Singer ESP-2 Electronic Steam Press Review

I purchased the Singer ESP-2 Electronic Steam Press as a replacement for a previous Singer model. I was very happy with the previous model and it had lasted me a good 7 or 8 years, so rather than replace the heating element that broke, I decided to just invest in the updated model. And on the whole, it was a great decision!

The ESP-2 is of a nice design and pretty well made. I’ve been using it for a good year now and in terms of durability it’s holding up very well. It’s lightweight but very sturdy which is just what I wanted. And most importantly, it just works! The element heats up in a few minutes so pretty quick and from there you’re ready to go. You can either have no steam or electronically pumped variable steam. I go for the steam option nearly all the time as it gives best results.

At 24-by-9 inches, the pressing area is a good size and is easy to manage, but perhaps a slightly bigger press would be even better. I wear business attire each week, and although I don’t tend to use this for my shirts (there’s quite a knack to those), it makes light work of my pants. I’ve pretty much reduced my dry cleaning bill by about ¾ of what I was paying before, so the ESP-2 cost was recouped extremely quickly.

I’ve found with other steam press’ that they can get a bit hard on your shoulder after a lot of use. That’s not the case with the ESP-2. “Fingertip force” will lower the handle to 100 pounds of pressure, which after doing a weeks worth of pressing is a feature you’ll appreciate. I noticed the difference over my old Singer model.

The device sounds an alarm around 10 seconds after pressing down the handle, as an indicator of when to release the press. This is advertised as being every 10 seconds but I’ve noticed it’s less than that sometimes and it can get annoying. It’s certainly not a deal breaker as the steamer ultimately does what it’s designed to do, but it’s worth mentioning. Most items don’t need to be pressed for as much as 10 seconds anyway so you can usually avoid the alarm.

Other than that, the only other thing I would say is that the ESP-2 does take a little practice to get the hang of, but then that would be the same for any steamer. Just don’t form an opinion on it until you’ve given it a fair shot. Once you get the hang of it you’ll likely fall in love with this thing too!

Here’s a summary of the ESP-2:

Pros:

  • It works well
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Pretty fast heat up time
  • Very sturdy and well-made

Cons:

  • Pressing area could be larger
  • Takes a bit of practice
  • Alarm can get annoying

Overall, I think the ESP-2 is a great little device and I’m once again happy with what Singer have produced. If you want a good little steam press that will save you both a heap of time and money, then the ESP-2 is for you. Highly recommended.

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