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Released to the UK market in 2017, the Vitovill Garment Steamer is a popular clothes steamer that claims to offer a quick and easy way to get wrinkles out of clothes without using an iron. How does it perform? Find out in this review.
- Heats up in 20 seconds
- 7 minutes of continuous steam
- Auto shut-off function that activates when the water runs out
- 2 brush heads included to remove hair and dust
- 2 metre power cord
- 100 ml water tank
Dimensions: 40 x 15 x 14 cm
Power: 1000 watts
Weight: 700 g
Performance and design
This garment steamer can be safely used on all kinds of fabrics including cotton, nylon, silk, chiffon and wool. It takes a while for the steamer to remove wrinkles, so if you’re expecting to just run it across your clothes and watch the creases disappear you’ll be disappointed. It takes longer to work than an iron, but it is effective if you’re patient.
This steamer works very well on delicate items such as wedding dresses and embroidered Asian dresses which are often too delicate to iron. If you’re looking to get creases out of tougher fabrics such as cotton, you will get better results with a steam iron.
As well as removing creases from clothes, the hot steam produced by the Vitovill Garment Steamer will also kill bacteria and help remove odours.
The water tank is easy to fill, but it’s quite small (100 ml) so the water runs out quickly. 100 ml is the standard size for a travel steamer, but there are a few with bigger water tanks such as the Yoleo 700 Watt Clothes Steamer which has a 130 ml tank.
The Vitovill Garment Steamer has a smart white and purple design and looks a bit like a handheld vacuum cleaner. It’s quite small but bigger than many travel steamers at 40 cm long, so it might be harder to fit in your suitcase.
Pros and cons
The Vitovill Garment Steamer is well made and works well, especially on more delicate fabrics. It’s fairly powerful and is straightforward to use. However, it’s quite large for taking on holiday, and is more expensive than several models with similar specs.
A cheaper alternative (at the time of writing) is the Yoleo Handheld Clothes Steamer. It’s less powerful than the Vitovill (700 watts rather than 1000 watts), but it has a slightly larger water tank (130 ml rather than 100 ml). Design-wise it’s smaller (22 cm rather than 40 cm tall), and looks a bit like an electric kettle.
One alternative from a better-known brand is the Philips GC330/47 Handheld Garment Steamer, which is quite a bulky product but is powerful and well made.
For some more options see our roundup of the best travel garment steamers.