Steamfast SF-717 Home and Away Mini Steam Iron Review

The Steamfast Home and Away mini iron appears on our list of Best Mini Steam Irons for Travel.

Who’s it for? Even if you have a collection of irons in your arsenal, this mini steam iron is a must. Ideal for holiday travel, business travel, quilting getaways, and sewing classes. It weighs next to nothing but packs a powerful steam punch when you need it.

What we love! What don’t we love! It’s small and compact, but powerful enough to heat up in seconds. The Steamfast mini steam iron is a bargain of a price, especially considering the use you’ll get out of it, and it comes with a 2 year warranty. Unbeatable value.

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If you’re looking for an alternative to your regular bulky iron, we challenge anyone who can find a better contender. The Steamfast SF-717 is light, but no lightweight when it comes to steaming creases.

Its the ideal portable iron, just a little larger than a computer mouse and fits snugly into the palm of your hand. It can safely be thrown into your holiday suitcase or sewing bag. It’s easy to use, easy to grip and easy to handle.

You can use it to vertical steam delicate items or for dry heat pressing when working with quilting blocks. The compact design and tapered soleplate tip make it a dream when pressing seams and getting in between the small details when ironing or crafting.

After putting it through its paces and reviewing every tiny detail, here is a breakdown of our findings.

Steamfast SF-717 Specifications

  • Weight: 1 Pound
  • Water Capacity: 1.4 ounces
  • Voltage: 420 watts
  • Cord Length: 7.5 Feet
  • Safety Auto Switch Off: None
  • Dual Voltage: 100 and 240 volts
  • Warranty: 2 Years

Iron Features

World’s Smallest Steam Iron

Weighing a single pound, this mini steam iron understands the concept of traveling light. It measures 5.2 x 3 x 3.1 inches, basically like a tiny shoe. It’s so small it can even be thrown in your hand luggage for overnight trips and makes the perfect addition to a quilters toolbox.

Its small size makes it ideal for detailed crafting and quilting work. It allows precision applications where larger irons can be heavy and clumsy. It’s an ideal portable ironing option!

Perfect Travel Companion

It includes a neat travel bag in which to keep the mini iron and its 7.5 foot power cord, as well as a measuring cup for when you want to add water without the mess.

The water tank is 1.4 ounces which are understandably small but can easily be topped up when needed by opening the water cap on the front of the iron. (Note: If in use, the iron first needs to be switched off and cooled for 5 minutes before adding water.)

This small mini steam iron is an essential item to pack for frequent travelers. We love the convenience of freshening up a suit or outfit when you reach your destination. Plus, the dual voltage function means you can use it anywhere there’s power.

Dual Voltage Functionality

The dual voltage setting is located on the back on the mini steam iron. With a flip of the switch, you can change the voltage to suit the power of the country you are using it in. No need to carry around a converter.

Non-stick Soleplate

The non-stick soleplate allows the iron to glide with ease over the surface of your clothing or fabric and reduces the risk of scorching. The ironing plate reaches very high temperatures to be sure it’s on the correct setting for the material you are working with to avoid burns.

Variable Heat and Steam Settings

The iron generates an even and steady amount of steam, controlled by the one-touch steam control button. It has 3 heat settings so you can adjust it depending on the task. It can be used both with and without steam.

When the heating light turns off, the iron has reached the correct temperature.

The ironing plate is hot and steam ready in 15 seconds from turning it on, thanks to the Steamfast’s 420 watts of power.

No Automatic Switch-off

The Steamfast does not have an automatic off switch. Although this is a plus for sewing and quilting (which we cover in more detail down below), it means little protection against accidental burns.

Most new models of irons come with an automatic switch-off after 8-10 minutes of inactivity. This is a safety feature to help prevent fires. It the iron falls or is left face down, the iron automatically switches off in 30 seconds.

If you are prone to forgetting the iron on or have kids working with the iron, we recommend choosing an iron with these features to prevent accidents.


  • Heats up in 15 seconds
  • Super light and compact for travel
  • Perfect for sewing, quilting, and crafts


  • Small coverage and water capacity makes it less than ideal for large jobs or laundry piles
  • No automatic safety feature if left on

Added Benefits for Quilting or Sewing Retreats

Quilter will love two main features of this mini steam iron. It can be used both with and without steam. For pressing with dry heat, you can simply use the small Steamfast quilting iron without adding water.

Next, and oh… what a pleasure, it does not have an automatic shut off so you are guaranteed a permanently hot iron while you piece and press your patchwork. Just don’t forget to switch it off.

We found it to be truely in its element when pressing seams. As a small mini iron for quilting, its found its calling. It’s the perfect size to handle tiny details and the small soleplate helps you avoid burning your fingers.

If you attend quilting retreats or sewing classes, the Steamfast mini steam iron is light enough to take along and you can systematically work through your quilting project without your arm getting exhausted.

The Best Iron for Non-Ironer’s

Are you one of those individuals who refuses to iron and owns a wardrobe of mostly t-shirts, sweat pants, and maybe one fancy outfit? We’ll this mini iron may be just what you need. If you’re working on a promotion or need to make an impression, run this little steam iron over your “special occasions” dress or suit for that finishing touch. We promise it won’t be so bad, and it will be well worth the extra effort.

If you have limited space at home and only iron the occasional shirt or blouse, then this mini appliance can be tucked away for just one of those times. A mattress works well as a make shirt ironing board. Until then, if you’re stuck without an iron, here are a few ironing alternatives that will help you polish off your outfit.

Our Last Word

You won’t find a smaller, more effective mini steam iron. If you’re on the hunt for a small iron for travel, quilting or pressing the occasional garment, then this portable steam iron is all you’ll need… and you won’t find smaller or lighter!

If you travel regularly, you’ll know most hotels have an ironing service but it’s not quick enough if you need to de-wrinkle an item at the last moment. Planning ahead will save you time and money… and because it weighs next to nothing, The TSA won’t even raise an eyebrow.

Please share how this small appliance made a large impact on how you iron, press or steam.