This steamer is fantastic! Its small, so its perfect for travelling and is powerful enough to actually get the job done. The instructions say to wait two minutes for the steam to start up, but usually takes less time than that. Its very easy to use, you just turn it on and wait for the steam to come out. The only down side is there is no way to stop the steam if you want to put it down besides turning it off, but that also makes it easier to use since you don't have to constantly be pushing a button while steaming. Last but not least, we bought this steamer to use at home as well, and its a bit small for that, but since we bought it to also travel, its a compromise we were willing to take. I would most definitely recommend this to anyone. We bought the teal color and I love it!