As you would expect, its got a solid metal iron plate, and the rest if the iron is plastic. It is mainly white and purple in colour.
Unlike other irons why you have to carefully pour water into a small gap on the top of the iron, the base of this iron swings open allowing for a quick and easy refill. This hatch never comes upon during operation and so does its job well.
Does it work?
You can select on the top whether you use steam, or no steam at all. Assuming you use steam, the level of steam produced can be altered by turning a wheel below the handle. You can see the level on a small screen just above the handle. When it it is on full steam mode it can iron out any fabric item, it even works well on jeans. If it is on this setting, it can iron 5 shirts before it runs out of water, and if it is on minimum steam it can do 20 in one go. The water spray works just like other irons.
With some irons there can be a problem with over heating meaning you can't leave them on for too long. This iron can be left on for ages without a problem. Also, it is only the metal plate which seems to get hot, not the handle or rest of the body. The handle also contains a section of a really soft plastic/silicon so it is easy to hold for a while.
Other useful features.
The cord is actually quite long. With other irons you have to use an extension lead to iron all the way around the board, but you don't need to do that with this iron. It is moderately heavy, but easy to move and almost glides over shirts. It feels well built and durable.
Lightweight extra steamy ceramic sole plated iron, available from most retailers for in the region of £39.99 making it a middle-of the range iron.
In short: purple and iron like. The long version: Coming in light purple (as shown on the image) or dark purple in the main part (transparent allowing the volume of water to be seen), the iron has a silver coloured ceramic plate and white plastic structure. When not in use it sits on a stable feeling base (very important as irons can sometimes feel like they're just about to topple, especially if the position of the wire hasn't been well thought out. The temperature gauge is mounted under the iron handle and takes the form of a linear 'slider' rather than the more standard (and in my opinion more intuitive) circular design which illustrates gradations of heat according to material. Water to provide steam is added via a relatively large 'hole' in the base (taken to be what it stands on when not in use) and is operated via a button atop the iron (and easy reaching distance from the handle). Streamlined design with darker rubberised handle for extra grip.
As is often a problem with steam irons, adding water can be relatively fiddly (and a bit messy) resulting in much fizzing as it drips down the ceramic plate.
Ceramic plated irons are to be recommended for their quick heating-up and the even heat they provide, however they also retain heat for a long time making it very important that the iron is left to cool down well away from children. While metal based irons can rust, at least in my limited experience (a problem with the aforementioned drips) ceramics don't have this issue.
The wire is a good length (2m), making it ideal for the taller ironer (I often have trouble with iron cords not being quite long enough when my board is set up to the tallest setting).
While very effective when ironing man made fibres, I've noticed that it's somewhat less efficient when ironing cottons and denims - often requiring going over numerous times on the highest setting. Nevertheless, it's relatively smooth to iron with whatever the fabric.
I also find that the amount of steam produced has the effect of making me rather hot under the collar, and reluctant to iron on Summer days (well, I'm generally reluctant to iron, but more than usual!!)
The iron produces 0-40g variable steam and 120g/minute shots of steam. It takes around 300ml of water and the filling inlet on the bottom.
It has a filter fitted and operates at 2400W
Nevertheless a nifty product that enables me to get through my ironing fairly rapidly, without risk of burning any holes!
When my old trusty iron decided it was time to retire I went on the hunt for a replacement. After comparing many different models I settled on the Tefal Aquaspeed FV5150. The first thing I noticed was how light it was in comparison to my old iron. Things had certainly moved on since I had last purchased!
The feature I really like is the water tank. To fill up most irons you have a small hole at the pointed end which is difficult to top up with water. I usually spill it everywhere. Not so with the Acquaspeed. There is a large hole at the base, so you need to hold the iron pointing down to fill it up. It may seem awkward to start with, but at least you can fill it straight from the tap and a line shows when you have filled it to capacity.
The are several steam buttons performing different functions -
Spray button to moisten linens
Shot of steam to remove creases
Steam control for adjusting the flow of steam
Another useful function is vertical steaming which is handy if you want to iron something like curtains or jackets. The iron doesn't actually touch the article so it shouldn't harm the fabric. A safety feature of this iron is Auto Stop. Basically if the iron is left on its heel, in the vertical position, for more than 8 minutes, the Auto Stop warning light will flash. The same will happen if the iron is left vertical for more than 30 seconds.
The Aquaspeed has the usual thermostat control which can be used whether dry or steam ironing. I have also found the extra long cable to be a useful addition when ironing large items.
All in all, I am really pleased with my purchase.