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I absolutely hate ironing! For me it's the worst job that needs to be completed in the house! Fortunately I have a mother in law that likes to iron so a lot of it is passed onto her! However, unfortunatley I still have to have an iron, so when my last iron fell apart it was time to hunt for something to make life easier...
I chose the Morphy Richards Jet Stream for a number of reasons. Firstly I think it is important to have a heavy iron. Some of the cheaper irons you can buy are very light weight and to me that makes it hard to get the creases out of items such as shirts. The Jet Stream is quite heavy and although for some people this may not be a good factor for me it is one of the most important.
Secondly, the jet stream is a steam generating iron. It comes with a large tank of water that the iron sits on. You turn it on and this heats up the tank of water underneath it, generating a large amount of steam. This really does help you whizz through the ironing and makes short work of those dreaded items such as shirts!
Although many of these steam generators are expensive I managed to get this on offer from Morphy Richards directly. It was approximately £40, which was reduced from over £100. This has made it a great value iron.
My only complaints with the product is that the hot water cable gets extremely hot when it has been used. It is important to let the whole unit cool down before storing it as I am a little nervous that it may burn something when stored. Other than that... its a good iron for me, a self confessed ironing phobic!
I have had one of these for about the last 4 years - mine has recently given up the ghost, and I am looking to replace it with a similar model, such is the good impression this model has made on me.
For the purposes of this review, I will break the review down to make it a bit easier to read!
INTRODUCTION / COST:
I bought mine refurbished on eBay for about £55 including postage. At the time they were much more expensive new. You can buy them new now on Amazon for £75, which for this product is a total bargain.
I didn't do much research into this model - I was after a steam generator and it was merely which product I could afford. I have since learnt that Morphy Richards are one of the best manufacturer of irons around - and having used this for a number of years it is easy to see why.
The iron comes in 2 main parts; the base, which houses the water tank, and the iron itself. I always leave the base on the side and stand the iron up on the end of the ironing board when in use, as they base is very big and cumbersome.
The base has a stainless steel plate on the top, so you could leave the iron turned on on top of the base for ages without having to worry about it melting. At one end of the base is the water tank, which clicks in and out of place to be filled up as required - the tank is also see through so you know when it needs to be filled up.
At the opposite end of the base there are 3 lights which indicate which steam setting the iron is set to - there is a also a single button for altering the steam setting to the required level.
The iron itself only has 2 parts of note; there is the trigger on the underside of the handle which needs to be pressed to release the steam. There is also a dial - as with normal irons - which is rotated to alter the temperature setting.
The two main parts are connected by a single cord, which is long enough to ensure you are not at risk of pulling the base or iron off any surface it is resting on, and is also extremely well insulated.
I'm not sure what the tech specs are of this iron, and to be honest, they mean nothing to me anyway. All I will say is that on the highest temperature setting and with the highest steam setting, this iron flies through my creased up work shirts. It probably takes about a minute to iron a whole shirt, without any need for pressure to be applied onto the shirt or for water to be sprayed all over it.
When you consider how much faster this is compared to regular irons, for those who do a large amount of ironing this will save you huge amounts of time.
The only thing which needs changing on this machine is the water filter which sits within the water tank. These are readily available for next to nothing, and are very easy to change.
I have had mine for probably close to 4 years, and have never had any issues with it at all, having used it for probably an hour twice a week. It has recently come to the end of its shelf life unfortunately, but I think 4 years for a refurbished product is prefectly reasonable.
For anyone who does a lot of ironing I would strongly recommend getting a steam generator, as they save you massive amounts of time. This Morphy Richards product is as good an option as any other, particularly at the price you can get it for nowadays!
When my first daughter was a few months old and we realised just how expensive it would be for me to go back to work, I set up my own ironing business that I run from home. It was soon an unexpected success and I needed to upgrade my iron. At the time I was using a 'normal' iron without a pod, and this was the first one of this kind that I had used. I was instantly hooked and my ironing time was dramatically cut down. Given that I was ironing up to 30 baskets a week, this iron only lasted me about 9 months, but if you think the average person would iron 1 basket a week and maybe get 5 years use out of it, I in fact got the equivalent of 150 years use out of it before it broke down!! In the end, I replaced it with the exact same iron, so it goes to show how much I liked it!
The iron itself is easy to use, with an extra long cord making trousers, jeans and bedding that bit easier. I found that with all the use I had out of it that the cord material had actually frayed away where it had been rubbing against the ironing board, but in the case of 'normal' usage, this wouldn't be the case.
Once the iron is plugged in, I found that the heat up time seemed quite long, but perhaps that's because I'm impatient! I would definitely say there is a wait time of 90 seconds for the iron to heat up. Once it does heat up and you get started, the iron is quite noisy as it constantly refills itself with water from the pod. This is normal, and I found that using the trigger button underneath the handle constantly, gives an amazing amount of steam that allows you to quickly sweep the iron over the clothes only once. As most of you will know with 'normal' irons, to get tough creases out of clothes, you often have to spray water or iron over 3 or 4 times before the creases disappear, with this iron, there is no need to water, and in fact the option is not even there, showing you the amount of steam being kicked out (90 g/min). It's also handy to know that the soleplate is made out of stainless steel, which allows it to glide easily, rather than some irons which seem to stick or gather garments.
The vertical steam option allows you to spray steam at items once they are hanging. I often found this handy if I thought I had missed an area slightly, as you don't need to unhang the garment and start again.
The water reservoir holds quite a large amount of water (1 litre), and I found that using the trigger for the steam constantly, still allows me to iron one basket of ironing before it needs refilling. It is recommended that you also replace the anti scale cartridge which is placed inside the water reservoir, but I never needed to and given the amount of use I got out of it, I would say this was just an extra way to get money out of you and wouldn't bother.
The price of these irons can vary quite a lot, dependent on a decent amount of research on the internet. I paid £60, but it can be found selling at up to £80 so research first.
A worthwhile and reliable iron, which can reduce ironing time.
having a large family (3 young kids) i alwys hated ironing as it took so long to get through until my mum recommended this iron to me.i had never used a steam iron and wasnt sure at first because it was quite expensive(£119.00)and i couldnt see how it was going to make any difference until i bought it home and started using it-wow!!! It makes it so easy and quickto iron and get out creases perfectly. if like me you tend to leave your ironing until there is a pile you probably have to use a water spray to get enough steam to get the creases out and it takes a long time well with this iron you just fill up the base and you have all the steam you need to last about 2 hrs of ironing and its so quick you will be amazed how fast you finish the ironing
I had my old steam iron for several years and although it had a descale function it was producing less and less steam as time went on. Since ironing is one of my least favourite jobs there always seems to be an enormous pile waiting for my attention and it is so dry I need to use a plant spray to dampen each item. A friend takes in ironing to earn some extra money and she has always said how good the steam generator irons are, so I decided to take a look.
Steam generator irons are basically a steam iron attached to a base unit which is the steam generator, holding the water and making the steam. This means the actual iron itself is slightly lighter than a conventional steam iron as it does not have a water container in it.
This model is 2200 watts and as a rule of thumb the higher the wattage the greater the heat generated (but also the greater your electricity bill!) The iron has a stainless steel soleplate which claims to be smoother gliding than aluminium and distributes the heat more evenly making the ironing quicker and easier. There is a cable joining the iron to the base unit which is about 60inches long. This is about ¾ inch wide as it must have two cables inside it; one with power and the other transporting the steam from the base to the iron. I have not cut it open to take a look, I am just assuming this!
The power cable attached to the base unit is 2.4metres long which is quite good if you cant have your ironing board right next to a power socket, although common sense says you must take care if there are young children in the house.
The base unit houses the water tank which holds 1 litre of tap water, which is quite a lot, so it means you dont need to keep on stopping to refill. Into the water tank you place an anti-scale cartridge which looks like a bag of brown granules stuffed into a tube. Five replacement bags came with the iron and there is an anti-scale indicator light on the iron which will indicate when this cartridge needs replacing. I have been using this iron for about six months now and have only used two cartridges, but it does depend on how hard your tap water is. The instruction book gives a phone number to order replacements and I have checked the Morphy Richards web site (www.morphyrichards.co.uk) where they can be purchased for £8.53 for 5 bags although you probably have to add something for p&p.
So, to use this machine first remove the water tank, take out the cartridge, fill to the line with tap water, replace the cartridge and slid back the water tank into the steam generator. Plug in, press the power button and wait. This is one disadvantage of these irons as you have to wait about two minutes for it to power up. A green power light will flash while it is heating up and will remain on to indicate it is ready.
Select your heat setting; one, two or three dots, the same as most irons, on a dial on the iron itself under the handle. Next select how much steam you want. This is done by pressing a button on the back of the base unit which has three red light indicators with one, two or three little pictures of some steam indicating your choice. Level one produces 22.5 grams of steam per minute, level two produces 45g/min and level three 90g/min. By way of comparison a conventional steam iron gives about 20-40 g/min steam maximum. It is also possible to have no steam if required.
The next stage also differs from a conventional steam iron. You need to depress the steam button which is located on the underside of the handle where your fingers would naturally be. This button needs to be held down for about a minute to clear the system of air. While this is happening there is a clicking noise rather like a distant machine gun. When it is ready the clicking will fade and steam will be coming out the plate. It is now ready to go.
All this needs to be done each time before you start ironing which is fine if you have a lot to do but not if you only want to do one thing quickly for work or school.
While you are ironing, the steam button on the underside of the handle has to be held down all the time that you require steam and while it is producing steam there is a faint clicking noise which is strange at first but you soon dont notice it (especially when I am watching one of my favourite soaps on TV at the same time).
Does it make the ironing easier and quicker? Yes it does, without any doubt. Cotton shirts (my family wear at least 20 each week) and t-shirts, which are bone dry, are ironed without any effort and no more spraying with the plant spray. The advertising says steam generators cut ironing time in half; this may be a slight exaggeration but it certainly does speed things up.
To switch off just turn the heat dial to minimum and depress the steam power button for two seconds which shuts down the base console with a beep, unplug and empty the water tank.
This does all sound rather complicated but after you have done it for the first time it is all quite straight forward.
In summary I would say:
You need to decide how much ironing you do in each session as the iron takes a while to heat up, so it is not practical if you only have a couple of items to iron. Some people may find the clicking noise irritating. Keeping the steam button depressed may be awkward if you sufferer from arthritis or similar in your hands. Replacement of the anti-scale cartridges could get expensive if you live in a hard water area. The large quantity of steam could cause condensation at your windows unless, like me, you are a fresh air fiend and always have a window open. The base unit is quite bulky so you need some extra space to store it and it may not safely fit on a smaller than average ironing board. BUT It does reduce the time actually spent ironing and the ironing is easier to do.
The rrp is £180, less one penny, which is a lot to pay but I decided upon this model for the simple reason it was less than half price in Currys and therefore much more affordable. £75 is still a lot to pay for an iron but in my opinion it has been worth it.
Has it turned me into a domestic goddess? Well, if it could also tidy, dust, vacuum, make the tea ..
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