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==Price and Availability==
A few months ago we were given some money from a family member to buy some stuff for our house as we hadn't seen them since before we moved into our first home. We have most of the stuff we need but I'd been looking steam generator irons as I do a lot of ironing and am always looking at things to make my life a little easier. I saw this Swan Steam Generator Iron in Argos for the very reasonable price of £49.99 and decided to buy it as I also had some vouchers I could put towards it. This particular iron is also available at a few other places online for a similar price.
== Swan SI4030GRN Non Pressurised Steam Generator Iron==
As with most steam generator irons this Swan model comes in two parts, the base which holds the water tank and the iron itself. The iron has a very simple design and is mainly white with a few translucent green areas, it doesn't look very special but it's one of the cheaper steam generator irons available so this doesn't bother me too much. The iron is pretty much designed like a normal one, with a temperature control under the handle and a temperature ready indicator behind this, the only difference being you don't put the water into the iron itself. The water goes into the base of the iron, which has a 700ml capacity. The weight of the water tank and iron together is just over 3.5kg but the iron on its own weighs just over 1kg.
When I first got this iron out of the box I had to read the instructions first as I'd never used a steam generator iron before. I soon realised it was pretty simple and very similar to just using a regular iron, the only real difference being that that water doesn't go into the iron. I set up the iron, which sits on top of the water tank base and plugged it in; the cable is about 2m long which for me is a little bit short as I don't have that many plug sockets in my house. There's also a cable between the water tank and the iron which is about 1m long which is plenty, it allows you to move freely without being so long that it gets in the way. The iron takes about 2 minutes to heat up which is quite standard for this type of iron, at first I thought this wait would slow me down but in reality it isn't much longer than I wait for my normal iron. A light comes on to tell you the temperature and steam are ready to go and then it's time to start ironing.
When I began to iron the first thing I noticed was how light the iron is, at just over 1kg it's a pretty standard weight but because the water goes into the separate tank it's really lightweight. At first I was pleased with the ironing although I was disappointed that the iron doesn't seem to release that much steam and when it does mine also seemed to be little small droplets of water all over my clothes. I thought maybe I was doing something wrong but after looking at the instructions again I realised everything was fine and the iron should of been working properly. Although the iron was disappointing I carried on with what clothes I had to do, because its light the iron is easy to use but I wouldn't say it made ironing in general any easier. The external water tank is handy because you don't have to refill it whilst ironing unless you're doing a really large load. Obviously as the two parts are separate it's heavy and harder to store than a regular iron but this is a problem for all steam generator irons. I continued to use the iron a few times but the problems still continued, so I took it back to Argos, they offered to exchange it but I opted for a refund and bought a different model.
As you can probably tell I've had quite a disappointing experience with this Swan Steam Generator Iron. In theory it's a well priced, simply designed iron which could be great but in practice it just isn't very good at all. The steam that comes out of the iron just isn't powerful enough and the water droplets that come from the iron are just annoying and because of this I definitely wouldn't recommend this iron to anyone.
The Swan SI4030GRN Steam Generator has a powerful 2200 watts and a fast heat up time of under 1 minute / It also has a 750 ml Detachable water tank / The Swan SI4030GRN Steam Generator has many features including a Vertical Steam function for easier ironing / The Anti-Lime Scale Filter means the iron lasts for longer and performs better / The Steam Generator has a Stainless Steel Soleplate which will glide smoothly along even though most stubborn creases / It also has a 65g/Minute Steam Surge.