15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A great steam iron, easy to use and hot hot hot! Excellent and quick results,
This review is from: Philips Azur GC4890/02 Steam Iron with Anodilium Technology Soleplate, 2600 Watt - Black (Kitchen & Home)
We purchased this iron to replace our 8 year old iron that we'd kept for far too long. We read a lot of reviews and made a lot of comparisons and decided this would be best for our budget and needs. I've uploaded some images of the iron to hopefully help give an idea of its size and look.
Having had the iron for 12 months now it's due a review as it's been fantastic (or so I'm told by my wife).
The iron is very easy to use straight out of the box and gives fantastic and quick ironing results.
Things that we like about this iron:
-It heats up very quickly, even to the maximum temperature setting
-The steam function never leaks. My wife uses the steam function a lot, and the iron always produces decent steam (i.e. no water comes out).
-The iron is easy to clean (with a `calc clean' function, explained below)
-The iron has a good length of power cord for our needs, approx. 2.5m when laid out
-The iron is light (1.6kg)
-The iron is noticeably smooth on all fabrics
All of the above really have helped to speed up the chore of ironing for my wife and make it a little (just a little!) more pleasurable.
My wife doesn't tend to use the spray and steam boost buttons much that are available since the iron gets so much hotter than our previous one, she doesn't feel the need to use them much. But good to know they are there.
Our only quibble is that after only 12 months there is a slight stain on the iron plate that we cannot get rid of (as we're worried about using harsh chemicals or abrasive cloths on this surface). The iron still works exceptionally well despite this stain, and hasn't come off on any of our clothes. Just a little annoying that it's there.
So all in all a great iron that is light, easy to use and produces noticeably better ironing results than any other iron we've used.
And finally for those interested a note on how to clean the iron (which is wonderfully easy):
The calc clean function appears to keep our iron free of limescale. The manual says you are meant to do it every two weeks but we probably clean ours once every other month, but all seems fine. You simply put the steam function to zero, fill the iron tank with water, set the temperature to max. Plug the iron in as you would normally then when the heat light goes out hold your iron over the sink and hold the `calc clean' button on the side of the iron. This can create a lot of steam as water flows out of the soleplate but it really does remove all flakes etc that have built up in the iron.