Steamfast SF-680 Review
This Steamfast SF-680 Review highlights the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a digital fabric steam press. In terms of achieving professional results at home, this steamer is in a class by itself; the SF-680 is comparable to a commercial roller press iron. The Steamfast SF-680 can replace traditional irons, ironing boards, and pads since it gives excellent wrinkle removing performance while cutting the amount of ironing time in half. For stubborn wrinkles or heavy fabrics, all it takes is one touch to activate the steam burst function. To use, simply lay the garment flat on the pressing plates and close the SF-680, lock the knobs and then select the desired steam setting and that’s it. A digital panel automatically adjusts the temperature and stem vapor as necessary and no wet clothing from excessive steam bursts. This steamer will never rust, so there’s no need to empty the water reservoir after use. Just leave it and go. Unlike some other steamers, users never have to purchase distilled water to press clothes again as many steamers require distilled water to keep the unit from clogging up, which will save you additional money over time.
The non-stick Teflon plates along with the large stainless steel frame presses garments and produces terrific wrinkle removal without damaging the fabric. The SF-680 is an expensive steamer with prices anywhere in the range of $227-$270. If you are looking for one of the best steamers on the market, don’t worry about the cost as this is a quality steamer and it will more than pay for itself with dry cleaning savings.
The digital technology of the SF-680 is impressive because of its automatic detection capabilities. This takes the guess work out of choosing the correct temperature for various fabrics with a hypersensitive dual vapor awareness system, which senses when the steam is too wet and reduces the moisture. The Steamfast SF-680 is ideal for all fabrics and materials event handling small, delicate items such as handkerchiefs, linen tablecloths and napkins exceptionally well.
Another advantage of the digital detection system that users can really appreciate is the auto-shut off safety. If the unit is idle, for an extended period, the steamer not only shuts off automatically, but it will also sound an alert.
Steamfast SF-680 Design
The unit is silver and black and features rust free stainless steel outside and large 250 square inch Teflon plates for pressing, which keeps even the clingiest fabrics from sticking, scorching or burning. The pressing surfaces measure 25″ x 9.5″ which is approximately (26 x 9) inches, making it almost 10 times the contact area of most steamers.
This steamer is designed be moved safely. To transport it, simply lock the knob and the press is ready to pack or store. The Steamfast SF-680 weighs a relatively heafty22 pounds has a 7ft. power cord and 1350 watts of electrical power. The power cord is going to be long enough for most people, but a couple of extra feet would have been better. This steamer holds 10 ounces of water and a measuring cup.
Steamfast SF-680 Performance
The Steamfast SF-680 Digital Fabric Steam Press is super easy to use with elegant digital controls which offer a wide range of temperature settings and are simple to use. You just need to select your type of material and the machine selects the proper heat for you, ensuring you don’t overheat delicate fabrics and making sure there is enough heat for the thicker ones. Clothing comes out looking great due to its hot plates and heavy press.
This steamer has a molded heating element to create even temperature distribution, which is important given the large surface area.
The SF-680 is capable of steaming 20 garments at once, without refilling the tank. Time to have the unit ready to use takes a little over four minutes during our testing.
The main disadvantage we observed was removing wrinkles in tailored shirts such as women’s tops, men’s casual shirts and the collars of dress shirts. While the large, flat plates get wrinkles out of flat panels in clothing, the collars, pleats, etc are hard to do well since they are hard to lay flat before closing the lid.
Other downsides to the SF-680 is that the opening of the steamer is not very wide so it presents a challenge to place the clothing on the plate and the power switch isn’t conveniently placed.
With practice, it is possible to achieve proficiency at handling shirts. The advantages and benefits of using this at home fabric press steamer definitely outweigh the slight disadvantages. The performance is of such high quality that some consumers use it as a commercial heat press, without the steam function, to make t-shirts with vinyl letters and decals.
We found that spraying the clothing with a light mist from a spray bottle instead of using the steam burst gave the best wrinkle free results. The burst of steam feature works but we had too much water on clothing occasionally when using the bursts.
It did take some time to get the hang of using the Steamfast SF-680. Our first few passes we took a bit of time to get some shirts perfectly on the pad but found that if you get sections done and move the shirt around it made the process a lot faster and in time we got ironed results in no time at all.
Our impressions during the SF-680 review was that this is a great unit but not for everyone. You get great, pressed results but items such as collars and pleats are challenging.
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The Steamfast SF-680 can replace traditional irons, ironing boards, and pads since it gives excellent wrinkle removing performance while cutting the amount of ironing time in half