Advantages It Irons Like a Dream
Disadvantages Only worthwhile if you have the Stamina to Iron for England
After spending 20 minutes in our local Comet store discussing some irritating little gadget with 'the bloke' I find myself wandering off and edging towards some rather nifty looking irons, sad I know.I was particularly drawn to a rather snazzy purple and pink one and spent a few minutes scrutinising it before I am informed by 'the bloke' who has appeared behind me that it is no good as it has a stainless steel sole plate.... this astounds both me and a fellow female customer and the way he is pointing out the pros of a ceramic sole plate against the stainless steel one you would think he is the king of ironing... oh I wish, I made the conscious decision years ago to avoid much pain and anguish and excessive electric bills (and many a crease) that I would take responsibility for the wonderful chore that is ironing the deal being that in return I have no responsibility for any car maintenance full stop. So after testing out the weightiness (an iron needs to be heavy to bash out creases) I select the rather boring white and turquoise coloured Tefal 2810 Pressing Compact as does the fellow female customer (I think she is in shock) complete with 'Ultra Glide Diffusion' sole plate at the price of £74.99.... actually it's not ceramic so there!!
On leaving the shop with a big bulky box and considerably less cash in my pocket I cannot believe I have spent that much money on an iron and it was on half price offer at that, however having given up smoking in January I am now like a woman possessed by the housework devil.... anything to take my mind of cigarettes, so in some way I can justify such a ridiculous purchase, but will the iron live up to it's price?...So how does it work?....
The iron sits on a 'steam generator', which is basically a bulky 1 Litre tank which generates a steam pressure bar of 2.5 which by all accounts is quite feisty. Fill it up, plug it in and away you go... well nearly, the iron takes a whole 8 minutes to heat up so if you're in a rush forget it - make sure you have a spare iron hidden under the sink for those last minute emergencies.The steam generator and iron are ready to use when the iron's thermostat light and 'steam ready' light's go out. Baring in mind the length of time it takes to heat up it is best to go the whole hog and do a mammoth session of ironing in one go. (In recent ironing championships held in our household I currently hold the record for 19 shirts, 6 trousers, 2 sets of bedding and all the scraggly bits from the bottom of the ironing basket (which have resided there for ever because I simply could not be bothered with the pain) in 67 minutes without refilling the tank, yes I timed it and the cord is long enough to iron at ease without dancing around the ironing board to reach the bits at the edge. The steam generator button located under the handle delivers a blast of steam continuously until the button is released, you can also iron without steam just keep your finger away from the button.
and the wedding day...
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