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We have stayed in many hotels both since and before we were married and I have always been fascinated with the trouser presses some of them had in our rooms. I have always lusted after one myself but wasn't prepared to pay too high a price. I actually went to an auction with my other half while we were staying at a family friend's house and they were auctioning off old stock from a run down hotel. I bid for this Corby 7700 trouser press and I managed to get it for just £50.
The one I have is in a walnut finish and it is wall mounted so it saves space in our bedroom. It is so much better than ironing and you don't get that awful shiny finish on your suit trousers with a press. It has three setting for the timer which is either 15 seconds, 30 seconds or 45 but I feel I need to use the hotter longer one to et the more stubborn creases out of my jeans.
I love to have a nice firm crease down the middle of my jeans which I wear on a weekend and I can spend many a happy hour in our bedroom just pressing each pair I own as they come out with perfect creases every time. I find using this very therapeutic. I also use it to press my suit jacket which I wear for work and this comes out perfect too. This brand is made in many other models but I particularly like the 7700 model best as I have tried the others as I have stayed in hotels and made notes of their individual performances in my Appliance Notebook and this one always come out top.
A great press, time saving and looks stylish too so recommended. ..
Sadly, we can't spend all or lives in our scruffs. We do occasionally need to look smart and for the boys, that means a suit or a pair of smart trousers.
Trousers get creased - fact. Whoever designed the things designed in a big crease at the front of the leg and a matching one at the back. With wear, you lose the sharpness of that crease and with sitting around, you develop creases where they shouldn't exist.
The extent of the problem depends on the type and quality of material but in order to not have our trousers let us down, we do need to seek to restore them from time to time to a semblance of smartness.
We can and sometimes do iron the trousers, but that can make them go shiny and some people can't be bothered to iron them inside out to avoid this.
Many of us, boys and girls, buy or are gifted a trouser press and for me, this has proven to be an excellent and modest investment. I have a Corby trouser press in one of the spare rooms and regularly use it to keep my trousers looking good.
There can't be many who haven't seen or used one of these, but it is a means by which you can maintain creases in a pair of trousers. You have to carefully fold the trousers at the creases and lower the legs into the open press, then clamp the press closed and set an appropriate time on the timer, during which heat will gently iron them and they come out looking good. On my model, I find that if I do them say every other day, then 20 minutes is fine, although the dial goes up to 45 minutes. It is just a case of incorporating this into your morning routine.
It doesn't give quite the same result as you get when you get your suits dry-cleaned, but it does allow you to delay the trip to the dry cleaners and save you money as a consequence.
To any man or woman who cares about their appearance, this is a worthwhile buy. For some, the novelty will wear off and I suspect there are thousands of these in garages and lofts up and down the country. They often appear on ebay and you can get a little used one for just a few quid.
I have probably used this item over 200 times and it still looks as new. It has proven effective and reliable. It's nice to pop your trousers on when they're still warm from the press and it's good to feel smart.
Corby is the market leader and this is one of a number of variants to the basic model.
I have to give it 5 out of 5
I bought the 7700 several weeks ago from John Lewis, and have used it a few times a week since to press the trousers of suits for work.
The press offers three different pressing times: 15, 30 and 45 minutes. So far and with my trousers (mostly wool, or wool mix) I have found 15 minutes too brief to create a lasting crease - but it's probably a useful setting for a new or expensive pair or trousers when you are unsure how the fabric will react to the heat. 30 mins is again not really long enough for a lasting crease in thicker fabrics, but 45 minutes does the trick well. The crease remains better if the trousers are left to cool inside the press.
The press does not turn trousers shiny (a danger with an iron), but I have found it hard to ensure the trousers are completely straight before the heat begins (if they are not you risk pressing additional lines into the trousers). The length of the press is such that the top/pocket area of the trousers cannot be reached. I have also found the results are better if the trousers are laid in the press "counter-intuitively" i.e. the insides of the legs are on the outside when in the press.
No-one who has ever stayed in a British hotel can surely be unaware of the Corby trouser press. I do wonder if there are any other manufacturers apart from Corby who make trouser presses. The three words are synonymous.
John Corby Limited is the company that makes the Corby trouser press. It was established in 1930 by John Corby in Windsor, England and originally made valet stands. A valet stand is wooden frame for putting a jacket on and hanging trousers overnight, so you could put them back on again in the morning. That'll be an over-engineered bedroom chair then, basically! But John Corby took them to a new level by adding a pressing area and lo! The first Corby trouser press was invented. They stuck a plug on them during the 1960s, so they were electrically heated. In 1977 John Corby Limited became part of what is now Jourdan plc. The company relocated to Andover, Hampshire in the eighties and the sales and marketing aspects of the business still operate from there, though actual production is now done in Peterlee, Co Durham.
The company of course still specialises in the manufacture of Corby trouser presses and they have now added ironing centres to their portfolio - that's a corby trouser press with an iron and board attached - a brilliant addition to a large hotel room. They also have a fairly wide range of guest amenity products for hotels - things like bathrobes, shower curtains, hospitality trays, hairdryers etc - many of the extras you expect to find in nice hotels.
THE TROUSER PRESS CONCEPT
Basically, for those of you who've never encountered one, the trouser press is an electrical device which can be wall mounted to save space, or stand freely on the floor, often with a jacket hanger attached to it. This mean that a gentlemen traveller can arrive home from work, or into his hotel room, remove his jacket and hang it up, and pop his trousers in the press before bed, set the timer and wake up in the morning to a pair of trousers beautifully creased down the front, and free of creases from wear, like behind the knee.
If you wear a suit every day it is great. As a girly, who doesn't therefore always wear a trouser suit, I still love them, for casual trousers and straight skirts too - they can go in flat and the press will remove those crease lines across the top of the thigh that sometimes appear from sitting. In hotel I sometime pop teeshirts in and other things that look a bit sad after they have been in a case - basically anything you can't be bothered to iron, but would like a bit better looking!
Why is it better than an iron?
Well, the first thing is that you don't have to go to the effort of ironing - you just pop your trousers in it and wait. The other major advantage is that the way the heat is applied means that wool does not go shiny, as it can when you iron.
THE CORBY 7700
This particular model is one of four different types that Corby make. They make a fifth which is an ironing centre.
The four models range in price from around £79 for the basic model, to £200 for the top of the range "Statesman" model which is elegant in real wood veneer. Actually of the four of them I do think this 7700 is the best buy. It is not much more expensive than the basic model, at £109, but has three timer settings 15mins, 30 mins or 45mins. It is the only one of the four they sell to have a 45min setting, and I find I use that, as 30 is not always enough for stubborn creases, though of course you can always press the button for the second time on the 30 min setting if your trousers are not quite perfect.
It also has an LED display which tells you how much time is left, which is useful if you are scooting around doing other things and it has a nice deep tray on the top to pop the contents of your pockets in beofre hanging up your trousers, and a tie bar that pulls out.
This model also comes in a wide range of colours, so you can have something that tones in with your bedroom or hotel room. Whilst trouser presses are useful they are not exactly beautiful, but they do look better toned in. You can have pine, black ash, beech, chrome, mahogany, walnut, white, maple or oak EFFECT. The Statesman is the one that looks loads better as it is actual wood, but it is twice the price, so you'd have to care a lot!
The trouser press switches itself off after the time is up, and you can also manually overide it and switch it off early if you want. You do have to watch when putting your trousers in it that you smooth down carefully the bit you want flat or you might get creases where you don't want them!
Most of us, whilst using a Corby in a hotel, might not think about having one at home, but if you wear a suit every day, and only have three or four suits to rotate round, as is the case with many men, then one of these at home will stop you needing to iron your trousers often and make them shiny, or dry clean more than you need to just because your clothes are creased, rather than not very clean.
If you had one in your bedroom, and got into the habit of popping your trousers in every night, you might just find that it pays for itself in less frequent dry cleaning and better life to your clothes, as trousers will seat more slowly, and hang better, especially behind the knees. And surely any time not spent ironing has to be a good thing!
Corby Trouser Presses are specially engineered to easily smooth your trousers back into shape / Thanks to the unique design they readily remove even 'back of knee' wrinkles and ensure that the applied pressure is even on the whole pressing surface / No matter if the creases appear while you are working or relaxing with Corby Presses you can be sure that your trousers will be always neatly pressed / The 7700 range provides the choice between three ironing cycles and ensures a full control over a cycle thanks to the functional LED display / Apart from that the 7700 models have all the other standard features of Corby Presses that make daily trouser pressing easy and effective / Model features: 15 30 and 45 minute pressing cycles / Deep dish for keys and coins / LED timer countdown display / Black trim / Standard Corby Trouser Presses features: The unique Corby Stretcher Bar System / essential to remove back of knee wrinkles Sprung section at base of heating pad to absorb turn ups and hems / ensuring even pressure / Wall mounting facility Low power consumption Thermostatic control Automatic 'OFF' plus manual cancel option Neon Light Fitted Plug CE Mark For a comparison of all the Corby Press models please click here / Short name: Corby 7700