Product Type: Breville irons & sewing machines
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Breville VIN209 Steam Iron
Member Name: AngelEyes76
Breville VIN209 Steam Iron
Advantages: cheap, brand, powerful, no spillage, easy to use
Disadvantages: a bit heavy
I was on the look out for a new iron as my old one was covered in burnt clothes. No fault of my own but when coming to use that iron I was forever nudging the dial which was increasing the temperature. Often I would find the iron to be burning holes in my clothes, which was getting me very frustrated especially when it was my work clothes, so enough was enough; especially when the iron got knocked off the iron board by one of my cats, and broke the tip of it. After browsing through the internet for a new one, I came across this one and thought with it being a brand name and pretty cheap I decided this was the one I was going to get.
PACKAGING & WHAT'S INSIDE
The packaging was minimum really, the iron came in a cardboard box with a picture on the front of the product and a few details of what it does etc. Inside the box the iron is secured by 2 pieces of cardboard either side to stop the iron from rocking about; you will also find the water jug, and an instruction manual. The iron itself was wrapped up in a clear plastic bag, and the cord was folded up neatly and secured with a white plastic wire tie, which was easy to take off. The plug was covered with a plastic cover which like the tie was easy to take off.
ABOUT THE IRON
I do have to start off by saying this iron is heavier then my last one, although it isn't a problem, it doesn't make my arm ache when using it, so it's not a big deal. 2400 watts is very powerful I know you can better watts but this one does the trick well, without having to keep going over the clothes a dozen times to get out the creases. The ceramic sole plate on the iron makes it easy to use and with minimum effort, although can still stick to clothes if the iron is to hot for the type of material your using it on, so be careful.
The dial is in a good position to where it isn't being nudged when using the iron which is always a good thing and important thing to when using an iron. I used to always be nudging the dial on my old iron and was annoying, that is what caused the iron burning my clothes, and making holes in it. The handle off the iron is higher up so not able to touch the dial unless you need to be.
The top of the iron as a few buttons and dials that you can use to enhance your ironing if need to, like the button to push for a burst of steam, the button for spray, this does not saturate your clothes but helps with dampen them for maximum help in getting out those hard creases that you may have. You will also have a slider for the amount of steam you want coming out of your iron when using it, I normally keep the slider in the middle and that works fine for me. On the handle of the iron you will see that there is a temperature gage on it, this enables you to know that you have reached the top temperature for the clothes.
At the tip of the iron you have the water hole, which is for your steam and the use for the spray, using the water jug to fill up the iron is easy with a small spout that doesn't spill when emptying the water into the iron, makes it so easy and effortless. My old iron used to have a jug but without a small spout so it used to spill everywhere. Opening the hole to pour in the water can be a little stiff at times, so careful when you do it otherwise it can break which is a nuisance.
This iron also has a self clean button on the iron, now when I press this all I can is steam coming out the bottom of the iron, I am not sure it should do this and what it is doing to clean the iron, as I ever never iron that as a self cleaning button on it. I am guessing it could be cleaning the plate holes and keeping them unclogged for effective usage.
The cord on the iron is quite long and so is comfortable when ironing without it pulling and having to re adjust the ironing board, to a place where the iron can fit to the other side of the ironing board. And I also don't noticed it curling up when using the iron too, which is a good thing I was forever moving the ironing board and untangling the cord with my old iron.
AVAILABILITY & PRICE
I bought this iron from Argos and was on offer at the time I got it which was a great bargain. I paid £19.99 for this iron and was supposed to be £31.99 so I got a really good bargain especially because it works so well and a well known brand.
I bought this iron because it was on offer and because of the brand I know this is a trusted brand so I knew the iron would be good, I don't normally buy brand names but this one caught my eye. With it being a 2400 watt iron I knew it would be powerful to use, which is something I wanted, as I have to say I do like ironing but not when I am standing there ages on one item going over and over the clothes because the iron wouldn't take out the creases. I like the fact the dial is untouchable when using the iron, and that the iron doesn't leak in anyway. I have to say I am happy with this iron and glad I bought it, and I do recommend it to anyone who is in need of a good iron.
Summary: Steam Iron
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