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      25.01.2014 18:30
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      Thanks for Reading :)

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      The Price
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      I purchased this Philips GC3620 Iron from my nearest Argos store for around £30. However the Argos website states that this item is currently unavailable, so I am not sure whether they have run out of stock or whether they have stopped selling this model. The iron is for sale on the official Philips website for £46, and ebay have a couple of listing for this item for £30.



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      Specifications
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      * Powerful 2400W iron with continuous steam output of up to 40 g/min

      * Auto energy-saving feature automatically saves 20% more energy by eliminating wasted steam

      * Extra-large water inlet and SteamGlide soleplate for smooth gliding

      * Double active calc system prevents scale build-up with anti-scale pills and an easy-to-use calc clean function

      * Drip-stop system lets you iron delicate fabrics at low temperatures without having to worry about stains from water droplets



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      The Design
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      The Philips Iron has a nice stylish appearance; it has a light aqua blue coloured handle and back, as well as nice floral print on the body. The print is subtle but effective, making it look pretty and far from tacky. The control buttons are located on the handle and consist of the steam and spray functions and are dark blue coloured so it is easy to spot. The temperature setting wheel is located just under the handle which is also a dark blue colour. The front of the iron consists of the 300 ml water compartment that is covered by a plastic cover. The metal plate is located on the underside which has a steam glide design as well as the usual holes to release steam.



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      My Experience
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      ***Energy Saving Feature***

      The Iron uses 20 % less energy compared to other irons on the market, which is always a plus if you can save energy and money in the process. The saving energy Iron has a 100% steam out put meaning the power and functions don't suffer due to the energy saving feature. I found this particularly noticeable when ironing large clothing as it managed to easily remove creases in a matter of minutes. I didn't have to keep ironing areas to reduce the creases, instead a couple of glides with the iron plate managed to do the job sufficiently.



      ***Steam Glide Plate***

      The underside plate being steam glide design meant it felt easier to glide over clothes during ironing, and as a result it made the iron seem lighter and easier to use in the process. The iron is reasonably lightweight, despite holding a metal plate underneath and I could use this iron for a good hour without feeling any discomfort or tired hands, which I think also due to the well designed handle which makes the iron easier to hold and control when ironing.



      ****How To Use****

      Before use I first fill the water 300 ml compartment with tap water up the maximum mark, which is clearly labelled on the side of compartment. I then switch the steam settings on using the setting controls, and then set the temperature on number the desired setting for the clothes ironed and then wait for the iron to heat up. I found that the iron took about a minute to heat up, which was excellent as it means I can get on with the ironing quickly and don't have to wait long.



      ****Steam Produced & Water Tank Capacity****

      The steam produced helped to iron out creases within minutes, even on thicker clothing. I could even iron out creases in the collar of shirts without having to unfold them, and it coped really well despite the huge pile of ironing I had at hand. The water tank lasted at least half way though the pile of clothing which was approx 6-7 item of clothing before it had to be refilled. This was great as it meant I didn't have to keep popping back into the bathroom to refill the water compartment, so I usually only had refill it once during the ironing process.



      ***Calci Clean & Anti-Drop Features ****

      The iron has a calci clean function which is activated using the calci clean slide button, and eliminates build up of lime scale on the iron plate and therefore keeps the holes fully functional and clean, which is done automatically by a capsule that is inserted inside the iron. The calci clean feature only needs one tablet and thankfully doesn't need replacing. It also has an anti-drip feature that prevents droplets of water from leaking onto the clothing preventing stains and damp clothing.


      After use the iron needs to be left to cool down, which I found can take a few hours. So it basically doesn't cool down as quickly as it heats up which is a shame!


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      Conclusion
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      Overall I can't fault this Philips Iron as it is easy to set and use, heats up surprisingly fast, and creases out wrinkles in minutes. It also uses 20 % less energy without compromising the 2400W power, which is excellent in my opinion. It makes the ironing chores much easier and quicker to do and therefore I would highly recommend this iron and give it a 5/5 rating.

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      31.05.2012 10:36
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      Glides smoothly and great for getting your ironing done faster.

      I bought this steam iron because of the energy saving label. It comes with a 2m long cord so it's great if the electrical outlet is far away from your ironing station. The iron saves energy by only producing enough steam to get your clothes wrinkle free so there's no wasting energy to produce unneeded steam. When dealing with stubborn creases I push down harder at the handle and it sprays out more steam to get the job done. The iron heats up quickly, glides smoothly on fabric and the pointed tip has a steam spray for hard to reach areas like between the buttons.

      It has a extra-large water tank that's easy to check the water levels and easy to refill. When ironing a large wash load I fill the water tank full and it makes the iron slightly heavy. With the extra weight I don't need to go through a crease over and over again and I get my ironing done quicker than usual.

      This iron comes with a double active calc system that allows you to use hard water in it. It says the iron has pills to break down calc so you can flush away the calc scales easily. Personally I do not want to take the risk of using the hard tap water from my area. I may never get to experience how effective the calc removal system this iron has but better safe than sorry.

      The only tiny gripe I have is that the handle is made of plasctic and it feels flimsy, makes me think twice when I'm pressing down for extra steam. Best handle with care.

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      07.11.2011 17:18
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      Nice looking and easy to use.

      The price I paid 52Euro. That's around £45

      I love my electronics TVs, iPads, iPhones, and high end appliances. But when it comes to things like irons I am not that picky. Maybe that's because I don't know that much about them, or that I don't use them as much as the other things I listed. So this review will be more about the practical side of using an iron than the technology involved, because I'm not going to preach about something I know little about.

      Firstly the name of this iron caught my attention. When I am looking for an appliance of any kind i always look for the best energy rating available. The name EnergyCare drew my attention to it immediately. It was described on the box as using 20% less energy than conventional models.

      It was nicely packed in a White and light blue box, with no styrofoam just a light clear plastic bag around the iron it's self. The look of this iron is quit attractive with it's dusty blue handle, silvery grey water receptacle _and shiny ceramic bottom plate. At the base of the Handel leading onto the main body of the iron a delicate floral, cascading petal design adds a nice touch to an appliance that is normally overlooked when it comes to little design features like that.

      SteamGlide as mentioned in it's title refers to the sole-plate. This is the part of the iron that comes into contact with your clothes. It's been specifically designed to glide effortlessly over your garments with the greatest of ease. I have never had an iron that I struggled to use, but this one does seem to float over the material.

      It has an integrated anti-scale system prolonging the life of the iron in hard water areas. This EnergyCare Steam Iron boasts 2400 - Watt power for a total steam output of 35 g / min. Features such as a three metre long cord and an extra-large water inlet make it easier to use than my last iron that had an irritatingly short cord. You don't realise how important this actually is, imagine trying to vacuum stairs for example with a short corded vacuum. Impossible! The same applies here, cord length is important to look out for. This iron is lightweight with and without water this is also worth adding as some can feel like pushing a van around once the water is in them. The lightweight design compensates for the extra weight nicely. The iron produces a good amount of steam but make sure to adjust the variable temperature and steam settings to ensure you use the correct temperature for delicate items such as silk. The iron also has an in-built water spray button as well as a steam boost button.

      ***Technical information***

      Power (Watt) - 2400 Watts

      Steam flow rate (g/mn) - Up to 35 g / min

      Type of sole-plate - SteamGlide Ceramic

      Anti-drip system - Yes

      Vertical Steaming - No

      Pressing function (g/min) - 35 g/mn

      Adjustable thermostat - Yes



      ***Maintenance***

      Anti-scale cartridge - Yes

      Anti-scale system - Yes



      ***Other information***

      Extra-large water inlet

      Colour - Blue and white


      The extra - large water inlet is removable and can be easily filed at the tap and clicks into place with a light push.

      I find ironing with this model to be a supreme pleasure. Only kidding, but it does make a mundane chore. Somewhat bearable. There is no need to press on the clothes to get rid of the creases they just melt away with the steam and the gliding motion of the sole-plate.
      If it even cuts a few minutes off the time it would take you to iron something, that's money well spent in my book.

      This is the wrong quick rate panel for this item. Please only pay attention to :

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      And Quality

      Thank you : )     

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        21.06.2011 18:27
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        a good well made iron

        Now I hate ironing and I would do almost anything to get away with not having to do it. Buying easy Iron poly-cotton shirts and hanging them up whilst still damp work, to an extent. However, the last lot of shirts I bought I was only half paying attention and they are pure cotton. Let's face it there is only one thing worse to iron and that's linen. Now the Iron I have had for years but rarely used decided not to work so I needed to replace it. Well this one came up on Amazon Vine so fortunately I was quick enough out of the blocks to get it.


        What's in the box?

        An Iron - so no surprises there but also included is a jug for adding the water to the iron but surprisingly there are no volume measures on it. The jug is bigger than the maximum 300ml the water tank will hold so keeping an eye on this as you fill it is needed. The power chord is a good length at 3 metres and in total it weighs in at about 2.3 kg so it isn't overly heavy. Although this is without any water in the iron. The water inlet is found on the top of the iron and is covered with a hinged cap. The hole in this is a good size so there is less chance of pouring the water everywhere but into the hole (let's face it we have all done that) The water tank is clear so you know how much is in it and it holds up to 300 ml of water. Now I would recommend you use filtered water if you live in a hard water area as this will reduce the lime scale building up on the heating element.

        The colour of the one I have is white with blue detail and it comes with a steam selector and the usual steam boost and spray buttons. The sole plate is large and is a dull grey. It appears to look like it is coated in a teflon like material. The handle seamed to be a bit 'waffy' and this was a concern until I read the manual and all was made clear.


        In use:

        The iron fits well in your hand and it is easy to hold onto and it doesn't feel like it will run away with you. The fact it isn't overly heavy is also a bonus but it is heavy enough not to feel flimsy.

        Well it came to ironing the shirts so I filled the water tank with water to just below the max level, closed the lid and switched on and set the thermostat to the "2" position. The iron heated up in around a minute and so I set about ironing the shirts. At first it didn't appear to be working as well as it should have. Then I noticed the separate steam control. I had let it on "off" so I moved this selector to the "double cloud" which is recommended for cotton. After this the performance was much better as the steam started to flow. I was able to iron double thickness of material here. Both sides of the sleeves at once and it even coped with the double cuffs without having to unfold them.

        The iron was easy to move around the shirts and it seamed just to glide over them with the minimum of effort. It was producing a good quantity of steam and I got through my shirts in no time. The 300ml of water was enough to get through my 4 shirts with the use of the spray trigger a couple of times on each.

        The iron has an anti drip system where the iron stops trying to produce steam if the temperature is too low this stops water dripping out of the sole plate. The 'calci clean' system is easy to use and will remove lime scale which can gum up all the workings of the iron. However, using filtered water (esp if you are in a hard water area) will reduce the amount of times you need to do this. The 'calc clean' is a double system using an 'anti-calc' tablet inside the iron which Philips claim will last the lifetime of the iron and the steam clear system to clean out the steam outlets on the sole plate.

        The energy saving bit:

        The iron only produces the steam you need to get the job done.

        The 'waffy' handle is actually an important part of how this iron works. A lot of the energy used by an iron is to produce the steam and this handle saves about 20% of the energy of a normal iron by reducing wasted steam. By pressing on the handle slightly harder, as you do with more stubborn creases, the handle sinks at the back slightly. This is a trigger to releases more steam in order to get through the ironing quicker. This is something that takes a bit of getting used to and I do still at times go back to the old 'give it a spray' method. Also when you stand the iron up on its end the steam is cut off again saving energy and water.

        A vertical steamer:

        Now this iron is not one of those all bells and whistles steam generators but it does produce 120g of steam on the steam boot. To use this you need to set the iron to "3" or max and make sure the water tank is full. Then holding the kettle vertical to your item press the steam boost button. This delivers a big blast of steam and is enough to get the less stubborn creases to drop out of items like curtains etc. Whilst this is not as effective as taking them down, ironing them and putting them back up it certainly is quicker. Also the steam blast may help kill of bacteria and dust mites etc.


        Other stuff:

        RRP £51.06

        Available in a few different colours (lime green and yellow are two of the others)

        The iron is a 2400 W electrical item so it is a high powered one.

        It also comes with a 2 year guarantee but you need to retain the proof of purchase for this.

        Don't forget the sole plate takes much longer to cool down after use. I know this is obvious but the amount of times some of the kids I teach have burnt their fingers etc because they tried to pack a tripod away only 30 seconds after turning the busen burner off.

        Avoiding 'ironing Shine'

        We have all done it, ironed something that has, because of steam ironing it, gone shiny. Well two ways of avoiding this. Turn the item inside out so any shine produced is on the inside or cover the area you iron with a very slightly dampened clean tee towel (this is what my mum used to do).

        (I know this isn't battery powered but as the fill in bar was there I had to put something.)

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        This Philips steam iron makes sure you get 100% steam power to remove creases thoroughly. At the same time it saves energy automatically because it eliminates wasted steam. Featuring continuous delivery of 35g per minute steam and with a steam-shot of 100g per minute it can cut through even the toughest creases. The soleplate also has a steam tip for reaching tricky areas like button grooves. A drip-stop system lets you iron delicate fabrics at low temperatures without having to worry about stains fr