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A Great Budget Iron
Tesco IR06 Steam Iron
Member Name: slender_toned
Tesco IR06 Steam Iron
Advantages: Works pretty well, Cheap, Spray and steam features, Heat settings, Easy to use
Disadvantages: Short cord, Water leaks, Calcium build up
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.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A reasonable iron for the price it's at!
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