My strategy was to buy the most expensive steamer I find. I'm hoping this would be that last steamer I ever purchase for the rest of my life so I didn't mind making the investment up front. My other motive was to utilize the steamer as a way of bringing steam setting back into my regimen. My original Caruso Steam Reservoir stopped working eons ago and my facial steamers have served as suitable substitutes ever since.
Less than a week after it's long awaited arrival and I'm ready to share my thoughts. First off, since this is a Japanese product, everything including manual, the writing on the steamer, and the instructional videos on Youtube, are in Japanese. So it took me a few minutes of fumbling around with to figure it out (not sure if I've totally figured it out, there's one button on it that I've yet to understand its purpose).
The cool steam function is more of a cool mist than a cool steam. My only qualm is that I haven't been able to find how to activate the cool mist on it's own. Based on what I know so far, it's added on to the end of a traditional warm steam session. To date, I've used this beauty less than a handful of times. I can not begin to tell you the difference between my skin now and how it looked before my steamer arrived. This thing is worth it's weight in gold for just that reason alone. My favorite thing to do is steam in the morning while practicing the Tanaka Massage technique.
Overall, I judge how good an item is by whether I would repurchase if it were to break or if I were to lose it. If this were to break, I would replace without even thinking about it. Sure, it's pretty pricey but it pays for itself when I think about how much I save from not having to get professional facials. Plus, I can't see myself going back to the other steamers I used before that gave just ok results. This is definitely one of my favorite purchases this year.