Friday, August 12, 2011

Shark Garment Steamer

Ugh....where do I begin? Our cheap, almost five year old iron broke this week. I have to do a lot of ironing. Not my own, but my hubby's. I strongly dislike ironing. My mom and lots of people recommended a Rowenta iron; I wish I listened. I decided to try Shark's Garment Steamer. It was on sale at Target and I figured I try it and if I hated it, I'd take it back.

I have such mixed feelings about it. It worked WONDERS on pressing my cotton curtains, table runners, delicate dresses and bedding (you can use it on couches too). I literally couldn't stop using it on everything in the house! However it was TERRIBLE for pressing my hubby's shirts and pants and unfortunately that's 90% of the ironing I do. It was difficult to do, you hang the shirt from the door and then steam and yielded poor results. They looked like a pulled them directly from dryer and hung (that old trick that doesn't fool anyone).

Now I have a dilemma: I don't want to take it back because I love how it works on certain items, but I don't have the money for both a new iron and steamer. I paid for the steamer by selling some clothes to a consignment shop. I guess the lesson is, a steamer doesn't replace an iron. What do you use and what should I do?
 

9 comments:

  1. Greetings from the Amish Settlement of Lebanon,pa. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  2. Well it looks cool.. too bad it doesn't work well for all of the shirts you have to iron!

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  3. I have a steamer that I use for curtains, dresses, etc. and a $10 iron from walmart that works great! Ask around and see if anyone has an extra. I've never spent much money on irons because they tend to fall off my ironing boards. Oops.

    I'd keep the steamer and pick up a cheaper iron...

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  4. take it back. get the iron you need. and save up until you can buy it again. It sounds like a needs versus wants situation.

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  5. Sarah- That's what we've decided on. If the cheap iron worked for so many years, I'll just go that route again. Plus, I do need to have something to press large items.

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  6. I'll have to keep the steamer in mind for the future. No curtains here, just mini-blinds :)

    I absolutely detest ironing. I'm so thankful Chris' shirts are mostly wrinkle-free wash and wear. Truth is I don't really know how to iron men's shirts and pants properly, so when the occasion calls, off to the the cleaners they go. I know I'll have to learn sometime b/c the expense of the cleaners won't always be feasible.

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  7. we have a $10 iron from walmart that works just fine. i'd say keep the steamer...i think you'll regret it if you return it!

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  8. i just have an iron.. i wish i had my moms steamer! it's amazing on skirts. love your blog. good luck with your dilemma!

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  9. if you're still thinking about getting a rowenta, you should try macy's one-day sale this saturday. i was just looking through the mailer this morning, and there's one for $40- great price!

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