is a fierce competitor to the Styler. It is also a little easier on the wallet. It’s the mini-me cousin as far as size goes, but it might just pack more punch than you’d expect. So which one is better?
The LG Styler allows 5 garments on hangers, a pant press, and removable racks for things such as baseball caps and scarves. Swash on the other hand only handles one item at a time. However, it cleans much quicker which we will discuss further down.
Both steamers simply plug into a 120-volt wall outlet. The LG Styler uses a portable water container which is then heated and steamed throughout the machine while the hangers are shaken back and forth, eliminating wrinkles and allowing garments to remain relatively dry. Swash on the other hand requires Tide Pods (~60 cents per load) specially designed for the machine. Swash sprays liquid across the clothes, front and back, and then the thermal drying function heats and circulates air through the clothes. When this air hits the liquid in the fibers, it steams out the creases.
Here’s where there’s a pretty large difference. The LG Styler, though it cleans more items, can take up to two hours to fully clean and unwrinkle your garments. If you’re simply using the machine to crease a pair of dress pants, it will only take you 30 minutes. Swash is a super quick and efficient system for cleaning your clothes in 10-15 minutes. Though it only allows one garment at a time, this is ideal if you’re just trying to steam your shirt before work.
LG has brought laundry into the 21st century with this device. The Styler is programmed to work with a free app that allows you to create custom cleaning settings. As an example, you can program a setting specifically for your ties (or any other item of clothing that requires special care). When you’re ready to start your custom cycle, you hold your phone up to the machine and the Styler will detect and download the cycle. Way to go, technology! Swash is a little more basic in this area. What you see is what you get. Hey, sometimes traditional is a little refreshing.
LG Styler: $1,999 Whirlpool Swash: $399
If you’re in the market for a home dry cleaning product, the Swash is a safe bet. The Styler is really cool looking and will make you look rich and important, but it might drain your bank account without providing the same quality of service. If you’re a hotel owner and looking for a way to provide the “perfect stay”, the Styler might be for you. For everyone else, Swash wins this round.
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