I focus on my shirts, as they are made from a variety of fabrics of varying thickness, and that’s what I iron the most. I steamed one side with Iggi and the other with URPower. Quickly, I confirm that cotton shirts are not the forte of steamers. They have a gentle wrinkle-removal effect on freshly pressed clothes, but not much more than that. An iron will do this job faster. I also noticed that, at least on this shirt, there is very little difference in performance between the two steamers.
In a real pandemic flashback, I stayed in on a Friday night for some end-to-end wrinkle removal, switching to a linen shirt that was ironed a while ago. . This is clearly a more steamboat-friendly area, the hot steam gently smoothing most of its folds. I can see the appeal of not having to pull out the iron, especially if I’m just ironing that day’s shirt, and I envision my new routine: Wake up, plug it in. ironing board, coffee maker, steam room, out the door.
I switched to a Western shirt made from 65% polyester, 35% cotton and this shirt also steams pretty well. But honestly, if you have the right ironing equipment, the added convenience of a handheld steamer isn’t always so great. Speaking of setup, if you’re committed to Team Steam, you’ll want to figure out how to hang your clothes so you can work with them comfortably and efficiently, which means hanging them on a sturdy hook on a sturdy hook. immobility. For me, that hook will be head-high and that hook will have no flex at all, allowing me to easily stretch the underside of the fabric. One of the hangers that clip onto the pants would also be helpful.
Probably the best moment in the head-to-head competition was using the steamer on Woolly-brand merino t-shirts and t-shirts, which I found brand new at a Goodwill store in Seattle. (Side note: I highly recommend these shirts. They don’t itch and I don’t—sorry my French—hole out as much as with cotton t-shirts, which means I can wear them for a few days. days without washing.) One downside is that their label says “do not iron”, but you can steam them! The steamers did a great job of beautifying them, especially the polo shirts. There’s been a lot of talk about how to restore shine or “breathe” a fabric, and this is pretty much what I got it for.
People seem to love steaming their curtains, so I tried that too. “Like” is a strong word in my case, and after doing side-by-side testing areas that could be 30 square feet with each steamer, I gave up. I don’t know what my curtains are made of—some delicate jute?—but my wife, Elisabeth, and I have examined them with a few different light angles and found no difference. chief.
Next, I took Iggi to Mexico. The URPower steamer says right up there that it’s “not for foreign use,” which is a bit counter-intuitive for a travel steamer, but I wasn’t in the mood for an electric fire abroad so I left it at home. The Iggi is heavier—more than 2 pounds, almost twice the weight of the URPower—but if you can afford a $300 steamer, you probably don’t have to worry too much about excess baggage fees.