We have had this iron for a while now and it has been brilliant. It works very well, is very reliable and of great quality too. Bosch are great for their household appliances so we went along with them when deciding to get a good iron. It can iron all kinds of materials safely with different temperature settings, and with the added bonus of a steamer and water spray, it can help get out the toughest creases.
The iron is very comfortable to hold. It is white and grey. The grey part is a translucent plastic material, in which you can see through to the water that you fill the iron up with. You fill it up via the back where the handle pops up but secures back down pretty well once it's filled up. You can fit quite a lot of water in the iron, and this is used to provide constant steam depending on the settings.
There is a wheel, which is used to set the temperature for the type of material you are ironing. You can iron anything from cotton to silk and more delicate items. There are two buttons towards the front of the iron, used to eject steam and spray out water. Extra steam can be fired out the iron, which helps to flatten out surfaces but be careful when doing this as I've found it can make creases if the surface isn't flat! The water can be used to help iron down clothes as the iron seems to iron out creases better when a bit damp.
The iron is very comfortable to hold, making it practical for those long ironing sessions. It has a soft handle as it's coated in a rubber material. The base of the iron is of quite a good size and the shape enables you to reach into the corners of shirts without going over different layers and creasing it further. It's very practical and easy to use but will set you back around £60 with an RRP of £59.99. I'd certainly recommend it though!
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I bought this Bosch iron at about the beginning of 2007. When it was about 18 months old, on one occasion it heated up very quickly to a high temperature, burnt the item that I was ironing and the ironing board cover. After turning it off and letting it cool down I tried switching it back on again but it wouldn't heat up at all. I contacted Bosch, who sent a postage slip and I returned it to them free of charge, they replaced it about a week later with a brand new one, which has since worked fine. Bosch provided an excellent service.
Overall I am pleased with its performance, it produces a good finish, the power steam button and spray work well, and it achieves the correct temperature fast. It runs out of water fairly quickly and its fiddly to refill, but no more so than any other iron of this type.
I am waiting to see how long this one will last, the guarantee runs out after two years.
Its best feature is the auto shut-off. With a family I am easily distracted and have on several occasions left the iron turned on but with this iron I know that it will turn itself off if left unused.
I do like using this iron but am disappointed with its reliability, I expect an iron that cost this much to last at least 5 years, if this new one only lasts 18 months then I will not be buying another one. I would hesitate recommending this to anyone else because of the experience that I had with the first iron.
Let me be clear about something first: I'm not the kinda gal to spend £60 on an iron normally. In fact, I'm more the kinda girl who only takes up the iron when confronted with an empty wardrobe and a mini-Everest of very creasy clothes. No, I bought this iron because my old one conked out, and it was massively reduced in the Argos sale. I have to admit, I was pretty curious about it on purchase: what on earth would make an iron, an inherently boring piece of domestic kit which does little more than get hot, worth that kind of money?
I'm still a bit puzzled, to be honest. Not that I have any complaints - this is a good, solidly built piece of kit. It has a nice long power cord, a large water reservoir (thank goodness - I hate those trips to the tap!), and plenty of garment settings. It has useful spray and steam buttons, and a hotplate that glides over the clothes. In short, it irons reliably, making short work even of rumpled fabrics like linen. However, it's quite bulky and also quite heavy, which I imagine would be a problem for anyone doing lots of ironing, or anyone with joint problems. And for sixty quid, I was expecting a bit more - more power, more steam, maybe a tap dance now and then. Really, the ironing experience here wasn't much better than with my previous iron, which retailed for the princely sum of £9.99!
I'm still looking forward to the day that they invent a robot for these things. Now THAT'S sixty quid I'd spend like a flash!
Short name: Bosch TDA8353GB