I received the Bosch TDA 5620 iron from my mum as a Christmas present - I don't know if she's trying to tell me something as I very rarely iron and don't see the point most of the time, most of the clothes I wear don't really need ironing anyway.
Researching, I found she bought this for £60 and I was shocked at how much she paid for it, particularly after my conclusions through using it...
For an iron that costs £60 and is by a top brand name such as Bosch, I would think it would be amazing, but it's actually not! It looks pretty much like any other decent steam iron, with the traditional shaped base and a water tank that can be filled with water to create steam.
I find that the handle is slippery to hold and doesn't quite feel 'right' in my hands and there's not enough grip to it. Another bad point to the iron is that at 1.4kg it's very heavy - much heavier than any iron I've ever had before, and although that doesn't sound like much it feels it after only a short while! Maybe my mother meant me to have a thorough work-out whilst using this iron too, because by the end of just a short ironing session (15 minutes) my arms were aching and tired from moving the heavy object around so much.
Another negative aspect to the Bosch TDA 5620 is the fact that it seems to drink water like it's going out of fashion - fill the 300ml water tank to the brim and it's still empty in under 10 minutes, meaning that if you wanted to do a marathon ironing session (if you're arms could stand the pain) then you'll be filling this up with water time and time again.
In terms of this iron's good points, well it does iron clothes fairly well, getting creases out of even thick and hard to iron materials. However, aside from doing it's basic function, I didn't really like this iron, and I'm afraid my mum has wasted her money. Far from converting me to an ironing fanatic, this device has just confirmed to me that ironing it not fun, time consuming and a pain in general.
I'd rather be creasy.
Where is it available?
I actually bought this iron online from Amazon, for £60. But i have seen it in many electrical retail stores too, so I don't think it would be hard to get your hands on, and for a much cheaper price than I paid.
Why did I choose this iron?
I assumed in spending this amount of money that this would be a high quality iron, that would last me many years to come. Bosch is a trusted brand to me and I have used many of their products before, and they have been excellent. I expected no different from this. I saw a recommendation in a technology magazine that I read, saying that it is excellent, and as I needed a new iron, I decided to go ahead and purchase it.
What features does it have?
It has a power usage of 2750 watts.
Steam output of 40g per minutes.
Capacity of the water tank is 300ml.
It has a 3m power cord.
It weighs 1.4kg.
There is a water level indicator.
There is a variable steam setting.
It is Self-cleaning.
What did I like about it?
There is a double steam iron feature that is especially good for thick, hard to iron clothes, and it works well, but uses water extremely quickly! I can't think of much else i liked about it!
What didn't I like about it?
The water gets used up sooo quickly! i have to refill it up to 20 times, just for a 30 minute ironing session! This is not an exaggeration! This gets very frustrating when I'm trying to get through a pile of washing quickly! It's also surprisingly heavy. A lot heavier than other irons I have used previously, and after a few minutes of use my arms and shoulders begin to ache! I had it on a low temperature setting and was ironing my work trousers. With one touch of the iron, they were stuck to the surface and left an unsightly white mark on them, so I have since had to buy new trousers! It is also very badly designed, and the handle is very slippery, causing my hand to keep slipping up the handle, sometimes even pressing the steam button, causing steam to shoot out everywhere!!
Would I recommend it to others?
Definitely not, it was a complete waste of money.
*this review was also written on Ciao under the same username*
This is my first iron I have ever bought. Being a young 23 year old male it isn't something I would usually buy. My mum is in love with it because it makes even the hardest shirt easy to iron. On the household iron from 1900 or something I just assumed I was rubbish at ironing. I am probably am though but still this new one from Bosch makes me look good at being homely. It costs around £50 from just about any of the main high street places. The technical specs at steam at 40g per min. This does mean the water holder only lasts a couple of items though so thats a drawback. The cord is pretty massive at 3m this could be a pro or con depending on your needs though. The unit has a 2750W unit inside and has a auto overheating kill switch with some cleaning system for the water.
The iron is quite big though certainly compared to what I was expecting but is very light at 1.4kg but I thought it felt lighter than that. To use it feels sturdy in your hand and the build quality looks good although I can't really say much on that until I have had it for longer
Bosch Sensixx B4 power II 2750 watt steam iron with 120g shot of steam. anti drip valve and ceramic soleplate.