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I have trusted Tefal in kitchen appliances for a while now and I am very pleased with my new iron produced by Tefal, which I bought recently. It looks great - quite compact and streamlined in appearance, and it performs very well, flattening creases out of clothes with great ease.
The iron comes in a box with the red Tefal logo on it. Inside is the iron along with the plug for the mains and an instruction leaflet. The cord attached to the iron is a good two and a half metres long, meaning it can reach quite a distance, which is always handy with an iron when you may have to place the ironing board a while away from a plug due to floor space. The wire is white and coated in a material meaning it won't easily get damaged by the heat if the ceramic iron accidentally touches.
The iron does in fact have a ceramic base, which provides an excellent source of heat to flatten out those creases. It contains many holes too for the steam to come through. There is a sliding scale on the main part of the iron beneath the handle to adjust the temperature to iron different sorts of clothes from cotton materials to more delicate ones including silk. There is a fantastic 2200 watts of power behind this iron meaning it usually reaches the maximum temperature for cottons in around 30 seconds or less, which is great if you're in a rush!
The iron also as a vertical steam capability, meaning you can simply steam clothes that may he hanging up whilst holding the ceramic soleplate perpendicular to the ground. This is great for keeping your suits nice and pristine and is also ideal for giving shirts a quick go over before you put them on if they have creased a little in your wardrobe! The iron can hold 300ml of water, which is a fair deal, although some irons may hold more. This isn't particularly great as this iron has enhanced steam power, able to pump out 40g/minute of steam and the button on top can activate a more powerful 100g/minute burst of steam from underneath.
You can fill up the water levels from the top near the front of the iron, or within a few seconds via a larger hole that opens at the rear of the iron. I usually get through a 3-4 shirts before I feel it needs filling up again just to give a good amount of steam. The iron has a large rear, which means you can hook it onto an ironing board or something else to store it once it has cooled down. Mine is black and white although I am aware you can get one in blue and white too. I quite like the design of mine as it looks rather streamlined and modern, like some kind of concept car... but it's an iron! Yes I am quite sad.
Come to think of it, the iron is very comfortable to handle for long periods of boring ironing! The handle has a sort of rubber cover to it, which has a good grip on it too. It's slightly soft to touch and very comfortable to hold, which makes ironing less unpleasant. The iron doesn't weigh a ton (like old fashioned irons) and it glides very smoothly over clothes. The pointed front end means you can easily reach into the corners between seams on shirts. The base is of a fair size, providing a good area to give your clothes a good iron from.
The iron can be purchased for £40-50 online, which is a lot cheaper than the RRP of about £100! This is a pretty good price for what is a good quality and reliable iron, with all the features you'd like. This iron even cleans itself to prevent limescale building up, and this has worked perfectly in my opinion as I have been using it for a few months and it hasn't had any problems at all. I'd certainly recommend it - Tefal are certainly a company to be aware of when it comes to kitchen and household appliances!
Short name: Tefal FV5180