Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 26
Rated 4 out of 5 by JackieB Compact but does the job well.
Over the years i've had several steam generator irons. This is the smallest one i've had but don't let its size deceive you.
The size and weight is an advantage for storage and the carry lock is a definite plus. There is storage for the hose but none for the mains cord. It's not a big minus though, just a little niggle.
The iron itself is simple to use. It has one on/off switch and a temperature dial which is easy to read. There is an anti-calc light on top that comes on when the iron needs cleaning.The iron heats up quickly and has ample steam for the task in hand.
I haven't needed to use the anti-calc yet but I tried it anyway. This is the first iron I have seen use this method and I really like it. It's less hassle than other ways and I think it's a really good idea.
One other thing that could slightly be improved upon is where the mains cord joins the iron - it could be made a little bit more flexible as I sometimes brushed against it with my hand. Again, it's no biggy, just a minor thing.
Overall, I think it's an excellent iron, especially for its size.
30 August 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by tiffster irons like its on rails smooth as silk
ive never used a steam iron like this before , but was amazed with the results , so easy to use the water tank can be filled from the tap which is a bonus and then its easy peasy from there on .
even tough stuff like jeans were no problem and its not too noisey so can be done whilst watching television !! the cable is nice and long and can be used for left or right handers , a great buy for anybody who does lots of ironing !!
29 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hellyc Speedier and steamier!
Normally the phrase 'pile of ironing' has me running for the hills, a tedious task at the best of times. I was keen to see if the new steam generator iron would really be up to the task of thick work shirts and trousers and the dreaded mounds of bedding. It arrived securely packaged with easy to follow instructions for setting it up.
The iron itself has a brilliant easy glide hotplate which I particularly like and straightforward controls with a shaped front that can fit between button holes. The steam button is underneath the handle, again simple to use. I wonder whether the addition of a steam button lock would be a useful function to add to this model?
The iron heated up swiftly and within minutes steam was produced as promised from the large capacity tank. To have a tank that takes over a litre of water really does cut down on time spent refilling a regular steam iron and manages to tackle a very considerable pile of ironing without the need for refilling.
I got through a large amount of ironing quicker as the steam/heat penetrates to the back of the shirts-something other irons have not done.
Overall I am happy with and impressed with this product-I may not be an ironing convert-but neither do I feel the need to run for the hills when the ironing beckons!
13 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Caz23 Speedy ironing
As I took the iron out of the box I noticed it looked a good size with a generous water tank. At first it seemed that the iron itself felt heavier than my previous one until I compared the two together and it was in fact a lot lighter. The first thing I noticed was how neat and sleek it was and with plenty of steam holes. I found the water tank easy to fill and it can be used with tap water so no bottles of distilled water to buy as I have done in the past. Once filled with water and switched on it came to temperature very quickly.There is a switch at the back on the back of the tank that switches the iron on, and a blue neon light that glows to let you know it is switched on. Once I started ironing with the steam button under the handle de-pressed - this will also stop the steam if you release the button- another good safety feature. I was amazed at the speed it got rid of the creases, I even scrunched up a part of a shirt to make more creases to see how it performed- they were gone in a flash. I may say the washing I was ironing had been around for a couple of days so not fresh off the line.
The iron has a very good tip at the front for getting into spaces such as folds.
One other thing I like is the groove around the edge to get around buttons.
The iron comes with a generous amount of hose for the steam to come through and also a good amount of power cable. The water hose can be put into a small storage are on the side of the iron when the ironing is finished and it is also a good in which to place your fingers whilst emptying the water tank.
One of two other excellent features is the lock button on the top of the water tank so it can hold the iron securely when putting it away or getting it out. The other feature I like is the Calc button that every 3 months of use will emit a bleep to tell you it is time to de-calc the iron.It will, on hearing the bleep disable the iron after one hour. A tray to put under the iron is provided to allow the calcium to fall into it, saving a lot of mess!
I have not had an iron generator before and this one from Philips is excellent at a very good price . I am very impressed with the Philips Speedcare iron generator it gave a very professional finish to the ironing and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
12 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ladybug1802 Brilliant Product - highly recomended
I had a very old iron which I have had for many years, and after the steam function becoming unreliable, and ending up with a sore wrist after ironing more than a few items, I decided to replace it. This Philips Speed Care Iron is brilliant! The iron itself is very lightweight, and sits on a base unit which you fill with water instead of the iron. This means you can fill it with much more water to begin with, so don't need to keep re-topping up the iron. The iron can lock onto the base unit with the simple press of a button, and you can carry and store the iron and base as one unit - so much easier. The base & iron weighs less than my old iron alone!
All in all ironing has been made so much easier and faster with this iron...it even looks much nicer than my old iron! If you are thinking about getting this iron, get it - you wont be disappointed!
The steam function is, quite frankly, brilliant! I had got so used to my old iron and the steam function clearly being mediocre when it worked, but this is amazing. It cuts down ironing time dramatically and just cuts through creases so easily.
12 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alice78 Excellent iron, making a dull task much quicker
So I got my iron today and couldn't wait to crack on with the ironing!
When I removed it from the package, my first thought was, it's huge and the actual iron felt heavier than my previous iron.
However, this was all outweighed by my experience of ironing. My final negative was that it was quite bulky to fill from the tap and it didn't come with a jug to refill and when you press the steam button it makes a little strange noise, but got used to this after the first couple.
So onto the positives. My ironing took half the time. The iron never lost steam so made the overall performance excellent and always at the same standard. It was easy to control the steam and made easy work of all items. My linen trousers were a breeze to iron. I also noticed that when I was ironing the iron did not seem as heavy as my old iron and my initial thoughts about the weight were wrong.
I am looking forward to my next ironing pile, as I no longer had to go back and forth to top up the water jug. The cable was nice and long, so could reach to the end of the ironing board.
Highly recommend this product, as a first time user of this this type of steam iron..
5 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kers37 Cuts my ironing time in half.
I received this Iron today and I couldn't wait to try it. It's ready to go straight from the box. This is my first steam iron, yes I was a little wary of how good it would be, how wrong was I. It literally cuts my ironing time in half, both sides are done at once, and my worst item (bed sheets) are so quick and easy !! Clothes iron easily even with very low temperature. Great big water chamber so powers through a whole pile without refilling. Iron is very light but loads of steam power, good sized lead, and very compact for storage. Truly fab product.
5 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LucyBB The best iron I have ever owned
A real life changer!"
I do not look forward to my weekly marathon ironing session every week but this fabulous iron has made it so much better. Quick, easy to use and awesome results.
My ironing time has been significantly reduced as the iron glides effortlessly across the clothes and gets them crease free quickly due to the amazing steam that it emits.
Easy to fill, easy to store.
I will never look back or go back to my old iron again.
Thanks Philips, a weekly chore has become one I adore!
5 August 2014