Breville Iron Reviews
Breville Opus IR37
I bought this iron about 3 years ago from Argos. At around £45 It was quite a bit more than I would normally spend on an iron, but I was tempted by a special offer which made it substantially cheaper - and I thought I would test it to see if a more expensive iron offered more for my money. ~~appearance~~ The ... exterior of the IR137 is very impressive - it is bigger than most cheaper irons that I have owned, and it has rows of flashing lights rather than mundane dials. In the hand, it has a satisfying weight, which I prefer as psychologically I feel that it gives a more efficient iron without pressing down on the handle. (I know that this has no scientific basis!)
The large 400ml water tank is clearly visible through the blue transparent sides of the iron, so you can easily see when it needs to be refilled. Water is put into the iron via an unusually large hole in the top, which prevents spillages whilst filling. The water access is closed by a sliding lid which has a picture of a cup pouring water on it - in case anybody should mistake it for something else (?).
All of the controls are located on the handle of the iron. The handle is very ergonomic and fits nicely into the palm of my hand. There is large knob to turn the steam from min to max. This is easy to grip and would be fine for an elderly person with stiff joints. Behind this are two large silver push buttons for steam shot and water spray. These have handy pictures of steam and spray on them which are large enough for my myopic eyes to see without straining. The steam shot is fairly vigorous and effective and the water spray is plentiful. Behind these two buttons is one grey push button which operates the temperature. A single push of this button takes the temperature one notch higher or lower and this is indicated on the control panel on the top of the iron itself.
Switching on the iron, all the temperature indicators flash at once until the lowest temperature has been reached. The low temperature is indicated by one dot on the panel with a blue light as background. One push will take the temperature up to 2 dots and a green light, another push to three dots and an orange light, and the last push to the word MAX and a red light. The panel will flash until the required temperature is reached, and then the light will become solid behind the selected temperature and the iron will beep gently three times.
In use, the iron glides exceptionally smoothly over my clothes, almost seeming to hover. However it has never seemed to gain the heat that previous irons have achieved, and I have often been very dissatisfied with the results. This is particularly the case when ironing linen items - creases seem to remain despite shots of steam and spray.
If the iron is left unattended for longer than 5 minutes, an alarm will sound, giving off a gentle but insistent beeping.
The iron is self-cleaning, and in this respect it has been a success. It has not become as clogged with limescale as previous irons.
This feels and looks like a luxury item, with its flashy temperature display and toned design. I have not been entirely happy with its performance, although this is acceptable.
I do not like the dot system for temperature control - training up two boys in ironing skills, it would have been much easier to have the traditional 'cotton/linen/wool' indicators on the temperature dial rather than dots. I have spent years being bombarded with, "how many dots do I need to iron this", which is just plain annoying and unnecessary!
I do like the alarm system when the iron is unattended. Although this can be annoying, it has frequently beeped at me, which has saved me money on electricity and has prevented me from the eternal worry about leaving the house with the iron still on.
The major disadvantage, and the reason that I have already had to replace this expensive iron, is the flex. The quality of the flex does not live up to the build on the rest of the iron. It is thick and inflexible and twists very easily. I always take great care with my flex and wrap it loosely around the iron for storage, but despite this it has frayed and broken. After 1 year it already had electrical tape wrapped around the frayed bit, and after 3 years I feel that it has become too dangerous and I have to replace it.
I have now bought a new iron for half the price but twice the heat output. Strange, as the 2400watts of the IR37 is greater than my new iron...
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My 400th review for Dooyoo! Wow! I never thought there would come a time in my life when I would get excited about using a new iron, but alas, at just 22 years of age that time has indeed come. I was browsing in Sainsburys one fateful afternoon, and my beady eyes spotted this bargain in the Electrical sale. Being a sucker for ... new gadgets AND a real bargain, I quickly bought one and took it home. The saddest thing is that within 15 minutes of getting it home, I'd unboxed it, ironed 3 shirts with it, and was eager to tackle another big pile of ironing. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Well, it was a very good iron, I can't deny it that.
Breville have been making kitchen appliances since the 1930's, and are now widely known for their quality products which are available from shops that sell such products. I haven't used any Breville products myself before so I didn't know what to make of it but I was hoping it was going to be good. The product was originally selling for £50, which immediately told me it was a really good product, and for the brilliant price of £12.49, I decided it was worth a go as that was all I paid for my last rubbish iron from Argos. This particular iron is the VIN068 model.
Now, an iron is an iron really. They all have a hotplate which helps to press out any creases in your clothes, but its the other gadgets which really get us all interested. What caught my eye about this iron was the fact it was colour changing and had a digital display, neither of which I have had or particularly wished for in an iron before. The iron is aesthetically okay, with a white plastic frame and opaque middle section. It doesn't look anything special when it's switched off, in fact its pretty ordinary but that all changes when you plug it into the mains using its 3 metre long power cord.
The clear plastic section suddenly bursts into colour, a lovely red which indicates that the iron is in standby/off mode. You are also told this on the small square digital display on the handle. In order to change the temperature, there's no cumbersome dials to fiddle with here - oh no, it's all digital and fancy. You just press the + or - buttons just underneath the digital display to increase or decrease the heat at the stainless steel plate. There are 4 heat levels here - silk, wool, cotton and linen. Each level is indicated by a colour change in the LCD in the iron; Standby - Red, Silk - Purple, Wool - Dark Blue, Cotton - Blue, and Linen - Pink. When you press the buttons to change the heat, they make an audible beep as well so you can be sure you've changed the heat correctly. I was concerned at the placement of the buttons, the fact that they are on the handle, but I've never accidentally touched them or changed the setting so it's not been a problem at all.
So once it's set, you just wait for the lights in the centre to stop flashing which means its at the right temperature. It will also beep, but it isn't that loud, so the lights are a much easier to spot indicator. You shouldn't use it until then because it won't work at its optimum level. When you are ironing, you can set the steam using a rolling button at the top of the handle. There are 2 steam levels, and I always set mine to the highest so just push the button forward as far as it goes. The minimum steamoutput is 30 grams, but this is much higher when you use it on the'Linen' setting. There is also a Steam Shot button just above the steam button, which delivers a minimum of 80 grams of steam, and you can feel the iron jolt with the force of the steam at times which is great!
I like the fact the iron has an auto-switch off as well, which is great for peace of mind. If the iron is standing up for 8 minutes when it's plugged in and it's not used, it will automatically turn to red/standby and flash continually to indicate this. To start it again, you just need to press the buttons or start to use it again. I found about this feature by accident when the phone interrupted my ironing, but I think its a great safety feature and should be on all irons. It also features an self-clean button but I've pressed it a few times and it doesn't seem to outwardly do much so I presume it's all internal and very clever.
I have found ironing to be really easy and stress free with this iron. I don't need to worry about setting it to the wrong temperature because I just adjust the buttons accordingly and its not done me wrong so far. If I'm not sure about whether its right or wrong, I go for the lower heat and see how that goes and up it if necessary. With the higher heats, it delivers plenty of steam to push those creases out easily and without too much force on my part. Obviously because it uses a lot of steam, particularly on Cotton and Linen settings, you do have to top up the 300ml water tank a few times but this isn't too annoying, and I don't think its too frequent for the amount of usage either.
For the mere £12.49 I paid for this iron, I am completely convinced I got a fantastic bargain, and I really am chuffed with my new iron. The coloured lights make it a little bit more fun, and just add something a bit different to a boring household chore but also makes it easy for temperature selection. The steam it delivers is very powerful and makes getting out tough creases that bit easier and the steam shot is really useful when you come across a crease that won't shift. It is a well designed iron, which is very comfortable to use, not too heavy (1.4kg), clean and functional looking and even has cord storage under the plate too to keep it neat and tidy. I haven't had any problems with leakage or scaling after 3 months of use, so I'm more than happy with this, and I'd definitely recommend it.
Summary of features:
22000 watts of power
30g/min steam output.
80g/min shot of steam.
300ml water tank capacity.
3m power cord.
RRP: £49.99. Available on Amazon for £30.34 / Argos: £48.99.
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I had a little extra in my bank account a couple of months ago and was so fed up with my old iron that I decided to set a budget of around £50 to invest in a new good quality one (this iron can now be found at a lower price). I didn't originally set out to buy the Beville Extreme Steam but when I went to Argos it was one of the few ... irons available.
The Breville Extreme Steam 2400w (model no VIN010) weights 1.5kg which is about an average weight for irons. It does feel a little heavy compared to some irons I've had in the past but it is comfortable to use.
The iron has some great features including an easy front fill illuminated water tank (picture a boy racer with lights under their car but on an iron), pre-set programs which are digitally selected. The cermaic soleplate really helps the iron to move smoothly across your clothes as you iron them which makes ironing easier.
It has seven standard heat settings each selected by pressing - or + on the controls along with a 100g steam shot and 40g constant steam and a button to easily turn the steam on or off. The iron has a water level indicator and a dry tank alert shows on the digital display screen when you're about to run out of water.
The iron also has an auto shut off which beeps to warn you when it's going to shut off, however I've found that my iron just keeps beeping every few minutes, which gets annoying although admittedly if I didn't get distracted by the TV it wouldn't happen anyway!!
The 3 meter power cord makes moving the iron across the board easy without having to use an extension cord. The iron has space to wrap the cord around it at the bottom however I haven't been able to do it very successfully as it just seems to slip off.
The iron is anti-scale, very importantly it's anti-drip and comes with a self clean function.
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* Additional information/facts:
This iron has a water tank capacity of 350ml. This is the average tank size for irons of this weight (1.5kg) although many irons up to 1.7kg have the same water tank capacity. Irons with a weight under 1.5kg in general tend to have a smaller tank capacity although this is not always the case.
Argos has a useful compare function on their website so if you are buying an iron from them you can easily check various irons and their functions at the same time.
This iron has a vertical steam facility which comes in very handy if you want to refresh an item although I have never used it as I haven't had the need to so I can't comment on how well this function works on this iron.
The iron is self cleaning which means that there is no real need to do anything, the anti-scale appears to be incorporated within the self cleaning function. This means that on a day to day basis the iron looks after itself. Of course if you live in a very hard water area you may prefer to use distilled water rather than normal tap water although I have not experienced any problems when using normal tap water and tap water can be used in this iron.
Overall this is an efficient iron which is easy to use and was worth the £50 I spent on it.
Availability and prices: RRP £54.99
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* Summary of personal experience:
+ This iron is a little on the heavy side when moving across my ironing however this does not make it uncomfortable to use in fact I find it quite comfortable.
+ I'm sure you will find as I have that the position and size of the refill hole in this iron makes it very easy to fill without spilling water. It comes with a refill jug with a spout which also makes it easy to fill the iron.
+ The water tank is illuminated but it doesn't really make much difference in being able to view how much water is left to be honest but does look pretty if you like that kind of thing.
+ I have found programming this iron very easy. It has 7 heat settings. I can quickly and easily change the heat setting by pressing either the + button if I want to increase the temperature and - to reduce the heat. The digital display clearly shows me at all times what temperature/fabric type I have my iron set to.
+ The steam function adjusts the amount of steam suitable for the fabrics within the program you select but I am also able to use a steam shot if I need more steam although I have found the constant steam function to be sufficient. You can also turn the constant steam on and off again by the press of one button (this button has a picture of steam on it).
+ The iron comes with a 3 meter length cord which makes it much easier to use as you can move it around your clothes without having to use an extension lead. I have found from previous experience that an iron with a short cable is difficult to use and irritating and so the length of this cable makes it much easier and pleasant to use.
+ Overall the iron is great to use. The irons functions are easy to use and the ceramic plate means it glides easily over the clothes I'm ironing. It requires less effort to use and provides good results.
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