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Steam station thingy vs normal iron - any views?

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happynappies Wed 03-Aug-11 20:59:23

I have baskets and baskets of ironing to do for my family of five, and my Tefal Ultraglide iron hasn't worked properly since being dropped, so am spending vastly longer than I need to whittling down my ironing mountain. I've always dismissed the steam station/steam generator things as a bit gimmicky, but now I'm wondering if they really would reduce my ironing time? Anyone have one? Which is the best?

timidviper Wed 03-Aug-11 21:01:46

I bought one recently and there is an amazing difference. Somehow my steam irons before never made quite enough steam but this is ace and makes the ironing much easier. I wouldn't go so far as to say it makes ironing a pleasure but if I had more time it might.

Seona1973 Thu 04-Aug-11 08:52:49

I have a Bosch one that I got on sale in Argos. It saves time especially ironing dh's shirts. I also only iron one side of the kids tops and the steam helps do the back at the same time. I have one with pressurised steam. I iron very little though so dont ever have an ironing pile (everything gets put away and then I pick out dh's shirts, the kids school stuff when it is time for them to be ironed)

befuzzled Thu 04-Aug-11 09:06:26

Am in same position as op, which one would you all recommend or are they much of a muchness?

I am a neat freak and it is taking me forever, ironing both sides, sleeves etc on everything

SleepyFergus Thu 04-Aug-11 18:56:46

My mum has one of the steam generating unit things and swears by it, says it much quicker than a trad iron. I'd love one but they're a bit bulky to store and a bit pricey. But after standing for 2.5 hours today ironing I might bite the bullet!

applepies Sat 06-Aug-11 13:11:14

yep - a steam generator at least halves your ironing time - you onnly need to iron on one side too. You will need a suitable ironing board and why oh why does anyone do the ironing standing up????!!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 06-Aug-11 13:25:15

I got mine half price in homebase, and I bought mil one from tj Hughes again half price.

It does make a difference to your ironing time. I got myself an extra wide ironing board too.

bruffin Sat 06-Aug-11 13:31:42

I have a Phillips, its brilliant and does cut down ironing time.

daftwit Sat 06-Aug-11 15:17:22

would not be without my steam generator, defo not a gimmick-a neccesity!

redglow Sat 06-Aug-11 21:01:44

I love my steam generator I would buy another one tomorrow if it broke.

happynappies Sun 07-Aug-11 14:50:39

Sounds like I definitely need one - what would a suitable ironing board be? What brand steam generator would you recommend? A few supermarkets seem to have deals on at the moment, but not sure they are the 'best' ones to get... or should I just get one when I see an offer?

gregssausageroll Sun 07-Aug-11 14:55:43

I have a tefal one. I'd never be without one now.

TooManyBlossoms Sun 07-Aug-11 14:59:15

I've got a Philips pressurised steam generator - it's fab, and much better than my previous non-pressurised ones.

My ironing board was from Wilko's - it's got a large area for the iron to stand on, and it's long enough to fit a pair of trousers on without having to move them around. And it's covered in pink flowers smile.

bruffin Sun 07-Aug-11 15:20:00

If you want a decent ironing board as well this Keter one is brilliant. Very sturdy and large ironing area.
I don't put the generator part actually on the ironing board but leave it on the floor. The Philips steam wire thingy is long enough to do that.

Seona1973 Sun 07-Aug-11 15:35:10

I have this minky ironing board and a Bosch steam generator iron with pressurised steam. Ii is a good enough iron but if I bought another one I would get one with a larger water capacity. (I got it when it was on offer so didnt pay full price for it)

Oblomov Sun 07-Aug-11 15:40:05

Tefal Pro Express Turbo. Quite expensive as I re-call, but very good.

Seona1973 Sun 07-Aug-11 15:42:35

This Phillips one has £75 off at the moment and good reviews

allthefires Sun 07-Aug-11 15:43:52

I dont iron! DP loves the steam generator I brought though.

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