A rumpled clothing renovator…but not an iron.
Do not confuse this as an iron replacement. It’s not!
This is a means of quickly tidying up clothing so as to remove wrinkles and other general crumpling that may have occurred while travelling. Also, the steaming process is great for freshening clothing when you can not easily access washing facilities.
Comes with a heat proof carry bag and glove (great for when you are on the move). The glove is very light but has good insulating properties. The steamer has a quality feel and is reasonably light to hold and use. Heating only takes about 4...5 seconds. In fact, from taking it out of its travel bag, plugging it in, filling and waiting for it to reach operating temperature only took about a minute and a half. That is pretty good…particularly if you are in a hurry. On the plus side, it only requires tap water (no de-ionised water etc required) and 240v power….(worth remembering if using it while international travelling). A clip on brush attachment is supplied but it didn’t seem to make much difference on the shirts/shorts I was using it with. Perhaps more delicate fabrics are its forte? Also, you need to be careful adding or removing it when the steamer is hot. Found shirts relatively easy to work as were denim shorts. Does seem to be better with synthetics and poly-cotton than heavy cotton fabrics. My wife also used it on our lounge room drapes with good results. Particularly as they were able to be freshened in place! Instructions supplied were helpful in determining the technique for best results in different areas. However, I will subtract one star for two reasons. There is a minor issue of the small water tank where you will only get about two shirts done before refilling. Admittedly, this is a relatively easy process being somewhat easier than many irons. It’s clearly a compromise as a larger tank would mean more weight and physical bulk. The other more concerning issue is there is no auto-off when left to rest and the front edge of the appliance remains very hot. Also, the light is only on while heating…not when it is resting on standby. You must only rest it on a heat resistant surface (it’s supplied carry bag works at a pinch) and also be aware that it takes a good ten minutes for the front plate to cool to "touch" temperature after being turned off. It really should have some type of dock to support it as well as cover the front plate. Apart from those issues, it does well at what I believe it is designed for…a means of freshening rumpled clothing whilst travelling.
The Steam&Go was fast & effective, I was surprised.
Summary Review :
Very easy to use. Filled the water tank, plugged it in and go.....
Shirts were simply ‘one’ buttoned up and hung off a door handle from the clothes hanger or inside the wardrobe itself, very handy to do! Results were overall good, some nice finishes.
1300W / Continuous Steam / Heated Plate / 2y warranty / Storage Pouch / Heat Mitt (small)
On - off switch / Steam Pump trigger
Size : Handle to topmost edge 32cm (straight line) / Head width 12cm
Detailed review : ...This will never replace an iron & board when needed, what handheld steamer could. But for ease of use it was handy and could replace many ironing board quick jobs. It really is designed to steam only a few garments at a time. It works best for me stored WITH the iron & board, so I can use the board with it if needed, or just carry it to my wardrobe or any rooms. This would be perfect for travelling or when on holiday. Easy to use, not as bulky as setting up/making space for an ironing board etc. Pros - Works at any angle, up or down. - Wide/larger head than some on the market - Easy to hold/handle for me - Solid, very well built - Water tank very easy/quick to refill Cons - Small water tank (they all seem to suffer from this) - Water Tank can be pulled out of the slot by your fingers when steaming sometimes - Clip-on oval brush can be awkward to attach & remove (didn't find it useful) - On light is reversed – light goes off when ready? Really? I thought I would share real world results/tests I did; (I did not always have the steam running, the Steam&Go Plus heated head was helpful) * First Item - Shirt – Polyester/Cotton I just ran the steamer over it lightly, took my time and got a feel for the device. I held up the shirt arms and did the outsides and a little inside. After it cooled it remained smooth and looked good. Some creases did get missed, but I was going lightly to test it out. It was easy to use, kept forgetting my hands aren’t steam proof :) Tank used – ¾ Time - 8min * Second Item - Shirt – Polyester/Cotton This had some heavy creases. I applied more pressure and straightened out the material more so. This was ideal, it was faster to use, got better results. All heavy creases gone, only light lines left in some places. Chest & back looked great. Tank used – ½ Time - 4min * Third Item - Shirt – Polyester Very light shirt, few creases, Steam&Go had no problems, felt like garment was refreshed. Light stretching, no heavy pressure, just a quick brush over. Creases smoothed out. Tank used – ¼ Time - 3min * Fourth Item - Blouse – Silk Great way to freshen. Very light item. Only used the steam, no pressing of the device head against the garment. Tank used – minimal Time - 2min * Fifth Item – Jacket Merino Wool - with included Brush attachment Just a quick test to see how the brush attachment worked. Had to hold the material firmly. A few creases present were removed, brush helped to lift and steam the thicker material, jacket felt refreshed. Tank used – ½ Time - 4min * Sixth Item – Scarf – Silk It had heavy square creases from being folded. Used the steam & pressed the head against the material, worked very well. All creases/folds are gone & have not returned. Tank used – ½ Time - 5min * Seventh Item - T-Shirts - cotton I ran a ‘time test’ to iron out some general wrinkles from x10 T-Shirts out of the dryer, cooled. Each shirt was in my wardrobe on a hanger and steamed directly there, so handy to do it this way. Steamed front and back lightly. x9 shirts completed to a smooth state with some lines or light wrinkles remaining around the bottom of the shirt, but much better than before the steam. Shirt Decals/Logos had no issues. Steam was used (button was pressed) almost the whole time. Tanks used – 2 Time - 12 min * Eighth Item – Jeans/Denim Not too good on these, the Jeans were places on an ironing board and I used the steamer. As it pumps out steam in any direction, it was not a problem to work as needed. But the heavy creases were reduced not removed. After cooling they remained, really an Iron needed here. * Ninth item – Placemats – polyester - 40x32cm - x5 Folded into squares when mailed to me. Had heavy creases. Placed on ironing board, lots of steam needed. Tank used – ¾ Time - 4 min
Great for ironing on the run
The Philips Steam & Go is great for those early morning rush jobs before leaving for work. The unit heats up and produces steam in under a minute to quickly remove wrinkles without the use of an ironing board. This is supposed to be done whilst the garment is hanging but the included glove for holding the back of the fabric was too small to fit my hand, so I placed my shirt on the kitchen bench and in a few seconds the job is done. I have some Hard Yakka work shirts made from very thick cotton and after a wash the pockets are deformed. A quick ...5 second hit with the Steam & Go and the pockets are flat. It also worked flawlessly on my business shirts. My wife has a few dresses and skirts that don't really need a full iron but a quick run-over with this unit and the wrinkles are gone. Pro's * Very fast heat up * Very easy to do a shirt in a hurry * Packs up nice and compact in a neat looking bag. Con's * Supplied glove is too small. I couldn't wear it to use on hanging garments. * No light indicating the unit is on. This could be a safety issue. The Steam & Go performs as it suggests. It's not a replacement for the iron but it is the alternative to pulling the iron and ironing board out if you just have a quick job to do. It would also be a very good travel iron due to it's compact bag. I will use this at least once a week.
Does what it claims to do, but doesn't replace an iron
The Philips Steam & Go is designed to remove wrinkles from clothes without physically ironing the clothes, just using steam from a hand-held wand.
The instruction manual was clear and easy to follow, and when I first retrieved everything from the box I was up and running very quickly. Then once switched on, it took less than a minute for the device to warm up.
I've used it for two weeks on a variety of fabrics.
It struggled a little on heavy pure cotton. With perseverance, I could get a reasonable job.
It worked better on light cotton a...
Not as effective as I was hoping
My wife hates ironing with a passion but she does lots of it whilst watching her favourite tv shows. She was excited when I gave her the steam& go but this soon turned to disappointment. She noticed that the steam was not very powerful so she had to go over the area a number of times to get the item ironed out. The water tank is so small, she had to refill twice to complete a top, very annoying to have such limited supply of water reserves in the tank. We were anticipating a steam gun that would power through the garments but it was not faster than using our iron. It would probably be handy to take along when travelling and one needs to steam items that can’t be ironed.....but that’s about it.
Great for business shirts in the morning - an ideal gift idea.
This is a really great alternative to ironing. I have a lot of "non iron" shirts which actually do need some ironing. With this product, it takes about 1-2 minutes in the morning to "iron" one of my shirts.
This steamer looks and feels like it is of a very high quality. The cord is quite long, which is a plus.
It takes literally a few seconds to heat up, which is great for a busy morning routine.
It comes provided with a heat proof glove, however, it produces pretty powerful steam so I am not sure if it is advisable to put your hand...anywhere near the "business end" of the device as you would risk getting a steam burn. This would also be a very useful device to take on business trips to give your shirts a bit of a spruce up and it comes with a cloth bag - presumably for this purpose.
Do yourself a favour and buy an iron.
I was sent a Philips GC360 as part of Product Review's Ambassador program. I suspect after this review they won't let me anywhere near things like this again. Heaven knows I tried to make some positives out of it. I actually went to a couple of foreign review sites because I thought I might have been a bit too harsh. Thanks Google Translate!
After going through the user manual it seemed like a good idea. A device that pumps steam onto garments via a heated plate as an alternative to an iron. The manual and marketing insist you can hang up ga...rments and they become instantly wrinkle-free with the touch of the steam device while you support the back of the garment with a mittened hand. The Steam&Go comes with a brush attachment that keeps falling off so you can scorch your fingers while trying to keep it on, the aforementioned insulated mitten so you can toast your inner forearm while supporting the back of a hanging garment and an insulated bag to control the steaming inferno if you are stupid enough to put it away hot. It comes with a two year warranty period. It has a water reservoir that lasts 150 seconds (2'30”) on continuous use and doesn't fit under some tap heads. You need to stand next to a water source and basin while you use it. The device would be very useful for touching up delicate fabrics more suited to ethereal fairy wear than real life. On my sustainable property it was less than useful. I'm on house battery power and at 1300 watts, the Steam&Go eats charge because it's very inefficient. Watch your power bill with this one.
Handy for a quilter; excellent for an office-worker
(Packaging: [Jorgejio reports]: the lack of Styrofoam and the presence of environmentally friendly disposal advice appreciated.)
“The Quilter” (not Jorgejio) Reports:
The steamer did everything I asked of it. The awkward areas of shirts were a breeze, and it worked beautifully on heavily embroidered panels. I tried using it on velvet, which I would never iron, and was impressed with the result.
My only complaint is that the glove has no grip, so some fabrics are hard to keep taut.
If I were still working in an office every day, I think I’d prefer the larger steamer with a stand that had a vertical board and a hook to hang the clothes on; but: for my purposes (quilting and the occasional spruce-up) the compact version is all I need.
Not really sure how to rate this one...
So let start by saying what bothers me first.
The fact that only when the unit is heating you know it’s on, when it’s hot, you have no idea if it is plug or not... there is only an orange led to indicate the the unit is heating. If let say get distracted leave for a second or 2, how do you remember if you left the unit on??? There is no light. So that is on safety point to consider.
Second point, it heats up, so how are you suppose to avoid to burn something when you have it on a table or ... I would have love to have some kind of base that ...
Powered by Steam
Look we all love things that are powered by steam right? It's fun - water goes in, add power of sorts and steam comes out to the amazement of all. Steam is very handy for a range of domestic chores, be that heating your dim sums or for getting those pesky wrinkles out of your clothes. This little marvel does the latter of course. Steam&Go, as the name suggests, is a product that lets you steam your clothes in a jiffy before you have to run out the door to do more important things. Stay with us.
The GC362 comes in a nice compact box and encl...osed you'll find a handy temperature proof bag for storage, a space man type glove/mitten suitable for children up to the age of 2 and the Steamer itself. The glove is no doubt targeted at the women in the audience because most guys would have trouble fitting it. Never mind, it's just steam right, how bad can a burn be. So, back to the device itself. Reasonably handy would be the first impression (due to the compact design and light weight). You could see that this would come in as a handy addition to a travel kit perhaps. The steamer itself is very simple to come to terms with. There's a clip on brush, which feels a tad flimsy (especially the top clip), which is designed to .. well brush as you steam. Handy for a jacket or similar I suppose. Then there's a small tank which clips onto the back, plus the wand itself (all in one type unit). You slide the tank down to unhook it from the steamer and there's a little rubber stopper at the base to fill it up. A little fiddly and the tank itself is quite small (more on that later). Once you hook the tank back into the handle, you just plug the unit into the power outlet and push a small button near the base of the handle. Then ... nothing. Well kind of. There's a light which comes on and goes out again in under a minute. If you've been distracted during that time there's no indication that the steamer is actually on. This isn't good when boiling water and steam is concerned. Especially if you accidentally leave it on and the kids find it. It would make much more sense to have power ON indication. A big fail in the safety aspect. Once the light is off, the steamer can be activated via the trigger. It starts a small pump inside and obviously sends jets of water onto the hotplate in the front of the unit. It's a little underwhelming to tell the truth. Yes there's steam but if you've been lulled into thinking that there will be a gush of steam like the product image on the packaging, you'd be mistaken. I would equate the steam amount to be quite similar to a normal steam iron or a kettle on high boil.
Questions & Answers
My steam and go handheld iron steam started to drip hot water when in use. I have been using ironing water all along and it was performing really well until now. I have left it long enough to heat up. I have checked water tank installed correctly. Hot water squirts out and drips out. Most importantly, all garments are wet from the hot water squirts out! Please let me know how to fix it. Thanks.
How do you get brush off?
Hi Kazza, you should be able to gently pull it off the steamer. If you have any difficulty doing that, please feel free to reach our product team directly on 1300 363 391 (Australia), or 0800 658 224 (New Zealand) from Mondays to Saturdays: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm EST. They'll be happy to help.
The Philips Australia Team
How do you de scale model GC362 steam and go?
Thanks for reaching out to us. You can clean the Philips Steam&Go by rinsing the water tank to remove any deposits. If there is anything left, make sure to wipe them off with a cloth with a non-abrasive cleaning detergent. If this doesn't help, we'd like to refer you to our product team for more information. You can reach them directly on 1300 363 391 (Australia), or 0800 658 224 (New Zealand) from Mondays to Saturdays: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm EST. They'll be happy to help.
The Philips Australia Team
With an average 3.6-star rating and several reviewers commenting on its small water tank and limited steaming power, the Philips Steam & Go can best be summarised by one review entitled ‘OK but has its limitations.’
Points of praise about the Philips Steam & Go:
- It can be used both vertically and horizontally on clothes, which helps to get into difficult areas
- Does well with steaming lightweight and synthetic fabrics, but not so well with thicker clothes, for example those made from 100% cotton
Pain points with this garment steamer:
- Many reviewers found the small water tank frustrating, as it often required re-filling in the middle of a steaming session
- Took a considerable amount of time to reach full capacity and remove wrinkles from clothes. Over time (for example one year) the level of steam generated also often reduced
- Reviewers commented that they still needed or preferred their traditional iron, especially for larger items of clothing.
|Steam Output||24 g/min|
|Features||Auto Shut Off, Detachable Tank and Vertical Steam|
|Water Tank Capacity||70 ml|
|Colour / Finish||Black|
|Cord Length||2.5 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
- GTIN13: 8710103846512
- MPN: GC362/80
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