We like this steamer because it is very powerful. Nevertheless, its accessories are unsatisfactory and you need to improvise with household items in order to hold the garments in position and steam them properly.
When buying a clothes steamer, one of the main things that you must look for is the wattage, as it is a strong indicator of the unit’s power. The Sunbeam S1500 Classic Garment Steamer uses 1500 Watts, which tells us from the start that this is a very powerful steamer, a fact confirmed by numerous possessive customer reviews. We also like the fact that this steamer is quite affordable, costing only $129. Nevertheless, an affordable price and a good amount of power are not enough for a good steamer. Let’s analyze this product in detail and see what else it has to offer.
The Sunbeam S1500 features a water tank with a 2,64-quart capacity which can provide about an hour and a half of continuous steam. The steamer requires about 45 seconds to heat up. The heat up time is amazing for a floor steamer with a medium capacity, especially if you consider the fact that there are tiny, handheld steamers on the market that take as much as 75 seconds to heat up.
This steamer weights about 12.8 pounds and has the following dimensions: 14 x 11 x 55 inches. The unit and the hose have a matte, black finish whilst the pole is made of stainless steel. The pole is telescopic in order to be comfortable to use. It also comes with different steam heads, a special fabric brush, and a detachable hanger. The fabric brush is very useful in sweeping away lint or fluff. For easy transportation and storage, this steamer features caster wheels.
This steamer is designed to be used on all types of textiles, from garments to upholstery and drapes. Garments are to be hung on the hanger that comes with the steamer. You can adjust the pole within 36-inch and 50-inch-inch in order to achieve a comfortable height. It sounds very simple, yet some customers have complained that things are a little more complicated, as the accessories included in the package are not sufficient. Some users stated that they improvised with things they had around the house. For example, they used wooden clothespins to hold the clothes tights and paper towel rolls inside the sleeves. While anybody can do this, we think that the manufacturers should have included some professional accessories to make the steaming process more comfortable. Nevertheless, we do like the fact that the steamer comes with different steam heads, suited for different types of fibers.
As for drapes and upholstery, the flexible hose and the convenient caster wheels make the steaming process very simple and comfortable. We also like the fact that the hose stays cool to the touch and the unit also features a convenient anti-drip nozzle with drain plug. Like any steamer, it requires a bit of maintenance. It is best if you use it with filtered or distilled water. Even so, you should clean it from time to time. For the cleaning process, the manufacturers recommend using a mixture made 50% vinegar and 50% water.
The Sunbeam S1500 looks very sturdy, so it will probably last you for many years. There have been some people who complained that their unit broke down after a few years of use. Nevertheless, such situations are to be expected with any product, and unless we are dealing with a recurrent problem that a large number of people encountered, there is no serious reason to worry. This steamer is covered by the standard Sunbeam one-year limited warranty. If you encounter any problems with the product you can contact the support team over the phone.
As a conclusion, we can say that this steamer does a pretty well job, even though as you’ve seen in the review, it comes with some drawbacks that may not be easily overlooked by the more exigent customers. Nevertheless, there are many great things that make this steamer worth considering, including the fact that it heats up very fast and is adequate for various fabrics. Therefore, you can confidently go with this unit as it will prove its efficiency right from the first use.