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Last updated: 22 May 2023


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Garment steamers are magic on delicates and useful on soft furnishings like curtains and cushions. 

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

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

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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Our interactive comparison tool can help you pick a garment steamer with a quick heat-up time and variable steam settings, while our Recommended list shows you at a glance which models come out on top.

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    Whether the garment steamer is handheld or freestanding.

      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 this test.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 58 and 92

      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.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 62 and 86

      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.

        enter value/s in increments of i between 0.07 and 3.2

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        • CHOICE Expert Rating
        • Recommended
        • Performance score
        • Ease of use score
        • Organza score
        • Silk score
        • Wool score
        • Cotton score
        • Denim score
        • Linen score
        • Poly-cotton shirt score
        • Dress (100% silk) score
        • Dress (100% polyester) score
        • Curtain (cotton) score
        • Curtain polyester score
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Tank capacity (L)
        • Shop Ethical rating
        • Price
        • Variable steam
        • Wheels
        • Telescopic pole
        • Coat hanger
        • Heat-up time
        • Cord length (m)
        • Hose length (m)
        • Total weight (kg)
        • Stated wattage (W)
        • Country of origin
        • Warranty

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