==Price and Availability==
I bought the Russell Hobbs 19220 iron from Tesco about two and a half years ago now, it cost just over £20 and after having a look around it still sells for about this much at various different places. This was the first iron I'd ever bought so I didn't really know what I was looking for, as it was Russell Hobbs and a good price I didn't think I could really go wrong.
==Russell Hobbs 19220 Iron==
This Russell Hobbs Iron comes boxed with a small measuring jug and an instruction manual which I don't usually bother with but for this I decided I should have a read through to have a look at what the different buttons on the iron did. As it turned out this iron is a pretty standard design, and quite similar to the iron my Mum uses which is Swan. The dial underneath the handle changes the temperature of the iron, the there are two buttons just in front of the handle which are used to either spray water or spray steam, underneath his there's a little cap which you pull off to reveal a hole where you pour the water or ironing water into the iron to either spray onto clothes as it is or in the form of steam. The capacity of the water tank is 350ml which is quite big and doesn't need to be refilled that often. The plate on the iron is ceramic, which is said to cut down on ironing time by evenly distributing heat and steam. The iron itself is quite a striking pink/purple colour but this doesn't really make that much difference to me as I put my iron in a cupboard after using.
The first thing I noticed when using this iron is how lightweight it is, the handle is very good and is cushioned which makes it really easy to pick the iron up. When you put water into the iron is does get a bit heavier but it's still light and glides over most fabrics easily. The plate which you iron with does seem to distribute the heat well and ironing is made a really easy task, creases are soon removed and ironing seems to be a bit more of an enjoyable task. This is when I noticed that the iron was leaking, and therefore dribbling water over my washing as I was moving the iron over it. As one of the features of this iron is meant to be that it's non- drip I wasn't very pleased at all, obviously not putting water into the iron is an option but I do find that steam does help to remove creases so this wasn't something I wanted to do. I also noticed that although the plate heats up well and is evenly heated all over, the iron does seem to struggle to maintain the temperature I set it at, and the temperature does seem to fluctuate somewhat. Although the iron worked well I soon became annoyed with the water dripping everywhere and replaced the iron with a really basic, cheap model, I do still have this Russell Hobbs iron in the cupboard just in case but I definitely wouldn't go back to using it unless it was a last resort.
At first I was really impressed with this iron; it seemed to make one of the most hated household jobs seem not so bad. The iron itself is designed well, the heat's evenly distributed and clothes are easy to iron. The iron leaking though is obviously a major negative and means the iron can't be used in the way it was intended. Although the price is quite good, I only used it for a couple of months before I got fed up of it and bought a different iron, for this reason I really can't recommend the Russell Hobbs 19220.
Lighten the load on laundry day with the Russell Hobbs 19220 Steamglide Pro Iron / Effortlessly glide through stubborn creases with its ceramic soleplate 40g/ minute of continuous steam and 95g/minute shot of steam / It's got 2400W of power and variable temperature and steam settings let you tailor it perfectly to your ironing / giving you anything from high heat when you need extra welly to gentle heat for your delicate fabrics and vintage clothes / There's a fine mist spray too that's ideal for removing / Short name: Russell Hobbs 19220