I HATE ironing! It's my least favourite chore in the world. If money was no object I would either throw away all my clothes and buy new ones, or pay someone to launder my clothes every week. Unfortunately money IS an object, so ironing my clothes is the only option available. With the aid of my Tefal iron, ironing is STILL a chore, but it is a chore that is bearable and doesn't take me as long as it has in the past! ***What iron is it? *** My iron is a Tefal Ultraglide (the model number is 1689, but most of the Ultraglide are quite similar). I've had mine since we moved to this house in 1997 and it's still as good as it was when we first got it. Most irons don't seem to last as long as that; this one is really built to last! You will recognise my iron by looking for a predominantly white, sleek iron, with pale blue bits on it. ***What makes it so good? *** I find it quite difficult to "rave" about household appliances, but I am sufficiently enamoured of my Tefal iron. I know they aren't the most interesting of devices, but this one possesses a number of features that make it worth writing about. It is easy to use, convenient to operate, well made and long lasting; not bad for a mere iron! The best thing about it is that it uses tap water rather than some models that need distilled water. This makes it even more convenient because all I need is a cold tap (and electricity of course!). ***Features*** ~~ULTRAGLIDE SOLEPLATE~~ This feature makes the iron's bottom lovely and smooth (I wish Tefal could do the same for me), so that it glides over your clothes. It doesn't snag on fabrics whether you use it left or right handed, or whichever way you rotate the iron. I find that it is good on all types of material, from silk to denim, providing you get the temperature setting right. ~~AUTO-STEAM~~ This means that you can set the iron to emit steam automatica
lly, rather than having to keep pressing the steam button (See "Shot of Steam" below). This is good when I am ironing tough fabrics like denim or Alun's stubbornly creased rugby shirts! ~~~SHOT OF STEAM~~ I use this for when I only want short bursts of steam to iron out stubborn little creases. There is also a setting to vary the intensity of the steam, depending on how awkward the clothes are. ~~~WATER SPRAY~~ This is very useful for directing a spray of water onto fabrics that are hard to iron, or that need to be damp to iron properly. Just be careful not to press this accidentally when ironing things like silky fabrics, because it will leave unsightly water marks on them! ~~~SELF CLEAN FEATURE~~ A good send for us Little Miss Lazy housewives (e.g., me!)! The iron cleans itself, so I don't have to bother: COOL! As long as you remember to empty any water remaining in the water tank, when you've finished ironing, there is nothing else to do. I live in a soft water area, so I don't get much of a lime scale build up. Over time though (and in harder water areas) this could effect the iron's performance, so an iron that cleans itself has got to be a bonus! This will keep your iron working effectively for longer -well, mine IS about five years old and it is still going strong! ~~INDICATORS~~ So that you know exactly where you are there is an easy to read water level indicator: The water tank is see-through too, so you have no excuses! The minimum and maximum levels are clearly marked and the tank holds 200ml - more than enough water to provide steam for my basket of ironing. The temperature control light when the iron has reached the desired temperature, and the temperature and steam controls are clearly visible and easy to use. ~~TECHNICAL SPECS~~ This iron (according to the box) weighs 1.3kg and has 2.4m of cable. In user terms, that means that it isn?t heavy to use and
doesn 't make my arm ache! The cable is long enough for me to plug it in and still be able to stand in the middle of the room to watch the TV! That's the info you REALLY need to know. You might want to find out that it is 1600 watts, but all the rest of the information can be found by reading the "blurb" on the Tefal web-site (http://www.tefal.co.uk/tefal/) or at http://www.argos.co.uk where the product can currently be purchased for £33.95(I won't bore you with what you can easily read elsewhere!). ***Any bad points? *** Apart from the inconvenience of actually having to do the ironing myself there are no real bad things about this iron. My only real quibble is that it is quite difficult to fill the iron without dripping some down the side of the iron onto the cable. I did cause all the power to go in the house once because I didn't dry the cable enough before plugging in. There is a little jug like container provided, but the water tends to pour too quickly and bubble out of the aperture. If you make sure the cable (and side of the iron) and you hands are thoroughly dry before carrying on there is no problem. It is a safety issue that you may want to bear in mind though! My tip is to fill slowly and to pour Comfort Vaporesse (if you are using it) into the jug first, not straight into the tank of the iron. One bad point when weighed against so many good features - that's not at all bad is it? ***Final Thoughts*** Anything that makes ironing slightly more tolerable has got to be a good purchase in my eyes. At around the £34.00 mark it isn't the cheapest iron on the market, but it is by no means the most expensive model you could buy. The Tefal Ultraglide iron is a good mid-range iron that certainly earns its keep (and price tag) in our house! If this one goes I would not hesitate to replace it with a similar iron from the same manufacturer. I can't b
elieve tha t I managed to find so much to say about an IRON - That has got to be a recommendation for purchase in itself! ***For further company information go to http://www.tefal.co.uk/tefal/ *** @@@I AM SORRY THIS IS THE WRONG MODEL NUMBER FOR MY OPINION, BUT I WAS UNABLE TO GET THE RIGHT PRODUCT ADDED AT THE MOMENT. WHEN I CAN I WILL GET IT MOVED@@@@
I had an old Philips iron that worked wonders for me for a lot of years. However, it wasn't sturdy enough to survive being dropped on a concrete floor so I had to get a new one and got this and I'm so disappointed. Having bought Tefal products before and being well impressed by their quality I didn't really look at any other brands, but I should have. I'm on my 3rd now (warranty exchanges) and the main problem that I've had has been an amazing water leak problem. I fill it up with water and by the time it stops leaking the water level is just above the minimum level. In all fairness, it's quite easy to iron with once you get going, but with the amount of water I can fit in, I usually get two items of clothing done each time I try to iron. Needless to say, my husband and I have both become keen jumper wearers to hide our un-ironed shirts...
After once trying to iron a coat several times without moving a single crease, you can imagine my frustration. I went over to a friends house and tried her iron which was a tefal ultraglide and it took every crease out. Needless to say I went out and bought one straight away. I am now on my 3rd tefal iron due to my partner knocking the last 2 on the floor and breaking a small pice of concrete inside that holds it together. Tefal do several ultraglide irons in different price ranges. There is boost of steam and vertical iron which are supposed to be good at taking out the creases of things hung up such as curtains, but I have never really used this feature and I think when I did once use it, I didn't find it particularly effective. Ironing is incredibly smooth and you can get your ironing done in no time. You only use cold tap water even in hard water areas. There is a small descaling piece that you take out every so often and soak in vinager or lemon juice. It is a self cleaning iron and all you need to do is fill your iron with water and plug it in on the hottest setting. When the light goes off you hold it over the sink and push up the self cleaning button until all the water has come out the steam holes.
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