What Are Buyers Saying?
The first portable travel iron we examined is manufactured by Sunbeam-it's an 800 W option that includes a dual voltage system for European outlets.
It's marketed as an easy way to portably press out wrinkles from your garments- whether you are on the road as a business traveler who needs to look presentable in a pinch or just wants the convenience of an iron anywhere you go.
It'll let you do steam ironing- all you have to do is use is fill its water reservoir. This is especially useful at heat-pressing out those resistant wrinkles with a strong burst steam. Sunbeam also claims that they designed a soleplate that is non-sticking so that it effortlessly glides over different fabric and materials- plus it's pointed tip will help you to iron around the tricky areas like cuffs, buttons, collars, plates and lapels.
- Buyers say that there is no off switch- the instructional manual indicates that you turn the dial down to its lowest setting to turn it off.
- One international traveler who had journeyed to Europe tells us that none of the hotels provided ironing boards- packing this mini travel steam iron ensured that she could get a hot press to provide wrinkle-free clothing for her children and husband.
- Some buyers have had negative experiences, however, saying that it is prone to leaking water, that it takes too long to warm up, with some reviewers even saying that their irons broke after only several uses.
The second travel steamer iron we examined is manufactured by Hamilton Beach- it has 800 W of power and includes a dual voltage capability of 120 V and 240 V.
It does provide continuous steaming- a must if you want to quickly press clothes on the road. Another handy feature is its fall down handle, which makes it especially compact- great for touching up clothes, even working on hanging clothes. With adjustable temperature ranges, you can work on different fabrics- changing the temperature for more delicate options if need be.
- Interestingly, many crafts professionals use it because it continuously stays on, unlike other irons that have auto shut off features.
- Another reviewer who was heading off to college told us he is impressed at how quickly it heats up and how smooth the soleplate is.
- One handy hack a review were shared with us is that she carries a small spray bottle in conjunction with the iron on a non-steam setting to get the same effect quickly.
- Another business traveler says that he was looking for a lightweight and portable option, saying that he was impressed at how little this compact travel steamer iron weighs down his luggage.
The third miniature steam iron we examined is manufactured by Steam Fast- it is a 420 W option that includes a 1.4-ounce water tank.
Steam Fast says that it will heat up within 15 seconds and includes temperature adjustability, a non-sticking soleplate, and ships with a measuring cup as well as a travel bag. It's marketed as a fast and efficient, but a highly portable means of crisply removing wrinkles and creases from pants, shirts, blouses, dinner jackets and any other cloth fabric.
It has an extra-long power cord and can be a compact option for people practicing cloth crafts.
- Buyers should be advised, that it doesn't provide bursts of steam. One woman who sews garments for a living says that as a tailor's tool it is indispensable- helping her to assemble skirts, as well as men's and ladies briefs.
- Another reviewer who frequently takes it as carry-on luggage tells us that she hasn't had any problems with airline security or TSA flagging it- she attributed that to its immediately recognizable shape.
- Without an ironing board, some reviewers told us that they lay a towel out over their hotel room beds and iron their clothes on top of it.
- A palm-sized option, some buyers appreciated that they don't need to stand as they used it- even ironing while seated at their work desks.
The fourth miniature iron we examined is manufactured by Ivation- it includes a ceramic soleplate with an extra-long power cord. It has three different heat selections to choose from and the cord wraps around the handle to make it easier to toss into your luggage for complete on-the-go mobility.
In addition, Ivation claims that its proprietary anti-drip technology ensures that hot water drips will not stain your fabrics or burn your skin.
You can easily toggle it to choose the voltage you want to use- this makes it useful when traveling throughout foreign countries to power it up and keep your clothes looking clean and neat. Some buyers purchase it to store in their sewing cabinets and use for crafts parties-saying it's great for quilting projects, as well.
The last travel steam iron we examined is the Rowena 1000 W option with a stainless steel soleplate. It provides a burst-of-steam option, as well as adjustable temperature ranges and ships with a travel pouch.
Buyers have provided mixed feedback, saying that it was poorly constructed and designed, criticizing it for breaking down after several uses.