My Little Steamer - GO MINI by Joy Mangano
During my university years, I worked retail part-time and one of the tasks we had to do was steam clothing. I LOVED IT. To me, it was the best task, EVER. Watching the wrinkles disappear was super therapeutic, and during the winter, the steam felt so cozy.
When I left retail, the steamer was the thing I missed most. I purchased a home unit, but it didn't work as well and for years, I never steamed again.
I came across this guy in Bed Bath & Beyond and saw it was discounted from $29.99 to $19.99. I normally don't go for these little items since they seem sort of gimmicky to me, but for some reason, that day I decided to give it a go. I intended to test it out when I got home but it sat on my table for a good month before I tried it.
Holy cow, it works. It's a tiny little thing and can only really steam about 2 items before it loses water but it's fast, effective, and SUPER HOT. I plugged it in, filled it up and in less than 10 seconds, the water was boiling and it was ready to go.
The first couple of items I was a little rusty with it since it's been so long, and all the warnings of it being hot sort of freaked me out, but it's very easy to use. For heavier items, I recommend holding the steamer closely, if not directly onto the material (think sweaters and trousers) - you may not want to do this with light colored items as I've read it can leave water stains. As I mentioned, it's tiny so it can't take too much water, but you can probably get a good 2-3 items done if they aren't too wrinkled. The ones I used to test it on were really wrinkled since I had to leave them in the dryer while I left for work. If you need to add more water, make sure it's cooled down a lot, or use a towel to unscrew the top. Seriously, it gets hot.
It's intended for travel but if your clothes require crisp lines, I'd recommend saving the luggage space and just using the iron that's usually in a hotel room - in my experience, steamers aren't really good for clean lines. If not, and you don't have access to an iron, this thing is awesome and will probably keep you looking fresher than usual on a trip if you're one to pack light and wear things multiple times.
I plan to use this during the week to freshen up my work clothes for those items that aren't ready for the wash yet, but I can still wear. I recommend steaming your item the night before because if you do it the morning of, without enough time to cool down, I find that the item wrinkles immediately after putting it on.
I checked Amazon and it looks like it comes in a variety of fun colors! In the picture it shows a zippered travel pouch that looks like it has some structure, but mine came with a cloth drawstring pouch.