As Seen on TV -- Steam Buddy

Put the power of your dry cleaner in the palm of your hand.

That's the claim of the "Steam Buddy", which promises to smooth out wrinkles on everything from linen to silk.

But would it be a smooth operator in our "As Seen on TV" test?

So here it is, the Steam Buddy. It's lightweight, it plugs in. It would be easy to take in your suitcase if you're going on a trip, it uses just a little bit of water and is supposed to work on any type of wrinkled material.

Now, the Steam Buddy comes with a small pitcher that has a small line on there and you just fill it up to the line and then you fill the Steam Buddy. First off, here's the trigger right here and you're supposed to press it four or five times to move the water from the boiler to the steamer.

You can do a burst of steam if you've got say a fairly wrinkled area or you can hold it for a steady stream. You can see we have a fairly wrinkled area here. Let's see how she does.

It did a nice job taking the wrinkle out, a little water in there. A lot of that has to do with how you hold the trigger. You can't press it too fast.

Here's a wool sport coat that, really, you're only supposed to dry clean. But supposedly the Steam Buddy can be used on things like wool. Here we have a little wrinkled area in the shoulder. Let's see if it can get the wrinkle out. It looks like it got most of the wrinkle out.

Now here we have some wrinkled linen. It’s always pretty hard to get wrinkles out of linen. By the way, these aren't my slacks.

It's not as effective on linen. It straightens it out a little bit but not as well as cotton and the wool.

Here we have a silk tie that you can see is wrinkled. You have to be careful with silk; if you get water on it you can ruin it.

There we go, we got the water on the tie. That's not good. If you have an expensive tie I probably wouldn't use this thing.

It's not a bad product for some items you might have. It might be a good thing to take in your suitcase, say if you have a cotton shirt. But I wouldn't use this on anything expensive just because of the potential for water damage. So while I like the Steam Buddy, I can't give it the thumbs up. We're going to give it the partial thumbs up.

You can find the Steam Buddy online and in many stores. I bought mine for $20 at CVS.

If you'd like more information about the Steam Buddy, just check out their web site listed below.

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