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NOW CLOSED: Philips PerfectCare Xpress Iron Feedback review thread PLUS your chance to win your own one (RRP £120)

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Nov-12 16:02:54

This is the feedback thread for the 20 MNers recruited to take part in the product test for the new Philips PerfectCare Xpress - Philips say this is "the World's first pressurised steam iron, with "revolutionary OptimalTEMP technology and compact steam generator, it's built for powerful crease removal and is faster than any other steam iron, as tested by independent institute, DWI, June 2011".

"PerfectCare Xpress has no settings, just one perfect temperature that's safe on all ironable fabrics, even delicates. Iron from jeans to silk, to linen, to cotton, to cashmere...in any order, without having to adjust the temperature, it's 100% scorch proof! Plus with an automatic motion steam sensor inside ironing has never been easier. Compact and convenient for storage it's perfect for ironing small loads, every day"

Seeing as this was a very popular product test and so many of you applied - as well as it being nearly Christmas, we twisted the arm of the Philips team and are pleased to say we have another one up for grabs! if you're not a tester, all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning one is - on this thread - pass on your best ever ironing tip or share your worst ironing disaster. Everyone who does will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a PerfectCare Xpress iron of their own (RRP £120). grin

If you are a tester, please answer the following questions and share with the MN community your thoughts on the iron.
Please also add a review here.

~ Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?
~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?
~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
~ How would you rate the value for money?
~ Any other comments on the product?

thanks
MNHQ

missymoomoomee Thu 29-Nov-12 16:20:45

Best ever ironing tip - get DH to do it.

Worst ever ironing disaster - Thinking that ironing a bit I missed on my jumper was a good idea.....while I was wearing it. I burned my stomach sad (I was only 14)

glitch Thu 29-Nov-12 16:24:43

My best ever ironing tip - dry everything in the tumble dryer and get it out and fold it when still hot. Saves you actually having to iron anything grin

MeDented Thu 29-Nov-12 16:26:31

I don't enjoy ironing and I'm not very good at ironing - however, I'm also not very good at remembering my washing is in the tumble dryer and being quick enough to get it out so that it doesn't need ironing. I have tried to not iron clothes but just can't bring myself to wear, or put my children in unironed clothes - so ironing is a necessary evil in life.
I tend to iron once a week for a couple of hours at a time, so have a mountain to do at once but I find this less effort than pulling the ironing board out etc every day. If there is something half decent on tv its not too bad.
I have now done 3 mountains with my new Philips iron and I am genuinly very pleased with it - it is certainly much easier to use than my old one.

It is a nice size, comfortable to handle and not heavy (I have pathetic wrists and struggle with anything heavy). The electric cord is a good length which means I can use it in my favourite 'ironing place' without an extension cable - bonus!

The most impressive thing so far is it really doesn't leave shiny marks on clothes. I was a bit hesitant to try this out but ironed 2 pairs of black suit trousers on the outsides and was amazed that it didn't make them shiney! Fantastic not to have to iron things inside out and then go over the seams with a tea-towel to get the creases the right way round.

The only negative so far is how frequently the water chamber needs to be filled. I think I will need to start keeping a bigger jug of water at the side of me when ironing as I am back and forth to tap in kitchen much more frequently than with my old iron.

At £120 RRP it is probably about double what I would normally spend on an iron but I am so impressed that I can iron without making things shiney that I think it is well worth the money.

kellestar Thu 29-Nov-12 16:27:58

Best ever tip... if you leave it long enough MiL will take pity on DH looking a state and take his shirts home to iron confused

Worst ironing disaster... when I was a student and couldn't find the ironing board, decided to iron my jeans on the carpet, was fine at home on mums wool carpet on a low heat, but not on acrylic. I melted my jeans to the carpet, both the carpet and the jeans had to be replaced blush. Everyone loves ribbing me about that one grin.

AmazingDisgrace Thu 29-Nov-12 16:43:23

~ Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?
I hate ironing, I'm rubbish at it and tend to give everything worse creases and white marks on black clothes etc. I generally only ever ironed school uniform and saw ironing as a necessary evil

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
I was surprised at how heavy the iron was, it could be difficult for some people to use. the instructions were pretty simple and easy to understand

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
I eased it in slowly and ironed a couple of DS1's school trousers. I was stunned, it made ironing almost a delight and certainly halved the time it would normally take. The steam really cuts down the time required and makes it far less likely i will iron in further creases/ create shiney marks from too hot a setting Plus I loved the blue light, I'm a sucker for shiny flashy things

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings? I have a much lighter touch with the iron as the iron itself is so heavy ( I know what I mean). It toook me a few goes before I stopped automatically reaching for the non existant setting switch and I was pretty nervous when it came to ironing my beloved Asos skater dress. It handled everything just fine and I love the vertical steam function for giving things a quick refresh when hanging up or for really really delicate fabrics that you wouldn't want to actually touch with the iron maybe?

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
It's a big beast of an iron weight wise not massively too big size wise though. Mine lives in the airing cupboard so no probs storage wise

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
Yes, my husband tried it and was very impressed as well

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
I have already evangelised about this iron to anyone who'll listen. My friends and family are bemused by my new found ironing love

~ How would you rate the value for money?
Hmm, as someone who'd never spent more than £30 on an iron before I was quite surprised at the price to be honest. £120 is a lot of money for an iron but maybe you get what you pay for. I certainly wouldn't part with it now but I'm not sure if I could ever have justified paying that much for it.

~ Any other comments on the product?
I absolutely love it with all my heart

Rattitude Thu 29-Nov-12 16:49:20

I will give you my initial feedback based on one big session I did last week. I have another huge pile to go through, so I will refine my feedback when I have gone through it.

What is your general opinion of ironing?
I do not mind ironing. I iron just about everything including bedding and cotton underwear (I know, I know, i should get a life!).

I typically do it once a week and have a big ironing session which lasts 1.5 - 2 hours or so, whilst watching TV.

First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
I thought the iron was heavy (or heavier than my old iron anyway). It is also bigger but that is not an issue.
The instructions were straightforward and simple (so is the use of the iron). I read them as well as the ironing booklet that came with the iron. I do not think I would need to read them again.

First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
I tried it on a huge pile, which I had accumulated whilst waiting for the iron to arrive. I ironed for about 1.5 hours and stopped: I still had more to iron but left some for another session. There was no issue as to how the iron handled the items. There are a couple of reasons why I only ironed about 2/3 of my pile:
1) The iron guzzles water like a parched camel which has just completed a 200 mile trek without drinking. I think I filled it up 5 times (when I would fill my old iron only 2 or 3 times max.).
The problem I had was that the steam generated by the iron excessively raised the humidity levels in my lounge. It was tropical: the walls were really humid. I already have a slight humidity problem in my house, and I do not really want to add to it. One way to combat this would be to iron with the window open but at this time of year, it is not ideal.
I think it might be better for me to iron more frequently and smaller piles of clothes to minimise this problem.

2) My back was aching. I am not particularly muscular anyway but I found the iron a little bit too heavy for me. It might get easier when I get used to it.

Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?
I did not really adjust how I iron. Ironing was more efficient as I did not have to change the settings and organise the order of the clothes to be ironed. I ironed woollens between doing jeans and then cotton sheets.
I think this iron was also more effective at removing creases quickly without my needing to go back and forth over the same area.

Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
It is easy to use. It goes through a lot of water, as mentioned above. I have no issue with the size. I have not stored it yet; it is still in my lounge but I don't think storage will be an issue. I think it is possibly a bit too heavy e.g. if it is used by older women/people, young teenagers or people like me, with no biceps to speak of.

Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
Nobody else used it apart from me.

Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
It is obviously a fine piece of technology. It works well and simplifies ironing (as no adjustments need to be made depending on the fabric) so it is fairly fool-proof. If I were recommending it to a friend, I would highlight the humidity issue and recommend that the ironing is done in a well-ventilated room.

How would you rate the value for money?
£120 is a lot for an iron, in my view, so I would never spend that much money on one.
My previous iron is old (15 years plus) so this was a technological leap for me, and I cannot tell whether the Philips PerfectCare Xpress iron is much better than any of the other quality irons that are now available.
If I had not had to contend with the humidity issue, I might have said that it is value for money; because of it, I would say it is not.

Any other comments on the product?
No other comment at this stage, but I will provide a bit more feedback once I have had another session!

HappyHippyChick Thu 29-Nov-12 17:04:06

I rarely iron so I have no helpful tips and it is difficult to decide which is my worst ironing disaster ironing a skirt while wearing it and seriously burning myself <dense> or doing exactly what kellestar did and melted the carpet to my clothes blush

Actually I think it was the time I knocked the iron off the ironing board resulting in both a burnt leg and damaged carpet! This is why I rarely iron I'm a danger to myself and my house!

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 29-Nov-12 17:09:15

I have very, very hard water, and I can get through steam irons (as well as kettles), like you would not believe.
Rather than bankrupt myself via steam iron replacement, I use a cheap garden spray to finely spray water, and just use a normal iron.

upinthehills Thu 29-Nov-12 17:10:20

~ Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?
Put it off for as long as I can - find I get a sore back and it is just so boring!

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
First impression were that it was a quality iron and well made. Instructions were very straightforward as there are few controls on the iron. I do think the science behind the iron needs more explaining in the instructions or the sole cover slip. I took me a while to "trust" the iron and I googled it to get a but more info as to how it works. Now I understand that the plate doesn't actually get that hot and the work is done by the steam, I trust it enough to use on more delicate fabrics. Philips can correct me if I am wrong! I do think this needs to be articulated more clearly so as to inspire confidence!

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items? I eased in slowly, but I am not one for marathon ironing sessions. It was surprisingly heavy at first, but I found that if you let it glide over the clothes and don't wrestle with it it was better.

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings? It is a bit strange at first, you are used to letting the iron cool down to a lower temp before tackling things like school trousers. After a few days I got used to it and just cracked on with things.

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc? Size is a fine, as I said already it is heavy, but that is because it is a steam generator too and, if you work with, rather than against it it is fine.

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think? My husband has used it as he does his own shirts. He has found it much better at getting creases out than our old iron and shirts are quicker to do.

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)? Yes I would but I would probably have been more confident doing so if I had more knowledge about how it actually works!

~ How would you rate the value for money? The iron is expensive and is in the price bracket that is competing directly against the irons with a separate steam generator. Therefore I feel the strengths need to be stressed more - no separate units, less cumbersome. If I was in the market for a steam machine type iron I probably would have considered this iron too but, it would need to be marketed in such a way that I would know it was in the same product market in order for me to find it in the first place.

~ Any other comments on the product Just a couple of points:
I often get wet spots on the garments I am ironing,
I find that I need to use the steam boost a lot, particularly on crushed cotton shirts,
sometimes I think a hot setting on top of the steam would be useful,
I am constantly running out of water and not knowing it apart from the fact the iron starts to make a clicky sound - would have been better if the iron told you by flashing or something like that.

BetsyBlingtastic Thu 29-Nov-12 17:15:40

My worst ironing disaster was when I was about 19 and offered to iron for a friend who had just had a baby. I had the heat too high and sadly singed the front of a lovely expensive pink woolly baby's jacket blush Not the sort of help she was looking for but she was actually very decent about it to my face

Best ironing tip - always iron with a tea towel over your clothes, I've scorched too many by now. Worst ironing tip - don't iron your fringe - disaster for both hair and face!!

nancerama Thu 29-Nov-12 17:53:14

best ironing tip i live in a very hard water area and tap water ruins an iron and my clothes in 6 months. I was spending a small fortune in vaporesse for steam ironing. I've just started doing my ironing as soon as I bring the washing in from the garden. I no longer need to spend money on ironing water, and everything presses so much more easily.

gazzalw Thu 29-Nov-12 18:02:24

Best ever ironing tip is to always iron shirts when they are still slightly damp as they will steam iron and it's much easier to get rid of creases! Works every time - they just hang them in a warm, dry place on coat hangers to air and totally dry out ;-)!

pleasesleepallnight Thu 29-Nov-12 18:33:31

No ironing tips as I'm useless at it but biggest ironing disaster has to be ironing my top for the day in my bra..........whilst 9months pregnant blush burnt a lovely stripe across my poor tummy!

AGeeksWife Thu 29-Nov-12 18:33:46

~ Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?

Im not keen in ironing at all, I have only recently learnt how to do shirts and I only do what really needs doing

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?

instructions were very easy to follow, I found it interesting to use the hard water strip test. Aside from that it was almost just plug it in and go! It is larger than my previous iron and heavier but still manageable.

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?

I first used it on a general weekly ironing session so that's 5 shirts, work trousers, a few tshirts, school uniform and a couple of pairs of very creased jeans. It handled them all very well, it was nice not to have to worry about changing any settings (because I was never very sure what it all meant on my last iron!) and it felt smooth to use. My jeans had been tumble dried (which they hate) so were incredibly creased, my old iron could not cope with this but the Philips iron got all the creases out easily.

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?

I did not have to press as hard with the Philips iron, I think perhaps due to its weight it seemed to be easier. I loved not changing the settings, as a novice ironer I liked knowing that I couldn't go wrong

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?

this iron needs its water refilling at a very fast rate, I'd only done 2 shirts before it needed refilling. I also found the iron quite noisy, my husband was quite distracted whie I was ironing in the same room (the water bubbling sound and hissing, much louder than any iron I've used before). I've commented previously in the weight, size wise it was average but the point was less slim than I was used to which was slightly more difficult to get into nooks and crannies. It fits onto my wall iron storer with no problems and the cord is a lovely length.

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?

I'll come back to this when my husband has had a chance to have a turn

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?

I would recommend this to other people, it was easy to use and did a good job.

~ How would you rate the value for money?

Personally I could never justify spending so much on an iron. It's a difficult question because it does work well, but the niggles I've mentioned above would need considering for that price. Having said that I do really like the iron, the positives outweigh the negatives. I realise that this is a really contradictory answer!

Any other comments?

we're even taking this iron on holiday with us as we like it so much!

ilovedjasondonovan Thu 29-Nov-12 18:55:39

- Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?
I do it, but I neither love nor hate it.

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
Very heavy, gave me backache and condensation formed on my windows. Easy to follow instructions, having never used a steam iron it was very easy to understand. Very noisy, didn't like the fact it kept on producing steam when I wasn't actually ironing clothes. Would be impossible to watch TV and iron at the same time.

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
I tried it on a mixed load of items, jeans, tshirts and school uniforms. It ironed the clothes beautifully.

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?
I found it strange not having to adjust the settings, but that was a major benefit of this iron, somehow it just knew what you were ironing.

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
Bulky, very heavy and very noisy. DD1, 6, said it was far too noisy. But she liked the flashing lights.

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
Its only me who irons, so no-one can comment.

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
No, too heavy and noisy.
~ How would you rate the value for money?
6/10 - did a fair job, but for noise and weight it gets less.

~ Any other comments on the product?
No, but thankyou for letting me try it.

preety18 Thu 29-Nov-12 18:58:31

My best ironing tip is iron your close inside out and you won't get the shiny line mark on the clothes smile.
My worst ironing disaster was when ironing my daughter's top just before we were meant to go and burn the lining and ruin the top, not only I had to iron another top I had to clean the iron which still has the black residue left on it and transfered to the new one. And no need to say we late due to all the ironing and cleaning sad

Anifrangapani Thu 29-Nov-12 19:22:11

Best ironing tip - iron linen straight from the washer while it is wet.
Worst disaster - letting my Mum "help". €200 shirt from Paris nice and flat. Shame it was a chemically crinkled silk. Once ironed it looked like a badly cut blouse from BHS. The only consolation was it took her over an hour.

Elkieb Thu 29-Nov-12 19:35:55

My best ironing tip is to put some music on and get it done quickly grin

My worst ironing disaster was burning a massive hole in my favourite duvet cover as I got distracted when the phone rang and wandered off. Needed a new iron and ironing board cover after that magnificent show of stupidity! blush

what is your general opinion of ironing?

I don't really like it, I only do it as it is something that has to be done. I don't think I could be a person that doesn't iron anything. Lots of things I don't iron like bedding that others do! I have used it twice now

First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?

It's HUGE!! Also noticeably heavier. I did the hard water test and happy to find I can just use normal tap water

* First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?*

I just tend to do my ironing once a week on a Sunday. There would have been 4/5 school blouses, about 3 pairs of jeans, school trousers and about 10 tops. It was very odd at first not having a dial to turn but I quickly got used to it. It does use up the water a lot but I used to use a spray bottle so, probably about the same amount of water overall being used.

I like the stopper for the water container, it seems very secure. It is a bit noiser but I love the extra shot of steam and getting a green flashing light!!

* Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?*

I haven't changed how I iron really, it is good not having to sort out the ironing pile in order and I can just work through it in the order I have put it in the basket

* Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?*

Very easy to use, like I have said, a bit heavy but not too heavy for me to use. I store my iron on the floor in my boiler cupboard, so no issues there. The cord is a good length and looks strong

* Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?*

No-one else has used it yet, no I fib! My daughter wanted to give it a little go on Sunday (she is 15) and she ironed a top. She doesn't do ironing normally but found it really easy to use, comfortable and confident to use it again. I would be happy (very happy!) for her to do more ironing, as there is no worry about items being burnt

Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?

yes, it does a very good job

How would you rate the value for money?

I could never afford this iron, I normally spend about £30 on an iron. I guess it is worth the money with all the technology involved in it

* Any other comments on the product?*

I do enjoy ironing a little bit more, seems to be done quicker (well hard to say as I often get distracted watching TV etc and stop and start it!)

I am thinking of giving it a name, either Jeremy or Ivor!! grin

sorry, some of my bolds didn't work!

and thanks very much for letting me give it a try!

MisForMumNotMaid Thu 29-Nov-12 19:55:44

Best ever ironing tip is more of a bit of general knowledge and that is that ironing historically was used for two purposes to flatten garments but more critically to kill bugs due to the higher temperature of the iron than washing water. I quite like the idea of steam ironing for this purpose, killing all the bugs and bacteria in garments especially in this energy conscious age of washing at hand warm temperatures.

Worst ironing disaster was DS2's first day at school. We were between houses and crashing at either my now husbands house or sleeping in my parents caravan they'd sighted near the houseI was trying to buy. I wanted DS to look really smart so borrowed the iron to press them. Turned it up way to high and melted the hem. Poor little guy had to go to school with a shiny melted hem.

Best ironing tip, keep it filled with water steam is your friend.

Worst tip is still when I was young and was ironing I decided to do some of my dolls clothes, including their bibs. Yes the plastic backed ones, but I decided to iron on the back shock

My tip would be do it a little at a time, iron after every wash instead of leaving it in a huge pile like I do - especially if you hate ironing!

My ironing disaster has to be ironing DH's brand new white shirt, immediately after ironing over the front of a plasticky transfer on one of DD's t-shirts.....you can guess the rest blush

GetKnitted Thu 29-Nov-12 21:54:30

worst thing, wonderwebbing the front of my trousers to the back confused

top tip have something good on telly!

bakingqueen Thu 29-Nov-12 22:56:05

I hate ironing!
The instructions were really simple loved the little strip to test the water hardness
Tried it on dh's work shirts and my uniforms it handled them all with ease
Found it very heavy initially but soon got used to it. Loved the size of it all the benefit of a steam generator iron but without the size of it. Not changing the settings felt a bit weird but quickly got used to it.
I would definatly recommend it to other well wortg the money

tittytittyhanghang Thu 29-Nov-12 22:57:25

~ Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?
Its a necessary evil.

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
Looks good. Intructions were easy to follow (tbh its an iron, fill with water and turn on and use!). I thought a lot of the coloured booklet was unnecessary but this is maybe because im a seasoned ironer (?) and a lot of it seemed like common sense. I read it first though and thought with all the emphasis on the water filter thing that you got one in the box. Was a bit sad to find out i was wrong!

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
Daily set of clothes. Mine, ds (12) ds (1.11) and dps. It handled fine, was disappointed though that it doesn't get the creases out of over tumbled dried clothes. Worked better than my old iron but not as well as i had hoped.

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?
Was a bit wary at first, but soon got very used to it, and now love it.

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
I thinks its a good size and weight. In fact its on the heavy side but i prefer this, (might be psychological that i think a heavy iron will iron better for some strange reason). Did notice that the tank needed topped up quite often. I do ironing daily as needed and for 3-4 sets of clothes had to top up every day. Not that bothered but i thought if you did all your ironing in one sitting then it might be rather annoying having to top up so often. Also found having a larger base with the metal plate being higher up than my old iron handy, as can wrap cord round the base.

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
Mum used it and she liked it.

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
Yes, if they had no quabbles spending that kind of money then it would be a great iron to buy.

~ How would you rate the value for money?
TBH not that great, dont get me wrong its a lovely iron but I think £120 is a steep price tag, considering it doesn't do really anything more than my £6 Tesco iron can do.

~ Any other comments on the product?
There is no spray jet. I dont know if this was to prevent burning, but i really missed it. Its handy for stubborn creases and if there is a little bit of dirt on the likes of my ds school trousers.

Salty17100 Thu 29-Nov-12 22:59:09

My worse moment is after I ironed my daughters jeans, I ironed my new silk top and hadn't let it cool down enough and it burnt my new silk blouse. I now hate ironing and would like to find a new iron who could take the chore out of ironing.

tealady Thu 29-Nov-12 23:35:18

Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?

I quite like ironing - with something good on TV I find it quite satisfying to work my way through a pile of ironing.

First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?

My first impression was it seemed so much heavier than my old iron. The instructions were easy to follow and it was great to have such simple controls.

First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?

I started with a mini mountain - about an hours worth. I have used it for two more one hour sessions since then.

I soon got used to the heavier weight and I really like the ways it works. The amount of steam generated really helps to get rid of the creases.

Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?

I did have adjust to the heavier weight and felt a little bit concerned that it was going to wobble over when I put it down to rest on its heel.

I love not having to change the settings. My last iron was never at the right temperature and often ended up with melted gunge on the sole plate. This seems to adjust automatically whatever the fabric and it just never sticks. It also seems quite protective of the fabric because the steam does the work. I did end up with wet patches a couple of times although they soon disappeared.

Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?

Ease of use is great. It irons very well but it drinks water like crazy. I found it will needed to be filled with water three times in an hour. I think that will soon annoy me. Also the steam is so loud I kept having to turn the tv up!

Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?

No one but me - I have had three one hour ironing sessions now

Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?

Yes - I do really like it and I think I would recommend it based on results so far. But honestly I am not sure I would feel the same if I had paid £120. It has not made the ironing task any faster so far but it is a little easier.

How would you rate the value for money?

As above - it seems a bit expensive to me. Although I also think this very much depends on whether it continues to perform well over time. I often find that a new iron is great for the first two or three months and then they start to go downhill.

Any other comments on the product?

I would like it to have a wider bottom so that it feels less precarious when I stand it up during ironing. I would like to fill it up with water less often. But I really like the way it irons and I love the fact that it handles different fabrics with no need to change anything on the controls.

orchidee Thu 29-Nov-12 23:57:12

Best ironing tip- deal with it while clothes are still slightly damp from being laundered. I use an "ironing dry" setting on my tumble dryer. If they've sat completely dry in a crumpled mess after being fully dried in the tumble dryer it's too much work and takes too long.
Also, have a decent ironing board and cover.

Worst ironing disaster- getting brown marks on clothes from dirty iron water spurting out of the sole plate. What's that all about, when the water in the reservoir seems clear?

Babycarmen Fri 30-Nov-12 09:48:17

When i was younger I put the full palm of my hand onto the iron to check if it was hot.. even though my mother told me it was, I had to check for myself... Trip to the hospital for me! shock

I had an ironing disaster last year - I dropped the iron on to my vinyl floor in my kitchen after the cord got tangled.. Now I have a lovely iron mark which is VERY noticeable in the middle of my floor blush

avelte Fri 30-Nov-12 10:58:09

worst tip first...i always ,mostly always i burn something,i know but i have rubish one and never find the right temperature ,plus i iron for six ,so makes me so tired

best tip...keep music close to you and dance while iron ,change the mood for good

helenthemadex Fri 30-Nov-12 11:15:32

best ironing tip is to put a good film on tv to watch while you get on with it

worst mistake there have been a few;

burning my leg while trying to iron trousers that I had on at the time blush another followed a washing disaster had washed new partners expensive italian designer suit trousers and then tried to iron them, I burnt a hole in them and just couldnt get them looking tidy but that was because they were dry clean only I did what anyone would and blamed his ex grin

ladida35 Fri 30-Nov-12 11:25:01

I like to do ironing when everybody is asleep,late at night.I turn the radio on slightly with a nice music background,have a cold drink,and start ironing.the music takes me old times I had,remember stories and people.it is the only time I can think properly without anyone disturbing me,any phone calls,anyone at the door,anywhere to go,anything else to do.also I put everything ironed around me and put them places when all finished.to see how much I did makes me feel good.so I love ironing smile the only downside is I feel so sleepy sometimes I had to go to sleep much earlier the next day

LittleMissieMoo Fri 30-Nov-12 12:10:31

I always iron whilst watching TV, it really helps pass the time and makes it feel less like a chore. A heavy iron for me is a must, I like my iron to have some weight to it. Personally I feel this makes a big different to the ease of ironing. Also a handy tip is to line the ironing board with foil, just your typical kitchen foil that we all have handy at home. It helps reflect the heat of the iron back up and can drastically cut the length of time spent ironing. Try it smile

vixo Fri 30-Nov-12 12:42:57

My worst ironing disaster....well, not really a disaster, but when I was a student, my boyfriend at the time took one look at the shirts I'd ironed (can't remember for the life of me why I was ironing shirts as a student!) and said "I don't m ean to be rude, but you do know you've got to plug the iron in don't you?"

Best ironing tip for shirts is to spray them with water frommm one of those plant spray bottles before trying to iron. Oh, and to get rid of your old iron before using the steam setting shorts the entire house and involves flipping an extra special fuse in the box which of course isn't immediately visible!

vlily Fri 30-Nov-12 12:56:04

Best ironing tip is get my 16 year old son to do it. His the only one in the house that does... And if I do I'll always start with the sleeves..
So Im sure my son would love a new iron as ours is a heavy dated one.
:-)
Viv and my happy ironing boy

SuePurblyFeltYourPresents Fri 30-Nov-12 13:32:24

My tip is for people who iron themselves a last-minute outfit before going out and then spend the day in torment that the iron is left on and burning down their house.
When you unplug the iron, say out loud 'iron unplugged'. It really stops you wondering - honestly. You'll sound batty but it'll actually improve your sanity.

florenceuk Fri 30-Nov-12 13:53:51

best ironing tip - get your husband to send his shirts to the drycleaners or get the cleaner to do them (and don't iron anything else)

Ironing disasters - melting the hama beads to the ironing board and flattening the little hama bead template! grrr....

prettybird Fri 30-Nov-12 15:48:58

I'm one of the strange people that doesn't mind ironing if there's something decent on TV!

Best ironing tip: hang things out to dry carefully and fold them carefully once they're dry. That way you minimise the amount of ironing you need to do - even of things that still need ironed.

Worst ironing disaster: MIL (or rather, dp-at-the-time's-mother) deciding to iron my favourite "dressy" sweatshirt (black with floral swirls it was the 90s blush). Only problem was, even though the sweatshirt itself was cotton, it needed to be ironed on the wrong side. Because she ironed it on the right side, the pretty patterns on it melted onto the iron sad

littlemissyummi Fri 30-Nov-12 15:59:31

Best ironing tip is to turn a garment inside out when ironing pleatssmile

littlemissyummi Fri 30-Nov-12 16:00:25

Worst ironing tip is to ironing something whilst still wearing it ouch!

peronel Fri 30-Nov-12 16:12:24

Best Ironing Tip: Pay a little extra for non-iron shirts and blouses (the M&S ones are good) then drip dry them when damp on hooks on the back of the children's bedroom doors and in the morning put them away. So, smart shirts, no creases - and positively NO ironing!

SparePants Fri 30-Nov-12 16:19:06

Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?
I like ironing. Give me a warm kitchen, with Radio 4 and a glass of wine and I'll happily iron for a couple of hours.
~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
Honestly? Big and heavy. Instructions were fine.
~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
I ironed a hillock rather than a mountain (most of our laundry gets folded and put straight away). The iron behaved how I'd expect any iron to behave I guess. It made the clothes warm and flat.
~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?
Didn't adjust my ironing "style" at all. Not having to change settings is great though and is a bit of a time-saver.
~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
It was as easy to use as any other iron. However, the weight of the thing is an issue for me. I have a bit of arthritis in my fingers and thumbs, and it was rather less than comfortable to use for me. Storage also was an issue - slightly too tall for my iron shelf.
~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
DH loves a gadget so he tried it out. He thought it looked great but was not impressed that he still had to put some effort in.
~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
I think as an iron, it's fine. It does the job. However, there are other irons which do the same job and cost far less, so I probably wouldn't recommend it.
~ How would you rate the value for money?
£120 is big bucks for an iron. I was expecting miracles from something that costs that much, but I'm sad to say it performed no better than my 15 year old (also Phillips) steam iron.
~ Any other comments on the product?
Well there was an awful lot of steam! I know that that's the whole point of it really, but I'm not sure my kitchen (or my frizz-prone hair) can cope with that amount of steam each week. After just a small tuffet of ironing this morning, the house was like a sauna.
Also, not sure whether mine is faulty as noone else seems to have mentioned this, but after ironing, a lot of my clothes were wetter than they were just after coming out of the machine. Not a big problem, but it just made my ironing experience that little bit less satisfactory.

Anyway, thanks very much Phillips for allowing me to test this product.

HairyPoppins Fri 30-Nov-12 16:53:51

Ironing should be taught at school! My parents refused to ever let me touch their iron (accident/catastrophe prone) so now I can only iron wrinkles into things, I can never get clothes to sit properly before the iron hits then.

I once tried to get wax out of a carpet using a tea towel and warm iron but must have had it a bit too warm... And you can guess the rest :-(

SecretCervix Fri 30-Nov-12 17:54:39

I have tried on numerous occasions to iron efficiently, failed every time, I throw everything into the dryer now and cross my fingers!

Dwagon Fri 30-Nov-12 17:59:25

My daft husband decided to save time by ironing his shirt whilst wearing it. He burnt his tummy and rather hoped I would take on his ironing pile to save him further injury...readers, I divorced him.

Babieseverywhere Fri 30-Nov-12 18:49:47

My best ironing tip is 'If the shirt you are trying to iron has been in your ironing pile too long and is near impossible to iron. Spray with water to dampen and roll up and put on end of ironing board for five minutes whilst you iron something else. When you iron the shirt it will be much easier to iron.'

My worst ironing disaster was trying to iron a top to go out in as a student and having no ironing board decided to do the ironing on the floor with a teacloth spread out of it. I went out, luckily forgot something and when I nipped back found the 'turned off but still hot' iron had melted through the teacloth and burnt the carpet ! I was very lucky not to have burnt the house down.

Rattitude Fri 30-Nov-12 19:01:56

I had another session last night. I tried to iron fast as I did not want to steam up my lounge again.

I ironed for about 30 minutes; the iron needed filling twice with water during the session. I know I am getting a bit paranoid about this but when I touched the walls at the end, they were pretty humid again.

I would be interested in finding out whether there is an option of producing a bit less steam.

I also have a question: is it an issue if the iron runs out of water and you keep on ironing? It does make a lot of hissing sounds then but I don't know if it is an issue for the appliance or if it just makes it less effective...

Amongst other things, I ironed a blouse (100% cotton) and I thought the iron (or I smile) did a great job. It was done a lot more quickly than with my previous iron.

The weight of the iron bothered me less than the first time so I may be getting used to it.

The little plastic thing that covers the hole for the water seems a bit flimsy to me and I fear it may break away at some stage.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to try it (and for the scarf and chocolates too).

turnipvontrapp Fri 30-Nov-12 21:10:55

Best tip - tumble dry = no ironing!

I am not very good at ironing and am of the slapdash variety of ironing. I just want to get the job done in the quickest possible time. I can't say it is something I enjoy but I can't bring myself not to bother eitther.

I did read the instructions and do the water test but not much to it really. Very much a case of plug it in and off you go. I liked the look and feel of it though. I like a substantial iron!

I was a little peeved about the first use...I fell asleep on the sofa and woke up to find dh using it. Grrr! I used it the next day. I did a small pile of school uniform, PE kit and work stuff. I whipped through it much quicker than I usually do and was very impressed.

I have had to catch myself a couple of times when I have had a moment of panic thinking I have started to iron knitwear without adjusting the temp. I think that qull take a while. I have found I need to be careful on some small items as I burnt myself on the steam shooting out the side once when trying to adjust an item.

Ease of use is beyond simple. There is norhing to think about beyond ensuring it is topped up with water and plugged in. It does guzzle water but I love the powerful steam. It makes ironing much quicker. It is fairly heavy but that is a bonus to me, I prefer a weighty iron. When shopping for a new iron I always make my choice from the heaviest in my price range. I like the fact that it has powerful steam functions but is no harder to store than a regular iron.

Dh has used the iron. He is the exact opposite of me and is sn ironing perfectionist, hence why he does his own. He isn't so impressed. There has been much grumping and groaning but if I'm honest I found it hard to take seriously after his main complaint was that it wastes steam hmm. I wasn't aware it needed preserving to be honest! Anyhow, it is tough as I had no hesitation in packing the old iron away!

I have already sung the irons praises as I told my mum and best friend about the product test (they were both jealous and said they were signing up to MN grin). I have told them both I love and yes, I would recommend it if a friend was looking for a steam generator iron.

It is way above my usual iron budget. I think we spent £40 last time. However, I can see the difference in quality and performance so whilst I might not be able to afford it myself, that doesn't mean I think it is bad value.

Thankyou for giving me the chance to take part. smile

Hopezibah Fri 30-Nov-12 21:42:24

Best ironing tip: Make sure the steam setting is on - otherwise you will struggle through your ironing and wonder why on earth the water level isn't going down! (just like i did - doh!)

Worst Ironing disaster: Ironing my trousers to wear for my very own dear mums funeral. The trousers kind of melted and stuck to the iron. Totally my own fault as I was (understandably) very distracted at the time.

Ispywith Fri 30-Nov-12 21:57:17

Worst ironing experience was when I was about 12 years old & I thought I was being helping to my parents & I ironed my mums tan/thin tights - needless to say we had to get a new iron! The best ironing experience was ironing my first unborn child's baby grows, and folding them up all beautifully! All changed now have two kids!

littlemonkeychops Fri 30-Nov-12 21:58:24

Top tip - only iron things that really really need it, like shirts , ie not bedding or underwear etc! That reduces the time spent ironing, that combined with a ironing whilst damp cuts down on the time spent.

I've been lucky and not had any disasters.

moogdroog Fri 30-Nov-12 21:59:38

Best ever ironing tip, DM's wisdom - most of the work is done with your hands, take the time to position and smooth the garment properly before you bring out the steamy big guns!

lottytheladybird Fri 30-Nov-12 22:03:45

My ironing tip is: Iron shirts whilst slightly damp. I find it easier to get creases out that way.

I don't mind ironing, I like my clothes to look 'just so'. Unfortunately it's not always convenient!!

This wasn't always the case though. One of my first jobs as a teen was in a clothes shop that was in a disused railway tunnel.
It had no heating and was the snowiest winter that we'd had in a while. I would be hidden away in a changing room with a makeshift ironing board, ironing clothes to go out on the shop floor.
Due to the unfathomably cold weather I was glad to be ironing way- but I was TERRIBLE at at. I hate to think of the number of tops/coats etc with iron marks on them.

I left after Xmas season...never looked at an iron again for years wink

tootssweet Sat 01-Dec-12 07:53:20

My ironing tip was from when I was pregnant & found it painful to stand (spd) I would lower my ironing board so I could sit & iron. I looked like Stevie Wonder at his keyboard but it was so much comfier.
Ironing disaster: my first job was ushering for a local theatre, during the run of the show the wardrobe mistress became ill & I had a rapid promotion to wardrobe assistant! After my first show I was ironing the costumes & accidentally ironed a massive iron shaped scorch mark into the hand-made silver lamè top that the lead 'princess' had to wear for the next two shows until I could repair it blush. They let me keep the job though (think they were desperate!)

4349emma Sat 01-Dec-12 09:28:12

I was about 5 months pregnant with my son, and not really got used to having a bump yet. There I was, ironing away, wearing an ill-fitting top (not maternity) and I brought the iron back towards me, straight onto my bare bump. 1st time mum panic, on the phone to the midwife, worried I could have burnt/scared my baby!

Mindingalongtime Sat 01-Dec-12 15:14:11

Bset ironing tip, pay someone else to do it!

MaryBS Sat 01-Dec-12 16:39:18

My top tip is, my DH will do the ironing if I buy ironing water. So, I buy ironing water grin

The worst ironing disaster belongs to my gran, who tried to iron a plastic table cloth grin

My ironing tip = do it early on a Sunday morning when the dds are still in bed and I can have the room all to myself. I either put The Sundays on the CD player and sing along, or I stick Breakfast At Tiffany's or The Breakfast Club on - I know them both off by heart, so don't really need to actually look at them!

SunshinePanda Sat 01-Dec-12 17:24:42

Best tip is to iron as you go along rather than letting it build up. Clothes then don't end up more creased than they need be from being in a pile and it is fairly quick to iron whilst the dinner is cooking.

CindySherman Sat 01-Dec-12 18:01:59

Ironing disaster is when after working my way through some heavy duty linen on extra hot steam setting. I absent mindedly decided to iron the prettiest lacy tiny super expensive pants of mine - they literally disintegrated into a plastic ball!

Best tip is lavender water sprinkled on for super fresh smell!

bohoec Sat 01-Dec-12 19:08:17

Best ironing tip: Lots of other Mnetters have already said this, but there are a lot of men that are better at ironing than us ladies, my partner included. My best ironing tip? Get him to do it (he's in the forces - his standards are WAY higher than mine when it comes to removing creases!) smile

Worst ironing disaster: Dropped the iron on the carpet, ruining carpet, iron and partner's little faith in my ironing capabilities blush

lisad123 Sat 01-Dec-12 20:50:08

Best tip, check the board is right height as otherwise your back will hurt sad

Worse thing was putting iron on my silk trousers on high setting. Results, melted trousers and ruined iron sad

Doogle2 Sat 01-Dec-12 22:46:19

I live in a very hard water area so my best tip is to buy a cheap water filter so that you don't have to keep replacing your iron because of water scale problems.
Biggest disaster was marking my husbands favourite shirt 10 minutes before we were due out because I was gas bagging on the phone and not paying attention. One thing at a time people...

Punkatheart Sat 01-Dec-12 22:53:48

I still cringe - I had a job as an in-store demonstrator...in Knightsbridge. They set me up in the middle of the store with my ironing board and a crowd gathered. To watch the world's worst ironer....not get the creases out and then, when I turned it too high, leave a nice burn mark on it. I can feel the sweat on my forehead, just thinking about it....

Punkatheart Sat 01-Dec-12 22:54:58

I still cringe - I had a job as an in-store demonstrator...in Knightsbridge. They set me up in the middle of the store with my ironing board and a crowd gathered. To watch the world's worst ironer....not get the creases out and then, when I turned it too high, leave a nice burn mark on it. I can feel the sweat on my forehead, just thinking about it....

sickofincompetenceandbullshit Sat 01-Dec-12 23:12:41

Biggest disaster - had a mound of ironing to do, and was tackling it while watching TV with a friend. I was just raving about how good the iron was, and how my friend should get one, when it made a fizzing noise and stopped working. It never worked again...

lorka Sun 02-Dec-12 01:07:07

Worst ironing experience was when I was ironing on a hot summers day (not many of those in Scotland!!) and I had a swimsuit on. I managed to burn the top of my leg which was very sore. Ouch!!

thisthreadwilloutme Sun 02-Dec-12 10:49:18

My best ironing tip - use a reflective ironing board cover or sheet to halve ironing time as the heat is reflected and both sides are ironed at once.

Worst ironing disaster - the first time my mum asked me to do the ironing I ironed her shiny aerobics crop top on a high heat and left a comedy iron shaped hole right in the middle. She was gutted because it was her favourite one and she had matching cycling shorts. It was the 80s, but I still think my accident did her a massive favour grin!

jes73 Sun 02-Dec-12 14:32:58

Best ever ironing tip - I get it all done on a Sunday I don't have the task of doing it everyday and I have music on to make it go faster. Use ironing water to make the clothes smell fresh.
Worst ever ironing disaster - I was ironing and talking on the phone and forgot to change the settings. The result - a big hole in DH new suit trouser!!

ladyWordy Sun 02-Dec-12 15:30:07

Ironing tips - safety first: get an auto shut-off iron if you can. It's too easy to leave the room for a second and forget the thing, risking injury to children, pets, furnishings, house, electricity bill! And always use an iron flex holder.

Ironing disaster - I was helping someone out by doing their ironing. A few moments in there was a sudden fizzing sound, and an unscheduled indoor firework display shock
There was no cable holder, and the cable had worn through, and shorted out.
So I was not much help that day! And hence my tip grin

legoballoon Sun 02-Dec-12 21:01:10

Ironing tips - (to borrow from Nike)- Just Do It!

The ironing mountain casts a shadow over a corner of our kitchen, but if I stick Radio 4 on and just get it done, it's never as bad as I think it's going to be.

Failing that, get your OH to do it.

acsec Sun 02-Dec-12 21:03:24

~ Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?
I hate ironing with a passion!

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
I thought 'wow this iron is massive and quite heavy!' I read the instructions - easy to follow, easy to set up the iron.

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
I used it this morning on my mountain of ironing. I usually save it up for a couple of weeks then watch TV and iron until it's all done, as I did with the Philips Pro.

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?
I very rarely change the settings on the iron anyway, so it wasn't really very new to me tbh!

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
The iron is massive and quite heavy, I don't actually have anywhere to store it yet, I'll have to find a home for it. I didn't really like the way it ironed, it seemed that the tip of the iron smoothed the creases but the rest didn't really do much at all. It dragged against lots of the materials and leaked water (I checked it wasn't overfilled and it was fine). I also found it very noisy, it steamed alot and made an odd chugging sound too - DP even commented on it's noisiness.

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
Only me, but DP picked it up and said 'It's a beast!'

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
I doubt I'll be recommending it, sadly.

~ How would you rate the value for money?
I wouldn't pay £120 for it! The iron I already have was my Grandma's and it's light and easy to use and probably cost no more than £30.

~ Any other comments on the product?
I was all set to love this iron - the premise is fab - no settings, easy and quick ironing. In actual fact I found it didn't work as well as the iron I have, imo, and I possibly spent longer doing the ironing today than usual. I even took a little break in the middle to sit down as I found the weight of the iron wore my arm out!

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aristocat Mon 03-Dec-12 11:37:45

My ironing tip is to get someone else to do it smile

I didn't take part in the product test, but would like to enter the competition..

Ironing tips-

Do ironing in your bedroom, everything can be laid out on the bed sorted into piles and hung up in wardrobe straight away rather than bundles of clothes and hangers strewn everywhere.

Do ironing infront of the TV - I find it less boring and ironing flies by if I am watching tv at the same time.

vincenta Mon 03-Dec-12 14:58:33

Oh, I would love to win this iron !
My ironing tip: I like ironed clothes because, ironing kill all bugs, make clothes soft and they look much better than before.At first ironing was so boring but now I'm watching TV or movies on my laptop.It is so great excuse! My hubby looks after our son while I'm ironing. To be honest this way it works perfect, it is not so boring,I have some me time watching movie and doing one of essential chores!
About disaster: I only once burned my white linen jacket, it have brown patch on the front.After I did it my grandmum told that she don't iron whites with her old iron, for that purpose she had another one.....

My OH used it for a bit yesterday and was very impressed!

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SuePurblyFeltYourPresents Mon 03-Dec-12 19:48:16

What the Jeff is with the deletions on an ironing thread? Did they bring up the controversial topic of ironing water?

Rattitude Mon 03-Dec-12 20:01:04

Maybe there was a personal attack against the Philips iron wink

Snog Mon 03-Dec-12 21:00:07

Best tip- train your kids to iron from a young age and pay them to iron instead of sending your ironing to an ironing service
Everyone's a winner...

poncyettia Mon 03-Dec-12 21:54:52

Best tip - save some decent telly viewing for ironing time - I try to do a soap catch up or movie to pass the time (Mama Mia is my guilty pleasure blush )

Worst - managed to leave a huge scorch mark in dh's (then dp) formal shirt just before we left for our uni summer ball - poor sod couldn't take his dinner jacket off all night and he melted grin blush

mato3 Mon 03-Dec-12 23:00:50

My worst ironing disaster was quite a few years back. I had just finished ironing clothes on the floor with a cover over the carpet so i didnt burn the carpet. I got up and bent down to pick up iron all the while engrossed in watching telly, ive got it very near my face and im twisting the cord around still watching telly and not paying attension to what im doing. Next thing i know ive managed to burn my face with top end and the worst thing is that ive burned myself on the skin to the side of my lips so when it turned brown it looked like i had melted choc there and hadnt wiped my mouth.

hellymelly Mon 03-Dec-12 23:53:48

No ironing tips, but my worst ironing disaster was this:-
While a teenage, I was staying at a friend's house. She has an otherwise lovely, but rather volatile mother,Linda, who was prone to exploding over unpredicable things. Linda went out for the day and as it was the Summer holidays she asked us to get some household tasks done, and I offered to do the ironing. There was a big basketful and I went through it with gusto. My own mother is very fussy about ironing so I was careful, or so i thought. I ironed a pretty half slip and the iron was too hot. It melted huge holes in the nylon slip. I was so worried about Linda's reaction that (not thinking straight) I folded the slip along with all the other things, intending (honestly!) to confess later. But I went home the next day and forgot to tell her. She went to work in the slip , having got dressed quickly in the morning, and had rather a shock when she went to the loo and saw all the huge holes. Luckily she thought it was hilarious, I was very relieved!

HaplessHousewife Tue 04-Dec-12 09:48:14

My tip: Don't drop your iron point-first onto a wooden floor. Not only does it leave a lovely crater in the floor but it also bends the special-tip-for-doing-buttons-on-shirts up so that it no longer fits in between buttons as well. It was when the iron was fairly new as well sad, never did it with my old, crap one.

My disaster: See above.

missorinoco Tue 04-Dec-12 19:24:11

Ironing tips: Put easy iron trousers, such as children's school trousers, tightly folded on a warm radiator to dry. Much faster to iron.

Hang shirts on a clothes hanger to dry. It takes up less space and there are less creases.

helcrai Wed 05-Dec-12 12:32:48

Best ironing tip- get a good quality iron! A workman/woman can only be as good as their tools. Second tip- make sure you invite your mum round frequently who loves ironong and happens to be very good at it

Disaster- Letting husband who was trying to be helpful- loose on a pile of my new clothes ready for our holidays. He did not realise there were different heat settings for different items and managed to scorch three new tops before I screamed at him to stop!

TheTempest Wed 05-Dec-12 13:01:20

Best ironing tip- It drives my mum mad that I don't iron, therefore send the baby round to hers in unironed clothes and ocassionally she offers to do it wink

Worst ironing disaster- in my very first days as a new mum I was obsessive about ironing DD's clothes, standing ironing topless and I burned my boob. Exactly iron shaped and ended up have to see an OOH doctor for antibioics following an infection!

loubielou31 Wed 05-Dec-12 13:19:40

~ Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?

Ironing is just one of those jobs that needs to be done. I think it makes you look better dressed when your clothes are nicely ironed so I do iron items of clothing, I don't iron underwear, night clothes or bedding etc.

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
The instructions were easy to follow, fill with water (I use filtered water) plug it in and wait for it to heat up.
I was expecting it to have a separate boiler like steam generating irons so was surprised when it came in such a small box.

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
I just used it to get on with my ironing as normal, I did have a large pile as I always do. I gets the creases out and does a good job.

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?
I tend to iron everything on one setting anyway so not changing the temperature was not unusual, I noticed that it did move easily over everything I've ironed so far unlike in the past when the iron was clearly too hot and would stick a little.

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
It is HEAVY, that is what I noticed most compared to my steam generating iron with a separate boiler, I guess this is because it's all within the iron body.
It heats up really quickly (much faster than my steam generator iron) which means it's good for those mornings when I've not remembered to put the clothes ready the night before and just want to iron what I'm about to put on.
It needs refilling often which means if I'm doing a large pile of ironing I need to keep the filter jug nearby and then it's not by the kettle for when I want a cup of tea. Depending on the cost the ironing filter thing might be a good investment.
Because it automatically releases the steam, when ironing small items like children's clothes I would often have finished ironing it before the steam starts to flow. Also the steam isn't that high a pressure.

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
DH has used it, It got the creases out he thinks it's fine, a typical man type response I think.

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
I'm not sure I'd rave about it and at the price I would be unlikely to recommend it to others.

~ How would you rate the value for money?
For a similar price you can buy a steam generating iron that has higher pressure steam.
£120 I would say is a very expensive iron.

~ Any other comments on the product?
If you are the kind of person who irons a few things each day rather than a big load once a week then this iron would be great. It heats up quickly is small to store and does a good job of ironing everything, (at least that I've tried so far).
If like me you do more ironing but less often then an iron with a separate boiler would be better, (spend the money and some of them also heat up very quickly) the iron is lighter so makes my arm less tired and the steam is higher pressure and flows as soon as the button is pressed. I will try turning the temperature down to see if it still irons well though because I think after reading the accompanying leaflet that this is how the Phillips Perfect Care makes it suitable for all fabrics.

fallingandlaughing Wed 05-Dec-12 21:30:51

Worst ironing disaster: ironing plastic place mats.

I was aged 10 so that is some excuse..

fallingandlaughing Wed 05-Dec-12 21:31:17

Best Ironing tip: don't iron plastic.

There is a theme there.

BoerWarKids Wed 05-Dec-12 23:47:44

Worst ironing disaster:

Aged 14, ironing my favourite pair of trousers. An area on the front was particularly creased, so I thought to myself, "Oh, let's just press down really hard with the iron and leave it there for a few seconds." sad
Resulted in much crying and dramatics! grin

Katryn Thu 06-Dec-12 11:15:48

Best ironing tip, is not to struggle with DH shirts, as they take twice as long. The rest is easy, as long as there is enough water in steam iron. Although I hate my iron, it is forever leaking bits of what looks like grit. Wish I could have this iron that you never have to change the temperature for, that's amazing. How does that work?

ObiTheChristmasWan Thu 06-Dec-12 15:51:41

~ Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?

I take the approach that ironing is rarely necessary. Uniforms are usually ironed, but little else. Work stuff tends to be dry cleaned.

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?

I was a bit thrown by the big, glossy book/catalogue that came with the iron, I thought I might have to read the whole thing to find the instructions grin. In the end it was straightforward.
I will not be using special water/buying a water filter though.

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?

I went straight in, and ironed two whole loads of washing. Towels, uniforms, jeans, socks, t-shirts and a bed sheet. I've heard that people do iron bed-sheets, so I thought I'd give it a go.
I did the sheet first, because I was a bit wary of the 'one setting' thing.

Everything was fine, and very flat, by the time I'd finished.

I have, unfortunately, discovered that some things do benefit from ironing.

The babys dresses seem to have lengthened by a couple of centimeters now that I've ironed the creases out - so we'll get a bit more wear out of those!

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?

I was nice to just be able to plough through stuff, without worrying about thinks sticking to the iron, or shiney bits appearing.

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?

The iron was very heavy, even unfilled. It was sheer novelty that saw me through two lots of washing, I think I'd call it quits much earlier normally.

The safety cut out was useful blush

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?

My husband had a go, but found it hard to find anything interesting to say about an iron.

My 8 year old ironed his Cubs uniform, but he hadn't much to compare it to. He was astonished that an iron could cost £100. I think he expected to 'press go' and have it do the ironing automatically. grin

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?

I wouldn't discourage anyone wanting to buy one, but I'm not sure that there is anything 'stand-out' about this iron.

~ How would you rate the value for money?

It's difficult to say. I would never pay £100+ for an iron. I can't see that not having to change the temperature setting really justifies the price tag.

~ Any other comments on the product?

BoysAndGhouls Thu 06-Dec-12 17:37:11

best tip
Errr.... When filled with water press the steam button a good few times and test on a towel or something prior to starting, to get rid of the limescale. So not to get lime scale ridden black trousers smile

stephgr Thu 06-Dec-12 19:51:16

my best tip is to hang crumpled clothes on the door of the bathroom then run a hot bath to relax in whilst the steam from the hot bath helps remove the creases in the clothes.

SarahStratton Thu 06-Dec-12 21:42:46

My best ironing tip is to add a drop of your favourite perfume to the water. Your clothes smell lovely, and it makes ironing a marginally more pleasant experience. Iron whilst watching a film.

Who am I kidding, I don't even know where the iron IS

Finbar Thu 06-Dec-12 22:06:40

Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?
A Necessary evil - though in recent years I have seriously cut back the amount I do and have used quicker hanging up of clothes instead

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
Modern design Nice sleek shape - looked promising. The instruction were simple - almost too simple - I kept trying to look for extra instructions and steps to follow!
Rather miffed at the whole hard water issue. Whilst I understand totally how it affects appliances like irons - I resented having to buy a 'special' filter at £25. Instead I decided to buy a cheaper Brita filter jug. I would have been doubly annoyed if I had bought this iron to find I needed to shell out another £25 because of the hard water area we live in. I did the water test and although our water wasn't as hard I had thought - I still felt we should get a filter so as not to ruin this expensive iron and to get the best from it.

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
Got stuck in and tried it on a basket of clothes- some freshly laundered and a couple of things that had been in the basket a while ( in the 'too difficult' pile!). It worked particularly well on these older things from the basket

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?
Instinct is to sort the clothes into batches of similar fabrics, but once I had got over this mental hurdle I found the lack of settings needed was a delight.
Also feel I need to stop myself going over the fabric as much as I usually do - there really is no need with this iron.

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
It's a whopper weight-wise and this was quite a shock. Whilst it's true you don't have to move the iron over the clothes so many times- I did find manoeuvring it tiring
It drinks water and I had to fill it up a few times.
The bit I liked least was the plumes of steam every time I stood it up after ironing something. I know you can leave it face down for a while - but that's a big habit to break.
The steam made a hell of a noise- sending our 2 cats running for cover and ensuring I missed key bits of TV dialogue ( yes I know they mumble a lot on Homeland - but even so!)

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
DH used it for all his shirts and thinks it does much better job than any iron we've had before - a really good smooth result on the shirts and trousers. Is very happy with it indeed! He says it will be hard to go back to an ordinary one

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
Mmm..not sure. I would definitely say the end result is very good and the lack of having to adjust setting is a clear advantage. But it is heavy and that noisy steam plume was irritating in the end.

~ How would you rate the value for money?
£120 plus £25 for water filter is a lot of money. I know you get what you pay for and there is a lot of technology in this iron - but it's not quite perfect yet and therefore not quite worth that.

~ Any other comments on the product?
Really delighted to have been given this opportunity -thank you. Hope the feedback is useful. Its very good, but not quite amazing yet.

wheremommagone Fri 07-Dec-12 04:06:09

My best ironing tip is to do it little and often... If u have a huge pile I tend to just hide it away as I can't face it!

moonbells Fri 07-Dec-12 09:39:51

Best ironing tips
1) buy clothes that don't need it so you don't have to!
2) Linen's a git so iron as wet as you can on as high a heat as you dare
3) use a wet and wrung-out old muslin square while ironing things that could burn/go shiny, eg school trousers
4) Always iron the yoke first on shirts especially tiny ones...

Worst disaster (looks at hands with current crop of burn scars) DH says that me just getting hold of an iron is one! Bless him he ironed all DS's uniform last weekend.

moonbells Fri 07-Dec-12 10:31:40

Best ironing tips
1) buy clothes that don't need it so you don't have to!
2) Linen's a git so iron as wet as you can on as high a heat as you dare
3) use a wet and wrung-out old muslin square while ironing things that could burn/go shiny, eg school trousers
4) Always iron the yoke first on shirts especially tiny ones...

Worst disaster (looks at hands with current crop of burn scars) DH says that me just getting hold of an iron is one! Bless him he ironed all DS's uniform last weekend.

moonbells Fri 07-Dec-12 10:32:18

! dunno what happened there... I just refreshed the page to see if there were any more tips!

chrisrobin Fri 07-Dec-12 14:17:33

My best ironing tip is to hang clothes on clothes hangers to dry which helps stop them creasing too badly. When we are away for a function and the clothes have creased in the suitcase I put them in the bathroom when showering to help the creases drop out, then iron them while slightly damp from the steam.

SuzysZoo Fri 07-Dec-12 17:43:54

Best ever ironing tip - never buy anything linen as it will be very tricky to iron! Other than that - iron it damp!

maximum4 Fri 07-Dec-12 19:23:28

Best Ironing Tip - A light spray of starch always helps in rush situations. Spray it on to the garment, and smooth away your wrinkles. It works better with cotton-blend shirts.

Belmo Sat 08-Dec-12 09:38:59

I don't have any ironing tips as I'm rubbish at it! My worst ironing disaster - DP had a job interview, he was practicing the night before so said I'd iron his clothes for him (v v rare in this house!). Obviously I melted the bottom of his trousers. Nightmare. Didn't have anything else to wear so had to hope noone would look at his feet. He got the job though!

MTBMummy Sat 08-Dec-12 16:37:38

~ Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?
I used to love it, but then got a rubbish iron and actually stopped doing it all together except in extreme emergencies or no clean clothes that didn't need ironing

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
I though it looked really nice and sleek, liked the change from white. The instruction were very easy to follow

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
I started with a few items I didn't mind ruining and it coped very well.

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?
I found I didn't have to sort out my ironing into an order, so I liked I could grab whatever came to hand and just get on with it.

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
I thought the handle was a bit big, but I do have to but kids gloves as my hands are so small

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
DP used it and actually enjoyed it, it's the first time I've known him to iron anything in over 12 years!

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
I'm undecided, while I like it, an find it very easy to use, it actually stretched one of DP's favourite jumpers, which can be ironed and has been done before, but I think the steam is just too hot for it.

~ How would you rate the value for money?
If it lasts then I'd say its good value for money, but if it dies after 12 months I would say it is not good value for money

~ Any other comments on the product?
I've enjoyed using it, and enjoyed ironing again. The only disappointment for me was DP's jumper, otherwise I would rate this 10 out of 10

maybeyoushouldrivesantassleigh Sat 08-Dec-12 17:11:26

Best ironing tips - try to iron your clothes while they are still slightly damp, makes ironing much less of a chore. Don't let dh near the iron - he is hopeless, much easier just to do it myself!

Worst ironing disaster - when I was little I tried to 'help' my mum do the ironing when she went to answer the phone. I dropped the iron on my hand and had severe burns sad

firawla Sat 08-Dec-12 17:13:14

best ever ironing tip - i dont think i have one

worst ironing distaster - i have burnt things couple of times, by accidently doing it on too hot a temperature so this iron sounds quite good! i also have couple of times ironed dirty marks onto the clothes, there must have been something left on the underneath of the iron no idea how come. ive burnt myself once while ironing too

Roseformeplease Sat 08-Dec-12 21:39:11

Best ironing tip. Do it as little as possible and only iron when essential. Worst ironing disaster was not getting to be a tester as I really fancied this test.

imdreamingofaskyebluechristmas Sun 09-Dec-12 00:29:37

Only iron chiffon under a tea towel or you will ruin your best top :-((

WitchCrafter Sun 09-Dec-12 00:38:24

best tip- fold bed linen neatly, place on full length of ironing board and iron clothes on top, heat will go through and save electric.

Poppy0000 Sun 09-Dec-12 19:25:16

When I was young I thought it would be a OK to iron my shirt on the floor (I was too lazy to get the ironing board out). The recently laid bedroom carpet got melted and also got stuck to my shirt and the iron, and to top it all the fuses blew and I shorted all the wiring in the house!!

Housemum Sun 09-Dec-12 21:32:14

Best ironing tip - be ready to iron clothes when they are only just dry from tumble dryer or outside, much easier when they are not like cardboard

Ironing disaster - being sad enough to iron socks only to find that the little pretty design bits (ducks on these ones) are more nylon-y and stick to the soleplate - grrr

Elfontheshelfiswatchingyou Sun 09-Dec-12 21:46:10

Best ironing tip- pay someone else to do it.

Worst disaster- ironing my Barbie's cycling shorts when I was younger. They literally stuck to the iron. If you're reading this mum, it was me and I'm sorry.
smile

WildThongonthesparklytree Mon 10-Dec-12 13:33:56

Best ironing tip - a very light spray with water/starch mix - works for me as my iron doesn't steam very well

Worst ironing disaster - when I was a teenager I tried to get chewing gum off my trousers (some old wives tale of brown paper over the gum and press hard with an iron), I think it was supposed to peel off. Obviously that didn't happen and the brown paper and gum congealed into a permanent minty mess on the trousers - and the iron, in the steam holes and everything. My poor mum scraped at it for ages with a kirby grip but ended up having to buy a new one!

HannahLI Mon 10-Dec-12 15:13:05

Worst ironing disaster was husband had new top and I checked the logo and it was all material so i ironed it only to look down and discover that there was a white plastic line thinly across the material logo that had leatched white all over the top and my iron!

Tw1nkle Mon 10-Dec-12 19:07:03

Best ever ironing tip - Try and leave cottons slightly damp for ironing.

Worst ever ironing disaster - We have two! Mine is: feeling the iron with my hand to see if it had warmed up - ouch!!
And my husband - ironing on the floor (don't ask), and making an iron shaped burn mark on the carpet!

serendipity1980 Mon 10-Dec-12 19:57:39

Hi,
I don't mind the actual ironing, I just don't like how much time it takes up. My best tip is to keep on top of the ironing pile, iron little and often as it makes it far less time consuming and challenging. I also love to listen to music while I iron, it gives me some 'me' time. For a 'not to do' try not to iron on carpet, however tempting it is to avoid getting the ironing board out. Our guest room carpet has little patches where I've fused together some of the carpet due to the heat from the iron and it catches on my tights sad

Happy ironing!

MayaAngelCool Mon 10-Dec-12 20:22:53

Best ironing tip - M&S do a lovely orchid scented ironing water which leaves your clothes and room smelling so heavenly so that even avoidant ironers like myself are lured to the ironing table...

Worst disaster was an opera singer I heard of, a rather large and droopy-bodied lady who was ironing in the nude. She ended up singeing one of her hooters! Ow!

Kittycatcat Mon 10-Dec-12 20:32:19

Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?
HATE HATE HATE IT. I usually leave it as long as possible and then of course it takes even longer.

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?
I was expecting it to be small but its bigger than my iron because it's a steam generator. My iron is just your basic rubbish as i now know! I like the look of it. It feels unexpectadly heavy. VERY easy to use. Plug it in. Wait for blue light to stop flashing. GO.

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?
I was brave. I went for it. Didnt even sort my ironing first. Hubby's polo shirts have never ironed so well. They looked great. I went from polo shirts to shirts to my more sensitive clothes and it ironed all of them well. I did still feel i wanted to spray the shirts wet again first, but i dont have a tuble drier so my clothes crease alot.

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?
I used to sort my clothes so the 'hot' setting was at the bottom of the pile and the 'cool' setting at the top, no need! Loved not having to faff about. This definately saves time.

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
Bigger than my previous iron, but feels nicer, glides well. It's heavy. My arm actually ached after the second time i used it on a larger pile. Boy is it thirsty. It got through several 'cups' of water. The second time i used a measuring jug. Think i refilled it once. The second time i noticed water marks on the clothes i was ironing and it wasnt easy to iron them out. And the room got very warm. It steams so much my glasses steamed up. I didnt notice much difference when using the steam boost, opting to wet the clothes instead. It's also incredibly noisy. Hubby commented he couldn't hear the tele! Nor could i tbh. When the water runs low it clunks! A warning light or beep would be nicer.

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
Nobody else irons

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
I dont have much to compare it to. I think i would as it made my previous iron look pathetic, and it did what i asked. Sped up the process and made the job more enjoyable.

~ How would you rate the value for money?
Given my hatred for ironing i would never have spent this much. I'd say it's a good iron but maybe a tad overpriced due to the thirst and noise.

~ Any other comments on the product?
Thank you very much for letting me try it out. It's a vast improvement on my last one smile

Worst ironing disaster I recently couldn't be bothered to get the ironing board out blush & ironed something on the bedroom carpet. But it's a cheap acrylic carpet & the iron was too hot so now the whole carpet needs replacing as I've scorched an iron mark into it. My OH was not happy!

BlastOff Tue 11-Dec-12 00:07:17

Best ironing tip - get someone else to do it.

Worst ironing disaster - wasn't me, but someone I was at Uni with ironed her trousers in a hurry because she was late for an exam... Whilst she was still wearing them...

Littlechangeforthis Tue 11-Dec-12 11:58:59

I have been testing the iron now for the past month.

It isn't Particulary bigger or bulkier than my existing iron, although I wish with the advances in technology someone would design a method for keeping the flex tidy rather than Havibg to wrap it around the iron.

I love the fact that there are no buttons to mess about with, enabling me to iron delicate tops and jeans without having to wait for iron to heat up/cool down

It seems to be taking slightly longer to iron shirts, not sure whether this is due to temperature restriction.

Overall I like it, easy to use, comfortable and nothing burnt so far!

Thanks Phillips and MN

PinkPepper Tue 11-Dec-12 14:25:28

~ Firstly - what is your general opinion of ironing?

I like having ironed clothes - but not so much the ironing smile
In theory it's great, stick tv on, you can do it any pace, but I never get around to making the time, then stare at piles of clothes / ironing board in the way of everything and it starts to get on my nerves.

~ First impressions - what did you think? How easy to follow were the instructions?

Looked good, nice and sreamlined but then I guess most irons are! We had a previous steam phillips one and it looked and felt quite similar.

~ First use - what did you try it on? A mountain or did you ease it in slowly? How did it handle the first few items?

We always have a ready waiting mountain at the moment so got started on that - did a t-shirt and then some trousers, they really didn't get 'shiny' at all which I was impressed about

~ Did you have to adjust how you iron at all? How did you find not changing the settings?

Didn't really have to adjust how I ironed, it gets through the water quick so maybe had to fill it couple more times, I was quicker to iron things I may not have before - lighter fabrics and trousers mainly as I wasn't worried about damaging them.

I didn't really change settings that much on my old iron so can't say I noticed a big difference there.

~ Any comments on ease of use? Including size, weight, storage etc?
It's quite heavy - this is good in that it's easier to put enough pressure on the clothes, but it might be a bit much for anyone with weaker hands. I liked the lights and that there wasn't much to it - just plug in and go.
It is quite big but our old iron was the same size so storage isn't any harder - I think it'd be hard to get a good iron any smaller. I find it makes a lot of steam and I had to be a bit more careful placing my clothes so I wouldn't burn my fingers - but this is a positive really as shows the

~ Any one else in the family used it? What did they think?
My partner has mostly used it, he's impressed. He chose the original phillips that we had and he likes the auto shut off features and the continuous steam.

~ Is this an iron you think you'd recommend to other people (should the conversation arise)?
Yes - I have discussed it with a couple of people, but they are cautious to spend so much on an iron.

~ How would you rate the value for money?
Quite good - I think a basic iron is fine, and gets the job done. As we already had a good iron (I think it was about £80 new) I think we were accustomed already to the benefits of continuous steam and high power. I think it probably is value for money over time as our old iron has lasted great. But it's a big initial outlay when you can get irons for less than £10

~ Any other comments on the product?
I'm pleased with it - I like just plugging it in, waiting for light to stay on - and getting to the ironing, without checking settings or worrying about sorting my ironing pile. It's made me much more likely to iron the odd item - whereas before I wouldn't turn the iron on unless I had a few things or needed something specific. I even ironed some of the babies things to soften them up!

ISawSantaKissingThePortlyPinUp Tue 11-Dec-12 16:42:33

My best ironing tip is to leave a huge pile out whenever you ironing obsessive grandmother comes to visit, it'll be done within minutes, knickers and bras too hmm

Worst ironing tip, wear clothes when ironing, I've burnt myself in tender areas several times when rushing to iron something to wear immediately.
I just let dp iron now.

Caerlaverock Tue 11-Dec-12 17:19:49

How can an iron cost so much? I don't iron anyway, polyester is my friend [spontaneously combusts]

Best ironing tip - use a good iron, have some trash tv recorded, set up the ironing board and do it while watching the tv. You won't notice how awful it is and the time will pass quicker! I always try and do just a little bit every day - if it mounts up I dread doing it. I also set a time limit - so I iron for an hour and then have a break and make sure I go and have a coffee, then do another hour.

Worst ironing tip - do not buy a nice new iron then decide to try it out on everything you have. If you put it on an expensive new fluffy dressing gown on a hot setting it will make a nice scratchy patch and ruin it!

justaweeone Tue 11-Dec-12 18:18:51

Best one-get your husband to iron his own shirts
Worst one- use an ironing board not the carpet!

Isaidhangonamin Tue 11-Dec-12 21:59:52

Best ironing tip: delicate or awkward to iron clothes can be steamed on the hanger. Make sure you are not holding the hanger (I hang mine on the door frame) and that you steam with An upwards motion rather than down wards.

Worst disaster? Melting my fave jumpsuit when I was about 14 angry

ComradeJing Wed 12-Dec-12 00:32:23

I already own one of these and I love it (though would happily win another for my lovely mum.)

Best ironing tip is to only iron collars and cuffs if you're wearing a jumper over the top of a shirt. <lazy>

WannaSplitAPineapple Wed 12-Dec-12 02:34:29

Worst ironing disaster - when I was young my mum repeatedly told me off for putting a towel on the floor and ironing on that as apposed to getting the ironing board out. As a teenager I completely ignored her. Then one day whilst ironing on the floor I knocked the iron over and burnt a hole in her brand new carpet! I now use the ironing board.

mummyofcutetwo Wed 12-Dec-12 08:03:24

Best ironing tip: don't put off doing the ironing - a growing mountain of clothes just isn't motivating!

Worst ironing disaster: When I was a student I used to make a lot of my own clothes. One day I managed to weld some fabric and wonderweb to the bottom of my mum's new iron. My mum's great - so laid back and forgiving (as she knew it was a genuine accident). I must have spent a small fortune on "solutions" to the problem, none of which were entirely successful. It probably would have been cheaper to just buy a new iron...

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Dec-12 14:16:15

Thanks for all the amazing tips - BetsyBlingtastic has been selected as the winner of the PerfectCare Xpress Iron. Well done!

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