We like this steamer because it eliminated deep wrinkles and can even create creases. Nevertheless, its durability is questionable.
Handheld garment steamers are getting more popular each day. They are a lot easier to use than floor units and they come with a lot of convenience features. The Shark Press and Refresh steamer is considered to be one of the best handheld steamers on the market. Most of the people who bought it stated that it is a lot more efficient than other handheld steamers that they have tried. While this steamer will not replace a classic iron, it will bring you many benefits. Nevertheless, there are some concerns regarding the durability of this unit. Since it costs $69.99, we expect it to at least last for a few good years. Let’s see what are its actual benefits and what are the most common complaints regarding it.
As we already mentioned this device is not meant to replace the classic iron, but it is great for eliminating deep wrinkles and giving your clothes quick touch-ups. Moreover, due to the fact that it is portable, it can also be used on curtains and upholstery with minimum effort. Not only does it relax the wrinkles, but it also removes up to 99,9% of germs and bacteria, it removes unpleasant odors from fabrics and it renews the fibers. The steamer features a heated wrinkle eraser which replicates the soleplate of a classic iron in order to dry the textile fibers and prevent them from re-wrinkling. The steamer uses 1580 Watts. It has a 6.5 ounces capacity which can provide 8 minutes of continuous steam. It requires about a minute to heat up and start producing the steam. As far as the Wrinkle Eraser goes, it needs about one minute to heat up to 212F and two minutes to reach its maximum temperature of 320F.
This steamer weighs 3.31 lbs and has the following dimensions: 8.8 x 12 x 13.5 inches. Some people have complained that it is quite heavy, but we find its weight adequate for a handheld steamer. It comes with a 15 ft cord, which is long enough in order to reach an outlet in any room and still provide you sufficient space to move freely. We like this steamer because it comes with a lot of interesting accessories. The most useful accessory is without a doubt the vertical press. With its use, you can turn any door into a vertical ironing board. Aside from the press pad, this steamer also comes with frame attachments, Velcro clips, and bonnets. These accessories can help you achieve the best results when steaming your clothes.
While some customers have stated that the steamer is a bit heavy, it is not difficult to use. Once you get used with its weight (which is normal for a handheld steamer), the steamer is very easy to use. All you have to do is hold the steam trigger and the steamer will provide continuous steam. When using the steamer, tilt it slightly forward and press the Wrinkle Eraser on the fabric. The vertical press pad is also easy to use. You simply hang it on a door and use it when needed. If you have read any clothing steamer reviews by now, you may have noticed that most units, even the floor units, can’t create creases. Nevertheless, it is capable of creating creases. For sleeve creases, hang the shirt on the side hook, use the Velcro clips to fix the sleeve and press the steamer onto the garment. The Velcro clips can also be used in order to hang lightweight garments on the pad. You can even use the steamer on embellished garments if you turn them inside out. The same goes for delicate fabrics.
Most of the people who have used the Shark clothing steamer stated that it is indeed efficient. Nevertheless, a considerable number of people have stated that while it works great, the product is not very durable. For some, it stopped working after a few years while for others the problems started appearing within the first year of use. The product comes with a standard one-year warranty, but we are uncertain of what that warranty covers since some customers stated that they were required to pay a part of the repair costs, despite the fact that their products were still covered by the warranty. These might be isolated cases. Nevertheless, they are worth mentioning since all the people who claimed to have problems described the same situation: they heard a noise after which the product started releasing a lot of steam and in the end, it stopped working altogether. Since several people reported the same situation, we tend to believe that this is a recurrent problem. So far, we have not encountered any statements from the company, announcing that they were aware of the problem or that they have fixed it. That being said, be careful when buying this product.
Shark GS500 Specifications
|Dimensions (LxWxH/in.)||8.8 x 12 x 13.5|
|Heat-Up Time (min.)||1|
|Steam Time (min.)||8|
|Water Tank Capacity (oz.)||6.5|
|Power Cord Length (ft.)||15|
|Accessories Included||Bristle brush frame, upholstery/delicate brush frame, lint brush frame, upholstery and delicate steam bonnet, vertical press pad, 2 supports rods, garment hook, 8 protection panels, 3 Velcro clips, filling flask|
Even though this is not the best steamer you can buy, it’s still a reliable choice if you don’t always want to use the traditional iron. Being a handheld steamer, you will find it very convenient and easy to use, especially because it comes with many helpful accessories. Featuring a practical design and 8 minutes of uninterrupted steam, the model can efficiently remove wrinkles and sanitize your clothes due to the high temperatures it reaches. Furthermore, the product is available at an affordable price and you can even take it with you on vacations.