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Tell me about pressurised steam generators (aka irons)

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maggiethecat Mon 28-Sep-09 21:13:30

After nearly being electrocuted last night by my frayed-cord iron I've decided it's time to replace it. Think that it might be worth investing in something better than the cheapo irons that I usually get - but are these pressurised steam things going to do a much better job?

Which one do you swear by?

Fayrazzled Mon 28-Sep-09 21:17:02

I've got a Phillips one I love- it was a Which best buy. I do think steam generators really help with the ironing: they're more powerful and quite often I only need to iron one side of a garment (e.g. t-shirt or sheet). They also need filling with water much less frequently than a normal iron so that cuts down on faff time too. I wouldn't go back to a normal iron now.

Some research I read suggested a steam generator can cut ironing time in half. I don't think it is quite as much as this, but it does certainly help reduce the time doing it.

crockydoodle Mon 28-Sep-09 21:42:08

I love my tefal which I've had for over 4 years. If it died I would go straight out and buy another. Wouldn't go back to a standard iron.

maggiethecat Mon 28-Sep-09 21:42:54

I am quite tempted although the prices seem ridiculous. Have only started looking at them (since was nearly electrocuted only last night!) but there seems to be pressurised and non-pressurised ones - the former being more expensive.

Do they steam up the whole room? - having visions of me disappearing behind clouds of steam.

Also, do they work well on small kids' clothes or is their effect really on larger items (I'm not one for ironing sheets but do like to give kids' clothes a lick).

By any chance, would you have your model to hand - since there are so many out there it would be a starting point.

maggiethecat Mon 28-Sep-09 21:45:10

msg crossed with crocky's so was asking fay -but question now directed at crocky too

vinblanc Mon 28-Sep-09 21:45:49

I have a Tefal one. I couldn't go back to an ordinary iron. The steam generator version is just so much quicker.

RubysReturn Mon 28-Sep-09 21:47:29

worth weight in gold. I have 4.5 bar pressured. fab

RubysReturn Mon 28-Sep-09 21:48:12

no
yes
argos often sell off cheap btw

maggiethecat Mon 28-Sep-09 21:50:00

back to question of volume of steam - do you not feel as if you're going to evaporate after 5 mins of ironing?

SofaQueen Mon 28-Sep-09 21:55:44

I bought one of these last month. I despise(d) ironing, but this gadget makes it soooo much more appealing. You control the steam, and it is directed down, so no steam bath is created.

I highly recommend one!

merryberry Mon 28-Sep-09 21:56:44

love mine, muchly. not to steamy now, as all directed into the clothes on button push, it doesn't chug around steaming automatically all the time. you're not standingin clouds of the stuff. you get through so much ironing so quickly you do need a window open though, to keep cool.

vinblanc Mon 28-Sep-09 21:58:11

You do not get a facial when ironing. The steam is directed into the ironing board, which will get wet after maybe an hour of constant ironing. It is a message to stop!

merryberry Mon 28-Sep-09 21:59:38

the footplate of the iron is just as normal. kids clothes go well with this, just a quick blast one side and they're done. last longer too, as you barely iron at all - just kind of apply the iron on really small bits.

get pressurised. truly, makes all the diff to the job. mine's now 3 years old, lasting well. tefal.

maggiethecat Mon 28-Sep-09 22:03:44

Sofa, that's a nice looking one, sounds like it does a good job too.

Almost converted - need to get head round the prices and out of 19.99 mindset.

Fayrazzled Mon 28-Sep-09 22:29:56

Not too steamy and mine doesn't make the ironing board wet either- it is a very dry steam somehow. No problem ironing children's clothes- the iron itself is the same as a normal one. In actual fact, I've thought of another advantage- the iron is much lighter than a regular iron because there's no water in it- so the ironing is less tiring.

yes, pressurised ones are expensive, but mine is worth it's weight in gold.

Mine is similar to this. Think mine must be the previous model: http://www.consumer.philips.com/c/irons/gc8220_02/prd/gb/

maggiethecat Mon 28-Sep-09 22:37:18

will have a look (...weight in gold - keeps ringing in my head)

RubysReturn Mon 28-Sep-09 22:39:13

get a lovely mesh ironing board to go with

maggiethecat Tue 29-Sep-09 13:53:37

meshing ironing board - this is a whole new world...............

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