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Efficient but bulky and noisy
on 7 September 2014
The first things you can't hep but notice when you first take it out the box is it's sheer size! The iron itself is smaller than my old iron but is a lot heavier. The 2.5l water tank it sits on is very large too. This isn't in itself a problem but is probably worth knowing if you have a small ironing board or don't have a lot of space to store it. Of course the main advantage of this is that the tank is large enough to iron multiple loads of washing in one go without having to refill.
Moving to the performance of the iron. Well, it is an improvement over my normal iron. There are no settings, you just fill the water chamber and turn it on. It claims you can leave the iron on a surface whilst turned on and it won't burn it. Not something I have tried obviously, but from leaving it on the ironing board itself, it would appear this is true. It doesn't take long to heat up either. As an actual ironing device, it is very effective indeed, and without having the worry about accidentally burning things. The main advantage over my regular iron is the fact that there are no settings and I can iron from silk to cotton & back again without having to wait for it to heat up or cool down.
There is a button under the handle which, when pressed, gives an extra boost of steam, This can be double-pressed for a permanent boost so you don't have to hold the button down, but this is where it gets very noisy. So much so that I have given up using it while the TV is on because we just can't hear it!
If you've only got one or two items at a time to iron then a normal iron will probably suffice, if you do many loads of washing and save your ironing up for a quiet evening, this will definitely help. The noise however, does mean you'll have to find something other than the TV to watch whilst doing it!