My previous iron broke as, with most of my poor electrical goods, it suffered from dropping. I wanted a hardy replacement so chose a Russel Hobbs replacement from Arogs thanks to reviews on that site. This iron was not the one I chose but a same-price equivilant, but I must say that I've been very pleased with it even though it does not have a ceramic sole plate, just a stainless steel one. It shuts itself off when it gets too hot - a good job given that I've already left it on once since buying it, and I dread to think the state it would be in if it didn't have a temperature control. The steam makes for an effective iron, and the jug it comes with is the perfect size to get water in. I iron my clothes as I go so do not need a huge water reserve - I would imagine that if you had a lot of ironing to do it would not be large enough and you would have to refill often. So far it's survived a few falls from the ironing board and I'm very happy. It isn't the prettiest iron, mind you, I think its more designed to appeal to men - maybe for a bachelor flat or to buy for sons leaving for uni!