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4.0 out of 5 stars A good evolution, 5 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Philips Azur GC4641 2400 Watt Steam Iron With Auto Shut Off (Kitchen & Home)
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This iron is replacing an existing (not yet defunct) Philips Azur (4310) so it gave me the opportunity to do a bit of comparative testing.

Already owning an Azur iron, the size was not an issue, but it is a good 300 grams heavier ... this has its good and bad points, as it is more difficult to heave around, but once it is on the board, the additional heft does make light work of creases. (If you are not particularly skilled at ironing like me, there is also the opportunity to iron creases in too!

Warm up to max temp took marginally longer on the 4641, but not so much that it would cause any problems ... about 80 seconds from cold. The auto-shut-off is a very useful feature if you knock the thing over and will switch off after about 20 seconds ... I can't think of too many occasions when I wouldn't be there to rectify the situation, but I guess children or pets could have a part to play.

The water filler is bigger and better than our existing iron and takes about 300ml of tap water. It is too soon to try out the de-calc function, but it is pretty much the same as the old one, and that works very well.

One big improvement over the old iron is the construction of the temp selector dial. The old one was plastic and would sometimes stick and be difficult to turn. The 4641 dial appears to be made of metal and moves very freely.

There is a good burst of steam available and the water spray is more than adequate. I'm not sure I have fully fathomed out the Ionic Steam function yet, you hear a little buzz when you inadvertently press the trigger (underside of the handle) and I'm sure it is doing something very clever ... just not sure what!

I would recommend this iron, if it hadn't tipped the scales at the best part of 2 kilos I would have given 5 stars.
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