“ Brand: Breville / Cord Type: Corded / Vertical Steaming: With Vertical Steaming / Water Capacity: 10.56 oz / Spray Mist: With Spray Mist / Iron Wattage: 1800 watts „
WHAT IS IT?
An electric iron that is made by Breville. It is called Easy Glide and the thing that made me buy this one over other irons I had looked at was the claim by Breville that it would glide over my laundry and save me time and effort while ironing.
This is a steam iron and the feature I use most is the short burst of steam, you do this by pressing a button on the handle while you are holding the iron above the item you are ironing so that the steam can force itself into the fabric. You would use this to get a crease out that has happened when your clothing was on the washing line or if something delicate had been crushed under a heavy pair of jeans in the wash basket. It deposits the correct amount of steam and you can control how long you want it to steam for by the pressure you put on the button, you do not need very much steam for most creases and I am glad for that because it sometimes bounces off the fabric onto my hands and feels like it's going to burn my skin.
There is a dial on the top of the iron and this is the same as you would find on any iron with options like cottons, delicates or woollen. I use a lot of the separate options because they are all very useful and I can tell from the temperature of the iron that they do different things compared to each other. I am not the sort of person who irons everything and on some days it will be only my children's school uniforms that I iron but it is good then that I can set the dial to different options for their shirts, cardigans and sports kits because they are all made from different fabrics. There is a light on the iron and when you change a setting on the dial it goes out and does not come back on until the iron has reached the new temperature, this is a good feature because it stops me from risking burning the laundry with a temperature that is too hot.
WHAT I THINK
I am not very happy with this iron and do not think I will keep it for very much longer. When Breville say it is Easy Glide that is true but it glides so smooth that it doesn't iron the clothes very well and I have to keep going over the same parts again, that is not very good and I think it does not help that the iron is quite light so there is not very much weight to help press the creases out.
It holds 10oz of water and that is enough to apply steam to a small amount of laundry, the water is very easy to top up so I fill a jug and keep it to the side of me when I am ironing in case the steam dries up. There is a small lid to cover the hole where you fill the water up and you should not be tempted to leave this open because if you do the water can drip out if you hold the iron at a careless angle. It is not so fiddly to remove and put back as it looks so does not add time to your ironing.
The power cord is very short and that is not a very good idea for an iron and for definitely not for me because I like to set up my ironing board further inside the room and not right next to the wall plug sockets. I like the way the cord can turn where it goes into the iron because that means I can move around while I am ironing without worry that I am going to get into a tangle.
I have never burned anything when I have been using this iron and I think that is because the plate is so smooth so even when it is very hot it does not ever feel like it is going to stick to the fabric. If I put it down and left it then it would burn a hole but I will not do that and just by running the iron over our clothes I do not feel I am risking burning them. I worry about the iron being top heavy when it is standing up because it falls over sometimes, I am very careful to put the iron onto the frame holder when it is not in my hand instead of standing it up on the ironing board. This is a very serious problem and it is the main thing that is making me want to replace it with another iron because I am frightened that my children are running around and playing while I am using such an unstable and very hot iron.
This iron costs about £15 and now you can buy it in different colours, when I bought mine it was available only in turquoise and it looks very pretty but I would have chosen a purple one if it was an option then.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
This is just such an annoying iron. Okay, I'll reluctantly admit that it just about does the job, but you can get most cheapo irons now that do the job, and without the annoying features of this one. I use the term features loosely as I doubt they can really use 'falls over easily, so be ready to dodge!' as a selling point (though I will admit it wakes you up a bit when mid ironing). It's fine if I would just take the time to put it back in the iron slot, but it's an effort really, that no one really does when moving trousers to get the other leg.
It's just a bit too Final Destination for me, I'm expecting the falling iron to trigger a series of events that will result in me being hung by the incredibly short wire. I wasn't quite sad enough in my ranting moment to measure the iron cable, but I do find myself shuffling up as close to the plug as possible to get the iron to (only just) reach the other end of the ironing board.
You can see from the picture that the weirdly small base bits , especially when paired with 'light weight' (which granted, it actually is) will just result in some kind of comical 'weebles wobble' (...but they do fall down) affair. The plates wear quickly, and it's generally not great at the de-creasing function we all look for in an iron.
I'm allowed to rant here - I do all the ironing in my house yet my parents always insist on picking and buying the iron and fail miserably at it every time as they don't actually iron themselves.
On a good note - it has the run of the mill mist and a pretty powerful steam function, a good sized water capacity (10.5 oz), 1800 wattage and heats up pretty quickly. It does have the usual variety of settings on a clear and easy to use turning wheel. Oh, and it does 'glide' a bit nicer than the clunkier irons you can get, but at the expense of actually ironing your clothes.
The only five it gets from me is for battery life, and that's because it's directly from a power socket. I think you'd get it for about £10-£15, but to be honest, I'd save yourself a few quid and buy the £8 Early Learning Centre Steam Iron I can see in my side bar ads.
My boyfriend and I bought this iron three years ago when our old one was on its last legs. We bought it from Argos for 13 pounds. It has the usual features of steam and water and it has a dial with different settings for different fabrics: silk, wool, cotton and synthetics. I have found this dial very useful when ironing more delicate items such as blouses or dresses.
The iron is easy to fill with a cap on the top, however, i think the cord is a bit too short as it doesn't reach very far.
The iron is easy to use and heats up quickly but without being too hot that it burns clothing. I'd say it lives up to its name as it does seem to glide easily across clothing and makes ironing that bit less tedious!
One criticism is that the cord seems to fray easily and the wires are now exposed in several places.