Philips GC8560 Pressurised Steam Generator with 1.6 Litre Detachable Water Tank
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- Powerful steam generator ironing system with constant high steam output and detachable 1.6 litre water tank that you can easily refill any time
- SteamGlide soleplate is scratch-resistant, easy to clean and glides well on all fabrics
- Up to 120 g/min continuous steam for perfect and fast crease removal and up to 200 g/min steam boost for stubborn creases
- Permanent anti-calc tablets delay the formation of scale build-up to boost performance and lengthen life of iron
- Save 20% energy and 40% water consumption by selecting the eco setting
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Great results, minimum effort--no compromise
Powerful yet convenient, this pressurised steam generator ironing system produces continuous steam at high pressure. The large detachable water tank can be refilled any time and anywhere, making your ironing fast and easy.
Differences between the GC8500 Series and its predecessor the GC8400 SeriesThere are three main differences:
- The GC8500 series has an eco steam setting which saves up to 20% energy and 50% water consumption. Most ironing jobs don't require all the power that an iron has, so the eco steam setting is an intelligent, eco-friendly option that gives you the chance to reduce both your carbon footprint and your energy bill.
- Anti-calc tablets in the water tank to prevent calc from building up in the appliance.
- Higher continuous steam output (120 g/minute as compared to 110 g/minute).
Continuous steam up to 120 g/minute
This pressurised steam generator provides continuous steam output up to 120 g/minute, thanks to the small amounts of water that are pumped into the boiler each time. In combination with a special vent pattern for optimal steam distribution, this means fast crease removal and great results.
Steam boost up to 200 g/minute
A powerful steam boost up to 200 g/minute helps to easily remove even the most stubborn creases.
The ergonomic design of this system facilitates comfortable ironing by putting less strain on the wrist. The upwardly sloping handle ensures a natural position and reduces strain. The unique design also prevents the repetitive movements caused by placing an iron on its heel.
Up to five bars steam pressure
Double your ironing speed with pressurised steam. Pressurised steam penetrates deep into fabrics, making your ironing fast and easy, even on difficult fabrics.
This iron is also light (only 1.2 kg) for an effortless and comfortable ironing experience.
SteamGlide is Philips' premium soleplate. It features great scratch resistance, excellent gliding and is easy to clean. The coating on the soleplate is ceramic-based, which facilitates easy cleaning of the soleplate and smooth gliding on all types of fabrics.
Calc clean function and anti-calc tablets
The calc clean function removes scale and impurities. Regular calc cleaning is important to keep the iron functioning with an optimal amount of steam, especially if you are filling your iron with hard water from the tap. This iron features permanent anti-calc tablets that delay the formation of scale build-up, ensuring better protection, better performance and a longer life for your steam generator system. It's a good idea to calc clean before heating up the appliance. Do NOT open the calc clean cap when the appliance is hot. If the appliance is hot, unplug the power cord from the mains and let the steam tank cool down for two hours. Remove the calc clean cap by turning it anti-clockwise. Pour water from the steam tank into the sink. Rinse the steam tank with tap water until all impurities are flushed out. Screw the calc clean cap back on tightly by turning it clockwise. A calc clean should be done once a month.
Quick start: Less than two minutes
This steam generator is super-fast to fill and set up and is ready to use in less than two minutes.
Refill the water tank any time
The separate water tank allows you to refill at any time, even during ironing, without waiting.
Get full control over your ironing with features like the iron temperature ready light and steam ready light (an indicator that shows when the right steam level is reached). On the steam generator's control panel, you will see three green lights for the steam setting which flash when heating up, turned on when the steam is ready. The water tank empty light is the red light that flashes when the water tank is empty and turns off when the water tank is refilled and put back in place.
Automatic cord winder
Thanks to the automatic cord winder, you can just press the button to automatically retract the power cord.
Reaches into tricky areas
The steam tip and button groove lets you iron right into hard-to-reach areas like seams and around buttons.
Save 20% energy and 40% water consumption by selecting the eco setting. This setting offers the most energy efficient way to obtain perfect ironing results.
In order to improve the lifetime of your system, we recommend you rinse the inside of your system base. This has been made easily accessible with the easy rinse knob. You don't need any accessories to rinse your system.
Iron resting mat
To improve comfort during ironing, you can place the iron anywhere with the heat-resistant iron resting mat. As you do not need to put the iron on its heel during intervals, you decrease the strain on your wrist. The resting mat is highly heat-resistant, even when a soleplate heated to 250°C is placed on it. Place the iron resting mat on the ironing board during use. Beware that the mat is hot after ironing, so grip it by the flap on the mat to prevent scorching.
Detachable 1.6 litre water tank
A large water tank capacity enables you to iron with steam without having to refill. The tank can hold a large amount of water so you can iron for up to three hours uninterrupted. The water tank is detachable; pull up the release lever on top of the water tank to detach it, and fill the water tank under the tap. You may fill the water tank any time during ironing.
Carry lock: Lock and carry your system effortlessly with one hand
To carry the iron comfortably, wind the mains cord by pressing the cord rewind button, place the iron on the platform on top of the steam generator and wind the steam supply hose round the bottom of the steam generator, making sure it is neatly tucked in the storage groove and behind the storage bracket. Then lock the iron onto the platform by sliding the carry lock slide to the right. When the iron is securely locked, you can carry it by the handle. You may also carry the steam generator by holding it by its bottom. If the water tank is full when you want to store the appliance, you may have to pour out some water to prevent splashing during transportation.
Key features and specifications
- Heat resistant iron resting mat
- Suitable for use with tap water
- Extra-long cord for maximum reach: 1.8 m
- Extra-long hose for maximum reach: 1.9 m
- Voltage: 230 V
- Frequency: 50–60 Hz
- Cord length: 1.8 m
- Boiler wattage: 1200W
- Iron wattage: 800W
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With a generously lengthy umbilical cord between the base unit/ tank and the iron itself, you can operate the iron with the tank on the floor beside you or on a table. If you have a particularly strong ironing board you could use it on the end but I preferred it out of the way. My ironing board has a metal cradle for the iron but if yours is an all over covered one the iron comes with its own safety resting plate.
The removal of the tank from the iron itself frees the iron to be light, easily manoeuvrable, speedy and efficient. You don't need the weight of a conventional steam iron to give good results, this iron is every bit as hot as you like.
Ergonomically designed the neat iron makes the whole process less tiring than the heavy boot-like piece of equipment we are used to - this iron dances over the driest most crumpled laundry with restorative magic. Coats, jeans, creased linen all submit to the powerful effect.
When you first use the GC8500 you learn that you no longer need, or are indeed able to, stand the iron on its end at the end of each little job. As soon as you release your grip on the handle the steam stops and the iron reverts to being a dry iron that can be rested on the sole plate or in the cradle of your board. Items that have been tumble dried to `iron' can be happily sorted without steam. An extra burst is available with a lit button on the top. Because the iron is so light it is brilliant for holding up to hanging items such as curtains to steam press them in situ.
I liked being able to turn off the iron at the tank so it can be left plugged in should your plugs be difficult to access. The rewinding electrical cord is handy too. It's fun to click on the videos shown on this page, they are informative, entertaining and amusing.
When steam ironing, it is a good idea to drape your laundry over an airer for the steam to dry - so this would be a good companion too - Minky X Wing Indoor Airer, White I have also purchased a Minky San Diego Ironing Board 122X43Cm which helps even more to get the best of the iron. More space to keep ironing without folding and turning and a stable home for the tank. Although you can choose whether to site it on the table or below on the floor, whatever you feel happier about.
Twas on a Monday morning
When I beheld my darling,
She looked so neat and charming
In ev'ry high degree.
She looked so neat and nimble, O,
A-washing of her linen, O,'|: Dashing away with the smoothing iron, :|'She stole my heart away
At first glance this iron offers everything we wanted; a huge 1.6 litre water tank that can be filled while you iron, built in limescale protection and plenty of steam options (all controlled via a single knob on the main unit). Other great features are the power cable auto-winder, the clips for storing the steam line and the system that locks the iron to the steam tank so you can carry the whole lot by the iron's handle. Another plus point is that the iron is also ready to go very quickly, so if you need to give something a quick iron in the morning before going to work, you can.
However, using the Philips GC8560 reveals some minor faults. Our previous steam iron had a little (somewhat unsightly) arm that supported the steam line and prevented it from dragging along the edge of the ironing board, thus creasing garments hanging over the edge. The Philips has no such system, so sometimes you accidentally gather up previously ironed parts of shirts or whatever and have to go over them again. The second problem is that he steam trigger has no auto-locking feature, so if you want continuous steam you have to hold it in all the time, a minor niggle, but one that irks all the same.
Because of the handy carry lock and angled top you can't put the iron down on the water tank whilst ironing - you need to use a separate little plate supplied for this purpose. Not a big deal in itself, but if you put the water tank on the ironing board, then add this little stand, you find yourself losing a lot of room on the board. The plate also doesn't get a place to live on the main unit and needs to be carried separately.
Finally, the water tank filler hole isn't sealed when in the unit, so water can slop out during transport if the tank is still quite full. Obviously this encourages you to empty the water tank before putting the iron away, but forget at your peril or you may find yourself doing to mopping up after you've finish the ironing.
Like I said, these are annoyances more than major faults, but for such a well designed and supposedly ergonomic iron they stand out. Otherwise the system is great; the iron glides well on most textiles, the steam is constant and powerful and the unit is quiet when the pump is active.
If the failings I've pointed out don't sound like a problem for you, don't hesitate, the rest of the package is actually pretty special. Shame the design shines most when it comes time to pack up and put the iron away.
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