I had heard from a well qualified source (a gentleman that always looked so classy and well dressed at Sunday School!) about this product. He said that he had tried many other brands, but the "Jiffy" steam brand was by far his favorite brand for steamers. I decided I would give it a go. I am so pleased with my choice! It was quite a bit of money, but in this machine, I guess you get what you pay for! I have burned myself on the long arm (my fault, completely! I am clumsy and tend to not know where my body parts are at all times...my arms especially flail about....lol....) of the steamer, but I LOVE this thing. You need to used distilled water, as directed, because it will save your machine in the long run from the build up of minerals etc... It is so much safer and easier for me to use a steamer on my "delicate" women's clothes (read...just about any blouse) than an iron. It is so, so fast. It can steam a shirt in about 30 seconds or less. I haven't ironed but a few items since I purchased this steamer. It has been a time saver. I highly encourage first time buyers. Save up your money, and purchase a heavy duty Jiffy steamer. It is worth its weight in gold. I love mine.
If you need an iron for more than the occasional pressing, this is probably not the one. I've used it several times now, and it does a decent job, but I still feel like there are wrinkles I just can't get out. To be fair, I've owned a Rowenta, which is the gold standard of irons as far as I'm concerned, but I don't do enough ironing to justify spending that much money. This is a nice, smart looking iron, and it heats up pretty quickly. It is not heavy, which some might find a plus, though I feel a heavier iron does a better job. There are a number of settings, but I found it difficult to see where I was supposed to place the dial for a specific setting. (Turns out there is a little arrow at the bottom of the dial, but it is just raised plastic, not colored a different color, so it is very hard to find). I found the directions for filling a bit confusing, as they told me to turn a knob to "0" which did not exist on my model, so I had to kind of guess at what they meant. I feel that I got what I paid for, and I won't feel too bad if it breaks in a year or so.
For the cost, I was extremely surprised by what it ended up being. I thought it was going to be a solid round barrel-ish hamper. It actually arrived in smallish flat box. The bamboo are little boards that you stand up to create a cylinder. You put a round hoop in the top and tie with ties that are affixed to the bamboo shell. There's a round board that serves as the bottom and some fasteners to keep it there. I wouldn't mind it if wasn't for the price! Far too expensive for what it is.
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