Tefal Ultraglide FV4488G1 : Power through the ironing
The Tefal Ultraglide FV4488G1 steam iron combines power and efficiency with low maintenance. It offers a very powerful 2300 wattage and 0-35g/minute steam output, to gently soften clothes for easier ironing. The Tefal Ultraglide also boasts a 100g/minute shot of steam, a boost to get rid of those more difficult and stubborn creases.
The steam output of an iron is indicated in grams per minute (g/min), so the higher the output, the more steam is generated to tackle creases. And the more powerful the iron, the deeper steam will penetrate fabric for quicker, hassle-free ironing and excellent results, no matter the fabric.
The Tefal Ultraglide FV4488G1 features the Tefal Ultraglide soleplate which features enhanced glideability thanks to its very smooth surface which helps reduce resistance when ironing. Glideability is one of the main features which facilitate use and increases ironing efficiency and comfort. Furthermore, in order to ensure longer lasting performance, the Ultraglide soleplate is equipped enhanced anti-scratch properties, ensures excellent heat distribution and is very easy to clean.
Simple to use
The Ultraglide FV4488G1 features an extra large filling opening for easy, safe and fast refilling. As well as a large 270ml water tank and a 3m cord equipped with Tefal’s Easycord system which prevents your cord from rucking on the items you’re ironing. Thanks to the vertical steam, you will also be able to give a fresh touch to your hanging garments, suits and curtains.
The FV4488 is self-cleaning, with anti-scale and anti-drip functions for easy maintenance.
Because safety is a key priority for Tefal, the iron comes equipped with an auto off feature, so there's no need to worry about whether the appliance has been turned off. If left unattended, the iron will turn itself off after eight minutes when on its heel, and after 30 seconds when laid down on its side or with it’s soleplate facing down. The iron also has an extra stable large open heel for safer storage, and easier ironing. This iron provides stability and is supported by strong domestic guarantees and after sales service.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Why is my iron leaking from the soleplate when I fill it?
Please be advised that when filling up your iron with water you should have all settings on a “no steam” setting. Ensure the iron is unplugged. Fill the iron up, plug in, switch on, then turn the dials to the settings required ensuring that the iron is set to a temperature where steam will be produced. This will ensure that the steam valve within the water tank remains closed and will prevent any water from leaking out of the water tank when water is added.
2) Why does steam not come out from all of the steam holes?
Not all of the steam holes release steam, the smaller holes on the soleplate that look like they might be steam holes are actually designed to assist soleplate glide ability.
3) Why did my iron smoke on first use?
When heating your iron for the first time, you may notice a small amount of odour and smoke, this is simply the engineering residues from the manufacturing process burning off. These are harmless and will quickly disappear.
4) Why do some water drops drip from the ironing board onto the floor during ironing?
It is normal. Your iron generates a lot of steam; this steam is condensing on the board. Some water drops can appear underneath the ironing board and drip onto the flooring.
5) Why does water leak from the soleplate when the iron is stores or when it is cooling off?
Your iron has been stored horizontally, without emptying the water tank and with the selector placed on steam position. When you store your iron horizontally, check that the tank is empty and the steam selector is set to "DRY" position.
6) My iron is producing no or little steam
Check the following points: - The tank is empty or almost empty; add more water, - The selected temperature is too low and does not allow steam to be produced; set the thermostat to the steam zone (between two dots and MAX), - If your iron has a Dry/Steam control, set it to the Steam position, - Scale has built up in your iron; descale it.
7) What water should I use for ironing?
Untreated tap water:
Your appliance has been designed to function using untreated tap water. If your water is very hard, we recommend you use a mix of 50% untreated tap water and 50% distilled or demineralised water.
Types of water not to use:
Heat concentrates the elements contained in water during evaporation. The types of water listed below may contain organic waste, mineral or chemical elements that can cause spitting, brown staining or premature wear of the appliance: water from clothes dryers, scented or softened water, water from refrigerators, batteries, air conditioners, rain water, boiled, filtered or bottled water. These types of water should not be used in your TEFAL iron. Also only use distilled water as advised above.
Always remember: Never use rainwater or water containing additives (like starch, fragrance or water from domestic appliances). Such additives can affect the steam properties and at high temperature form deposits in the steam generator chamber which are likely to stain your washing.
8) Can I put my iron away right after ironing?
No, leave the iron to cool down before putting it away and follow the four tips: empty out the water remaining in the tank, set the thermostat to the minimum, close the steam control and stand it upright or place it on the base (depending model).
9) What should I do to maintain my iron correctly?
Four tips: After use, empty the tank, close the steam control, set the thermostat to minimum and stand the iron upright or place it on the base (depending on model). Cleaning: Use a damp soft cloth to wipe your iron and never use cleaners or solvents. If your iron has an auto-clean function, refer to the instruction manual before using it.
- Always use untreated water in your iron. If your water is very hard, we recommend you use a mix of 50% untreated tap water and 50% distilled water.
- Avoid placing your iron on sharp objects such as zip fasteners and metal buttons.
- Do not put your iron down flat on rough surfaces.
- Be careful not to drop the iron as this can cause leaks and damage to the appliance.
Tefal owes its origins to Frenchman Marc Grégoire, an engineer and keen fisherman. Monsieur Grégoire wanted the reel on his rod to run more smoothly, and experimented in the 1950s to see if a non-stick coating would work. It did, but it was his wife Collette who made the real breakthrough, suggesting the coating would be more useful in making cookware easier to use and clean. Now, Tefal is the number one name in non-stick products and small appliances, operating in more than 120 countries. Tefal remains committed to making household tasks easier and cooking results better, through a constant flow of ideas, technology and innovation. Examples of that cutting-edge innovation can be seen in the ActiFry, the AirBake baking range and Tefal's Thermo Spot, which ensures your pans are always the optimum temperature to start cooking.
Compare the Tefal iron range
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Ultraglide : FV4488
Aquaspeed Autoclean : FV5370
Ultimate Anti Calc : FV9640
Freemove : FV9910
|Designed for ||Everyday ironing ||Difficult creases ||Professional results ||Freedom of movement |
|Benefits ||Extra steam power to easily glide through your ironing ||Long lasting performance thanks to Tefal’s Autoclean soleplate ||Anti calc collector for hassle free maintenance and long lasting performance ||Freedom of movement to work without the cord getting in the way |
|Soleplate ||Ultraglide ||Autoclean ||Autoclean ||Ultraglide |
|Steam output ||0-35 g/min ||0-40 g/min ||0-50 g/min ||0-35 g/min |
|Shot of steam ||120 g/min ||150 g/min ||200 g/min ||150 g/min |
|Anti-Drip ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||Double anti-drip |
|Anti scale ||Anti scale valve ||Anti scale valve ||Anti calc collector ||Anti scale valve |
|Auto off ||Auto shut off ||No ||Auto shut off ||No |
|Cord length ||3 m ||3 m ||3 m ||1.8 m (base) |