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01 .Introduction

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CHOICE saves you legwork, time and money of shopping by foot by bringing you the best websites for popular gifts. 

More than 6,000 members responded to our survey. We provided them with a list of popular online retailers and also invited them to volunteer their own favorites. Sites were rated on how easy it is to find products, product range, availability, price, delivery costs and returns policy. Overall, the respondents said the smaller merchants provide better services than bigger online marketplace giants such as eBay and Amazon.

An overall satisfaction rating for each site is provided to find out how they stack up in the following categories:

  • Books, CDs, DVDs and video games
  • Clothes, shoes and accessories
  • Electrical goods
  • Cosmetics, hair care and toiletries

Please note: this information was current as of November 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market.

 
 

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Paul's opinion:

  • Member since: 17 Jan 13
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1 MONTH AGO | Hi there, my partner bought a Homemaker steamer from Kmart a few months ago. It was kept in our guest bedroom. Turns out it had some kind of slow leak through the bottom of the unit and the resultant dampness in the carpet beneath created an awful mould stain over time. Are these units not water-tight? Surely an appliance that is designed to hold water in a reservoir must be 100% water-tight, no?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

MC's opinion:

  • Member since: 19 Apr 13
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3 MONTHS AGO | I've been using steamers for years and can't do without one. However, I've found that they typically don't last more than a year or so. Do you have any information on the longevity of different brands?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

jaclom's opinion:

  • Member since: 04 Oct 12
  • 3 Comments
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5 MONTHS AGO | I've just bought the Tefal minute steamer- Myer special $119.00. I bought it mainly for school shirts. I can steam iron a shirt in a few minutes easily with good results. I've now gone on to my trousers, t-shirts etc. I have a front loader and items are more creased than a top loader, but the Tefal seems a winner. Thanks for the recent update.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

LBDuck's opinion:

  • Member since: 14 Sep 14
  • 1 Comments
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8 MONTHS AGO | It has been 18 months since this test. Given that garment steamers are gaining popularity, are you thinking of repeating the test with newer models? It would be great to see the high end models (Sauber, Wertheim...) included too.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Heather's opinion:

  • Member since: 17 Nov 06
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10 MONTHS AGO | Hi can anyone tell me where to purchase the excelsior professional clothes steamer in Vic or online? Thanks

 
 
 
 
 

 

Paul's opinion:

  • Member since: 17 Jan 13
  • 1 Comments
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1 MONTH AGO | Hi there, my partner bought a Homemaker steamer from Kmart a few months ago. It was kept in our guest bedroom. Turns out it had some kind of slow leak through the bottom of the unit and the resultant dampness in the carpet beneath created an awful mould stain over time. Are these units not water-tight? Surely an appliance that is designed to hold water in a reservoir must be 100% water-tight, no?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

MC's opinion:

  • Member since: 19 Apr 13
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
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User Profile

3 MONTHS AGO | I've been using steamers for years and can't do without one. However, I've found that they typically don't last more than a year or so. Do you have any information on the longevity of different brands?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

jaclom's opinion:

  • Member since: 04 Oct 12
  • 3 Comments
  • 2 Replies
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User Profile

5 MONTHS AGO | I've just bought the Tefal minute steamer- Myer special $119.00. I bought it mainly for school shirts. I can steam iron a shirt in a few minutes easily with good results. I've now gone on to my trousers, t-shirts etc. I have a front loader and items are more creased than a top loader, but the Tefal seems a winner. Thanks for the recent update.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

LBDuck's opinion:

  • Member since: 14 Sep 14
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
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User Profile

8 MONTHS AGO | It has been 18 months since this test. Given that garment steamers are gaining popularity, are you thinking of repeating the test with newer models? It would be great to see the high end models (Sauber, Wertheim...) included too.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Heather's opinion:

  • Member since: 17 Nov 06
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

10 MONTHS AGO | Hi can anyone tell me where to purchase the excelsior professional clothes steamer in Vic or online? Thanks

 
 
 
 
 

 

Paul's opinion:

  • Member since: 17 Jan 13
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
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User Profile

1 MONTH AGO | Hi there, my partner bought a Homemaker steamer from Kmart a few months ago. It was kept in our guest bedroom. Turns out it had some kind of slow leak through the bottom of the unit and the resultant dampness in the carpet beneath created an awful mould stain over time. Are these units not water-tight? Surely an appliance that is designed to hold water in a reservoir must be 100% water-tight, no?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

MC's opinion:

  • Member since: 19 Apr 13
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

3 MONTHS AGO | I've been using steamers for years and can't do without one. However, I've found that they typically don't last more than a year or so. Do you have any information on the longevity of different brands?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

jaclom's opinion:

  • Member since: 04 Oct 12
  • 3 Comments
  • 2 Replies
0
 
User Profile

5 MONTHS AGO | I've just bought the Tefal minute steamer- Myer special $119.00. I bought it mainly for school shirts. I can steam iron a shirt in a few minutes easily with good results. I've now gone on to my trousers, t-shirts etc. I have a front loader and items are more creased than a top loader, but the Tefal seems a winner. Thanks for the recent update.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

LBDuck's opinion:

  • Member since: 14 Sep 14
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

8 MONTHS AGO | It has been 18 months since this test. Given that garment steamers are gaining popularity, are you thinking of repeating the test with newer models? It would be great to see the high end models (Sauber, Wertheim...) included too.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Heather's opinion:

  • Member since: 17 Nov 06
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

10 MONTHS AGO | Hi can anyone tell me where to purchase the excelsior professional clothes steamer in Vic or online? Thanks

 
 
 
 
 

 

Paul's opinion:

  • Member since: 17 Jan 13
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

1 MONTH AGO | Hi there, my partner bought a Homemaker steamer from Kmart a few months ago. It was kept in our guest bedroom. Turns out it had some kind of slow leak through the bottom of the unit and the resultant dampness in the carpet beneath created an awful mould stain over time. Are these units not water-tight? Surely an appliance that is designed to hold water in a reservoir must be 100% water-tight, no?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

MC's opinion:

  • Member since: 19 Apr 13
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

3 MONTHS AGO | I've been using steamers for years and can't do without one. However, I've found that they typically don't last more than a year or so. Do you have any information on the longevity of different brands?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

jaclom's opinion:

  • Member since: 04 Oct 12
  • 3 Comments
  • 2 Replies
0
 
User Profile

5 MONTHS AGO | I've just bought the Tefal minute steamer- Myer special $119.00. I bought it mainly for school shirts. I can steam iron a shirt in a few minutes easily with good results. I've now gone on to my trousers, t-shirts etc. I have a front loader and items are more creased than a top loader, but the Tefal seems a winner. Thanks for the recent update.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

LBDuck's opinion:

  • Member since: 14 Sep 14
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

8 MONTHS AGO | It has been 18 months since this test. Given that garment steamers are gaining popularity, are you thinking of repeating the test with newer models? It would be great to see the high end models (Sauber, Wertheim...) included too.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Heather's opinion:

  • Member since: 17 Nov 06
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

10 MONTHS AGO | Hi can anyone tell me where to purchase the excelsior professional clothes steamer in Vic or online? Thanks

 
 
 
 
 

 

Paul's opinion:

  • Member since: 17 Jan 13
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

1 MONTH AGO | Hi there, my partner bought a Homemaker steamer from Kmart a few months ago. It was kept in our guest bedroom. Turns out it had some kind of slow leak through the bottom of the unit and the resultant dampness in the carpet beneath created an awful mould stain over time. Are these units not water-tight? Surely an appliance that is designed to hold water in a reservoir must be 100% water-tight, no?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

MC's opinion:

  • Member since: 19 Apr 13
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

3 MONTHS AGO | I've been using steamers for years and can't do without one. However, I've found that they typically don't last more than a year or so. Do you have any information on the longevity of different brands?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

jaclom's opinion:

  • Member since: 04 Oct 12
  • 3 Comments
  • 2 Replies
0
 
User Profile

5 MONTHS AGO | I've just bought the Tefal minute steamer- Myer special $119.00. I bought it mainly for school shirts. I can steam iron a shirt in a few minutes easily with good results. I've now gone on to my trousers, t-shirts etc. I have a front loader and items are more creased than a top loader, but the Tefal seems a winner. Thanks for the recent update.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

LBDuck's opinion:

  • Member since: 14 Sep 14
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

8 MONTHS AGO | It has been 18 months since this test. Given that garment steamers are gaining popularity, are you thinking of repeating the test with newer models? It would be great to see the high end models (Sauber, Wertheim...) included too.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Heather's opinion:

  • Member since: 17 Nov 06
  • 1 Comments
  • 0 Replies
0
 
User Profile

10 MONTHS AGO | Hi can anyone tell me where to purchase the excelsior professional clothes steamer in Vic or online? Thanks

 
 
 
 
 

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