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Have enough of irons? Try one of the best garment steamers in Malaysia 2021! They’ll save you time and energy in a busy household!

You won’t have to bend to get your ironing done anymore! Or risk the chance of burning clothes! Better still, steam can kill germs and dust mites that your washing machine can’t! Thus, removing odors!

And to ease the selection, we have put together a list of reviews for the top-performing garment steamers in Malaysia!

Types Of Garment Steamer

1. Handheld

Are you someone who travels a lot?

A handheld steamer is more convenient compared to an upright steamer. Because they are lightweight and require little space, making them extremely portable.

But since a handheld garment steamer typically has a smaller surface area, you will need multiple passes over your clothes. Not a major issue since they are often light!

And they have a smaller water capacity, so you have to refill them often!

2. Upright

If you feel that frequent refilling of water for a handheld steamer is troublesome, then consider an upright steamer!

As these have the same handheld steam head as well as a larger external water tank (usually removable).

Existing models in the market typically have a water capacity of up to 2L.

They may have convenient built-in hanger with clips to hang your clothes from. Or have wheels for additional mobility in your home.

Garment Steamer Vs Iron

How do you know if a steam iron or garment steamer is the right choice for your household?

It comes down to what you need to iron!

An iron will be better for linen fabrics, formal shirts and trousers that have sharp creases. In short, heavier fabrics.

On the other hand, garment steamers are more suited for large lighter fabrics with ruffles and pleats! Think dresses, blouses and curtains!

Garment steamers are a better choice for your delicate clothes too, since there will be no direct contact!

11 Best Garment Steamers In Malaysia 2021

  • Best Budget Handheld Garment Steamer – EcHome GSB1500 Handheld Portable Travel Garment Steamer
  • Best Overall Handheld Garment Steamer – Philips Foldable Handheld Compact Steamer 3000 Series (STH3020/16)
  • Best Budget Upright Garment Steamer (~RM200) – Midea GS-120D Garment Steamer
  • Best Upright Garment Steamer For More Laundry (Bigger tank) – Electrolux Refine 500 Garment Steamer E5GS1-89BM
  • Best Compact Upright Garment Steamer – Tefal IT3420 Pro Style Garment Steamer
  • Best Upright Garment Steamer For Details – Philips GC481/76 Easy Touch Garment Steamer

1. EcHome GSB1500 Handheld Portable Travel Garment Steamer

EcHome GSB1500 Handheld Portable Travel Garment Steamer
  • Type: Handheld
  • Voltage: 220V-240V
  • Size: 150(l) x 125(w) x 210(h) (mm)
  • Cable Length: Around 190cm/ 75 inch
  • Power: 1,500 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 200 ml
  • Weight: n/a
  • Continuous Steam (Max): 20 g/min (More than 10 minutes)
  • Ready To Use: 45 sec (3 colors of LED indicator)
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM 80

Pros:

  • Portable (light and can be folded)
  • Affordable
  • Simple to use
  • There’s a high power steam mode for more stubborn wrinkles

Cons:

  • Water needs to be refilled frequently for multiple garments
  • High power mode consumes more water

This travel-friendly (i.e. it can be folded) ecHome GSB1500 is one of the simplest to use!

If you are frequently on the go or have few garments to iron, this will be the perfect garment steamer for you.

It’s ready to create steam in less than a minute after turning it on.

Keep your finger on the trigger to apply continuous steam to your clothes to ease away wrinkles.

You can choose to attach a brush to the head for lint removal if you want. Otherwise, just fill the water chamber and attach it to the steam head. 

It also comes with a high power mode (blue mode) for a stronger steam output! Please note that this will naturally consume water faster than the normal mode.

And when full, the water bottle might only be able to steam 3 articles of clothing before you need to refill it.

So you can use the included bottle connector to increase the water capacity.  Or as a replacement in case the original bottle breaks!

2. Xiaomi Mijia Zanjia GT-301W Portable Handheld Garment Steamer

Xiaomi Mijia Zanjia GT-301W Portable Handheld Garment Steamer
  • Type: Handheld
  • Power: 1,200 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 150 ml
  • Power Cord Length: 2.2 m
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • Continuous Steam (Max): 22 g/min
  • Ready To Use: 35 sec
  • Warranty: 3 months
  • Price: ~RM98

Pros:

  • Portable
  • Affordable
  • Simple to use (hanging or on a flat surface)
  • High-pressure steam enables efficient penetration (removes wrinkles effectively)
  • Beautiful sleek minimalist design

Cons:

  • Water needs to be refilled frequently for multiple garments or thicker fabrics
  • Adapter provided is not suitable for Malaysian plugs (you have to purchase your own adapter)
  • Handle doesn’t fold
  • Your hand may feel tired quickly

Travel a lot for business? The lightweight Xiaomi Mijia Zanjia looks and feels a lot like a hair dryer. You can even hold it in just one hand!

To use it, hold down the button to release micro pressurized steam. The micro pressurized steam helps with fast steam output, further spray distance and wide steam coverage.

Each refill of the water tank is enough to continuously steam 3 shirts (~7-8 minutes). It handles delicate and light fabrics like silk and satin much better than it does heavier fabrics.

And since the rear water tank is leak-proof, you can store the Xiaomi Mijia Zanjia in your luggage without having to worry about your belongings getting wet!

3. Xiaomi Deerma DEM-HS011 Foldable Handheld Garment Steamer

Xiaomi Deerma DEM-HS011 Foldable Handheld Garment Steamer
  • Type: Handheld (foldable)
  • Power: 800 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 100 ml
  • Weight: 1.1 kg
  • Continuous Steam (Max): n/a
  • Ready To Use: 20 sec
  • Warranty: 3 months
  • Price: RM109-185

Pros:

  • Portable (foldable handle)
  • Simple to use
  • Very fast heating system (20 seconds for steam jet) – short waiting time
  • Effective at removing wrinkles (especially for light garments)
  • Comes with a customized storage box

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Inconvenient for multiple garments
  • Need to use an adaptor
  • Weird looking
  • Short warranty
  • Quite heavy even when empty (1.1kg)

Unlike the Xiaomi Mijia Zanjia GT-301W Portable Handheld Garment Steamer:

This compact handheld garment steamer has a water tank on top and can be used at multiple angles (45°, 90°, and 180°).

Having the water tank at the top feels less awkward than with Xiaomi Mijia Zanjia GT-301W (for upright ironing). However, the Xiaomi Deerma DEM-HS011 is also more expensive!

It heats up faster since the water tank is smaller (~1-minute use). Enough for a single shirt!
In just 20 seconds, you can start steaming your shirt and get rid of those annoying wrinkles!

It also comes with a customized storage box so you can store it accordingly. Being foldable makes it so much more portable and handy!

For business trips where you only need to iron 1-2 garments, the Xiaomi Mijia Zanjia GT-301W makes a lot of sense!

If you have more garments to steam, your hand will tire quickly! As the Xiaomi Mijia Zanjia GT-301W already weighs ~1kg when it’s empty!

4. Philips Handheld Steamer 3000 Series STH3020/16

Philips Handheld Steamer 3000 Series STH3020/16
  • Type: Handheld (foldable)
  • Power: 1,000 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 120 ml (detachable)
  • Power Cord Length: 2 m
  • Weight: n/a
  • Continuous Steam (Max): 20 g/min
  • Ready To Use: 30 sec
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM200

Pros:

  • Portable with a foldable handle and included accessory pouch
    Simple to use
    Long warranty period
  • Long cord length for increased mobility
  • Lightweight (<1kg)

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Frequent refill for multiple garments
  • Long heat up time

Not a fan of Xiaomi or the short warranties of the previous models?

This Philips Foldable Handheld Compact Steamer 3000 Series is a little pricier but the warranty period is much longer too (2 years).

It is more powerful than the similarly priced Xiaomi Deerma DEM-HS011 Foldable Handheld Garment Steamer (1000W vs 800W). With a slightly bigger water tank as well (120ml vs 100ml).

Furthermore when empty, the Philips STH3020/16 is lighter (0.7kg vs 1.1kg) than the Xiaomi Deerma DEM-HS011.

One of its specialties is that it kills 99.9% of the bacteria and 100% of dustmites. Keeping your clothes fresh and dust-free!

But if you’re not a patient person, the extra 10 seconds of heat up time may bother you! Particularly when you’re rushing for a meeting!

Still, we think that the Philips Foldable Handheld Compact Steamer 3000 Series is a better investment (than the Xiaomi Deerma DEM-HS011) for travelers looking for a foldable handheld garment steamer!

5. Midea GS-120D Garment Steamer

Midea GS-120D Garment Steamer
  • Type: Upright
  • Power: 1,500 -1,785 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 2.0 L
  • Weight: 4.5 kg
  • Continuous Steam (Max): 35 g/min
  • Ready To Use: n/a
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM200

Pros:

  • Stable
    Adjustable height
    Huge water tank capacity
  • Easy to use and assemble (with clear instructions)
  • Affordable
  • Build quality is good for the price
  • Protective glove included
  • Has wheels on the bottom

Cons:

  • Tendency to leak if hose is not upright
  • Steamer head and hose heat up fast

Midea’s GS-120D comes with an adjustable (3 level mechanical control). Makes it easier for you to adjust it accordingly to your height. No more backache for you!

The most notable feature is its dual-pole rack. Which is something you don’t see on most garment steamers.

This keeps the garment steamer stable as you steam your hung clothes.  Very convenient if you have lot of long blouses and tops!

Steaming the hem of long dresses or pants on the other hand, can be fiddly as the stem of the hose gets in the way. It is possible to move the steamer to the side.

Give it 1-5 minutes to heat up and with the highest steam setting (for a continuous steam output of 35g/min), you can get through heaps of delicate clothing and light fabrics fast!

Unfortunately, the garment steamer eats through its water supply quickly (the tank capacity is 2L) so after 8 to 10 garments (e.g. 4 shirts and 4 pants) or so, you will have to refill the tank!

Thicker fabrics will need multiple passes. And you have to keep the hose upright to prevent leaks.

But since the Midea GS-120D Garment Steamer works well on light fabrics, is stable (dual pole) and only costs ~RM200, it’s not surprising that this is a very popular garment steamer in Malaysia!

6. Faber FGS PINK 1916 Garment Steamer

Faber FGS PINK 1916 Garment Steamer
  • Type: Upright
  • Power: 1,580 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 1.2 L
  • Weight: n/a
  • Continuous Steam (Max): 38 g/min
  • Ready To Use: n/a
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM163-RM205

Pros:

  • 360-degree rotating hanger with adjustable height
    Built in safety (anti-drip system)
    Comes with wheels, easier to push around
  • Removes wrinkles from light materials effectively
  • Easy to refill (detachable water tank)
  • Inexpensive
  • Portable (with wheels)
  • Will not take up a lot of space

Cons:

  • Not suitable for thicker fabrics
  • Small water tank requires more refills

The Faber FGS PINK 1916 Garment Steamer has a 360-degree rotating hanger that allows you to hang your clothes conveniently.

And because the height is adjustable, you can also steam your clothes from every angle effortlessly!

Furthermore, it is equipped with an anti-drip system, so you do not have to worry about being scalded! It is safe and simple to use.

The detachable water tank means you don’t have to move the entire steamer to the bathroom or closest sink for a refill!

Even when full, the water tank (capacity of 1.2L) is not that heavy and it is still convenient to move this garment steamer around.

Overall, the budget-friendly Faber FGS PINK 1916 Garment Steamer will do a decent job if you just want a compact upright garment steamer to quickly iron school uniforms and some work shirts!

7. Philips GC481/76 Easy Touch Garment Steamer

Philips GC481/76 Easy Touch Garment Steamer
  • Type: Upright
  • Power: 1,600 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 1.4 L
  • Power Cord Length: 1.8 m
  • Steam Cord Length: –
  • Weight: 2.94 kg (Iron + Base)
  • Continuous Steam (Max): 32 g/min
  • Ready To Use: 2 minutes
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM170-RM259

Pros:

  • Concentrated continuous strong steam  for fast crease removal (for details in your garments)
    Takes less space
    Ready to steam within 2 minutes
    Long warranty period
  • Heats up fast (within a minute, close to 30 seconds)
  • Light but sturdy – no wobbling
  • Very simple to use and set up
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Pricy
  • Handle gets hot too hold (and no gloves included)
  • Can burn yourself easily (very strong steam output)
  • No hanger

Operation is straightforward with the Philips GC481/76 Easy Touch Garment Steamer. And after refilling the 1.4L tank, it’s ready to steam within 1 minute!

The Philips GC481/76 Easy Touch Garment Steamer pushes out a maximum amount of steam at 32g/min, which is lower relative to other models on this list. Like the Faber FGS PINK 1916 Garment Steamer.

Despite the lower steam output, the continuous steam is concentrated through the narrow nozzle. So you only need a few strokes for stubborn wrinkles at the cuffs or collars of your work shirts!

Of course this does mean that you’ll also take a longer time to finish steaming larger garments (e.g. pants, dresses, bed sheets, etc)!

On the other hand, you can move the Philips GC481/76 Easy Touch Garment Steamer anywhere you please, it only weighs a mere ~3kg! It looks flimsy but is sturdier than its light frame suggests!

With such a compact design, storage is extremely easy. It takes up little space!

If you have a lot of light garments (e.g. satin, viscose, polyester, rayon, light cotton, etc), a few work shirts, or the occasional high-maintenance top (i.e. easily wrinkled) in your closet:

It’s worth investing in the Philips GC481/76 Easy Touch Garment Steamer.  And you can always tuck it neatly in a corner of your bedroom when you don’t need it!

8. Panasonic NI-GSD071 Garment Steamer

Panasonic NI-GSD071PSK Garment Steamer
  • Type: Upright
  • Power: 1,500 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 1.6 L
  • Power Cord Length: 1.5 m
  • Steam Cord Length: 1.4 m
  • Weight: 2.8kg
  • Continuous Steam (Max): 16 g/min
  • Ready To Use: 60 sec
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM503-RM529

Pros:

  • Extremely light
  • Space saving
  • Easy to use
  • Steam adjustment available (4 levels) to accommodate different fabric types

Cons:

  • Costly compared to other models
  • Small water tank capacity
  • Relatively low max steam rate (16 g/min)

Sleek and simple, this Panasonic NI-GSD071 Garment Steamer is slightly more expensive than its older version, the NI-GSD051GSK.

Unlike the NI-GSD051GSK, this Panasonic NI-GSD071 Garment Steamer comes with an extra level of steam adjustment, which is the dry mode. Which uses hot air to dry clothes, something like a hairdryer.

Panasonic NI-GSD071PSK

And if you are always in a rush, this steamer is ready in just 1 minute. This garment steamer is also highly portable, only weighing approximately 2.8kg.

One downside of the Panasonic NI-GSD071 Garment Steamer is that there is no hanger to keep your shirts flat as you steam them!

And since the capacity of the water tank is only 1.6L, you will likely need to refill the tank after steaming 6-8 clothes!

Because of its lower steam output and higher price tag:

We’re inclined to recommend the more powerful (max output of 32 g/min  vs 16 g/min) Philips GC481/76 Easy Touch Garment Steamer (which costs half the price) over the Panasonic NI-GSD071 Garment Steamer!

Especially if you just want a space-saving garment steamer for steaming a few pieces before heading out the door!

9. Electrolux Refine 500 Garment Steamer E5GS1-89BM

Electrolux Refine 500 Garment Steamer E5GS1-89BM
  • Type: Upright
  • Power: 1,650 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 2.1 L
  • Weight: 5.25kg
  • Continuous Steam (Max): 36 g/min
  • Ready To Use: 45 sec
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM328-RM409

Pros:

  • Fast heating time (45 seconds)
  • Comes with wheels (easy to move)
  • Long warranty period
  • Adjustable and powerful steam output (3 levels)
  • User friendly
  • Removable water tank with handle for convenient refilling
  • Large water capacity
  • Comes with many accessories (glove, lint brush, pleat maker, etc)

Cons:

  • Pricy
  • Heavy (5.3kg) – something to bear in mind if you need to carry it upstairs and downstairs
  • Takes up space (bulky and with a lot of accessories)

Wait just under 45 seconds to use the strong continuous steam of 36g/min (maximum output) of the user-friendly Electrolux Refine 500 Garment Steamer E5GS1-89BM!

Because it is equipped with a water tank capacity of 2.1L, you will not have to make frequent refills when going through your pile of clothes.

4 wheels underneath keep the Electrolux Refine 500 Garment Steamer E5GS1-89BM fairly mobile. It does weigh more than 5kg! So you may want to keep it in the same room most of the time.

But you can put heavier garments on it as its weight is more balanced than with slimmer garment steamers like the Panasonic NI-GSD071 Garment Steamer!

The build quality meets expectations for an Electrolux product. It is easy to use and packs 1,650W of power.  About the same as the Tefal IT3420 Pro Style Garment Steamer.

But the Tefal IT3420 Pro Style Garment Steamer has a smaller water tank (1.5L vs 2.1L) compared to the Electrolux Refine 500 Garment Steamer E5GS1-89BM.

Both models carry a 2 year warranty, come with similar accessories and features, and are around the same price.

Although you may prefer the Electrolux Refine 500 Garment Steamer E5GS1-89BM since it has wheels and the Tefal IT3420 Pro Style Garment Steamer does not!

You might also notice that both garment steamers do not have a board to support lightweight garments. If you need one, you can spring for the Philips GC487/86 Stand Steamer Easy Touch Garment Steamer instead!

10. Tefal IT3420 Pro Style Garment Steamer

Tefal IT3420 Pro Style Garment Steamer
  • Type: Upright
  • Power: 1,700 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 1.5 L (~40 minutes of steaming time)
  • Weight: n/a
  • Continuous Steam (Max): 30 g/min
  • Ready To Use: 45 sec
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: RM329-399

Pros:

  • High power (stronger steam output)
    Compact size
  • Different steam levels (suitable for all fabric types)
  • Lint brush provided
  • Detachable water tank for easy refilling
  • Low maintenance with the built-in descaling system
  • Good build quality
  • Easy to handle

Cons:

  • Costly
  • Handle gets hot

Tefal’s IT3420 Pro Style Garment Steamer is much cheaper than the Panasonic NIGSD071 Garment Steamer.

But its maximum continuous steam is almost two times that of the Panasonic NIGSD071 Garment Steamer!

Along with that higher steam output (30g/min), it has a pretty fast start-up time (45 seconds). If you take a look at the similarly priced Philips GC487/86 Stand Steamer Easy Touch Garment Steamer, it takes a full 2 minutes to heat up!

The Tefal IT3420 Pro Style Garment Steamer has a compact build.  And there are 3 steam levels that give you more leeway for different types of fabrics! The first setting works great on light materials like chiffon.

But the garment steamer struggles with thicker fabrics like cotton and linen. You will need more time and multiple passes for these.

Take note that the handle becomes hot after 5 minutes of use so do wear a glove. Elsewise, the garment steamer is very easy to handle!

There are also clear instructions on how to set it up.

It does not however, have any wheels. That is not necessarily a bad thing because it will not move anywhere while you are steaming a garment!

In conclusion, if you plan on keeping you garment steamer in one room and have a wardrobe that is mainly of light materials, you can consider the Tefal IT3420 Pro Style Garment Steamer!

11. Philips GC487/86 Stand Steamer Easy Touch Garment Steamer

Philips GC487/86 Stand Steamer Easy Touch Garment Steamer
  • Type: Upright
  • Power: 1,800 W
  • Water Tank Capacity: 1.4 L
  • Power Cord Length: 1.8 m
  • Steam Cord Length: –
  • Weight: 3.4 kg (Iron + Base)
  • Continuous Steam (Max): 35 g/min
  • Ready To Use: 2 minutes
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM405

Pros:

  • Light steam head
  • Long warranty period
  • Different steam settings (3 modes) to use for different fabric types
  • Large steam plate – wide surface area covers more garments faster
  • Heat glove provided
  • High maximum steam output

Cons:

  • Pricy
  • Not very stable
  • Handle heats up during use (need to wear protective gloves)
  • Included gloves are only for small hands
  • There is no guide to recommend settings based on fabric types
  • Brush and pleat maker are sold separately

Philips GC487/86 Stand Steamer Easy Touch Garment Steamer is light and hence easily moved around your home, even with the steam stand and support!

However it can fall over sometimes (e.g. with heavier garments). It only weighs 3.4 kg (including the iron)!

Heat up time is fast (~1 minute) and refilling requires little effort on your part! The handle does get warm after a time but it’s not uncomfortable since heat gloves are provided!

Although you might need your own gloves because these gloves run small!

Together with its lightweight, the head of this garment steamer features a large steam plate which enables you to cover more fabric faster. Thus, saving you time and energy doing laundry!

You can adjust the steam output (3 levels) for different fabric types! The Philips GC487/86 Stand Steamer Easy Touch Garment Steamer works particularly well on T-shirts and blouses.

There is even a mat/ board so that you can easily shape your clothes while steaming them!

The manual may not mention which setting is most appropriate for which fabric type but it does have pictures and clear assembly instructions!

At ~RM400, the Philips GC487/86 Stand Steamer Easy Touch Garment Steamer is not that cheap.

Moreover, the fact that it doesn’t come with a brush head or pleat maker attachment makes the comparable Tefal IT3420 Pro Style Garment Steamer look like a much better deal for the same price!

If you don’t need those attachments, then the Philips GC487/86 Stand Steamer Easy Touch Garment Steamer will do for light pieces of clothing.

How To Choose A Garment Steamer

1. Price

Handhelds are usually around RM100. While upright garment steamers range can be between RM200-RM500.

2. Power

This will affect your electricity bills and how fast the steamer heats up before you can use it.

Higher power does mean more steam (i.e. faster ironing) too.

3. Water Tank Capacity

How long do you need to steam before refilling the tank again?

It’s a compromise between the size of the steamer. And the number of times you have to refill the tank!

4. Steam Head

A wider head is best to cover more surface area efficiently. A narrow head concentrates the steam so you can smooth out corners better!

Metal steam heads get rid of wrinkles faster. But often, are not great for creating sharp creases where you need them to.

5. Pole Height

For upright garment steamers, you don’t want to be stooping over your clothes.

Make sure the height is suitable for you! And it can be extended high enough for curtains! You may also want to look at the weight of the base. Plus, the steam hose and cable lengths!

6. Other Features:

  • Pole can rotate ( applicable for upright garment steamers)
  • Brush attachment to remove hair from clothes as you’re steaming
  • Power button is foot operated (i.e. no bending required)
  • Ease of storage – can the pole be packed away?
  • Wheels for mobility
  • Pleat maker attachment

Maintaining Your Garment Steamer

  • Using distilled water (or a water filer) is best. To avoid a built up of lime scale which can clog up the steam outlets!
  • If you do need to clear lime scale from your water tank or steamer, flush them out with distilled white vinegar. Followed by distilled water.

Conclusion

You’ll have no regrets getting the best garment steamers money can buy in Malaysia! To keep your clothes fresh and wrinkle-free!

Steaming with a garment steam can be much faster than a conventional iron too! The compromise is that you will not be able to get rid of all the wrinkles in your clothes.

 80% is usually best you can hope for with a garment steamer!

Janice

Janice is the editor for BestBuyGet.com. Wanted to be an author as a kid, got a D in English (First Language), but somehow now a content writer with an engineering background. Bakes, does yoga, plays the piano, reads, and most other introverted indoor hobbies. Also an active volunteer at Zero Waste Malaysia.