I’ve had the big boiler style steamers in shops I’ve worked in over
the years, but they take some real care to fill, clean, and maintain
them. Eventually the boiler gives up or heating unit burns out.
Distilled water helps preserve the boiler, I discovered.
A few years ago, I had the chance to buy an almost new “Steam
Dragon” steamer. It only set me back $400, and I’m really pleased
with its minimal maintenance and ease of use. You only need to stick
the attached weighted plastic hose into a bottle of distilled water,
and turn it on. Instead of using a boiler, it has a super-heated
chamber inside that when you step on the foot pedal, injects a small
amount of water into the chamber, making a good burst of steam into
my sink. So it does not keep water under pressure in a boiler. It
seems to have very good pressure, equal to the boiler-type steamers
I’m familiar with, but much cheaper and easier to use.
Check out the Steam Dragon…