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Russell Hobbs 14733 Steamglide Pro
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Russell Hobbs 14733 Steamglide Pro
Date: 19/04/11, updated on 03/06/12 (83 review reads)
Advantages: Heats up to maximum temperature in under a minute, reasonably priced, easy to use and clean
Disadvantages: Water chamber leaks water if filled to maximum capacity, mains cord need to be a little longer
The first, most notable feature (if you can call it such) is the hot pink colouring. An intellectual decision by the designers at Russell Hobbs to sum up the properties of ironing through colour stimulation? Maybe. Psychologically pink promotes emotional claustraphobia and over exposure to to the hue can be phsically draining (a plausable explanation for my lack of enthusiasm) but a more likely possibility was that they simply chose a colour that would have mass appeal and make the iron somehow appear "fun". They failed on the latter, but then they were fighting a losing battle with me on that one.
Having only viewed a picture on the packaging I was expecting the iron to be quite bulky and cumbersome. What I actually found was the steamglide to have a smart, compact design measuring 32cm long (24cm of which pertains to the plate) x 13cm wide x 27xm deep (to the top of the handle). The iron is reasonably weighty, but a managable 3lbs. Light enough to be easily handled, heavy enough to provide ample weight when in use without the need of additional pressure. Most of the weight is situated at the base rather than dispersed accross the entire bottom which aids it's stability when in a vertical position, particularly useful when perched on my wobbly, almost antique ironing board.
Heating up to maximum temperature in under a minute the powerful 2400 watt steamglide offers the choice of either variable or continual steam (40grams per minute) or of course can be used dry, although good, in my opinion not as effective as assistance with steam. My preference is to use continual for easier ironing and just opt for a blast on heavier fabrics that harbour more stubbon creases such as denim or thick cushion covers. The transparent water chamber has a maximum 350ml capacity but realistically should only be filled three quaters (perfectly adequate to cope with at the very least a large load of ironing even when set to continual steam) otherwise the steamglide expels water from it's lower extremities.
Now, I find it particularly hard to get enthusiastic about ironing and any way of reducing the time it takes to complete will always arouse my interest. According to Russell Hobbs, the ceramic plate helps to disperse heat evenly across the entire underside which thus speeds the process of ironing and true to their word it does seem to work. It's apparent from first use that the steamglide makes light work of even the most stubbon creases. Just a simple guiding of the iron across fabrics once or a couple of times on more stubbon areas is enough to perfectly remove creases.
Russell Hobbs have asserted a fair amount of attention to detail with this model ensuring features contribute to a greater ease of use in comparison to other irons (by which I really mean my previous iron). Designed with a chunky, ergonomically shaped handle which feels comfortable to hold with added soft padding (pink of course) to the top which assists for a firm grip. I actually brought a duplicate of this iron for my nan (in her 80's) as she suffers from rheumatism and found the iron easy to hold and control.
All functions (noticeable because they're, yes, pink again) including steam and spary, quick press buttons on top of iron and variable steam settings located on a flick lever at the front are conveniently located at your fingertips allowing for full access whilst in use. The circular theromstat control offers a soft padding (yep, you guessed it, in pink) to the perimeter and has a click system that keeps the dial on your prefered setting as opposed to spinning if you accidently knock it with your fingers (a frustrating problem I endured with my previous iron). The steamglide does boast a few other superior features such as an anti calcium function which is designed to prevent a calcium build up from damaging the iron. It works to a certain degree but living in a severly hard water area I have still found that I needed to de-scale a couple of times in the past year. The steamglide also offers a self cleaning function. An easy enough process of filling the water chamber and setting the lever to clean and streaming the water whilst in a vertical position, aparently it should be done regularly. I've only bothered half a dozen times and it continues to work as reliably as it did on first use. For easy storage the cord wraps neatly around the underside thanks to a purpose molded arch.
Of course the steamglide has a few minor problems and quite frankly, for the price ones that can be over looked but (for the prupose of this review not ignored). It's more an inconvenience, but at 2 meters in length, the power cord could do with being longer, another meter or so would do it (who says size doesnt matter?) and the symbols pertaining to the lever functions need to be any shade darker than silver (which is tricky to read on white plastic). One feature this iron does not have is an automatic cut off, a feature that most basic models offer. Dispite these little hiccups, the steamglide, 14733 to be specific has proved to be incredibly reliable. Has it slashed my ironing time in half? No, but it certainly has made the tedius task easier. Would I recommend it? Yes because I feel that for any price under £30 it's a good buy and well worth the money. If Russell Hobbs could "iron out" a few design flaws in the near future this could be a great iron.
Summary: Makes lights work of a boring chore
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