I hate ironing. Like literally loathe ironing. I would take a great million bets doing anything from eating cockroaches to cliff jumping before ironing...have I mentioned how much I hate ironing?
This guy saves from doing my least favorite chore in the whole, wide world. It's compact meaning it takes up little space (my little house only has a little storage room). It's efficient and heats up asap, which means I spend the absolute minimum time steaming. And it keeps me from ironing everything - I just run this along the clothing I need "ironed" and hurry and get it de-wrinkled.
I have numerous other Conair products but this has been my most favorite. Their other products are cheaper and don't necessarily work the best. This has been the exception - I truly adore my steamer because it de wrinkles everything uber, uber fast. And honestly - what else do you need in a steamer? Quick? Check. Easy to use? Check. Reliable? Check. Good quality? Check. Don't need to iron? Sold.
You'll never want to use your iron again!
My girlfriend has been bragging about this steamer, so I finally decided to get one myself. I just love it! I was amazed at how easily and quickly I can get those wrinkles out of stored clothing, those in a drawer or just hanging in the closet. It is so much better than getting out an ironing board and iron. My only complaint is that I wish it was easier to hang the clothing on this and the rollers could lock in place, but that is minor compared to the advantages.
It really takes the wrinkles out of clothes that have been stored away for the season.
As with any hot product with steam, you have to be very careful using this. However, once you catch on there is no problem.
Ease of Cleaning
It doesn't, clean - it removes wrinkles!
Ease of Use
The large wheels makes it easy to roll and heats up quickly. The tank is easy to fill.
It is lightweight and not made of heavy duty material, but with care it should last a very long time.
I would like to see a better way of attaching a hanger and locking the wheels. I love the collapsible pole, lint and brush attachments, it is easy to fill the 55 ounce tank and empty and is easy to use.
Summarize this product in one sentence.
It's compact enough to travel well, and fairly light.
It has two settings for fabrics and attachments that are easy to use.
It is safe to use on delicate fabrics, such as silk and wool.
Ease of Cleaning
Everything is detachable, making it very easy to clean.
Ease of Use
It is quite easy to use and has a switch to provide continuous staem, so you don't have to hold the button.
Does not replace your iron.
Ever since I saw the informercial for the Tobi steamer, I have wanted a fabric steamer ever since. Since I didn't want to order off the television, and saw that there was a Conair alternative, I was excited. Assembly of the pole wasn't too bad since there are only three parts of the pole. I did struggle putting the hose into its spot. I was also confused on how to put the attachments in, and what some of them were for. I still cannot figure out why I would need the brush attachments.
First off, this steamer took all of the wrinkles out of my graduation gown, so I can say for sure that it works on this material--although it appears that the gown I wore was made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. I also tried this steamer on some wrinkled cotton shirts, and while it took a bit of time to get the wrinkles out, it still worked. On the other hand, I tried this product out on a nicer shirt, and it was difficult to get the fabric wrinkle free and straight around the collar.
I should note that this product does not seem to remove the wrinkles immediately like an iron would so you should probably only steam your clothes if you have a little extra time. You also have to remember that since this is steam, your clothes will end up a little damp if you immediately put your clothes on after steaming.
The water heats up amazingly fast which is very convenient. If you have a bit of laundry to steam though, it is best to fill up the container because the water runs out very quickly, especially when you are going over the same spot a few times. I kind of wished the hanger pole could clamp my hanger and shirt better. Because since the clothes swing around on the pole, you do not get as close of contact with the steamer so it takes even longer for your clothes to get steamed straight. You have to hold your clothing and pull it straight as you try to steam, so the bottom of your shirts tend not to be as straight as the rest of the shirt, unless you want to burn your hand. You probably need tongs of some sort to do this best. I do love how it can remove wrinkles from my pleated, cinched and ruffled shirts though, because it is usually a nightmare trying to iron these articles of clothing.
As for the crease attachment . . . well, I would much rather iron my clothes to get these creases than to try making them with this attachment. My creases don't look sharp, and when you try to clamp your shirt with the steamer, you have to hold it amazingly straight, or else a wrinkle gets in and you just added another odd crease to your shirt. It's just difficult because there is no stable backing for your clothes to lean/lay on. If only the steamer could work going horizontally flat than straight up and down, the clothes would probably come out a lot nicer and faster.
As for some random comments, the steamer is rather bulky, so it is best to have this only if you have extra closet space to store it. It does not have wheel brakes, so it can roll around easily when trying to steam--yet another nuisance. In addition, the hose is not that long so if you wanted to steam your tall curtains with them, well, you can't really.
All in all, the product works. It is just not as crisp looking as it would be with an iron. You may want to use the steamer for tough wrinkles first, and then do a few touch ups with an iron to make your collars straight and put some good old fashion creases in. It really cannot replace your iron, but it is pretty convenient to have.
Easy to burn yourself
Temple City, CA
Conair Fabric Steamer Model GS7R - very quiet
Recently tried the Conair Fabric Steamer Model GS7R. I took it out of the box to put it together and found that the support rod is not too well made and instructions made it seem like there were more parts that there actually was. The poles are a little unsturdy so it seems a little cheaply made. It is a little hard to attach the steamer hose to the steamer housing but there is only one way to put it on so eventually I was able to securely lock it on. This is what took the longest to do. The T-nozzle is a bit cheaply made and is a little wobbly and if I pushed in on any tighter I was afraid it would crack so I have it on the best I could. After this was done, I filled up the container with water and put it on the steamer. I like that the container is separate from the unit so it is very easy to add water or remove it after use. I have had other models in the past that the container is not separate so I am happy with this difference. The water heats up in merely seconds and is ready for use and it also very quiet compared to others I have used in the past. The hose could be a somewhat longer, I feel like I am pulling it at times. The water does leak occasionally but doesn't happen too much. But from using steamers in the past this happens with all steamers. It is also nice to have a pole to hang garments to be steamed. This unit is also very light weight and makes it so simple to move around. Overall, I am pleased with how this steamer de-wrinkles everything I have steamed and would recommend purchasing it.
water can tend to leak out and it gets very hot
Ease of Use
very easy to use; just fill with water and turn on
the pole is quite wobbly, and can tend to fall over, so be careful
could be made more sturdy; maybe with a thicker pole to hang clothes on while steaming
From wrinkled to relaxed in no time!
I was selected to test the Conair Fabric Steamer GS7R from viewpoints. There were very few pieces to assemble: the support rod, which had three pieces, and the steamer hose.
The instructions stated that the support rod should be labeled '1', '2' and '3'. However, my pieces were not labeled so I had to go by the photos in the instructions to be sure I was assembling it correctly. Attaching the steamer hose was as simple as lining up the tabs and grooves and turning clockwise until it locked.
Once the rod was assembled and the hose was attached, I was able to bring the hose upward to rest it on the cradle at the top of the rod. Then it was time to fill it up with water. I like the fact that this steamer has a container that holds the water, instead of like other steamers where you have to take the hose off the unit to fill it with water. The container makes it so convenient, unscrew the cap, fill with water, put the cap back on and sit it on the housing unit. Simple.
Time to try the steamer! The steamer plugs into an ordinary outlet. There is an on/off switch at the base of the housing unit and it lights up when it's on. The instructions stated that the steamer will steam and be ready in one minute. I was skeptical. I really didn't think the unit would heat the water that fast and I would be ready to steam clothing in one minute. Wow. The instructions were correct! In fact, it was a little less than one minute and steam was pouring out of the nozzle waiting to get to wrinkled clothing! That's amazing!
The cradle that is at the top of the rod not only is used to hold the nozzle, but it also holds garments that are on hangers. This is so convenient. Basically with this unit, I can set it up anywhere and steam my clothes as long as there is an outlet nearby.
This steamer produces a great amount of steam. The instructions state that it steams for up to 1 1/2 hours of steam. I haven't used it continuosly for that amount of time, but I can say that for the 45 minutes I did use it, the steam was constant. It dewrinkles clothing very quickly, and the lint attachement will pull lint from your clothing while dewrinkling it at the same time.
Now for some pros and cons.
Begins to steam in under one minute
Has a rod and cradle that holds the nozzle and clothing on hangers
Lift off container that holds the water is easy to fill
Has wheels making it easy to move to and from rooms
The cord isn't very long so you need to be sure you are near an outlet
The rod/cradle isn't very high so longer clothing may drag on the floor or you need to bend down to steam longer clothing
The on/off button is small-instructions state you can use your foot to turn it on and off-basically you need to use a steady toe to do that-the button should be bigger
I am very happy with this steamer and so excited that I was chosen to do a review. This is an item that will get used daily in my home. So much easier to use than setting up an ironing board and getting out an iron and having to put them away each time I want to iron an article of clothing. The steamer is so compact that I can leave it in the kids' small bathroom and it is out of the way. When I am ready to use it, just wheel it over to the outlet, fill it with water, plug it in and turn it on and I have dewrinkled clothing in minutes!
I have noticed over time that the performance has gone down a bit and it now takes longer to beginning steaming. This could be because of the fact we have very hard water. I will clean the unit with vinegar per the instructions and then use filtered water and see if that helps with the performance from here on out.
As with any appliance that produces heat/steam, always take precaution not to use near small children.
Ease of Cleaning
Because we have very hard water, it is necessary to descale the unit when the steam performance is greatly affected. This requires the use of vinegar in place of half of the water and letting it run/steam until the liquid is gone, which can take quite a while. Then the unit must be rinsed completely. And I like to run another two cups of plain filtered water through to remove the vinegar smell.
Ease of Use
No complicated set up or buttons/knobs required to use this steamer. Simply fill with water, plug it in and wait for steam!
Very durable and withstands many months of usage so far.
Small and compact enough to store in a small closet.
Atlantic Beach, FL
i could get used to using the conair fabric steamer
first of all i have never used a steamer before, so when i was selected to give this a whirl i was delighted! i didnt open it for a couple days because i was a little tied up. when i did, however, i got some what confused with the instructions. the poles were not numbered, but once i got that right it wasnt hard to put the rest together. so i put some water in it and the kids ran off to find something "wrinkly"...lol. they came back with a t-shirt and yes it was wrinkled. i used the pole as a hanging rack, and that wasnt so great. the wheels on the machine move so fluidly that it wouldnt hold still for me. i ended up moving the steamer close to the wall for stability. now im steaming from bottom to top like the instruction suggest and the wrinkles are coming out ok, not like a miracle or anything but it was decent. i want to let anyone that hasnt used this before to know that the steam the machine produces is very HOT! it wafted up and hit my hands a few times and it was extremely hot. overall, i like the steamer. i am honestly looking forward to using it the next time.
its safe, but the steam can give you a small burn if your not watching out.
i love the design, though i wish it had wheel locks.
The Conair Fabric Steamer GS7R really smooths things out!
The **Conair Fabric Steamer GS7R** is a really convenient tool for quickly freshening closet crunched clothes, but the best use that I've found for it is removing wrinkles from curtains. I like to change out my curtains occasionaly, but I really hate all of the ironing, so I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the steamer removed creases. And in just a few minutes! And clothes too freshen instantly. Just hang, steam, and go.
The steamer was very easy to assemble in just a few minutes, takes up just a small space at the back of the closet, and the water tank is plenty big enough. I do wish the steam hose was a little longer, but maybe that would effect the steaming capabilities, so I can live with it.
Overall, a very nice little machine that truly makes life easier.
BTW, I loaned it to my sister, and she liked it do much that she went out and bought one the same day!
It has a tendency to leave water spots if you hold the head upright for too long.
Watch your fingers! The steam is really hot!
Ease of Cleaning
Just let it boil dry, then wpie it down with a soft cloth.
Ease of Use
Heats up fast, ready to go in just a couple of minutes.
Haven't broken it yet, and it's been over a year now.
Light weight, compact, no need to dissassemble to store it.
works great, saves money
I received a sample of the Conair Fabric Steamer GS7R, and I love it. I have never owned a fabric steamer before, so it is really a luxury for me. At first, I was scared I would not be able to figure it out, but it is really easy to operate. Instead of taking my clothes to be dry cleaned, or hanging them in the shower for days, I am able to quickly use the fabric steamer. It works great, and the water in it lasts for almost an hour. It's easy, no mess, no clothes laying around everywhere! It is great! I even invite my friends over to steam their clothes! Although I received this produst as a sample, I looked up pricing, and this prodcut is very reasonably priced. It is definately worth it for the money you will save on dry cleaning, and the quality of the finished product. I am really thankful for the opportunity to try this prodcut, and I would recommend it to anyone! Another great Conair product!
Great steamer, but still not an iron.
I was lucky enough to receive this steamer for free to try. I should start off by letting you know I HATE IRONING! I have many times thrown perfectly dry clothes in the dryer just to try to get some of the wrinkles out before wearing. This steamer will definitely replace this (not so great) trick.
First off, I do think that it was a little difficult to put together and the directions in the manual were unclear. That said, it still only took me about 15 minutes to put together...I was just a little frustrated doing it. I am still unclear about the attachments and whether the other nozzles attach anywhere to the product and do not know if there is a way to easily remove the stand. To me, it does not appear that the stand is easily removed for storage, although I think I read somewhere that it is and I see many pictures with it not attached. Ideally, it should have had a handle that slides down inside itself for storage.
As far as turning on and heating up, the steamer does so very quickly. Adding water is easy and it takes half a minute to be ready to use once powered on. The water reservoir is large enough to use for quite some time that you probably won't have to worry about refilling it in the middle of doing your de-wrinkling chores.
The steamer did a fair job of getting the wrinkles out. Items that were more t-shirt material worked the best. Small items or items with lots of pleats were harder. Small items (like children's clothes) are doable, but it is harder to pull the item straight so that it removes the wrinkle without your hand touching the steam. Items with pleats sometimes seemed to almost put in a crease where the pleat is (due to your pulling on it while steaming and it not remaining flat), something that with an iron you normally would iron out.
Overall, I liked the steamer because it is quick to use. If you like nice creases in your pants and really well-pressed shirts, this is not the product for you. But, if you want a quick, general got most of the wrinkles out look, this is great!
Very easy to zap yourself with hot steam.
I replaced it after 2 years. It stopped working. Thought it probably was clogged by minerals from the water. Tried vinegar/water solution to clean it out but couldn't get it going.
A lot of them have a telescoping handle, but this model did not so it was bulky to store.