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I sent up a loud 'Hooray' when my old iron died! It had never been that great, but I couldn't justify buying a new one till it konked out! When it did, I took great delight in looking for a new one!
Having looked at all the different irons on offer I finally chose this one. For one thing, I like the brand and it was also on special offer at the time, and that clinched it for me! I'm so pleased I chose this one!
The iron looks really smart, white and blue with black trim and an easy-to-grip handle. There is a rubber foot to rest the iron on upright when in use which is really sturdy and the iron doesn't wobble on the stand. It has a clear water tank in blue plastic which is easy to fill through the apperture on the front of the iron, which has a snap-shut flap in black. There is a good long flex too, which is very useful.
On the top you have two buttons, one gives a good jet of steam and the other a fine spray of water as you iron. The main temperature dial is at the front of the handle and it is fairly easy to see which setting you need, though the writing on it is a bit small if you have bad eyesight. That's the only bug-bear I have really!
This is probably the best iron I have ever owned! It heats up fast and is not to heavy to handle, yet it irons the creases out effortlessly. Even hard-to-iron fabric smoothes out without much trouble. The jet of steam is pretty good (makes my cats jump out of their skins!) and if you have the iron set to the steam setting it gives enough to smooth even the hardest creases out, then when you stand the iron up the steam stops. It doesn't drip water like my old iron used to do, so that it also a plus as far as I am concerned!
My ironing use to take ages to plow through, but now I'm done in about 20 minutes! This iron makes it so easy! Once you have finished there is a self-clean button, which removes any build-up of limescale from the base of the iron.
I wish I had bought one of these ages ago, so if you are looking to buy a new iron yourself, then do give this one a try!
I got mine from my local Dunelm Mill and it was on offer at £14.99. You can also buy it from Argos at £24.99. I'd recommend shopping around!
Steam iron: 2000 watts / Steam output 35g/min / Shot of steam 90g/min / Capacity of water tank 250ml / Anti-drip / 3m power cord / Weight 1.2kg / Ceramic soleplate with button groove / Soft-grip handle / 1 pre-set programme / Pre-set programmes include: automatic steam feature / Temperature ready indicator / Front fill / Water level indicator / Variable steam / Vertical steam / Steam tip / Self-clean / Short name: Russell Hobbs 14992