February 26, 2003 at 10:55 PM CST - Updated June 19 at 6:20 PM
Super Steamer By: Amy Jacquin
It looks like a magic lamp... rub it and some Genie emerges! If the Euro Pro Super Steamer works like it promises, you may feel like you have a cleaning Genie helping you out!
The Euro Pro Super Steamer claims to turn tap water into a powerful and versatile household cleanser.
"Use a terry cloth towel or paper towel to wipe-up excess moisture or residue," Holly Brantly reads directions.
Holly is all for anything that helps make cleaning easier! We carefully follow directions, and prepare for our first test... boiled-over, stove-top gunk.
"I feel like I'm in the Jetsons!" laughs Holly as she holds the lamp-looking tool. She presses the button and a loud hiss of steam pours from the nozzle. Holly quickly notices the steam is breaking down the crusty mess.
"I was really shocked by how loud it is!"expclaimed Holly. "Oh, gross!" she says, turning over the rag she used to wipe the stovetop. It didn't dissolve everything, but the steamer definitely improved the situation. From there, we try some baked-on burned spots on an oven grate. We give it a few minutes, but don't make much headway here.
So we attach the upholstery tool and cloth, and move on to a loveseat that needs some sprucing up. Directions say to move the Super Steamer in all directions, for up to a minute at a time. Holly describes it as cumbersome, but not hard.
"The handle is not hot at all," she describes. "The body is warm, like a cup of coffee."
But have no doubt, the steam is hot enough to burn... and you need to use caution. Holly touches the cushion she's been working on and pulls back quickly, because it's so hot.
And bottom line, it didn't help the sofa.
It dissolves water spots on faucets and mirrors... but it creates a bigger mess than necessary... water drips down the mirror and pools on the counter. It requires lots of wiping and drying. A damp cloth, followed by a quick drying, would do the same thing. But we like how it dissolves soap scum in the soap dish... the Super Steamer does save time here.
And the same thing in the shower. "Okay, I like this little brush," Holly says about one attachment. "It's pretty useful, like for the stove and this corner."
You have to sweep steam an area, then wipe it down... but it does leave this fiberglass tub squeaky clean.
"You may feel like it's cleaner than it would be if you just sprayed something on and wiped it off," shrugs Holly.
Finally, we try steam-ironing a skirt. But the wrinkles don't just fall out... you have to pull on the fabric a bit.
"Ow! Ha!" says Holly, jerking her hand back. "Okay, that hurt! Don't do that!"
Again, you have to be very careful!
"Maybe if you just have a spot or two to iron," says Holly doubtfully.
But Holly's not too hip on this task. Actually, she's not too hip on the entire product, especially when she learns how much it costs...
"$50! No way!"
We don't think so, either. The Super Steamer earns a D+... It's cumbersome, awkward, and runs out of steam pretty quickly. The only reason is didn't flunk out is because it did dissolve soap scum, and our stovetop residue.