PureSteam XL Review

The PureSteam XL is advertised as being a frugal and cost-efficient alternative to many other oversize steamers on the market. As with anything that comes at a lower cost than what could be considered normal, you’ll have to make a few sacrifices here and there if you plan on saving money on your next steamer purchase. Despite this, it still tends to be a great steamer for the price and has a great cost-to-quality ratio. If you’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative to many of the more expensive steamers in circulation, this may just be the product for you.

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Steam Time Per Filling

Typically, steamers which come at as low a price as the PureSteam XL are rather small in stature. For this reason, it can be easy to assume that cheaper units are going to have an awful steam time. However, the PureSteam XL breaks away from this trend by offering a unit which actually has quite a large water tank. Even though it operates at 1500 watts (a level of power which could be considered as being rather high in the world of household steamers), it can run at full capacity for a solid hour without running out of water. This will allow you to cover a large amount of articles of clothing before needing to even think about refilling the steamer’s tank.

Heat-Up Time

This is another area where the PureSteam XL does a tremendous job when you consider how little you’re paying for it. After as little as under a minute, you’ll have the steamer running at its maximum heat. This isn’t only convenient, it makes the unit suitable fora wider variety of jobs. Whether you only have a small amount of steaming to do or really need to steam a shirt before you head out the door for work, this extremely short heat-up time is certainly a nice feature to have at your disposal and is sure to prove a real convenience.

Effectiveness

Once again, the PureSteam XL’s price does a lousy job of reflecting some of its great qualities. Even though you’re paying under seventy dollars for the entire unit, it’s actually as powerful as the majority of steamers that currently sell for two hundred dollars or more. This high level of power also translates to a high degree of effectiveness, being that no wrinkles will be able to resist its effect.

Durability

As I had previously mentioned, you will need to make some sacrifices if you wish to save such a large amount of money on your next steamer purchase. Now, the PureSteam XL isn’t going to immediately fall apart and be rendered unusable after being taken out of the box. However, its joints tend to be somewhat fragile. While this shouldn’t be a huge issue when the unit is used as per its instructions, you may find the head somewhat wobbly. You’ll also have to be careful not to accidentally bang the head or hose on anything, as it may be bad on the unit’s joints.

Warranty

When stacked up to all steamers as whole, the PureSteam XL’s two-year warranty seems rather average. However, it’s important to remember just how much you’re paying for the unit. Considering that you’re getting two years of coverage for seventy dollars, you’re truly paying thirty-five dollars per year of coverage. When you compare this to any other steamer, the PureSteam XL’s warranty will likely seem much more agreeable. So, while I couldn’t justify giving its warranty a rating of four, keep in mind that this steamer offers a great warranty for its price.

Overall Summary

Despite a few problems regarding its level of durability (problems which can prevented by being extra careful), the PureSteam XL functions just as well as any two hundred dollar steamer. The difference? It costs over one hundred dollars less. It is this characteristic that not only makes its cheap, but gives it an excellent value through its cost-to-quality ratio.

It goes without saying that, if you’re the type who just can’t resist a bargain, the PureSteam XL is likely your best option. On the other hand, if you have kids, pets or can foresee and event which causes your steamer to incur a bit of damage, you may find that the PureSteam XL won’t live to tell the tail. Whether or not it’s worth the price is truly up to you.

PureSteam XL Review
  • Steam Time Per Filling
  • Heat-Up Time
  • Effectiveness
  • Durability
  • Warranty
3.8