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Last year my Iron decided to stop working after years of service. I really wanted a steam generator Iron but the high price tag deterred me. Whilst I saved, I decided to buy a cheap Tesco value Iron (see separate review) However whilst this Iron was o.k. for the low cost, it really is only suited for those with very little ironing and wasn't up to the amount my family creates! Just before Christmas I decided that the cost of my coveted steam generator iron really couldn't be justified, so I stared to look for an alternative. I had some Argos vouchers so started my search on their web site. I was impressed with the price and positive reviews for the Philips GC 4413 so decided that this was the model for me.
What you get for your money.
At 1.59 kg the Philips GC 4413 is quite a heavy iron, especially compared to the Tesco value model! I actually like the weight of this iron as I think it feels very substantial, however if you have any hand or wrist problems this may not be the model for you.
There is a 2.4 metre long cord. This is much longer than any iron I have owned in the past and a feature I love, as my iron can reach to the end of the iron board without any struggle. When not is use the cord can be stored.
The iron looks very stylish in white with pointed end. The steamglide soleplate is ceramic and easy to clean. The soleplate has elongated steam vents at the around the pointed end to allow you to get into hard to reach corners. There are also steam vents covering the rest of the soleplate.
This iron can be filled using tap water and has something called double action calc system. This enables you to clean any impurities from the water tank preventing the steam vents from becoming blocked. This is easy to do and Philips suggests you do this once every 2 weeks. The iron has an anti calc tablet contained inside the water tank and it is constantly active. To deep clean the iron you need to fill the water tank to capacity and then set the temperature to maximum. Then unplug the iron and hold it over the sink, press the calc button at the side of the iron and shake. It is amazing how many flakes come out!
The iron has 5 temperature setting, activated by turning a dial. The settings range from low for acrylic and synthetic fabrics to hot for linen. The dial is easy to reach and the temperatures seem accurate.
This iron has a powerful steam function and includes a steam boost button for stubborn creases. There is a steam slider selector that allows you to select either moderate or maximum steam. Moderate steam should be selected when ironing using cooler settings, such as for wool or silk, and maximum steam is for fabrics requiring higher temperatures such as cotton or linen. The steam boost button can be used with the iron held vertically; this is brilliant for ironing hanging curtains. For those of you who like technical information this iron has an output of 40g of steam per minute with each shot giving 100 grams.
The iron has a large, 350 ml water capacity tank, so you won't need to fill too often! There is a plastic jug provided to help you fill the tank. The tank is accessed via a plastic lift up lid at the front of the iron. There is a water level indicator, so you can see when you need to refill.
You can chose to turn off the steam function and use the water spray. The water spray button is conveniently located at the top of the iron next to the shot of steam button. The iron has an anti drip function ensuring that water doesn't drip onto fabric when the steam function is disabled. This was a real problem with my last iron!
The iron has an amber light that goes out when the required temperature has been reached. There is an instruction booklet included.
At 2400 watts this is a powerful iron. It comes with a 2-year manufacturer's guarantee.
I have now been using this iron for several months and really like it! It is heavy, but as I've said this is a plus point for me. It glides smoothly over cloths and makes ironing a lot quicker. The soleplate is easy to clean and is scratch resistant.
The large capacity water tank means I no longer have to refill during ironing; a small point but it saves me time and effort! The steam function is brilliant and the elongated steam vents at the tip mean that difficult corners are easy to iron. The water spray works well and doesn't drip or produce too much water. My past iron used to soak my clothes!
The iron is easy to grip and feels comfortable in my hand. My husband has also given this iron the thumbs up; not that he has used it much!
I really like the cleaning system that allows you to fill the water tank using tap water. We live in a soft water area, but when I clean I am surprised by the number of flakes and particles that come out! I hope this means the iron will last for longer without the steam vents and water spray nozzle from getting clogged up.
I could say that this iron doesn't iron by itself and hopefully in the future such a model will exist! However on a serious note there is little to dislike about this iron. The water tank is accessed via a lift up plastic lid. The lid has flimsy looking hinges and I can imagine these could snap with use. Not only is that but the lid quite difficult to open. Other than that I can think of no other negative points, but will update if I find any!
To conclude, this is probably the best iron I have ever used. It is easy to use and glides effortlessly over clothes making ironing a bit more bearable. I paid £34.99 on a half price offer. I have seen this iron on sale elsewhere for a similar price.
Short name: Philips GC4413