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Steamfast SF-717 Mini Review

This compact steam iron acts as a budget-friendly travel companion but lacks the power for daily use
Steamfast SF-717 Mini
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Price:   $30 List | $19.75 at Amazon
Pros:  Small, budget-friendly
Cons:  Lacks power, no steam burst, no water spray
Manufacturer:   Steamfast
By Michelle Powell and Hayley Thomas  ⋅  Sep 22, 2021
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  • Ironing Performance - 35% 5
  • Steam Output - 25% 3
  • Ease of Use - 25% 4
  • Heating - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Steamfast Mini is a compact, travel, and budget-friendly steam iron for those who want something minimal to take on the road. If you are looking for a small option to whip out in the hotel room and give your shirt a once-over before a big meeting, then this is the right choice for you. But if you are looking for something powerful enough for household chores and agile enough for a detailed job, you should check out some of the other options in our test suite. This may be a great secondary option for those on the move, but it's not meant to be your one-and-only.

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Pros Small, budget-friendlyPowerful steam burst, pointed nose for precision, budget-friendlyEfficiently reduces wrinkles, misty water spray, 400+ steam holes, retractable cordHigh heat, inexpensiveInexpensive, portable
Cons Lacks power, no steam burst, no water sprayMinimal steam output, lack of steam holes on soleplateFilling the water tank could be easierPoor steam output, not very maneuverable, generally cheap performanceLacking in power, underwhelming ironing performance
Bottom Line This compact steam iron acts as a budget-friendly travel companion but lacks the power for daily useA high-performing iron equipped with a powerful steam burst and the ability to tackle most fabrics and most wrinklesAn above-average steam iron with a conveniently retractable chord and an ergonomic soleplate that can tackle most wrinklesLow price and a convenient retractable cord help to make up for mediocre steam outputA steam iron that is perfect for travel but is too weak for regular chores at home
Rating Categories Steamfast SF-717 Mini Black+Decker D3030... CHI Steam Titanium Sunbeam Steam Master Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot
Ironing Performance (35%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Steam Output (25%)
3.0
5.0
8.0
5.0
2.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
4.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Heating (15%)
8.0
8.0
5.0
9.0
8.0
Specs Steamfast SF-717 Mini Black+Decker D3030... CHI Steam Titanium Sunbeam Steam Master Sunbeam Hot-2-Trot
Wattage 420W 1600W 1700W 1400W 800W
Weight 0.96 lbs 1.9 lbs 2.9 lbs 3 lbs 1.3 lbs
Cord Length 7.5' 8' 8' 8' 8'
Soleplate Material Non-Stick Stainless Steel Titanium Infused Ceramic Stainless Steel Non-Stick
Steam Output 10 g/min 22 g/min 55 g/min 20 g/min 6 g/min
Temperature After 5 Minutes of Heating 287.8° F 337.6° F 304° F 359° F 332° F

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Steamfast Mini does not win any awards for its power. Its only claim to fame is the fact that it is both travel and budget-friendly. Read on to find out if this tiny iron is the right option for you.

Performance Comparison


A travel-sized iron with travel sized power.
A travel-sized iron with travel sized power.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ironing Performance


The Steamfast Mini is not only small in stature, but its power output is minimal as well. It simply cannot compete with the larger, more powerful, full-size options in our test suite. It removed most shallow wrinkles in both linen and cotton but struggled with polyester and silk. The glide across cotton and linen was not very smooth, requiring a little additional effort when working with these fabrics. It stuck a little when working with silk too, struggling to get all the wrinkles out. Polyester required a significant amount of pressure and additional heat to remove wrinkles, and some still remained. We also noticed water dribbles when ironing synthetics.

The Mini does not glide smoothly on most fabrics.
The Mini does not glide smoothly on most fabrics.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Mini does not come with water spray or steam blast. It is also challenging to maneuver around buttons, pleats, and other hard-to-reach places, making detail work difficult.

Due to its general size and shape, this model is not what we...
Due to its general size and shape, this model is not what we consider agile.
Credit: Laura Casner

Steam Output


We were not expecting much when we tested this tiny steam iron, and we were not surprised by the results. The Mini offers four small steam holes at the top of the soleplate, which is far less than what most of the options in our test suite come equipped with. We also calculated a measly 10 grams of steam released per minute. While this is more than some other compact options, it is still a very low amount of steam output.

Here you can see the four tiny steam holes found at the top of the...
Here you can see the four tiny steam holes found at the top of the soleplate.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


The Mini may be minimal, but that does not make it user-friendly. The 7.5-foot long cord wraps around the handle, which is convenient, but the cord feels rather bulky when compared to other small appliances. That being said, anything shorter would hinder your ability to work with larger items. It is also worth noting that you need to wrap the cord around your wrist while ironing to keep it from dragging and wrinkling up your fabric.

We appreciate the little clip that secures the end of the chord.
We appreciate the little clip that secures the end of the chord.
Credit: Laura Casner

The rounded rubber edge on the handle offers some grip, and the decent-sized groove between the handle and the base allows you to hold in whatever way feels most comfortable. As for filling it up, the soft rubber plug is easy to open, but the small hole makes spilling inevitable.

Lift the little gray flap back to fill up the Mini.
Lift the little gray flap back to fill up the Mini.
Credit: Laura Casner

Heating


We already mentioned that the Mini doesn't pack much of a punch in the power department, and this was confirmed in our heating test. The average temperature of the soleplate hit just 287.8 degrees Fahrenheit. This is rather low when compared to the larger options in our test suite. The heat is also not dispersed evenly, resulting in a 60-degree difference in temperature from the top of the soleplate to the bottom.

The Mini offers minimal power.
The Mini offers minimal power.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


While the Steamfast SF-717 Mini has a mini price tag to match, it is only a good value if you plan to travel with it. Even then, we came across higher-performing compact models.

Conclusion


The Steamfast Mini gets a majority of easy jobs done, as long as you're willing to put some elbow grease into the process. It is compact and travel-friendly with a nice handle, and those are genuinely its only redeeming factors.

Michelle Powell and Hayley Thomas