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I bought this steam generator Iron by Tefal last year and have very few regrets about the purchase, I have a friend who irons for a living and she had recommended I get one for ages. Im not too sure why I didnt bother or maybe I just thought that my little steam iron was good enough but when I needed a new one, I took a look at these.
I will be honest and say I really dont understand the differences between them all but I had figured that the really expensive ones may work somewhat better or faster, I had a limited budget and opted for the Tefal as not only did it look good but it was prices at £120 and that was the top end of my available cash. The iron looked good, white iron with purple handle and white casing with clear plastic (purple coloured) water tank. The unit sits on the ledge as its too big for the ironing board and the iron is used as nornal, although this doesnt actually hold any water but with the press of a button, releases steam from the main unit.
The iron feels very light in comparion to my normal iron so i was a little worried that there would be no weight on the clothes to flatten them into a good press but this is not actually what happens. The iron is not the press part of it, its the steam and boy does this thing steam! The tank is filled with 1 litre of cold water and you swith it on, the iron at this point is sitting on top of the tank and has a safety catch over the top end to prevent it from falling off I presume. Its a little like a kettle when you first switch it on as you can hear the element heating and the water must be boiling up, although when you see it in the tank it doesnt look like its boiled. It can take up to 5 minutes to heat up ready for use and an indicator light will flash initially you switch on and becomes constant when its okay to swing into action. You flick the catch off the top of the iron and you are ready to go, the cord is the 'Easy Cord' system that actually holds it ut of the way of the iron for ease of use and it does just that.
The tank unit itself has non slip base feet to enable you to manouevre pretty well on the board without fear of having this slide right off the top and the cord for the steam is quite long so you dont have to be on top of it to iron. When you start, you only press the button on the iron handle for steam as you actually iron so you are in full control of the steam, but be warned, the sole plate of the iron will get very hot as a normal iron would so will burn if accidentally touched. The soleplate on the iron is non stick and glides effortlessly across the clothes, easy to clean too if you do end up ironing something you didnt realise was going to stick.
The 4 bar steam generator of the Tefal unit generates 110g per minute and this is remarkably good, and you can adjust the amount of steam you need with the controls depending on what you are ironing. The whole unit is quite heavy at around 6lb and sits around 15 inches in length, 8 inches wide and 12 inches high so i tend to store it in my garage due to its bulk.
I have a few silk blouses that i am able to iron with this as it has a verticle steam facility and if you hang the clothes on a hanger and just steam them its brilliant. Ideal for curtains for this very reason.
Now for the down side, and there really is just 1 or 2, the steam generator really needs a well ventilated area due to the amount of steam it will put out whilst ironing, I tend to open the windows in the kitchen but you still get steamy windows in other rooms. Also, the steam is pushed out very fast by the iron and if you forget to move your hands quickly, you will get burnt, I have a few scars to rpove this (practice will make perfect though) and finally, there is a puddle underneath my ironing board whenever i finish an hours worth of ironing. I generally lay a towel under the board to prevent this and that works great.
I dont think I would change back to a normal steam iron now I have used this and I doubt any of the negative points I have raised would be different with any other generator so it really is what it is. Work around the negatives and you have an amazing iron that completed the workload in less than half the time. I noticed a massive difference in the time it takes to iron my families clothes each week and any time saved is a fantastic bonus for me.
If you have the money free then I would seriously consider buying a steam generator next time you need an iron, more importantly, the Tefal GV6920 Easy Cord Steam Generator Iron is definitely a great buy, good price and excellent results.
Tefal GV6920 Easy Cord Steam Generator Iron / Known for its unique 'Easy-Cord' system that frees you from the cord exit and prevents the cord from creasing newly ironed clothes the Tefal GV6920 Easy Cord Steam Generator Iron has excellent stability and safety thanks to the tilted iron rest and it?s anti slip pads / Also the lock system guarantees even more safety and as its a Tefal you know your are purchasing the number one range of steam generator irons on the market today / The GV6920 also has the unique Ultragliss Durilium soleplate that offers 4 major benefits: unrivalled glideability superior scratch resistance easy to clean and enables optimum steam diffusion / 1 litre boiler capacity Steam Pressure: 4.5 Bars Steam output: up to 110g/min Vertical steam: ideal for steaming curtains suits and delicate fabrics Variable steam settings for perfect steam performance depending on the fabric you are ironing Storage compartment for steam cord Cord wrap facility for electrical cord Comfort handle Power: 2300 watts / Short name: Tefal GV6920