I think I may be an ironaholic!
I have four now, this being one of them.
I usually use a large press to do my ironing which I do find really easy and simple, but it doesn't really iron some items of clothing really well, and for these I need a proper iron.
I had this one off my mum after she bought a big steam generator iron and no longer wanted this one, she was just about to put it in the bin when I snapped it up, seeing as she hasn't had it long!
I love the colour of the iron, it's really funky and so much prettier than a boring white one.
The purple and gold make it sleek and funky and probably more aimed to the younger market. My nan for instance hates this iron and always asks 'why on earth did you buy that thing?!'
The only downfall to it having these colours is that seeing the temperature you want to use can be a bit difficult due to it being gold writing, under bright light it is easy to see but you do need to be under the light.
It has variable steam settings for different fabrics and can also be used upright for hanging fabrics such as curtains or even coats whilst on a hanger. It's really good for my sons wool mix coat which cannot be ironed in the usual way.
It does like a drink though! This iron requires filling quite frequently as do most but it does seem to need filling more than my previous iron, the steam shot is good though and cuts through stubborn creases with ease.
It has a fabulous long cord making it easier to move around, ironing bedding for example is a right pain, with the cord getting in the way someway or another but as this one is longer it doesn't seem too.
The sole plate is ceramic and glides effortlessly across the fabric making it easier to get through the pile!!
I'm the kind of person who puts off ironing and watches my ironing basket pile up and up until i can stand it no longer. I have no motivation to iron. To say this is my least favourite chore is an understatement. As a working mum i have no time (or energy) to stand for hours on end trying to get creases out of school uniforms.
When my old iron started to leak i immediately bought this one from Argos for £44.95 and ironing took on a whole new meaning. I soon found that ironing was taking half the time it used to do and took no effort at all. This iron is superb. It heats up quickly and provides lots of steam which speeds up the amount of time it takes to get all those creases out. The iron is pretty lightweight, even when full of water and glides over clothes with ease. The water capacity is quite large and holds a lot of water. I find this a big bonus as it doesn't need continuous refilling like some irons do. This iron is also very quick and easy to fill, unlike my old iron where the hole was so tiny i had water everywhere. It also has a shot of steam and a spray, which can be used for more stubborn creases. I have had no problems with the plate sticking and the temperature seams to adjust very quickly.
I love this iron and think that it has seriously decreased my workload. needless to say it's a joy to use and now my ironing basket is nearly always empty.
I don't think this is the cheapest iron in the shop but for anyone with a lot of ironing it's definately worth the investment.
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Our old iron wasn't doing the job as well as it used to which meant that my most hated chore was becoming worse as it was taking longer! I had to replace my iron!
I dashed onto Argos' website and looked through their irons comparing functions and seeing how good an iron I could get for my budget. I found this one to sound the best and it was in the sale (they no longer stock it but i will get to that in a minute.) for about £30 and this is about six months ago now.
This iron is still sold, Marks and Spencers sell it online for £45! The cheapest I found it for on the net just now was £29.90 on pixmania.
This is an excellent iron one of the best I have ever had.
It gets creases out without any problem even on linen trousers with the steam turned up. Results wise it cannot be faulted.
I will go through some of the good and bad points that I have noticed.
This iron has a 3m cord, that is the longest I have had and it makes life so much easier, there is no more struggling to get to the end of the board. I also don't have to stand as close to the plug socket as I used to which is handy because of where they are positioned in relation to the furniture.
Where the lead is set high up on the body of the iron it keeps it from getting in the way which is good.
Where you pour in the water is a very large hole which in turn makes filling it up very easy. There isn't that tricky moment where you have to concentrate and have a steady hand in order not to cover the ironing board in water!
It does hold plenty of water too. If it only has the steam output on the first notch the water lasts a reasonable amount of time in my opinion and especially when compared to my previous iron.
The power shot of steam works really well if you have a stubborn crease or you want to put in a crease for trousers or dressmaking.
There is extra steam at the tip of this iron, now when I bought this I wondered what the point of that was but it is actually a good feature and is handy when doing smaller items. Some irons have the steam more central which is no good for smaller items. This means you can concentrate the steam where you want it more easily.
I find this iron comfortable and easy to use, it glides well and isn't too heavy that it is a problem but also isn't that light that you need to press down at all.
There is a cleanout system on this iron where you press and hold down a button and it will shoot a lot of steam out to remove all the limescale for it. This is great as it means that the iron stays working well and doesn't become all clogged up. The only problem I find with it is that it can leave some loose inside no matter how much I use it each time and it can then leave a small amount on my ironing, this is easily brushed off but a little bit of a pain. I just thought it was worth mentioning but not a point that I would say makes this iron any less than brilliant.
The only real bad point is the temperature dial.
The dial is awkward to see, not just because it is positioned under the handle but because it is written on the dial in a bronze/gold colour and is rather difficult to see. This is a minor annoyance and to be honest I don't tend to look at the dial much I just turn it down a bit. The only time it bothers me is if I need to put it on a low setting for something delicate because I don't want to get it wrong and ruin something.
After six months mine still looks and works like new!
Despite the dial annoyance I think this is a super iron and for the price at the time it was a great buy. I really do recommend it!
I should say that all pictures on the net show this iron as more purple but it is more fushia pink than purple.
Short name: Philips GC3541