Handheld or Upright?
There are pros and cons to each option, and it all depends on your needs:
- Can be transported
- Easier to store
- Smaller water tanks than upright
- You need to find somewhere suitable to hang the garments to steam
Upright Floor Model:
- Larger water capacity than handheld
- An all-in-one with hanging support
- May have more power
- Bulky – can’t really be stored away
- Pricier than portable alternatives
Most average tanks in handheld models will hold around 200/250ml of water at any one time. This keeps the device lightweight but is enough to get through a couple of garments without having to refill.
Upright usually holds around 1 litre of water. Those at the higher end of the scale, nearer 2 litres, could give you about an hour-worth of steam without having to refill, although be aware you’ll need to pause every so often until the water reheats.
An additional brush attachment will help to separate the fibres on fabrics, for even smoother results which reach deep down, and should therefore last longer. This is great for thicker items such as jumpers.
It could also help if you are steaming a cushion or sofa and will need to remove ground-in hairs or dust.
As you can imagine, with the use of hot steam also comes the risk of burns and scalds. Always take precautions and wear protective gloves if it is close to your hands, and try to stay away from the heat as much as possible.
Turn the steamer off and allow to cool before storing away, and if you’re concerned about the risk of it being left on, buy a model which has auto-turn off ability. Also, store in a cool, dry place away from dust.