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The steamer is an appliance consisting of a water tank, nozzle, flexible hose and telescopic tube. Its working principle is simple: within a plastic tank water gets boiled, whereupon the steam naturally rises up in the hose. The steamer can be used in 30-45 seconds after turning on.
The garment steamer can help you:
And yet the steamer will not be able to replace the usual old-fashioned iron completely: yes, the steamer will steam the wrinkles out from clothes, especially from the "fretful" fabrics, but will not be able to put clothes into shape. A pleated skirt, pants with arrows and other similar things will be too tough (unless the steamer has special attachments like pants attachment).
The steamer is indispensable in costume stores and tailors. It is better to choose, if you have a lot of clothes with sequins and beads or made of knitted, wool or silk fabrics. The clothes steamer can be used to freshen up the down jacket, coat or other heavy garments. Also this device is perfectly cope with the cleaning: wet hot steam kills mites and germs.
The steam ironing system is a device that consists of a water tank, flexible hose and iron. Sometimes instead of the iron you can attach a brush or a special tapered nozzle for removing stains. It works a little differently: the water within the tank gets boiled and turns to the steam which is ejected into the hose with force. In other words, not in a natural way, as in the steamer, but under pressure. Thus the generated steam is not wet, but dry, and its temperature is much higher.
Iron with steam is able to smooth out several layers of fabric (you will appreciate the quick ironing of bed linen and towels). It will quickly make the creases on the clothes and can easily handle a mountain of laundry. But cleaning is beyond the steam iron: it could steam out the hanging curtains but not clean.
The steam ironing system is your best choice if:
The usual iron loses to the iron with the steam generator at operating speed. In addition, the water tank of the steam iron can hold up to 100 oz. (usually 34 oz.), so refilling the water tank during the process is not necessary. After buying the steam iron, you can safely put your old iron on a distant shelf.
On the other hand, the steam iron is unlikely to be able to replace the steamer: it will not help you with cleaning just because carrying such a huge device is not very convenient. Imagine: to iron the hanging curtains, you will not only have several times to move the steam ironing system, but also put it on a small table, as the hose is not long enough. In addition, the steamer and the steam iron have other differences.
There are several major differences between these two devices:
Obviously, these are quite different devices you need to use for different purposes. So which one to choose?
To make it easier to understand which device is right for you, we have created the table:
Steam ironing system
Heating up time
Under a minute
Naturally (like in a kettle)
Under pressure (like in a pressure cooker)
No (if the steamer doesn’t come with a crease attachment)
Ironing hanging article of clothes
The steamer is your best option if:
Buy an iron with a steam generator if:
We hope that after reading this article you will be able to buy the device you need. And let your household chores reduce, freeing time for more interesting activities.