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      08.11.2013 16:44
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      A fantastic help in the house and great value for money!

      It took a while for to decide on which iron to get, there are so many of the market with various prices tags to go with and suddenly buying something as simple as an irons turns into something totally alien! It's almost like choosing your first phone as you really have to access what you need it for, while making sure your not spending too much money on something you may not even use!

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      I first came across this Iron in Argos. The main place where it's easy to glance at products quickly and soon get distracted by hundreds of other irons floating around the page. I ended up looking in Tesco for ones then I went into Robert Dyas which is normally where I like to go to buy products like this as you can get some hands on help. Plus you can easily see what the product looks like! For example in Argos you have to request it then you have to look at the product in what feels like some kind of stage as other people are all waiting to collect their orders!
      This was about two years ago, maybe 2.5 years ago? And it's still going strong!

      PROS
      My previous iron was annoying due to the fact when you filled it with water, well it wouldn't really fill, as it had a habit of sealing up the hole with water so instead of it filling it, well it just all poured out! I'm yet to have the problem with this iron and it's so much easier to fill which of course is a huge pro to me.
      I've also found myself not using the steam function as much as I've had to use it before. Normally I'd be using it non stop and blowing hot air everywhere, but this iron manages to keep warm and stay consistent throughout your ironing.
      The cord is also another great feature as it's super thick and very flexible. It's also light so although it may seem quite bulky, well it really isn't and it's really easy to store!

      CONS
      There aren't that many cons for me but some people may feel limited to the type of heat settings there are as I believe there may only be about 4 max? Please look into this if you think this may be an issue! I've never wished for a hotter or cooler iron so I doubt this would be a con for you.
      I have this iron in blue, and it may come in other colours. I do wish it came in black and white, or grey, as the blue looks slightly tacky and cheap.

      OVERALL:
      This is a really great iron and i've been using this solidly for over 2 years with no problems!

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      01.07.2011 17:09
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      A steaming hot iron!

      We were given the Philips GC2510/22 as a Christmas gift, 2009 I think, and have certainly put it through its paces! The one we have is the red black and white one, not the blue which is pictured; I think this is actually a slightly different model with the same main model number.

      This iron is attractive, I like the colours. It does feel a little heavy in my hand, but as contradictory as this may sound it is not uncomfortable to use. I like the reassurance of the solid feel. The noticeably pointed tip makes getting into corners of garments nice and easy, and you even have a gap between the soleplate and the main body of the iron, to allow easier ironing around buttons. Great for shirts!

      It is 2000 watts, and can produce a burst of up to 90g steam per minute. Although if you want constant steam, then it is up to 30g/min. You can also change the steam settings, depending on the crease level/garment, which can alter the power of the steam whichever way you use it. You have 2 buttons on the handle, one for the steam and one for a spray of water. These are very handy functions, and can be found on most steam irons. However, what sets this iron aside from others I have used is that these buttons are so easy to press with your thumb, without having to move your hand. This is due not only to positioning, but also their 'softness'; you do not have to hammer them! This is great for me, as the steam is needed frequently to get sharp creases in my partner's military uniforms, and I have small hands!

      Further on from these two buttons is an easy-turn handled knob which is used to set the steam level you want, and also to select the Calc-clean. This feature is to help prevent scale build up in and on your iron. With no extra cleaning my soleplate still looks literally like new (of course different water areas affect this differently and limescale is not really a problem in my area). Speaking of the soleplate, it is very non stick, and you can feel this simply by running your palm over it. It almost feels soft, it is so smooth. It moves equally effortlessly over cottons, nylons, silks and linens. I have never used this iron for wool, though it can be used on wool.

      The water tank is a generous 300ml, and due to the clarity of the plastic you can clearly see how much water is in there. It also has a fill line indicating the maximum suggested water level.The opening for filling the chamber is covered by a frontward opening hatch; this has a little tab on each side and is easy to open using your thumb and forefinger. The opening itself is a decent size, and rarely have I had spillages through trying to fill up too fast straight from the tap! Though it has happened a few times (I admit I am prone to impatience!).

      The dial for selecting what material you are ironing is easy to turn, sometimes a little too easy! On a few occasions I have accidentally moved it while in use, but thanks to the clicking sound it makes this generally will not go unnoticed. Unless you have music on at a level you would struggle to hear the door/telephone, then you might miss it. Anyway, this dial is marked with minimum and maximum heat, and alongside this are the different material markers - nylon, silk, wool, cotton and linen. Alongside this is another key telling you at what steam levels you can have at what heat. For instance, the heat is too low for nylons and silks to have any steam, and you can only have maximum steam when the dial is set to cottons or linens.

      The cord is nice and long, and feels robust. It is further protected where it leaves the iron by a flexible plastic cover, which is connected the the iron by a ball socket - this means it can safely move in any direction without causing twisting of the cable. All the knobs, buttons and such are clearly labeled with pictures, so it is easy to know what each does. As is my style, I never read the manual for this iron, I just plugged it in and off I went. Even after quite a long time of regular use, this iron is showing absolutely zero signs of age. Honestly, it almost looks like it could be just out the box!

      Overall, I find this iron very easy and comfy to use, I like the clear pictorial instructions on each control, and the results have been brilliant - most notable on my partners uniforms. As anyone who irons military uniforms will know, all those pockets are a bit fiddly, but hassle is minimal with this iron and it's mighty pointed tip! The steam really helps create fantastic creases, and of course it is perfectly suited to civvy ironing as well, giving fast and easy results even on thick jeans. I would defintely recommend it, and I hope it keeps up its good work for a long while yet!

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      11.10.2010 23:13
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      Philips GC2510

      ** My ironer **

      I remember my mother being shocked when she discovered I actually like to do the ironing. I hate the normal house jobs like cleaning and even cooking but I simply don't mind the ironing. I find it peaceful really and it's sometimes the only moment I have for myself. Sound a little bit sad when you put it like that. It does make a big difference depending on the ironer you have. My old one wasn't really that good so it was quite annoying but this one functions really well.

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      We have the Philips GC 2510 and it comes around 25 pounds. First of all I think the iron looks really nice with its blue and white colour. It's certainly not one you would be ashamed of. But more important is actually works! It makes ironing fast and easy because it doesn't t feel heavy and it has a few good functions that help you with the laundry. Of course you get adjust the temperate according to the clothes like silk and wool but you also have steam function which you can adjust the strength. The steam function is very handy and it helped me quite a few times. Using the steam function you have to make sure you have enough water in the compartment. What I like is that it's transparent so you can see how much water is left.

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      Ironing the clothes is very easy and it's easy to get rid of the wrinkles in the clothes with the steam functions. I don't know really but I think because the ironer is very light it's easy in use. It has 2000W power which also means it heats up quickly and its non-stick plate and I has a water capacity of 300ml so more than enough. It also comes with an instruction booklet explaning all the part and the most frequently asked question. I didn't really read it because the ironer is easy enough to use from the start.

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      I think the ironer is perfect especially since it only cost around 25 pounds. It easy and light in use and it has a steam function, it powers up quickly and the cord is long enough. I think about 2 metres. So perfect for me overall!

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      03.07.2010 15:18
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      A light and easy to use iron from Philips

      A couple of years ago I got the opportunity to test a Philips steam generator iron, and I loved it so much I swore I wouldn't go back to my conventional iron.

      However the one drawback of a steam generator is the size of it - it's bulky and quite heavy to carry about, and with my house currently on the market, I have found it quicker and easier to revert to using my original iron when I have the dreaded chore to do, simply because I don't have a huge amount of cupboard space in my kitchen so it's tricky to get the steam generator in and out of the cupboard it's currently located in.

      My iron is actually pretty new - I purchased it just a couple of months before I got the opportunity to test the steam generator, and as a result it's not been used too much - well up until now as I have been putting it through it's paces regularly of late.

      ~~The Iron~~

      My iron is a Philips GC2510. I love Philips irons and have used the same brand for some years now. The GC2510 is the third Philips iron I can recall owning over the years, and I purchased it when my previous Philips gave up the ghost after about 10 years of regular use.

      I found it in Sainsburys and can't recall how much it cost at the time but it was no more than £30. The GC2510 is available on Amazon for around £20.

      The iron is quite powerful at 2000 watts and has a 90g shot of steam. The water tank holds 300 ml of water and the iron itself is lightweight, coming around the 1.5 kg mark.

      ~~My Experience~~

      Using the GC2510 is a breeze. The water compartment is easy to use, and the iron came with a cup which has a small spout making it easy to fill the tank. The maximum line is clearly marked and you can choose how much steam you want depending upon the fabric you are ironing.

      The knob to do this is situated just below the lid for the water compartment and is very easy to grip as it is large with a hole to grasp your fingers around. Similarly, the water tank lid is easy to open with two small flaps at either side which can be flicked up with ease to open. It closes with a simple push in the middle of the lid.

      The dial for selecting temperatures is similarly straightforward and clearly marked.

      If you are ironing silk the knob tells you not to select any steam for instance, but if you are ironing linen using the maximum setting, the dial informs you to opt for the double "cloud" of steam on the steam selection knob.
      The steam selection knob also features the Calc-Clean feature - basically you turn the knob around to the Calc-Clean setting and the knob can be removed in full for cleaning.

      I haven't used this on the GC2510 as I live in a soft water area but have used the Calc-Clean feature on other Philips irons when I lived in London and highly recommend you use it if you are in a hard water area as it helps prevent a build up of gunk in your iron which can sometimes find its way onto your clothes. It also helps extend the life of your appliance.

      The iron takes about 3 to 4 minutes to heat up. As most of the items I iron tend to be pure cotton, I like my iron to be at the top setting, and I like the fact I am not waiting about too long for it to heat up. There is a light on the bottom of the iron which illuminates whilst the iron is heating up.

      Below the steam selection knob there are two buttons - one for a spray of water and the other for a shot of steam. Both are quite large and accommodate the fingers comfortably - I tend not to use the spray of water but I am constantly pushing the button for more steam and find it supplies a ready amount of steam.

      The soleplate is Ceralon coated and does glide smoothly over clothes but I am a bit disappointed at the claims Philips make about Ceralon supposedly being durable as my iron's soleplate is quite badly scratched, despite the fact I don't iron more than once a week and keep the iron safely in a cupboard when it's not in use.

      The iron is well designed with a very sharp point to enable you to get to hard to reach corners, and with a gap between the base and soleplate to allow you to iron around buttons effortlessly.

      I also really like how light this iron is - in comparison to some of the other irons I have used in the past, this really is very easy to lift, carry and use.

      As a result I think the GC2510 would be of particular use to someone who might have trouble with fine motor skills, such as those who have arthritis. Having suffered arthritis periodically over recent times, I find the knobs on this offer no trouble for me to use and lifting this using my dodgy right hand presents no problem.

      The cord is 2 metres long but despite it being located on the iron using a ball bearing to enable the iron to move as you iron, the cord is prone to tangling. The cord can be wound around the base of the iron underneath the soleplate, meaning you can keep your iron tidy but ensure the cord is stored safely away from the heat element.

      The iron takes about 20 to 25 minutes to cool down to cold from it's hottest setting.

      I tend to iron pillowcases, duvet covers and woven cotton garments my daughter has the most, and this iron has made pretty easy work of them. I do think the steam generator makes it faster to work my way through items such as these, and is probably slightly more effective overall at removing creases, however I have to weigh this up against the ease of storage and carrying of the GC2510, and the fact the controls are so easy to use.

      The GC2510 is available in several colours, including red and black, but mine is a fetching blue.

      The fact it looks good, is well designed, is lightweight and irons clothing effectively means I can heartily recommend it to anyone, but I do feel if you have issues with carrying or using a heavy iron, this would be a particularly good buy.

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        21.06.2010 18:49
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        Iron Philips GC 2510

        What: Steam iron
        Brand: Philips
        Warranty: 12 months
        Price: around 25 pounds

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        Introduction
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        An iron is something that almost every person has in his house to assist in one of the chores that many people hate to do! I am one of those people that hate ironing and the mountain of laundry often grows to the ceiling. So when you finally decide to go and attack that mountain you want an iron that's easy and quick to use. Also important is that the iron should be not too expensive and easy to use as I prefer not to read the manual to understand something. I finally chose the Philips GC 2510.

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        Philips
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        For me the brand is important when taking a decision on buying a product. I find the brand important when buying clothes but not as important when buying electronics products. Mostly because you simply spend more money and you want a reliable product in return. In the case of my iron the price didn't play the most important role but I found it more important getting a good product. Philips stands out for me as a safe, reliable but also easy to use. I know Philips sells good products and has a good reputation. I had several product of Phillips and never really had any complains about it. I would honestly say that I would rather go for this brand even if it was more expensive than another brand. Philips really stands for quality so I think it's worth the extra money.

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        Philips GC 2510: the appearance
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        I think the Philips GC 2510 looks very good and modern for a iron. The iron comes in white and blue and that gives it a really fresh look. The blue part of the iron is largely transparent and that's perfect because it's the part where you can see the water so you know when you almost run out. At the front is where you can fill the water tank and unfortunately it doesn't disconnect from the iron so you have to hold the iron under the tap. Also at the front you find the control for the steam and above you find the button to use the spray. You also have the thermostat control and left you find the temperature light that indicates when the iron is at the right temperature. Finally at the back of the iron you find the cord which is a decent length of about 2 meters. For me long enough to use but could have been a little bit longer.

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        Philips GC 2510: use
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        How the iron works is the most important thing. When you've finally decided to do the laundry the iron needs to work fast and easy. The iron does not feel heavy and is comfortable to hold. Of course after filling the iron with water he feels heavier in use but doesn't give any problems while using the iron.

        Before you start you have a number of choices you can make. Depending on the clothes you can adjust the following temperature settings as outlined by dots:

        * Minimum state, the lowest possible position.
        * Synthetic substances (*)
        * Silk (*)
        * Wool (* *)
        * Cotton, linen (* *)
        * Maximum setting the highest possible position (****)

        Setting the temperature is very easy. I feel that the iron reach the correct temperature even though this is hard to determine. It is also a big plus that the iron reaches the temperature quickly.

        You also have the option to use the steam which you can adjust the strength. You can use the controller to match the following positions:

        O No steam
        I Minimal steam
        ; Maximum steam
        1 Calc clean function

        I think the use of steam can certainly help while doing the ironing. Especially when there are many wrinkles. Adjusting the steam setting can be done by the large button at the front but works very simple. I normally use the Minimal steam stand which is fine for normal use.

        As mentioned earlier you can not separate the water tank from the iron. Not really a problem because the iron fits comfortably under the tap. The problem I have is that the iron can get wet which is a little bit annoying.

        I notice sometimes while using the iron that he drips a little bit of water on the clothes. He doesn't drip much but occasionally a drop. Easy to get rid of but sometimes annoying.

        The iron doesn't have a safety shutdown. This is especially useful for people who sometimes forget to turn the iron off after using and unfortunately I am one of those people. I sometimes walk away and come back and discover that the iron is still turned on.

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        Manual
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        The manual comes in several different languages including English. The instructions only covers two pages but it's really all you need. The manual gives a general explanation of the iron and what you have to do the first time you use it. The manual also contains information about how to clean the iron and it contains some frequently asked questions. The manual is fine and easy to use. The only problem I have is that this manual is also for other irons and in small written it states that some of the features are not for some models.

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        My opinion
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        I might not like to iron but sometimes you just need to do it and then you better get it done and over with. My choice for Philips GC 2510 has been very easy because it meets my wishes and it comes from a brand I trust. The iron comes at a good price certainly with his steam feature which distinguishes him from an ordinary iron. He is lays good in my hand and is very easy to use because he doesn't feel too heavy. You have a few simple options like adjusting the temperate which is just very easy to do. The negatives are that you can't separate the water tank which can be a little bit annoying and it doesn't have a safety feature. But it's nothing really that bothers me that much. For me the most important thing is that it's easy in use and the steam function makes it more easier to get rid of the wrinkles in the clothes. All in all very easy and good to use!

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        Here is a summary of the more technical aspects of the iron, maybe helpful in making your choice:

        Voltage: 220/220-240 V
        Power: 2000W (great power, iron heats up quickly)
        Frequency 50-60 HZ (for those who know, but 50 seems to be normal)
        Dimensions: 29.5 x 11.6 x 19.5 cm
        Weight 1.2 KG
        Steam Pressure: 30 grams per minute
        Steam Shot: 90gram per minute maximum
        Water tank capacity: 300ml
        Non-stick soleplate

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          25.09.2008 23:43
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          Iron with long point gets out creases easily

          I paid just under £20 for this iron. It has turned out to be a good little iron. Its light to use as I find some irons a bit heavy. It has a non stick plate which works well.

          I have a lot of shirts to iron which I hate but this iron has a long point at the front which makes ironing shirts lighter work. The point gets into all the creases on shirts with ease. The water tank is easy to fill and the steam action is powerful enough to iron out creases. The cord swivels easily and this makes for easier ironing.

          I was considering a more expensive iron at first but I found them quite heavy and ironing is a hard enough job. The design of an iron isn't important to me but if it is to you. Then this iron has a modern design and is a lovely colour. A good iron for the money.

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