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When I first moved out into rented accommodation a few years back one of the first purchases I made was an iron. I ended up purchasing the Morphy Richards 40654 iron whilst picking up other essentials in my local Tesco and I believe I paid around £25 for it which I remember thinking was excellent value for a reputable brand like Morphy Richards. As the product is a few years old this particular model is no longer on the market although I have seen it for sale on ebay recently.
The iron is the 'turbo steam' model and has a white and pale green casing. In my opinion it does look attractive, although I must admit looks were not high on my list of requirements when purchasing this! The iron has a large, easy to grip handle, beneath which is a dial that controls the temperature settings. The iron can be set to 3 different temperatures:
* cool (denoted by *) which reaches a maximum temperature of around 120C and is suited to delicates such as acetates and nylon
* warm (denoted by **) which reaches a maximum temperature of around 160C and is suited to materials like wool and polyester
* hot (denoted by ***) which reaches a maximum temperature of around 210C and is suited to materials like denim, cottons and linens.
The dial for the temperature setting illuminates whilst the iron is heating up and turns off with a click when the desired temperature is reached. In use the temperature settings work well and I am always surprised at how quickly the desired temperature is reached. The temperature setting will then cycle on an off to maintain a constant temperature. I tend to iron most of my clothes on the warm setting and this temperature is reached in around 30 seconds, which is great, as in the mornings every extra second that I can get in bed counts! The iron itself is fairly heavy and appears to be made to a very good quality.
The iron also has a steam facility to help get out tough creases. The iron comes with a 400ml water tank - this is quite big and I can go several weeks without having to refill the iron. Water is added to the iron via a hole at the top of the handle which is covered by a lid when not needed. I have used many different irons over the years and I am impressed by the quality of the lid as it is not at all flimsy and after a few years of repeated opening and closing is still working as new.
The steam is released by pressing one of two buttons on the handle depending on how much steam is needed. Some of the irons I have previously have started to leak water from the sole plate when the iron is filled with water. This is really quite annoying as you tend to get large patches of water stains over your clothes which then have to be ironed dry. The Morphy Richards 40654 has a "non-drip" system which is designed to prevent such occurrences and I have to say this works really well and in all my time of using this I have not encountered any leakages from the sole plate.
The steam facility is only suitable for the warm and hot settings and in my experience works only fairly well. I have several work shirts made out of cotton and ironing them on a medium setting with the steam facility makes removing creases easier than without using steam although it does still require some effort on my part, despite the heaviness of the iron. Similarly in the summer months I tend to wear light linen trousers on the odd hot day that we may get. These can be a nightmare to iron as they tend to get very creased. Using the steam facility on this iron does help but even on the hottest setting it can take quite a bit of arm work on my part to remove the creases. The iron can also be used 'dry' i.e. in the absence of steam but then it is only good for removing very minor creases.
I live in an area which has very hard water and appliances such as kettles and iron can get caked in limescale. My kettle in particular can get pretty bad and needs a regular dousing with a limescale remover such as Oust. However in the few years that I have used this iron I have not had any problems with limescale either on the sole plate or near the water tank. The iron comes with a jet cleaning facility which flushes any limescale buildup out of the soleplate and keeps the water valve and steam chamber free of any mineral deposits. I must say that I am quite impressed with this as in all the time I have used this I have not encountered any limescale deposits on my clothes which can come through the soleplate when using the steam facility. At the moment the iron I use when staying with my parents has this problem and it really is annoying as getting the limescale deposits off the clothes I am ironing can be difficult. Time for Mum to replace her iron I think.
Overall I think this iron is just ok. It is well built and has some very good features such as the non-drip system and the jet clean facility. However when it comes to ironing clothes there is significant room for improvement. The iron doesn't do a great job at removing creases even when using steam and requires quite a lot of arm-work on my part. After 4 years of use the iron is still going strong and still meets my needs for everyday use but once it breaks I shall be looking to replace this with something better. 3 stars from me.
This is a cheap and cheerful Iron, this was one of the first Iron's I bought, and it was around about the £10 - £20 price range from ASDA.
At first this iron is really good. It was just like any new iron, it got really hot easy and it seemed to iron your clothes really well, as it glided along the ironing board and didn't seem to stick to the clothes. The instructions where very clear and easy to understand.
The functions are the basic that you would expect from a steam iron. The water jug that comes with it is a great size and if you are doing a large Ironing, (If you are like me who tends to leave it until the ironing is falling out of the ironing basket) it save the numerous trips to fill up the Iron. The water reservoir it's self is pretty easy to fill up, although you will have to take your time with it as it dose tend to overfill very easily and spill out of the reservoir.
However as time went on, I found that by the month mark I started to find the teething problems with it. The Iron is non-drip, well that is what it says on the box and unfortunately I found this not to be the case. Living in Scotland I don't need to worry about the lime scale build up so I couldn't even put it down to that. The water seemed to drip out of the Iron and onto the clothes, which to be perfectly honest was really annoying.
Also the Iron seemed to click, click, click all the time, as thought it hadn't heated up properly, I never found this a problem with any other brand of iron just the Morphy Richards irons.
Also as the base plate has been stressed in the instructions to be non-stick as well as the non-drip but just as before I found this not to be the case. I never iron on top of transfers on T-shirts etc so I couldn't blame that. There seemed to be a sticky black residue on the base plate always on the same area. I had cleaned it a few times with a non abrasive cloth and just some hot soapy water, but it always came back again and again. I had firstly put it down the ironing board cover and changed it a few times but it never made any difference and the black sticky residue seemed to come back again and again. I think that this is just one of those things that occur with this type of brand.
I had since purchased two of this model/brand of Iron. I thought that my first iron was just faulty and also went on to purchase the model up from this one and found the exact same problems occurring time and time again. This has really put me off the Morphy Richards irons and I think that I will be less likely to purchase another in the future.
Overall it's a nice basic iron if you have a tight budget, however it may be a better investment to buy a slightly more expensive iron and preferable a different brand.
Short name: Morphy Richards 40654