Reliable S550 Digital LED Steam Press
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- Digital LED steam press
- 10X the pressing surface of an iron
- Extra large 450 ml water capacity
- Easy to use contoured handle
- Powerful 1350W heating element
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-It presses, as expected.
-It provides a larger area surface area than other smaller models - this much is obvious. The large area is indeed useful at times.
-It has a decent status display screen which shows the current temperature in degrees Fahrenheit at all times.
-Being so big, it can take a really long time to heat up. In the wall socket where I plugged it, it was using about 1314 watts or VA of electricity - maybe this is the most that my wall socket could provide; I don't know. It took about 15 minutes to heat up from 68F to 392F - this is the recommended temperature at which to press cotton. Well the press will show E2 (presumably error #2) after 15 minutes of being idle, and it will then shut off, although you can press any button to reset the timer if you know that this is about to happen. I recommend pressing thinner cotton at a lower temperature setting to avoid risking damage to the cloth.
-As you continue to press, it is really impractical to maintain the desired 392F temperature (for cotton). I was typically able to keep it between 300F and 350F. I kept it at a minimum of 300F at all times, because that is the threshold at which "steam" becomes available.
-The steam output holes are not distributed throughout the heating surface. There are two large rectangular areas in the center that have no holes. The edges don't have any holes either. Nevertheless, because the steam is a gas, it spreads, and so it seems to be fine. The included water sprayer can be occasionally useful as well.Read more ›
Short version of things is that even as I became proficient at using the S550, it was still taking me 7-minutes to press a shirt completely; same as a hand-held (but better quality results), but still too long for me. I already had an upright garment steamer; what I didn't like about it was the poor results on cuffs, collars and the button-hole strips. So I now use the S550 for pressing cuffs, collars and the button-hole strips and the upright steamer for the rest of the shirt; this way, I can complete a shirt in 3 - 4 minutes. To be fair, upon closer look, dry clean shops use one press for the large shirt panels, a separate press for sleeves and collars and often hand-press the yolks/shoulders.
Putting aside my failed expectations of the S550, as the machine alone goes, it appears to be of high-quality for a consumer-grade steam press. Specifically:
* it heats up to 400° in about 20 minutes
* Delivers well-distributed steam
* The digital panel is easy to use
What could be better:
* The steamer plate (top) only opens 45° making it difficult to handle a garment without burning your hand. I wish it opened 90°.
* Also because of this, it makes positioning the garment very difficult. This is why it takes so long to press a shirt.
Would I recommend this press? It depends on your needs. In hind-sight, just for pressing cuffs, sleeves, and button-hole strips I would still buy a steam press, but I would buy the smallest, cheapest one I could find.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this press!! Takes a little learning, but what a time saver! And a much, much nicer job, professional looking pressed clothing!!Published 9 months ago by Diana T McGuirk
ITS EXTRA LARGE! so pressing clothes fast but hard to put in cabinet just got it use it twice a week for all work clothes another brand I had lasted about 18 months so I hope it... Read morePublished 17 months ago by HRHTCAD
It's OK. Doesn't use it much.
Doesn't open high enough. Keep burning my knuckles while placing clothing on surface.
Bought it this June, and it is done. No more heat. The 30 day guarantee was in July, and we are out a presser and $400.Published 23 months ago by jennifer salandi
Used w. a good stand and carefully - w. common sense to not get burned, I had no problems w. my press.
I am using distilled water only, spray some starch sometimes. Read more
After reading many positive reviews, I gave this product a try. I need something easy to use that will actually save me time. This product does neither. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by D. WYSOCKI
Had a smaller one for over 12 years and it still worked great.... I just wanted one with a larger surface. This was a great selection. So simple and easy to use.Published on September 11, 2011 by Mary A. Hunter