I bought this iron after spliting up with my ex wife because she left me with a crappy old thing with just a dial on with one, two and three small steam symbols on as a temperature guide. Not having ironed before, I wanted one that told me which setting to use for which material so that I didn't instantly cremate everything I attempted to iron. After a long study of the Argos catalogue I opted for this one, the deciding factor being it was half price in a sale, £24.99, instead of the usual £49.99, the going rate nowadays seems to be around the £27-£30 mark
I've honestly never burnt a thing with this iron, it's easily handled the hardest most creased item's I've ironed, though it did take me a few goes to realise for some things you had to have the steam on constant instead of just giving it the odd quick blast of steam. It couldn't be easier to use, on the top of the handle is a digital display with all the fabrics named and a temperature control light, underneath which is a plus and minus button for setting it to the right fabric, the only downside is you can accidentaly hit these buttons while ironing and alter the temperature, though each touch does give a beep so you know if you've done it.
The plate is stainless steel and still looks as good as the day I bought it, no scratches or burnt stuff on the bottom. It weighs in at 1.5kg and has a 3metre power cord, which amazingly does fit neatly round the storage part at the base of the handle.
The other main features of this iron are, a water level indicator, a dry tank alert, a water spray and an anti scale and anti drip. It does vertical steaming too, and has an auto shut off feature. Lastly the tank holds 320ml and has a 40gsm constant steam with a control slide on the front if you don't want it on full steam and a power shot of 100gsm. It also has a self clean feature. Ironing's not a chore for me with this iron, I even iron tea towels, socks and underwear, how posh is that.
Short name: Breville IR45