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Not cheap - but worth every penny
on 11 July 2017
This was bought as a replacement for a Morphy Richards which had decided to steam when and if it felt like it, sounding like an old tractor with a blown exhaust when it did decide to take part.
It is the most expensive iron we have ever bought but so far, after two months of use, has proved good value. The steam is consistent and although the unit is quite hefty the iron itself is remarkably light and lives up to Tefal’s claims in that it does glide over any fabric.
The iron has plenty of settings for various fabrics although, to be honest, I suspect that we are like most people and don’t change settings to the exact one recommended for each item to be ironed, relying on experience to take care of delicates and so one but being more general with the rest.
The results though, despite the somewhat cavalier approach, are excellent and with consistent steam, light weight and easy gliding it makes the task of ironing not only easier but also much quicker. The boiler produces 6 bar pressure, incidentally, rather than the more common 5 bar for more powerful steam output when required.
We live in an area where the water is not particularly hard but boiling water and evaporating it off as steam is always going to produce scale so the anti-calc collector is going to be a real boon. Removing scale from the Morphy Richards’s boiler was almost an aerobics exercise involving unscrewing a drain plug on the base, filling the boiler with water, shaking and emptying, then repeat until no more sediment washes out. With Tefal unscrew the collector, empty scale in bin, rinse and replace. It’s no contest really.
The removable water reservoir is preferred to the inbuilt unit in that it is less messy, with no risk of spillage when filling, and is far easier to empty when ironing is complete.
Also useful is the cable tidy which retracts into the body as well as being able to store the steam tube within the body. The lock, allowing you to lift the unit using the iron as a handle has its uses, but the unit is much easier to carry with two hands on the boiler section rather than like a bulky bag although the lock does keep the iron secure. With cable and steam tube stowed away then the unit is a much neater package to store without tubes or wires or both everywhere.
One point to mention is the ironing board. We were replacing a steam generator so had already bought a larger ironing board. You can get away with a standard board but the unit takes up a fair amount of space, so a larger board with a separate platform for the generator unit makes life so much easier in that the unit is secure and you still have a full board available for ironing.
The whole unit appears very solid, well-engineered and well-built; as I said at the start it is more than we have ever paid for an iron but with its thoughtful design, ease of use and safety features the Gv8461 is proving to be an excellent buy and good value for money.