Product Type: Philips irons & sewing machines
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Easy care, easy ironing
Philips GC3340 Easycare
Member Name: kathboo
Philips GC3340 Easycare
Advantages: Glides well, great value, long cord
Some people find ironing therapeutic; others hate it. I fall into the latter category, so anything to make this tiresome, pointless chore a little less painful is more than welcome to me. I won't go so far to say that this iron makes the job pleasurable but the Philips Easycare iron 3232 definitely helps me perform this chore with a little less reluctance.
The iron itself has a lovely ceramic base which allows it to glide easily over the surface of a fabric, including between button, collars and other places that are subject to creasing such as sleeves, cuffs and pockets areas. It has the standard dial on it which allows you to select the heat of the iron relevant to the clothing that it will be used on. There is also a button on it which allows you to squirt a little water at a certain area to help with stubborn creases, and a steam button which always seems to help with the ironing (and I love the steamy smell!). These functions are generally standard on most irons, but this one also has the added bonus of having a button that claims to reduce limescale build up and therefore keep the iron in good working order. I am still using the same iron after 4 years - whether this is due to this extra feature I do not know, but for a price of £40 I can't complain.
The iron also has the benefit of having a 3m long cable attached to it so it can be plugged in to any nearby mains unit, which is helpful if you like to iron whilst watching TV! The only drawback I have found with this is that there is no easy/tidy way to store this neatly. However, the cord is thick, and is attached to the iron with a 360degree swivel cord holder which means that it's very unlikely to be faced with tangles and knots.
The only other negatives I would say about this iron is that it seems to drink water very quickly. Obviously, if the steam function is used constantly (as mine is) then it needs the water, but this seems to need re-filling very frequently. It also makes it quite heavy to manoeuvre round clothes but I haven't found this to be a big problem.
These drawbacks are only a minor bugbear though, and I wouldn't let it put you off this iron if you are thinking of purchasing one. It does the job well, and for the price I don't think you can go wrong.
Summary: Makes ironing slightly less of a chore
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