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Ironing is almost a pleasure with this!
on 1 September 2014
My friends and acquaintances have been telling me about the advantages of steam generator irons for ages but I haven't been listening because I didn't think I generated enough ironing to justify the price, or the room that they take up in a small flat.
I have also been lucky enough to have had the Tefal GV8956 Pro Express Total Auto Control Steam Generator to review and now that I've been using a stem generator iron for some time I know that I would buy one for when there is a lot of ironing to do. You can't justify it for ironing one shirt each morning but if you have one of these then you can whizz through the week's worth and have an extra five minutes in bed in the morning. The speed at which one can get through the ironing is partly down to the large tank of water, which means that you don't have to keep stop to refill, but also because the smart adjustment of heat means that you don't have to sort clothes into the optimal order for ironing i.e. delicates first or last so that you don't scorch them.. there is no waiting for the iron to heat up as this takes only two minutes.
I have kept my small iron for the times when I have just one item to iron - otherwise it is the steam generator iron I'll be using.
Just to prove how confident Phillips are that you won't burn your fabric, or the ironing board, there is no heel on this iron. I did feel that I was living dangerously when I left the iron face down, but grew used to it quite quickly and there is no sigh of a scorch mark on the board or on one of my delicate fabrics.
+ The steam power is fantastic and works well as a vertical steamer to get rid of wrinkles when clothes are hanging
+ 2.5L tank which means that the ironing does not have to stop for frequent refilling
+ The smart chip technology works flawlessly on adjusting to different fabrics
+ The Steamglide footplate does feel very smooth when ironing
+ The iron part of the unit is light which means that your wrist doesn't ache when you have a lot to iron
+ Shuts off automatically when left unused and flat on its soleplate after two minutes.
+ It has an anti-calc collector which is which is very important in hard water areas, but I fill mine from my Brita water filter
+ I have a large ironing board and it rests on it very securely
+ Good safety locking of the iron on the rest of the unit
- It is large and pricey but if you have a lot of ironing then I feel it is great value