

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      We check how easy it is to fill the water tank, how comfortable the iron is to hold, the convenience of the hose, the functionality of the hanger and how easy the controls are to use. The ease of use score accounts for 30% of the overall score.

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      • Tank capacity (L)
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      • Overall score
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      • Performance score
      • Ease of use score
      • Organza score
      • Silk score
      • Wool score
      • Cotton score
      • Denim score
      • Linen score
      • Polycotton shirt score
      • Dress (100% silk) score
      • Dress (100% polyester) score
      • Curtain (cotton) score
      • Heat-up time
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Availability
      • Price
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Variable steam
      • Wheels
      • Telescopic pole
      • Coat hanger
      • Cord length (m)
      • Hose length (m)
      • Weight (total) (kg)
      • Stated wattage (W)
      • Origin
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