Product Type: Philips irons & sewing machines
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DASHING AWAY WITH THE SMOOTHING IRON
Philips GC 3320 Steam Iron
Member Name: lak11
Philips GC 3320 Steam Iron
Date: 09/03/12, updated on 10/07/12 (211 review reads)
Advantages: Ease of use, long cord, heats quickly etc Seems to scale a little too quickly
Disadvantages: Seems to scale a little too quickly
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!
Irons don't last long with me. I can't see why this is because it isn't as if I use them very often. Really my irons have it easy! I don't iron anything that doesn't need it, in fact I'll stand by the tumble dryer giving things a short turn around to help decrease them and then smooth out the creases with my hands. I will then carefully fold the clothes. But then I suppose, on the few occasions that the iron just has to come out of its home in the cupboard, the ironing bag, by then is usually quite full, and the iron will have to work hard. Well, whatever the reason, I have bought many irons in my married life, of almost thirty-three years, and they have been made by many different manufacturers.
I don't like to pay too much for an iron as I feel however costly the iron, whatever special functions it has, it won't last that long; If I'm lucky two years but often only about eighteen months.
But I still like to purchase a well-known brand of iron because in the past I've bought cheap store irons, such as one from Sainsbury's, which lasted much less time than usual. I didn't like it even when it did work. I have a problem with muscles in my hands and I really must have something that's easy to operate and glides well. The cheap irons I have bought haven't been up to much and were a false economy, as far as I'm concerned.
But I am fussy with irons. There are a few things that I want and yet I don't wish to spend more than £35 or so.
I find usually when an iron goes wrong it's sudden. I remember though that one I owned had started to leak just a little when the tank was filled, and this but gradually got worse. In that case I had time to do a little research and choose an iron that I thought was a good buy and also look around for the best price. However, my last iron, a Tefal, went wrong very suddenly. It was my husband actually who was using it at the time (see, he's well trained) and the control for steam/dry iron snapped off. He said he hadn't done anything wrong, it just broke off. I'm not quite sure if I believe him but didn't want to tell him off too much in case he develops a hang up about ironing. But seriously, once that button broke the iron could only be used on dry iron which isn't a function I often use. I have to have a steam iron.
WHAT I WANT IN AN IRON
(Comes with a maid who likes ironing!)
I had to get an iron and get one quick, especially as the iron went wrong at the beginning of January and we were due to go away at the end of that month for my son's graduation. I couldn't get away with not ironing the clothes at this time. Although I try my best to minimise on ironing I am extremely fussy when packing; almost everything has to be ironed before it's allowed in a suitcase. And so off to Curry's we went with a few specifications to remember. These were:
*** Sole-plate-It has to be smooth and ceramic. When looking along the shelves of irons in a store I will walk along putting them one by one onto their resting position to see if the soleplate is what I'm looking for. Once I've found a few that fulfil this criteria I look for the nest most important feature.
***Long flex-I can't stand being restricted when ironing.
***Easy to reach and use controls-I have had irons in the past where the adjusting controls are awkward to reach/see due to a bad design.
***Not overly heavy-I think a heavy iron works quite well in smoothing out creases but with problems that I have I need to choose an iron that's not too heavy, especially as, when it's filled with water it will be even heavier and, if used for any length of time, will cause further problems.
***Price-I think a price of £25 to £35 usually gets me what I want in an iron but then most of my irons are reduced in price.
I wasn't thinking of any particular brand although I prefer one that is well known and respected for the manufacture of irons.
PHILIPS GC 3320
On this occasion I ended by choosing between two Philips models. They were in the same series and there wasn't much difference in price but this was mainly due to the fact that the GC 3320 was reduced in price from £59.99 to £29. 99. I decided on the GC3320 model which cost about five pounds more but had been more than double, if taking into account its original price.
DASHING AWAY WITH THE SMOOTHING IRON
Now I have used this iron many times and for too many hours, and so has my husband (fair's fair after all) we both think it was a good buy.
I like the non-stick soleplate. I feel that a good smooth glide soleplate takes a lot of the effort out of an arduous chore. This soleplate has a nice feel to it and slides easily over most fabrics and doesn't need too much pressure applied. It also works well without steam although I only iron a few things dry and then turn up the temperature and use steam.
I usually iron in my living room with the television on to make the task a little more pleasurable. Because of the way my room is designed a long flex is a must. This iron has a 3metre flex which is ideal. However, it does tend to kink just a little and my last iron didn't do this.
Another important feature, in my opinion, of any iron is a 360 degree cord which this iron has. This makes it much easier to operate.
KEEPING IT UNDER CONTROL
The controls are easy to use and to reach. No problems at all in this respect. I fill the tank which has a large easy to fill inlet, when the iron is switched off and on dry function. I then usually iron a few items of clothing on this setting and then once the iron has heated up enough I change the control to steam. But I should mention that this iron heats up quickly and you can commence ironing almost immediately. As I iron I will turn the amount of steam (and possibly the irons temperature setting) up or down according to the material I am ironing. As you will know, it's easier to start on a lower temperature and increase as you go because irons take a long while to cool.
It is easy to fill the water chamber with tap water. I always keep a jug handy as I tend to do quite a bit of ironing in one session. The iron seems to need filling often although the tank holds 300 ml. I suppose this must mean that the iron is generating a lot of steam which is helping to smooth out the clothes.
Yes, the iron rests well on its bottom and feels as steady, or more so, than most irons I have owned. I once burnt a fairly new carpet (mark in the shape of an iron) when the ironing board shook and the iron toppled. Since this happened I'm always very aware of the iron being secure when in its resting position.
I'm much more bothered about the finished clothing's appearance than that of the iron but I suppose the appearance must be a selling point. As irons go it does look nice. It's a baby blue, white and grey in colour and blue is my favourite colour.
The cord wraps around the base of the iron which also makes it look neat and tidy.
The wide chunky handle looks good as well as being easy to grip.
THE TECHNICAL BITS
Power (Watt) 2300 Watt
Steam flow rate (g/mn) 35 g/min - continuous 100 g/min - shot of steam
Reservoir capacity 300 ml
Type of soleplate SteamGlide PLUS Cermic soleplate
Anti-drip system No
Vertical Steaming Yes
Pressing function (g/min) 35 g/min
Adjustable thermostat Yes
Anti-scale cartridge No
Anti-scale system Double Active Calc System (Anti-Calc tablet + Calc-Clean function)
Other functions 360 degree cord, extra-clear water level indicator, extra-large water inlet, integrated cord storage solution, fast heat-up.
www.very.co.uk: £35.00 (reduced from £70.00
Tesco direct: £49.97
I think that for the price I paid this iron was reasonable and it is a good value purchase. I'm hoping that this iron lasts well. I like the way it glides easily and it has all of the features that I require. However, I think that the former price (before being reduced) of almost sixty pounds is a little steep. However, longevity aside, I did slightly prefer my last Tefal iron when it was in its early days. The Tefal steam iron barely scaled up at all but this one already leaves a small deposit and so needs to be self-cleaned often. Apart from that I think it is a decent iron which is easy to use and performs well, making a task I dislike slightly more pleasurable.
Summary: A nice iron which is a good purchase for the price I paid.
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