Product Type: Tefal irons & sewing machines
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Hot and steamy
Tefal FV5150 Aquaspeed
Member Name: pamplem0usse
Tefal FV5150 Aquaspeed
Date: 14/08/10, updated on 14/08/10 (22 review reads)
Advantages: Fairly efficient, reasonably priced, reliable
Disadvantages: Less good with natural fibres, difficult to fill, creates alot of heat
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!
Summary: Effective enough iron....
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