[In a slight departure from recent subjects, this brief review focuses on a product which has provided significant benefits to our household and may be of wider interest.]
The Philips GC3330 is a powerful steam iron that largely lives up to its manufacturer's claims:
1. 'Three times easier' - It has a substantial water tank with clear level indicator, large filling inlet and an extra long power cord.
2. 'Great results, minimum effort' - As claimed, this iron removes creases more easily than our previous one did. The whole ironing process does seem smoother, requiring less effort overall.
My wife suffers from an arthritic condition and is always on the lookout for anything that helps make lighter work of household chores. She had heard Philips irons were relatively light to handle and this one caught her eye on special offer at Tesco. It has not disappointed; hence this review, particularly for the benefit of others in a similar position.
We had been looking to replace our existing iron (not a Philips model) as the thermostat had developed a fault and latterly it only produced steam on the highest heat setting. As we share the housework whenever possible, particularly anything at all physically strenuous, we are both pleased to report this iron does 'what it says on the box', to paraphrase only slightly! It's a distinct improvement.
The 2.2 Kilowatt element, combined with the excellent SteamGlide soleplate and powerful (90g) steam output help you steam smoothly through the ironing, with a lot less effort than with 'value' products. It's quick to heat up and easy to fill with water. The large reservoir means fewer trips to the sink. Even better, it can be filled straight from the tap or using the relatively large filling cup supplied.
While the iron weighs somewhat more than we had hoped and seems a little bulky, the specially coated soleplate actually makes it feel quite light in use, and the physical weight certainly seems to help smooth out stubborn creases.
The drip-stop works well, especially considering the amount of water involved and the copious quantities of steam produced by this iron.
Continuous vertical steam action is more reliable at relevant settings than with our previous iron.
The overall performance of Philips steam irons has been quite widely reported elsewhere - but the benefit to our household has been particularly welcome.
~~Design and usability~~
The iron is quite sleek and up-to-date, the subtle pale blue/grey/white colour scheme doubtless aimed at its main target market. However, this interests me less than its functionality, which I have to rate at least 4 out of 5 stars.
I find the controls clear and simple, with the usual buttons for steam boost and spray, placed to the front of the handle, working well when needed. A simple slider varies the steam output.
The temperature dial and water level indicators are both clear and straightforward, and the large water inlet makes filling easy. A sturdy flip-top filler cap also inspires confidence with all that hot water.
The anti-calc button remains unused in our household as limescale is not a problem in this area. But this does look promising if you happen to live in a hard water region.
Somehow, the design seems to make ironing that much more comfortable. The handle/grip is good and the pointed tip helps with more fiddly items. Freedom to swivel through 360 degrees also helps.
Build quality is good, as you might expect from this manufacturer.
The sturdy box, which seemed reassuringly lightweight, contained the following:
* Iron, with mains plug attached (plus pin protector)
* Filling cup (large compared with our existing one)
* User guide (multilingual; illustrated)
* Warranty leaflet
* 'SteamGlide' soleplate
* Power : 2200 watt
* Variable steam output
* Steam boost : 90g
* Extra long cord: 3m
* Easy filling : cup supplied but may not be necessary
* Less filling : Large water reservoir (300 ml)
* Anti-drip system
* Anti-calc : [limescale prevention - not tested]
* Weight : c. 1.3Kg
~~Documentation and help~~
The accompanying instructions are basic but clear enough and simply illustrated. Further support is available from the manufacturer's website. (See below)
* Slightly bulkier than anticipated
~~Price and availability~~
Discounted at under £30, this model in the Philips GC range represents good value for money from a reputable manufacturer. Worth shopping around as prices seem to vary considerably online and in the high street.
Anything like this that helps make light work of domestic chores must be worth considering, especially at the discounted prices available. Our ironing not only looks better now but the whole process is actually less physically demanding. Recommended, as above.
Manufacturer's website : www.philips.co.uk/
[© SteveS001 2011. This review may also appear on other review sites.]
I bought the philips steam iron GC3330 2200w as a replacement for my old iron, which unexpectedly broke. I found this iron in my local tesco store at a very reasonable price of £16.59.
I decided on this iron mainly because of the brand name, although I am not obssesive about brand names I wanted an iron that I thought would last a while. Plus the statement that you get "great results, minimum effort" got me. I have written in bold what it says it does and then what I think.
FAST EASY FILLING - there is a flip to lip whcih is easy to use and clips down firmly, always a plus with boiling water. The only slight down side is that as you fill it when it is flat it, it has to be done slowly otherwise you may over shoot the maximum limit for water; which is readable when stood on it's end again. Saying that as the iron case is fairly clear you can easily see where the water is and the 300ml maximum limit.
MAXIMUM REACH CORD - there is a 3metre flex cord on the plug which I found brilliant, with handly clip.
EASILY REMOVES CREASES -
0-35g steam - it does steam a lot and removes the majority of my clothes crease first time, better than my previous iron.
90g steam boost - there is a clear button on top for the boost of steam which seems to work well. There is also a 90g virtical steam boost for curtains etc or hanging clothes but I have had no requirement for this so can't comment on how well it works, but there is a clear button for it too.
drip-stop action - the iron has a built in drip stop action and so far not drips of boiling water!
There is also a "double active calc system" which apparently means the tank has a built in anti calc tablet inside to prevent clogging up, plus a useful calc clean button which allows you to clear out the iron (follow instruction) and it removes scale. Particularly good for hard water areas like mine.
There is a temperature reached light, easy dial switch for different fabrics and slide button for amount of steam required. All this in a very light iron hich is pale slightly clear blue body, with white base to sole plate and glittery sliver/gold handle.
The iron comes with simple but informative instructions and trouble shoot guide and water measure cup.
Overall I am very pleased with what I think is a bargin buy.
Short name: Philips GC3330