When setting up home a few years ago, Mr Frank and I decided that there was no avoiding the fact that at some point in our lives, we would have to do some ironing. Mr Frank had only gone and got himself his first 'proper' job where he would have to wear a suit every day.
We headed to John Lewis as had a look at their iron section. As neither of us had done much ironing in the past, I think our selection of the Philips GC2530 was based on what it looked like and the mid-range price tag of £30 or so. I notice it is still being sold for around this price from a number of online stores including Comet.
The iron is a fairly standard iron size (16.3x12.9x32.8(H/W/D)cm). It has a sleek, modern appearance and is black, white and grey. Its design went well with the rest of our kitchen appliances, not that this really mattered as we never have it on display! The iron has a ceramic sole plate and an automatic anti-scale system. We live in an extremely hard water area and although we fill the iron straight out of the tap, we have never had any problems with limescale residue.
The steam that the iron produces can be up to 32 grams per minute, which in case you have no concept of what this is like, seems to be quite a lot, and certainly enough to help decrease even the most stubborn folds. The steam burst function releases a whopping 90 grams of steam per minute which is definitely adequate for all our needs. The only thing about all this steam-releasing is that you do need to fill up the iron quite a lot. In fact, when ironing five shirts in a row (how fun), I had to fill up the iron half way through which did help to alleviate the boredom somewhat. The capacity of the water tank is 300ml.
One of the things I really like about the iron is that it has a very pointy and long 'nose'. This makes it really easy to get into the difficult to reach parts of crumpled items without creating more creases as you do so. The ceramic plate really enables the iron to glide over the clothes and it has never got stuck on any of the different types of fabric which I iron. The dial on the iron has the usual temperatures and explanations of which to use on what fabric. I generally use a slightly higher temperature, probably because I want to get through the task as soon as possible and don't have much ironing patience, and haven't found this to damage any of the clothes I've ironed (yet).
All in all, I am pleased with this iron, particularly the fact it's low maintenance and has not succumbed to 'death by limescale' as so many of our other small kitchen appliances have. It has lasted for three years of intermittent use and I would recommend it to anyone.
Short name: Philips GC2530