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      04.12.2011 20:53
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      The Russell Hobbs 14723 Steamglide Professional

      I can't really think of a person who likes to do the ironing. It's one of those chores that I hate to do. Often the laundry grows up to the ceiling so when I finally decide to actually attack that mountain I want an ironer that helps me and not works against me. Also important is that the iron isn't expensive and easy to use. The Russell Hobbs 14723 Steamglide Professional sounded perfect.

      For me a product is important when I'm buying a product. I rather buy a known brand than some unknown brand. I know Russell Hobss sells good, reliable and safe products and has a good reputation. I have bought products of Russell Hobbs before and never really had any complains about it.

      I think the Russell Hobbs 14723 Steamglide Professional looks very good and modern for an iron. The iron comes in white and blue and that gives it a really fresh look. At the front is where you can fill the water tank and unfortunately it doesn't disconnect from the iron so you have to hold the iron under the tap.

      Of course you can set the temperature trough the thermostat control and you have the temperate light that indicates when the iron is at the right temperature. Finally at the back at the iron there is the cord which has a decent length at about 2 metres. It could have been a bit longer but it's good enough.

      It's all about how the ironer works. The iron does not feel heavy while holding it and its quiet comfortable in the hand with the extra dimpled rubber handle. Of course after filling the iron with water it feels heaver but it doesn't give any problems when using the iron. The express steam and the water button are in front of the main part. Using the steam can definitely be handy while doing the ironing especially when there are many wrinkles. You can adjust the steam and have three star, two star, iron normally or no steam.

      Although it's a non-drip iron I notice sometimes while using the iron that he drips a little bit of water on the clothes. He doesn't drip much but occasionally a drop. Easy to get rid of but sometimes annoying.

      I might not like to iron but sometimes you just need to do it and then you better get it done and over with. My choice for Russell Hobbs 14723 Steamglide Professional has been very easy because it meets my wishes and it comes from a brand I trust. The iron comes at a good price (25 pounds) certainly with his steam feature which distinguishes him from an ordinary iron. He is lays well in my hand and is very easy to use because he doesn't feel too heavy. You have a few simple options like adjusting the temperate which is just very easy to do. The negatives are that you can't separate the water tank which can be a little bit annoying. But it's nothing really that bothers me that much. For me the most important thing is that it's easy in use and the steam function makes it easier to get rid of the wrinkles in the clothes. All in all very easy and good to use!

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        07.09.2011 02:03
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        Really worth every penny

        Last year I sent my man to buy me a iron, my instructions were : don't buy the cheapest one !(our previous one was suppose to be a bargain, but was more of a let down) so an hour or so later on his return, I had a rather pleasant surprise when he gave me this Russell Hobbs steam glide iron. Ok, I was actually really proud, being a "typical" man I was actually expecting him to make bring home a travel iron or some £5 value iron that replicated a toy . Oh just to let you all know I do buy value range, I'm not a snobby cow but my ironing is appalling and I need all the help I can get.

        Features and settings

        So a good first impression and for once I couldn't wait to do some ironing and try it out. The general appearance is just above average with white plastic, a moulded rubber handle and a splash of colour here and there depending on which colour one you purchase. I had a quick read on the box of all the good stuff this iron supposedly could do. I Ripped open the box then plugged it in to attack my leaning tower of ironing. My first challenge was filling it with water, the kind people at Russell Hobbs included a little, plastic, spouted, beaker so this wasn't a hard task at all, flick down the cover on the upper nose part of the iron and away you go. The good news is the iron takes a decent amount of water so no continual refilling is required.

        Holding the iron is pretty comfortable with it's extra dimpled rubber handle its a pleasant enough, the express steam and water button are just infront of the main part of the handle making them easy to access. Now the water button works superbly but the steam button only gives you a really good burst of steam if the iron is over half way on the temperature gauge/settings which does annoy me a bit but its probably to ensure any sensitive garments wont get damage on the lower setting.
        The buttons do seem firm to press but hey, its better than cheap plastic rattling around in it's casing like a stick in a top hat. It may feel a bit heavy when it's full to the max water level for some user's who find lifting such things constantly hard work.

        The plate triangle claims to be non stick. I haven't had anything try to stick to it and I've done all sorts of odd things made from a lot of different materials. It seems to be that the people at Russell Hobbs are full of truthful words. (makes a change from most). The plate is hot almost instantly and works effectively, I don't have a problem removing creases from any garments. The plate is really smooth to rub over all materials and makes easy work of a tedious job. The point is also nicely curved at the tip. This iron has really been designed to be friendly to our clothes.

        The other advantage of this iron is it's non drip, and yes it is a drip free iron. There's no wet socks or puddles on the floor neither is there a big wet circle on that top you just ironed to put on immediately which I am a big fan of.
        It also claims to self clean too, quite how I would know this I'm unsure I don't want to take screw driver to my lovely iron to have a look, so I will trust them on that one . Oh saying that, I have noticed if you don't use it, it does gather dust.

        Vertical steam. Now this lets you iron things whilst there hanging up, It sounds like a fantastic idea to me and I like to use it on my curtains if they need it but I wouldn't use it for a t-shirt or similar. It would take a while to get a reasonabley creased garment crease free, excluding silk, voile, etc. The vertical steam is great for these types of clothes.

        The settings

        You can adjust two different parts of the iron relevant to what you need. There is a turnable circle on the main body of the iron beneath the handle . There is a start position, a setting with one dot, two dots and three dots with a steam cloud above. You can set the heat anywhere inbetween all the main dots and it's easy, practical and works well.
        The other setting is on the iron nose and is a gliding switch that allows you to switch between having 3 stars steam, 2 stars steam, iron normally, or no steam.

        The cord and plug

        The plug is what it is and takes a 13amp fuse. The cord is well insulated and is approximately 2 meters in length.

        My opinion

        I have had this for about a year now. Its done my partner proud of his purchase of £25 from Wilkinson's. I am really happy with it, its a good iron and I use it almost daily. I haven't had any problems and see no disadvantages of this iron compared to any other simular matched product that would make me not want to recommend it. It's a good iron but lets face it, it's one appliance a man is never going to be excited about and how ever good it is they won't want to try. I give Russell Hobbs 10/10 value for money and does the job well.

        Technical information

        Power (Watt) 2200
        Steam flow rate (g/mn) Continuous: 35
        Shot of steam: 90
        Type of soleplate Non-stick
        Anti-drip system Yes
        Vertical Steaming Yes
        Adjustable thermostat Variable temperature settings

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          28.11.2010 15:54
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          I am not in the habit of ironing - no I'm not lazy - I use my treasured vertical steamer for all the family's clothes, bedding etc. so, until recently, have had no need to use an iron.

          Unfortunately hubby came home a few months ago with a pile of new shirts which just HAVE to be ironed (as my steamer isn't good at tackling collars and cuffs) so he bought this Russell Hobbs iron for me from Costco which was on offer for £20 + VAT.

          After undoing the stylish box and secure inner packaging I was surprised to see the size of this new appliance because it seems quite a lot more substantial than others I've used over the years and I have to say I'm pleased with this latest purchase.

          Having used cheapo ones in the past I have to say this particular iron seems to make the (rotten) job of ironing somewhat easier for several reasons -

          * the ceramic soleplate is a a generous size and the heat is evenly distributed which means you don't have to keep going over the same area of fabric several times saving time and energy. It also seems to glide better than smaller irons I've used which have smaller soleplates.
          * although it is a professional iron it isn't too heavy when filled which is good for people like me who have problems with their back.
          * the cord is extra long (about 2.5m) which is great if you like to iron in different areas of the house. I also think this is safer because there's no need to tug on the card.
          * it has a safety device which means, if unattended for 5 minutes, it automatically switches itself off. I like this idea as it saves electricity and is useful if the phone rings...

          Other reasons I like this RH iron are -

          * the self-cleaning function: we live in a soft water area so luckily I don't have to use this often but it is very easy and quick to do (all instructions on how to use every function are well laid out in the handy enclosed leaflet)
          * the handle is soft grip which means my right hand doesn't end up with dents in it so I can iron (if I have to!) for longer.
          * the appliance allows you to dry/ steam or spray and burst - all of these work well in my opinion.

          However -

          * I'm not keen on the fiddly opening to the water tank as I have to use my nail to prise it open then hold it open with the other hand whilst filling up the tank with the tiny water jug supplied. I'm surprised that more thought wasn't put into this part especially for those with poor eyesight or dexterity problems.
          * the dial is sometimes a little hard to read depending on what angle you look at it/ what time of day/ what lighting you have. Just a small point but again this may be frustrating for those who do not have great eyesight.
          * the cord doesn't wrap around the iron very securely so comes undone when you next reach for it.

          Overall opinion -
          * Despite the above few points I have to say this is the best iron I've ever used and, although not the cheapest on the market, I think it's worth every penny.
          * Best features as far as I'm concerned include the longer than average cord, the weight, handle,safety device and the generous soleplate.
          * Recommended!

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            09.08.2010 22:36
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            Don't have any faults with it atall

            I am not a kitchen utensil freak, but I'm making my best attempt at these reviews. This one is for my Iron, I have two of them and I sue both of them on different occasions, but this is my favourite. I bought it out of the blue, as I never knew about reviews before recently and I never thought to look up what the best iron was. It seemed like a decent iron and it was a decent price. So I decided to give it a go.

            The iron is a nice purple colour, I think you can get alternative colours too. It is a normal iron and doesn't sit on a separate part as most expensive ones do. It is quite bulky I find, as my other is not much bigger than a travel iron. It has a nice gold stripe running down it which makes it look quite smart. You can change it's setting to wool - cotton - linen- silk -nylon setting. I just keep it at the same setting and don't really bother changing it about, it still does the job. It has a steam tip, and as the name suggests it's a very steamy iron . This gives a lovely steamy job. There are two buttons, one 'steam' and one 'water' button. The cable is very long and white, it has a ropey fabric over it which stops it from burning if the iron goes on top of it. This saves a hazard.

            There is also a CDC clean button, which I think cleans the iron but I am not a big fan of all the fancy features, I just like to get an ironing done. The ironing plate is not a shiny metal, it is a smooth metal which has never burnt in my two years of having it. I had one incident where I burned a primark top, it metalled away completely but this was my fault as I had the seat setting far too high.

            It heats up within seconds, and it has never broke down on me. It is very bulky and heavy, but it doesn't have to be carried around very far. The cable can stretch extremely far, so this prevents hazards. It is a nice design, at a good price so I think it's worth the purchase at £30.

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            08.08.2010 21:38
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            A very safe iron that is stylish and versatile

            One thing that often troubles me about irons is that I worry I might accidentally burn the house down. My fear is such that not only do I return to a room after finishing the ironing to check that I have switched the device off, I will return numerous times to check and re-check. My fear extends to such a point that I will not return the iron to its box until the end of the day, thus ensuring if there is any heat remaining in its plate it will not fry the cardboard and ignite into a blaze. I had been ogling the Steamglide Professional for its funky aesthetics, but when I discovered one of its features was that it will turn itself off if left unattended, I knew this was the model for me.

            This product has many features that mark it out from other irons on the market. As well as the snazzy blue panels that leap out from the stark white of its body, it is equipped with an extra large ceramic soleplate, 350ml water tank, soft-grip handle and extra long power chord. The iron is also lightweight, so there is no lugging it backwards and forwards across your ironing board. I rarely use the iron for anything but standard ironing practise, but its large water holding capacity allows you to steam clothes as well as just applying heat to them. You can do this by hanging an item of clothing up on a clothes hanger and affixing the hanger to, say, a curtain rail, then simply select the vertical steaming setting, and apply a hot fug to the item to remove creases. On cold days I find this very enjoyable, as you can create your own steam room of sorts. This is especially effective and cosy in a small room, although you must be careful to open a window afterwards so your room does not sustain any water damage as the vapours condense. This method is often more effective than straightforward ironing too, as items do not gather together to create lines.

            As its name suggests, the Steamglide Professional does move effortlessly over fabric, and the extra-large plate ensures even less energy must be exerted in moving the iron over clothing. Even after two years and often being left out on the worksurface overnight, my plate has sustained no damage or rusting. It does have one small scratch where I bumped it against the work surface, but this was achieved with considerable force. Mild clumsiness has no effect on the surface of the iron, in my experience. The iron has a self-clean function, where the anti-scale agent will remove scale so it does not build up in the iron.

            The auto safety feature, which shuts the iron down if the soleplate is left horizontal in a stationary position for thirty seconds or more is fabulous. This may be of particular interest to those with children. I once experimented with this on the surface of my ironing board, and while the fabric surface yellowed slightly, the shut down mechanism prevented a blaze from being initiated. Similarly, the iron will shut down in the same way if it is left for more that fifteen minutes in a vertical position.

            This is a fantastic iron that, at £50 is a bargain. Its features make it fun, safe and versatile, and its funky design makes ironing a pleasure. Highly recommended.

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              05.08.2010 11:57
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              I hate ironing and i don't think anything will make me enjoy it.

              I hate ironing, I really do but with the amount of clothes my family get through each week I find that I spend a considerable amount of time doing the ironing. So after many cheap irons I decided to get myself something from the more expensive end of the iron range, and to be honest it was not really worth paying extra for, it may just be that I loathe ironing and the only good type of iron is one that is in someone else's hand.

              I purchased my iron over a year ago from my local Tesco for £39.99 it is now available on Amazon for £37.99. I chose this particular iron as the list of features on the box was very long and this conjured up visions of me gracefully gliding through my mountain of ironing in a matter of minutes.

              ~~Technical bit~~

              Ceramic Soleplate.
              Dry / Steam / Spray And Burst.
              Powerful Vertical Steam.
              Self Cleaning Function.
              Easy Fill 350ml Transparent Water Tank.
              Extra large ceramic soleplate for superior heat distribution and glide ability.
              Powerful steam output.
              Auto safety feature - the iron turns itself off if left unattended.
              Soft grip handle for the ultimate comfort whilst ironing.
              Extra long power cord for added convenience.
              95g burst of steam and 40g continuous steam.
              Water spray.
              Anti-scale.
              Anti-drip.

              See what I mean it sounds wonderful.

              The iron is simple to use, you plug it in, fill the water tank from the little jug that comes with the iron, set the dial to the recommended setting for the clothes you are ironing, set your steam level with the little switch located on top of the iron wait a very short amount of time for the iron to reach temperature, the small greenligh onn the handle will switch off when it is up to temperature and away you go.

              The iron does move smoothly over all fabrics it very rarely catches and creates more wrinkles; it is quite a light iron so I do find that I have to apply some weight to it when I am ironing thicker fabrics such as jeans. The water spray spray's a lot of water over a wide area so you do have to angle the iron in the direction you want to spray otherwise quite a large area gets wet, the steam is fairly consistent and does aid in the ironing, the shot of steam button is good for stubborn creases but you do have to descale the iron regular otherwise you get a shot of lime scale all over your clothes.

              The soft grip handle is made of rubber, my hand does not get sweaty while ironing so that is good, but I do find that after an hour or so the palm of my hand is red and staring to feel a bit tender.

              The iron comes with an auto-switch off feature that kicks in if the iron is not moved for five minutes; you know when it has done this as the light behind the water tank starts flashing. As soon as you pick the iron up and start again it heats up again to the correct temperature.

              The extra long cord (about 2.5 meters) is good as a lot of the plug sockets in my house are behind furniture, when I'm plugged in there is still plenty of cord loose so that I can move the iron freely.

              The size of the plate is good for most ironing such as t-shirts and jeans but for fiddly bits on shirts and some of my daughter's fancier tops I find the iron a bit bulky and am just as likely to put unwanted creases in while going around buttons and patterns.

              After a year of being used 3-4 hours a week the iron has developed a leak somewhere, I have not located it yet and the iron sits in a damp patch on the ironing board while being used. I am sure this is not good for the iron and potentially for me.

              The self cleaning function is easy to use; you just fill it and then let it come up to the top temperature, unplug and hold horizontally over the sink and then push the steam control all the way around to self clean, the iron then chugs away spitting steam and bits of lime scale in to the sink. I must admit I've only ever cleaned the iron once; this may be why I've developed a leak.

              Overall I'm quite pleased with the iron, it does what it's meant to but it's nothing special, the blue colour is nice and it's not to heavy, it's not as wonderful as the box makes it sound but maybe I just really hate ironing.

              Thank you for reading x

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