Looking for a small cloths steamer for quick touch ups or travel? The Esteam personal hand held steamer claims to be the most powerful. We asked an expert to review it before you buy it.
Joseph Hinton has been making and selling fine clothing for more than 20 years in Atlanta. The photographs of TV personalities, athletes and celebrities that hang in his shop are evidence that Joe's Custom Clothier is the "go to" place for tailored fashion. "I use the finest of the finest, the best from the super 100, cashmere, wool," he said. So Joseph is picky about fabric care. That's why we asked Joseph to see if the Esteam measures up his expectations.
First Joseph tried it on a badly wrinkled silk dress. No special water or chemicals needed, he just filled it with plain tap water. Plugged it in and a few minutes later, it was ready to go. "It's getting there," he said. "It does what it's supposed to do." Before long the dress was wrinkle free.
Then Joseph turned the unit's 600 watts of steaming force on one of his custom Egyptian cotton shirts. You wouldn't want to take any chances on this $200 shirt. "Look at it," he said. "It's really good." Joe was pleased at how the shirt turned out.
The Esteam is simple to use, no buttons or pumps. Still Joseph had a couple of complaints. "I would like them to have a little on and off button because it don't have that," he said. Joseph also said the nine foot power cord seemed a little short. This steamer is not cheap. It retails for $69 but we paid $50 at Amazon.com.
Joseph was impressed with the Esteam. He said he would buy one and recommend it to his clients as a handy travel steamer. "I give it two thumbs up."