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Philips GC6704/36 Fast Care Compact Steam Generator, 1.3 Litre, 2400 W
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- Faster ironing thanks to 110g/min continuous steam, 200g steam boost and 5.2 bar pump pressure
- Lightweight and compact yet with 1.3L large water tank
- Ceramic soleplate for easy gliding and durability
- 1.3L large water tank for long use
- Built-in easy descaling system for long lasting performance
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Powerful, continuous steam works faster than a steam iron, with an easy-to-refill water tank and quick heat-up. Compact and lightweight for easy storage. Compared to Philips steam iron PowerLife
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Philips FastCare Compact
Philips Brand Promise
Philips is No.1 Global Ironing Brand* with over 65 years expertise in ironing technology and innovation.
*Euromonitor data, 2002-2016
Iron Faster with 2x More Steam*
Powerful, continuous steam works faster than a steam iron, with an easy-to-refill water tank and quick heat-up. Compact and lightweight for easy storage.
*Compared to Philips steam iron PowerLife
Ultra-Powerful Steam for Ultimate Crease Removal
Strong, continuous steam tackles even the thickest fabrics with ease. Watch stubborn creases melt away with an extra steam boost just where you need it. This extra steam is perfect for vertical steaming to refresh clothes and curtains, too.
Compact and Convenient
The lightweight, compact size is perfect for storage and fits conveniently on your ironing board. Exclusive ProVelocity technology makes our steam generators smaller and more compact than ever.
Ceramic Soleplate for Easy Gliding and Durability
Our durable ceramic soleplate glides well on all garments. It’s non-stick, scratch-resistant and simple to keep clean.
Large Water Tank for up to 1 Hour Ironing
A 1.3-litre transparent water tank gives you more than 1 hour of continuous use. See clearly how much water is left and refill easily at any time under the tap through the large filling door.
Easy Descaling System for Long Lasting Performance
Keep steaming as strong as ever and extend the life of your iron with Smart Calc Clean, our built-in descaling and cleaning system. The iron will let you know when it’s time to be cleaned. A descaling container is provided for ease of use.
|FastCare Compact GC6704||FastCare Compact GC6730||PerfectCare Compact Essential GC6830||PerfectCare Compact GC7833|
|Temperature settings||Dial with 4 key settings||Dial with 4 key settings||OptimalTEMP for 1 perfect setting and no burns guaranteed||OptimalTEMP for 1 perfect setting and no burns guaranteed|
|Continuous steam for fast ironing performance||Up to 110 g/min||Up to 110 g/min||Up to 110 g/min||Up to 120 g/min|
|Steam boost effective against tough creases||Up to 200 g||Up to 230 g||Up to 270 g||Up to 350 g|
|Bar (pump)||Max 5.2||Max 5.2||Max 5.5||Max 6|
|Water tank capacity||1.3 L||1.3 L||1.3 L||1.5 L|
|Soleplate gliding for perfect results||Ceramic soleplate||Ceramic soleplate||SteamGlide Plus soleplate||SteamGlide Plus soleplate|
|Carry lock for safety||-||✓||✓||✓|
|Calc-clean to prolong lifetime||Smart descaling||Smart descaling||Smart descaling||Smart descaling|
|Energy saving (ECO mode)||-||-||-||✓|
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I really do like the Philips make for these steam generators and would be pleased to highly recommend it.
packaging. The water tank holds about 1.3 litres maximum. No jug is provided to fill said tank. I used an empty
1 litre, well cleaned bottle that had contained apple cider vinegar; and when emptying out the remaining water
after use of the station I decanted it into a small bowl rather than take the whole station near a sink to empty
the residue water. No additives to the water are permitted as doing so could cause malfunctioning of the iron and
stained clothing. The tank can be replenished during usage. How often one would need to do so would be dependent
upon many factors - not least how dry the clothes are upon being ironed - in addition to how often the boost
function is used. The steam button and 'boost' button are one of the same thing. Pressing the steam button twice
in quick succession will give a 3 second boost. I found it better to wait a few seconds after boost before using
the steam button again otherwise the steam almost instantly builds up to a point whereby the iron plate is
virtually being suspended above the clothing resulting in excessive steam being emitted into the air and the flow
of the iron feeling similar to how a car feels when unexpectedly aquaplaning over ice. The iron has an indicator
light, which when lit, notifies the user that it is time to decalc the iron. Full instructions are given as to
how do so.
As indicated, the iron heats up very quickly - less than 2 minutes when I timed it for the first time.
The visual appearance of the Philips GC6704 is beyong criticism, apart from a few mould marks underneath the water
tank. To my mind people need to realise that China manufactures products as good as any nation can. The user
manual is clear in both print quality and instructions for use. I should point out that both inner leafs of the
front and back pages are used to show instructions via annotated images.
I tested the Philips GC6704 on some well creased T-shirts and work trousers. They were extremely creased because
I had left them on the washing line overnight (unintentionally, of course); that resulted in an unexpected severe
frost drying in the creases, so to speak. The Philips GC6704 had absolutely no trouble in almost instantly
removing those creases. The only problem being that the cloth to be ironed needs to be very flat - apart from
existing creases, of course - otherwise a fold from underneath will show through on the top surface of the cloth.
I would have liked the electric plug to have been white instead of a somewhat cream colour - it
reminds me of how some rubber plugs look upon ageing. I also wasn't too keen on the method of
storing the mains cable and steam hose after use. After curling them up they are pushed into an
aperture behind the water tank. However, I don't feel strongly enough about those two aspects to
merit a reduction in stars and therefore, with my thoughts upon how Philips support their products
via their technical support section, I am satisfied that 5 stars is fully justified.
But this Philips FastCare Compact GC6704 changes everything. Even at full RRP it's just over a hundred quid which is a great price, but it seems to sell closer to eighty quid meaning that it directly competes on price with a standard premium-grade iron. And as far as I'm concerned there is no way I'd want a standard iron now I've experienced steam generators. The reason? A steam iron does its job in half the time. I think it's because the base unit holds so much water - 1.3 litres in the case of the GC6704 which it eagerly pumps out as steam onto whatever it is you're ironing.
Another reason it's faster is because the bit that you hold in your hand is much lighter than a standard iron. I suppose because it's a simpler unit - doesn't need a water reservoir and if it does have any electrical components inside they don't weigh much.
There are some obvious concessions that enable the GC6704 to cost so little - it doesn't lock onto the base unit. I'm not sure how much that matters. You'd be a very brave person if you were willing to carry your whole iron and base unit around by the iron's handle and trust to a locking mechanism. The other big difference is that more expensive steam generator irons have more sophisticated descaling systems. So much so that it might be advisable to demineralised water instead of tap. The more expensive units tend to remove limescale in the base unit meaning there's less chance of it ending up on your clothes. But the GC6704 does have a descaling system in the handle. You might be wise to laminate the A4 instruction sheet and keep it near where you store your iron because it's not totally intuitive.
In summary - at this price there is no way I'd consider a traditional iron - except maybe if space is at such a premium that you have literally nowhere to store the GC6704's base unit.
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