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=Russell Hobbs 15207 Steam glide Iron=
This is one of the items that I don't like spending a fortune on, it is not as though I would say that ironing is not one of my pleasurable moments.
=My Purple Iron=
Mr Thrifty brought this iron, and as I told him not to spend more than £20, it would not have been more than that, The iron is purple in colour, one of my favourite colours, so whether it was a hint that he doesn't want to iron his shirts I don't know.
It is a basic style iron, the main body is white plastic with a purple middle and the top of the handle is also purple. There is a good length of cord on the iron, it is about a metre long.
Once switched on when the iron is ready to use there is an orange light that comes on so you know you're up and running.
The iron has a built in steam function, there is a small beaker to fill the iron with, but in all honestly, I do not use it, it is too fiddly, I prefer to use my measuring jug and go from there. The hole is not the biggest to fill the water into, so you do need to keep an eye on what you are doing.
The downside is the purple colour as this is where the water chamber is, so there is times when you run out of water without realising.
There is also a gentle mist action if you want to give the clothes a bit of an extra help when ironing, but don't want to use the full steam effect.
There are three heat settings on the item, and are marked with dots for the temperature controls, with 3 being the hottest of the temperatures on the iron, The steam has 2 settings, the control for this is on the top of the handle, and you just adjust a sliding switch,
The soleplate is a non-stick soleplate.
=Ease of Use=
The iron is easy to use, it glides across all types of materials from demin to cotton and works well on shirt collars, which I find are always the problem area when ironing.
=Day to day=
This iron is perfectly suitable for day to day use, I have had mine for over 6 months now and have defiantly had value for money from the iron.
I would say my only niggle is the water tank in terms of filling it and the amount of water it holds, but once you get use to the iron and how long a tub of water lasts you know where you're going.
If I have to be picky, you have nowhere to wrap the cord around the iron, but that's the design.
=Would I recommend=
For £20 or under then this is good value, and I would highly recommend this iron.
This is the second one of these irons I have bought; the first one met its match when it fell off the ironing board and the back white handle area split, leaking water everywhere. Totally my fault and not a problem with the iron at all.
I am so impressed with this iron that I had to buy the same one again. Russell Hobbs is a good brand, I have used many of their products over the years and in general are pleased with the results. I will admit I was drawn to this iron because of its colour (yes, I am a purple addict!) The iron itself is quite basic, by that I mean it has three heat settings for temperature and two for steam. The three heat settings are straight forward, first setting is for delicates, the second setting is for slightly harder to get out creases, and the third setting is for cotton etc. I tend to use the second setting as I fear the third setting might be too hot.
The mist (which is level one) is a bit weak; I tend to use the steam option as the mist doesn't let out enough water to make it useful. There is a little hole to fill up the water reservoir at the front, the iron also comes with a little jug to help fill it. I do find the purple section quite difficult to read when it comes to the water level, maybe this should have been white and the rest purple, would have made it easier to see. The lead is nice and long, means you can manoeuvre round the ironing board with ease. The non stick plate glides over clothes without pulling, I don't know how much of the good work the iron does is down to me or down to the iron but I will take some credit for it as well.
Overall a very good buy, my second iron cost £14.99 from Argos, I would recommend this without reservation.
My old Morphy Richards iron was waring a bit, the buttons had started to stick when pressed etc, I had it for a few years, so I thought it was about time I got myself a new iron. I wanted an iron with a good steam function, that was the main priority, so when I came across the Russell Hobbs Steamglide 2200, I just had to buy it.
When the product arrived I was surprised at how much lighter it was compared to my previous iron. I wasn't too keen on the colour, I don't really have anything purple in my house, but it's not a fashion accessory, and once I am finished using it, it will be put away in a cupboard anyway. The iron has two buttons on the top, one for the steam and one for the spray, it also has a lever just below these for adjusting the steam and self clean functions (yes this iron is self cleaning, albeit with a little manual help from a human, so in essence, it doesn't really clean its self at all). Below the steam/self clean lever is the covered water inlet (the iron holds up to 280ml of water). The temperature dial is placed underneath the handle, directly on top of the water reservoir, and finally the iron has a 2 meter cable, which should be plenty of flex to iron comfortably without being tangled in cable. To finish it off, the iron comes with a user manual and a nice little plastic jug to fill the iron with.
The temperature control is pretty basic, it doesn't have any numbers or different settings for different types of material written on it, in fact you have to look at the manual to understand what the 3 markings on the outside of the dial actually mean. 1 dot is the coolest setting, for nylon, acrylics and polyester, 2 dots is for wool, polyester mixtures and 3 dots is the maximum setting for cotton and linen. This is the only major let down for me, I had to read a manual before using an iron, now there's a first for me.
The iron has three settings for steam; High steam, low steam and no steam, I only ever really use high steam, no steam is certainly not an option for me and low steam wouldn't be of any use to get those nice sharp creases I like in my T-shirts and shirts. The only thing I have found with using steam a lot, is I have to fill the iron up more regularly. The iron also gives you the option to vertically steam hanging clothes, but again I never use it, I simply iron and hang up in the wardrobes and they never need ironed or steamed again. To use the steam you slide the leaver on the front of the iron to the desired setting, make sure you set the temperature dial to max (the only temperature setting you can use steam on), and then you push the left button on the top of the iron to release a powerful burst of steam, it makes a lovely loud hissing noise like an angry dragon when the steam is released, it is a beast of an iron!
This is pretty straightforward, you can use this on any temperature setting by pressing the right button on the top of the iron to release a jet of water. Sometimes certain items need a little spray prior to giving it a steam to get the creases out.
It is recommended that you use this function once a month, to reduce the build up of limescale. Like I said earlier, this isn't self cleaning at all, self cleaning would involve me having to do very little, such as just flipping a switch, not moving the iron "two and fro" over a basin. On a lighter note, this action only really takes about 20 minutes and it is worth it.
The RRP for this iron is £32.99, which is a fairly reasonable price and puts it in the mid-price category...but, you can purchase this iron for the low sum of £19.99 from amazon.co.uk, now that's a bargain!
I love this iron, as it is only myself and my daughter, I only really need to do the ironing once a week, it takes next to no time to do it, depending on if I let the ironing build up or not. The irons buttons are pretty basic, nothing too technical, perfect for someone that just wants to plug in and iron clothes and isn't interested in all the added extras that you don't really need but would pay that little bit extra for anyway. The iron does exactly what I want it to do without any fuss and the steam function alone is worth the money. For just under £20 I think this is excellent value for money, I have had it for just over a year now, and it still operates and looks as good as new, so I can see it lasting for at least another year or so.
For the longest time in my marriage we went without an iron. Simply put we didn't have the cupboard space even for an iron (I kid you not!) never mind an ironing board. Then we moved to our 2 bed flat before my son was born and there was an iron and board in our hall cupboard - no need for us to buy our own, yet again. Then of course...we moved again. This time to a completely unfurnished house. So, as you do, we headed to Amazon.co.uk to get ourselves an iron.
In our searches we came across this Russel Hobbs iron - knowing the brand name and reading the reviews I decided to go with this iron. Many people said they'd had their irons for a long time and hadn't had any trouble with them. I also liked the fact that it released steam from the metal plate on the iron and released water from the bottom of the iron grip handle. To activate this you simply fill up the iron the 'max' (indicated on the purple hard plastic part of the iron.) This will hold 280ml of water - more than enough for an ironing session or three. The iron comes in a purple and white colour which is pretty stylish.
As for delivery it didn't take long at all - two/three days max. Cost was just under £15, with free delivery in the UK (always a bonus.) It came packaged with instructions but to be honest these aren't needed if you've ever owned an iron before.
The iron plate has a non-stick surface so if you happen to burn something onto the iron it will come off with a damp-ish cloth (can you tell I've done this before?). The power cord stretches to 2 metres - plenty cord to get round any corners. Also the bonus is that this iron is 'self clean' which I can't claim is true or not although in saying that the hot plate of the iron always seems impeccable. 22000 watts of power (again, I have no idea what this means!).
So onto the steam usage: you can actually use this iron vertically to get wrinkles out of curtains or other materials that you might not be able to reach with any other iron that doesn't work vertically. I haven't used this feature so I can really report back on this but it's interesting to note this. Another plus I've enjoyed from the iron: no drips! So many other irons I've used drip water onto clothes and then leave behind that tell tale manky water mark that looks like dried in chalk. The iron heats up really quickly, within seconds, so this is handy when you're in a rush.
Overall I would say, yes, this is a 'cheap' iron but it doesn't feel like a cheap one. If you do experience any problems with this iron then there's always the 12 month manufacturers warranty to fall back on ;).
I hate ironing but it is necessary so if you have to do it you might as well use good tools to make the job less of a chore.
Russell Hobbs is a name I can trust. We have a few appliances scattered around the house with that name on them and they have always worked well. This Is the 15207 iron and it's the the most fancy of irons on the Market but it does look cute and most importantly it works well. The lead on this is nice and long meaning I don't have to be stood right up at the power outlet. There is a little orange light that switches off to tell me that the iron is hot enough to use. I think it would make more sense for there to be no light and for it to then flick on when it is hot enough or change from red to green for example because when the light goes out you could easily think it wasn't plugged in and pick it up and burn yourself, so that is one thing I don't like about this iron. If you want to use the steam function (which I never do) you can just fill a jug with some water from the tap using the the little jug that comes with it and top it up into the see through purple plastic water reservoir.
There are a few basic temperature settings on this iron, as I said it's not a fancy model. There are three in total, one is the lowest setting, two is medium heat and you guessed it, three is the highest temperature setting. These work by twisting a simple to turn dial. The steam controls which is a sliding switch like button is at the top of the iron located near the handle for extra convenience. There are just two settings when it comes to this feature, Medium and strong as I have used it maybe twice and that was just for annoying creases in jeans and in those cases it worked well (both times I used the heavy setting). The part of the iron that heats up is non stick which is good because my mother has destroyed some of her best delicate clothes with irons in the past when the material stuck to the iron. This iron runs smoothly over my clothes and never feels like I have to really push it along.
My clothes come out perfectly crease free and this takes very little time using this iron, I still don't like doing it but at least I can do it with a pretty pink iron and the fact that it works well too is an extra bonus.
I needed a new steam iron, our last one had black plastic, you know that stuff that you cant get off unless you put it up to the hottest setting and then scrape it off, but this does no good as you know it will come back...so time to buy a new iron. I decided to settle on this one the Russell Hobbs 15207, which you can buy for £40 from Amazon or Cment, you may even get it for £30-£35.
This Steam Iron has a power of 2200 watts, that means that it can warm up nice and quickly. Its also has a very respectable steam output of 35g/minute, which means it should keep things nice and smooth. If you fancy it , push the button and deliver a shot of steam that equites to 90g/minute. So you know its fairly effecient for the price. There is a turnable variable steam feature that you can change to match the material you are ironing , so you can set the steam light for silk, and heavy for wool, jeans etc and you can also do 'dry' vertical steaming like you would with an industrial iron. The powerful vertical steaming facility lets you remove stubborn creases from furnishings, fabrics, curtains and hanging clothes - without having to take them down although I dont think that I would do this. There is also a fine mist water spray is perfect for dampening dry areas, and the iron can also be used dry. Helpfully it is also self cleaning, Im not sure how this happens exactly but its nice to know you have it there.
The water tank will also hold enough water to keep you ironing for a while at 280ml. It also comes with a free water jug and an anti-drip feature so you can fill it up easily and a two meter power cord for ease of use plus it has a a 360 degree swivel cord guard for added convenience. It uses tap water as you would expect ad you fill it up from the front as with most irons. Unfortunately there is no auto off function, only that you will have to watch it if you set it on the ironing board for any length of time. There is also an anti-drip mechanism to prevent water leaking onto garments, but so far its not flawless.
It not very heavy, with a weight of 1.11kg, its probably quite light because it doesnt have allot of features just a standard set of features really. The soleplate if steel and is non-stick, we shall see but so far I have had no problems with it and a soft-rubber grip handle so this means your had doesnt slip and you can push it along more easily.
Just for the hell of it id thought that I would give you the vital dimensions: Length, width:29, 12cm, the casing is plastic and the soleplate steel as I mentioned, the plastic is white and purple. The box will come with all the necessary attachments and instructions.
I bought this iron when my last one failed and because it was near Christmas I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so when this one was on offer for £14.99 I grabbed it up straight away. It's your typical iron, you plug it in, it heats up to temperature and then you can iron. As usual the little plastic pot that comes with it to fill up the water is ridiculously small, so I don't use it, I just fill it up from a bigger jug. On the plus side though the flex is more than long enough to reach across the ironing board and get into all the little creases.
In terms of temperature, rather than lots of different settings for different types of fabric, you just get 3 different temperatures with this iron. I find that most things can be ironed on the middle setting, with only thicker things like jeans requiring number 3. As with all irons when you turn it on the light stays on until the required temperature is reached and then off you go. When full of water you can get steam or just spray a mist, like with all irons I've ever used. The base of the iron is made from a non-stick coating, which means that it never catches on your clothes when you're ironing and makes the whole process very quick, which is good because I have yet to meet anyone who actually likes ironing.
All in all a very good bargain basement iron, that does all the things you need an iron to do. Unless you're the type of person that requires an iron to have lots of bells and whistles on it, this has everything you could need to do your everyday ironing.
I absolutely despise ironing and spend the majority of time looking for ways of getting out of doing it. I have even acquired a reputation of always wearing crinkled shirts at work. Despite this every household needs and iron and when my old one died on me I had to replace it. I wanted something cheap and reliable as I did not want to spend my hard earned money on something that I consider as a chore.
I found this iron (Russell Hobbs 15207) online (amazon I think) and it was at a reasonable £13.99 reduced from £25. I decided to go for this one as it was cheap but still looked good quality. I did not want to go for the cheapest option just in case it was awful and ruined my shirts.
The iron is in a vibrant purple colour and is similar to all other basic irons. You plug it in, it heats up and your away ironing. The lead is a decent length allowing you plenty of leeway to get round the board to get at every crease. Like all irons I have seen it has the orange light, when this goes off the iron is at its required temperature. There is a hole to fill up with water. The hole is in line with the handle and actually makes it look symmetrical and somewhat aesthetically pleasing with the purple. You get a tiny beaker to use to fill up the iron but I never use it because it is too small. I just use a normal jug. Once filled up the iron can create steam and mist spray. The steam is good and moistens my shirts enough to remove creases. The mist can end up going all in one direction and make areas of a shirt too wet. The purple plastic is not clear so it is hard to judge when you will run out of water which is a tad annoying.
There are three heat setting on the iron. I tend to do majority of my shirts and trouser on level 2 (levels 1-3). I find level three a bit too hot and fear it will damage my clothes. I use level 1 on some of my more delicate items. I would prefer an iron with more heat settings.
The iron does warm up reasonably quickly and the metal iron glides over clothes with its non-stick plate.
I have had the iron for 6 months and it works as well as the day I got it. All in all and average boring iron.
As much as I wish an iron weren't a necessity in my house, sadly it is! So when my old iron gave up the ghost a couple of weeks ago, I had to hotfoot it to town to fork out some of my hard earned money on a new one... not my most exciting purchase of the year I have to admit. I refuse to pay a lot for an iron because I do seem to break them quite a lot, and I find that the more expensive ones aren't really any better to be honest with you. I found this particular iron in my local branch of Robert Dyas, and I did buy it mainly because it's purple which is my favourite colour, but also because it was on a special offer price of £14.99 which was reasonable value I thought. So is the Russell Hobbs 15207 iron any good?!
The Russell Hobbs 15207 iron is what I would class as being a pretty basic iron. It doesn't have any fancy functions or pretty lights or anything, it just heats up and does the job of ironing your clothes pretty well. The bulk of the iron is white plastic, as most irons are, but has a purple middle and the top of the handle is purple also. Aesthetically, it's a good iron, and I really do love the fact it's purple. These things make a difference when you have to use it virtually every day! It has a good length power lead, although it is shorter than the one for my previous iron so I have to remember to place my ironing board closer to the socket in the wall, but it's long enough to enable you to iron freely. It does have an orange light for heating purposes, and when the light goes out, the iron is at temperature - again, pretty standard.
In terms of filling with water, I find it easy to fill although the hole in which to pour the water is completely flush with the handle, so you have to take care not to spill it. You only get a very small beaker with it so I do find myself resorting to my pyrex jug to fill it up fully otherwise I spend half the time filling the iron up with water, especially when I have a big pile of ironing to do. I do find the water capacity to be fairly small actually, and when using constant steam, it does seem to really eat the water up quickly which can be a bit of a pain, but not a major issue I suppose. The other issue with water is the fact that the purple plastic isn't as see-through as it could be and sometimes I struggle to see the water level and sometimes run out of water without realising as it isn't obvious when you look at it. As well as the steam, it also features a mist spray, so that you can wet those stronger creases, and I find this is good, a gentle mist that doesn't drench the clothes too heavily but allows enough water out to make the creases damp.
For heat settings, there are just 3 of them, all marked with dots from 1-3, with 3 being the hottest temperature. I find most clothes are fine on the second setting, and for thicker items like jeans and jumpers, I whack it up to number 3 which gives you much stronger steam too. It's easy to rotate the dial which is located on the purple middle bit of the iron, and it moves nicely around. The steam itself also has 2 settings, normal steam and well, heavier steam I suppose. I tend to leave it on the heavier one but only because I like a lot of steam to make the ironing as easy as possible! This is located at the top of the handle, and again easy to adjust with a sliding switch. So overall, the functions are really good, well located and I'm happy so far.
The iron features a non-stick soleplate, which is really important as you don't want it sticking to all your clothes and ruining them. It's a dark grey colour, and I find it glides over all fabrics really well and easily, I never have to force it across my clothes at all. It doesn't seem to have got dirty either, aside from a strange sticky black patch which I think may have been when I rested it against something, but I put the iron to warm and used a soapy sponge and it soon came off, leaving no sign it was there at all. The steam works well as you're ironing, but when you stand the iron up, you do get a really loud and huge burst of steam erupt from the iron, so do be aware of that. Other than that though, I've had no issues with using the iron day to day, and it never seems to struggle with whatever I'm ironing at the time.
I've had the iron about a month now so I think I'm fine to give it a full review, and I am really pleased with it. It was good value for money, it looks good and does the job I ask of it really well. My only issues have to do with the water to be honest - the fact it's a bit hard to gauge the water level, and also filling it with the ridiculously small jug, but as I said, I substitute that with a pyrex jug so I can fill it full each time. I haven't found any limescale build in the iron, and the hotplate looks as good as the day I bought it. It does apparently have a self-cleaning function so maybe that's something to do with it?! I'm very impressed with this basic Russell Hobbs iron, and would certainly purchase from this brand again. I'd also recommend this iron for anyone who needs a basic iron which works well. Oh, and one more niggle... you can't wind the cord around the base of the iron like you could with my old one, so it's a bit of a pain to store, but other than that, it's great!
The iron is currently available on Amazon.co.uk for juts £14 which is good value.
Thank you for reading.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 15207