Today, I’ve decided to try out the Steamfast SF-210 Everyday Handheld Steam Cleaner. I thought I would give it a go because it seemed like it was lightweight, had a long extension cord and was pretty cheap. So I bought it and anxiously awaited for it to arrive at my house.
After a few days, it arrived and I carefully unpacked the contents of the box. One of the first things I do whenever I do one of these reviews is to take care to make note of how the steamer came and the accessories it came with. I noticed the steamer came with an instruction manual and as promised, 6 accessories. These accessories were: flexible extension hose, a jet nozzle, a measuring cup, nylon utility brush, large standard brush and a brass utility brush. So far, so good.
After using the measuring cup to fill the unit up to exactly six ounces of water, I decided to go ahead and give it a spin. The first thing that I tried it on was some of my drapes because they were kind of wrinkled and could use a nice steam refresh. So I fired up the unit and went to work. As I was using the unit, I noticed a couple of things about it. One, it really does look like a watering can – you know, the one that you would use to water your household plants. It just has that shape about it. The next thing I noticed was that it was pretty quiet. A lot quieter than other handhelds I’ve used in the past. By the way, I have to say that it really did a marvelous job of refreshing my drapes. The steam wasn’t as hot as I would have liked it, but I felt it did a decent job on that particular task.
The next project I decided to tackle with the Steamfast SF-210 Everyday Handheld Steam Cleaner was getting some grease off of the glass top of my electric stove. And this unit’s performance wasn’t as good as I had hoped. Why? Well, first of all, it took a lot more elbow grease than I would have liked using. I really had to scrub to get the stuck on grease up from my stove top. The reason for that is two-fold. One, the steam just doesn’t get hot enough. After all, it is only a 900-watt unit. Two, the continuous steam only last about 10 minutes and then you have to refill, let it warm up for 3 minutes and then start again.
A task it did do well, however, was cleaning the tile in my bathroom. The steam was just hot enough to get the grime out of my grout. This little hand-held portable steamer also did well on smaller tasks that didn’t require a whole lot of elbow grease in the first place. It definitely seems like it was made for handling smaller jobs and/or sanitizing surfaces.
The last impression I had of this portable steamer was that it didn’t feel as durable as I would have liked. Like it was made of a thin plastic. It didn’t break or anything while I was using it, I just wonder how it would hold up to long term use. However, it does come with a 1-year limited manufacturer’s warranty, so I’m sure that it would work fine for long-term use.
Now that I’ve tried the Steamfast SF-210 Everyday Handheld Steam Cleaner out on a variety of surfaces all over my house, I’ll give you my honest-to-goodness review of it. This unit is a budget steamer that I think is good for sanitizing surfaces, getting the wrinkles out of clothing or drapery and for small jobs. When I used it for these types of jobs, then it worked marvelously. However, I can’t say the same for other jobs. If you are looking for it to handle larger jobs or tougher stains, then you might want to look for a different steamer. If you just want one for spot jobs, then this unit will probably be all that you need.
If you are looking for it to handle larger jobs or tougher stains, then you might want to look for a different steamer. If you just want one for spot jobs, then this unit will probably be all that you need.
- long power cord
- Good assortment of accessories
- Low Price
- Requires a lot of elbow grease
- Limited continuous steam
- Not good for bigger projects
- Not very heavy duty