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The iron is widely available from most department stores and supermarkets for around £20. When it comes to irons, to be honest, I didn’t really know what technical information was good or bad but this has the following, so what I did was look at the water capacity, the is 300ml so it does hold quite a bit and also the power, this is 2200watts. This does have a stainless steel base as opposed to a ceramic one and although we have only had for a few months, the base has stayed mark free and hasn’t got any limescale build up on it and is still shiny and smooth.
Along the top of the iron there are two buttons side by side, the first is to operate a shot of steam (which apparently is 115g/min) and the other is to provide a slight spray of water to help get rid of tougher creases.
The iron weighs just under 1.2kg which although sounds heavy, it is actually quite light, it is really easy to use and manoeuvre over my ironing board and across my clothes. What I like is that is has quite a long cord, in measures around 2meters to it easily reaches from the plug socked to the end of my ironing board, the iron is also shaped so that the cord can be wrapped around it when not in use. On the underside of the handle, there is a round dial which allows you to change the temperature of the iron, around the dial are different heat settings such as 1 dot, 2 dots or 3 dots.
As I mentioned earlier, the water tank is quite big holding 300ml of water, I find this is big enough to do a full machine load of washing, even with my excessive use of the steam. The iron does come with a little spouted jug which allows me to fill the iron up easily without spilling water everywhere. If I was to pick one negative about the iron its that the well where the water goes is made from pink plastic and the plastic is quite thick and dark which can sometimes make it a little difficult to see how much water is left in the iron, quite often I have to hold the iron up to the light or the window to see how much water is in.
I would definitely recommend this iron, we have had for a good few months now and it performs really well so this gets 5 out of 5 stars.
We have had this iron for about five years now and have never had any problems with it (until my husband broke it yesterday). Despite my annoyance that it looks like a brand of trainer, it is actually very well designed, which means that it is very easy to hold. Even with my ridiculously small hands, it is comfortable to hold for long periods. This is helped by the handle which has a soft rubbery material on it making it easy to grip.
It is a corded iron and the cord is a few metres in length. It is easy to stow away at the end of use because there is a hook on the iron handle which keeps the cord in place when you wrap it around - like the kind that you get on a vacuum cleaner.
The iron has a stainless steel sole plate, which is supposed to make ironing easier. It does seem to glide very easily over clothes, even with the tougher dried in creases.
One of the functions I like best about the iron is the 'powerful 100g steam shot', which gets really tough creases out. The figures mean little to me, but it is effective. This steam shot does help with the job. The button for it is conveniently located on the top of the iron so that you don't have to break stride when you are using it, and it seems to work wonders on tougher creases.
I really like the iron but there are some things about it that mean it isn't quite perfect . . .
As with all irons, you need to put a bit more effort in with tougher creases. The thing that I like most about this particular iron is that fact that it is easy to manoeuvre, because it is fairly lightweight. This becomes a problem though when you are dealing with tougher creases because you haven't got the weight behind it to flatten them out, so you have to put more effort in than you would with a heavier iron.
The iron has an easy to move wheel on the inside of the handle which allows you to change the temperature of the iron for different types of clothing and materials. It can be knocked accidentally whilst you are ironing. I am not sure how much of a problem this is because I don't know that there is a massive difference in the temperatures and I have so far not burned anything as a result, but it could be a problem if you were ironing a delicate silky top and you knocked it by accident.
Despite the small nuisances with the iron (and that is definitely all that they are), I think that yes I would definitely recommend this iron. I am actually quite sad that hubby has broken it because aside from the fact that it no longer works, it is in perfect condition.
This is our second iron of the year unfortunately - the first one was prematurely ruined by picking up black marks from our ironing board and unfortunately became unusable only after a couple of months. We recently purchased a different one, being this Morphy Richards one, as a replacement because it was very cheap, at £15 in Tesco. It comes in two colours, purple (shown here) and pink which is the one we have. It is a steam iron, which I find very useful for ironing things straight from the tumble dryer but doesn't come with many other features. As a person who hates ironing, this one was perfect for my needs!
The iron is similar sized to other irons we've owned, being around 27cm high, 15cm wide and 13cm deep. It is quite weighty to pick up, but I've never found this to be a huge problem and I feel that it helps it stand properly on the board when not in use. It's doesn't feel weighty enough to me to be an issue to use when lying flat and moving across clothes. To use the steam feature, the iron is filled at the back via a small hinged opening - a small jug is provided in the box too to help with this process and that's very handy to have because it would be impossible to fill from the tap directly due to it's small opening.
Then, it's just a case of plugging the iron in and switching it on. There's an orange light under the handle that indicates when it's ready to go. The cable is an acceptable length - it's not overly long but it's not really short - just right to use as long as place the board quite close to a socket. It would have been more of an issue to me if it was longer as I feel it would just get in the way when ironing. The plate to the iron isn't anything special, it's classed as non stick and I think that claim is correct. I like the feel of the plate gliding over our clothes. I usually just turn it up to the higher settings when in use on anything apart from very delicate items and I've never found it to stick or feel as though it will stick - the plate moves across all of our clothes at ease.
I also find that the steam spray is more than adequate. There are two buttons on the top of the iron that can be pressed to operate the spray and the the steam options. There's even an option to amend the size of the steam that is created by pushing a setting up and down accordingly although I usually just leave ours on one of the middle settings. I don't use the steam one all that often really, but I do find that the spray one is very handy, especially when ironing something that is full of creases. A couple of sprays from the button and enough water is provided to ensure that the creases are easily ironed out - it really makes a hard task much easier.
The temperature of the iron is determined by a dial as with most irons, situated underneath the large handle. This is my only small issue - it's very difficult to know which setting has been chosen on there as there's no clear line or mark on the iron that indicates to the user the setting that's been opted for. I'm lazy in a way as I tend to just keep mine on the same higher setting as most of our items are made of similar cotton materials but I think if this iron was used for a range of items as in most households, I think the dial may become a bit of a pain. Whenever I do change the setting, I have to be very careful with it and have to study underneath the handle to make sure that it's set correctly. The only thing to indicate the setting chosen is a small piece of plastic that is exactly the same colour as the iron itself so it's not very noticeable on the eye! The dial does help a little bit with actually choosing the setting though as it's settings are labelled for the various clothing materials as well as by temperature eg cotton, linen and silk.
This is a basic iron - if you're used to using ones with features and gadgets then this is perhaps not for you. If however you're just after an iron to get the job done quickly that's easy to use without fancy extras, then I would definitely recommend this one. I'm really glad that we chose this as the replacement as for £15 I think we've received great value for money. I would have no hesitation in picking up the same one again in the future. As long as I keep it off the board stand (so it doesn't come to the same unhappy ending as the last iron!) I see no reason why this iron won't be in our house for some time. I've rated four stars with one being removed for the need of a better setting marker for the dial but apart from that, it's all good.
Thanks for reading :o)