The reason behind buying this iron was that I had to borrow a Philips Azure whist staying in a B & B in London. I just could not get over how good this iron was and when I got home decided it was time for a change. I was absolutely sure I was shopping for a Philips Azure as I had asked the owner of the B& B.
What I did not realise was the amount of varying models of the iron, and that's when I picked up this one. In my opinion it's nowhere near as good as the one I had sampled, it's very disappointing. It is advertised with a long list of attractive features, but honestly I feel they don't make any difference. I always top up the iron with water, yet when I adjust the level of steam to suit it just is not powerful enough, so I am constantly pushing the steam boost button which after a while gets a bit much.
I have taken to the old fashioned way of using a spray bottle as I can't afford to replace it again so soon. Don't get me wrong it does iron; it's just nowhere near as good as the one I had used, so I am comparing it.
The linen option is very hot, and as you don't get the constant source of steam you need to be careful as the material can stick a bit to the plate. It's very quick to heat up and cool down and looks very appealing.
Think it's now priced around £48.00 so its not all that expensive, however when I looked online it now seems to be unavailable in most stores. Philips are constantly improving there products and may have upgraded this one, but not too sure.
In my opinion if it lived up to the long list of beneficial features, such as the continuous steam, steam glide etc, it would of been a better iron.
I bought this iron as it was top of the Which Best Buys last year and I think it still is.
When I got it home and plugged it in it I was really disappointed - it was so heavy (over 2kgs) - much heavier than my previous Philips iron. I certainly think that if you have any sort of arthritis or hand/arm/shoulder problems then this iron is not for you.
However I did not find out how the iron worked because it refused to get hot enough to produce the copious steam promised. I suspected that it had a faulty thermostat and so returned it to Argos. They could not get the iron to heat up either so gave me a refund.
I probably got the one in a thousand faulty iron because Which magazine gave it a glowing report although they also found the iron heavy.
The heaviness is due to the extra cartridge situated on the upper surface of iron. This, I think, is to prevent calcium forming and so prevent blockage. However it seriously gets in the way of the hand holding the iron.
The Ionic feature of this iron is designed to produce finer steam to remove unwanted creases quicker.
If you are not put off by my experience the 'Which Magazine' gives it a glowing report and says it produces masses of steam, and produces excellent ironing results. I must also add that I always choose Philips' irons as I think they are of good quality for the price.
I decided to purchase a lighter, earlier Philips model - the GC4412 which I intend to review in a separate article.
My old iron leaked, it stained, it had never managed to obtain a particularly high temperature and, despite only being 2 years old, I decided enough was enough.
This iron does all the things I'd expect of a good iron which are:
-weight, if it's not heavy then you find yourself having to use brute strength to get the desired crease-free effect.
- heat, some cheaper irons just don't get hot enough. A decent iron should get hot enough to make a reasonable impact on the most tumble-dried of cotton sheet. (Although for a super-duper look I usually add some steam)
- it should have a long cord (preferably one that has some sort of storage tie/mechanism.
This iron ticks all the boxes. It is pretty heavy I'll admit but I don't mind as I'm not having to do weight-training any more to compensate for the lack of heat and weight (as in my old model).
It also has quite a large ironing surface being physically larger than my old iron. The 3m cord is great and a velcro tie keeps it in place.
So far it hasn't started dribbling when in steam mode. This was a particular problem with my old iron.
Best of all though it gets hot, oh yes. To test it out when the iron was new I tumble-dried a cotton sheet to oblivion and then left it scrunched in my laundry basket for 3 days.
This new iron made short shrift of it. It was a dream. I tried out the steam function on the sheet for good measure (pretty powerful it is too) but I really didn't need it.
i bought this product a few weeks ago as i did have a steam iron but though it took too long to heat the water up when i was in a rush and on thew way out the door yet needed my shirt ironed this product is fantastic and very good value for money which everybody enjoys from one item in the ironing pile to a full pile it seems to just glide through the ironing with ease and also takes a lot less time than other irons i have had previous to this to heat up witch is fantastic if your always on the go and need to iron as you go nobody really likes doing the ironing how ever the sure have tried to make people enjoy it with there azure gc4610 so all in all i would give this product 8/10 and would sure recomend it to all my friends and others