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Ironing is not really one of my frequent chores that I undertake at home as I don't really find that most of my clothes crease much, plus it is really time consuming! However, when I first moved out almost 5 years ago now, it was of course a house essential that I thought I would really need. I remember spotting this Iron in Debenhams as part of their blue cross sale and got it for roughly £15 and I've had it ever since! I mainly bought the Iron for it's lovely girly look as it has a pink trim and is quite nicely designed. It's very lightweight and doesn't feel like a heavy duty iron at all and has a really elegant feel to it, quite sleek with a comfortable handle and effortless to hold and manoeuvre. The iron has numerous settings, with a dial in the centre so it can be used for synthetic materials, silk, wool and cotton and the dials are adjustable with a higher heat for the more resistant materials, and a lower heat setting for the delicates like silk. The dial is really easy and understandable to use, as when I was a novice I really had no idea what twisting all these knobs meant and now its so straightforward! I have found all the settings appropriate depending on the blouse or dress I am ironing that day, but it mostly stays on cotton these days for ironing my daughters school uniform! There are two buttons on the handle, one for releasing steam and the other for releasing water which to be honest I hardly ever use but is a nice feature to have. There is a small hole with a flap, so ironing water can easily be poured in, which creates a nice scent and makes ironing easier. I have occasionally used Comfort Vaporesse and I do feel this really makes a difference and improves the performance of the ironing as it makes it much gentler and efficient, although without it, ironing isn't disadvantaged too much! The iron base is made from stainless steel, and I have not had any experience of it burning or losing it's appearance in the last 5 years and honestly it still looks good as new which is brilliant! It's shiny and immaculate so makes for smooth ironing on the whole. The cable is 3 metres long, which is long enough for me as I never have my ironing board too far away from a socket in any case so it is easy to use and is never much of a stretch. I am not one to take particular great care when putting the iron away, I simple wrap the cord around my hand and when the iron has cooled down put it in a cupboard, and to this day the cord has not split, or frayed and is still in mint condition. On the whole I have found this iron really ideal to use, and it has been a great little buy that has lasted us ages. It has a little light when it is on so you know it is hot and to use with caution, and the light switches off once it has cooled down. I would definitely recommend this iron as it is easy to use, reasonably priced and girls like me will love its pinkness!
I recently bought a new iron. As money is tight at the moment, I needed one which didn't cost too much and so I opted for this Breville Easyglide 220w iron which I bought from Tesco's for just under £20. The iron is very attractive to look at; it is a pretty pink colour and so is very attractive. The 'base' is made from stainless steel and so has a 'shiny mirror' look.. The controls are very easy to use, however they do look quite 'fragile' and 'toy like'; I could imagine them 'falling off' very easily. The control buttons are very chunky and don't look that strong at all. The iron is very light to use which is a good thing. However, it is so light that it reminds me of a toy one. I think a toy one may even iron my clothes better than this 'real one' does. The cable looks very poorly made. It looks as though it could easily 'wear away' and it curls up which is very annoying. When on the highest temperature, the temperature does get very very hot and so it is possible that if you are not very careful then the clothes may burn - (I know that it is possible to burn clothes with any iron, although this one seems to do so more than a usual iron.) Also, it takes a quite a while (around a minute or two) to change temperatures. Other irons I have had have changed immediately, however this one takes a while. You can add water to the iron although this does not make much of a difference. To use the iron is very hard; yes it is nice and light, but it takes a lot of effort to get creases out, and a lot of the time the creases don't completely 'disappear'. So perhaps, whilst the iron is cheap, you have to put more effort in, compared to a more expensive iron where the iron does the majority of the work for you with only a little effort. I have only had this iron a couple of weeks and already the steel has started to wear. Whilst the iron is cheap, it doesn't do as good a job as a slightly more expensive iron. However, I do feel that for £20, it should do somewhat of a better job. Had I paid under a tenner for it then fair enough, but for £20, whilst I do not expect it to be as fantastic as £40-£50, I did expect it to be better. * As the iron is an electric one, please ignore my rating for the 'battery life' at the bottom (I couldn't post the review without pressing one of the options). Thanks for reading! August 2011 xd-o-n-z-x
Short name: Breville VIN207