Product Type: Tesco irons & sewing machines
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cheap little iron, wouldn't want to pay more for the chore
Tesco IR11 Value Iron
Member Name: madeindevon
Tesco IR11 Value Iron
Date: 07/02/13, updated on 07/02/13 (53 review reads)
Disadvantages: the chore
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.
Summary: why pay more for something that does the same thing?
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