I recently purchased this iron from Argos after it came out well in the Which Report. I didn't want to spend a fortune so was pleased it was half price and therefore looked like a good iron for the money. I had had a Phillips Iron previously which had been a nightmare - forever dripping dirty water on to my ironing. However this model has an anti drip feature.
When I took it out of the box I was surprised by how heavy it felt - but once ironing you don't notice this. It is a good size and makes easy work of my ironing. It has a very long cord which I found really useful - you don't need to be right next to a plug socket.
It is easy to fill with water and holds a good amount It comes with a large jug to fill it with and the hole is in a sensible place. Easy to fill and empty without spilling water all over the iron itself. The iron can be used with or without steam. It has several steam levels plus a shot button for when you need that extra boost.
The iron has a self clean button which I have yet to use. This if or if the steam holes start to clogg up.
The iron has a very good point - making it easy to get into hard to reach places around zips and buttons.
So far I can't fault this iron and if you can get it for a good price it's a bargain.
After an unfortunate experience, when I had to return a previous new range Ionic Philips iron as 'faulty' I purchased the GC4412 which was an earlier model and on offer at half price at Homebase for a little over £35.00. You can get it on Amazon for about £30 today.
It is an excellent iron and, although it doesn't have the features of the new Philips Ionic range, I find it is much easier to use. The Ionic range are very heavy irons and really not suitable for anybody who has shoulder, arm, wrist or hand problems.
This model is much lighter and still produces copious amounts of steam with six steam levels. It also has a steam boost button which works well on those stubborn creases and enables 'vertical steaming' for delicate silk or synthetic materials.
The tip of the sole-plate is tapered and has extra steam vents - good for ironing round button holes, and cuffs etc. You will find that, as the steam action is so good you get through quite a lot of water. I always fill a 2 litre jug full of water to readily fill up the measure cup provided with the iron.
This iron also has a self-clean Calc feature and I would advise using the latter frequently in hard water areas like ours. You just have to fill the water tank, get the iron to its hottest level then press the self clean button whilst tilting the iron up and down.
It has a long 3m power cord which is good if you prefer not to be right next to the power socket. and a designated space to wind tidily the cord round the lower area of the iron when you want to store it on its heel in a cupboard.
My favourite aspect of this iron, apart from its excellent ironing ability, is that it has an AUTO SHUT- OFF function which turns the iron off after half a minute if left flat and after eight minutes if left on its heel. This is a must for my ageing brain and a function which many other, more expensive irons, do not possess.
You can only get this model in plain white so if you like fashionable colours then its not for you. However this iron it is a really good appliance with lots of features and at a very reasonable price.
Short name: Philips GC4412