When it comes to irons I am far from being an expert... When buying clothes one of the criteria I go by is if they will need to be ironed before wearing and if this is the case it is unlikely I will be buying them. But here and there there is a situation when I have no other choice but to buy the "must-be-ironed-before-wearing" clothes be it for a formal occasion or just that super nice looking dress that as a woman I can't resist.
This is the iron that is in my possession, the only iron I can compare it to is one of its predecessor that was in my family and I used occasionally (all seemed satisfied with it so this was a factor, price was another reason too).
It is built well enough, for a low price class iron it is really aesthetic (as far as irons go). It is sturdy.
As you might have guessed I really am not a fan of ironing, but it is a must here and there. This iron does the job done. It is "dummy proof" in my opinion, there is information for which fabric the heat setting is set on the iron itself so there is little chance on burning your wool (or something) with using the incorrect setting. Very handy for users such as myself.
The iron heats up fast enough (does not make me nervous while waiting so I think this is fast), would say it reaches the minimal heat in a matter of seconds (this is indicated with a light that turns off and a "click" sound).
The ironing itself is smooth as the name of the iron suggests (ultraglide) and an amateur user can easily operate the thing. The ironing results are good to, the cloths are well, well ironed.
Steaming works fine, I must admit though that I am not a frequent user of steam - I never fully understood the meaning of it or I just don't have the clothes that would require it (I remember mom always steamed fathers shirts). The steam is spread equally and there are no "drops" of water on the clothes (I have a vague memory of this from the far, far past :) and after a few moves with iron over the damp areas it easily dries.
I should also mention that this iron is quite light.
"Praise the iron"
Well I am satisfied with the iron (even more if I do not need to use it), I think it is good for "users" such as myself who do not use it often (not that I would know if it is bad if you use it constantly). I have it for a few years now and did not have any problems with it (I do use it "only" once or twice a month though).
I hope we will stay together for years to come but if it brakes one day I will probably be buying it's successor because I fell confident with the brand and the line. Smooth ironing rocks!
Short name: Tefal FV4180