The TaoTronics TT-PI001 Portable Fabric Steamer is a product where almost all of the design features hit the mark. As an engineer, I always look at products to see where design improvements might have made a good product even better. The engineers were right on with this portable
The TaoTronics TT-PI001 Portable Fabric Steamer is a product where almost all of the design features hit the mark. As an engineer, I always look at products to see where design improvements might have made a good product even better. The engineers were right on with this portable fabric steamer. I honestly cannot think of one thing that I would have changed. At first, I thought that a larger water tank would have been better, for a longer time between water refills when steaming clothes. However, after thinking about it, 120 ml of water is just about right. This allows the unit to begin producing steam in just under 90 seconds. A larger water tank would take longer to begin producing steam. This would also make the steamer larger and heavier to hold (after all, this is a portable steamer). This amount of water (a little over 4 ounces) lasts for almost 6 minutes. This is enough time to steam a shirt and a pair of pants (depending upon how wrinkled they are). I found that It will easily do one piece of clothing, no matter how wrinkled it is, as well as part of another item. I appreciate that steaming clothes is easier on the fabric than ironing. Ironing can fade fabric, or even damage the fibers. Even if a burn mark is not observed, the fabric can still be easily overheated with an iron, reducing clothing life. Iron temperature has to be matched to the type of fabric, and errors can be made. This steamer will never heat the fabric over 212 degrees F (boiling point of water), and I do not have to worry about possibly damaging clothing. Nearly any fabric can be steamed. I would probably not use it on wool, or fabrics that specifically state not to wash in hot water, or at least go easy at first. However, my wife has used steamers on almost all fabric types, and has never had a problem. In fact, clothing stores use portable steamers on almost all fabric types. Operation of the TaoTronics Portable Fabric Steamer couldn't be easier. Simply twist the nozzle and lift it off of the steamer. This exposes the water tank in the steamer. Fill the steamer to the MAX mark on the glass window on either side of the steamer. Replace the nozzle, and twist it in the opposite direction to lock it. Plug it in, and with your thumb, push the red switch to the ON position. Within 90 seconds, steam is flowing from the nozzle. Run the nozzle across the fabric, while on a clothes hanger, and watch wrinkles disappear almost instantly. A brush is included, which attaches to the nozzle, and can be used to whisk the fabric also. This might be useful for certain fabric types. A nice heat resistant glove is also included, to prevent burns from steam. The steamer also has a MIN mark on the glass window on either side of the steamer (as well as the MAX fill mark). This MIN mark means the steamer is nearly out of water, and should be refilled. The unit shuts off automatically if it completely runs out of water, as a safety feature to keep it from overheating. However, running the water down to the level where it automatically shuts off, will reduce the life of the heating element somewhat. I would run the water to the MIN mark and then refill to the MAX mark for maximum steamer lifetime. If your water is hard, you also might want to use distilled water to minimize scale buildup on the heating element inside the water tank. Otherwise, I would just use tap water, and clean with vinegar occasionally, when scale is observed. This TaoTronics Steamer appears to be well made, and quality materials seem to be used throughout. My wife and I both appreciate the long power cord, which is over 8 feet long (too many appliances seem to come with short cords these days). A nice carry bag is also included with the steamer, allowing the unit to be conveniently packed in a suitcase or travel bag. This steamer should last for a long time. Although I received this TaoTronics Portable Fabric Steamer in exchange for a fair and honest evaluation, I feel that I have done an honest evaluation of the product. I did not receive any money or anything else for this evaluation.