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Irons - not my most favoured of household appliances, and strangely, to say how little I force myself to do this household chore, my irons always seem to break pretty quickly.
I was getting fed up of buying an iron and then finding that they were not working after what I considered a short time of 18 months to 2 years. To me, these machines should keep going longer really as there is not that much to them so less to go wrong, but I have never done very well with them.
This was bought to replace a more expensive model of iron. I was in the position of no longer working, and money being quite tight, so the thought of splashing out a fortune on an iron did not appeal to me.
We were shopping in the Asda hypermarket. I almost bought a really cheap value iron until I picked it up and felt how light it was. My son's toy iron felt heavier. My husband persuaded me I needed to spend a bit more, which led to me picking up this morphy richards iron.
My mum has always sworn that Morphy Richards is the brand in irons. There were a few different colours available. I picked this white with bluey/green colour combination because it was only £17.99 whereas the other identical irons apart from colour were over £20. To me colour is not really that relevant as I don't care, and it is not on show for me to worry about when not in use.
The iron is fairly simple to use as most are. It has a moveable dial to move between the different temperature settings for the fabrics you might iron. In addition to the dot system you see on clothes labels, there are also labels for silk, nylon, wool, cotton and linen. Most of my things get ironed on a fairly hot setting of 2 dots or above. The dial is located under the handle. I find occasionally I can catch this and move it when I am ironing.
The remaining features are then on the outside of the handle. The iron is a steam iron, so there is a water tank. This is filled at the top of the handle. This is done by taking out a stopper. This is a strange design, something I have never seen before on any iron. Usually, it involves some sort of hinged cover which then allows you a gentle slope to pour water in. I find that this is really quite messy and water ends up everywhere. The seal is good so water doesn't come back out of the opening, but it reminds me more of a hot water bottle stopper than something you see on an iron.
There is then a lever to alter the flow of steam from the base plate, and 2 buttons. One creates steam when pressed, the second sprays water onto your clothes.
One problem I had badly in my old iron was that there would be a build up of limescale in the holes on the baseplate, and when I operated the steam function on stubborn creases, then I would get water trickling out of the holes instead and along with it would be some bits of limescale that would then mark my clothes. One positive feature of this iron is that it has never suffered with limescale build up even though it is being used in the same conditions as my last one.
The iron uses 1680-2000W of electricity to warm up. The base plate warms up evenly, and even though this is not a fancy ceramic coated base plate which is meant to be better for non stick, I find that I don't get this sticking to the clothes and pulling them when I am ironing. The iron moves easily over fabrics, and my only criticism is that it is still perhaps a bit light for stubborn creases. My own fault perhaps as I knew it was light when I bought it. I could also be less slovenly and iron before so many creases worked their way into the clothes while they are waiting to be ironed.
Cord length is about a metre. I never find iron cords long enough to do my ironing. I don't want to stand right next to the plug socket, and I don't want to keep having to move the item being ironed more than I have to, so I always use an extension cable.
One thing with the iron is that it has developed a leak over time from the water tank. I cannot work out where the leak is coming from as it appears to run out the side of the iron rather than the stopper to the tank, so I have had to just give up putting water into my iron. Not a big loss as I don't always use this feature anyway.
It has not been a bad little iron, but there again, I don't iron more than I have to. It's ok if you are ironing mainly cotton and linen items, I don't find the colder settings work too well just because there is not enough weight there to help remove the creases. For the price, it does an acceptable job.
The Morphy Richards 40515 Steam Iron is the answer to all your ironing needs, combining comfort and power to make ironing a pleasure / This lightweight iron glides across all surfaces, with a cushioned handle giving you grip and control / Life is easier with the Easy Fill 400ml water tank and viewing window designed for no mess and fewer refills / It is now possible to iron curtains and hanging clothes with the Vertical Steaming feature, while a non-stick soleplate and 80g/min Steam Shot give you an added boast when there is a stubborn crease / Look forward to the ironing chores with the Morphy Richards 40515 Steam Iron ! Technical information Power (Watt) 2000 W Steam flow rate (g/mn) 20 g/min Reservoir capacity 400 ml / Short name: Morphy Richards 40515