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5.0 out of 5 stars A review by the best 'iron-er' in our household. Hubby. Who likes gadgets. 4.5*, 24 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Philips GC8638/20 PerfectCare Aqua Steam Generator Iron with One Perfect Temperature - 280 g Steam Boost, 2.5 L, 2400 W, Navy (Kitchen & Home)
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Let's get this out of the way first and foremost. I am not a fan of ironing although I do it reasonably well. It's a pain, it's a hot process and I'm not a heat kind of person. I'm also a bloke.

First impressions. It's well packaged and the 'quick start' instructions are clear and concise, yippee.

The 'it's not an iron' iron bit is nice and light without feeling flimsy. It seems well constructed and is comfy to use. It is a bit odd not to have any dials to turn regarding temperature setting and so on but again, that is quite the bonus. The reservoir cable seems a little bulky but don't forget, I'm more used to a simple flex. However, this soon becomes a non-issue and does not impede on the ironing process in any way.

The reservoir whilst being on the bulky side isn't especially heavy once you get used to it, although that will obviously vary with the amount of water inside. It was nice and stable on the ironing board and was not intrusive, much to my surprise. It was easy to fill and the water capacity is pretty impressive. Realistically much more capacity than our household would need but I suppose it is better to have more and use less, than the other way round. The descale drain screw was easy to use and was physically quite chunky which made it easier to grip.

The minimalistic controls on the water tank are straightforward to use and give a satisfying 'click' and with the switch illumination it's easy to check that the unit is powered up or not.

In use the iron certainly glided over the clothing and as there is no wrong temperature it was much less hassle when ironing a variety of different materials. It coped easily with Roroblu'sMum's linen dress and the heavyweight material of my chinos. Much less effort was needed and the prolonged blast of steam was excellent. Leaving it face down on an ironing board seemed a little counter-intuitive and may take me a while to gain confidence. It's a 'me' thing and nothing to do with the maker's claims whatsoever.

Cons: hardly anything really. The noise of the unit heating up the water took a little getting used to, as did the steam blast, but in all honesty it seemed to me that it was quieter overall than using a standard steam iron.

Overall: it certainly does the job and once you are set up, it speeds things along quite nicely. Not having to think about the ironing heat is pretty nifty and not having to keep filling the iron is also a bonus. This is my first use of a steam generator and I am quite impressed! I doubt I will be returning to the old iron.

Now, anyone got a Shar Pei?!
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