Advantages Lightweight and cheap
Disadvantages Ironing my favourite shirt takes twice as lon
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The Orbit CSI-1704 is a cordless 1200W steam iron (AC 220-240V, 50-60Hz) that I've had for about three months. I've used it used it several times during this time. I actually paid £16 for another iron from zAvy Online via Amazon, but was sent this one by mistake. The seller offered me a £4 refund which I accepted as I couldn't be bothered with the hassle of returning it and the specifications seemed the same. So the total price I paid for this iron was £12. I'd never heard of Orbit before. I've never bought an Orbit iron before and I'm unlikely to ever buy one again.This was a cheap iron so I was not expecting great things. I bought it because I wanted a cordless iron and this was the only cordless iron I could find for less than £50. My old iron was a superb Morphy Richards heavier cordless iron but they just don't seem to make them like that anymore. I find cordless irons so convenient to use but for some reason they have become a rarity.
The iron has an attractive light blue and white design and at 600g is light to pick up. On first impressions the iron seems ergonomically well made with the various buttons, knobs and dials well placed and the right size. On the top front of the iron is the steam knob, a spray button and steam burst button. The spray button is probably the best thing about this iron. When pressed a fine misty even spray is produced that covers the garment evenly. The steam button also works effectively. In front of these is the an adjustable steam knob which gives you some control over the amount of steam that is released.The opening to the transparent water tank is quite large and is situated just in front of the adjustable steam knob. This opening makes pouring water into the tank (with the included plastic beaker) an easy task and the transparency allows you to clearly see how much water is left whilst ironing. However, when ironing you have to be careful to avoid sudden jerky movements as the water has a tendency to splash out of the opening and dribble down the front of the iron.
I have my doubts about the reliability of the adjustable thermostat dial. The iron seems to heat up quickly but I find myself having to turn the dial up to it's maximum whenever I'm ironing cotton garments. Trying to iron denim is a real chore - it seems the iron just doesn't stay hot enough for linen garments.The worst thing about this iron is the power base. It is far too light and moves out of position when you replace the iron onto it. It has a swivel bottom that is supposed to make replacing the iron more convenient but this advantage is negated by the overall unsteadiness of the base. It is also really tedious trying to replace the iron back into the socket of the base. I find myself frequently having to hold the iron firmly down into the socket so that the indicator light, situated on the right side to the rear, switches on and thus indicates that the iron is heating up. A further hindrance is the short power cord that extends from the power base. At just over a metre in length it's just about impossible to place the power base onto the ironing board, unless you can position it right next to the wall above the plug socket. In my case, I inevitably have to place the base onto a nearby low table or chair. So I'm kind of bending down all the time whilst ironing.
To put it bluntly this iron makes ironing even more of a chore. Leaving aside all the problems associated with the power-base, the actual ironing of garments takes much longer than usual. I can't work out if this is to do with the stainless steel sole-plate, the lightness of the iron or the unreliability of the temperature. It's no doubt a combination of all three. The Orbit CSI-1704 might just do you as a cheap travel iron but I'd never recommend it as a main household iron. The Orbit CSI-1704 is a cheaply made low quality electrical product imported from Hong Kong. In the end I guess you only get what you pay for.
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