STEAM AND STASH:

The Denver Post - - TRAVEL - SteamFast SF-717 Home and Away Travel Steam Iron is $29.99 at www.steamfast.com.

While wrin­kle-re­sis­tant cloth­ing is clearly an as­set in travel, I’ve yet to find any that can achieve the crisp, tidy look of a freshly ironed gar­ment. For those times when “not rum­pled” is not neat enough, the SteamFast SF-717 Home and Away Travel Steam Iron can be a friend in­deed. At about 5 inches long by 3 inches wide by 3 inches high, and weigh­ing less than a pound, this lit­tle im­presser can glide in and around pock­ets, pleats and other tight places big­ger irons couldn’t fi­nesse. Its non­stick sole plate can heat up ready to iron in 15 sec­onds; for one-touch steam heat, fill the 1.4-ounce-ca­pac­ity wa­ter tank us­ing the in­cluded plas­tic cup, and give it a minute. The 420-watt iron is dual volt­age for world­wide use (though you may need plug adap­tors). The 7.5-foot elec­tric cord wraps neatly around the in­den­ta­tion be­tween the con­trol-top grip han­dle and the iron. A bright red heat in­di­ca­tor light lets you know the iron is up and run­ning, and three tem­per­a­ture set­tings let you fine-tune the heat, so more frag­ile ma­te­ri­als can get just a kiss of a hiss for a touch-up. SteamFast has just in­tro­duced a new model (the SF-750) with a lit­tle more oomph, but I pre­fer the smaller size and bet­ter grip of this ver­sion.

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