I always take a travel iron away with me when I go on holiday as I find that my clothes seem to crease so much in my suitcase that even if they are ironed before I go a lot of items need a quick once over when I am away. I bought this Russell Hobbs travel iron about two years ago and bought it from Amazon. As it is some time ago I can't remember the exact price but I think it was around £15. You can still get them from Amazon and also Ebay and you can pick one up for as cheap as £12.
For a small iron it has most of the functions of my normal sized iron but obviously on a smaller scale. It is blue and white with a stainless steel plate which glides over your ironing, and has steam and temperature controls. You set it to the required temperature by turning the round dial on the top of the iron. My previous travel iron was either hot or not so I couldn't use it for very delicate items as it would have just singed them but as you can set this one to be on a very low heat it is perfect for all my clothing.
The handle is unusual and tapers in towards an end rather than joining up at the other end of the iron which I find easy to grip and manoeuvre round. There is a large enough gap under the handle to get your hand round the handle comfortably and also being lightweight this adds to the ease of use.
It also has buttons to spray water and also one which releases a short burst of steam from underneath the plate. I do use both of these functions regularly as I always find that a quick spray of steam or water will help to smooth out deep creases in your clothes without having to have the iron too hot and risking burning your clothes.
There is also a useful measuring jug for topping the water tank up with water which holds 80ml. It has an LEC power indicator light to help you to remember to turn it off after use and has a quite a generous cord at 180cm. It is dual voltage 120v - 240v but you do need to purchase an adapter if you are using it abroad.
This iron is well made and feels sturdy to use even though it is small. It does heat up quickly and I can say that it does iron as well as my normal sized one. However I would say that it wouldn't really be suitable for doing your weekly ironing as things do take that bit longer as the plate is much smaller, but for holidays it is absolutely perfect and doesn't take up too much room in your case. It would also be suitable for a student or someone with limited space who only needs to iron occasionally and at £12 it isn't too expensive to buy
When I go on holidays I like to take certain appliances with me just to make the holiday that much more smoother, sometimes I take travel hair dryers, travel electric toothbrush etc and until a few a years ago I decided to purchase a travel iron. I don't really go on holiday that often so wanted one that was relatively cheap but also one that I could happily use at home when I needed to.
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I Purchased the Russell Hobbs Travel Iron from eBay for around £9, which is slightly lower than the RRP which ranges from £12-15. It is currently not for sale on Amazon, although I remember seeing on their website not that long ago, so maybe it will be back in stock again soon. There are quite a few travel irons to choose from, but I decided to get this one for two main reasons, one reason being that it was reasonably cheap, and second is due the reputable name of Russell Hobbs, they are none to be highly reliable and to produce good quality electric goods.
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The iron is has a nice white and blue plastic finish and a stainless steel ironing plate. It is a small compact size which is of course ideal for travelling. I like to keep my suitcase as light as possible and with this being lightweight and compact it hardly takes up any room in my suitcase and is doesn't add too much unnecessary weight to the luggage. Although it costs cheap, the iron in my opinion looks far from cheap and actually looks more expensive that it costs. It has a light indicator that lights up when the iron is switched on, which is great for safety reasons as it acts as a reminder to turn it off after use. This is especially useful when you have kids around as the last thing you want is for the iron to be accidently left on and a child to get hold of it.
It looks relatively stylish for an iron, with a unique looking handle that cuts off near the end instead of attaching at the end. The effect not only makes it appear unique and modern but also allows the hand to grip on the handle easier. It also allows the ironing movements to be done more easily and quicker, as I found it effortlessly slides on the surface of clothing. This being light weight made the ironing process a lot easier, in the past I have used larger more heavier irons which I found used to cause hand cramps and hand spasm, this one however thankfully doesn't.
One slight down side is that the iron plate is quite small, which means if your ironing a lot of large clothes that it can take a little longer than ironing with a larger iron with a larger iron plate surface. However I don't really consider this a huge problem, as when I am on only I don't really need to iron that many clothes anyway.
The iron has a Dual voltage of 120V-240V which makes it ideal for using it in different countries, which I can confirm as it worked perfectly during my holidays. The water tank is easy to refill, however what I find a little annoying is that the water runs out pretty quickly, so it means I have to refill it after a few irons.
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Overall I am happy with the performance of the iron as it produces great results. It does have minor issues but nothing that would put me off recommending this to others as it is a quality iron that is can be purchased at great low prices.
We are proud owners of a caravan and are always off on our hols at least 5 times per year. I've always taken our house iron with us but over the years as the kids are getting older they tend to pack more stuff, so I'm trying to scale everything down now. One thing that was on the scale down list was the iron. We only wanted a cheap one as it doesn't get used a great deal whilsat we're away.
I am guessing that all travel irons are a bit of a muchness to be honest and I found the Russell Hobbs 14856 Travel Iron on Amazon for £14.99 including delivery, last year. The soleplate is stainless steel and the water tank can hold upto 80ml. One thing that I found to be very useful and which I didn't realsie this iron had until I began to use it, was the water spray feature. The cord is quite a respectable length too at 180cm and I believe it weighs only 907 grams. The dimensions are: 15.2 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm
As the iron is about half the size of a conventional one, it will fit nicely into our travel bag. As with our main iron it has a variable steam feature that copes very well in getting those nasty creases out.
It's a joy to use and heats up extremely quickly. But whatever you do you must ensure that it cools down before you put it away. My husband made this mistake and after he ironed a pair of his trousers he put it into the travel bag and singed the side of it, not to mention a shirt that was in there too. The only thing that I'm missing is a mini ironing board. I have to make do with putting a few towels down on the caravan table and do the ironing that way.
One little thing that does nag me about most irons (and with this one) is that there is no storage place for the chord. I always have to wait until the iron cools down before I can wrap the cable around it. I would have also have liked to have seen this travel iron come with a carry pouch, afterall most of my travel items come in their own hand little bags.
I bought this iron recently for a work trip to West Africa. I didn't know if I'd get an iron where I was staying (in the middle of nowhere in Gabon). I used it several times before discovering there was a visitor laundry service which I didn't have to pay for, but in those few days prior to my ultimate discovery the Iron was a godsend. I'm not the neatest of packers, so my shirts for work would not have made the best of impressions without this.
The size of the iron is very similar to other irons about. Roughly 20cm long and 10cm wide. This is small enough to fit in a suitcase but large enough that it doesn't take 10 years to iron a t-shirt.
The iron is supplied with a small plastic funnel which is used to fill the water tank of the iron (this provides the steam and spray)
To use you plug the iron in. Note that it's an English plug, so you will need a travel plug adaptor for use abroad. The cord is 1.8m long which is long enough for my purposes (using the table as an ironing board, the plug was in easy reach where I was staying).
The temperature is set using the dial on top of the iron which has settings for the type of clothing being ironed as opposed to actual temperature marked. As I am not an expert at laundry i tend to just use the hottest setting which seems to work.
There are two buttons on the top of the iron. One creates a spray which is quite fine, but slightly more spray than mist like. The other button releases steam from the underside of the iron. I'll admit I don't know how these are supposed to be used, but they are nice to have.
The iron is easy to manoeuvre and actually works better at the main purpose of Ironing (getting clothes flat(ish) ) better than my larger home iron. I may well consider swapping over to using this one when I finally unpack the bag that it is sitting in in the loft.
My only criticism of the iron is that due to having the steam function the base has perforated holes, meaning that I can't use it to wax my snowboard. Not an issue for most people i am sure.
Admitted mine hasn't seen a lot of use but the build quality appears to be excellent. The plastic is well shaped and the buttons work extremely smoothly showing that the mechanisms are well built.
The baseplate is stainless steel which glides over clothes well and is lightweight.
The travel iron sells for £11 on Amazon, although I think i paid slightly more than that on the highstreet. It's highly recommended as a useful travel accessory that is easy to use and produces outstandingly flat shirts.
If you travel a lot, be it for business or fun, you'll know that no matter how well you pack, there are certain types of clothes (linen shirts and trousers, chinos, cotton dresses) that just always crease no matter what. So I like to take a travel iron with me (and an international plug adapter of course!)
I've had the Russell Hobbs 14856 Travel Iron for at least five years now, so it must be a fairly old design - but you know what they say! It's still as good as the day I bought it. It cost me around £12 from Amazon but you can now pick it up on EBay for about £10 (new). I think that's well worth the money for a branded travel iron.
Unlike other travel irons this is a fully featured steam iron, some travel irons don't have the steam facility. It has a little jug (included) to fill it, obviously it takes less water but more than enough for a few garments.
The steam amount and blast button are built into the handle, which is styled in white plastic and very comfortable for a travel iron. The body of the iron is a slightly see through blue plastic which means you can see how much if any water is left, and the back of the iron's body is styled in white plastic and features the dial for the hot plate temperature. Overall, I'd say it looks like a tiny version of a full scale Russell Hobbs iron, it certainly doesn't feel cut down in any other way.
The power cable is a good length as most people will be ironing on the floor or the bed when out and about. Obviously it takes a bit longer to do your ironing just because there is less ironing surface there, but it doesn't need to be gone over time and again, it's just as effective as a regular full sized iron. It heats up in about 30 seconds, quicker than my full size iron, probably because of the size. It's very easy to use, and when I moved house and couldn't find my big iron, this was a very welcome replacement!
Overall, I can't recommend this enough. There are literally no problems with it - price, style, features and usage are all top notch and I can't think of a reason not to give it 5/5. This has come on all my holidays and will continue to do so.
Whenever we go away anywhere, even if it is just for a few days over the weekend we always seem to pack a load of clothes - far more than I think we need. As a consequence of this they do get very creased and messed up after we have unpacked.
We have invested in a small Russell Hobbs Travel Iron and we bought it about two years ago from Ebay for £10 (brand new). It is tiny, compact, but does everyhting that a regular iron is capable of and it is very impressive indeed at removing creases from our holiday clothes very easily.
It has a dual voltage, which is always handy I think and it also comes with the added bonus of a water spray and even has a steam release button. Our old travel iron did not have any of these features. It is so tiny and does not take up very much room at all in our suitcase so we still have plenty of room left for our clothes.
There is also a temperature control, as you would expect really, so you know which temperature to set it at before you set about scorching your clothes. It comes neatly packagaed in a cardboard box and the intructions are very easy to read and understand and not at all confusing.
Not a lot else I can say about this great little iron really except I would firmly recommend it.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
Unlike a travel kettle I don't find a travel iron to be indispensible unfortunately my mother sees things differently and was shocked that I didn't own one and to stop herself worrying that I might just possibly be seen abroad in creased clothing gave me hers.
She really had no need for it anyway as when she goes away her clothes are ironed so thoroughly and packed so carefully that there is no chance of her clothes ever getting creased unlike mine that are just thrown in my suitcase.
The iron is a Russell Hobbs 14033 and is a nice looking little compact travel iron. It is surprisingly quite good looking as insofar as an iron can be and doesn't look cheap and nasty.
The only other time I had used a travel iron was on a school trip years ago and I remember that the iron had so little heat coming off it that I couldn't actually iron any creases out of my clothes with it.
Heat isn't a problem with this one and it gets more than hot enough to be able to iron all my clothes and as it also has a steam and spray function it is almost the same as using a full sized iron. I have actually used this for weeks at a time when my proper iron broke and I didn't get to buying a new one for ages and I barely noticed the difference other than the fact that this iron is a lot smaller than a proper iron so it took longer to actually iron my clothes with it.
Unlike a lot of travel irons which only have one heat setting this one has a temperature control so you can adjust it depending on the material that you are ironing. I admit I usually keep it one the highest setting as I find that my clothes can handle it but I think it's good for people who have clothes made of delicate materials.
It has a dual voltage of 760-830w so can be used in various countries. I am not sure what country uses what voltage but I have used it in various countries around Europe with no problems. The length of the cord is really good too especially for travelling when you have to iron on the floor and need space. It is 1.8 metres long so you can plug it in and it will stretch quite a distance. Remember to pack an adaptor with it though or else you won't be able to use it.
It is also really lightweight even when you have water in it and the handle although quite small has enough space between it and the body of the iron for me to still be able to get my hand around it comfortably and feel like I have a good grip of it.
Cleaning the iron is also really easy and the stainless steel plate just washes down. Here isn't really a lot else to say about the Russell Hobbs travel iron. It is like a proper iron only in miniature and small enough that you can pack it in your suitcase without worrying that it will take up too much room. I asked my mum how she paid for it and she said it cost her £14.99 which seems like a really good price for it.
We go away a lot for weekends and like to go out for dinner when we do meaning we often need to iron our clothes before we go out as they have been folded up in our suitcases and have attracted lots of creases. After using horrible hotel irons for way too long we decided to get a travel iron as we decided the investment was worth it. Hotel irons are always old, usually are quite dirty and so transfer that to your clothes and really don't have that much power so it really doesn't look like you've ironed your shirt in the first place.
This Russell Hobbs travel iron was just the ticket as it looks just like a regular iron but is quite small so perfect to pack away in the corner of a suitcase. It has a short little handle and not one that attaches all the way along the iron which makes it a lot small and a lot less bulky.
The bottom of this iron is lovely. THe plate is made of stainless steel and very smooth so you get a nice clean iron with it. There is also a water spray and steam button which I love as the steam really gets out the creases on a shirt. The water spray is great as I find if my clothes are too dry the iron does not work as well, a quick spray with the water and they get a nice dampness to them and then iron better. What I really like about the bottom of this iron is that it has a lip around the edge meaning that when you iron around buttons the buttons go into this ridge so you can get a really close iron around the edge of your shirt.
There is a temperature control on this iron which I think is a good addition as not all travel irons have this. This allows you to iron different types of materials without fearing it is too hot for them. For example I have a lot of delicate going out clothes which really only need a low iron and so this travel iron is good for that. The iron has a light to indicate when it is plugged in and on so you can make sure you have turned it off before you leave the room.
This iron also has dual voltage but I have never actually taken it abroad so I cannot comment on this function of the iron. For about £10-£15 this was a good travel investment for us.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 14856