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Unleash The Purple Crease Destroyer!
Russell Hobbs 15207 Steamglide Iron
Member Name: mikeb2102
Russell Hobbs 15207 Steamglide Iron
Advantages: It steams like no ones business, minimalizing ironing time
Disadvantages: it won't do my ironing for me
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.
Summary: Great little cheap and chearful iron that does exactly what you want an iron to do
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