What Is Hurricane Force Steamer?
Using a micro steam engine to generate super-heated steam, the Hurricane Force Steamer promises to deliver a light, fast, portable, and easy way to remove wrinkles and press clothes.
With its different settings for silk, nylon, polyester, denim, and linen fabrics, the commercial also tells us that the easy-to-carry device can provide all of these results, without having to worry about melting fabric or otherwise damaging clothing.
To boot, they claim the device’s durable, scratch resistant copper infused ceramic plate can work on curtains, drapes, and other fabrics around the house.
Even if you just started researching all your different options, you likely realize there are perhaps thousands of other portable steamers competing with Hurricane Force. Is it more deserving of your money? That’s the precise question we’ll help you answer in this article.
How Do Wrinkle-Removing Devices Like Hurricane Force Steamer Work?
Although the formation of wrinkles involves a lot of science, to help make sure everyone’s starting at the same point, we’ll quickly explain the details in a quick, down-to-earth manner.
Fabric molecules are ‘stuck’ together by rigid bonds, which is one of the reasons why our clothes typically last through months or years of regular use (depending on their specific purpose, of course).
However, these bonds quickly relax when exposed to heat and/or moisture, which cause them to restructure into different shapes. Then, when the fabric cools or dries, these new molecular positions once again become rigid, leading to what’s known as wrinkles.
Now, the opposite is also true. Reapplying heat and moisture will cause these bonds to once again relax, thereby causing wrinkles to fade. And with added pressure from a flat sole plate, you can use heat and moisture to smooth wrinkles to an even greater degree, and even create crisp creases (as with a traditional iron).
How Much Does the Hurricane Force Steamer Cost?
One Hurricane Force Steamer will cost you $39.99 plus $9.99 S&H and includes a free fabric brush, delicates plate, and measuring cup. During checkout, you can choose to order two devices for a total of $59.98, plus $9.99 S&H.
Most products sold through Bulbhead, a division of Telebrands, come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This is especially important to keep in mind if you’re planning to choose the BOGO offer, as the associated fee will be classified as shipping if you decide to request a refund.
Telebrands’ customer service department can be reached at 855-668-1655.
Hurricane Force vs. Other Portable Steamers
As we alluded at the beginning of this article, portable handheld steamers are nothing new, and are available from dozens of manufacturers in just about every size, shape, and configuration imaginable, with all kinds of included accessories. Prices tended to range between $20 and $100+.
And this isn’t only the case online—a quick walk through just about any local retailer with a housewares section will probably provide at least one or two handheld clothes steamer options. With all these choices, how can you whittle down to the best option for you, whether Hurricane Force or another model?
According to ConsumerSearch, must-have options include a good reach (depending on where your steamer will primarily be used), a large enough reservoir for 10 continuous minutes of steam (which should also be removable), and an automatic shutoff. Questions to ask, include:
How often will you use the steamer? If only occasionally, a handheld option like Hurricane Force might work well, but you might require a larger option if you plan to use on a daily basis, for more than 10-15 minutes each time.
What types of fabrics will you use it on? Light, delicate fabrics might be ideally addressed with handheld options, while thicker fabrics might be better served using full-size models.
Do you need an iron? With their removable sole plate, devices like Hurricane Force Steamer might represent a solid middle ground between a steamer and a traditional iron. But if you plan to iron a lot, a dedicated steam iron might more closely address your needs.
Do you frequently need to remove odors? Unless they’re classified as steam cleaners, most handheld steamers aren’t designed to remove stains or odors.
Other considerations include:
What water pressure and temperature are provided? The hotter the steam and the higher the pressure at which it’s ejected, the more pronounced results you might experience.
Is it noisy? Some models are much louder than others, which could be important depending on where the steamer will most often be used.
With these details in mind, we contacted customer support and requested additional information about Hurricane Force’s cord length, water reservoir size, water pressure and temperature, noise levels, whether or not it features automatic shutoff, and if it comes with steam cleaning capabilities.
We were informed we’d receive a call back within 48 business hours, and we’ll be sure to update this article as soon as a response is received.
Our Final Thoughts About the Hurricane Force Steamer
While we didn’t test the device ourselves, as a whole, the Hurricane Force Steamer seemed to deliver a solid level of value for the money. How so?
Based on what we learned from the website, it features a compact design, five fabric settings, forceful steam (enough to blow out candles on a birthday cake, per its commercial), interchangeable copper and delicates plates, along with a fabric brush and a competitive price point compared to the competition.
In addition, the manufacturer—who produces other Hurricane-branded products like the 360 Spin Mop, Spin Scrubber, Spin Broom, and Twin Spin Mop (listed in order of feedback popularity among HighYa readers), offers a 60-day refund policy in case the Steamer doesn’t meet your needs.
If this occurs, just keep in mind that you’ll lose your initial shipping and handling charges (this includes the $19.99 fee associated with the BOGO offer, if you decide to order more than one), as well as whatever it’ll cost to ship the device(s) back to the manufacturer.
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