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This is a steam iron with a vertical steam function and is 2200W (Breville themselves say that that is powerful but I don't know how it compares with other similar irons). It holds 300ml of water and comes with a measuring scoop that leaks like mad so I just use a measuring jug instead where the spout is narrower and more accurate. I don't drip much if any when I use the jug and the water feeds through quickly so I can see without measuring when I've added enough, I don't fill it to capacity often because I know I don't need as much water as it holds when I'm only ironing a few pieces at a time but when I do the ironing properly I fill it as close as I can get to the maximum line and that's enough water for a full load of clothing from a 7kg washing machine.
The iron is quite small compared to my older iron that it replaced but I've seen recently that lower end irons are getting smaller so this one is in line with the trend. It's light to hold and doesn't make my shoulder or arm ache: I have got a weakness in both arms because of illness and I am easily fatigued when using my arms in a repetitive motion such as for ironing, there are irons we have used that have been too heavy for me to handle when I'm ill (but I am ok with them when I'm healthy). The handle is smooth and easy to hold but for me personally the buttons to eject steam are too far forward on the handle and sometimes I have to shift the position of my hand so I can reach them enough to press.
There's one dial located under the handle and that is set out in the same order as most other irons with a minimum and maximum temperature with suggestions of what types of fabric are most suitable for the temperature you select. I iron lots of different fabrics and do use the dial to select the best setting for them, most of the time the temperature is left somewhere between wool and cotton but that is because I've owned this iron over the winter when we've been wearing thicker clothing. I only iron what I need to iron and my vest tops and things like that can be put away without ironing, I would use a lower setting for these because most of them are Lycra mix and at the top temperature I think the heat is too scorching for that type of material.
We have a poor track record with irons in our house. In the past five years I must have had three. So the fact that this one is still going after about 18 months is a point in its favour.
The basic specifications are: It has a stainless steel plate, a soft grip handle, variable steam, an anti-drip function, a 2m long cord, 250ml water capacity, an illuminator on the handle which lights to show it's at the correct temperature, a temperature adjustment dial, a self clean facility.
Dimensions are approx. Height 14.0 CM Width 29.6 CM Depth 12.0 CM Weight 1.15 KG
I think I paid round about the £30 mark for this iron. It is currently on the Tesco website for £34.74 but is on eBay from various sellers for much less.
***What I like about this iron***
With its soft grip handle it is comfortable to hold and it is also quite lightweight. These are good features to have when you have a lot to iron. The iron came with a useful plastic cup to refill the water tank which is situated on the front of the handle and is easy to get at and refill. There is a cover which flips up to reveal the fill spout and it flips securely down again after refilling without leaks. I like the fact that this iron is variable steam. It means I can give extra steam to difficult creases. The variable steam switch is situated on the handle and you just slide across to adjust the settings. There is also a steam boost button on the handle for those really tough creases - and a spray button when the material needs to be re-wet to iron properly.
The stainless steel soleplate is fairly easy to clean - this has been tested by my daughter who managed to weld part of nightdress to it when she began to iron without checking the setting. The iron heats up quickly and is ready to use in moments - which is useful in the morning when you are hurrying to go out. The price of the iron is reasonable for the amount of functions it has. So far, it has worked reliably.
***What I don't like about this iron***
The cord. The cord is supposed to be 2metres long. I had to find a tape measure and measure my cord because I couldn't believe it when I checked the specifications online. Two metres sounds like a generous amount of cord - and it doesn't feel like a generous amount of cord at all. My cord is contorted into those impossible to undo twists that seems to happen with this sort of cabling. I am always struggling with it and have to have the ironing board right against a plug point to be able to iron properly. Conclusion: for me this cable is not long enough. There are irons with 3metre cables and when this one bites the dust I shall prioritise cord length a bit higher than I did last time.
The temperature adjustment dial. The dial is quite big and clearly marked with the expected labels: min; synth; silk; wool; cot/lin; No problem with that part. However, to select the temperature you have to turn the outer part of the dial which is rubberised and line up the marker on the rubber to the appropriate setting. The 'marker' is just a slightly raised piece of rubber, which is difficult to see - and you have to feel for it every time. This took quite a while to get used to. I like something a bit more obvious when I'm ironing.
Apart from those niggles this iron has worked well for me. I will give it four out of five dooyoo stars.
Power through your ironing pile in no time with the Breville VIN222 Iron / It has a 95g/min shot for the toughest of creases and a continuous 35g/min output for general ironing / The stainless steel sole plate is both smooth and durable / Illumination in the soft-grip handle indicates when the correct temperature has been reached and the vertical facility is ideal for ing curtains dresses on hangers / Looking after it is easy thanks to the built-in anti-scale system (if you live / Short name: Breville VIN222