Vivreal Home Clothes Steamer Review

Summary:
Ideal for getting creases out of thin fabrics while travelling. Less effective for tougher fabrics.

Buy it online:
£19.85 on Amazon.co.uk

The Vivreal Home Clothes Steamer is an inexpensive handheld garment steamer that could be a good choice for using at home or when travelling.

In addition to using it to remove creases from clothes, you can also use the Vivreal steamer on other fabric items such as curtains.

Find out how this garment steamer performs in this review.

Features

  • 100 ml water reservoir
  • Heats up in 80 seconds
  • Offers 8 minutes of continuous steam
  • Sold with a 1-year warranty
  • 700 watts of power
  • Auto shut-off when the water reservoir is empty

Model number: H-108
Weight: 381 g

Performance and design

This garment steamer is straightforward and easy to use. First you fill the water tank (taking care not to go over the maximum level), then you turn the switch to ON and wait about 80 seconds for it to start emitting steam. The steam comes out constantly, so you don’t need to keep pressing a button. You can simply switch the device off when you’re done.

You hold the steamer with one hand and operate it vertically, with your item of clothing hanging up rather than flat on an ironing board. You should be able to use the steamer for about 8 minutes before the water tank runs dry, at which point it will automatically switch itself off.

While the Vivreal Home Clothes Steamer is marketed as a portable device, you do need to plug it into the mains. It’s very small and light though, so it is portable in sense that it’s easy to take with you while travelling. It’s about the size of a large mug, so it should fit easily in your suitcase.

This steamer works well at getting creases out of clothes provided the fabric isn’t too thick. For thicker fabrics you will probably still need an iron, or a more powerful garment steamer.

Like with most handheld travel steamers, the water reservoir is quite small so you can only do a few clothes at a time as the water runs out quickly. This means it’s fine for travelling, but not ideal for using at home when you have a big pile of ironing. It also works well on curtains, but you will probably need to refill the water reservoir a few times to do a whole curtain.

Pros and cons

Pros
  • Nice and small
  • Power cord is a good length
  • Heats up quickly
  • Light
  • Attractive white design
Cons
  • Water tank empties quickly so you can only do 1 or 2 items at a time
  • Less effective on cotton and other thick fabrics

Verdict

The best thing about this garment steamer is its small, lightweight design which makes it ideal for travel. It’s a handy gadget to have for getting creases out of fine fabrics when you don’t have access to an iron, but isn’t so effective when it comes to thicker fabrics.

If you want something that can quickly remove creases from a thin dress or other delicate piece of clothing it’s ideal, but you should be aware of its limitations before purchasing.

Alternatives

A more powerful and arguably more effective travel steamer is the Vitovill Garment Steamer, which has 1000 watts of power as opposed to the Vivreal’s 700 watts. Unsurprisingly it comes with a higher price tag than the Vivreal model, but could be a good choice if you want more reliable results.

One rival travel steamer with a slightly bigger water tank is the Yoleo Hand Held Clothes Steamer, which has a 130 ml water tank as opposed to the Vivreal’s 100 ml. This means you can use it for a bit longer before the water needs refilling.

For some more options see these recommended travel steamers.

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