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Disappointing design, but does the basic job
on November 6, 2016
A garment steamer is never going to take the place of an actual iron and board in my household, but it is convenient and effective for knocking the major wrinkles out of clothing. If you like sharp-creased pants and crisp shirts, you will be seriously disappointed with this tool. If you just want to keep your lightweight clothes from looking like they were stored in a chicken's butt, then this steamer is a solution for you.
Assembly was simple, just snap a few pieces together and fill the tank (tap, tap/distilled, or even bottled water). Once the machine has power, good steam is flowing in about a minute. The large water tank allows me to finish a bunch of shirts in one go. I found it easier to put each shirt on my own hanger and then hook that on the pole, instead of wrangling the clothes onto the mounted hanger form. The steam works well on t-shirts, lightweight dresses, shorts: I steam out the wrinkles on one side, quickly flip the hanger, and do the back. It's simple to use, which means everyone in the family can do their own clothes when needed.
This machine only gets 3 stars from me for a couple of reasons. First, the pole is too short, which means I have to crouch down to steam the lower sections of the clothes (and some dresses are almost to the floor). Second, the hose starts sputtering and delivering less steam when it's curved to reach the lower areas. I tried hanging the clothes on a wall hook instead, but then of course the hose is too short.
Overall, this machine is OK and a good option for people who hate ironing (and just need their clothes not to look like they slept in them). I do more steaming than ironing these days!