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on 29 March 2015
I’ve had a reasonably decent steam iron for years, but it’s always struggled with shirts from TM Lewin. They’re quite nice quality but usually made of thick cotton – and generally, if you don’t iron them while they’re still a bit damp, they’re more or less permanently creased. This iron / steam generator makes ironing TM Lewin shirts more like ironing regular shirts. It’s not quite as magical as the other reviews led me to believe, but it’s definitely a lot, lot easier than a regular iron.
It’s also pretty big – and this model isn’t the biggest. What you get is a device which looks like an iron, but without a temperature gauge, attached by a thick cord to a large (1.5l) reservoir which you fill with water and plug into the mains. You have to fit filters into the reservoir to make sure the water is descaled, and it won’t function without them. Two such filters are supplied with the unit.
Once you’ve fitted the filter and plugged it in, the iron pulses blue while it’s warming up. Once it’s warmed up, it goes solid blue and you’re good to go – you simply hold down the steam button and iron away. It does generate a reasonable amount of steam; by the time I’d done three shirts, the windows were quite steamy, but it wasn’t exactly a rainforest in my lounge.
Normal shirts and clothes are very easy to iron, as the unit quickly smoothes out any creases. I did have to revisit thicker shirts on occasion, but it certainly wasn’t the battle it’s been in the past with a regular iron.
It is significantly more expensive than a normal, good iron, and although I’m not sure how long the filters last (I will update when I have to change them) this is another expense. It's also worth noting that it's quite heavy - I think the boxed weight is about 3.4kg, so if you're ordering it to the office and taking it home, you might want to reconsider! However, it's not too bad and it’s also a lot easier than a regular iron and a lot quicker.
October 2015 update: After just over six months, the Steam Generator broke - the green light on the 'eco' button wouldn't stop flashing. At first I thought it was just that the calc cartridge needed to be changed, but after trying a few, it was still broken. Fortunately, Philips customer service was pretty prompt (NB. Make sure you register your appliance as soon as you get it!!) and they picked it up, repaired / replaced (I suspect the latter) and returned it for free. Now works fine again.