Steaming and ironing are different processes, even though both use steam. When you steam pants, hang them as you would in your closet, from the cuffs. That way the crease remains as it should. When I tried to steam very wrinkled shirts that had just been washed, I soon found out that they really needed to be ironed. I got most all of the wrinkles out, but the shirt looked "relaxed" but not crisply ironed. Re: which steamer to buy, Jiffy has been the best for many years and they're used by professionals. I saw my model steamer used at my local Saks. From what I've been seeing over the past year, steamers are gaining in popularity. Accordingly, I would expect other manufacturers to come out with equally high quality steamers and for the prices to come down. Gotta love an open market economy.