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Steamer, or new Iron? Which to buy?

jmatt

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I have a good black&decker iron, but it doesn't put out much steam, and is fairly worthless at things like pressing wool pants. Works well enough with a spray bottle for shirts, but not much else.

Which to purchase:

Option A: A stand-up clothes steamer, like a Jiffy 4000 or a Rowenta IS-8100.
Option B: A new iron, like something from the Rowenta Pro line?

Why?
 

montecristo#4

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Steamer.
 

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I don't own a steamer, although I would like one.

I have the rowenta pro. I like its heft, the ergonomic design, and small details like the ball and socket cord attachment.

I am not sure it is an either/or proposition as between the iron and steamer, however. I think both tools serve their purpose.

If you don't need to replace the iron, I would go steamer.
 

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Steamer.
 

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Steamer; for steaming

Iron; for pressing

Steaming gets out wrinkles and has other benefits but steam can not distinguish a wrinkle from a crease. Humidity in cloth makes it puff up and or pucker and will draw the shaping out. Pressing with an iron to set creases and shape a garment. Most important is to let the garment dry out after using either steam or an iron. If you put on a trouser afer using steam, without drying, it will wrinkle worse than before and look like you did nothing.
The heavier the better when selecting an iron.
 

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Steamer; I used to use a steam iron, now that I'm using a laurastar steamer, I would find it impossible (!) to go back to a normal steam iron!
 

luk-cha

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steamer or could try an old kettle!
 

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So what steamers do you guys recommend?
 

joseanes

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Just ordered the IS-8100 for 136.25 (shipping included) from ikitchen.com
 

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