The Steamfast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer is lightweight and compact, which makes it ideal for travel, according to professional and consumer reviewers, but it comes at a budget price. Travelers say the SF-435W heats up quickly and steams away wrinkles easily, though some consumer reviewers say they were disappointed with the results. There are also complaints that the SF-435W has no on/off button and it can leave water spots on garments.
Basic, one-use appliance. The Steamfast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer's features are very limited because it is such a simple appliance -- it merely produces steam without any extra settings to expand its scope. Owners who just need a steamer for small jobs don't care, but one thing it lacks that bugs users is an on/off switch. It has a heating indicator light that turns off when the boiler is empty, but no automatic shut-off. Unlike many handheld steamers, the SF-435W does not have any additional accessories available to allow it to be used on taller draperies, but it includes a fabric brush and lint remover, which travelers appreciate.
Simple to use. Owners say the lightweight, 1.6-pound Steamfast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer won't tire you out when steaming clothes -- its reservoir holds only 7 ounces so it doesn't add significantly to its weight. Its operation is simple and straightforward -- fill the small unit with water, plug it in and wait for it to heat up to create steam. The water reservoir is easy to fill and empty, and the 9-foot power cord is long enough for most jobs without having to use an extension cord. Travelers say its compact size doesn't take up much space in a suitcase.
Heats up quickly. The 800-watt Steamfast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer takes about two minutes to heat up and provides approximately 12 minutes of continuous steam, which is plenty of time, travelers say, for refreshing suits, blouses or other garments that may have been crushed in a suitcase. Many owners even use it at home when they just need to quickly de-wrinkle a few articles of clothing. A number of consumer reviewers note that the SF-435W spits water and leaves water spots on clothes, so you may need to allow for drying time. The garment steamer has a one-year warranty.
Bestcovery.com includes the Steamfast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer in this roundup of five top handheld garment steamers, giving it an overall 4.5 out of 5. Arlen says the SF-435W is less expensive than other models, lightweight and portable with a 7-ounce water tank that provides 12 minutes of continuous steam.
Review: Best Handheld Garment Steamer, Jerry Arlen, Aug. 28, 2013
Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com's guide to laundry, lists the Steamfast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer as one of six top travel steamers in this roundup. The review is very brief and just notes the features it includes and a few specs. There is no mention of testing.
Review: Top Travel Clothes Steamers, Mary Marlowe Leverette, Not dated
Amazon.com contributors give the Steamfast SF-435W Compact Fabric Steamer a rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars based on about 680 reviews. Consumers say the SF-435W heats up quickly and removes wrinkles. They also say the clothes steamer needs an on/off button and sometimes leaves water marks on clothes.
Review: Steamfast SF-435 Compact Fabric Steamer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013