Rated 5 out of
Ironing is fun again
I am extremely pleased with this excellent iron due to its built in steam pressure and temperature sensor. At first, I thought it would not be possible, for an iron to know the right temp. for the fabric, but having used it on sheets, shirts, jeans and t-shirts, I can confirm that it does what is says on the box.
The benefit of the pressurised steam built-in means the iron is slightly heavier than you would expect, but somehow the weight works well when ironing as you find yourself not taking the iron off the garment as much as you would with a standard iron.
I previously had a separate pressurised steam iron, and find the quality of ironing superior and easier to use.
Switch on and then you are off.
From a design perspective, I am not sure if the light was intentional as an ironing aid, but the iron lights up blue or green (depending on if ECO mode is on/off), and not only looks fab, but also helps you see what you are ironing.
From a design perspective, Philips have truly made a device that looks fresh and innovative - which is a testament to the work that has gone into this iron.
If you are moving from a standard steam iron to this pressurised steam iron, you will wonder how you coped without it.
If you are moving from a 2 piece pressurised steam iron, you will be pleased that it does it all so much better, other than the need to refill the water tank a little more than you used to (hence the 4 stars for ease of use).
It is without doubt the best iron to look at and use.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated 5 out of
WOW best iron I've ever used
Writing this review after using the iron twice.
I read the instructions and tested my water and knew what the outcome would be (hard) so using distilled water (boiled then allowed to cool).
I did find this iron heavy at first but after second use was used to it as this was probably due to using lighter irons previously that I have used.
I love ironing but have to say this made it so much easier as I did not have to keep changing the temperature for different types of clothing i.e. cotton, nylon etc. I have to say I was surprised by this feature of the iron but it has revolutionised my way of organising my ironing (I don't have to sort through items into different types).
The iron constantly steams making creases easily ironed out making it quicker to do this.
The iron has a long plug lead which is brilliant as not everyone has a plug socket handy (I guess depending on where you do your ironing).
The water tank is bigger then other irons so no constantly topping up.
The design of this iron is lovely, no dials to keep changing and the instructions make it so simple and easy to use.
Best iron I've ever used and no more having to use starch to iron creases into my son's uniform trousers.
Would I recommend this to others? I most definitely would.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 5 out of
the new age of ironing!
First of all sorry for a late reply. Reason being i was away on holidays and therefore could not use the Iron. Last few days were however very productive to write a review as coming back from holidays, there was a massive pile of washing and later ironing. But as promised I set aside all that and took out my party clothes which are all silk, net or velvet/ plushy material all very delicate to iron. To be honest, i first tried the Philips iron on my one black dress which got burnt by my last iron for no fault of mine but because the nonstick coating on the iron had come off partly from it so the silk level setting also did not stop it. Anyhow I must say that this Philips Iron is like my dream come true. As I kept on ironing my different clothes it just amazed me how easily and smoothly it adjust itself from one material type to another and you do not have to worry about adjusting the heat level in between. As I am an Iron freak, having problems with ironing different material clothing and ruining some of my quite expensive clothes, I finally came to a solution and had three irons one for cotton/linen, one for silks/wools and one steam Iron for those net/velvet dresses that are impossible to iron by traditional way. This way although I didn't have to change settings very frequently( but still need to) but took much longer to iron and also took more space to store these irons. So my dream really used to be while ironing that I wish i can iron all my clothes easily gliding through one cloth to other without first sorting out different types making three piles then switching irons but always thought impossible.
So Waoh! Hurrah! And Thumbs up! To Philips you have made my dream come true! No hassle no separate piles, no changing of setting, no trial on wrong side of cloth edge to wait and check the correct heat for the material. I iron wool then pick up cotton shirt than silk and in between no changing or waiting for iron to cool down go straight on those T-shirts/ hoodies of my kids that they so like because of some paint design infront without smudging it because of heat. Ah! and since then I am in love with my Philips iron so much that it seems that the gurgling noises and that funny steam sounds seems like talking to me and I enjoy all these sounds knowing that its telling me you relax and watch your favourite programme while i do the talking with your clothes.
Finally for all those ladies or men who hate ironing I bet after using Philips Revolution Ultra compact Iron, it will totally change the perception of ironing. As the name suggests, it has definitely revolutionised my life and no doubt the ultra compact size has saved me from space problem and For sure! it will do the same to all people out there who hate or love Ironing.
Finally Congratulations to Philips you did it!
Much thanks best gift ever!
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 4 out of
Automatic temperature and steam just fill and go, recommended
Phillips Perfectcare Express Pressurised Steam Iron, GC5060/02
First impressions when looking at the box are good, the colour scheme is pleasing and the Woolmark symbol catches the eye. On the downside the rear face of the box is not using English as the main text which is a little off putting and would make some question the intended market.
Inside the box the iron is securely package but without the use of polystyrene, points on the board for recycling by using cardboard.
Having spent around a hundred and twenty pounds on the iron the user manual looks and feels a little cheap, probably made from recycled paper in which case this would account for the apparent lack of quality.
The illustrations show a European style two pin plug not the UK square three pin and this could cause some confusion or anxiety amongst some customers. It would be useful to show a diagram of the stickers to remove, easy to miss if you are keen to try out your new purchase or if like me you tend to just flit through the user instructions.
The provision of a hard water test strip is a good idea but there were five tabs on my test strip and only four on the instructions. When I tested the water three blocks turned pink but the was no colour indication in the instructions which would have been helpful.
Moving on to the iron the GC5060 itself it is good looking as irons go, from the black plastic casing to the sole plate, the only let down is the semi opaque plastic base which spoils the overall impression of the iron.
The cord storage is achieved by wrapping the cable around the base of the iron and this works fine with the cable clip holding the plug in place. The instructions show the plug tucked through the handle but this was not possible with the UK square pin plug. The 2.5m cord is of adequate length for the task in hand but a 3m cord would help where the power socket is little further afield.
The iron automatically sets the temperature and includes an auto switch off function so if you leave the iron sat on the ironing board face down there will not be a smell of burning. This clever feature puts the iron into standby preventing it from scorching your clothes when tested this worked perfectly.
Filling the iron was simply a case of lift the plug and top up using the supplied jug, fill up to the max mar and job done, because of the speed with which the water reservoir empties I have taken to using a water bottle which reduces the number of trips to the tap.
Initially using the iron feels grainy when the iron glides over the clothes, although not smooth as silk the iron moves without snagging or pulling. The GC5060 produces plenty of steam but as you have no control over this you cannot switch the steam off. There is a steam boost button for an extra powerful shot for those difficult creases and this is accompanied by a green and blue flashing of lights. Be careful as lifting the iron off the clothes can be accompanied by a whoosh of steam.
The auto temperature control on the iron is a really useful feature and you soon learn to trust that you will not burn stick or scorch your clothes it is great. I started leaving the iron face down on the ironing board while rearranging shirts etc. which speeds up the ironing.
Another impressive feature is the ability to move from ironing jeans to polyester or silk without waiting for the iron to cool down.
The GC5060 is heavy but this works to its advantage and the button notches work well with it being simple to work in and around buttons.
The GC5060 does get through the water really quick, I only ironed one pair of trousers and three shirts before a refill was required but by the time I had picked the iron back up it had a full head of steam so there was no delay save for the fill up.
When the iron runs dry it starts making a rumble/rattle noise similar to when in use but much louder.
GC5060 PLUS POINTS
No temperature to set
You can leave the sole plate sat on clothes without scorching
Gives a good result on all clothes even bone dry shirts
Ready to steam straight after a refill
GC5060 NEGATIVE POINTS
Feels grainy when ironing (you do bet used to this)
Small water reservoir lots of refills
No control over the steam
This is different to your normal iron and takes a little getting used to but it is quicker than a standard iron with no need to worry about setting the correct temperature although I recommend that you have a bottle of water on standby for the numerous refills. This iron is ideal for anyone who irons little and often.
Marks out of ten, eight 8/10
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 1 out of
Not as good as expected
Have been using this Philips PerfectCare Xpress Pressurised Steam Iron GC5060/02 for a couple of weeks now. I've tried to give it some time before reviewing. The concept is great, not having to keep changing the dial for the temperature for different items of clothing. But the follow through including the steam function does not provide the quality and skill I have come to expect from Phillips.
Date published: 2013-07-03
Rated 4 out of
Fast, easy to use and glides well over fabrics but heavy and steamy
I was truly excited to get started on my ironing pile when trying out the Philips Perfect Care Xpress GC5060/02. On initial inspection it is a beast of an iron! Large and well proportioned with a nice soft grip handle, a lovely long swivel flex and a huge soleplate. The only downside I can see at this stage is the weight of the iron. Even without water it is fairly heavy but I was eager to see how it performed.
I tested our water hardness as suggested in the set up instructions, luckily we are in a soft water area so no problems here. If you are in a hard water area it recommends a mixture of tap water and distilled water. Upon opening the plastic cap on the water tank I found the hinge to be quite flimsy and I'm not sure how well this will wear over time. The filling cup supplied is a good size with an easy pour spout.
Upon plugging the iron in the Smart light starts to flash for approximately 60 seconds to indicate the iron is heating up. When the iron is ready the Smart light lights up blue continuously.
I began by ironing some of my husband’s work shirts. The iron glides over the fabrics beautifully and was a pleasure to use. The Optimal temperature technology enables you to iron all types of fabrics one after the other without having to adjust the temperature settings, making ironing a lot easier and less complicated.
Once the iron starts moving the Auto Steam Sensor kicks in and it automatically begins steaming. I did find that vast quantities of steam were being produced and after ironing just 4 shirts I had to open the window and top up the water tank.
I found that on light weight fabrics such as T-Shirts the wrinkles were removed effortlessly and without the garment becoming scorched as can often happen with using a normal iron. However on heavier linen type fabrics I found the wrinkles were not so easy to remove. There is however a handy Steam boost function whereby if you press the steam trigger twice a single shot of high steam output is produced to remove stubborn wrinkles. Another advantage of this iron is the option for vertical steam ironing. Just hold the iron in the vertical position against the garment and press and hold the steam trigger.
There is also an ECO setting on this iron whereby you can use less energy but still have sufficient steam to iron your garments. I would recommend this setting for light weight garments only as I don’t believe tough wrinkles would be removed on this setting.
I haven’t experienced any dripping of the iron thanks to the Anti-drip system.
Another great feature of the iron is the Safety Auto-off whereby the appliance switches off after 3 minutes of non movement in a horizontal position or 8 minutes in the vertical position.
Having used the iron for the past month my overall experience is a positive one. It has dramatically reduced my ironing time and the thought of tackling my never ending ironing pile doesn’t seem as off putting anymore. There are downsides to this iron such as the heaviness but to be honest I have got used to it now and it no longer seems such an issue. Overall I would recommend this appliance it certainly has made a positive impact on my life as a busy mum and housewife.
Date published: 2013-07-16
Rated 5 out of
this ironing is absolutelly amazing
i love my ironing and i really recommend ;)
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 4 out of
Great fore steam iron
This iron is very easy to use. It is a little bit heavy but not too bad. It steams very well for an iron. I am use to a steam generator iron which I still prefer using, although this iron does produce about the same amount of steam. It is nice not having to wait for the iron to cool down between different fabrics. Nice not having to think about the temperature all the time.
Date published: 2013-07-24