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The Best Portable Steamer: How I Save Time Getting Ready

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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.

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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.

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The Best Portable Steamer: Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam For Knits

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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!

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The Best Portable Steamer: Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam For Cotton

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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.  Layersofchic Best Portable Steamer Conair Handheld Steamer ReviewLayersofchic Best Portable Steamer Fashion Blogger Getting Ready Tips

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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Thanks for reading,


*This post is in collaboration with CONAIR. As always, all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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18 responses to “The Best Portable Steamer: How I Save Time Getting Ready”

  1. Diana Tidswell says:

    Wow, that is such a cool product and I really wanted to have most especially during travels when ironing is so difficult to do.

  2. Oh I’ve heard these are really good. I might see if my husband wants one for all his travels xx

  3. Lisa Autumn says:

    I was thinking of getting one for ages.. might actually do it now!

    x Lisa |

  4. Amanda Kruse says:

    I need this steamer in my life! I don’t even own one, which is such a shame, lol.

  5. Elise says:

    I love steamers, and this one looks fab! Also, loving that minty Zara sweater!

    xx, Elise

  6. Sheree says:

    Thanks for sharing, I am always looking for a good portable steamer to take traveling with me so I will have to check this one out!

    ~xo Sheree

  7. Cassie says:

    Looks like it does the trick! I can’t tell you hop many times I’ve been on a trip wishing I had a steamer with me!

  8. Megan says:

    I didn’t even know conair made this! So genius, I need one!!

  9. I love the steamer. I love how useful and handy it is. I’d love to get one of these at some point. Thanks for sharing about this!

  10. Having a good steamer on hand makes all of the difference! It’s incredible how well this steamer takes wrinkles out of some of the thickest fabrics. Definitely keeping it in mind for a future wardrobe addition!

  11. What an awesome tool – especially for travelling! I bet this helps getting ready in the a.m. so much easier!

  12. Anwesha Guha says:

    This looks like a handy product. I will definitely love to invest in a good portable steamer which is kind of handy during travelling.

  13. I really would love a steamer, it will save me so much money on dry cleaning. I also love that it is portable.

  14. A steamer is a times aver for me and one of the best ways to make sure I look put together. I love that this one has settings for different fabrics.

  15. Mommy Levy says:

    I like how technology helps us in our day to day activities/chores. This steamer is a great help for people who are always on the go.

  16. Liz says:

    This steamer looks like a dream! I have a bigger one but the smaller one would be amazing for travel!


  17. angie says:

    love the size of this product and the great impact it can have, perfect traveling tool

  18. Alexis says:

    I’m 26 and don’t own a steamer. I seriously need to get one and this one looks great!

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