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Very impressive, but...
on 24 October 2010
In brief - I was honestly blown away by the performance, and I think I might be a little bit in love with it; but this is a tool for someone with a big family to iron for: I imagine if you do a job-lot on a Sunday afternoon, this would be a Godsend - If you only iron one or two bits every few days, its probably way more beast than you'll ever need.
1. Its extremely simple to use, despite looking quite intimidating when you get it out of the box, you literally plug it in, fill it with water and turn it on, wait 2 minutes - then off you go! Theres no fiddly bits and bobs other than the typical dial you get on any standard iron.
2. It has a built in decalcifier - so no scale flecks on your clothes
3. Sturdy and beautifully made: not a single part of it looks or feels cheap or "thats gonna break off"
4. The sole-plate glides perfectly, and has a narrowed tip which is fantastic for ironing details, between buttons etc
5. The steam is powerful enough to knock out some quite demonic creases: I have a thick canvas-like material jacket which Ive been unable to wear for nearly 6 months due to some horrible creasing (after washing) which hasnt come out regardless of what Ive tried - it now looks brand new.
6. I tried it also on a cotton shirt, thick denim jeans and some linen trousers - all came out beautifully flat (if thats the way to explain it!) - I was really impressed
7. The time it takes to iron a shirt is striking: literally less than a minute - I can see it being loved deeply when Im running late in a morning and find my shirt is creased.
8. It doesnt spot or pool water on your clothes or board
9. In the images it looks garish neon blue - it isnt, its parts are powder blue, white and the tank is a shade off navy - it looks really rather cool and, if an iron ever can be, cheerful!
1. It DRINKS water - I only ironed 5 things the first go I used it, and I had to refill it twice
2. Very heavy - if you had an old or cheap'n'cheerful ironing board it would probably make the legs fold under! If the base fell off the board and landed on your foot, it would be a trip to casualty and a plaster cast I imagine.
3. Noisy - which it has to be due to the pump - I just wasnt expecting it to be quite THAT loud - if you iron while watching TV, you'll probably need to put the volume up quite a bit (the steam blasts out at quite a racket too)
4. It takes up a fair bit of room on the ironing board, so you have to work around it when ironing some items - not a problem for things like Tshirts, but long trousers etc you might have to do some laundry acrobatics to get the right angle
5. It gets hot - all of it. It does warn you of this on the box, but I wasnt expecting for instance the flex wire between iron and base to be so hot - Id be worried if I had children around
6. Its not TRICKY to fill, but its a bit of a pain - I did splash water everywhere because the inlet, though large, has a sort of grid over it which deflects water unless you trickle it in. More annoying because you have to do it quite a few times!
7. Its massive, so Im going to find it difficult to store between use
8. Expensive: Ive seen similar ones in Tesco for around £60
9. It seems to take a lot longer to cool down than my old iron. Again a concern if you have little ones or pets running around
Final note: it has NO extras - for instance it doesnt have the traditional spray function, which at first I thought "oh... what if I need to dampen the clothes to get deep creases out?", but you really wouldnt ever need it, it makes use simplicity in itself and the steam power is phenomenal - You could iron a knife edge crease in denim, then iron it out again just as easily. You could probably even strip wallpaper with it! (*Dont use it to strip wallpaper)
So yes, I cant recommend it enough for someone who has epic ironing tasks - but its definitely excessive for light users.