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Review of Joy Mangano My Little Steamer®

By Edited Apr 21, 2016 0 2

Joy Mangano My Little Steamer


  • heats up in about a minute
  • holds over 8 ounces of water, but even only filling it just over halfway is enough water to steam quite a few hanging garments
  • stays hot for a reasonable amount of time


  • leaks water quickly if it is tipped or not held upright
  • boils so rigourously that hot water may boil out the top if filled to the recommended line--don't fill it completely

Full Review

Joy Mangano My Little Steamer® is a great little steamer to have around as long as it's kept upright. The minute it is tipped even a little, it leaks. But the steam and amount of clothes that can be steamed with this little steamer isn't bad for its size.

My recommendation is to hang all the clothes to be steamed while My Little Steamer® heats up, and then steam away. Having the clothes hanging makes it easy to hold this steamer upright, so it won't leak. Steaming away the wrinkles will go quickly with this steamer.

Don't tip it to steam blankets or sheets on the bed because the water will pour out the top. Instead, hang the blankets, sheets, and pillows first and steaming them will be a breeze. My Little Steamer® has a powerful boil going, and so the linens will be fresh in no time.

That boil is also something to watch out for. I don't fill this steamer to the max fill line. It boils so rigorously that water does splash out of it. Filling it a little over half way is enough for my steaming needs.

Since My Little Steamer® holds over 8 ounces of water, steaming a complete load of wash or a set of linens may be possible. Even only using 5 to 6 ounces of water may steam most of that load of laundry with some preparation. By preparation, I mean filling (or half way filling) the steamer with water, heating it up, and hanging everything to be steamed before beginning. Then start steaming. There may be enough steam to get the wrinkles out of that entire load of clean laundry.

The picture here shows JM My Little Steamer® in white, but it comes in a variety of colors. Nautical blue, and pumpkin are just two of the many selections.

In Closing

For steaming garments or linens on a hanger, Joy Mangano My Little Steamer® is ideal. It heats quickly and maintains its heat. It should not be tipped, however, because it will leak.

Caution also should be used in filling it to the max fill line because water can boil out the top.

The particular steamer I reviewed is over a year old. I am hoping that the newer models will remedy the leaking and the boil over. If these are remedied, it could be the perfect small steamer.

The variety of colors certainly are appealing.



Feb 19, 2011 10:28pm
Nice review of the Joy Mangano My Little Steamer. It's good to know about the leak and boil over issues ahead of time; however, it still appears to be a good little steamer.
Feb 24, 2011 7:17pm
Yes. I just depends on what you want to use it for.
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