You know my advice when it comes to ironing is don’t buy clothes which crease. Of course there are going to be times when you simply can’t avoid it so finding an iron which make the experience as easy as possible is the way to go.
You know I love to sew and quilt and I can’t escape busting out the iron to press (so much better when you call it pressing) my fabrics after pre-washing. I have been known to complain of pulling a muscle during a big pressing session so when Phillips asked me if I’d like to try out their new SpeedCare Steam Generator Iron I figured it couldn’t hurt.
Steam generator irons have a tank which is connected to the iron by a pipe which delivers the steam without having to top up the iron frequently. The iron locks onto the base station for easy storage and to keep it safe when you’re not using it.
When it comes to the ironing I had huge amounts of steam and the iron got nice and hot. The temperature adjusted quickly. I tried it our on one of my terminally creased teatowels and it fared better than my regular iron.
The steam did come with water droplets and even though it hadn’t had time to build up limescale I found a white powder on my fabric. It may be that the iron needs to flush through a bit before using for the first time.
As a tool I think this iron is sound – it’s going to enable you to get through the ironing faster and escape to spend the afternoon playing with your family rather than refilling and heating a steam tank.
As for me, I pressed in super-fast time and got to work on this improv sunset pillow for my Mother-in-law’s birthday.
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