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I Brought this Morphy Richards Comfigrip Steam Iron in white on white but I have also seen it in other colours such as green on white and pink on white. I brought it from Argos for £25 and it came with a water beaker but am assuming that this was the sale price as it is retailed on the Morphy Richards website for £54.99. The price I purchased it for is incedibly good value for money but I would not have been happy paying the full £54.99 so if you can get it for somewhere inbetween that then you've done well :) The iron is made from a few different materials, the casing is plastic, there is a softer material around the handle (I am unsure what it is actually called) and then there is another plastic for the water level window. The soleplate is ceramic and it obviously will get very hot. This is not a cordless iron although as the cord is 2m this isnt really a problem. It has a wattage of 2200 and boasts features such as a vertical steam output of 40g per minimum, a tip technology steam shot of 110g maximum (this means the steam can get into any akward spaces) anti-scale technology, No drip technology, an anti-Calc system and variable steam settings. The iron itself is incredibly easy to use and has a 420ml water tank meaning that you won't be constantly having to refill it. It heats to the tempreture you have set it to in about a minute so it is very fast. Clothes are always perfectly ironed when I use this, even when I begin to get lazy and put in minimum effort, I can just glide it across the top of clothes and it still works perfectly. The only small criticism I have with it is the fact that if you don't turn it off before you put some more water in the water will begin to come through the holes in the iron which can sometimes make a mess if you are not expecting it. It really is a very good iron and I will hopefully be able to continue using it for a while yet, this seems likely as even after the couple of years I have had it there still doesnt seem to be a hint of a problem. The iron itself can be wiped clean with a cloth and any limescale or mess on the soleplate can be removed very quickly with a limescale cleaner or sometimes just a cloth although you should obviously wait until it has cooled down before attempting to clean the soleplate :)
I got this iron as it was cheap yet didn't look too tatty, it also promised a lot. I have used it for a while and it does do it's job very well, there are an amazing amount of settings for those of you who know how to use them but they aren't all necessary, I never have to change the dials as the iron seems to just work with every type of material I use it on. The plate gets very hot very quickly, which is useful for quick ironing and the holes in the bottom which release steam make the fabric that much less creased which is great. However, this product is advertised as having everything you could imagine, and all these promises seem a bit strange to me as in reality this iron doesn't do anything special - apart form iron clothes well. To me this is advertisement enough for the product but I don't see why it is sold as being comfy and having a special tip, in reality it doesn't. It just has the standard handle and tip that you would expect form a £35 iron. In terms of the ease of use this product is great, you just plug in and go, it is also easy to pour water into the 'tank' without too many spillages which is usually a problem I have. Go get this iron if you want a high quality finish, but don't expect something super modern as it is described on the box.
~~~SCENARIO~~~ Picking an iron is a difficult feat if you ask me! Even more difficult when your old iron started leaking with water due to the barrage of irons out there - it can be confusing to what to look for. Eventually I was enticed by this sturdy-looking iron and plucked it from the shelf since it was half price (a mere £20!) From Sainsbury's and it looked top-notch, however I may have changed my mind if I ever returned to that day! I have had this iron for nearly a whole year. ~~~Appearance~~~ This rather large iron, has a "comfi grip" niche, which is simply mauve rubber embedded into the handle of the iron. This is extremely comfortable and makes ironing less of a chore and more of a pleasant experience! The rest of the iron is encased in white plastic which is very sturdy. Also there is mauve pattern which looks rather dull and too clinical for me, some more cheery colours would be nice to simply lift the face of this iron! The iron face itself is ceramic-coated studded with white speckles which is very unusual as a pattern, one other thing which is unusual is the metallic and white chord which is excellent and unique! When the iron is on, it emits an orange light which is useful but standard. I was ensured this was a quality product as it had a sticker which said "Tested" explaining to me how it was extensively tested in the Morphy Richards Labs which is a bonus and very reassuring! ~~~Features~~~ Some of the features the iron include are: -Adjustable steam switch where you can choose how much steam comes out when you press the steam button which i haven't touched at all since I am not a great ironing aficionado. -Adjustable heat dial with the settings of: silk, nylon, wool, cotton and linen. This is a great feature coupled with the iron heating up tremendously quickly. It is perfect for ironing a range of fabrics from cotton to nylon and even silk works a treat! -Steam button and water jet button, the steam button is useful in ironing out creases however it does emit some white deposits on my clothes which is very annoying! The water jet button is redundant and is slightly annoying as it can be used as a weapon to annoy someone. I do wish these buttons were switched around as the steam button is on the left and I am right handed hence it is extremely annoying when I accidently press the water jet button. -Anti-calcium device on the bottom, which simply doesn't work otherwise I would never have had white deposits - this is why you have to use deionized water with your iron since you cannot trust these devices. -Has a special "tip technology precision" which is useful when ironing the most difficult of places effectively. It is terribly effective when ironing out massive creases. ~~~Usability~~~ Being a heavy iron, it is sometimes difficult to easily do the ironing and it takes a lot of effort! Another very annoying feature is the short chord which means I have to stay close to a plug socket - which is inconvenient! Especially when you want to watch the TV while ironing which is near impossible since you will always pull the plug out! This household-only iron feels bulky and is not smooth to iron but I am impressed on receiving a specific water jug which is perfect to fill this iron with water since its spout fits perfectly into the water hole. The short chord makes things worse and is very inconvenient. The water capacity of this iron is only 420g hence it seems I have to refill this iron every time I use it since it uses so much water every time! It is very sturdy and keeps water in! Yet the face of the iron doesn't glide very well however there are many steam holes in the face meaning that any crease is eliminated - hooray! ~~~Summary~~~ This is a good iron which does the job however it has a few snags to it which are a real shame. All in all - well worth £20 but not as outstanding an iron as I would have liked. I dislike the colour of this iron but it has great functionality even though I don't really appreciate the "Tip Technology" as much as Morphy Richards would want!
A couple of months ago I found myself being completely bamboozled when looking at the range of irons available for purchase, what should have been a simple event, replacing my old Tefal which was failing to heat properly, became a confusing matter. I really wished I had researched which iron to buy before finding myself in the supermarket aisle pondering the advantages of tank size and plate coating, things which hitherto I hadn't given any thought to, but which iron manufacturers seem to have peppered the iron boxes with. In the light of my confusing experience I thought it might be helpful to review my purchase, now that I have actually found out what all those selling points mean in practice. This was the iron I ended up with, mainly lured by the promise of a 2 year guarantee, and also because it was billed as being "half price" - I paid £20, and this does genuinely seem to be quite a good price for this iron. The iron, as you can see from the picture, is called a "comfi grip" - I assume as it has rubber on the handle. It is indeed quite easy to hold as you wield its 2200 watt heating power. It warms up quite rapidly and there is a light near the dial to show you that it is on. This works well. As you would expect these days you can adjust the temperature to iron a variety of fabrics - I'll own up now to not being an everyday ironer, I generally find that this dial is almost permanently fixed to Cotton and Linen, though I have used it to iron one or two jumpers, and the heat does adjust as billed. You can vary the steam level too - there is a seperate switch for this at the front of the iron, both controls are simple enough to use and provide the range of heat and steam output that you would expect from a modern appliance. When I want to use the iron I find that the reservoir is easy to fill with the provided jug - the opening is on the large size, and you can fill directly from the tap with ease. There is no system of cartridges or the like for anti-calc, but apparently the iron does have an inbuilt system. I can't yet truly comment on the longevity of this, but living in a hard water area it is a good feature for me. In terms of the plate itself, which the manufacturer describes as having "Tip Technology", and which I call "having a few extra holes for steam at the end", it is of good quality coated ceramic and does seem to glide well over clothes. The steam does seem to help me to press clothes well - within the parameters of my limited ironing ability anyway, it's easy enough to manoeuvre this iron around buttons and the like, and you can do a vertical shot of steam - a feature that seemed quite high on all the iron boxes I looked at but which I have yet to find a use for - maybe some people iron curtains or something? I'm not sure. Talking of the steam button, one thing I have found quite annoying is its location - I am right handed and intuitively "need" the extra steam button to be on the left hand side so I can press it with my thumb. Instead the spray button is on the left - perhaps it is just that my old Tefal iron had the buttons on the other side but I can't get used to this and end up ironing in rather cack-handed manner. The box informs me that the steam is continually at 40g per minute output with 110g for the shot . Again, steam grammes per minute featured rather a lot on the descriptions of irons I looked at, this output seemed midrange as far as I could see. Perhaps it is more useful to say that the reality is this translates in my experience to the shot being fierce enough to add creases to sleeves with ease, when the fancy takes me. The continuous steam is on the powerful side, without being too scary, and as there is a 420ml tank I find I don't have to refill too often, and there is generally enough for my weekly ironing session. The heat and steam functions of this iron are, in summary, pretty good. I would have to say that one problem I do have is the length of the cord. It isn't mentioned anywhere on the feature list on the box - the manufacturer claims it is 2m long, but by my measurements is a miserly 150cm, much shorter than my previous iron. It is a real shame as I don't think it would have cost much more to make the cord 50cm longer or so and it would have made all the difference. I just find it isn't long enough to be plugged into the wall and give me any room for manoeuvre in my ironing efforts, I like to iron whilst watching "Grey's Anatomy" or similar and don't want to be worried about whether I risk yanking the plug out of the wall or snagging the board. It is a real minus point to this iron for me personally. Apart from that I can confirm that the iron is, as billed, anti-drip, the spray works well and the iron is not over heavy - oh and there is a nice pearlscent sheen to that grey - not that you probably care too much what an iron looks like, though if you are the kind of person who irons curtains, maybe you do..... I am moderately pleased with this iron, it is better than my previous iron, and seems to be of a pretty good build quality, still that button and the cord are niggles every time I use it. For £20 it was not a bad buy, but I wish I had actually read up on irons a little more before opting for this one, or better still looked at them out of the box rather than grabbing one based on the description. It is, however, good to know that this iron is, as I said at the start, guaranteed for 2 years, maybe by then technology will have moved on and they might have invented something that will iron clothes by itself - a girl can dream! I will carry on using this iron for those items that can't quite be folded and smoothed, for £20 it is not a bad buy, but I have seen it for as much as £54 and that seems rather a lot to me - there's a lot of choice out there, as I found out the hard way, and I'm not sure I made the best choice, but then it IS only an iron...a necessity maybe, but not something that I want to worry about spending too much money on. Overall £20 seems a reasonable amount to have paid for 2 years trouble free ironing hopefully, leaving me with a few pennies to spend on more interesting things! Recommended but with reservations. NB I have had to rate battery life and processing quality but neither feature on this iron.
Short name: Morphy Richards 40709