If you work in a corporate or business environment you will know just how important your appareance is. Everyone from your partners to your boss will scrutinize your suit and it has to be impeccable at every turn. One solution is to dry clean it at least once a month if not sooner, but a simpler solution that will prove very useful when dealing with any type of garment in your home, is to use a steamer for clothes. It will eliminate any creases that may have formed and it will also remove most odors leaving your suit not only looking brand new but also feeling fresh. That is why we are going to look in detail at the top 10 best garment steamers for clothes available on the market in 2013 and we are going to start with a table, giving you an overview of the steamers and right after it we are going to move in and give you a detailed overview of each product.
1. Steamfast SF-407 Fabric Steamer
We are going to start with what we thing would be the first choice of most people who have never used a garment steamer for clothes, but who are flirting with the idea of getting one. The Steamfast SF-407 costs just 50 dollar and does pretty much what every big boy steamer on this list does. That is it doubles as a clothes hanger so you can easily work with your clothes, it heats up tap water to steam and delivers that steam to a hose head that can be equipped with a brush so it will not only remove any creases but will also clean the fabric. It is not the best garment steamer for clothes but it is one of the cheapest and it does a pretty good job considering the money.
2. Steamfast SF-435 Compact Clothes Steamer
All the Steamfast products that we are going to feature here have in common the fact that they are quite inexpensive and yet deliver an impressive level of quality. The SF-435 represents the compact version of the steamers in the Steamfast fleet. It is not as effective as its bigger brothers at actually cleaning the dirt out of garments but it will get them straight and looking like new when you take them out of a packed suit case on a business meeting. And the SF-435 is small enough to fit that suitcase perfectly.
3. Steamfast SF-510 Fabric Steamer
The Steamfast SF-510 is the more expensive of the Steamfast products but, at just under 60 dollars it is still pretty cheap. It uses a 46 ounce tank and a 1500 watt steamer to produce 50 minutes of continuous steam. That is more than enough to clean and press at least half a dozen of suits and the fact that it comes with its one telescopic hanger and attachable fabric brush makes the entire process that much easier. And, with a 4.0 star rating on Amazon, the SF-510 is officially the number one choice of all the customers of the Steamfast garment steamers for clothes.
4. J-2 Garment Steamer
The J-2 garment cleaner and its younger brother the J-2000 are by far our favorite choice for a garment cleaner in this top 10 list. And of the two the J-2 is our preferred weapon of choice although, at 160 dollars, it is 10 dollars more expensive than the J2000. However, for those extra 10 dollars you get 2 hours of continuous steam and a sleek, aluminum housing.
5. J-2000 Garment Steamer
We already told you why we like the J-2 better than the J-2000, so now we can take the time to give you the base features of the J-2000 which it shares with the J-2. Both of them use a 1300 watt solid brass heating element that can take regular tap water and turn it to steam in less than 2 minutes. The thing is that the J-2000 can only provide 1.30 hours of steam and it has a plastic exterior. Also it only received a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, which is somewhat less than the 4.8 star rating that the J-2 received.
6. Rowenta IS6200 Compact Valet Full Size Garment Steamer
We have shown you the entry level best clothes steamers for clothes available on the market in 2013 and we have also talked about the high end products that are still affordable to a regular person. Now we would like to take a look at some of the best medium to high end quality steamers that are available and we are going to start with the Rowenta IS6200. It comes with its own retractable hanger and can produce one hour of continuous steam. At just 100 dollars and a 4.2 star Amazon rating it represents the perfect balance between quality and price point.
7. Rowenta IS6300 Master Valet Full Size Garment Steamer
Although the Rowenta IS6300 is 30 dollars more expensive than the IS6200 and it only received a 4.0 star rating on Amazon, we decided to include in on our top 10 best garment steamers for clothes because of an innovative feature that we would like to see on all steamer products. It comes with a vertical support that stretches from the hanger to the steamer base and that you can press the clothes against as you are steaming them. That extra level of support is exactly what you need to free up a hand or to better clean a particularly difficult spot.
8. SINGER SteamWorks Pro 1500 Watt Garment & Clothes Steamer
Rowenta is not the only mid level steamer manufacturer and the Singer garment steamer is an excellent alternative to consider. It produces 90 minutes of steam due to its extra large, 2.5 liter reservoir. It also has a 1500 heating element that can produce steam in less than a minute. It is also a relatively cheap alternative at just under 70 dollars and with a 3.6 star rating on Amazon.
9. Rowenta IS9200 Precision Valet Commercial Garment Steamer
Our list would not be complete without mentioning an entry level, industrial grade garment steamer for clothes and the Rowenta IS9200 fits the bill perfectly. At just under 180 dollars it fits nicely in our list of the best clothes steamers for clothes available on the market in 2013, and it deliver so much more. It has a one gallon tank of water that produces 2.5 hours of steam and, with a 1550 W heating element, it can produce that steam within one minute of starting it. Its height is adjustable and it will automatically switch off once it runs out of water.
10. Travel Smart 400-Watt Dual Voltage Travel Garment Steamer
The other portable garment steamer that we are going to talk about is produced by Rowenta, and that is why we left it as the last product on our list. At just a little over 23 dollars it is also the cheapest steamer on our list and we only deem it useful if you are going to use it as a travel steamer and nothing more. Don’t think that, by trying this steamer, you have gotten a clear picture of what the best garment steamer for clothes can do for you, because this is just a toy to get some of the wrinkles out and return some freshness to your suits.