This $18 Amazon steamer changed my life — I'll never iron again

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Ironing is a thing of the past. With a steamer, you can get the same results, without the fuss. (Photo: Getty Images)
Ironing is a thing of the past. With a steamer, you can get the same results, without the fuss. (Photo: Getty Images)

If there’s one fashion gadget I swear by, it’s my trusty $18 Amazon garment steamer.

A few years ago, I was heading on a big trip and in dire need of a packable steamer to bring with me abroad. I’ve never been into ironing and the fuss associated with it. My old steamer ended up getting "fried" in the power socket during a trip to London, so dual voltage was a requirement when I was searching for a replacement.

Luckily, I stumbled upon the Conair Complete Steam Hand Held Fabric Steamer and life has never been the same. It features a compact, collapsible handle and averages 10 minutes of steam time — the perfect amount for one garment. And thanks to its dual-voltage capacity, all you need is an adapter plug to bring it abroad.

Conair Complete Steam Hand Held Fabric Steamer

Easily stash it away for travel. (Photo: Amazon)
Easily stash it away for travel. (Photo: Amazon)

If you’ve never used a steamer before, get ready, because this small gadget changed my life and it will change yours too.

All you have to do is fill it up with water, plug it in and watch the steam flow out within a minute. Hang anything you need to be steamed, whether it’s a dress, skirt, shirt or coat — and it will straighten it out. Just hold the steamer upright and run it up and down in a vertical motion. Within seconds you should see those creases disappear before your eyes. Magic!

"Got this for a cruise, since classic clothes irons are not allowed," a shopper shared. "This thing works great! Was able to hang my dress and pants and hit them with this steamer and watch the wrinkles disappear, very quick and painless."

A while back, I brought my fashion must-have to France for a friend’s wedding. A group of us rented a house in the middle of the countryside and there was no iron (or ironing board) in sight when we arrived.

Unfortunately, no one in the group of five thought to pack a steamer. I, on the other hand, brought mine and came to the rescue, becoming the hero of the group. One by one, each person used my steamer to smooth out the wrinkles from their silky dresses, dress shirts, suit jackets and trousers. Mind you, this was one hour before we had to leave for the wedding. None of my friends had ever used a steamer before but they all learned to maneuver it almost instantly.

"I do not iron my clothes," shared another of the 1,370 five-star shoppers. "It's never going to happen. However, I love using this little doodad! It heats up super quick, it's easy to use, and works like magic. I absolutely love it, and highly recommend it!"

Long gone are the days when you needed to drag out your large ironing board and heat up your clunky iron. Steamers are compact, sleek and small. They take up hardly any space but pack a mighty punch. I love my steamer because it takes up as much space in my luggage as a small clutch or pair of flats. It doesn’t spit out water, either, which I know other models are prone to do.

It makes traveling a breeze and worry-free when deciding what clothes to pack. At home, it fits neatly in the corner of my bedroom and I can easily pull it out in the morning, fill up and start steaming any garment that needs a touch-up.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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