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Calor Access Steam Care test: the steamer that was meant to be an iron

Convenience of use

Some garment steamers rely heavily on ease of transport, which is not the case with Access Steam Care. If it is more compact than the Philips Steam&Go – 30.5 cm in height, 14 cm in width and 13 cm in depth – it weighs almost 400 g more and reaches 1247.5 g empty.

Calor Access Steam Care: the steamer that wanted to be an iron

The steamer can obviously be carried in a suitcase, but it is intended more for home steaming. Especially since it comes with a vertical ironing board to improve its performance. A fastening system also makes it possible to hang it on a door and quickly hang a garment on it.

Calor Access Steam Care: the steamer that wanted to be an iron

Two tips, for delicate fabrics and thick fabrics, are also part of the set. Calor thus seems to seek to combine the speed of use of the steamer with the efficiency and versatility of the steam generator.

The Access Steam Care equipped with its brush for thick fabrics and accompanied by its brush for fragile fabrics.

The Access Steam Care equipped with its brush for thick fabrics and accompanied by its brush for fragile fabrics.

The different settings available are also more common on a control unit. Indeed, the Access Steam Care is equipped with a power modulator offering three different steam flow rates. Obviously, the thicker the fabric, the more intense the flow must be.

Calor Access Steam Care: the steamer that wanted to be an iron

Another command locks the production of steam. Once engaged, it allows the user to steam without holding the trigger continuously. This is a non-negligible comfort, especially when we know that the Calor is equipped with a removable 200ml tank.

The lockout control is located under the trigger.

The lockout control is located under the trigger.

Located at the base of the steamer, this tank is extracted with patience and dexterity, as it is well attached to the device. Shame. Once the latter is removed, the discreet opening of the water tank is revealed. Here again, everything is a question of dexterity and meticulousness. Once under the tap, the user must aim well so as not to put water next to it.

Calor Access Steam Care: the steamer that wanted to be an iron

You have to remove the white cap to fill the tank.

You have to remove the white cap to fill the tank.

Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

Smoothing efficiency

The measurement of the steam flow opens the dance of laboratory tests. We weigh the device with its tank filled before and after two minutes of operation. The more weight the garment steamer has lost, and therefore the more water in its tank, the greater the steam flow. And our measurements only support the statements of Calor, which announces a flow rate of 30 g/min. Indeed, we note 30.85 g / min: promise kept for Access Steam Care. This result suggests good anti-crease performance.

Calor Access Steam Care: the steamer that wanted to be an iron

Calor Access Steam Care: the steamer that wanted to be an iron

Especially since the plate of the device heats up, which helps considerably in removing wrinkles from the fabric. Thanks to a thermal camera, we recorded an average temperature of 130.5°C. The condensation created by the garment steamer should therefore be minimal, thus avoiding excessively damp laundry.

The heating sole of the Calor seen by our thermal camera.

The heating sole of the Calor seen by our thermal camera.

Our fabrics are wrinkled. Time for steaming after 48 seconds of preheating!

We extend the first fabric: the jersey. This stretchy cotton with knitted yarns is particularly stretchy. It is often used for making T-shirts, for example. The first pass removes the most visible creases, but it is not enough to make them completely disappear. In all, three passages are necessary to obtain a correctly smoothed laundry.

Jersey crinkle; pass 1 to 3.

Jersey crinkle; pass 1 to 3.

Poplin is now entering our laboratory. Less capricious than jersey, this fabric is easier to iron. Access Steam Care even gets rid of creases in just two passes; this is the best performance of our comparison at the moment.

Crinkle poplin; pass 1; pass 2.

Crinkle poplin; pass 1; pass 2.

Jeans are part of most of our wardrobes, so they too are lying in our laboratory facing the Calor. And, surprise! While it is a particularly thick fabric, the steamer manages to smooth it in just one pass.

wrinkled jeans; pass 1.

wrinkled jeans; pass 1.

To conclude the tests and take the difficulty up a notch, place linen. After the good performance of the jeans, the Access Steam Care tires and smoothes the fabric after four passages. This time, the Philips Steam&Go does better.

Crumpled linen; pass 1; pass 4.

Crumpled linen; pass 1; pass 4.

Strong points

  • Excellent steaming efficiency.

  • Three steam flow rates.

  • Large capacity tank.

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