Until recently I simply thought an iron was a tool to do the most boring job in the world. However, after my cheap supermarket iron kept putting dirty streaks on my white shirts and ruining my clothes, I decided to start looking for a product that would make this tedious task more bearable. Cue - The Morphy Richards 40687.
It is hard to get too excited over an iron but this one has really helped me out. It has made ironing much more manageable than before as it has literally halved the amount of time spent pouring over the ironing board.
I was first attracted to this iron because of the colours. It is made from contemporary colours; black and purple and has a streamlined finished making this iron look pretty smart. It has an easy grip handle designed to fit comfortably in your hand. There is a dial in the middle to adjust settings and hardly ever use it on the hottest setting as the lower settings seem to do the job just fine.
At 1.1 kg it is lightweight and easy to move around. Despite its size it has a large water tank of 400ml. This gives the iron a shot of steam output of 90 grams a minute making this one of the most competitive irons in its price range. Simply put; the more steam it gives out, the easier the ironing is. I personally find this the biggest selling point. The iron also incorporates "tip technology," this means that there are holes right at the top of the iron so you can get the iron right into those hard to reach places. When tackling my boyfriend's shirts for work the powerfulness of the steam effortlessly puts sharp creases in the sleeves and removes unwanted rumples and wrinkles. With the vertical steam jet facility you can hold over items to freshen them up. I use this alot with certain dresses that are not ready to be dry cleaned but are a little tired looking. It revitalises them in seconds.
It has an extremely high performance of 200 W so it gets hotter than other irons and reaches these temperatures quicker.
The ceramic plate glides over clothes and doesn't stick. It is coated with an anti scale formula so hopefully it will last a long time.
I find the cord a little short and sometimes find myself pulling it out of the socket by accident as I strain over the board. This is personal preference but at 2 m long it is a bit shorter than average. A small sacrifice for a great iron.
I bought the Morphy Richards 40687 from Comet for £39.99, which I think is good value for the quality of iron that it is.
It is a good looking iron in dark purple and white and is quite light weight so is easy to pick up and very manageable when ironing. It is quite compact so is easy to store away it's dimensions are 13cm high,12cm width and 27.2cm depth .
I have also found that it heats up very quickly and cools down at a good rate as well so can be stored away a short time after use. The sole plate is made from ceramic and I have never had a problem with it sticking to my clothes. There is a normal steam feature that lets out steam at the rate of 35 grams a minute which I find is good and gets the creases out, it also has a shot of steam feature which shoots steam out of the iron at 90 grams a minute which is great for the more stubborn of creases. It also has a vertical steam option which is good for quickly going over the curtains or such like.
There is a 400ml water tank so when I have a big pile of ironing to do it comes in handy because I don't have to fill it up very often. There is a 2metre cord which is more than long enough for me but then I don't iron very far away from my power supply. It also has an anti drip system which must work because I don't have a problem with it dripping on and staining my clothes.
This iron is a great value model that I find works really well and I have never had any problems with.
This review is also on Ciao under the name apple chuff.
ought our iron for under £20 on special offer a couple of years ago from local tesco. we only purchased it because ours had just broken down ands we needed something cheap that worked til we could spend a bit more.
We use th iron 3-4 times a week for long periods..our household contains 2 adults and 3 teenagers so you can imagine the mountains of laundry and ironing. this iron has always performed excellent, a good shot of steam when needed, great settings, easy to use..well worth its weight in gold..well its really light to handle actually and gets creases out of heavy garments a treat, and much better than my previous iron which was much more expensive! wow! it has a good visible water tank which is easy to fill without spills, the heat settings are adjustable and the iron heats up at a good speed. id certainly reccomend this iron to everyone and anyone who needs something repliable, lightweight and cheap.
* 2000 watts.
* 35g/min steam output.
* 90g/min shot of steam.
* 400ml water tank capacity.
* 2m power cord.
* Weight 1.1kg.
* Ceramic soleplate.
* Button groove.
* Soft grip handle
* Cord storage.
* Temperature control light.
* Uses tap water.
* Front fill.
* Water level indicator.
* Water spray.
* Variable steam.
* Vertical steam.
* Tip Technology - separate chambers for shot of steam and constant steam.
The Iron *************
The iron has a long power cord which is ideal as our electrical sockets always seem to not be close enough to where we want to do the ironing. It also has a fairly large water chamber so no more having to top it up after just ironing one t-shirt. The nifty little sliding cover over where you put the water in is great for stopping water from coming out if you tip the iron the wrong way. It also has the standard water spray function. The iron does look modern but it feels like a proper iron and not like one of the cheaper models that seem to feel too light to me.
My Views **************
As I mentioned above I do like an iron to feel like an iron when you are using it and at just over a kilo in weight it feels sturdy enough to cope with any ironing. We usually pay as little as possible for an iron but this time we decided to pay a little extra and that was the best thing we did. I was instantly very impressed with the amount of steam you get when you need it. The buttons to activate the steam function are easy to use when ironing and the handle feels comfortable to the touch. The iron also stands up on end and does not look as if it will topple over at the slightest touch. It also gives a lot of ironing before you need to top up the water tank again. The temperature dial settings are easily readable and the dial is easy to access when in use. The iron made short work of things such as denim jeans took all the creases out of my favourite T-shirt in one run over. No more having to iron it 3 times to get it half decent. This was a worth while buy and I would recommend this to anyone, especially to someone with smaller children, as this will cut the time you spend ironing in half. A great iron that does the job is it supposed to do exceptionally well.
Short name: Morphy Richards 40687