I have had this iron for years now and it is still working very well. I initially bought it from Tesco for around £12. As a student doctor, I have to iron many shirts for my placements - this iron came in very handy for this laborious task! Although reasonably cheap, it is a decent quality iron. The steam works effectively to iron out those creases.
The iron came in a rather plain cardboard box displaying the iron and some other functions of the product. Inside is the iron itself along with some instructions for use.
The iron has a white and light blue colour scheme, and looks rather small and compact compared to some modern high-tech irons, which seem to be twice the size! I like the design - the way the handle curves over the settings dial from the back to the front of the iron with a streamlined effect. On the front are two buttons - one is for spraying water, the other for steam. These buttons both work fairly well, although I have to press the steam one a few times to get it going before the steam comes out. The water sprays out fairly evenly, which is good rather than a more definite spray which would just wet your clothes and maybe cause marks. Just in front of this is an open hole where you fill the iron up with water to power the steam function. Usually irons have a cap here, but I don't see this as a limitation considering this iron has no cap. The water seems to flow in and is kept in its place without leaking, even if you then stand the iron upright.
The settings dial beneath the handle consists of settings for all fabrics - cotton, silk and all the rest. Following this guide, I have never damaged my clothes having used the right settings. The dial easily turns round and clicks into place on each setting. A light on the rear side of the iron indicates when the iron is heating up. The wire is around 1.5m or so long and plugs into the mains. It has a protective coating, which is iron-resistant meaning you won't burn through the wire and end up with a nasty accident.
The iron heats up very quickly once plugged in - it only takes around 30-40 seconds. It is then ready for use! It works very well, ironing out all creases with reasonable ease. Some tougher creases will require more effort with the iron with some added pressure and repeated irons over the crease. The use of the steam button in conjunction with the water spray works well together in tackling some tougher creases.
The iron is easy to maintain and mine has been fine since I bought it, and I use it a lot! There has been no build up underneath or inside the iron. In conjunction with a reasonable ironing board, you can certainly get the job done with this iron without spending a heck lot more money. It does the job, and does it well. The multiple settings for various garments, the steam and water spray functions as well as its good price make it the perfect pick if looking for an effective iron on a budget.
For this cheap price I think this iron is the best you can get. I have been using it for 2 years and it is still working properly. It has only the basic features which is okay for me because I don't even use all of them. You can iron nylon, wool, silk, cotton, linen and acrylic. The iron is quiet light so it is easy to use. The only thing I can complain about this iron is its short cable. It would be just perfect iron for me if only it had a long cable. This iron is perfect for the students for those who have little budget for households appliances.
As I've had nothing but good experiences with the Tesco value range when it comes to household appliances I decided that I'd try out their iron when my previous one was no longer working. The Tesco value household appliances can usually be found in the superstores and it's very rare to find them in the metro or slightly smaller supermarkets.
I picked up my Iron for just under £5, this was great at the time as money was tight (like always) and I didn't have much more than that to spare anyway. Compared to other irons on the market the Tesco iron is just a fraction of the price and immediately reasonable value.
Don't expect anything too spectacular with this product, it has a simple design, simple functions and no new gimmicks and gadgets built in. Personally I didn't find the simplicity of the iron an issue at all, in fact it was quite refreshing to avoid all of the unneeded nonsense. That being said, you can get these irons with a coloured section creating a two toned design, I thought this was quite funky however if you like keeping to a strict colour scheme with your appliances you may find this as an issue.
The iron is of a reasonable size, great for taking on caravan holidays or when you're going on a short break somewhere due to its compact design. The cord also wraps around the iron well which makes it easier and tidier to store.
The iron is a cord iron which needs to be plugged into the mains; I found the cord to be fairly short so I had to find a socket which can have the ironing board very close to it. Other than the length I didn't have any major issues with the function of the cord.
The iron has two buttons on the top, one to let steam out and one to spray water on the garment being ironed, you won't need to read the instructions to get the hang of these, they're very much straight forward and fool proof. To get the water into the iron is pretty much like any other iron, there's a little hole where you can slowly pour water (ideally using a thin spout), be aware that this can be quite annoying as it has a tendency to overflow.
The iron works well, not amazingly, but it gets the creases out eventually, usually after gliding over the fabric a few times but it does get there. It's not an ideal product for those who are in a rush, however if you have the time and patience to work into the garments then you'll get along just fine.
This product is great value for money, it's not the best looking or best performing but it does everything you would expect from an iron and at just £5 you really can't complain!
When my iron broke about 4 years ago I decided to buy this one to keep me going until I could afford a decent iron. Well, 4 years on and I still have this iron, I have to admit I don't really use it any more as my mother gave me a brilliant iron a few months ago which I now use.
It isn't called a Tesco Value range for nothing - this iron set me back a mere £4.47 and considering I used it a lot over the last few years and it is still working as well as it did the day I got it I think it was one of my best buys.
Considering it is a cheap iron, I don't think it looks too cheap. It has blue plastic in the middle where the temperature dial is, you can see through this so it is easy to see the water level when filling it up. The rest of the iron is a white plastic and it looks pretty good.
There are two buttons on the top, one which lets out a burst of steam and the other which sprays a small bit of water out of the front of the iron. There is also a red light on the iron which comes on when you plug in the iron and goes off when the iron has reached the temperature required which is set by you on the dial. It is also helpful that there is writing on it to show you where to turn the dial to for cotton, silk and other fabrics.
To fill up the iron just use a jug to pour water into the hole on the top of the iron, I find you have to pour the water in quite slowly or the water will flow over rather than going into the iron as the hole is a little on the small side. This wasn't an issue though.
The iron glides over clothing with little effort and I find the end result as good as any really.
The iron is on the small side which isn't always a bad thing, it is easy to story without taking up too much space. I do find with my larger iron it doesnt take as much time but the larger iron doesn't go as well into the small parts of clothing such as pleats, sleeves and childrens clothes. Due to the small size of the iron it is also lightweight and therefore good for anyone with weakness in the arms, hands or wrists.
I find the cord a little shorter than I would like, I also find this with my new iron though, I think I was so used to using my mothers cordless iron before I moved out that now I find all iron cords just get in the way.
Overall I think the Tesco Value brand is excellent, I have had the toaster, toasted sandwich maker and this iron and each one has lasted well and is very good value for money. You may not get some of the extra fancy features you might get with expensive branded products but each item I have had has served its purpose well.
When it comes to the noble art of ironing, I'm the first to admit that I have little experience. In fact, it was only during the last decade that I invested in my first iron - the 'Tesco Value IR06'. Being a male I don't need a wealth of extravagant features on my device - I just want it to heat up and be able to press my clothes flat. To be honest, I wasn't even too bothered that it's a steam iron - but then the majority of new irons are these days.
Price & Appearance
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Costing only £5, the 1110 watt IR06 it actually not the newest of Tesco's Value irons - it has recently been superseded by the equally non-imaginatively titled IR08 which is available for a similar price. Appearance wise, the iron is pleasant enough with a transparent blue upper section that allows you to see how much water is inside. The trim is white around the iron's base and across the top of the handle - to be honest, it doesn't look especially like a Value product. A large and easy to turn dial sits under the handle, whilst the top of the handle sports two buttons - one for releasing steam, and the other for a squirting out a nice jet of water. Speaking of water, it's added to the iron via a small hole at the front - the capacity isn't shown on the device, although the documentation informs me that it's 130ml.
Settings & Performance
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Once you've set the dial (options available are acrylic, nylon, silk, wool, cotton or linen), the iron takes a *fairly* long time to reach the selected temperature - perhaps four or five minutes to get the hottest setting. I personally feel that it's not an unreasonable time to have to wait - besides, I'm never in any rush to do the ironing! You'll know when it's ready to roll when the red LED on the iron's side goes out. In terms of the iron's performance, i've found that it works very well, although as I mentioned in my opening paragraph, I don't have a lot of experience with other irons so my comparative skills may be lacking - It's certainly good enough for my shirts and trousers, and the stainless steel non-stick plate seems to glide across fabric with relative ease.
The Downsides & Final Analysis
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The iron is comfortable to hold, and isn't especially heavy - although this could potentially be classed as a minus point, as there are those out there who swear that the weightier ones are more effective. Other downsides include the fact that the cord is fairly short, making the use of the iron difficult if you don't have easily accessible plug sockets. Finally, a couple of times during use i've noticed that the base has slightly leaked - not a lot, but a definite dribble on my clothing. Overall, despite it's couple of annoyances, I would still recommend the IR06 due to it's general performance and very small price tag - if you simply want something to get the creases out of your clothes, you won't go too far wrong here.
The first time we bought this iron, we bought it solely because they didn't have the other one we usually buy (the pink-purple Tesco's value iron) and we needed to iron some clothes for a formal event and, just as luck would have it, the previous one we had no longer worked. This was a couple of years ago and we still have the iron today, showing that it lasts a long time. It has been used on a regular basis as well, probably once a week at least, during that time.
When we purchased it, the cost was only around £7 so we thought this was fairly reasonable given that the one we normally purchased was about £5 so it was only slightly more and we thought it wouldn't really make that much difference. However it has certainly lasted considerably longer than the previous one did and, to be honest, I prefer the colour of it as well.
It came in a box with the typical Tesco value colouring of red, white and blue. The main bulk of the box was white and it had red and blue writing and logo on it. The box itself wasn't much bigger than the iron which I thought was good because it meant that there wasn't an excess amount of packaging. The fact that it was just in a box without any plastic was quite good as well because it meant that it was entirely recyclable.
The iron itself is made of plastic, with a white plastic shell covering most of it apart from a blue middle part which makes it stand out quite well. The blue part is see through so that you can see the water inside and know if it needs to be refilled which is another bonus with this iron, having had ones without this feature in the past and run our of water without knowing it. The iron isn't too heavy which means that my mum, who has a back problem and therefore can't lift anything heavy, can lift it. This is another bonus because it means putting it on the top shelf of the cupboard won't be too problematic either.
There is a dial beneath the handle which is in white (so that it stands out from the blue part and is easy to read). This dial is what is used to set the steam level. There are also two buttons for ejecting water or a steam spray. The lack of too many buttons is a good thing to me because it stops the iron being too complex to use.
As for how well it irons, it is very good at getting creases out of heavy materials such as jeans. It removes creases well from shirts for those smart occasions - the main reason we bought this. It is also very good for big items such as sheets. It is very good at removing creases in general. It keeps it's temperature well (provided the heat dial is kept at the desired temperature and that it isn't knocked out of place somehow when you're ironing).
In my opinion this iron is ideal for anyone on a budget, such as those going away to university or first time buyers looking for some household appliances. It works well and lasts a long time without getting warn, although it doesn't look like the most expensive thing out there. It is easy to operate and in general is a good, solid piece of household equipment. However if you have more money and are looking for something more complex, this definitely isn't the sort of thing you want due to how basic it is and the cheap look it has about it.
In my first year of university, I realised quite quickly that I was going to need an iron as otherwise I would have very creased clothes! As I didn't want to spend a fortune, I went to Tesco to find the cheapest on possible. I ended up buying this "Value" range one, for the tiny price of £6.
It came in a white box no bigger than the iron itself and inside was the iron and a small water container. The iron is made of a clear blue plastic in the middle and then an opaque white plastic on the top and bottom. Through the clear plastic, you can see how much water is in the iron, which is a very handy feature. On the front of the iron, there is a dial that adjusts the steam and then 2 buttons that can be pressed to eject either steam or a spray of water. Under the handle is a dial, which is used to set the temperature of the iron. It can be set from Min → Max and has labels on it for the following fabrics: Acrylic, Nylon, Silk, Wool, Cotton and Linen. The cable extents from the rear of the iron and is attached by a piece of plastic that swivels to allow for easy cable manoeuvrability. The cable is 1.5m long with a standard 3-pin plug on the end.
Unlike some more expensive irons that I have used at home, this one is quite light in comparison. It doesn't have all the features that more expensive models do, but it has the basic range of features needed for a low cost steam iron. The bottom of the iron is smooth with lots of small holes for steam to come from if needed, which is good as it allows an even flow of steam across clothing. Water is really easy to pour into it, as there is a large hole on the front that lets you pour water into. For the price I paid, the temperature dial seems to work quite well as setting it on the Cotton temperature seems to work for most fabrics. I find that it will work out most creases with not too much work. I do find that you need to work a bit harder to get creases out with this cheap model, but not much more.
I have had this for 3 years now and have used it most weeks on t-shirts, trousers and shirts and it works on all very well. It is still working like it did as new and I have never experienced any problems with it in the past. I have looked on Tesco website and have seen they no longer sell this model, however they do now have a couple of updated versions that are about £10.
If you are on a budget and need a reliable steam iron, then I would recommend that you have a look at this one as it is good for the money and does what it is meant to. Overall I will give it 4/5 as it lacks some features of more expensive models and you need to put a bit more work in to get all creases out.
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My boyfriendis currently doing a pgce teacher training course, and as part of his course he spends two days a week in a local secondary school. Naturally, it's important for him to turn up to work looking smart, with a freshly ironed shirt, in order to set a good example for the students.
As we prepared to iron his shirt ready for his first day of placement, it became clear that my iron, which had been mainly left in the cupboard for the last couple of years, did not want to work. With it being 7pm and the majority of local shops being shut, the easiest solution was to nip along to Tesco , which has a large electrical section, and grab an iron from there.
I picked out the Tesco Value Iron, which cost just 4.97. It was a few days before payday, meaning we were trying to make out last bit of money stretch, and I figured if it wasn't great I could buy a better iron when I got paid.
It's fairly attractive looking, mainly white with a translucent pale blue panel that loks quite comtempory in design, and allows you to see the water level inside the iron . To put water in, you pour it in through an opening in the nose of the iron - the opening is quite small, so I think you ideally need some sort of funnel or narrow lipped jug to get the water in without dripping it everywhere. This iron has a water capacity of 130 ml.
The controls arew pretyt simple, with a twisty dial on the main body of the iron allowing you to select your power settings . For an additional burst of steam, there is also a button on the nose of the iron near the handle .
This iron does take a littlw while to heat up fully - I tend to just leave it for 5 minutes to do it's thing . Actually ironing with this is very easy, as it just glides over the clothes, but this iron does have quite a small ironing surface, so ironing takes a little longer to cover the area . There is power indicator showing when this is on, and the cable is a decent length. Cleaning this is a simple matter of wiping own the plate after use.
Overall, considering this is a budget product, it does the job fairly well . I'll probably be upgrading to an iron with a bigger plate in the future just for the sake of speed, but , for its price, I'm, hard pressed to find anything to moan about with this.
I thought I'd best get an iron for university as my shirts needed to look good for the various placements and formal events I went to. When I did a massive shop in Tesco, I decided to get their value iron and it turned out to be alright! It's certainly not the best iron on the market, but it does it's job and is nice and simple to use.
Without an ironing board, I had to use this iron on clothes, which were placed on a folded up towel. It wasn't the best ironing surface so this could have affected the iron's performance! I only ever had one accident with the iron when it fell iron side down onto the carpet and I quickly picked it up but it had bits of fluff all matted onto the iron, which were hard to get off (especially when hot) and this wasn't ideal in a rush as all the fluff would rub onto or mark the clothes you are ironing!
This was my fault however but the iron isn't perfect. The cord seems a tiny bit short - luckily I had an extension lead on the floor from where it was plugged in. The iron also seems to give out an unreasonable amount of water sometimes, which fails to come out as steam. It's as if there's a leak, and then you have to iron the wet part several times to dry it a bit. The iron does actually have a spray and steam function though, so you can spray water onto clothes to help iron out harder creases and the steam function works similarly.
The iron has a scroll wheel, which can be adjusted depending on the heat you want to produce for the material you are ironing. Cotton is towards the top end, which I usually use. It doesn't seem as powerful and good as my iron at home as it takes a while to get out some creases! The shape of the iron is good though with a sharp pointy front and smooth but crisp edges to get into the corners of materials.
The water is filled up with a little hole towards the front of the iron. It can take quite a bit of water but the capacity isn't as large as other better irons. With there being an open hole at the top, the water can actually leak if it's the wrong way up too or too full, so you must be careful after using it with storage. There is also a red light on the side, which tells you when the iron has reached the temperature it's set to. The cord itself does have a protective lining to shield it form any heat from the iron.
It's a very simple iron but safe and reasonably reliable to use. On the odd occasion, I got a calcium build up in the holes on the iron, and white bits kept coming out onto my clothes. There was no option for the iron to do a 'calcium clean' or anything so I had to try and clean it whilst it was cool. It was probably a build up from all the water, which may not be so pure. Apart from this, for £5, it was well-worth buying. It's ideal for a temporary occasion such as university but mine has lasted well so I will be using it next year too! I wouldn't recommend it as your main iron unless you are on a budget as it has a few problems with the water leakage, short cord and calcium build up.
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I heard on the radio the other day that doing the ironing is most peoples least favourite household chore but I think thats mad as I dont mind ironing you can get loads done while watching TV nothing better really. Anyway everyone in my family hates ironing so I end up doing it all and therefore I have to choose which iron to buy and where from so I basically picked the first one I found this "Tesco Value Steam Iron" as I dont know the first thing about irons so anything that looks good is okay with me.
Price: Definately Under £10
For a cheap iron this actually doesnt look cheap and crappy. It is blue and white in colour which both work really well together and compliment each other well. Theres nothing special about the design or shape of this iron it is simply standard but I wasnt looking for anything fancy just something to get the job done. The design is simply without looking cheap but it not amazing either.
For a bog standard iron this does have all the features you would expect: a steam and water function, a hole to pour in the water and various heat and material settings which you can switch depending on what clothes your ironing at the time. The setting are (from low to high): acrylic, nylon, silk, wool, cotton and linen so pretty much anything you could possbily be ironing if its not on that list then I recommend putting it on the lowest setting just in case as that is pretty hot anyway.
I cant tell you exactly how much water this iron can hold exactly as there are no measurments along the side but it does have a MAX cut off line with is around 3/4 of the way up the blue part of the iron which means I think that if you fill that up once depending on how much ironing you have I think it would last about 2-3 use as it does with me but it all depends on how much you have to do. Id prefer there to be measurments along the side so I could see exactly how much water was needed but maybe with a more expensive iron you would get that.
This is very easy to actually use though. It glides across your clothes really easily as it has a non stick coating on the actual iron part and Ive never found it to e too hot for any fabric even when its right at the top temperature - although I wouldnt recommend touching it to check! This heats up super quickly in my opinion in about a minute or 2 and then its at full heat so you can start using it straight away and it does takesthe creases out of any material any one Ive used it on anyway. The only slight issue I do have is that the cord simply isnt long enough as you have to stand right by the plug before you can even use it and that can be very annoying as your constantly trying to tug it further and further.
We have had this iron for about a year now and I use it for a big load of ironing once a week and a few times between and I havent had a single really big issue with it and it still works perfectly. There is a few minor scratches on the metal part and a slight burn from when I dropped it on my carpet but thats it. Im knocking a star off because of the short cord & the lack of measurments on the side but apart from that its great. Does the job and its very cheap. I definately recommend it if you just want a normal iron that can be used on any material and remove creases quickly and easily.
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For those don't care so much about their ironing this is worth looking at.
A basic iron from Tescos and ideal for students and the like at aroundly £4 at the time of writing is an ideal bargain.
The steam iron features basic functions to control the temperature (with a guide to fabric types) and steam buttons which are variable.
The iron seems to be of great quality for under a fiver and the design is pretty much the same as most irons. The cord isn't very long (around a meter or so) so you'll need to place your ironing board near the socket - or use an extension.
The iron heats up very fast and is usually ready within a minute or two. No problems using the iron and no problems with burning clothes or anything. It's also easy to fill and empty with water and we haven't found any problems having to clean it either.
Overall a great iron at a ridiculously cheap price. It's functional and does everything you'd expect.
Tesco Value is a range that seems to offer cheap basic goods that do the job as intended... and the Tesco Value IR06 Steam Iron offers just that! It is ridiculously cheap for an iron (costing under a fiver!) and works reasonably well.
It is a simple iron that doesn't boast many features and is not complicated in the slightest. It does the job but not as easily as with a better quality iron. I have had it for three years now and it still works fine.
It offers standard features of steam, spray, and temperature control. It looks neat but has a lot of plastic! It is very light for an iron and requires effort in removing stubborn creases - but it does work! Therefore it is likely to suit a user who doesn't iron too often.
Definitely good value for money and it does the job as intended! I would recommend it to a user who doesn't care so much about ironing but needs to occasionally!
I bought this iron when my partner had to move away for his job. As we were living seperately, we needed to duplicate most of our neccessary basic household items and we didn't want to spend a fortune doing this. The iron was only about £5 and it looked exactly like any other iron, as long as it did it's job, I didn't care about any fancy features or flashy lights.
The iron lets you change the temperature according to the fabric type which you are ironing, it is a steam iron and lets you "steam blast" or steadily release steam and you can also squirt water for those extra tough creases. These are the only features I ever use when I am ironing so I was more than happy with this.
Unfortunately, my happiness did not last and the first time I used this iron I was very disappointed. I poured in some water and let it get into temperature but when I went to iron the clothes, water started leaking out of the metal plate. I don't just mean a little bit of water either, there was a lot of it. I tried using it again and the same thing happened so I had to take it back for an exchange.
I thought it was just a one off and that the next iron would be fine but sadly, it wasn't and the next iron did exactly the same thing. My clothes were ending up soaking and I couldn't tell where the water was coming from exactly, or why it was coming out.
In the end, I had to take it back and exchange it for a different, more expensive iron. I was very disappointed because I have bought other electrical items from the tesco value range which have been fine (e.g. toaster, kettle). I am not sure if you get this problem with all of these irons, or if I was just very unlucky to pick two faulty ones but I won't be trying my luck again with this.
i bought one of these for the brownie unit i run - they like to make hama beads and decorate bags, crafts which invariably require the use of an iron. and carrying one from home to the meeting place and back on a regular basis was just far too much effort! so when i saw this one i thought it would be a worthwhile investment and it has certainly proved to be.
it has very simple operations, meaning its not at all complicated to operate, with all the settings on one simple spin dial, and copes easily with everything we need an iron for. not only that, but it has survived the heavy handedness of being used by the girls under adult supervision and also me accidentally dropping it!
it has a steam function (although i have not used this) and comes with a little plastic jug to make filling it with water easy.
considering its price tag of way under a fiver it is the perfect iron to have - some people pay more than that for an insurance policy on an iron!
basic but does what it promises!
I bought this iron from Tesco a while back for 3.99. It was an emergency purchase as we had dropped our other one and broken it and needed a new one fast.
The iron itself is quite light (weighing 0.7kg's) and is blue and white in colour. It comes in a
small cardboard box. The iron has features such as:
>Self clean function
>non stick soleplate
The iron is 1200w's and is 220-240v's (whatever those mean). All I know it this iron iron's, don't get me wrong, this iron is
clearly not the best iron out there and is not perfect however it does get the creases out.
The iron has 10-20g steam output and a water tank capacity of 130ml. It is not cordless and the wire is around 1 and a half
Overall if you are wanting a iron on a low budget which does the job then this one will do you fine!
Short name: Tesco IR06