Around 6-7 months ago I made the choice to invest in a new iron. My old one was a supermarket own brand iron that only cost me £15, I detest ironing so really didn't want to waste anymore money than possible on one. This was however a bad choice from me and after a while my budget iron started to leave what looked like black oil marks on my clothes. For some reason it always decided to do this whilst I was ironing the kids uniform or my partners work clothes, just my luck hey! So anyway using the rest of my birthday/Christmas vouchers I decided to purchase a new one
Pricing and Availability
I decided I would pay more this time for my iron as the low priced iron really hadn't worked for me. I brought this one from amazon at the time for £60. For the purpose of this review I revisited this site in order to notify any change, if there was one. This iron has decreased in price quite considerably now retailing at just £45.60, it is also is still available on the Philips website for £45.00, these are the two cheapest I could find whilst researching, others are still selling at between the £50-60 mark. This iron is still available in many shops and websites, so is very easily purchased if you desired.
What Can This Iron Do?
This iron has a great drip stop system which restricts any liquids leaking onto your clothes, keeping them spotless and stain free, after my last iron disaster you can imagine what a relief this was! The steamglide soleplate (metal base of the iron) is regarded as Philips premium soleplate. With this steamglide plate to iron my clothes almost feels effortless, it simply 'glides' across my clothes. It sounds corny but it really does, compared to my old iron I was amazed.
This iron has a very long 3 metre lead, this is great for me because my old lead used to be very short and trying to iron large items such as shirts was a pain in the neck! This iron is 2400W, which gives you great constant steam output, according to the manual can reach up 40g/min.
The water tank of this iron will hold 350ml, the part were you fill up the water tank is very large so there is no worries with spilling water over onto your iron or ironing board. There is two buttons either side of this one for spraying water and one to release steam, these appear of most irons I've seen.
The soleplate contains lots of steam holes, both small and big. The small holes are to aid gliding and the larger ones to remove creases. This iron also has a thing called a steam tip, this is the front of the soleplate. This contains several holes which allows the release of steam to get to those harder to reach areas.
What I Liked About The Product
This iron has got many features and I did find that they all worked very efficiently. It makes the most mundane task almost bearable for me. I like the overall appearance of the iron as it comes in a sort of turquoisey colour, with see through blue plastic for the water and blue buttons. The colours go great together and its very appealing to look at, looks very smart. I like the steamglide feature this makes my ironing a lot quicker, and the blasts of steam make creases disappear in an instant. Also the non drip function was lovely for me as me other iron used to leak very often leaving items wet in patches, which sort of defeated the object of me ironing them. Im happy with the price I paid for this product its worth every penny.
Due to the fact that this iron can hold quite a lot of water I did find that once it was full, it became quite heavy to hold. Some people prefer to iron with a heavier iron, so this is not necessarily a negative more of a personal preference. But the iron in my opinion is really great so this is all I could come up with.
I have to give this a 5/5 because I simply cant fault this iron. So if your on the look out for a new iron this is definitely the one to buy. Cant rate it highly enough
I like this iron better then my old iron which was a morphy richards as it has better features.
It doesnt drip on clothes, it heats up very very quickly and has a ball attached to the end of the cable/the iron itself so you dont end up with the twisted iron cable issue which normally means unplugging and de-twisting the cable.
It irons all the basics, looks good and is also easy to fill and apparently descaling so you dont need to use filtered water, though I am not going to test this out myself!
Its down points are:
It does not turn itself off, the next one above this does, its a feature I wish this iron had as it would save endless worrying when I am out, eg "did I turn the iron of...."
It has a dial which you can select whichever fabric your ironing,but its very very easy to brush past this with your hand and switch the settings, this can be heard though so its easy to correct it by turining the dial back asap.
Short name: Philips GC4410