Updated! Best Buy Steam Generator Irons Survey UK
In our Best Buy Steam Generator Irons survey 2017 we decided to
ask the really important people who know about these things – the existing UK owners/users of pressurised steam
To date we’ve surveyed over two thousand six hundred people. However, because we wanted to bring you the
best buys we’ve cut out the dross.
What you see on these pages are the results of the best buys for
steam generator irons survey 2017. We surveyed 1,399 owners who’ve owned and used their steam generator for at
least six weeks or more.
Which steam generator iron is best? – Help me
To help you choose the right steam generator easily we’ve got two helpful pages.
Need a quick recommendation?
First, if time is of the essence and you need a quick recommendation free of clutter check out our Top 10 Steam Generator Irons page. There you will find steam generators
ranked by Users’ Overall Satisfaction rating.
Prefer in-depth recommendations?
If you’d prefer some in depth recommendations then try our best
buy steam generator irons page.
We’ve got the facts that users tell us make these three pressurised steam irons your best buy tips:
||Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating*
* Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating: Users' opinion after 6 or more weeks of use
Compare Steam Generator Irons –
At Best Buys for we like to cut through the hype and puffery of marketing claims. The best way we’ve found is to
ask users of a particular product to review their purchase in a structured way.
What people tell us is what matters to them - and probably you too. Things like:
• How do existing owners rate their iron?
• How long is the power cord?
• How much steam do generator irons produce, compared to other irons?
• How long before you need to top up the water tank?
• What is the length of the manufacturer’s warranty?
You’ll find these questions answered on the compare steam generator
What is a Steam Generator Iron?
A steam generator iron like the Philips GC8635 (rated 9.67/10 by owners) has two parts. First there’s the base that
contains a water tank, boiler and pump. The power cable runs off this base. Then there is a conventional iron
connected to the base with a steam hose.
You put water in the tank. Unlike a regular iron a steam generator water tank holds between 1-2 litres. You
switch on and the base unit pump sucks water into the boiler. The water is turned into steam and pumped up the hose
to the iron.
The iron part of the unit looks like and is operated in the same way as an ordinary steam iron. You can control
both the heat of the sole-plate and the amount of steam coming through the sole-plate. The iron is relatively light
too at around 1.25 Kg as it doesn’t have a water tank to push around.
The magic of a steam generator iron is the volume of steam produced –usually 2-3 times more than a conventional
steam iron. The beauty of pressurised steam is that it’s pushed into the fabric, instantly dampening and relaxing
it. There’s no need to spray bone dry items.
And that is the principle promise of a steam generator iron:
A lot of steam makes it easier to remove wrinkles and creases from fabric in one pass of the iron. Your ironing
chore is completed more easily and quickly. Sound’s appealing?
The Best Buys for Steam Generator Irons Pro and
Here’s the Best Buys for quick guide to the upside and downside of using a pressurised steam iron.
The Upside Pros
These irons work just like a regular steam iron
Pressurised steam means – generally – one pass over wrinkles and creases for smooth results.
Great for reducing piles of family ironing or offering an ironing service
You can complete your ironing chore in less time.
You can use tap water & refill the reservoir without switching off
Self-clean systems to avoid clogging and lime scale flecks on clothes.
The Downside Cons
The base unit and water reservoir is relatively big and heavy. It needs to be on the floor or a table/shelf by
the ironing board.
Or you’ll need a bigger ironing board specifically designed for steam generators
The Iron takes 2 minutes to reach operating temperature. Not good for one or two items.
Pressurised steam means you use more water. Even a 1 litre water tank may need refilling during a 60 minute
The base unit pump can be noisy in operation. It may annoy if you watch TV or listen to the radio while
Bigger than an ordinary iron to store
Costs more to buy than a regular steam iron
The Right Best Buy Steam Generator Iron for
Wherever you live in Britain, we can point you to the best buy cheap
steam generator irons
Use Best Buys for to match your budget and ironing needs to an easy to use, light in
weight, wrinkle smoothing, and pressurised steam iron. You’ll find the UK’s top ten choices through the
Best Buys for Steam Generator Irons Survey…