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The Sterline Portable Handheld Garment Steamer is a small and inexpensive travel steamer that could be a good choice for holidays and business trips. Find out how the Sterline Garment Steamer performs in this review.
- Auto turn-off function that activates once the water tank is empty
- Offers 8-10 minutes of continuous steam
- Heats up in less than 60 seconds
- 180 ml water tank
- 700 watts of power
- 195 cm power cord
Dimensions: 21 x 14.5 x 8 cm
Model number: GS3-UK
Weight: 517 g
Performance and design
The Sterline Portable Handheld Garment Steamer heats up in less than a minute and produces a good amount of steam. The water tank holds 180 ml, which is more than some of the rival models so you can use it for longer before the water runs out. However, the tank still runs out quite quickly, and you will probably have to refill is for each garment you steam.
You need to hang garments up when you’re using it rather than laying them on a flat surface. This isn’t a bad thing when you’re travelling though as it means you don’t need an ironing board or a lot of space to use it.
This garment steamer is good for most kinds of clothes including shirts and blouses. It’s also very good at getting creases out of curtains. It offers a good alternative to ironing when you’re travelling and want to quickly get the creases out of clothes when you take them out of your suitcase.
The lead is a good length at 1.95 metres, so you have plenty of room for manoeuvre.
This steamer works best with distilled water as this will prevent limescale buildup, though you can use regular tap water.
Like with many travel steamers, the Sterline sometimes spits out hot water when it’s heating up, so you need to be careful when using it.
Pros and cons
This Sterline garment steamer is a very convenient gadget to have when travelling as it will let you quickly get the creases out of your clothes without needing an iron or ironing board. It also works well on curtains, though in general it’s not so well suited to home use as the water tank needs refilling frequently.
A more expensive though arguably higher quality alternative to the Sterline Garment Steamer is the Vitovill Garment Steamer. It heats up in just 20 seconds and is quite powerful (1000 watts).
Another good travel steamer is the Pro Breeze Garment Steamer, which has an 850 watt cleaning element and is generally a great steamer, though suffers a similar problem to the Sterline in that it occasionally spits out hot water.
For some more options read this roundup of the best travel steamers.