This new Philips Speedcare Steam Iron will be available to buy exclusively from Ideal World TV for £99.99 from this Saturday 26 July 2014 and I’ve been testing one out for myself.
I have never been a huge fan of ironing and tend to avoid it wherever possible. The logic behind ironing pants will always be a mystery to me, but I do see the value in not sending the kids out in crumpled clothes, so when I do iron, I like it to be as easy as it possibly can be.
The Philips SpeedCare Steam Generator Iron GC6631/30 generates pressurised steam to make light work of creases and crumples. In short, it’s a really great iron.
The iron has all the usual settings you would expect to control the heat according to the fabric you’re ironing, and it does the job brilliantly on everything I’ve tried it with so far, including thicker material with deep creases.
A full tank of water will give you an hour’s worth of steam. Once filled, it takes just two minutes for the steam to be ready. As you fill the base, rather than the iron, it’s safe to add more water at any time. You don’t have to turn the iron off and wait for it to cool so you can iron for as long as you like.
The ‘soleplate’ underneath is ceramic, which means it’s highly resistant to scratches and genuinely glides over clothes. It’s also really easy to clean if you manage to melt anything on to it *cough*
The hose cord is slimmer than I expected and swivels while in use, so it doesn’t feel too restrictive.
If you like, you can also use the steam function vertically so, for example, you can put a shirt on a hanger and blast steam through it to freshen and loosen creases without a full iron.
There’s also a little orange light that serves to remind you when the iron needs to be descaled – great in a hard water area like ours. If you ignore the warning, the steam function is disabled after an hour of steaming to protect the iron but fear not…
All you need to do to clean the iron is stand it in the supplied tray and press and hold the Calc Clean button for 2 seconds. After 2 minutes, it’s clean and ready to use again. It’s as easy as that.
For storage, the iron locks onto the base so it’s can be carried and stored away safely. The appliance as a whole is smaller than I had expected – I thought steam irons were mammoth things, but this doesn’t have a footprint much bigger than the iron itself, so it should store away easily in most homes.
So, that’s my impressions of this amazing new iron, exclusive to Ideal World.
Disclosure: I was sent the iron for review and Ideal World supplied another for giveaway.