Advantages of handheld fabric steamers abound. They allow you to steam clothes while they're hanging right on the iron with very little set up. Fabric steamers are ideal for hard-to-press suits and delicate fabrics. However, not all fabric steamers have the same amount of efficiency and sturdiness, which can sometimes make selecting one a challenge.
Rowenta Ultra Steam Model
The online home decor and living website Goodhousekeeping.com praised the Rowenta Ultra Steam Model for producing copious amounts of steam just by easily pressing a button. The steamer looks like a small hair dryer and comes with the bristles of a clothes brush surrounding the mouth of the steamer so that you can buff the fabric of your clothes as you steam. This model also has an attached lint brush. It's small enough that you can easily sock it away in your suitcase or backpack for travel. However, because it's so small, you will need to refill the reservoir several times if you have a large batch of clothes to steam. Goodhousekeeping.com puts this steamer at the top of the list in its article "Best Handheld Steamers."
Steam Fast SF-435 Compact Fabric Steamer
The Steam Fast fabric steamer has the shape of a tea kettle and heats up in just five minutes. The steamer is light, making it easy to hold as you work and compact enough that it's convenient to store. It produces a continuous stream of steam for around 10 to 12 minutes; after that, you'll have to refill the tank. This steamer also does best with distilled water because tap water can sometimes clog it. However, it makes for near effortless steaming when the reservoir is full, and it is ideal for smaller steaming jobs.
Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer
The Jiffy Esteam Travel Steamer has the shape of a standard tea kettle steamer. Unlike other steamers on the market, this Jiffy steamer doesn't have many frills; it doesn't even have an on or off button. The steamer comes without temperature controls or fabric or lint brushes. However, the steamer powerfully tackles wrinkles and creases remarkably well -- so well that Lauren Moser of Slate.com said that "The Jiffy is the only steamer I tested that achieves anything like the power and precision of a regular iron."