Clothes steamers are brilliant inventions that you really must try at some point in your life, if you haven’t already. It is a much quicker option than using your conventional iron and offers a number of benefits to using one.
Now I hadn’t used a clothes steamer for quite some time, so I was glad to finally give one a go – read on to find out how I got on with the Beautural Clothes Steamer where I’ll go through how it works, as well as giving my honest opinion. But first let’s take a look at what a clothes steamer actually is.
What is a clothes steamer?
A clothes steamer is a useful piece of kit that heats water until it becomes steam. The steam comes into contact with the fabric which will then relax the fibres due to its high temperature – thus getting rid of any wrinkles or creases. Most will have a handle which is easy to grip while you guide the body of the device over the material as the steam is released.
Benefits of using a clothes steamer
- Quicker and easy to use
- Larger fabrics, such as bedding can be smoothed easily
- Easier to handle for those who may struggle to hold an iron
- Less risk of damaging delicate fabrics when using a steamer
Do I need to use specialised water in my clothes steamer?
While there is no solid rule that you have to use any particular water for your steamer, it might be worth noting that regular tap water can cause limescale and crusty build ups which will decrease the lifespan of your device. Regular maintenance will keep this at bay, but you could also use deionised or distilled water to ensure the steamer doesn’t become clogged and the life of your device is prolonged.
Beautural Clothes Steamer Specs & Features
- 30-second heat up
- White (also available in blue)
- Lightweight and compact
- 2m power cable
- Travel/storage pouch
- Auto shut off safety feature
When you’re in a rush or you are a little impatient, there can be nothing worse than waiting for your device to heat up so you can start using it – luckily this won’t be the case with the Beautural steamer because it has a 30-second heat up time which means by the time you have got your garment ready for steaming, the device will be ready.
A leak proof detachable tank makes life a lot easier when steaming. Because of the well-made design it means you can steam vertically and horizontally without worrying about spillages or water marks appearing on your fabrics. The tank, I thought, would be large enough to smooth a few pieces of clothing before it had to be refilled.
The clothes steamer we are reviewing comes in white, but it is also available in blue which comes in a little cheaper. Aesthetics wise though, we think the whole look of the Beautural clothes steamer in white gives it a crisp finish that wouldn’t look out of place if you left it on your kitchen counter or dresser in your bedroom.
Its compact and lightweight dimensions make it very easy to move around your garments and fabrics, without restrictions of heavy appliances you will achieve the smoothest results with minimal effort. It is also foldable, giving you the option to tuck it away neatly in a drawer when not in use and also fold away in your luggage if you want to take it away on work trips or holidays.
The extra long power cable gives you scope to move it around larger items such as bedding or curtains, without getting tangled up in wires or having restrictions on your movement.
The pouch it comes with means you can store the steamer and the little jug together while keeping it clean from dust and not risking it getting scratched or damaged.
Thanks to it having an auto shut off feature you can be sure that it won’t overheat and the power will cut off if the water level gets too low. This is great for peace of mind, and these are the nice little extras the manufacturer has thought of that go a long way with customers.
Upon opening the box, the steamer looked quite a simple piece of kit. It came in a handy pouch to keep everything together, along with a little jug to pour the water into the tank. More often than not you can buy something that has got so many accessories and gizmos with it, that you get confused with what attachment works for the job you need. So many times, I’ve gotten frustrated because I’ve bought something which I thought would help me out but feeling like it’s only hindering the process. So, it’s nice to know you are getting exactly what you paid for.
There is a thermostatic ceramic plate where the steam comes from, and this is really useful because it will keep everything hot and allow fabrics to smooth as much as possible. It will also prolong the life of your steamer.
The white finish was a nice touch and along with the transparent tank to see how much water you have left; we were off to a good start. The power cable at 2 metres would be more than enough to reach what I needed.
I was keen to get started – I get such satisfaction out of seeing my garments crease and wrinkle free and now I had this steamer I was going to make the most of it and use it on as much as I could!
Using the Beautural Clothes Steamer
I was glad to see a three-pin plug which meant I didn’t need any extra attachments to get me started. Before I plugged it in, I unscrewed the tank and pulled the little lid up to pour the water in. I liked that I was able to see how much water was going in so it didn’t overflow, or have too little in. With that I was good to go so I plugged it in and switched it on.
Heat up really was quick – when the light is switched on it means it is in heat up mode and as soon as it goes off it’s ready to use. The handle was easy to hold and the button to release the steam is conveniently positioned so when you naturally wrap your hand around the handle you will reach the button.
Now the button does need to be held down for continuous steam output but because it is so well placed it wasn’t a problem. I’d decided to try the steamer on a creased t-shirt to begin with. If you haven’t used a steamer before it is probably best to test it on an everyday fabric, such as a cotton t-shirt, even though there is minimal risk of burning your clothes, it is still good to get a feel for the device you’re using and gain a little confidence in handling it to find the best way for you to operate it. When you’re used to the way it works, the steamer can be used on a number of materials including linen, denim, nylon, wool, and silk. If you’re not completely sure then we’d recommend checking the labels inside your clothing before you proceed.
I placed the t-shirt on a hanger, which I then secured to the door frame. I held the button down and out came the steam, after a few tries I found a rhythm that allowed me to move at a pace that was just right. The first time I was going too quick and there wasn’t much change in the appearance of the t-shirt, but when I slowed down a little it allowed enough steam to reach the fabric and smooth it out.
I was pleasantly surprised but wanted to see what it could do on thicker garments. I proceeded to steam my daughter’s denim jeans that she wanted to wear that afternoon (placing them on a hanger first) and while it was easy again to use the device, I did notice I had to go over them a couple more times than the thinner material of the t-shirt. But I suppose this was to be expected. Nevertheless, it was an impressive outcome.
I chose to use the steamer on my bed sheets – although I quite like the ironing, I am not a fan of having to drape the sheets over the ironing board to get the creases out. Upstairs I went and again plugged in the steamer and waited for it to heat up. Even holding the device this way worked well. There wasn’t any leaking, no wires getting in the way thanks to the 2 metre length, and I was really satisfied with my smooth, crisp white sheets – it really does make all the difference to your room.
If you’re looking for a clothes steamer at a reasonable price, then look no further. I really enjoyed using this one. Having a teenage daughter who announces she needs her favourite outfit ironing on the day of meeting friends is a regular occurrence, so instead of getting the ironing board out and waiting for the iron to heat up, I can just use the Beautural Clothes Steamer – what a lifesaver!
If you’re not a fan of the ironing, or don’t get through that much as your household is only small, this is a great investment. I wasn’t disappointed and I don’t think you will be either.
Meet our reviewer – Michelle Vernon
Michelle is one of the lead writers at Washing Check and also holds an editor role. She is a busy parent who understands the needs of daily domestic life and the challenges it can bring.
She genuinely loves cleaning products and equipment, which although is quite strange to many, is a blessing to us here at Washing Check.