I got the Philips Mistral 332 a few months ago as I started a new job and had to live away in the week. Since then, I have made good use of it on a daily basis and been pleasantly surprised.
The iron comes in a variety of pastel colours and I personally own a blue one, which in my opinion is the most neutral. The rest of the design is true to the general quality one would expect from Philips. The lines are slick, the design practical and easy on the eye. A very handy water tank is seamlessly integrated into the iron and made a stand-out feature through the introduction of glass panels on the side.
In fact, this water tank is one of the key features of the iron. Its 200ml capacity is easily filled up by a specially provided plastic container and the tank has an easily read Maximum line. This tank allows the steam and sprinkling functions of the iron to work. While these are standard on many modern irons of a decent level, it is great to find all the desired functionality at such a low price (we bought ours from Argos for around £15).
In terms of the ironing itself, this iron is equipped with a very capable 'easy-glide' metal base and a broad range of settings on the control wheel. The base heats up in a matter of seconds once the iron is plugged in and the cable is long enough to be able to manouvre the iron within a reasonable amount of space, although if you are ironing in a larger room, you may need to use an extension lead. The control dial has a range of temperature & material settings which enable you to preset the power of the iron to your desired settings.
All in all, this is a great iron and even more so for the price you'd have to pay for it.
Ok so how exciting can a review on Irons be? Well to be honest I wouldnt be writing this review if I hadnt found other uses for this iron. I really dont know how well it works as an actual iron because I usually make one of my girlfriends do all of my ironing anyway. If not I dry clean. I tried that ironing stuff years ago and just plain messed up my clothes. Chics dig doing your ironing because I think they like to snoop through your stuff. You know looking for phone numbers, etc. Or maybe they just like they men to look good. So last saturday i was home watching march madness basketball games. As the games began to go long in the day i was gettin hungry. now i cant see the big screen from the kitchen but I was also hungry. Seein as how I didnt have any honeys at the crib I was going to have to make my own food. Then it dawned on me, i could use the iron and make grill cheeses in living room and still watch them games on the big screen. Well let me tell you dont use the steam option on the mistral...it makes the bread all soggy and gross. but just as a hot plate it worked great. So there is one good use right there. While I was eating my sandwhiches and watchin duke lose, how could duke lose to kansas...anyway as I was watching the game I saw one of the many giant cockroaches livin in my hood run across the floor in front of the big screen. I grabbed that damn iron and threw it at that roach. The wieght and shape of the iron made it a great projectile weapon. And with a loud popping sound we was less one giant roach to eat my boxes of coco puffs in the middle of the night. Man them roaches love that coco puffs. I would poison some of it but I would probably forget which box was ok to eat. When I went to pick up the iron I noticed a few lose boards on the floor. Now maybe the iron hitting the floor had something to do with lose boards, I cant say for sure. But I grabbed a few nails from under the couch and hammered them in to fix the floo
r. And what hammer did I use...thats right the mistral by philips. It worked great as a hammer. As if this iron hasnt already proven itself an invaluable house hold multi purpose tool. I have one more. Later that day I finally got off of my ass and went and got the mail. I saw my roommate had gotten a letter from his attorny, probably about gettin paid on that wreck he was in. Anyway curiosity got the best of me. Here is where the steam part of the mistral really came in handy. I steamed that letter right open only to find out the insurance company is arguing that massages from pearl of the orient massage parlor was not a legit form of therapy. What do they know. Them girls really make you feel better. And it wasnt his fault that that tow truck didnt know he was sleeping one off in the car when they decided to tow it. He got all banged up when they were jerking the car all around. So in closing The philips mistral works great for multi purposes. I still cant say how well it works as an actual iron but it has many uses. I cant say how good it is for the money cause I took it out of my mom's house when she was moving.
No, the title's not wrong, this really is an opinion about one of the most uninteresting of household appliances, an iron - the Philips Mistral 332 to be exact. So how can this iron give you the extra sex appeal mentioned in the title? Well, to my mind, and I believe this opinion to be shared by quite a few of the fairer sex, there's nothing which can make a guy look sexier than a freshly ironed, crisp white shirt. At this time of year guys, you can't hide creases under a jumper! Even better if the guy's got a tan too of course, but hey, I'm not too fussy! My ex-boyfriend never picked up an iron in his life - so men, if you're reading this, clean and ironed clothes really do impress women. It shows you've made a bit of effort! Right, on to this particular iron then. Ironing is a chore and so like everyone, I was looking for something which might make this boring task a little easier. Actually I loathe ironing and only do it if there's something worth watching on the tv at the same time - I like to make the best possible use of my time! This iron however is the best one I have ever come across. It has an easy-glide base, made from 'duplon celaron' which will iron smoothly over all surfaces of fabric, and you don't need much pressure on it either, or need to keep going over the same bit loads of times. I don't normally believe advertising or manafacturers claims, being a bit of a cynic at times, but in this case, as advertised, the iron really does glide across my clothes. It has different temperature settings, ranging from the coolest possible for materials such as nylon, and going up through silk, wool, and then finally the hottest settings - cotton and linen. The settings are on a wheel, so you can get the precise temperature that you want. It's better to iron the items which need to be done on a cooler setting first because whilst it heats up quickly, the iron is slow to cool down and I have l
earnt from experience that you can really ruin certain clothes if you iron them on too high a setting - I had a black skirt with a big iron shaped mark on it! Funnily enough that skirt doesn't ever see the light of day anymore. In addition to this, there is a steam setting. You can fill the iron with regular tap water, pouring it from the special beaker provided into the slanted opening at the top, and it will then sit in the reservoir inside (200ml capacity), providing steam when and as necessary. This reservoir is see through, which is useful as you can see when the water is running low. There are two steam settings, heavy, symbolised by two clouds, and light, by only one cloud. Steam is particularly useful especially when you are ironing quite a while after washing the clothes, or ironing something in a hurry just before going out. There is also the facility to squirt a fine spray of water on the clothing if it needs it - I use this a lot on jeans. There is also the vertical shot of steam setting - use to quickly drop the creases out of an item still on a hanger. To be honest, I don't use this setting very often, and when I do, it doesn't seem to be particularly effective. However I suppose if you are in a rush then it is better than nothing, I've used it on a couple of skirts when I've decided to go at the last minute. In addition to this, there is a self cleaning feature on the iron, all you do is set the dial on the top to self clean and away it goes, very quick, very easy! (Cleaning is another of my pet hates, so something that self-cleans is a definite advantage!) Finally, the actual design of the iron itself seems very good. It is in a white and green colour, and is quite sturdy without being heavy (it weighs 1.1kg if you're interested!) The actual base of the iron is quite large, and well shaped, so it's suitable for ironing all shapes of clothing, can get into narrow places but also covers
a lot of ground when ironing sheets (yawn). There is an orange light on it which lets you know when it is switched on, but keep it out of the way of children even when it's off, as it is quite heavy and could certainly cause an injury. My only quibble with the design would be that I wish the flex was a bit longer, but on the other hand this does at least prevent people from tripping over it! Furthermore, and this is of interest to the safety conscious amongst you, it has an automatic switch off if left unattended for a while. I paid (or rather my mother paid!) £28 for this, although in actual fact, because it was bought in Boots, we used boots points for it. It came with a year guarantee as well and I think was on offer at the time of buying. Overall then I would highly recommend this iron. Whilst it doesn't quite take the chore out of ironing, it gives great results quickly, meaning a bit less time slaving over that ironing board. It's the quickest and easiest to use iron I have come across, so even those lazy men should be able to use it with ease!
Phillips mistral HI 312 I brought this iron, after a LOT of nagging the other half!! I had decided that the old one was just full of scale, and no amount of de-scaleing worked. The model number is slightly different from the catagory I have put it under, but I can assure you that I looked at both models, and the only difference was it had an extra button, and the price! The extra button is on top next to the water spray, and is for the steam. And it was £5.00 more!! The model I got is great, it is sssoooooo nice to use, and has cut my ironing time in half. The sole plate is like a non stick saucepan (if you know what I mean!) Same sort of dark grey colour! It has a water spray, no steam, steam and steam boost. Also the settings for heat are easy to see and understand, no excuses for burning clothes as it tells you the heat for the material!! it has the normal indicator light, and a SELF CLEAN bit! and it comes with a water jug, and has quite a long flex. The iron itself heats up VERY quickly, it just glides over all fabrics. I ironed over a label (accidently, it should not have been in the way!!) and it melted it slightly, BUT there was NO MARKS on the sole plate! I dont have to try and put my FULL body weight on to the iron to get creases out of work shirts!! it just gets rid of them as soon as I iron over them! Its great!! The only thing that I dont like..... is that I have been used to an iron that gives a BIG boost of steam, and you hear it, This iron you dont really notice it, but then again, you dont really need it as it is so good anyway!!
Short name: Philips HI332