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After a slight mishap with our previous iron (me knocking it off the ironing board leaving me with a broken iron and a singed carpet!) it was time to invest in a new one.
I hate having to shell out too much money on something as dull as an iron - it somehow feels like wasted money. That money could be spent on the kids (or a handbag!) so I always feel deflated having to spend money on something so boring and sensible. Having said, considering our ironing pile is usually waist high, I didn't want a ridiculously cheap one that would make ironing even more of a chore. We therefore looked at the middle of the range ones.
The amount of choice was quite frankly baffling. I just wanted a bog standard iron! We eventually decided on the Morphy Richards Comfigrip 40854, which was reduced on Amazon from £60 to £31...bonus!
On appearance it looks like your average iron (a bit boring and a bit ugly) but considering when it's not in use it's shoved in the cupboard under the sink it doesn't need to be particularly eye catching. It's sturdy and stands up on the ironing board safely which is a bonus considering my last iron's demise.
It is quite heavy but I don't particularly find that an issue when ironing. I find you need something quite substantial when you're ironing heavier items like jeans so I've no complaints there. I also find it comfortable to hold and use meaning it lives up to its comfigrip claim.
The water tank is easy to fill due to a large opening, meaning you're not splashing water all over everywhere and it also closes well so water isn't spilling out of the top when you're trying to iron. It also holds a decent amount - 350ml - so you're not constantly having to refill it. It also has quite a long cable which is handy when all your plug sockets seem to be hidden behind something like in our house!
The material dial is situated under the handle so you can adjust the heat according to what you're ironing - a function that seems to bypass my husband as he irons everything on the same high temperature - melting things as he goes! The dial is easy to use and is pretty self explanatory (if you're not my husband).
Morphy Richards boast that this iron has TriZone Soleplate Technology which apparently is "an exceptional piece of ironing innovation". This basically means that the plate has three separate areas - Turbo Boost, Constant Steam, and Pressing Plate. To be honest all this techno mumbo jumbo means very little to me and makes it all sound a bit more complicated than it is. All I care about is that it does make ironing a doddle. An unenjoyable, monotonous doddle, but a doddle all the same. It's quick and easy to get through the never ending pile of kids clothes and all the functions are easy to use.
So to sum up, I actually find ironing pretty easy with this iron. It's substantial enough to tackle heavier items without being too heavy for tackling a huge mound of ironing. It glides well and the water and steam functions work as you would expect. It does what you'd hope it would for a really decent price. No complaints.
The extremely powerful new Comfigrip iron incorporates our unique TriZone Soleplate Technology / designed to effortlessly remove tough creases giving a pristine look every time / The powerful steam tackles stubborn creases even on thicker fabrics such as jeans and the Comfigrip handle and easy fill water features make ironing even easier / Short name: Morphy Richards 40854