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Calor Access Steam First test: for quick and easy extra steaming

Convenience of use

The Access Steam First is relatively compact and can therefore slip into a travel bag without difficulty; its dimensions of 30 cm in height, 18.4 cm in width and 10.6 cm in depth can testify to this.

At only 828 g, it is also the lightest model in our comparison at the moment; only the Philips Steam&Go GC365 is close behind (887 g). The two models are also in the same vein: they do not have a base and therefore cannot stand; they must inevitably be lying on their side.

In the absence of a sturdy base, the Calor Access Steam First skips a large capacity water tank. His, located at the level of the handle, cannot store more than 70 ml of water; it is therefore not necessary to count the fillings in front of a consequent pile of clothes. For comparison, the SteamOne S-Travel opted for a 260ml tank.

Here is the fine water tank of the Calor Access Steam First.

Here is the fine water tank of the Calor Access Steam First.

Once the reservoir is full, simply turn on the power and hold the steam trigger. And you must not let go. Indeed, Calor does not provide a locking control to maintain the steam flow continuously.

This is the trigger to create the steam.

This is the trigger to create the steam.

The French manufacturer also does not provide a control to adapt the steam flow. However, this option is not unknown to Calor: the high-end Access Steam Care model is well equipped with it.

The Calor Access Steam First also does not have a heated soleplate, found on other models such as the Philips 8000 Series. Condensation therefore risks accumulating and letting a few drops of water escape on clothing. .

Finally, a brush can be fixed on the head of the steamer, in order to facilitate the ironing of fragile fabrics.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Smoothing efficiency

During our tests, we extend four different fabrics in turn, in order to best assess the steaming capabilities of the devices. And the Calor Access Steam First is no exception. We turn on the device, which heats up in 19 seconds; barely more than the Philips Steam&Go.

We first calculate the steam output of the garment steamer: the higher it is, the greater the quantity of steam, the more the appliance is likely to be efficient. Calor, for its part, announces a flow rate of 20 g/min… which we note exactly after 2 min of operation!

We are now expanding our fabrics. The first, the jersey, is not an easy task. Made of elastane, this fabric is particularly stretchable and can be difficult to iron. It also took four passages to Calor Access Steam First to achieve its ends.

Crinkle jersey; on the first pass; then to the last.

Crinkle jersey; on the first pass; then to the last.

We are now ironing the poplin, which is much more docile. Indeed, three passes are enough to obtain a correctly ironed fabric. The Calor equals the Philips Steam&Go.

Crinkle poplin; on the first pass and on the last. The non-heating sole of the Calor also sprinkles drops of water on the fabric.

Crinkle poplin; on the first pass and on the last. The non-heating sole of the Calor also sprinkles drops of water on the fabric.

Make way for jeans, an essential piece of our wardrobes. If we had any doubts about the effectiveness of Access Steam First against this fabric, we were finally reassured. The device requires three passages, the average of our comparison at the moment. The Calor therefore has nothing to be ashamed of.

creased jeans; on the first pass and on the last.

creased jeans; on the first pass and on the last.

Finally, linen makes its debut. A nightmare of ironing, this fabric ultimately requires three Calor passes, just like the SteamOne S-Travel.

Crumpled linen; on the first pass and on the last.

Crumpled linen; on the first pass and on the last.

The many nozzles present on the sole of the steamer surely save the day. Without a heating sole, the device could have killed itself on the task without achieving a suitable result: its temperature is only around 50°C, just like that of the S-Travel. That’s especially low to achieve its wrinkle-removal goals.

Strong points

  • Easy to carry.

  • Heating speed.

  • Easy to use.

Weak points

  • No heated insole.

  • Low water tank capacity.

  • No steam trigger locking system.

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