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Tobi Portable Wrinkle Remover

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Manufacturer: Tobi / Wrinkle removing steamer

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      08.06.2010 14:35
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      The age of steam has arrived (again)!

      #---#---#---# Background #---#---#---# I remember laughing at this product when first seeing it being advertised on one of those shopping channels, it just looked so flimsy, so rubbish, the claims seemed to be far fetched, and the price at over £80 was just in my opinion, plain ridicolous (and no I don't normally make a habit out of watching shopping channels, other than for the humour). However 'lo and behold', a few weeks later I noticed while visiting a cousin, that she had in fact purchased one of these idiotic units, and to my horror, was very much in love with it. I didn't understand why, until she explained that she "irons" all her husbands work shirts for the week in around 8 minutes. That is around 6 shirts in 8 minutes. Now when I think of the pain, in setting up the ironing board, waiting for the iron to heat, messing around in arranging the shirt on the board, then faffing around to do the buttons and collar, I couldn't do anything other than take the bait. A few mouse clicks later, and one from Amazon for around £50 was purchased. As the price is just a little over the cost of a decent Iron, it didn't seem to bad. #---#---#---#---# First Impressions #---#---#---#---# Ok this looked like a cheap, nasty product on the TV shopping channel, and when it arrives, it does indeed look and feel quite cheap, and frankly a poorly assembled thing. The extendable pole that holds the head unit and hose, (and you hang the clothes from), is particularly poor. So if you are looking for German build quality, or Italian stlying, this probably isn't the product for you. So I am thinking, wow I have just spent £50 on what is essentially a strangely shaped, kettle with a hosepipe attached to it. In reality however, I am being unfair, this unit is portable so it has to be lightweight, and consequently feel flimsy, the design although not pretty is functional, as is the base unit. Which although is rather flimsy, can do the job. So far as the poorly assembled bit, I have to say that too is unfounded, as my unit is now years old and is still going strong despite daily usage. #---#---#---# Setting it up #---#---#---# Actually not alot to it, just a case of attaching a few hoses and clipping a few bits together, extending the telescopic tubes which form the base holder, and this is ALL pretty much idiot proof. I will however add a word of caution!! There is a valve at the rear of the unit, which is for emptying the contents of the chamber (draining the water). It doesn't say on the unit, thats what it does, but that is what it is for so DO MAKE SURE you close that off firmly before trying to use it. It probably does say this in the instructions, being bein a man, those were flung in the bin. In case your wondering what happens if you don't seal that valve off, well think of puddles of water on the floor, and you will be about right! #---#---# In Action #---#---# Probably unsurprisingly, given it was the main reason for my purchase, the first thing I used this for was ironing shirts. Now I will be honest here, I did call up my cousin and shout at her "This is crap", which it was in my hands. That was until I learned that you have to pull the material slightly taut, after which the wrinkles, creases, and whatevers vanish instantly, as if being botoxed. And from discovering that simple piece of advice, I haven't looked back. The water is easily added via the removable water tank, and surprisingly given the design, it doesn't leak. People who report leaks, probably have not tightened the valve (I mentioned) at the rear of the unit. It is also gets steamy and ready for use in under 2 minutes, probably quicker. It really is fast. Shirts can indeed be ironed in less than a couple of minutes, creases just with a simple pass of the head unit, simply vanish. Far from being a one trick pony though, this unit can do anything, even (with the correct manipulation) put creases into trousers, and iron fiddly little t-shirts etc. It can handle delicates, and pass over sequins (not that I own such items), or appliques, no problem at all, and without damaging surfaces. Clothing aside, with the addition of the "carry straps" you can unleash this thing, and precauriously "iron" immovable objects like curtains, duvet covers can be ironed after putting them on the bed. Even the mattress itself can be freshened up, and dust mites (if such things exist) wiped out by blasting with the hot steam. Testimony to this, is that I have to say I have not used a traditional iron, or opened an ironing board for years. The Tobi is just simlpy pushed on its wheeled based to the side of the wadrobe. And because it is so fast, you don't need to iron your clothes before putting them away, I just blast them before I wear them, saves SOO much time. #---#---# Its Flaws #---#---# Ok this isn't perfect, you will notice I used the word "precarious" when talking about going mobile, thats because it is rather unwieldly when being used. You are suddenly aware that your carrying water and electricity in rather close proximity to each other. Although it is undoubtedly safe, it doesn't feel it. Also the hose is a little short, just a few more inches would be nice to reach tops of curtains etc. Another flaw, which I mentioned is the base, it just feels to flimsy. When you hang anything more substantial than a shirt it does feel like its going to topple over. There are ways around this, you can hang the garment on a door handle and work from there, or even just hold it. I have to ADD, do NOT be tempted to try to steam a garment while wearing it, don't ask why I advise you not too. Ouch! Lastly, the hose is slightly too short, but then again that can be said for alot of things we make do with. #---#---# Summary #---#---# If like me you absolutely hate ironing, I strongly recommend you invest in one of these, I also strongly recommend you perservere with it, at first you will hate it, and blame this stupid review for recommending it. Do however perservere, you will get the hang of it, and it will save you ages in messing around with boring old irons, and boards. And save you dry cleaning costs, if all you want to do is freshen something up. Another word of advice, is do not purchase the unit from 'Thames' directly, or from the TV, there are better deals on the web, from places like Amazon, or even ebay. I wouldn't advise paying more than £50, but at that price it is well worth it!

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        20.05.2010 17:52
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        works well but you'll still need an iron

        I was wanting one of these for ages. I have a bad back and find ironing can cause me some problems from time to time. I wanted the Tobi steamer because I thought it would be a good idea for a lot of tops and trousers and some bedding. When I saw it on an easy payment offer, over 4 months with no interest to pay, I took the plunge and snapped one up. The Tobi steamer is a garment steamer. It has a small tank and can be used as a portable unit or with it's stand. It comes with a shoulder strap so you can carry it around the house for curtains or bedding and also has a stand with space to hang items like shirts and dresses. The stand has wheels so you can easily move it around with you. The stand is height adjustable to a degree so you can select the height that's best for you, although I would like it to go a little higher. To use the steamer you just fill up the water tank and turn it on. Within about 30 seconds it's ready and pumping out steam. The steam output is pretty good and gives a good amount. It doesn't drip, like some steamers and the steam is quite a dry steam, which is better for the clothes, as they don't become too wet. This is not going to work on linen and linen blend materials, they still need to be ironed, but it does work on cotton and anything with light creasing. I often use mine to refresh clothes that have been in the wardrobe for a while and might have some light creasing. I do use it on pillowcases if they are particularly creased and sometimes on duvets. It is a great ironing aid, but is no substitute for an iron. I brought this hoping it would help me out with the ironing and it has as long as you're not too fussy. It is a very good idea for refreshing coats and jackets and could save those with clothes that need dry cleaning, quite a bit of money.

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        30.01.2010 14:43
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        Will use this forever

        A few months ago my best friend Kimbles was telling me all about the Tobi Steamer and how brilliant it was. We very often sit and talk about things we have bought and have a discussion about them. I have listened to other people before about certain items which I have actually bought, to find out they were actually a waste of money and no good at all, but everything item that kimbles has told me about has been true to her word, so I thought to myself when I could afford it that I would treat myself and purchase the Tobi Steamer. My husband recently bought the H20 steam mop for me which Kimbles told us about, It's absoutely fantastic, amazing and well worth the money that was spent. Anyway the other day when I was browsing the internet, I decided that I would take a look at the Tobi Steamer, I had some money in the bank which was spare and I thought to myself shall I buy it or not. I kept thinking to myself that it would make life alot easier and would save me alot of money in the future, so that was it, my mind was made up, so I clicked on the buy now button and it was ordrered, yipee at this point I was getting excited and couldn't wait for it to arrive. A couple days later what should arrive but my Tobi Steamer, I couldn't wait to get it out of the box. I was so excited, it was like Christmas all over again lol. My husband put it together for me, although I probably could of done it myself, it was hardly rocket science. After my husband built it up, which didnt take long at all, I couldn't wait to try it out. So I decided that I was going to steam my pile of clothes that I had waiting to be ironed. I couldnt believe it, for many years ive stood standing doing the ironing which I absoutely hate, but I actually enjoyed it, It was effortless, and now I don't even have to go to the dry cleaners, as this amazing machine will do it all for you, how cool is that. Im so amazed at what this machine can do, every home should have one, honestly if you dont like ironing, buy one of these you will never complain again. There is no strain to your back at all like there is when your standing behind the ole ironing board. No more wrinkles ever again. Isn't that fantastic. I bet your thinking what else does the Tobi Steamer do, well it cleans Kitchen and Bathroom tiles, will clean your curtains, it removes odours from your upholstery, linens, beds, pillows and your clothes from silk to denim. There is no harsh chemicals needed, just water, you can however use abit of fabric conditioner if you wish to do all your upholstery and fabrics. The Toby Steamer is enviromentally friendly and will last you for years. Seeing is believing, believe me you wont be disappointed, I wasn't. It's a miracle made in heaven. I wish I'd bought one along time ago. Thanks to Kimbles I wont be struggling again. Any tures in the home can be frustrating and hard work but not anymore, thanks to this wonderful invention. ==Bought From== I bought my Tobi Steamer from Thane Direct. ==Price== I bought mine as it was on offer for the amazing price of £49.95 plus £9.95 postage. Original price was £79.95 plus £9.95 postage which has saved me £30. Even if it hadn't been on offer I would of still bought it for the original price as it is well worth it. ==Description of The Tobi Steamer== Base unit with wheels Easy fill water tank With ejection button for portability Shoulder strap Telescopic pole (adjusts from 2" to 5" ) Flexible hose Ergonomic handle Hanger hook High volume steam nozzle The water tank is detachable from the base unit, so you can carry it around with you, rather than taking the whole unit. ==Whats included== Tobi Steamer upholstery brush Lint/pet hair remover Free travel bag. Well I think I've covered everything that you need to know about the Tobi Steamer. From now on I will be checking out Thane Direct website on a regular basis to see what other wonderful gadgets are there to buy. Summary Top marks 100% to Thane Direct, very satisfied with my purchase. Unbeatable prices. Money well spent.

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          23.10.2009 14:46
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          I will never go back to using an iron & ironing board!

          I hate Ironing! It is the most boring, tedious house work I have ever come across. I don't usually mind house work itself and washing but with a monkey who just never seems to keep clean for longer than 5 minutes the washing just seems to double each day. As you all may know by now I am abit of a sucker for the shopping channels but I have some fantastic items from them. And this is where I came across the Tobi portible wrinkle mover on Thane Direct. I haven't actually been on the website itself but apperntly Thane Direct advise - 'Tobi is the first and only professionally powered, upright and portable wrinkle removing machine. The Tobi Steamer is designed to help wipe out wrinkles just like the professional machines in the dry cleaners. From casual wear to fine clothes, the Tobi is safe on all fabrics (even that dry cleaning) and gets the job done fast. Tobi also removes wrinkles and unpleasant odors from all your household fabrics quickly and easily. Tobi's professional steam power penetrates right through the fabric. As it releases the wrinkles, it also helps to break down and remove unpleasant odours leaving your cloths fresh and ready to wear'. Not only can it be used to iron your clothes it can refresh your sofa, refresh your curtains whilst they are hanging and even refresh your bedding whilst on the bed itself and of course your mattresses. The tobi only uses water with one tank giving half an hours steam. I can be a bit sceptical on these sorts of thing so I thought I would give it a try first. The delivery of the item took about three days but once it arrived it was so easy to put together and I put it to use straight away. The tobi comes with a stand which clips the machine on the bottom, a long pole with the rest for the head and a bit where you can hang garments to iron. At the click of a button it detaches from the base and turns into a portible machine. You can then use it around the house on curtains and bedding. The plug I found was not very long so when I use it upstairs I ensure I take my extention lead with me to help. But the steam cord to the steam handle is really long so you can place the base on the floor and do your whole bed without having to lift the base again. Right lets put it to the test. As soon as I knew I was ordering the Tobi I saved a weeks worth of ironing for the ultimate test and I am so glad I did. Once the item was hung up on a coat hanger, the tobi just glided over our clothes, straight over the buttons and even pockets. I steamed everything from jeans, cords, jumpers, teflon and even silk. Half an hours ironing was instantly turned into 15 minutes. I am so shocked (still after 7 months of use) on how the Tobi is just the best iron I have ever come across. I recently lent it to my sister who needed to dry clean a suit for a christening and she was amazed at how well it really does work. You will certainly never use the dry cleaners again. She is even using it on her Bridesmaid dress and to refresh her wedding dress just before her wedding. I have since used the tobi to refresh the car seats, my mattress, worked miricles with my cream sofa and ironed my new curtains on the pole rather than messing around with an iron and ironing board. I paid £79.99 plus £9.99 for the Tobi and it is worth every penny. I have since noticed that Thane Direct have the item on offer for £49.99 plus £9.99 delivery but I do not regret paying the price that I did.

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