Steam 45 g/min; 200 g steam boost, SteamGlide soleplate, Anti-calc, 2600 Watts
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Philips Azur Performer Steam iron GC3819/80 Steam 45 g/min; 200 g steam boost SteamGlide soleplate Anti-calc 2600 Watts is rated
4.7 out of
Rated 5 out of
The best of both worlds for heft and glideThis is a super iron!
With a husband and four sons (and a large washing machine which creases clothes) I do A LOT of ironing.
A good weight is the first thing I look for, as I want an iron that can deal with all ironing. This iron is good and solid. It tackles creases the best out of any iron I've used. It's no longer a chore to get them out, I don't have to go over an area again. This iron lets me get on with it. Because it also glides so well, it is superbly maneuverable. It doesn't feel heavy to use and takes little effort. I did not feel my arm muscles strain or get tired, because it moves so smoothly. It makes the most of its rugged, strong feel without affecting ease of use. It's the best of both worlds for heft and glide.
The first thing I tackled was a load of sheets and duvet covers. This iron is speedy. What a boost. When running the sole plate back the way it does not catch and cause creases like other irons do. It glides just as easily moving it to the side or back as it does moving forward. I don't have to constantly check what I've just done. And I don't have to keep making sure I move material out of the way so that it is flat first before the 'back' stroke. The iron moves the material as it goes so it is flattened as it's ironed. It's fantastic.
Starting off was a breeze. I took the iron out of the box and within seconds I was set to go. When I did read the instructions (for the purpose of this review!), I found them to be simple and straightforward. They are short and tell you all you need to know without losing it in streams of additional technical minutae. So they are a useable and handy quick reference if you forget how to use the self clean feature for example. Though I found the iron entirely self explanitory, it took no figuring out whatsoever to use.
I particularly like the large water fill hole. This makes it so much simpler and quicker to refill. Other irons are a scutter and mean you spill. The flip cap for the water fill hole is also very user friendly. It opens to the side entirely out of the way and it's hinged so you don't lose it. As such it flips shut without any need to fit it in place. The hinge is sturdy. It's great. Also, the cable is a good length. It is long enough for me to stretch from my ironing board to the sink to refill without unplugging (not that I would suggest doing so), a distance of 180cm, with slack. Because the cable is a decent length it does not get snarled up in the ironing. The cord itself looks robust, more so than other irons I've owned. I haven't had any problem at all with kinking.
The settings are as though someone has thought, what do people need when they are ironing, then designed those well. There is nothing superflous, that is the iron achieves quality by applying these important features well and not by adding in unecessary ones which no one uses. The settings are exactly what I need. On a slide selector there is steam, no steam and eco. Then there's water spray (button) and extra steam (trigger) and a temperature dial. Eco is useful if you want to conserve energy. But on steam it auto regulates the amount of steam produced anyway depending on the temperature selected. To be honest I mostly used the iron on max temperature and found I didn't need to apply extra steam. My husband's particulary difficult shirts ironed well, which was marvellous as before I've had to force the creases out with water spray and more steam. I really like this iron.
On steam I don't have to refill as often as I had to with previous irons, I get a fair amount done between fills. It's not annoying when it's time to refill. The no steam setting I find really useful as it allows this iron to slide over the high tech material of sports gear without sticking and catching. I also often iron name labels onto the children's clothes and accoutrements and the tip of this iron is a great shape to get into the nooks, and it has enough heat to do that job. When I switch from steam to no steam the iron doesn't still steam on for a bit as my old iron did, which mishapes labels.
I am pleased that the iron has a self clean feature as well. I have only used it once, adhering to the recommended frequency of monthly, and it was simple. I slid the selector to no steam and filled the iron. Then, with the temperature at max, plugged it in. When it reached temperature, which it does really quickly, I unplugged it, held it over the sink and with the other hand pressed and held the clean button, and rocked the iron gently to and fro until all the water came out. That was the only hindrance, as I couldn't get all the water to come out. It seemed to stop as the iron stopped steaming, which it did as I rocked it. For the sake of experiment I plugged the iron back in to get it hot again. As it sat some water dribbled out of the bottom of the soleplate, I think, soaking in to the edge of the ironing board where it was. That makes no odds to me as we will spray water while we're ironing, it dries. More water/steam came out as I repeated the clean. No scale at all was visible and I live in Scotland where that's not such a problem, so I can't comment on using the clean feature when the iron actually needs it.
My only negative is that when I lift the iron and my hand grips it, my forefinger can knock the edge of the temperature dial and move it round. Then it's set at a different temperature. But I always notice and just turn it back. It's a nit picking point because I've never used an iron that hasn't had this flaw. Everything else is very convenient.
On price I'd say this iron is worth it. It's not the cheapest one out there but it's certainly not the dearest. For ease of use and the quality you get for your money I'don't think many will be disappointed after buying. It's something we generally use every day so one that works well I think is important. And, after using mine for nearly two months, it seems like one that will last.
Overall I think this iron is excellent, I would definitely recommend it. A good iron makes all the difference. I am delighted with it - and glad I got it.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 4 out of
Cord too short, heath controls wheel loose, water spray uncomfortable to useThis is quite a nice iron, however I have found it not too comfortable to use, the first and major problem is that the cord is way too short, You will need to use an extension lead to operate this iron comfortably. Second flaw is that the heat control wheel is way too lose and you keep turning at the slightest touch, it just needs to be a bit more sturdy and not so loose. Finally the water spray button is too far from the grip position, and not naturally ergonomic to fully press, in fact if you want to press it properly, you need to let go off the iron, hold it a bit further up and then press the spray button, which contrary to the heat settings wheel is the opposite, i.e. too hard to naturally press with a thumb without having to use considerable force. Other than that the iron itself has a very nice smooth and fast flowing feel over the garment and has a very powerful steam jet, but unfortunately the 3 problems I have mentioned means that in order to iron things properly you need a separate water spray bottle, because the button on the iron is uncomfortable to useless. You are going to need an extension lead to operate it otherwise you are forced to do your ironing with your back on a wall, and finally that heat setting control wheel is like a freesbee it just doesn't stay in place.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 5 out of
Fantastic IronI've been using this iron for around 6 weeks now and can find very little to fault.
Firstly, it heats up extremely fast. Generally it'll be up to temperature by the time i've prepared the garment on the board.
First use a little bit of debris came out, so i'd recommend using the self clean for a second upon first use.
Other than that the steam this iron generates is plentiful and without and drips or leaks.
Also the water spray produces a very fine and even mist.
The water tank is quite large and the refil cap is very well designed.
The base glides over all garments and the tapered tip is useful for awkward spots. Also the iron has a nice weight to it.
I do not like ironing but find this a joy to use, very satisfying.
Only small gripe would be that the power cable isnt the longest. But its not a big problem.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of
Ironing doesn't feel like a chore anymoreI've been using this iron for 2 months And absolutely love it.
The quick flick of a switch to eco, auto steam and dry steam make the transition easy whilst working through your ironing.
The precision point is great especially when doing the little ones clothes and the vertical steam is excellant I've steamed my heavy curtains and it only took 10 mins and they look fantastic
You can fill this iron at the tap but to be honest I find it easier to fill with a jug.
I can't find anything I dislike about this iron its sleek, easy to use and highly recommended
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 5 out of
Fantastic IronA great iron, has a very modern look to it.
Heats up really quickly and despite its size it is quite light.
Large water tank mean's not constantly having to refill.
Cable could do with being a bit longer but depending on where your sockets are no necessarily a problem.
The precision tip is great for awkward garments, button's etc.
Powerful steam makes light work of the toughest creases.
For a domestic iron it powers through ironing making the task quicker and with less effort needed.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 5 out of
GC7000The iron glides through shirts bedding and clothes the one setting is great as you never have to change it,even the kids used it to do some of their ironing,have recommended ronfriends and family.It so easy to use
It also has a smart calc-clean system to make sure that it gets a regular descaling and clean.
it flashes and beeps when it needs to be done and if not done within a hour it will turn the steam off so the iron don't get broke.It comes with a cool looking tool called a smart Calc-Clean container that you put the iron plate on then you need to press the Calc-Clean button on the iron base for two seconds until you hear a short beep,It makes a funny sound as it pumps about it only takes about two minutes all the time sat on the container,Once its done you then wipe the plate and put it back on the base,CAUTION is needed as the container is VERY VERY hot so leave it for a while before tipping the water away then wash and dry for the next time,
Using the iron is amazing you need to keep the button pressed for the steam,
The Optimal Temp technology enables you to iron all types of fabrics without adjusting the iron temperature or steam.
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 5 out of
Glides through the ironingNow I freely admit I'm not a thinker when it comes to ironing, unless something is obviously going to shrivel up or stick, then I'll do everything on maximum with steam, whilst watching television for entertainment. Up to press nothing has stuck on the plate and it's working brilliantly. It has a nice wide hole for filling the water tank, so it can be done directly from the tap or from an ironing water bottle without any spillage and bubble up. It has a nice tip, narrow enough for getting around collars and into corners. It was steady enough not to fall over when a kitten launched himself from the sideboard to the ironing board and stayed put while I scooped the aforementioned kitten on to the floor. The only niggles I had were that the cord length is average, where I prefer a longer one so it doesn't keep getting stuck around the couch, but that was soon sorted by getting the extension out, and the water spray button couldn't be pressed easily without also pressing the steam button under the handle grip. All in all a great iron that is also nice to look at and I would happily recommend it.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of
iron away the creases of your life with this amazing productThe look is very funky and the colour is a hit with my daughter.
Its much lighter than my old phillips iron and very easy to guide and glide around.
The hole, for the water, is large enough to fill without much spillage, but a jug would have helped make it easier. The lid is a little flimsy, but has lasted so far.
There is a large space to store water in, meaning that it doesn't have to be refilled too often.
It heats up quickly and is ready to use almost immediately.
Its easy to empty and i like the cleaning function, which i didn't have on my previous iron.
The steam function is good and even managed to decrease a screwed up tea towel that i tested it on.
So far i haven't got fabric or marks stuck on the iron plate to clean off, but i would imagine it would be easy to wipe off.
The price is little more expensive than i would spend on an iron, but i think you get what you pay for and its worth every penny. Makes ironing a lot easier.
My husband actually said that now we have a decent iron, we may actually start ironing more, rather than ignoring the screwed up uniforms.
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