As a blogger, I’m constantly getting ready for shoots and events, and it can be so overwhelming sometimes! On some shoots I photograph as many as 4 outfits, and it always takes forever to plan and prep all the clothes. But one thing that has been a huge timesaver for me is steaming all my clothes. I used to iron everything, and it would be such a hassle between getting the ironing board set-up, waiting for the iron to heat up, and trying not to mess up delicate fabric and stitching with the iron. Trust me guys, investing in a good steamer is the way to go and will literally change how you get ready in the mornings. I actually have one of those big full-sized steamers on wheels at home, but I recently tried out the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam handheld portable steamer for smaller clothing items, and I was quite impressed! Read on for my review on how the portable steamer works on three different fabric types: silk, knits, and cotton.
One of the features I like the most about the Conair Turbo portable steamer is that it comes with a 3-in-1 attachment for different fabric types and functions. For this silk shirt, I attached the delicate fabric spacer to prevent the steamer head from touching the fabric directly, which helps protect the fabric while steaming. Since silk is such a delicate fabric, I used the regular Steam function rather than the Turbo function, and it did the trick beautifully. Even though my silk shirt was super wrinkled (as you can see in the above photo), the regular Steam function took out the wrinkles quickly.
Next, I tested the Turbo ExremeSteam steamer on knits, and I was especially excited to use the Turbo function. This setting is designed for thicker fabrics and heavily wrinkled items, and my sweater definitely fit the bill. For the sweater, I also decided to add on the Bristle Brush attachment which helps loosen the fabric fibers so that the steam can reach deeper. It’s also great that the steamer heats up in 40 seconds even for the Turbo setting. Look at all that powerful steam working its magic!
It goes without saying that this steamer is also great for cotton fabrics, as demonstrated on my button-down shirt. Since my shirt had some pretty stubborn wrinkles in it, I used the Turbo setting again (and probably had a little too much fun). I also used the silicone band attachment which helps to pull the fabric taut for easier steaming. Another great feature of the steamer is that it can steam for 15 minutes non-stop before running out of water, so I was able to fully steam all 3 shirts in one sitting without having to refill the water tank.
Some of you might be wondering if this steamer would be good for travel since it’s portable. To be honest, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for air travel because it is on the heavier side, so it will weigh down your suitcase. However, I think it would work well for a short trip if you’re traveling by car, as it’s easy to toss the streamer in the car and it doesn’t take up too much space. From a functionality standpoint, it is definitely more powerful and works better than the portable steamers designed specifically for travel. I find with those that the water always ends up leaking or spewing out uncontrollably. So all in all, I really like this Conair Turbo steamer as it’s a good balance between the small travel ones and the big full-sized ones. And for $79.99, I think it’s a great deal and the best portable steamer at this price range and functionality. If you guys have any questions about the steamer, let me know in the comments below!
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