This Philips is a replacement for a 3 year old Tefal that went BANG.Philips GC8323/02 Steam Generator Ironing System
This Philips iron has a detachable HUGE water tank - I think this is its main bonus point.
(Tefal had a small integrated tank)
The steam blast at 5bar and 2 selections is great.
(Tefal was limited in burst pressure)
I do feel - although have not tried - the 100% steam ON function would work
(Tefal could do this but would get tired and give up)
It doesn't iron any better than my old Tefal though... so is it overkill to have swanky high pressure boost? The theory is that the steam can penetrate better.
That ends the good news I'm afraid. Considering there's at least 3 years worth of product improvement/development - that's not enough considering the downsides!
First off, there's no way to strap down the iron - so it could be pulled/knocked off the cradle easily.
(Tefal had a clip & you could carry the iron/base all in one)
The cradle is not a perfect fit and the ergonomics means the iron sits on the base with room for lateral movement.
(Tefal fitted easily and snugly)
The pumping action to take water from the tank into the steam gen is so loud and noisy, my 2 yr old cried when he first heard it. It is so bad that the iron rattles to and fro on the base!!!!
(Tefal had steam gen only 3bar but no noise whatsoever associated with any pumping at all)
The steam trigger under the handle is not sensitive enough which means it needs a good squeeze (gets harder the hotter the iron gets).
(Tefal iron was easy to use).
Above scenario means you hold the handle further back - which for me is an unnatural ironing poistion. It also means the feed pipe of steam coming into the iron unit is touched by the heel of your hand and so although not hot enough to get burned, it makes you jump in expecation of a burn.
(Tefal never had any issues).
Sorry Philips I would not recommend this product.