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I was wanting a new ironing board, the main reason being that my old and very loyal board was so very tricky to erect and fold down. Also the fabric on the board had certainly seen better days and was disintegrating as I ironed and a major gripe for me was that it has always meant bending over to iron as it never managed to get high enough for me to be able to iron in comfort and with ease.
I had been told about the Minky ironing boards by a friend who was also tall and she was delighted with her new experience. So I didn't really need to do much research into this project as the Minky looked just the job.
So what do we get if we decide on a Minky Advantage? Are there any advantages to be had or is it the name you pay for?
Meeting the board for the first time I find it aesthetically pleasing with the colourful design on the fabric and the interesting shape of the iron rest. It certainly caught my attention. The fabric isn't padded like my other board had so initially this was a concern as I wondered what the ease of getting creases out would be like. The board has lots of holes - air vents - so that the steam can go straight through your garments and linens and this interested me as I thought there was a chance that ironing could become an easier task! That would be a definite buying point for me. The board is longer than my other and measures at 122cm x 38cm ironing surface! That is longer and much wider in comparisson to my old board and would make ironing that bit easier for shirts and bedding too. There is a hanging rail which is big enough to hang a good few garments off and for me is a good idea and practical. The rail folds neatly away if not in use too. There is a great iron rest that is a support and has an open area beneath where the iron rests and is suitable for both steam and conventional irons. Another bonus is are the non slip feet which makes the board safer and sturdier to use.
It seems that there are plenty of advantages with this board and so I had no hesitation at purchasing from Asda whilst it was half price! £20.00! A bargain.
NOW FOR THE TEST RUN - WILL THIS BOARD 'STAND AND DELIVER'?
I can't really say that I was excited about going to do the ironing but I was fully of anticipation and a little nervous of how the board would perform.
The first test was how easy it was to erect. I was pleasantly surprised on the results of opening out the board from the legs and simply raising it up until I was happy with the height! No tricky inlets to attempt to get a bar into just plain and simple keep going until you find the height that is going to make you happy. I am 5ft 8inch's and the full height was superb for me. So I can give full marks for the first test.
The next thing that I was concerned about was the fabric and how thin it was, I wasn't sure how it would feel to iron on such a thin surface or how the garments would iron. Initially it felt very different but soon I got used to it and it feels fine. The iron glides along with ease so that is reassuring. Now for the 'big' news - the garments iron so much quickly and with better results! I can only think that it has something to do with the air holes beneath the thin layer of fabric. Normally I would need to iron both sides of a garment and now that is not necessary. Thumbs up from me.
What was the iron rest all about? I have never used one with a big gaping hole in the middle of it before. This was a new experience for me and I wasn't sure what to expect. I place the iron on and it sat slightly raised at the top, so it is sitting up on its bottom if you like. This seems to allow the iron to funciton more efficiently and is certainly more ergonomically friendly - I like it.
I haven't needed to use the hanging rail yet but that is because I iron in a room where I can put things away immediatley. If I ironed in a different room I would use it and it would prove invaluable.
Now for the length and width - what difference does it make - if any? I can tell you that size does make a big difference! Because of the surface area I can now make much lighter work of shirts - it is so much easier! I can't believe I have waited so long to change my board. Bedding is so much easier too. Brilliant.
The only thing that I have noticed - which is only a very minor niggle - is that the wire of the iron can get caught inbetween a small area between the iron rest and the board. Would this put me off this board - no, not at all. As I say just a very minor niggle.
Now for the 'biggie' I had to experience how easy, or difficult as the case may be, the folding down of the board would be! I was apprehensive as the board had performed so well up to now and I really wanted it to 'deliver' on this final test. If you look beneath the board there is a small lever about half way along - gently apply pressure on the lever and your board will fold down with a graceful action! Well, how easy was that? It was awesome - well done Minky Advantage you have passed all parts of my test with flying colours. My only disappointment is that I waited so long to get you. My old board was so tricky to fold down, it was comical sometimes as I struggle to release the bar from the groove and avoid other grooves in order to fold it down. Now it is so simple - press and guide down, that really is all there is to it!
OK THIS SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE - HOW MUCH FOR ONE OF THESE THEN?
The RRP on the official Minky website is £39.99
Shop around at the Supermarkets and Wilkinsons or Argos and online and you may get a less price as I did
If you want a board that will STAND AND DELIVER with grace and ease and that provides you with more height, length and width then this is a great option. In my experience the ironing gets done more quickly and with less effort and can be a much more enjoyable experience. The real bonus is the ease of use when putting it up and folding it down. The design is great with bright patterns to choose from, iron rest with a difference, hanging rail and non slip feet. The board has ventilation holes which make the experience less of a chore. What can I say 'this board does stand and deliver'. At £39.99 this board will provide you with years of service and you will get what you pay for as the quaility is high. Aesthetically pleasing and a brilliant ergonomic design - go for it!
Thanks for reading, much appreciated.
The review will be on Ciao under my username Dawnymarie