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Unlike my mother who will happily iron underpants I am not a big fan of ironing so it is important when I have to iron I have a comfortable iron that does a good job.
The Xpress is a nice weight for me at 1.2kg which is not too heavy that I get a sore wrist after a mountain or ironing nor too light not to get creases out. It heats up pretty quickly which is good as I am not that fond of ironing so want to get the job over with quickly.
It is not cordless but the long cord means that it can be set up in most places in my home easily. This is important as I do like to iron with the tv on. The handle is a nice shape and easy to grip. My husband is left handed whilst I am right handed and we both find the iron easy to use however it would be nice if my husband used it more often!
I find it irons most clothes easily. In general the iron does do a good job of my blouses and is easy to manoeuvre around buttons, frills etc. It also does a good job of sheets and my husband's lighter cotton shirts. It works well on most of my husband's shirts although it does need quite a lot of steam and I frequently use the steam shot with his heavy cotton shirts. This means the iron does need topping up with more water. The tank apparently holds 250ml which does look a lot but I would suggest you keep a small jug of water nearby so you can top it up.
A disadvantage of this iron is that it is sometimes difficult to see the water indicator when topping up. Another disadvantage is that for badly creased clothes the water spray on the iron doesn't really do enough so I have a plant mister nearby to spray water over these items to make them easier to iron.
The iron is self cleaning so ne need to fuss with cleaning which is a big plus for me as I hate irons which require special cleaning. I have had my iron for several years now and it still works well.
Overall I would recommend this iron as at around £30 represents good value for money although if you frequently iron lots of heavy cotton shirts I would suggest getting an iron with a big more oommpf.
I brought this product in the new year sales last year for £30 reduced from £60 and it was the worst purchase I have made to date! I am very grateful I did not pay full price for ths.
The iron itself has a long cord of 3meters which is great as you can move away from the socket slightly if need be, this was a reason I chose it over other irons as I like to watch TV whilst I iron and this can not be done without a reasonable length cord, it had a self clean function and I felt it looked ok. It claimed to be easy to use and iron through everything to get the perfect look.
However the Iron itself does not warm up very much and definately wont get creases out of cotton or denim very well whcih means things never looked well ironed. I am a perfectionist with the ironing and this product does not live up to expectation. The steam continues to come out of the iron when held up right so you have to be careful where it is placed and you get through loads of water for the smallest pile of ironing. The iron doesn't have any seperate control for the steam so if you have a hot iron you should also have steam but this doesnt always happen.
All the top controls broke after three months so I could no longe rput the extra steam on the clothes or spray water on to the clothes so it was hardly worth ironing.
After 6months I gave up with the iron and got a new Phillips Iron which I have to say lives up to its name and is alot better.
I have given it one star as I do not feel it deserves anything more. The performance is substadard, the heat is poor, the functions are not practical however the cord is long and the self clean does wok well. The one great thing about the iron is it does not spit out lots of limescale on to the clothes but thats probably because it misfuctions most the time.
I bought this iron about 2 months ago and have been more than pleased with its performance. It is better than a more-expensive Kenwood iron I used used to own and a considerable improvement on the Tesco horror that I have suffered with for 3 terribly creased months (though in fairness breathing hot air onto clothes and smoothing them with my hand would have also been an improvement!).
The 14993 Xpress is not the prettiest iron. But it is not hideous either. Personally, I go for performance over aesthetics though I did refuse to go for a similar product in pink. The iron has a white body with a purple water container and purple stand. The handle, buttons, area above the base, and water cap are black. I am not convinced that this colour system is complementary and some may find this product a bit of an eyesore. The colour scheme seems a bit disjointed and I don't think the designers put too much effort into elegance, but then an iron is unlikely to feature as a decorative ornament, so it's not a huge issue. Moving on to more important factors...
The iron states it has a 'soft grip rubber handle'. This is not strictly true. The top of the handle is rubber and is slightly soft to the touch, but the underneath section, where you grip, is hard plastic. Still, the iron is very comfortable to hold and use. Weight-wise, the iron is quite light. The base plate provides the substance of weight, as you would expect, and this lends to a balanced final product. There are two buttons at the front of the handle for a boost of steam or jet of water and these are easy to reach with the thumb while you are using the iron. The temperature is controlled by a dial at the front of the iron and there are dots to indicate heat levels and little graphical images depicting steam pressure. The water filling area is nice and wide, allowing the iron to be easily filled without spillage.
This is where the 14993 Xpress comes into its own. The base plate is ceramic and this means the iron glides over clothes with ease. There is no need to place hardly any pressure on the iron to achieve a great performance. The balance is superb and there are plenty of steam holes, so you don't have to continuosly iron the same section of clothing. The iron regulates steam pressure and provides the optimal steam output required for the clothing you are ironing, regulated by the setting you select. The power is very good and I have found that I am spending less time ironing due to the high-performance of the iron (2000W). The instructions claim that the iron has a 'vertical steam' function. This means that you can hold the iron at 45 degrees, press the steam boost button, and it will shoot out jets of steam. I am not sure what purpose this serves. There was a picture of someone firing steam at a curtain, but I cannot see how that would be beneficial. It seems like a gimmick, but if you can think of a use for it then the iron can do this!
One feature that really impressed me was how quick the iron heats up. The majority of the time I have it on the maximum setting and once I turn it on it is ready to go in under 30 seconds. This is a life-saver when I am late up in the morning and discover I have not ironed a shirt for work (this happens a lot!).
The iron is anti-scale and anti-drip. Good for hard water areas (like where I live) and I have yet to get a single drip of water leak from the iron when I use it. This is very novel after my Tesco nemesis which leaked like a sieve.
The iron also has a self-cleaning function which is great, as I would not have a clue how to clean an iron!
The power cord is 3 metres which is very long in my experience. This is very useful and means you don't have to hug the wall near your power socket to iron.
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This is me being very picky and is not really an issue. The water tank is perfectly acceptable and probably standard for an iron this size. I would have preferred a larger tank but only because I detest ironing and leave it to the last possible moment (when I have nothing uncreased to wear). This leaves me with a huge pile of ironing that takes a while to finish. I probably have to fill the tank once every 15 mins - but then I am a abysmally slow ironer. I would approximate that a profficient ironer could get 10 shirts finished on the highest steam setting before having to replenish the water supply. Really I am making a mountain out of a molehill and its my bad for being lazy.
One more issue with the tank is that due to the dark purple colour it is sometimes difficult to see the water level. Probably my fault for trying to fill the iron in minimal light and with eyes still half-shut!
The Russell Hobbs 14993 Xpress iron is a fantastic product. Yes, it may not be the most beautiful creature ever, but performance-wise it is exceptional. It combines a comfortable, lightweight design with a powerful performance that results in crisply ironed clothes with minimal effort. I would highly recommend this iron to anyone.
I purchase the iron form Tesco and they had £10 off the RRP. It cost me £24.99. I noticed a month ago that Sainsburys had a similar offer on.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 14993