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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Iron but Too Pricey Maybe?, 25 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Plus 200 g Steam Boost Steam Iron, 2600 W (Kitchen & Home)
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I recently ordered a Philips PerfectCare Azur Iron GC4912/80 which, for the price, I thought would be a great iron. However, it turned out to be only slightly more effective than throwing clothes into a pile and hoping that they would magically de-crease themselves over time. That in mind, I was a bit hesitant to try another Phillips iron.

I am happy to report that this iron is in a totally different class as, first and foremost, it actually irons clothes! Not only that, it does it very well, isn't heavy and makes ironing very easy. The shape of the plate makes it very easy to get around buttons on a shirt.

I don't iron all that often, once or twice a month when enough of a pile has built up, so I'm not all that clued up with grams of steam, numbers of watts and technical things like that. I can tell you that out of the box it heated up very quickly (I wasn't timing but I'd say under a minute) and straight away I was ironing. It's very easy to use the steam burst from the plate as this is controlled with a trigger under the handle. What's not so easy is the placement of the water squirt. This is a button on top of the handle that in theory you should be able to press with your thumb. However, control to switch between normal, dry and ECO steam mode is where your thumb naturally falls so you have to stretch a bit to reach the water button. Not a big deal, though.

The iron comes with a cable guide which I imagine some people will find very useful. I don't however as the most useful place for it is on the opposite end of the iron from the power socket. The cable isn't overly long so for me it makes the iron almost impossible to use so I just don't bother. Surprisingly, the iron doesn't come with a water cup to fill the iron with but the hole is nice and big so it's very easy to fill from the tap.

There is also a built in auto-off safety feature. If you leave the iron standing for eight minutes on the back plate or thirty seconds face down, it will automatically turn off to save power/stop clothes from getting burned.

Finally, there is a Calc Clean function whereby once a month, you are recommended to clean the iron to prologue the appliance's lifespan. All you need to do is fill the iron, turn it on and set it to maximum temperature, then hold the Calc Clean button while gently shaking the iron over the sink until the reservoir is empty. Then you eject the small calc tray at the back of the iron, rinse it and put it back. Doing this monthly is a recommendation from the instructions but how often you need to do it will actually depend on how often you iron and whether you live in a hard or soft water area.

I'm knocking a star off because I don't really see what this iron does that a normal iron doesn't. Our first iron was cheap (I can't remember how much now as it was so long ago but it wouldn't have been more than £30) and I can't tell what this iron does that that one didn't. Undoubtedly it's a great iron but I don't think the price is justified.
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