Product Type: Russell irons & sewing machines
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Russell Hobbs 14733 Iron
Russell Hobbs 14733 Steamglide Pro
Member Name: rji0907
Russell Hobbs 14733 Steamglide Pro
Advantages: Lightweight, makes ironing easier, decent length cord
Disadvantages: None for me
I have in the past purchased cheap irons such as Tesco Value or Sainsbury's basics, but I seem to get through them at a rate of knots, probably due to the amount of ironing I have to do in a week! I decided to try a middle of the range one instead in the hope that it might last a little longer than a couple of months, but as usual, I didn't want to spend a fortune in case it broke as I do tend to have a habit of breaking irons!
I scoured the Argos catalogue and quite fancied the Russell Hobbs 14733 Steam glide iron. Unfortunately, my decision wasn't based on anything technical, purely because it was a decent brand and the fact that it was white and pink!
The colour was what first caught my eye, but obviously it had to be practical too so when reading the features and functions of the iron, it seemed to suit me perfectly. I am quite little and have really weak arms so struggle with a large iron, but this one is quite lightweight and little so is perfect for me. One bugbear I have with irons is short cords, but this one has a two metre cord so is the perfect length for me too.
For those of you who are interested in the technical details of an iron, here's a few. The iron weighs 1.5kg, has a water tank capacity of 350ml, is 2400 watts, has an anti scale function, soft handle, cord storage, variable steam, vertical steam, ceramic soleplate, water level indicator, temperature ready indicator and steam tip amongst other things.
This iron gave me everything I wanted and needed in an iron and more. I basically just want a reliable iron that is lightweight, easy to use, doesn't leak and has a decent cord length and I have so far (touch wood), got all this and more from this iron.
The iron is really easy to use and you simply turn the dial to match the material of the items you are ironing so you get the right temperature. The iron glides over the clothes really easily and so far, I have never had any problems with the temperature being too hot or fluctuating. I have in the past ruined a couple of woollen products due to the iron being too hot, but I have never had the problem with this iron doing that so it has in a sense saved me some money as I haven't had to replace any clothes!
Considering this isn't a top of the range iron, it does a really good job and makes ironing a doddle! It is definitely less effort than it was to do a load of ironing so it does prove that maybe the cheaper ones aren't bad, but aren't fantastic either and a better quality iron does make the horrendous job of ironing, that little bit easier.
The price of this iron from Argos is £44.99, but I shopped around before purchasing it and managed to get it for just £22.00 from Amazon, which to me is a bargain. Even at the Argos price, this isn't a badly priced iron though.
I am really impressed with the amount of steam that is dispensed too. It is just the right amount that it aids ironing but it doesn't dampen clothes down so they feel wet.
Sometimes, which I presume is due to temperature problems, I sometimes find I end up with burn marks on the bottom of the iron, but so far, my ceramic plate is still completely burn mark free and still glides over the clothes as if it was brand new. I have owned the iron for a couple of months now and it is still going strong. I haven't had any leaks, reliability problems, or burnt clothes from the iron yet and I am really impressed with it. It looks good, does the job fantastically and isn't too expensive either.
Overall, this comes with a high recommendation from me as it has made ironing that little bit easier than if I was using a cheaper iron.
Summary: A really good iron from Russell Hobbs
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