I have had a number of Philips perfect care steam generator irons and have also had the luxury of trying the Tefal GV8960 alongside previous Tefal models. This is the Pro version and reasonably compact for a steam generator which is good news for home users with space at a premium.
Use is slightly more involved than the Philips ones but it gives you more control over heat with delicate/normal/jeans modes. Or low/medium/high. And there's also the auto optimal temp that balances the steam and heat to give the best combination depending on the task at hand.
The build quality of the Tefal is really very good and it is finished in a really pleasant blue and white combination.
The iron is extremely easy to use with three straight forward settings; Normal, Delicate and Jeans, offering a simple and effective range of temperatures that are needed to remove creases from all types of fabric. The iron itself is light and there’s no more achy hands from having to press down too hard to remove creases either. It also features a precision shaped tip for manoeuvring the iron around awkward parts of clothing such as buttons.
There is a vertical steam function which allows you to use the iron like a steamer and remove creases from hanging garments or curtains with ease. The Glide Protect Autoclean soleplate cleans itself, and after a month of use, I have not seen so much as a mark on any clothes that I have ironed (unlike my conventional iron).
The Tefal GV5245 Easy Pressing Steam Generator is a compact affordable and simple to use steam generator that still delivers great performance and fantastic results thanks to a wide range of features / The Tefal GV5245 Easy Pressing Steam Generator boasts 4.5 bars of pressure and a steam output of 90g/min which provides the power to get through ironing in no time and tackle even the most stubborn of creases.The Tefal GV5245 Easy Pressing Steam Generator also features a unique Ultraglide ceramic soleplate which promises an easier and smoother ironing experience thanks to its unrivalled glideability superior scratch resistance and easy cleaning / The ridged surface traps steam whilst reducing surface area contact to limit resistance when ironing making the Tefal Ultraglide expertly equipped to smooth even the most stubborn of creases.The steam and electrical cord storage and Safety Lock system coupled with the compact design make storing the Easy Pressing Iron a breeze and the large 1L water tank will give up to 1.5 hours continuous ironing.The Tefal GV5245 Easy Pressing Steam Generator also provides vertical steam which can be used on hanging garments such as suits or dresses and even curtains / There is also an ECO function helping you to save up to 20% energy /