“ An amazingly affordable iron! For the price, it performs well, looks tidy and is easy to use. Of course there are irons with more functions available, but for basic ironing, you can't go wrong. „
I rarely iron my own clothes but my boyfriends wears a shirt to work and so we have to iron them. I bought this iron around 18 months ago, as I got my own flat and had no household items, I therefore had to get everything as cheap as possible, so when I saw an iron at tesco for £5, I bought it straight away. This iron does the job but not very quickly, its very small, the lead is very short and it has no extra settings. Its basically just a hot piece of metal, that you attempt to flatten creases with. We have recently thrown this iron away and bought another for £40 which is 1000 times better. I wish I hadnt wasted a fiver on this tesco iron. Though if it is all you can afford, it is useful and can be made to work for you, as long as you're not in a rush or a perfectionist
I'll be honest I rarely iron! I have many clothes that don't seem to crease and anything that does I hang in the bathroom while I shower and the creases fall out from the steam. I did though decide to buy an iron as my partner needs one for his jeans which have alot of creases. Due to the fact he only wears jeans when we go out for a meal/ night out I didn't want to spend a fortune on an iron that would be used a couple of times a month.
Whilst shopping in tesco I spotted the iron for a bargain £5 which was a lot cheaper than what I was willing to pay. I was a bit hesitant as I thought at that price it must be absolutely rubbish but decided it was worth the risk.
When opening the box I was surprised at how small it was. It is only a £5 iron however nothing on the box indicated that it would be more travel size than a full size iron. The iron itself is very basic just a heat and steam adjustment which is all I really expected.
I decided to use the iron straight away to see if it worked. It certainly didn't!! The cable is really short which makes it difficult to iron. It also didn't get any creases out of the jeans at all. I tried the steam as I thought that might help to get the creases out but it didn't it just leaked water everywhere. I tried several times with a lot of force pressing down but it didn't make any difference. I decided to try ironing a simple top with just a few light creases and it seemed to get most of those out. Since I only needed the iron for jeans it was pointless me keeping it so I gave it to a friend as I didn't want to waste money by putting it in the bin.
I know people are probably thinking what did you expect for £5 and to be honest I'm not at all surprised it didn't work. Whenever I buy anything now I think if it is that cheap it is too good to be true
When it comes to irons I seem to be cursed. I can buy the most expensive and it still break on me so this time I went to Tesco store and brought cheapest iron I could find which was the Value iron at £4.99 I didn't mind if it lasted only a few months.
The box was plain and boring with a white background and red writing. Inside the box came the iron, instructions and a water jug for filling up the steam section.
The iron seemed to be smaller than the named ones I have owned in the past. But the style of it didn't give the impression that it was only a £5 iron from a value range. The Iron was mainly white with a translucent purple section on the top so you can see the water reservoir.
The dial on top adjusts the temperature and on the handle are 2 buttons - 1) gives out a burst of steam from the base 2) squirts water from a hole at the front of the iron.
The cable is approximately 2m long which was long enough to manoeuvre the iron across the ironing board at different angles.
I have now owned this iron for nearly 2 years and I can't fault it, it works just aswell as any other iron I have owned and has much more stamina. The iron gets warm quickly allowing for me to do a quick iron of clothes before work/nursery/going out if needed.
I am not an iron snob at all the reason I used to buy named expensive ironing is because I thought they'd last longer and make ironing easier but I have been proven wrong. This iron is excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
I purchased this Iron after I seem to keep breaking any other iron I have bought, I don't know what I do but I seem to break them more than anything else in the house :o I have tried buying irons at £10-£15 all the way up to £50-£60 and still seem to drop them/break them/have rubbish steam and generally a waste of money. I recently came across Tesco's Value steam iron at £3.78 and thought at that price its worth trying even if it only lasts a month!
First impressions when taken from its box, it does feel cheap and light well to me anyway. The power cord is long though and I have had no problems of it not "reaching" or being a hassle. It has the circle dial with several different temperature settings, as well as a button on the handle for an extra boost of steam.
The packaging is rather basic and inside has the iron, instructions and a small water jug to fill up the iron.
Type: Steam iron
Plate Type: Non-stick
Power (W): 1300
Water Capacity (ml): 150
Product Height 12.5 Cm
Product Width 24.3 Cm
Product Depth 9.9 Cm
Product Weight 0.8 Kilogram
Assembled Height 12.5
Assembled Width 24.3
Assembled Depth 9.9
Assembled Weight 0.8 Kilogram
I iron everything in this house, at least 2 hours a day of ironing from adults clothes to kids clothes to bedding/curtains everything. I think that the Tesco Value Iron works just as well as any iron I have used,if not better considering the price! The plate gets hot quickly, it's non stick, the dial works well to regulate the temperature and the steam functionality gives a good burst of steam which doesn't soak the item you're ironing which always seemed to be the thing that broke first on my other iron.
As I said the iron is available from Tesco, although locally its only in the larger stores, but the price does seem to vary between £3.48 and £4.99 still at this price a huge bargain in my opinion.
Overall I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a good all round iron, with a good steam and several temperatures.
I bought this recently as I needed a cheap replacement iron to keep at the caravan as after 8 years of use ours had broken (suppose I cant complain really!)
I didn't want to spend a lot of money on one as we are only there at the weekends and don't have many things to iron so I was happy when I saw this in my local tesco store.
The iron was less than £10 which I thought was great. It was still quite powerful with power of 1200kw so I thought id give it a whirl.
I wasn't expecting much really but was quite impressed when I first opened the iron as it didn't look cheap and nasty as I had expected for the price. The iron is fairly basic the one I got was blue and white.
The iron has different settings which I thought was good and wasn't really expecting for such a cheap iron. It can therefore iron a variety of different fabrics from silk to cotton. It has a section where you can pour water in and also a steam function which is great for those hard to iron fabrics.
I have been impressed by how easy to use the iron is and it doesn't snag on your clothes at all it glides over them really nicely. The iron heats up really quickly so you can use it almost straight away after switching it on.
I am really impressed with the iron it has been great so far I wouldn't have noticed any real difference in performance from the more expensive one I have at home. It gets creases out really well and is gentle on the more delicate fabrics.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a cheap iron that does a good job.
I originally purchased a Tesco Value Iron for my nephew who was just about to go to uni, however whilst it was sitting there in the box, my own faithful iron decided to go kaput! So I decided to use the Tesco Value Iron and then replace it for my nephew, as my husband desperately needed his work shirts ironing!
**Price and Availability**
The Tesco Value Iron is available from most larger Tesco stores and from Tesco Direct (you can click and collect in store or pay a postage and packing charge of around £4). The iron itself fluctuates in price, not by much, but I paid £4.96 for it in September 2012. At the time I was amazed you could get an electric steam iron for less than a DVD or a good bottle of wine!
**What's in the Box**
The box, which is white with the iron on it and 'Tesco Value Iron' (note, they are changing from Tesco Value to Tesco Everyday Essantials so the packaging may change), and in it you get the iron with plug and a small instructional leaflet. It also comes with a tiny plastic jug for pouring water into the iron.
I wouldn't say from it's looks that the Tesco Value Iron particularly looks like a value iron, it's very nice to look at. The iron is white plastic with a slightly transparent dark purple body, in which you can see how much water is in the iron for the steam functionality.
There is a dial on the back of the iron which adjusts it's temperature and a button on top of the handle for a burst of steam. The ironing plate is a shiny stainless steel with steam holes in a V formation.
The cord and plug are white. Overall this looks like a really nice iron and doesn't look or feel cheap at all.
I mainly use any iron for my husband's cotton work shirts and trousers, and the occasional piece of clothing for myself and my toddler daughter (though to be honest I buy as much as possible non-iron to save time!) So my experience is mainly on cotton shirts and suit trousers. I have found that the Tesco Value Iron works just as well as any iron I have used, and my last iron was about £30. The plate gets hot quickly, it's non stick, the dial works well to regulate the temperature and the steam functionality gives a good burst of steam which doesn't soak the item you're ironing.
Overall the ironing quality is nothing short of excellent and I mean that as an iron - not just a value iron. The fact it cost only a fiver is frankly amazing and just adds to my high opinion of it.
I highly, highly recommend the Tesco Value Iron. I kept it, and it's still going strong, and replaced it with the same one for my nephew (and his is still going strong, too, however it may be due to low use ;) )I can't believe you can buy such a decent iron for only a fiver and if I have to buy another in a few years I'll still feel I've had my money's worth and I'll still replace it with the same iron.
I'll never buy an expensive iron again! Five stars out of five from me.
I have been working full time now for around 18 months, and now quite frankly it wouldn't matter how expensive/cheap and how many gadgets an iron had to it, there would be no getting away from the fact that I simply do not have enough hours in my life to be standing at an ironing board doing such a mundane chore.
I am a stickler for folding and hanging up clean washing as I go along, and I now iron the bare minimum. - and if I can improve on this set-up then I will try to do so!
When my last iron needed replacing, sometime around four or five years ago - off I popped to Tesco (I live in a rural area and getting to a Tesco Superstore is considerably easier than getting anywhere else, also I am a clubcard addict)
The Tesco Value IR11 Steam Iron was on sale there - today (February 2013) it is on sale at £5, and I think a couple years ago I paid the same sort of amount... seriously you do wonder how on earth an electrical item like that can be made for that amount.. Tesco obviously make a profit, the manufacturer makes a profit and there are bound to be middle-men/suppliers involved in the chain too...
I wasn't expecting much to be honest, the iron I had before had been a brand named model and was not the basic model either - but it was an item that I just did not want to spend a lot of money on.
As I then discovered, an Iron is an Iron.... you grumble for some time that you have to do the chore, you put it off for as long as possible, eventually you get the ironing board out and get the job done - and that's exactly what this basic iron does - it gets the job done.
I like the colours - it is pink and white.
It has a see through water case, so that you can see when you are running low of water
It has variable steam settings
It has variable heat settings
It is .8 kg, so nice and lightweight (this is 800 grammes - 0.800kg)
Holds 150ml of water, so you don't need to be topping it up every couple minutes
It has a non stick plate, which to be fair seems effective, as long as you are aware of the heat setting certain fabrics need to be ironed on, then clothes will not stick to the plate.
This iron heats up very quickly, within twenty seconds I would say. It don't recall it coming with a water dispenser, but as it was a budget price, it really wasn't important to me one way or the other, I use my plastic jug to fill the water up inthe iron, that way it doesn't drip - to fill it up from the tap would be ok, but possibly somewhat messy... maybe...
The steam facility works well, I am happy with the way it squirts steam and direct water over the clothes I am ironing.
I tip the iron upside down over the sink to drain any excess water left - so that I make sure that each time I use the iron I fill it up with fresh water..
I personally feel that this iron is every bit as good as the more expensive model that I had previously.. although that model was probably around 15 years old so an "old" good one and a new "budget" one do not make a fair comparison.... that said, I don't need to compare... I am happy with it and if it wer to break I would not hesitate buying the same one again.
The model currently on sale is advertised as purple, as I say mine was pink - but that is the only thing that has changed in the last couple years.
So in conclusion, I spent £5 to help me do a job I totally detest, when I could have spent up to £50, or even more.... I don't see the need.
This iron is lightweight, and with its variable steam and variable heat settings it works absolutely perfectly. I am not a heavy user, but so far it has lasted around four years.
I bought this iron because it was cheap and I'm already a uni student and don't want to turn myself into a cliche (starving uni student joke).
This iron doesn't really stand up on it's own, it balances, but not steadily enough that I'd leave it propped up on the board while waiting for it to cool down. Instead, when I've finished using it, I quickly run the the metal plate under cold water until it cools down enough to be put away, so it's a minor inconvenience at worst.
It works as well as your average iron, but is a little bit smaller like the one my family keeps in the caravan. The small size doesn't bother me, I only have a couple of items that need to be ironed and barely iron once a fortnight. However if you have a lot of ironing to do it might take you longer, however I have no idea how much longer it might take. It does have the added benefit that it fits into smaller gaps than the iron back home does.
Tesco Value Iron - IR11
Recently my trusty iron broke and because we are into December I don't have the spare cash at the moment to go off and buy something expensive, so I decided between now and probably Jan/Feb that I would buy a really cheap iron to keep us going until after the festive period. When looking in my local Tesco store I noticed their value range of household products and nestled among them was the Tesco Value Iron retailing for only £5. I didn't even think twice and in went the iron beside the rest of my shopping, I should have probably given it more thought...
When I got home and opened the box the first thing I noticed about the Tesco Value iron was how light and small it is. The iron is much more the size of a typical travel iron than a regular sized iron. It is also very plain looking and doesn't have very many features but it did have the basic heat and steam adjustments along with a water squirt at the front. Overall it looks nice, but basic and I do like the purple colour Tesco have used.
Now for the important question - Does it work?
So as a basic, basic iron this will get rid of most wrinkles and creases from your clothes, or at least as long as they aren't overly crumpled. It does work as an iron it just doesn't go any further than the absolute basic. On a plus side I did find that the iron glided well over most of the material I used it on.
There is an option to use this as a steam iron and to a certain limited extent you can control how much steam is released while in use. However, the steam option in my opinion is a complete waste of time, it just leaks water everywhere and drips, it's less like steaming your clothes and more like drenching them. But then for £5 I was surprised to find an iron, let a lone a steam iron and I think Tesco might have been wise to have just opted to not include the steam element.
Another negative for me was that the iron has a rather small length of cable, which meant I couldn't place my ironing board in my usual position, because if I did I then couldn't reach all the areas of the clothes that I needed. It's a nuisance but then the length of the cable does reflect the iron's travel size proportions. It's just a nuisance that I hadn't really considered when buying an iron but something that I will look into in the future.
My absolute biggest pet hate with the iron was the standing base. I found it to be unsafe, when in use the base doesn't adequately support the iron and it can easily be toppled over. Also the cable didn't go flat enough so that you often had to press it down to make sure that it was out of the way and not causing the iron to be leaning on its base. It just felt like a danger. Usually when I do my ironing I just leave my two dogs to do what they are doing, they are pretty good at avoiding the ironing board, they know it's a no go area or they will get yelled at (and I never ever leave them in a room unsupervised with a hot iron). But because I nearly knocked the iron over more than once I had to put the two pooches into the kitchen as I was just too worried about the stability of it to even risk them walking near it.
As I have already mentioned the iron does have adjustable heat settings, but I have not found much of a difference it seems to stick to one temperature and that is what you have to work with. However, the temp is suitable for most of the clothes I have iron and if I have been in any doubt or needed a slightly lower temperature I have just ironed that item under a tea towel.
I only paid £5 for the Tesco Value Iron and I really wouldn't have wanted to pay more. But for my money I do feel like I have got a good enough stop gap iron, there is just no way that I would want this to be my only long term iron. The small nuisances just all add up to something that is awkward to use and makes ironing far more of a chore than it can be.
Now admittedly I may have been expecting too much from this iron, I have become accustomed to something a lot better and much more functional for a range of ironing requirements. This iron is basic, very basic but that can be a plus point for someone who only wants an iron on the off chance that they might need to use one on occasion rather than someone like me that regularly settles in front of the TV to do this week's load.
Personally I think I may be a bit on the generous side awarding the Tesco Value Iron two out of five stars but I do feel that you get exactly what you pay for with this Tesco Value iron. It's basic, doesn't entirely work well but it will get the wrinkles out of your clothes, it just makes doing so a bit more of a struggle than a more expensive iron would.
Nope, as I personally wouldn't buy this iron again. But I could understand why it might appeal to people who only iron once in a blue moon or students on a very tight budget. As for me I intend to save my pennies for a while and buy something much more functional, reliable and usable.
Some extra details that people might want to know (can also be found on Tesco's website):
Product Height 12.5 CM
Product Width 24.3 CM
Product Depth 9.9 CM
Water Capacity 150 ML
Power 1300 W
===Why I Bought This===
Well the old iron I had was a free gift from some catalogue - so it was not expensive to begn with - then it would not do steam properly and the cable was getting kinked -and the final straw was spilling mould killer over it when cleaning out a cupboard - so I had a good excuse to throw it away.
Not doing much ironing (husband is moslty at home in the garden and son is a student) so I looked online when doing my grocery shopping and this iron came up at under £4 - so I could not go wrong. they have quite a few other irons on the grocery pages of their website but this basic one was good enough for me.
Tesco Value range.
Variable stream iron 1300 watts.
Produced in China for Tesco.
White iron with translucent pink/lilac section in centre.
Comes in a cardboard box with the usual 5 blue stripes branding.
Comes with little plastic water jug to fill and also a User Manual.
Iron is 9 x 5 inches - iron plate is 3.75 x 7 inches.
Comes with 12 months warranty.
*2 buttons on top - one for shot of steam and other to spray.
*Lever for steam control.
Well when you get this out of the box you will be surprised by how small and dinky it is - so check the measurements. before you buy
It pretty much resembles a travel iron rather than a fully fledged normal house iron. However as this comes in at under £4 it is quite good value.
The little jug that comes with it measures the water to add to the iron's reservoir and personally I quite like the pink colouring on it. After having my old iron be temperamental about giving out any steam at all this one is a pleasure to use. You can steam, spray or turn off the steam altogether if you wish.
My old iron had only been a free gift form some catalogue so was not the best in the world but had worked fine until a short while ago. Luckily I was able to order this iron online with Tesco Grocery so I did not even have to pay postage as I would have had to do with Tesco Direct.
For me this iron is fine - as my husband is mostly in the garden and only needs the odd shirt ironed and son is a student who thinks nothing needs ironing I can get away with doing very little - mostly just my blouses and skirts - therefore the fact that this iron is smaller than normal and lightweight does not present a problem - though if I had vast amounts of ironing to do I think I would want a larger and more sturdier iron.
For the price this works fine and is good if you were on your own or do not need to use it for long periods of time - for the odd few items it does the job adequately for me - it would also be good for anyone travelling or just as a stop-gap if your main iron broke. It is also compact so is easy to store.
Not one that would replace a large main iron if you were doing piles of ironing but it works for me. The spray works ok and the steam comes out fine and stops when you rest the iron back on its 'heel'.
Personally I was never one who ironed everything anyway and the less I can get away with doing the better. Not being too well now either I would only be doing a few pieces at a time now anyway to break the ironing task up so I am happy with my little iron.
4 stars - for what it is - a basic and cheap model - but may be too small for some.
===Would I Recommend?===
Yes. For an iron that is cheaper than buying a magazine you cannot go wrong.
Short name: Tesco IR11