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Russell Hobbs 14733 Steamglide Pro
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Russell Hobbs 14733 Steamglide Pro
Advantages: It works quickly, has a large water capacity and it looks pretty!
Disadvantages: The cord could be a little bit longer
When I first moved in to my rented apartment, the iron that was already was shockingly bad. I gave it my best shot when ironing my clothes but I think using my hand would have been more effective. And so, I decided to buy my own iron as an investment that I would take with me when I left.
Assuming that all irons that are sold will actually iron clothing and not knowing too much about what functions make an iron superior, I made my decision purely on appearance and price.
The Russell Hobbs Steamglide Professional Iron was a beautiful and eye catching hot pink colour mixed in with white detailing. The design was very streamlined and an overall unusual shape which I liked.
The actual heated part of the oven is made using ceramic, the same material as the plates of GHD hair straighteners. This material can get super hot which means the iron will get hot enough to remove even stubborn creases quickly.
Anything which cuts down on my ironing time is always welcomed by me as I am one of those disorganised people who tend to irons things in the morning about five minutes before I need to leave the house.
The water tank of the iron is also pink but it's translucent so you can still see through it easily ensuring that you don't overfill it or run out of water. The tank itself holds 350ml of water which means you don't need to keep refilling it as that's a fairly large capacity. Another time saver!
The hole to fill the iron is at the front of the iron and it is large enough to make it easy to pour in the water. The hole is covered by a tiny 'door' which clicks open and shut. I much prefer this design to the ones that you have to push into the hole as I can never get them to fit properly and water usually ends up coming back out and splashing my clothes.
The handle of the iron is soft and so won't make your hand ache when ironing for extended periods of time. In order to release the steam, you need to push the steam button. The hot pink button can be found in front of the handle which is simple to reach while holding the iron.
You can change the steam setting and the temperature setting according to what material you are ironing and how creased the item of clothing is. For the really creased items, this iron can release a 100g shot of steam which makes the process so much easier.
The cord is just about long enough for me but I think it could do with being a little bit longer as it can sometimes make life difficult when ironing large items. If you are not able to get your ironing board fairly close to a plug socket then it may not be long enough for you. It weighs around 2.5KG so it's not the lightest iron in the world either.
As this iron can release powerful shots of steam while in a vertical position, it can be used to remove creases from curtains without having to take them down and also to decrease the fabric on your furniture although I haven't yet used mine for this purpose so I can't comment on how well that works. It can also be used to dry iron. This iron is self cleaning and prevents any build up of limescale so it'll save you an extra job.
I bought my iron from Amazon for around £25 which is an absolute bargain when you consider that the RRP is nearer to £50. It can be bought from many stores which sell electrical appliances including Argos and also from a variety of online websites and the price seems to vary dramatically so make sure you shop around. If pinks not your colour, then the iron is also available in the same design but where the pink has been replaced by black, green, blue and purple.
All in all, apart from the cord, I have no complaints about this iron, especially when you take the price into consideration. The switches and buttons are all self explanatory and simple to use. It gets creases out of my clothes first time and without a fuss.
The temperature goes high enough to remove difficult creases and low enough to be gentle on delicate materials. And it looks good too. It almost makes ironing a pleasure... but let's not get carried away!
Summary: A ceramic iron with steam features
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