Durabrand Steam & Spray Iron
Model D81002 1200W
I went through a patch of needing to replace my irons. They would not get hot enough, the plate would get sticky and any amount of "iron plate cleaner" did not seem to completely eradicate the problem. Frustratingly, I would persevere for a while and wonder if decent irons that get hot and actually remove creases still existed.
This was until I bought the Durabrand Iron from Asda. Another cheap purchase having decided if irons are not going to last more than a few months I may as well buy cheap ones, I am three or maybe four years later still surprised that this bargain buy is still going strong.
To use, I simply check there is water in the reservoir, top up if required and plug in and switch on, sort my cloths into material type and set the required temperature. Most of my ironing is done on the hottest setting with steam or spray used to help remove creases.
The iron is a nice weight, neither too light nor too heavy, it is well balanced in the hand and remains so regardless of water in the reservoir or not. The iron sits in the cradle on the ironing board easily or stands on the bottom end reassuringly firmly when not in use.
The cord is the type that swivels all directions which is essential for me as a left hander in a right handed world. The cord is about 2 metres long and my only bugbear is that a little longer would be useful as it does restrict where I can iron, especially as my husband is very tall and I need to be able to reach the end of his jeans.
The colour is white with a pale blue reservoir that is opaque enough to easily see how much water there is in there. After all this time the plate is reassuringly shiny, being sticky stuff and scratch free even after all these years of use.
The iron warms up quickly and steams through my ironing pile with efficient ease. The shot of steam is reassuringly strong and the water spray easy to direct although it does only cover a small area at once.
The reservoir is easy to fill either with the little pourer supplied or from a jug. The reservoir holds an adequate supply of water for my steam and spray requirements for two or three ironing sessions.
The main dial is the circular clicky version on many irons and this is robust and precise, the shot of steam and water spray buttons are easy to use being in front of the handle and are identified by simple picture icons. There is a roller-ball dial to set the strength of stream for water and steam and again that is easy to use and identify.
I originally expected to discover that this product was made in China due to its low price tag. However, after all this use and as it is so good I was now expecting to discover a German engineered product. Wrong, on both counts. This wonderful piece of engineering was made for Asda in Leeds, Yorkshire Great Britain.
I am so pleased! Having just given up on a Birmingham built car for a German marque due to the poor build quality and poor reliability I am delighted to discover that my iron is British!
Conclusion & Stars:
I recommend the Durabrand Iron from Asda to anyone requiring a low priced item that does what it is supposed to. I do still have problems with some of the more stubborn creases and linen is problematic unless I catch it at just the right amount of dampness, but for today's irons, I think this is probably one of the best and certainly the best in the price range.
Price & Availability:
An Asda product. I think I paid around £10.00 for mine when it was new and without going to the store to check Asda have a similar item for sale at £12.96 at the time of writing, for some reason they are also available on eBay at £14.50 new and from .99p used.
I set fire to my last iron (yes, actually set fire.. I have no clue how!) and so had to go in search of a new one. ASDA's is just up the road from me and so I made a quick trip there where I found an iron for £7.97, it was ASDA's own brand which they call Durabrand but I've always had good experiences with ASDA's products and so I wasn't put off by this.
The iron itself has a dial to adjust the temperature and two buttons at the top, one to give it a steam boost and one to spray the clothes with water. The hole to fill the iron with water is relatively small and has a small plastic cover that just pops on and off. This cover is attached to the iron by a very short plastic lead and so gets in the way when trying to refill the iron. Unfortunately you have to try fill the iron and hold the cover out the way with one hand since the iron needs to be laid flat to refill. It's a bit like trying to pour water in a pin hole around a mountain although I'm sure it's very amusing to watch!
Unfortunately I haven't got many positive things to say about the iron. It's lightweight, easy to clean and relatively small so won't take up a lot of space but this is where the positive aspects stop. It doesn't get as hot as other irons and therefore no matter how much work I put into the ironing it doesn't get out the stubborn creases, the plate also often sticks to many clothes and whilst this never damaged the clothes it does make the ironing even harder and I tended to iron in more creases then I ironed out! Also, the water tank is very small and I found myself having to refill it after every 5-7 items.
Overall I would not recommend this iron at all. You get what you pay for and unfortunately, in this case it's not much!
I bought the Durabrand iron when I was a student and really wanted to go for the cheaper option among those which were available. The Durabrand iron is a big NO according to my experience. Yes, it is light and have a steam and sprinkle options, BUT: (!) it just does not become hot enough to do its job. Kind of warm enough to iron the synthetics, not that good with anything cotton that needs to be properly ironed. To be fair, it is exactly the same problematic quality of any supermarket private label irons (Sainsbury or Tesco) and I strongly suspect that they produce it at the same factory anyway, and it is just the name on it which is different as it is quite usually the case with private labels in foods or cosmetics.
So the advice is: spend some money once on a branded iron, because you will probably decide to do it anyway. If you do it from the start, this is your chance to avoid some negative experience and disspointment about small money, but stlill badly spent.