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My iron, the Phillips GC2520 is fairly unremarkable, but it fit all my purchasing criteria - it irons things, it was cheap and it was lightweight. You can see just how passionate I am about ironing!
All I want to do is iron my clothes (Ok, * want* is maybe a bit strong) - I don't need bells and whistles, and this iron fits the bill. It has one central dial with temperatures from minimum, marked for nylon, through silk wool cotton and linen up to maximum temperature. The actual act of ironing is easy because it has a really smooth soft metal sole plate which is "non-stick", it really does glide over your clothes, and the iron is nicely designed to be lightweight and comfortable to hold. At the front of the handle there are two buttons, one for spraying water from low down on the iron's body at the front, and one for a burst of steam. I use both of these pretty regularly to get creases out or to help with over-dry washing, and they are very handy features.
The iron has a good power output of 2000W and offers a 90g steam boost (which I believe is quite good!) It also has something called "double action calc system" which works to reduce limescale build up, and appears to work as I have had no problems at all with functionality.
Filling the water tank isn't the easiest (but I've never come across an iron on which it is) but the hole is about 1.5cm diameter and cleverly protected with a flip-top cover. I never get any leaking or spilling from the tank and because the iron's main body is transparent coloured plastic you can clearly see how much water is left in. It seems to have a generous sized tank, and I only need it about half full to do a week's worth of ironing (for one person and a few thoughtfully left behind items of my partners!).
The cord on the iron is approx 3m long which is long enough for my, and I would think most, needs. I have had a couple of ironing disasters which have challenged the non-stick claims of the sole plate and I can report that it met its claims and cleaned easily, it still looks pristine. I paid around £25 for this about 5 years ago, and It's still going without any problems and it still looks good as new! It still has a great modern look (turquoise and white) and I would have no problem with replacing like-for-like if and when it does give up. Happily though, there is no indication that will be anytime soon and it looks like it will continue to add joy to this most tiresome of chores for more years to come!!
This is a stylish, light, easy to use and easily portable iron. It is easy to fill up with water and is easily held with a comfortable and easy to hold handle. This iron has a easy glid sole plate which has never stuck to any material for me yet while I have been ironing it. It has a sleek pointy tip which makes ironing shirt cuffs acceptionally easy. The iron has a long power cable which let's you stretch easily to the end of the ironing board and stops you from missing any parts of the clothes your ironing. The colour is a nice aqua blue which is see through and pure white which is opaque. This iron has never gotten dirty in all the time I have had it which is about two years or so. It is easy to see the refill chamber when refilling with water for steam. I recommend getting this for a good quality iron.
The Philips GC 2520 Iron has 2000 watts / with Adjustable Steam / Short name: Philips GC2520