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Compare Irons - Updated for 2013 - What Makes the Best Buy Steam Iron?

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Our updated compare irons table lets you judge – at a glance the best buy irons 2013. Based on our survey results, you'll find the users overall satisfaction ratings per model plus a run-down of the facts owners tell us are important – like how long the power cable is.

Check out the top steam irons – as voted by UK users - from Morphy Richards and Philips. Sadly, no Bosch, Rowenta, Russell Hobbs or Tefal irons made it into the top ten this time.

In our quest to find the UK’s best buy iron, we’ve now surveyed over two thousand four hundred users in order to build our compare irons table.

Help me choose – you’ll find user-led recommendations here…

Users recommend  Philips GC2920 Steam Iron   Philips GC2910  Philips GC2930  Morphy Richards 40699 clothes iron

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Philips GC2920/02

Philips GC2910/02

Philips GC2930/02

Morphy Richards 40699

Philips GC4890

Philips GC4860/02

Philips GC3640/22 EnergyCare

Philips GC3320/32

Morphy Richards 40851

Philips GC4850/02

Morphy Richards 40852

Philips GC4870/02

Ranked by users

1st

2nd

=3rd

=3rd

4th

5th

=6th

=6th

7th

9th

9th

10th

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Best buy steam iron

Users recommend this steam iron

#

#

Best Buys Compared recommends this steam iron

Wide buy steam iron

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User satisfaction rating*

9.50/10

9.37/10

9.36/10

9.36/10

9.28/10

9.25/10

9.21/10

9.21/10

9.20/10

9.09/10

9.00/10

8.98/10

Lighter weight? 

Y

Y

Y

Y

#

© 2012-2013 Best Buys for Compare Irons Table
*Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating for effective ironing, ease of use and value for money.

Philips GC4890  Philips GC4860 iron  Philips GC3640 Eco steam iron  Philips GC3320  Morphy Richards 40851 

 

Steam Iron Comparison Tables

Which steam iron can help you get through that ironing pile and deliver, neatly pressed results?

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Philips GC2920/02

Philips GC2910/02

Philips GC2930/02

Morphy Richards 40699

Philips GC4890

Philips GC4860/02

Philips GC3640/22 EnergyCare

Philips GC3320/32

Morphy Richards 40851

Philips GC4850/02

Morphy Richards 40852

Philips GC4870/02

User satisfaction rating*

9.50/10

9.37/10

9.36/10 9.36/10

9.28/10

9.25/10

9.21/10

9.21/10

9.20/10

9.09/10

9.00/10

8.98/10
Warranty length

2yrs

 2yrs

2yrs

2yrs*

2yrs

2yrs

2yrs

2yrs

2yrs*

2yrs

2yrs*

2yrs

Family ironing

#

#

#

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Singles/couples

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Performance

-

-

-

-

-

-

- -

-

-

 - - 
Cable length

c2m

c2m

c2m

c2m

c2.5m

c2.5m

c2.5m

c3m

c3m

c2.5m

c3m

c2.5m

Cord freedom

360*

360*

360*

180*

360*

 360*

 180*

360*

360*

360*

360*

360*

Wattage

2100w

2000w

2200w

 2000w

2600w

2600w

2400w

2300w

2200w

2600w

2200w

2600w

Energy saving features

#

# 

#

Y

Y

Y

Y

#

#

# 

Y

Auto off function

# 

#

Y

 Y

Y

Y

#

# 

Y

Motion sensitive steam production

#

#

Y

 Y

Y

Y

#

# 

Y

Continuous steam

35g/min

30g/min

35g/min

35g/min

50g/min

50g/min

40g/min

40g/min

40g/min

50g/min

40g/min

50g/min

Steam boost

95g/min

 90g/min

110g/min

120g/min

200g/min

 200g/min

120g/min

100g/min

110g/min

170g/min

160g/min

200g/min

Water tank

300ml

 300ml

300ml

400ml

350ml

 350ml

 300ml

300ml

350ml

350ml

350ml

335ml

Continuous steam endurance 

c18 mins

 c18

 c18

c24

 c16

 c16

c16

c18

c19

 c16

c19

c15

Likely time between tank refills 

c36 mins

 c36

 c36

c48

 c32

 c32

c32

c36

c40

c32

c40

c30


Table © Best Buys Compared 2013

* You can usually upgrade the Morphy Richards warranty to 2 yrs by regsitering your purchase online.

What you have here are the top irons for 2013. And what they give you is a lot of controlled steam. It’s steam production that relaxes fabric and makes it easy to smooth wrinkles and banish creases in one pass of a slippery iron sole-plate.

And what that means for you is a shorter ironing chore.

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Philips GC2920/02 (9.50/10) - User Recommendation 1

Philips GC2920 Steam IronThe cream of the crop, based on an overall user satisfaction rating of 9.50/10 is the Philips GC2920/02. This is a lightweight, comfortable iron that delivers reliable, neatly pressed garments. It’s great for the needs of singles or couples who iron regularly. What more could you ask?

However, if you are ironing family loads you might want to give one of the other, equally highly rated, models consideration. The Philips GC2920 delivers 35g/minute of continuous steam. This might not deliver one pass crease busting if you are ironing a bone dry pile of clothes once a week.

 

 

Philips GC4890 (9.28/10) - Owner Recommendation 2

Philips GC4890For our money, the best buy iron for family use is the Philips GC4890 (User rating 9.28/10). This steam iron delivers 50g/minute of continuous steam with a massive, crease smoothing, 200g shot. It also has an auto off safety function.

 

 

 

 

Philips GC3640/22 EnergyCare (9.21/10) - User Recommendation 3

Philips GC3640 Eco steam ironIf you are interested in energy conservation the Philips GC3640/22 Energy Care (User rating 9.21/10) could be for you. This iron has just enough steaming oomph to tackle a family’s laundry pile. And you can make that steam on demand but a light downward pressure on the handle. It also has an energy saving auto-off function. 

 

 

 


 

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Philips GC2920/02

Philips GC2910/02

Philips GC2930/02

Morphy Richards 40699

Philips GC4890

Philips GC4860/02

Philips GC3640/22 EnergyCare

Philips GC3320/32

Morphy Richards 40851

Philips GC4850/02

Morphy Richards 40852

Philips GC4870/02

Performance continued

Best buy steam iron

Best buy steam iron

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Wide buy steam iron

#

Best Buys Compared recommends this steam iron

#

#

#

#

#

Ionic steam generation

#

#

#

#

#

#

#

#

#

#

Y

Vertical steaming

Y

#

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

# 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Easy glide sole-plate

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Steam in tip

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Water spray

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Drip stop on low heat

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Dry iron setting

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Use tap water?

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Anti lime-scale system

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Self-clean function

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y


Table © Best Buys Compared 2013

Guide to Our Compare Irons 2013 UK Table

Overall Users Satisfaction Rating
The key question we asked in our user survey was this: “You’ve been using your steam iron now for six or more weeks.

Given your experience to date, how would you rate your iron overall on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)? Think about ease of use, reliability and value for money”.

We then took all these ratings for a given model and found an Overall Users Satisfaction Rating per model

Your best buy irons will have a score of 8 or more. A score of 7 suggests a good design marred by poor reliability. A score of less than 7 suggests a product has both design and reliability faults. It’s a waste of your money.

 

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Philips GC2920/02

Philips GC2910/02

Philips GC2930/02

Morphy Richards 40699

Philips GC4890

Philips GC4860

Philips GC3640/22 EnergyCare

Philips GC3320/32

Morphy Richards 40851

Philips GC4850/02

Morphy Richards 40852

Philips GC4870/02 

What's in the box? 

Best buy steam iron

Best buy steam iron

#

#

Best buy steam iron

#

Wide buy steam iron

#

#

#

#

# 

Steam iron weighs

c1.20Kg

c1.20Kg

c1.20Kg

c1.4Kg

c1.6Kg

c1.6Kg

c1.67Kg

c1.6Kg

c1.8Kg

c1.63Kg

c1.5Kg

c1.62Kg

Cord clip/binder

#

#

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 Y

Y

Filler jug

Y

#

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Illustrated user guide

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Guarantee card

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y


Table © Best Buys Compared 2013

Expect to pay
A guide at the time of publishing.

Family Ironing
This steam iron copes well with the demands of a family ironing pile containing mixed fabric garments.

Singles & Couples
This iron would serve single people and/or couples well.

Lighter Weight
How heavy an iron feels will depend on how big its water tank is (water is heavy). The figures given here are before adding water.

Power Watts
The more powerful the wattage, generally the more steam an iron can produce.

Cable Length
You want a cable that’s around 2.5 to 3m in length – just right.

Cable freedom
An iron with 180* or 360* freedom will keep the cable in an arch shape so it doesn’t tangle in the garment or snag your arm.

ECO features
are claimed to reduce power consumption.

Auto-off/Hibernates
puts an iron into hibernation if it’s left parked for a period of time – usually 20-30 minutes.

Sole-plate
All the iron sole-plates in the table have been enamelled with a non-stick ceramic coating. This resists scratches & brown residue. It makes the sole-plate easy to push over a garment.

Steam in tip of sole-plate
You want this function! It makes it easier to iron collars, round buttons or along fiddly pleats.

Water spray
A handy feature is you iron once a week and fabric is bone dry.

Motion Sensitive Steam Production
The iron starts producing steam in response to you pushing it over a garment. Usually associated with the auto-off/hibernation function.

Regular steam output
The more g/min (grams per minute) the more steam is pushed into the fabric. Steam dampens and relaxes fabric making it easy for you to smooth away wrinkles and creases with one or two passes of the iron.

Boost steam
Your best buy iron will have this function! It provides added wrinkle or crease busting power. It’s also great for putting creases into garments like trousers and for vertical steaming.

Continuous steam up to N minutes
This is the theoretical time before you have to refill the water reservoir.

Actual time to top up the water tank
In practice you won’t be continuously ironing. You will also be adjusting garments on the ironing board, putting ironed clothes to air or sorting out the next item to iron.

Ionic steam
Said to make steam particles smaller so they penetrate fabric more effectively. Probably makes water wetter, too.

Vertical Steaming
enables you to steam hanging garments – say a shirt or coat - and fixtures like curtains.

Low Heat drip stop
Dry Ironing
These functions let you switch off the steam and avoid annoying drips at lower temperature ironing.

Use tap water?
It’s more convenient and probably cheaper than distilled water.

Water tank
Capacity measured in millilitres. The bigger the tank the longer the iron can produce steam before refilling.

Self-clean System
You hold the iron over the sink and press a button. The iron produces pulses of steam and water to flush the sole-plate of lime-scale particles.

Anti-scale system
The iron contains a filter to neutralise lime-scale. That keeps the iron’s heater efficient and prevents the sole-plate steam holes from clogging.

Cord/clip binder
There’s a facility to tidy the cable to iron when not in use.


Compare Irons for the Best Buy AND Best Price

You’ll compare irons because you want the best buy steam iron and that means both performance and price. We’ve done the research for you and found the top 10 steam irons in the UK right now.

As you would expect these best buys for steam irons come from respected manufacturers like Morphy Richards & Philips. A couple of Tefal and Russell Hobbs irons almost made the top 10. Sadly no Rowenta steam irons did.

Cheapest steam irons here

But you don’t need to pay top whack for the best.

For a 50% off bargain check out the relevant steam iron’s price search page to make great savings from anywhere in Britain.

We can point you to the right solution to your ironing blues. Banish wrinkles and creases from any fabric at full steam, low temperature or dry iron settings.

Use our clothes iron comparison table and then check out our price research pages. Grab yourself the best buy iron in the UK at a small price. That’s right, save money and save your time – over and over again.

Thank you for using our UK updated 2013 compare irons table.


Philips GC2920  |  Philips GC2910  |  Philips GC2930  |  Morphy Richards 40699  |  Philips GC4890

Best buy steam irons survey 2012 | Top 10 steam irons UK | Best buy irons

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