Like most people, I'm not a huge fan of ironing, although I do take this to the extreme by only ironing when absolutely necessary. I tend to just iron work clothes for me and my other half, bedding and that's about it, so once a week on a Sunday night I set up the ironing board in the living room and huff and puff about the fact the weekend is almost over and I'm yet again ironing work shirts for the week.
I've had this iron for a few months, we bought it after my old one gave up and started leaking everywhere. It cost us just under £30 which I think is a reasonable price to pay for a decent iron because my previous one was only cheap and didn't last long. Also, you get what you pay for, so the cheaper the iron the less effective it will be at removing creases and the more of your free time will be sacrificed getting creases out of clothes.
The iron is quite stylish, although I have to say the aesthetics of an iron doesn't either appeal or detract from it in my opinion. It's mainly white with blue plastic centre (where the water goes), and has a stainless steel plate. The first thing I liked about this iron in comparison to my old one was the fact the lead is nice and long, so you have more choices about where to plug it in so it reaches the ironing board. This means I can iron in comfort whilst watching tv (although usually Top Gear at that time on a Sunday) rather than standing in the kitchen or on a silly angle staring at the wall.
The iron works in the usual way, you add water and plug it in until it warms up, then you're off! There are three heat levels depending on what you're ironing. Mine is usually set at the highest one (three dots) because although I can't criticise my man for never helping round the house, he does have a tendency to screw shirts up into the smallest possible ball once they've dried, so they end up very very creased. (I have mentioned this to him but it's not been well received and my worry is that he might stop helping with the washing so I tend to leave him to it these days).
The iron's ability to remove these creases is absolutely brilliant. It's effortless to use, not too heavy to run across the ironing board, and removes creases with minimal effort. It does also have a steam button for stubborn creases (very rarely need to use this), and a vertical steam button but I'm not sure what this is and I've not used it yet.
The iron is self-cleaning, which is good because I've never cleaned an iron in my life nor would I know how. It has an anti-leak feature too which is very effective as I rarely notice any water dripping onto my hands or feet as I have in the past with cheap irons. It's very easy to add water to the iron, and you can see how much water is left in the blue plastic centre of the iron.
This iron was a really good investment as it's resulted in me getting my Sunday nights back instead of pressing a steam button over the same creases repeatedly. I can't think of a single downside to this iron, which is why it gets 5 out of 5 from me.
This iron is fantastic. This is my 2nd one and here's why:
The first one was dropped when we moved house. So I knew straight away I wanted to buy the same one. I got mine from Amazon.co.uk with super fast delivery which is great when you don't have a working iron!
This is so effective at it's job my Mum decided to give away her £150 steam iron for this one. My mum is nearly 70 and has used many irons in her lifetime!
I hate ironing, and this makes the job so much easier for me. You don't spend ages on each item as the steam is fierce that it does the job quickly and easily. You can also use it to steam curtains (upright) It has an automatic switch off, which makes it safe if you are rushing out the house!
It has a digital temperature guage which tells you when it's at the right temperature. A good size water tank with the spray facility too.
I definately recommend this iron and would buy another one without hesitation.
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