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Steamer, or new Iron? Which to buy?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jmatt, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. jmatt

    jmatt Senior member

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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?
     
  2. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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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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    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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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.
     
  7. stach

    stach Senior member

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    Jiffy steamer.
     
  8. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Steamer and no iron--unless you're an expert in right heat setting and ironing methods.
     
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    xarope Well-Known Member

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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!
     
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    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    steamer or could try an old kettle!
     
  11. moosy

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    So what steamers do you guys recommend?
     
  12. joseanes

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

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    I own the EuroSteam Model #4488. This thing is an iron/steamer that works wonders. It will not burn any fabric (not even after leaving it on top of the fabric for several minutes...i tried it on wool). It runs about $200US and is every bit worth the price.

    http://www.backplusonline.com/redfer..._household.htm
     

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