STANDING STEAMERS

Are you a professional or do you do more than average steaming tasks, commercial-grade steaming to be precise?
You have come to the right place if what you are looking for is a user-friendly, high-quality standing garment steamer that can be used at home, at a boutique, clothing store, or other smaller retail establishments.
Our today’s post is in two parts:

The first part of the guide feature in-depth reviews of some of the best standing garment steamers from trusted manufacturers including JIFFY, ROWENTA, and PURSTEAM. As a bonus, we used suitable tags to express our views of each product so watch for that!
The second part of the post considered the utility/versatility of the products so that you can make informed purchasing decisions while enjoying a pleasurable steaming experience.

Reviews of the Best Standing Garment Steamers in 2019

Our pick: RELIABLE VIVIO (PVC Steam Head) 500GC Garment Steamer

Reliable VIVIO garment steamerAre you beginning to notice that ironing is becoming your least favorite chore?

VIVIO 500GC garment steamer is set to rekindle your love for steaming.

Different from other commercial steamers, VIVIO garment steamer is low on features but high on functionality. Not to mention it is built to last.

Quick facts about the RELIABLE VIVIO 500GC garment steamer

  • Color: White
  • Water Tank Capacity: 128 ounces (3.8 Liters)
  • Heating Time: 60 seconds
  • Max Steam Time: 60 minutes per filling
  • Steam Hose Length: 6 ft
  • Volts/Watts: 120V AC, 1300W
  • Item Size (when fully extended): 16.5 x 11.5 x 70 inches
  • Item Weight: 13 pounds

What we like about RELIABLE VIVIO 500GC garment steamer

  • Gets the wrinkles out quickly thus saving you time
  • Well made and sturdy
  • A large water tank that completely eliminates the need for constant refilling
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to move around from room to room
  • Provides easy access for steaming fixed items like curtains and draperies
  • Does a nice job on hard-to-iron fabrics
  • Gentle on delicate fabrics
  • Does not damage fabrics (no stains, no wet spot)
  • No leakage, no scalding
  • Anti-spill cap ensures no leaking during fill-ups
  • Unique heat-resistant steam hose cover for safety and style

What we don’t like about RELIABLE VIVIO 500GC garment steamer cons

  • It is expensive in comparison with other steamers in this list.

Reliable VIVIO garment steamer

RELIABLE VIVIO 500GC garment steamer use cases

I do a lot of it [steaming] maintaining my flight attendant uniforms as well as the rest of my clothing” –Anna Palova

“I also do a lot of home decor and the draperies are always wrinkled after they are hung up. The steamer made them look perfect.” –Linda Lutich

“Works great on all my tops with embellishments and silk clothing.” –bernadette

“I was able to iron a long sleeve White dress shirt in under 2 minutes! mind blown, and a pair of pants in a minute or less.” –theused

“I’ve used on a thick coats, silk, wool, cotton, linen etc.” –JC

>>See VIVIO in action>>>

Our recommendations

So far so good. No recommendations as of this time. VIVIO is the only steamer on our list with consistent user experience.

Ready to take action?

While VIVIO is a little pricey if you are down with quality, reliability, and durability the extra money is worth it for sure.

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Runner-up: ROWENTA DG8520 Perfect Steam Review

Rowenta DG8520Do you have many delicate shirts that the iron plate cannot come in contact with? You can use the steam feature of the ROWENTA DG8520 to iron these.

For the more thicker materials–let’s say you want to put creases into trousers–all you need do is switch to the iron feature of this station.

Previously ROWENTA perfect steam pressure iron/steamer is now ROWENTA DG8520 perfect steam iron station.

Quick facts about ROWENTA DG8520 perfect steam iron station

  • Color: Purple
  • Water Tank Capacity: 47 ounces (1.4 Liters)
  • Heating Time: 60 seconds
  • Max Steam Time: 90 minutes per filling
  • Steam Hose Length: 5 ft
  • Steam Cord Length: 6 ft
  • Steam Holes (small): 400
  • Volts/Watts: 110-120V, 1800W
  • Item Size (when fully extended): 17.7 x 13.6 x 11 inches
  • Item Weight: 12.21 pounds

What we like about ROWENTA DG8520 perfect steam iron station

  • Can be used as both an iron and a steamer. (For the most part, the unit is dry and you can use it as you would an iron. If you need steam–just squeeze the trigger underneath the iron’s handle.)
  • Has adjustable temperatures for more delicate fabrics
  • Water tank does not get hot–so can be refilled while in use
  • Designed for use with regular tap water
  • Excellent for deep steam pressing–very little pressure required to get great results.
  • Incredible steam volume and amount (up to 90 minutes) that can blast through even the toughest wrinkles.
  • Since the water tank does not get hot, you get to be able to iron and refill anytime.
  • Very lightweight since the water tank is separated from the iron
  • Since the boiler is separated from the iron, there are no drips or spitting of water.
  • The 400 steam holes allow an even distribution of steam
  • Its narrower ironing tip grants access to smaller areas and doubles for more precision.
  • There is a lock to hold the iron in place so the machine can be easily carried from place to place.
  • Does not ruin your clothes since there is no water leakage.

What we don’t like about ROWENTA DG8520 perfect steam iron station

  • This steamer is expensive–on Amazon, it is $359.94.
  • The iron is less heavy than usual as some of the functions are on the main station. The station as a whole is, however, heavier than a simple iron but less heavy than other similar products.
  • If you have really hard water get prepared to clean the tank more often.
  • Makes an (audible) sound of an intense burst of steam.
  • Difficult to see the water level.
  • Customer service not so great.

Additional note. ROWENTA’s ratings dropped between December 2017 and August 2018 with lots of customers complaining about product’s quality and performance. It seems though that ROWENTA had fix this issue seeing from September 2018 and up ratings had picked again.

Rowenta 8520 steam iron station

ROWENTA DG8520 perfect steam iron station use cases

“…My husband (this is Connor’s mom writing this) is a very tall guy, so his shirts are pretty large (3XLT). I was able to iron 5 of his shirts and two pairs of his pants in 40 minutes using this iron…” –connor

“…I just got this iron yesterday and I’ve ironed every pair of pants I own in about a third of the time it would normally take…”–Denise R. Samuel

“…So good for chinos and shirts – the creases come out immediately, and easy on my arthritis…” –LivG

“… I use this for my home sewing workroom…” –kimberly Grant

“…I quilt and this iron is the best to press out wrinkles for large quilt backings or lengths of material before cutting out pieces…” –Bob W

>> See Rowenta DG8520 in action>>>

Our recommendations

  • Assuming you don’t have a defective product, if this unit ever leaks, check to be sure your iron is not upright (vertical). Always return the iron to the cradle or on the rubber heat-proof pad.
  • After prolonged use, you may want to give it 3-5 mins to build up a heavy burst of steam again.
  • Don’t leave water in the boiler; the water in the steaming pipe will condense.
  • Rinse the boiler and clean the cal with running water, if you usually leave the iron seating for a few weeks.
  • Steam flow is strong so keep your hands very firmly out of the way of the steam jet.
  • Manual instructions recommend using untreated tap water but if your water is very hard then maybe use half untreated tap water with half distilled water.
  • If you are refilling in between steaming sessions, remember to turn the steamer off.
  • Usually no drippings–but it makes sense to be patient and let the green button achieve full bar, indicating it is ready for use.
  • If the steam flow is irregular, check for kinks on the hose. Straighten the hose and things should get better.

Ready to take action?

This steam station is expensive but it’s worth the expenditure if you do a lot of ironing or iron regularly. It is larger overall than a conventional iron but on the plus side, it provides you with a continuous burst of steam for the tough jobs.

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Also great: ROWENTA IS6520 Master Fabric Steamer

Rowenta IS6520 fabric steamerPlanning to replace that old steamer of yours whose water tank is now leaking?

The ROWENTA 1S6520 master garment steamer will make a perfect replacement.

A reliably powerful steamer, this unit heats up quickly, lasts long and does its job fast and effectively.

Quick facts about ROWENTA IS6520 fabric steamer

  • Color: Blue
  • Water Tank Capacity: 128 ounces (3.8 Liters)
  • Heating Time: 45 seconds
  • Max Steam Time: 60 minutes per filling
  • Steam Hose Length: 5 ft
  • Steam Cord Length: 6 ft
  • Steam Holes (big): 10
  • Volts/Watts: 110, 1500W
  • Item Size (when fully extended): 19.1 x 15.9 x 14.8 inches
  • Item Weight: 12 pounds

What we like about ROWENTA IS6520 fabric steamer

  • A sturdy appliance that is very simple to put together
  • The plastic body parts make it very lightweight for ease of use, and the wheels allow for easier transportation.
  • Steams fast (heats up in 45 seconds or less), well (full strong, steady steam flow for up to 90 minutes), and eliminates the burden of ironing.
  • Its generous (1 gallon) water capacity eliminates the need for constant refilling
  • The Press and Roll feature provide support so you can actually press the wrinkles out and put a crease into your pants.
  • Designed for use with regular untreated tap water without spitting or leaking
  • 360-degree rotating hanger for easy steaming
  • Can be used on a variety of fabrics (pants, shirts, sweaters, skirts, coats, table linens, etc.) and clothes with delicate materials (chiffon, for one) successfully
  • You can add water while the unit is hot
  • Little or no wet spots

What we don’t  like about ROWENTA IS6520 fabric steamer

  • The hose isn’t very long (only about 6 ft) so you might need to move the steamer around to get coverage.
  • The pole does not extend tall enough to prevent a user from having to bend over to steam the bottom of garments.
  • Water hose and the steam handle could get hot.
  • You only get full steam if the hose is held upright.
  • The hose is plastic and therefore crimps as you move it around causing the steam pressure and amount to decrease.
  • Works pretty well on thin fabrics, but not so well on thicker fabrics.
  • Due to the pull-down screen, it also does not store well, even though you can shorten the pole.
  • There is only one steam setting.

Rowenta 6520 fabric steamer

ROWENTA IS6520 fabric steamer use cases

“…I have used it to steam my mattresses and for clothing – jackets, knit tops that still need a bit of steaming, etc…” –Nancy B. Hyde

“…I steam large folklorico skirts that are all cotton and literally yards upon yards of fabric with no issue.” –Picky Shopper

“…It steams my husbands work shirts really fast. My kids have clothes that also need steaming due to 10,000 ruffles and it works great for that…” –MrsDiyMom

“… I bought it when my son got married. The bridesmaids ordered chiffon dresses that arrived in an extreme wrinkled state. I used the Rowenta on them and the wrinkles in the fragile chiffon fabric vanished like magic…” –Teresa Douglas

“…Can’t tell you how many weddings we’ve loaned it out for, whether for tablecloths or bridesmaids and wedding gowns. –Curtis H.

<<<See ROWENTA IS6520 fabric steamer in action>>>

Our recommendations

  • Get steaming mittens or gloves
  • Empty out any remaining water in the water tank and let it dry out after each use.
  • Because the nozzle does get hot, you should consider gripping far enough down on handle so as to avoid the steam. Plus, keep out of reach of children!

Ready to take action?

Overall ROWENTA IS6520 fabric steamer quality is okay. This is a snap to use and gives whatever you’re doing a polished look. You would have a hard time doing without it.

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Most Powerful: JIFFY 2000 (Plastic/Metal Steam Head) Garment Steamer

JIFFY 2000 garment steamerHave you ever owned one of these professional steamers that leak at the base or sputter hot water everywhere?

User-friendly, efficient, and without the bells and whistles, the JIFFY 2000 garment steamer doubles for quality and power. Design-wise too, it is almost flawless.

JIFFY 2000 garment steamer quick facts

  • Color: Beige
  • Water Tank Capacity: 3.84 Liters
  • Heating Time: 2 minutes or less
  • Max Steam Time: 90 minutes
  • Steam Hose Length: 5 ft
  • Steam Head Length: 6 inches
  • Steam Cord Length: 6 ft
  • Volts/Watts: 120V, 1300W
  • Item Size (when fully extended): 10 in x 15 in x 64 in
  • Item Weight: 18 pounds

JIFFY steamer metal vs plastic head

The metal surface of the JIFFY 2000 steamer acts like an iron on an ironing board which is why many think it will be too hot and could potentially burn them or ruin their delicate fabrics.

But while the metal head has a wooden handle that will rarely break, this wooden handle, however, is heavy (some users find this rather uncomfortable reason they prefer the plastic head option which is lightweight) but you can easily hang it on the provided garment pole.

Overall, no noticeable difference in performance, but it’s looking like the metal head option offers versatility/durability while the plastic head option offers convenience/safety.

That mentioned, the metal head option is some dollars pricier than the plastic option. Regardless, you can order replaceable parts (plastic or metal steam heads) from JIFFY or Amazon.

What we like about JIFFY 2000 garment steamer

  • Simple to put together
  • Heats up within a minute, cools down almost as fast, and holds enough water (for up to an hour/ an hour and a half of steaming) for home and light commercial use
  • Can handle thicker materials
  • Does not take much space
  • The wooden handle (the metal steam head option) stays cool to the touch
  • Less gurgling and spilling
  • Sturdy wheels and a metal pole to keep the hanger in place
  • Rolling casters glide with ease and the JIFFY 2000 garment steamer feels well balanced
  • Minimal packaging
  • The JIFFY 2000 fabric steamer stores very easily in a corner out of site
  • The tank is really easy to fill and empty
  • Great customer support–attending to customers issues and offering unit or parts replacement.
  • Replacement parts are readily available

What we don’t like about JIFFY 2000 garment steamer

  • JIFFY 2000 may not be one of the prettiest things to have around but what it lacked in terms of aesthetics, it more than made up for in terms of performance.
  • Base tend to move around too much.
  • When emptying the water there is lots of water left over in the actual machine which is tedious to empty.

jiffy 2000 garment steamer

JIFFY 2000 garment steamer use cases

“I am a flight attendant! It works perfect on all my uniform pieces including my delicate scarfs.” –Palma Cardinal

“…I don’t own an iron anymore because I use the jiffy on t shirts, dress shorts, dress pants, sheets, table clothes, silk blouses, chiffon dresses etc. I did lots if research for years on Jiffy before purchasing it. All boutiques, clothing stores and high end shops use the Jiffy steamers.’ –Liz Knoppe

“…I use it on my sticker linen backdrops for my photography business and it works wonders…” –Julie Polaski

“…I own a wedding events business, we do catering, rentals, decor, set up, etc. I bought this as an upgrade to my residential steamers…” —Rachael

“…Works great for delicate women’s hand wash shirts that are ridiculously difficult to iron. I no longer have to dry clean some of my shirts – I hand wash and use this steamer. Also, really works fast and perfect for men’s non-iron dress shirts…” –PhlenPhlen

>>>See JIFFY 2000 garment steamer in action>>>

Our recommendations

  • Read the instructions to use properly.
  • Buy a longer hose if you are having difficulty steaming longer clothing.
  • The steamer works wonderfully provided you keep up with maintenance. It is highly recommended you spend the extra bucks for the liquid cleaner and maintain the steamer for proper function.

Ready to take action?

Made to last, the JIFFY 2000 fabric steamer will save you so much time and will help your business immensely. Strongly recommended… whether you are doing only a few items or 100’s.

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Most durable: JIFFY 4000 (Plastic/Metal Steam Head) Garment Steamer

Does the nature of your business require active steaming whereby you always end up steaming pieces of clothing for a couple hours at a time?

Except of course you invest in an industrial steamer like the JIFFY 4000 which has the capacity to withstand heavy duty usage for years to come.  

Quick facts about JIFFY 4000 garment steamer

  • Color: Gray
  • Water Tank Capacity: 3.8 Liters
  • Heating Time: 20 minutes or less
  • Max Steam Time: 105 minutes per filling
  • Steam Hose Length: 5.5 ft
  • Steam Head Length: 6 inches
  • Volts/Watts: 120V, 1500W
  • Item Size (when fully extended): 20 in x 11 in x 61 in
  • Item Weight: 26 pounds

What we like about JIFFY 4000 garment steamer

  • Has a sight gauge on the side of the steamer to view water level and sediment build-up at a glance.
  • Comes with a funnel for easy refilling.
  • Works on garments really fast with no dripping of water, unlike other units.
  • Well constructed and performs amazingly well with operation not requiring much of a learning curve.
  • Does a great job and make clothes always look freshly pressed
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Hose is flexible and does not leak
  • Designed to use regular tap water. So you get to save money on buying filtered/distilled water.  

What we don’t like about JIFFY 4000 garment steamer

  • Quite large and the base is heavy.
  • Because this takes a LONG time to warm up (between 15 – 20 minutes), it is not looking like the J-4000 is practical for daily personal use–especially when one is pressed for time in the morning.
  • Stand is not adjustable and can be quite short, especially with some long dresses.
  • Can be somewhat difficult to use for clothes without the board.

J-4000 garment steamer

JIFFY 4000 garment steamer use cases

I have used this steamer to steam a gown made of slipper satin and I am happy with the results. I have had other steamers but have gotten the best results with this one. Very professional.” –Tim Malachosky

“…I was thoroughly impressed by the professional quality of this steamer when I steamed 32 large tablecloths for a wedding with it…” –5Boys3Girls

“Not sure about wedding dresses, however, I use it on poly/wool and pure polyester and it works pretty well. Mostly used it on polos and police/security uniforms.” –Zaya Davood

“…We have been very happy with its performance in our retail apparel store since the purchase, however.” –Michael M.

“…it works great on cotton, T-shirts, and pants in particular…” Amazon Customer

>>see JIFFY 4000 garment steamer in action>>>

Our recommendations

  • When you return the head to the stand, the holes should point upward.
  • Make sure you have a glove or similar protection on your hand.
  • Plan ahead: If you will like to unwrinkle your clothing let’s say in the morning, it makes sense to turn on the steamer before hitting the showers and let it preheat (it takes about 10 – 15 minutes). Always let the machine preheat all the way before turning it to steam mode.
  • Make sure you have enough water in the water reservoir before you turn it on to heat.

Ready to take action?

With a steady flow of steam–and one that lasts well into hours–JIFFY 4000 garment steamer is a great investment if you do lots of steaming at once or are trying to avoid the huge bill of the dry cleaners.

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JIFFY 2000 vs JIFFY 4000 garment steamer

ProductsBase Build WithHeating Element and PowerHeat-up TimeWater Tank CapacityRunning TimeAuto-turn OffPole HeightWarranty
Jiffy J-2000High-impact plastic(solid brass) 1300 Watts2 minutes1 gallon1 hour 45 minutesNo5.5 feet3 years
Jiffy J-4000Die cast aluminium(incoloy) 1500 Watts15 minutes1 gallon1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hoursYes5.5 feet3 years

As an addendum to the information in the above table, incoloy, the material the JIFFY 4000 heating element is made from, is an alloy made out of Nickel for corrosion resistance and for strength at high temperature. Other information on the implication of each property on the table is explained under How to Choose the Best Garment Standing Steamer section of this guide.

Best for beginners: CONAIR Ultimate Garment Steamer

A compact, upright steamer with a modern design, the CONAIR ULTIMATE garment steamer is not only easier to set up than an iron and ironing board, but it is also gentle on fabrics.

Quick facts about the CONAIR ultimate garment Steamer

  • Color: White
  • Water Tank Capacity: 80 ounces (2.4 Liters)
  • Heating Time: 45 seconds
  • Max Steam Time: 90 minutes
  • Steam Hose Length: 5 ft
  • Volts/Watts: 110V AC, 1500W
  • Item Size: 14.2 x 17.5 x 17 inches
  • Item Weight: 10.4 pounds

What we like about CONAIR ultimate garment steamer

  • CONAIR’s packing and detailed manual instructions make it easy to put together.
  • Super quick heat up time (between 35 – 45 seconds) that last long (up to 90 minutes)
  • Its body parts which are lightweight and compact yet sturdy ensures it is easy to use and always available for heavy duty steaming.
  • Its easy-to-roll caster lets you take it anywhere to steam
  • Its 1500 heating element produces some serious steam that can eliminate dust mites and bedbugs
  • Its easy-empty-release valve makes cleaning the water tank easy.
  • Its 360-degree rotating hanger ensures a perfect, all-around wrinkle release.
  • Its cord wraps (which can be found along the pole when it’s fully extended) nicely for easy to store.
  • There is a Pause function for user safety.
  • CONAIR ultimate cloth steamer has a T-nozzle steam head with 7 big holes for optimum steaming.
  • CONAIR has a large water tank that allows for steaming multiple items of clothing without the need for constant refilling.

What we don’t like about CONAIR ultimate garment steamer

  • This steamer has just one wheel (in the front) which can make movements on a carpet pretty difficult.
  • The hose is kind of short for long clothing items and is quite weak.
  • If you bend the hose too much it crimps and makes an awful sound (the inner rubber casing is a little too flexible)

Conair professional garment steamerCONAIR ultimate garment steamer use cases

“Used this to steam my bed, pillows, and carpet when I was worried about bugs. It’s also fantastic for steaming shirts.” –Jackie

“We use this in the bathroom of our photography studio to steam clothing…” –Deacon Tyler

“Makes a great addition to my business, especially when I use it after altering a special occasion dress.” –Cat Travis

“As an avid thrifter, I use this to sanitize items, and it leaves your clothing clean, odorless, and free of wrinkles.” –Martha

“Used for a wedding for steaming decorations and dresses.” –Chris

>See CONAIR ultimate garment steamer in action>>>

Our recommendations

  • Steam from the inside for shirts and dresses.
  • Only use distilled or filtered water to avoid hard water build up on the steamer nozzle.
  • If doing a lot of steaming at one time, let steamer rest for about 5 minutes when refilling the tank.
  • If you’re prone to injuries get some heat resistant gloves to avoid accidental steam burns.
  • Keep steam nozzle well above the level of the reservoir.

Ready to take action?

With the CONAIR professional fabric steamer, you get professional results without having to spend money on a professional dry cleaner.

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Best Value: SALAV Professional Series Dual Bar Garment Steamer

salav gs45-dj professional garment steamerSALAV professional series dual bar garment steamer also known as the SALAV GS45-DJ professional garment steamer or simply GS45-DJ garment steamer is very stylish and well made (plus it is lightweight and easy to wheel around).

Quick facts about SALAV professional series dual bar garment steamer

  • Color: Silver
  • Water Tank Capacity: 60 ounces (1.8 Liter)
  • Heating Time: 45 seconds
  • Max Steam Time: 60 minutes per filling
  • Steam Hose Length: 4.6 ft
  • Power Cord: 6.5 ft
  • Volts/Watts: 110V, 1500W
  • Item Size (when fully extended): 15.6 x 11.5 x 16.1 inches
  • Item Weight: 11.2 pounds

What we like about SALAV professional series dual bar garment steamer

  • Quality of materials is top notch and assembling is super easy
  • 4.6-foot double insulated hose for preventing accidental burns
  • Highly adjustable hangers for easier and optimum steaming
  • Clips and hooks to accommodate additional garments
  • Power and settings foot pedals for greater coverage
  • A dual telescopic bar for increased stability and protection against tilting
  • Easy-to-fill removable translucent water tank
  • Easy to refill and a large water container, which prevents multiple refilling
  • The retracting power cord offers ease of use and convenience of storage
  • SALAV professional garment steamer does not leave water on your clothes
  • Quiet and runs smoothly
  • Great steam that is very effective against wrinkles

What we don’t like about SALAV professional series dual bar garment steamer

  • Somewhat weak steam pressure
  • Some customers raised the issue of irregular steam output
  • Hose is short
  • No storage for the additional parts

salav gs45-dj professional garment steamer

SALAV professional series dual bar garment steamer use cases

I steam my husband dress clothes like over 50 + and still works well.” –Amazon Customer

“I bought this to steam (mainly wigs) but also clothes.” –Daisy70

“Currently using to steam cotton tablecloths which removes the wrinkles immediately.” David Levine

“… Also used on my new wool coat that I wore for 6 weeks with “fold wrinkles” (from shipping) & they came right out…” –Margaret Vicious

“I bought this to steam out some really bad wrinkles in drapery ordered online.” –Amazon Customer

“It’s great for all of the delicate ladies clothing that’s impossible to use a regular iron on.’–Theresa S.

>>>See SALAV professional series dual bar garment steamer in action>>>

Our recommendations

  • If this unit is not steaming properly, try lifting the water reservoir and replace it to open up the water valve.

Ready to take action?

So the GS45-DJ garment steamer for heavy duty, professional needs = maybe. For light, infrequent household steaming needs = yes!

Overall a great product. Makes getting ready in the morning so much quicker.

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Low priced: PURSTEAM Full Size, Professional, and Heavy Duty Garment Steamer for Clothes (White)

Pursteam professional garment steamer (white)

Do you plan to send fewer clothes to the cleaners in 2019?

PURSTEAM can help you achieve this goal.

Easy to set up and operate, PURSTEAM gives you that professional grade result right at home.

Plus, you get to use adjustable heating levels function to control steam output–an especially helpful feature which is unfortunately absent in most commercial grade steamers.

Quick facts PURSTEAM professional steamer

  • Color: White
  • Water Tank Capacity: 64 ounces (1.9 Liters)
  • Heating Time: 60 seconds
  • Max Steam Time: 60 minutes per filling
  • Steam Hose Length: 5 ft
  • Volts/Watts: 110-120V, 1500W
  • Item Size (when fully extended): 18.4 x 12.6 x 12 inches
  • Item Weight: 2.2 pounds

What we like about PURSTEAM professional steamer

  • It heats up super quick (in under 60 seconds) and produces steam up to one hour of continuous steam
  • Its built-in clothes hanger makes it easy to operate
  • Its retractable handle makes it easy to store
  • It has a large enough water tank for steaming multiple items of different materials without the need for constant refilling
  • Its base is a nice size which makes it very easy to fill and prevents leaking
  • Its detachable plastic container makes cleaning super easy
  • Its powerful, strong, sturdy functions make it highly effective at removing tough wrinkles from delicate fabrics
  • Its versatile design lets it work fine on long dresses like drapes
  • 4 level settings for optimum steaming and a pleasurable steaming experience
  • The wheels make it super mobile and easy to maneuver and for more coverage
  • The Burn Safety Cap prevents spilling
  • A responsive and helpful customer support

What we don’t like about PURSTEAM professional steamer

  • The cord is short (5 ft) so could be limiting
  • The hose is short, and kind of stiff, so could cumbersome to use.
  • Does not shut off automatically when the water tank is empty.

Pursteam professional garment steamer for clothes (white, 2018 edition)

PURSTEAM professional steamer use cases

“I used it to steam my curtain panels that are approx 6 ft and there are 14 of them” —  Dwood

“I used the fabric brush on my furniture with great results. This steamer works great in the kitchen, bathroom, furniture and clothes.” –CS Smiley

“I spent about 5 minutes on women’s long sleeve blouses and cotton tops. I spent about 2 minutes on women’s slacks.” –HappyBunny

“We do a lot of video and photo shoots and needed something to iron clothes quickly and easily. This steamer works great for us!”–RaiRai

“It works really well for shirts, pants, suits and dresses.” –Michael

Our recommendations

  • If you are experiencing water leaks from the steamer head: Lower the setting and let steamer warm up for a few minutes; use purified water; also, hold up the steamer head so that it is higher than the handle.
  • Don’t place the steamer too high to avoid a low point in the hose which could get the steamer to stop steaming.
  • If you are encountering delayed steam going beyond three minutes: Ensure you have poured enough water into the tank and ensure the dial is turned to your desired setting (usually set from the manufacturer to the lowest setting and at this setting steam may not be visible).
  • To get good results pretty quickly: put your cloth on the hanger and focus on an area at a time. Also, try using the “high steam settings.”  Another technique that could work is holding the end of the garment and pulling it so it’s a little tight. For a heavy garment with big and deep wrinkles, you could consider spraying a wrinkle release.

Ready to take action?

Overall the PURSTEAM is a moderately priced, quality product. This should save you hundreds on dry cleaning every year for your suits and dress shirts.

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Budget pick: AICOK Steamer for Clothes Review

Aicok clothes steamerIf you hate to iron clothes and maybe coincidentally too, you are looking for something to quickly remove the wrinkles from your work clothes.

Standing loud and proud, the AICOK heavy duty clothes steamer heats up so fast particularly when you need to use it in the morning before work.

Compared with your bulky, taking-forever-to-heat-up iron, the AICOK heavy duty clothes steamer is much convenient and practical to use.

Quick fact about AICOK heavy duty clothes steamer

  • Color: Black
  • Water Capacity: 68oz (2 Liters)
  • Heating time: 45 seconds
  • Working time: 60 mins
  • Rated power: 1260-1500W
  • Power cord: 4.6ft
  • Hose length: 5 ft
  • Rated voltage:110V-120V
  • Item Size (when fully extended): 16.2 x 12.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Item Weight: 14.07 pounds

What we like about AICOK heavy duty clothes steamer

  • Heats up quickly and generate adequate steam
  • Quick and easy to put together
  • Easier to use as well as providing excellent results
  • Steaming is effortless and fast
  • Works quietly
  • Freshen fabrics
  • Has anti-scaling and fireproof functions
  • Has a pant press function to press pants and the bottoms of shirts
  • Does not leave large watermarks on your clothes
  • Does not spit or sputter or leak
  • The steamer has wheels and is easy to roll around.
  • The adjustable pole and hanger are really convenient to use.
  • It’s as easy to store as an iron and ironing board since the hanger and neck of the device completely collapse.
  • The tank holds a significant amount of water which helps because you won’t need to refill the tank in the middle of a session.

What we don’t like about AICOK heavy duty clothes steamer

  • May or may not drip or spit hot water
  • Somewhat of a stiff hose, so that maneuvering is difficult
  • After some minutes of steaming hose can quickly become uncomfortably warm
  • Does not come with a glove to protect your hands from the heat
  • Hanger is stationary–not rotating
  • No function to control different steam levels

Aicok clothes steamer

AICOK heavy duty clothes steamer uses cases

“…I even try to use it to steam couches and armchairs…” –Alex

“…I found the most wrinkled clothes I could find to test this out, and it worked on cotton pants (which are notoriously tough to get wrinkles out of), shirts, dress shirts, t-shirts…”–Vee

“…The steamer came in well packaged, was easy to use and the steam worked really well for my wedding dress…” –Aimee Wu

“… With the Aicok Clothes Steamer, I can quickly touch-up or even smooth wrinkles from full garments quickly and easily! I use this full-size clothes steamer when I’m not traveling.” Josh W

“…Perfect size for moving around the house or steaming curtains… I can sit and watch TV while I steam all my uniforms for the week.” –Laurice

Our recommendations

  • Don’t leave it unattended around small children or pets considering its unique shape, as it could tip over.
  • Buy a steaming glove so you are able to put more pressure on your clothes and the steamer head with your hand.

Ready to take action?

Since you no longer have to set up the iron board every time you want to steam your clothes, you get to save time. And considering this machine stores nicely and works efficiently–that means you will also be saving space and money.

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Space saving: PURESTEAM XL Standing Steamer Review

Pursteam xl garment steamerHeating up in under 60 seconds just so you’re ready to go pretty much whenever you need.

PURESTEAM takes up a lot less space and especially if you’re a busy person–you’ll probably want to keep it handy.

  • Color: White
  • Water Tank Capacity: 64 ounces (1.9 Liters)
  • Heating Time: 45 seconds
  • Max Steam Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Height: 5 ft, 5 in
  • Steam Hose Length: 5 ft
  • Cord Length: 7 ft
  • Volts/Watts: 120V, 1500W
  • Item Size (when fully extended): 16.1 x 12.9 x 10.5 inches
  • Item Weight: 9.95 pounds

What we like about PURESTEAM XL standing steamer

  • The PURTEAM XL creates (hot and steady) steam very quickly which is excellent if you’re in a hurry.
  • It is lightweight and portable.
  • There is no leaking or dripping.
  • It easy to move and store.
  • It is easy to assemble and works beautifully.
  • It is easy to disassemble for cleaning as well.
  • Takes less space.
  • Makes no noise.
  • The hose is heat protected making it comfortable to handle.
  • Easy to fill and refill and steam is strong enough to ease out wrinkles.
  • Incredible customer service–replacing defective machines when and where necessary.

What we don’t like about PURESTEAM XL standing steamer

  • You will have to bend and reach for the back of the unit to access the switch
  • Makes a loud clacking from the refillable tank while in use.
  • The hose is kind of stiff, heavy and cumbersome
  • Water reservoir gives no indication that it’s low
  • Has an on/off switch and can’t be paused for a while
  • No rotating hanger

PURESTEAM XL standing steamer use cases

“…I sell clothing on a consignment site and if something is too wrinkled I’ll give it quick steam…” –Susan

“…We bought this as a business purchase because we’re a catering company and need to steam our tablecloths…” –Amazon Customer

“… I’ve used the steamer on a pair of cargo shorts, a couple of polo shirts, and a very thin cotton shirt of my wife’s that gets incredibly wrinkled…” –Shawn N’ Summer

“…I purchased this for my wedding and it was a lifesaver…” –VBikes

“…Not to talk about another added peace of mind – I steamed all couches, armchairs and mattresses in the house and in our cars. Goodbye, allergens and dust mites!” –Nevena Georgieva

>>See the PURSTEAM XL standing steamer in action>>>

Our recommendations

Starting from the bottom of the garment means that by the time you reach the top, most of the wrinkles would have disappeared from rising steam.

It does get pretty hot; it is best to use the built-in hanger to avoid getting hurt.

Ready to take action?

So whether you want a steamer that has enough steam power to work on your suit/sports jackets, tablecloths, or on your lab coat. PURESTEAM does the job nicely. A great product at a great price.

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Additional note. Use cases have been retrieved from Amazon product reviews.

How to Choose from the Best Standing Garment Steamers

In reviewing the 10 products above, and having carefully avoided the temptation to get carried away by the accessories, warranties, and features of each product, we advise you as well resist the temptation to get carried away by all the bells and whistles. Instead, focus on some of the critical details below. Or, in other words, here are some quick tips and tricks to choose your best standing steamer.

Water Capacity: The more the water capacity, the longer the expected steam duration. But remember that the heating element of some standing steamers utilizes water faster. Understand likewise that a steamer water capacity is only one (out of the many) considerations for choosing the best standing garment steamer.

Heat-up Time: This is the time until a standing steamer had achieved full steam and is ready for use. Consider a standing steamer that heats up very quickly yet produces powerful, continuous steam. All items listed in this guide heat up in two minutes or less–with the exception of JIFFY 4000 steamer whose heat-up time is about 20 – 30 minutes.

High Heating Power: In order to have a strong steam flow, a commercial clothing steamer needs to have a high heating power. Lower heating power means your clothing steamer will produce weaker steam. A weak steam flow means the steamer will be less effective in removing wrinkles. Do keep in mind never to plug another applliance in the same outlet you plugged your standing garment steamer.

Pole Height: A telescopic pole is a tall, adjustable, collapsible rod that accompanies most standing steamers. It is on this pole that the manufacturer’s built-in hanger rests (some manufacturers do provide additional hooks for additional hangers though). Without mincing words, a standing steamer with a longer pole helps as it lets you reach longer fabrics like curtain and drapes. The standing steamer with the tallest pole from our list is 7 ft tall; the average height is 5ft; and the shortest is 4.6 ft.

Hanger Type: Stationary, rotating and press hangers–three common hanger types. While the standing steamers with stationary hangers are the most popular, standing steamers with rotating and press hanger provides quicker access to target spots while saving you time and energy.

Steam Head Design: Metal or plastic steam heads are two steam nozzle designs. If you don’t already know, the steam head, attached to the hose, is the part of the steamer where the heat that is pressed into a piece of clothing comes from.

If anything, a large, wide-diffusion steam head makes wrinkle removal faster and efficient.

Either way, there is no winner or loser here–the two steam head design comes in packages of pros and cons. See “plastic vs metal steam head” subheading under the JIFFY 2000 garment steamer review for more details.

Additional note. If you have pets, consider a standing steamer that comes with a brush. You get to attach this brush to the steamer’s head and can use it to brush off extra hair on your clothes while steaming.  

On/off Switch Design: This is like a bonus but best if the On/Off switch of your steamer is within quick reach–like it can be foot-operated. This feature ensures you don’t have to bend over anytime you want to turn on/off the switch.

Item’s Warranty and Manufacturer’s Customer Support: With the exception of a few standing steamers on our list (SALAV, PURSTEAM), products particularly from VIVIO, JIFFY and maybe ROWENTA are priced $100 and up. For a product at that price, you want to ensure it comes with a reasonable warranty (check the TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION section on the product page). Also, ensure the manufacturer stand behind their product post-sales. Both of these parameters have been emphasized under the “pros” and “cons” for each product as applicable.

Buying and Using a Stand Up Fabric Steamer: Managing Expectations

  • Different fabrics respond more or less likely to steam. For the best result (and depending on the thickness of the clothing material and the steamer’s pressure), you will want to hold the fabric taut and steam from the inside of the cloth and underside while slowly moving upward. You can find other steaming tips (which passes for some really smart techniques for removing wrinkles from clothes) under “our recommendations” section of the product reviews.
  • The manufacturers suggested heat up time and steam duration may be faster or slower, in reality, depending on a number of factors. Just know that some steamer heating element utilizes water differently, and more or less than the others, and this will definitely affect the steam amount and volume and ultimately steaming results.
  • Like anything in life, steaming as well require some learning curve. If it is your first time using a steamer it might help to watch some how-to videos. That mentioned, anyone telling you a crisp crease is possible with an upright fabric steamer (unless, of course, the steamer is the ROWENTA DG6520) is not being sincere. Yes, professional garment steamers pack a lot more steam quantity and volume (when compared with the handheld steamers) plus some of these steamers have metal steam heads. Metal steam heads are great for releasing wrinkles quickly and effectively–they won’t do much to press sharp creases into your clothes.
  • For light, occasional uses, a standing steamer in the category of products from PURSTEAM, PURESTEAM, and CONAIR are more than okay. For the really heavy-duty, rather frequent uses, consider products from JIFFY, VIVIO, and ROWENTA. Don’t buy a get-me-ready-in-the-morning kind of steamer when what you actually want is a steamer for your boutique or clothing store. The same is true if that statement were to be reversed because, you know, products from the likes of JIFFY, VIVIO, and ROWENTA, price wise, always tend to be on the steep side and this can only make sense from a business perspective.
  • If you are replacing your steamer with products from the same brand or even another brand, all you should have in mind is “does this steamer fit my needs or will it serve me well for the price I’m paying” rather than “how does this new steamer compare to my old one.”
  • Maybe not entirely true, but we have found that the possibility of a steamer developing issues increases with the number of people using the steamer.
  • Don’t be surprised if you are letting your steamer run out of water repeatedly only to find out, within barely a year of use, that is no longer working. And this is without mentioning mineral deposit build up in the water reservoir that you have refused to clean, which is now causing your unit to sputter, instead of producing steam.
  • Ability to store standing steamer should only be a plus. Many of the standing steamers listed in this guide do not fold up for storage. You can unscrew the pole–but you won’t want to do that every time. Standing steamers are meant to be rolled into a closet or behind a door and kept as is. These are commercial grade steamers after all–they are not meant for folding away. If you are looking for a foldaway, portable steamer, we recommend checking our guide on the best handheld steamers for home and travel.
  • For newer units hose can feel a little stiff. The hose needed to be thick in order to keep steam. Plus if the hose is not thick, kinking will result–which can alter the steam flow.
  • Also, the unit might produce an unpleasant smell when being used for the first time. You will be fine after a couple of uses.

What are Some Troubleshooting Tips for Commercial Garment Steamers

  • If your unit is taking longer than the manufacturer’s suggested heat up time, for JIFFY products, you could use lukewarm water as recommended in the manual directions.
  • For issues relating to inconsistent steam flow, maybe you should take the hose and turn it upside down as if you were pouring liquid out of it.
  • If your unit is sputtering, you might want to ensure there is no mineral build up in the water reservoir. If there are in fact some mineral build, follow the cleaning tips in the product’s instruction manual. Where such information is not available, add some portion of vinegar into the water in your water chamber and allow to heat up some five minutes. Empty the content of your water reservoir and refill with water. You should be fine now.

Final verdict: best standing garment steamers

As it turns out, all standing garment steamers featured in this guide have the features, quality, and durability expected from a commercial-grade garment steamer.

Three subheadings were also included: a buying guide, and two guides to help you get the most out of your standing steamer.

Attempts were also made in the guide to answer as much of your questions as you may have about each product–including a section under each product review highlighting what people are using their machines to steam so that you can know right off the bat if a steamer is or is not suitable to your needs.

Have a question? Use the comment box or send us a quick e-mail at samuelolawale03[at]gmail.com.

 

Updated: February 3, 2019 — 8:41 pm