As a stylist, steamers are our go-to kit of choice. Yes we use irons, but mostly we use steamers to press the clothes we borrow from PRs. Our job is fast-paced and working with an iron can be a slow task. We can steam a rail of clothing in less than half the time it would take to iron a full rail, and with less chance of ruining garments.

The Fridja steamers are the best on the market.

I invited Ben Fridja to one of my lectures at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design. He brought two of his steamers to present to the class for the Stylist’s Toolkit.


The first up was the Fridja F10 portable handheld.

This is an impressive piece of kit, with as much steam power as a stand up steamer.  It is small and compact and ideal for a stylist's kit bag.

It comes in three colours:

Pink - Gigi

Black - Raf

White - Erin





Quick Facts:

The F10 handheld warms up in 45 secs.

Has a standby button for when you need the steamer left on.

Control button for constant flow of steam or the option of controlled bursts.

Steams nonstop for 14 minutes.

Light & portable at 900 grams.

Handheld F10 steamer with detachable water tank. Bottle adapter for use with a water bottle. 

Handheld F10 steamer with detachable water tank. Bottle adapter for use with a water bottle. 

My favourite part of the handheld is that if I travel I can leave the water tank at home, leaving more space in my luggage and I can use a bottle of water with the water adapter provided.


Price: £99.99


I have bought and used different brands of handheld steamers in the past. Although they did the job-ish.. I wouldn’t recommend them, purely because I have been electrocuted on occasion. I wouldn't bother wasting your money on cheaper models.



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The stand up

Fridja F-1400:

Ready to steam in 45 seconds.

3.2 litre water tank.

100 minutes continuous steaming.

1500 Watt.

Remote control handle with standby mode.

Light Weight at 5.4kg


Price: £149.99


Again a fantastic steamer.




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Fridja F1000:

Ready to steam in 35 seconds.

2.2 litre water tank.

65 minutes continuous steaming.

Perfect for delicate clothing including silk and lace.

1500 Watt 

Light Weight at 5.4kg


Price: £99.99


Priced the same as the handheld F10, these are very savvy buys.  I would personally opt for the handheld for work, as most studios have steamers. But at home, I would certainly have one of the uprights. 


How to steam a trench coat





Check out Fridja School, where there are plenty of videos on how to steam different items of clothing.