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Steamer convert

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AlanC, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    I've read all the threads and Chuck (aka Carlo) has fussed at me about it, so I finally bought a steamer. I really didn't have the inclination to drop $100+ on one so I finally found a smaller model on ebay. I got a Conair Compact Fabric Steamer, 1200 watts that cost me about $28 including shipping. It finally came (ground from California takes awhile) and I fired the thing up last night, dutifully having my wife pick up some distilled water on the way home  [​IMG] . As fate would have it I was at a thrift store yesterday (imagine.) and found a Charles Hill that looked like it had been wadded up, but otherwise was in great shape. So steamer and wadded up Charles Hill tie were introduced last night. I have to say, I'm just quite impressed with the results. The very pronounced wrinkling and creases came right out. The silk relaxed and now looks like any other tie I own. Now it did take several minutes, and I suppose a more powerful model would have knocked them out in a flash. But for my investment I'm right pleased. I pulled out another tie, a striped Talbott that had a crushed place on it. A couple of minutes under steam and it popped right out. On to messing with a lapel crease, I grabbed my camel hair sport coat and now have a nicely pronounced roll where before I had a crease line. I think I may be dangerous with this thing. Bring the wrinkles on.  [​IMG] So if you've been holding back, go get a steamer. (Yes, Chuck, you told me so...)
     
  2. Eric

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    Yeah, I've had my steamer, also a ConAir for like 2 years now. I can't imagine life without it. My roomates are gonna be missing it more than me when I move out.

    Eric
     
  3. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    Thanks, Alan C. I've been looking for one for some time in this price range and it's useful to have a review.
     
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    Does it throws out any water droplets?
    That is the complaint that I have read about inexpensive steamers.
    If it doesn't throw out any water droplets at all... I may want to run and buy it.
     
  5. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    does anybody have a travel steamer? one of my reports has a rowenta steamer/iron that he loves, but it has pretty bad reviews on amazon. anybody have any personal knowledge?
     
  6. arvi

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    where did you get it?..the price at website is 73.99
     
  7. Eric

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    Mine does, not a huge deal for me. I just steam ahead of time and allow the water spots to dry.

    Eric
     
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    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    I have a Rowenta steamer now, and that's what I want to replace. Not much steam but lots of water drops.
     
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    j Senior member Admin

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    I have a handheld Rowenta and it rarely spits water, but it's not very powerful. I wouldn't pay full price for one.
     
  10. AlanC

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    I had some water droplets drip out of mine, but not really spit out, when it first got cranked up. That seemed to stop as I went on. I didn't get any water on the ties or jacket that I saw.
     
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    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    The Rowenta hand steamer sucks. It justs "puffs" steam when you squeeze the trigger. Lame.
     
  14. karl hungus

    karl hungus New Member

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    Have to agree that the Rowenta steamer was totally useless.  For shirts it didnt do much at all.  A little better on Suits, trousers, etc.  Definetly not worth the price at Bed Bath although buying it there did afford me the opportunity to test it out.  If i cannot return it I plan on destorying it in a fit of rage.

    The reviews of it on amazon seemed pretty dead on (although for the life of me i'll never understand that special group of people who wastes their time posting in depth product reviews on Amazon - now posting to fashion forums, that is totally different and something I can totally understand).

    Seems like the best bet is to save up for a jiffy steamer or live in an apt bldg that doesnt charge for utilities and just contert your bathroom shower into a walk in steamer.
     
  15. Eric

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    Hand steamers are defenitely crap, but you can get a decent steamer at BB&B for around $60, and they always have 20% off coupons in papers or in your mailbox.

    Eric
     
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    perhaps I will be a bit more specific - if I want a steamer specifically to take with me when I am traveling, to use only to take creases out of suits, would ou recomend any hand steamers?
     
  17. Eric

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    When I bought my steamer I nearly went the cheap route and bought a hand held one, but was told that it was crap, so I got the regular size conair, which I am quite pleased with. Thats the extent of my expertise on steamers.

    I have read articles pretaining to steaming your clothes while travelling and the best suggestion I can remember is to use the bathroom. Thow on the hot water in the sink and shower, toss your clothes on a hanger and wait.

    Long story short (after you read all that), I don't know of any quality handhelds.

    Eric
     
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    globetrotter Senior member

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    thanks. that's what I do now. maybe I will simply continue.
     
  19. HitMan009

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    All in all, which steamer would each of you recommend? On Amazon, I see the: Rowenta IS-7800 Jiffy Steamer J-2000 Steam Fast SF-465 Conair GS4 Compact Fabric Steamer This is a sample of what I am considering. There are more but I am looking for something that really works. Jiffy would be the default choice but the price is too much... Please give comments on what offers the est bang for the buck with an emphasis on hot dry steam being the top top of the list, then build quality and price. Thanks
     
  20. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I have the SteamFast SF465 and it's a great steamer. Chuck was recommending it earlier, if you do a search you can read his comments. I got mine on Amazon during the Friday sale for $80 delivered. They usually have a coupon that you can use to save $25 on any purchase over $125, so that will probably reduce the price to around $.00 delivered when not on sale.
     

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