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Russell Hobbs 17877
Member Name: Revo9
Russell Hobbs 17877
Date: 07/08/11, updated on 08/08/11 (32 review reads)
Advantages: Good size, easy to use, attractive design, powercord is wrappable around base, easily filled
Disadvantages: Sometimes drags against clothes, buttons in a difficult place
The Russell Hobbs 17877 iron is a simple to use product that looks attractive and holds a large volume of water. I purchased the Iron for £39.99 from Amazon UK about 7 months ago and Iron has been serving me well.
The iron looks very modern and attractive. The Iron has a ceramic dark coloured soleplate to the bottom of the product that has grooves in it. The body of the product is plastic, the bottom half is white whilst the top half of the product is a shiny purple colour. There are a variety of black and white plastic dials and buttons on the handle and under the handle. There is a red LED light on the handle which is visible when it lights up, at the front of the iron, is a purple piece of plastic with a hole in it, which is where the steam comes out from. The product has a long power cord positioned to the back of the iron which is black in colour. At the very back of the iron, is a purple funnel component. The iron body is quite large and can hold up to 400ml of water which is pretty big. The product weighs maybe about 1 to 1.5kgs which is sturdy but not too heavy.
As mentioned the product at the back is shaped in that you can wrap the power cord round it for easy storage. The product features a purple funnel which allows you to fill the iron with water very easily and without much mess. The steam buttons can be set so they can spray a fine mist, or eject a more heavier load of steam in bursts. There is a red LED on the handle which tells you when your water level is getting low and the water tank itself lights up when in use. A measuring jug was also included in the box with the iron too, this was a nice touch but I mostly just fill the iron straight from the tap.
So far the Iron has been very durable and been in use frequently over the months I've had it. I have experienced no problems with the product in terms of build quality, as the ceramic soleplate is sturdy and the buttons are all working fine. The funnel at the back hasn't broken or morphed in shape and the plastic main body of the iron is tough and solidly built. Both the LED red warning light on the handle and the water tank which lights up against the purple plastic, are still in good working order too. I've not experienced much problem with limescale/calcium build up either which I think may have something to do with the product having anti limescale functions on it too which I must say have helped. Overall I would say the product is very durable, it also came with a 12 month warranty which I have not had to use.
I paid £39.99 for the product which is what you come to expect from a well established brand like Russell Hobbs. I find the price reasonable since it is a powerful steam iron but it is more expensive than the RH 15002 Digital advantage Iron which I've recently seen priced at only £23 or so. The RH 17877 is simple to use with the funnel system and the steam which comes out is powerful and gets rid of most creases easily. Overall, good quality product and it gets the ironing done easily, but you will pay premium prices because Russell Hobbs is such as well established brand in the UK.
I didn't find many problems with the iron, except maybe the steam blast button is in quite a difficult position to press when you're ironing. It could maybe be redesigned so it's in a simpler place that can be pressed easy. Another thing was that I found certain clothes types occasionally dragged along and got caught on the ceramic soleplate. This may be down to my own ironing technique (which is far from perfect) but I expect others may have this difficulty too sometimes.
Overall, I am very happy with my RH 17877 easy fill iron. I like the modern appearance of the iron, the powercord is easily wrappable around the base, the funnel system is great if you're short of time and my clothes always come out to a good non creased condition with the powerful steam system. The steam blast button is in an awkward position and clothes sometimes drag against the soleplate, but these are only minor problems. For £39.99 you get a quality iron which gets clothes ironed to a good standard and the product is itself very durable and well built. I think this has been a good worthwhile investment and I would be pleased to recommend it to other consumers. Thanks for reading my review.
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Summary: A top quality Iron
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