Thursday, June 16, 2011
I recently began wearing linen odd trousers again for the season and was reminded how the Whirlpool Fabric Freshener (WFF) has changed my life for the better. I purchased one more than three years ago and, unlike almost any other under $200 device with moving parts that I can think of, continue to use it every week in warm weather. I originally hoped it would be a general purpose steamer, but that proved not to be the case. It does a poor job of getting the wrinkles out of cotton polos after washing, which was one of the original objectives, and I will not put jackets in it for fear of popping a seam. It does however do one thing very well. Insert two pair of wrinkled linen trousers and remove two pair of perfectly wearable pants twenty minutes later.
Linen trousers of course are a casual wear staple in warm weather but the challenge is how to deal with the creasing and rumples. After one wearing, and certainly no more than two, they are a mess and pre-Whirlpool my choices were to have them dry cleaned or to spend ten minutes going over them with a steamer. Neither is much fun two or three times a week. As I said, the WFF changed that, and it has now performed faithfully for three entire seasons without a glitch.
Highly recommended for men who wear linen trousers and can afford the space for a one dimensional gadget. It sells for about $175 at various online outlets and more than pays for itself every year.