Posted by: Best Steam Generator Irons UK in Uncategorized on May 22nd, 2011
If you’ve thought about buying one of the new steam generator ironsbut are unsure where to start, or even if one would be worth the expense for you, read on to find out…
Can you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of the following statements?
I would like to save time when ironing.
I would like to reduce the amount of time it takes to do my ironing, by up to half.
I iron for my family, or more than one person.
I always seem to have a pile of ironing and dread the thought of it.
I prefer to iron in bulk, rather than to iron one or two items at a time.
I usually heave a huge sigh of relief when the weekly laundry is washed, dried and ironed.
If none of these statements apply to you, then steam generator irons probably aren’t the best choice of iron for you, as they are usually more suited to those who iron larger quantities, rather than occasional users. However, if you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above statements then read on to find out just how steam generator irons can benefit you…
Is it time to change your iron for one of the new steam generator irons?
Most people would agree that ironing is a time-consuming chore, particularly when ironing for a family. For some, ironing is a task dreaded so much that they only iron clothes as, and when, required. BUT, imagine if you could do the week’s ironing for the whole family in one go and actually cut the time it would normally take by up to half!
The technology behind irons has come a long way over the last few years and this is especially so with steam generator irons. Although they were previously only available as professional ironing systems, they are now readily available as domestic ironing equipment. Furthermore, there are now a wide variety of makes and models to suit all budgets.
Are steam generator irons suitable for everyone?
As steam generator irons have a separate base unit, they are somewhat larger than traditional irons and take a few minutes longer to heat the separate water tank. This makes them particularly suitable for families or those who prefer to do weekly laundry, rather than someone who irons fewer items.
What next if you’re thinking about steam generator irons?
Once you’ve got a better idea of what steam generator irons all about and how they can benefit you, take a look at the Features and Benefitspage. This will guide you through the technical jargon you’re likely to come across when you start comparing steam generator irons.
Then, when you’re ready to find out which iron will best suit your needs, take a look at the steam generator iron reviews and detailed guides for all the latest information on the best models.
Alternatively, click here to see the best selection of steam generator irons.
Posted by: Best Steam Generator Irons UK in Buying Guide on August 16th, 2011
To say steam generated irons are right for everyone would be like saying everyone’s favourite colour is green… or blue… Or that everyone’s favourite vegetable is sprouts!
Of course steam generated irons aren’t for everyone but let’s take a look at the reasons why you might choose one, as well as why you might decide they really aren’t for you.
Why would steam generated irons suit you?
Steam generated irons are ideal when it comes to ironing for families. You know how quickly the ironing piles up and becomes the dreaded task, with the mountain you don’t feel like wading through?
It really is true that these ironing systems knock a huge chunk off your ironing time – as much as 50%!
If you think that it could take the average person up to 4 hours to get through a week’s worth of washing, saving half of that each week would really begin to add up – that time could be spent out walking with your family, or spending quality time together, doing something you enjoy.
Steam generated irons for crafts
Many people who enjoy dressmaking and crafts find steam generating irons a huge benefit and say they can help with many tasks.
As well as regular ironing/pressing as you go, the vertical steam feature is perfect for quickly but gently removing creases, because it works without even touching the fabric. This is brilliant when it comes to removing creases from garments which are hanging, on a tailor’s dummy, or mannequin.
Of course, pressing isn’t just about removing wrinkles, but about putting creases in as well. The extra steam from these ironing systems should help you add neat, crisp folds and creases, just where you want them.
It’s surprising how heavy traditional irons can be when they are filled with water. Each time you pick up the iron, or move it across your clothes, you also have to lift the weight of the water as well.
Because steam generated irons consist of a separate base unit, where the water is stored, you only have to move the lightweight handheld unit across garments to remove the wrinkles.
Large water tank can mean less refilling
Particularly when you have a lot of ironing to do, it can be a hassle to keep stopping to refill water tank. The water tank on a regular iron is much smaller and, although they don’t use as much water as a steam generator iron, they still need refilling regularly.
Steam generated irons give you the option of having larger water tanks, like the Philips GC8560, which has a 1.6litre tank and some of the Tefal models, which have a whopping 1.8 litres which will keep you going for up to 3 hours.
Why might steam generated irons not be the best choice for you?
If you live alone and you’re an ‘iron-as-you-go’ type of person, you might decide that steam generated irons just aren’t for you, simply because they take longer to heat up than regular irons. Some of the faster heat up times are under 2 minutes, but you might prefer to simply plug a traditional iron in and be ready to go in less time than that.
To get the most from a steam generator iron in this situation, you would be better choosing one with a very fast heat up time. And, remember that you probably only need a small water tank, like the Bosch TDSs2511gb
More expensive than regular irons
Expense although this can be outweighed by the benefits of using one. If you consider paying someone to do the ironing either because you want to save time, or don’t have the time to do it, the cost of a steam generator iron which can cut your ironing time in half, would be a cheaper alternative/option.
There’s no getting away from the fact that these irons are somewhat bigger than regular steam irons. This can make them rather bulky to store, particularly if you’re short on cupboard/storage space.
However, some models are stylish and wouldn’t look out of place on display in a modern kitchen, especially some of the Bosch models, which look like trendy gadgets and gizmos.
Size and weight
The size and weight of steam generators can make them difficult to lift, which could be something to think about for those who have problems carrying things. The average steam generator iron, as a complete unit, can weigh up to 4 kilos. Although the handheld unit is much lighter, the overall weight could mean they’re not an option if you have problems lifting and carrying and need to move the unit around in order set up your ironing station.
As you can see, there are many reasons why you might choose to use one of these for your family’s laundry and it comes down to personal choice.
However, they do drastically reduce the time it takes to iron and can make lighter work of a dreaded chore. If you haven’t already tried one out, it might just be worth having a look at the latest steam generated irons.
Posted by: Best Steam Generator Irons UK in Buying Guide on August 10th, 2011
When you’re trying to find a steam generator irons best buy, there are so many things to think about. So, it’s hardly surprising many people feel intimidated and put off making the decision about which model to buy.
To help make this easier, let’s look at some of the most common questions:
What should you look for in a steam generator iron?
Most manufacturers simply provide a list of technical specification and features, without explaining how these will affect you, as a user. If you’re left wondering what ‘bar rating’ has to do with ironing your clothes, you can guarantee that you’re not alone! Only when you actually understand the technical jargon associated with household appliances (and anything else for that matter!) can you begin to make informed choices about what’s right for you. Before you start looking for your new steam generator iron, take a look at thefeatures and benefits guide so you’re familiar with the terms that you’re going to be seeing and you can understand in layman’s terms what they mean. This way, you can decide which features are important and which will make the most difference to you.
Where can I find a steam generator irons best buy?
Steam generator irons have become increasingly popular over the last few years and will probably continue to become even more so, as people realise how much time you can save by using one.
Obviously, there are many models available, from a variety of retailers. The good news is that this makes it easier than ever to buy your steam generating ironing system at a competitive price.
You can now buy the latest ironing systems from several high street retailers, as well as online.
What is the ideal steam generator irons best buy?
The perfect steam generator irons best buy is the right iron to suit your needs, at the best price.
Of course, you need to decide which features are important to you before you can do this. But, once you’ve decided on the important features, it becomes much easier to compare steam generator irons using this clear comparison chart to find the right model for you.
One of the things to remember is that there’s no need to pay over the odds and buy an expensive machine if it has features you’re not going to use. For example, if you live alone, do you really need a 1.8 litre water tank capacity, or would 800ml – 1 litre be enough?
My favourite steam generator irons best buy is the one that makes me look forward to doing the ironing!
I’m often asked the question, “Do you need a special steam generator ironing board?”
Although the answer is no, you don’t strictly need one, you might find one beneficial and here are the reasons why:
Advantages of a steam generator ironing board
The main advantage of an ironing board for steam generator irons is that they’re able to cope with the high amount of steam which these ironing systems produce.
As you can imagine, one of those made of chipboard won’t work, because the steam will be absorbed by the board and the board will be ruined quite quickly.
Steam generator ironing boards are have vents and/or are made of strong and durable mesh. This allows the steam to escape through the ironing board, preventing clothes becoming overly damp and, of course, ensuring you don’t ruin your ironing board.
Some boards which are designed especially for use with a steam generator iron are also fitted with drip trays. These are usually attached to the underneath of the ironing board. The water is collected and can then be poured away. This type of steam generator ironing board can be a good choice if you do a lot of ironing during each session, as it will prevent a build-up of moisture on the surface and will stop any drips on the floor.
Another advantage of specialist ironing boards for steam generator irons is that they usually have a larger surface area. Not only does this make ironing easier, but it also gives you the option of putting your ironing system on top of the board, if you prefer.
This type of ironing board is usually stronger than regular ones, so they can support the extra weight of the steam generating ironing unit. They tend to be strong and sturdy, with a solid platform on the end where the machine can sit. Often, the platforms on regular ironing boards are rather flimsy and may not be strong enough to support the weight of the base unit.
Reasons why you might not need a steam generator ironing board
Steam generator irons have long enough flexes so they can usually sit on the floor, without taking up space on the top of your existing ironing board. This means you don’t have to worry about the size and strength of your existing board and can simply carry on using it (so long as it has the right ventilation to allow the steam to evaporate)
However, you might not want to leave the base unit on the floor if you have young children or toddlers, as the pipe which carries the steam from the base unit to the handheld iron can get warm. And, although the tubing is insulated and safe, you might want to keep it out of reach of youngsters.
Ironing boards which are designed for use with steam generator irons are usually more expensive than regular ones. Therefore, if cost is a consideration, you might want to continue using your existing one.
Of course, the decision to upgrade to a steam generator ironing board is a personal one but, as you can see, there are points for and against buying one.
Posted by: Best Steam Generator Irons UK in Buying Guide,News on July 24th, 2011
If you’ve been looking at buying a Tefal steam generator iron recently, now might be the time to take a look at their new range.
They have recently launched a new range of excellent ironing systems and the in-depth reviews will follow shortly. Although the older models are still currently available (at excellent prices!), they have undergone a revamp and have been updated, as well as having their already powerful features increased further still.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the steam pressure is a whopping 5.5 bar. (especially if you’ve looked around the website and understand the importance of steam pressure!)
Very brief summary of the changes to the new models of Tefal steam generator iron
However, to keep you going until I’ve had time to check out the features and write full, detailed and honest reviews, here’s a very brief summary of the improvements to each model:
Tefal Pro Express GV8430
This will eventually replace the Tefal Pro Express GV8330. The steam pressure is now rated at 5.5 bar, as opposed to the 5 bar rating on the previous model
The new Tefal GV8430 also has an eco-friendly mode, which uses 20% less energy.
Tefal Pro Express Turbo GV8460
This will be the replacement for the Tefal GV8360, which is still currently available (and cheaper than this new model).
The improvements on this new model are a boiler with an incredibly powerful 5.5 bar rating (compared to the 5 bar rating of its predecessor, the Tefal GV8360) and a steam shot of 220 grams per minute (200 g/min on the GV8360).
Tefal Protect GV9460
The Tefal Protect GV9360 will eventually be replaced by this new Tefal GV9460. The improvements on this new model include a 5.5 bar steam pressure rating and an extra shot of steam for those really awkward creases, which has increased from 200 g/min to 220 grams per minute.
New Tefal steam generator iron models for 2011
These new models are obviously more expensive than the previous models but, if you’re looking for a Tefal steam generator iron which is eco-friendly and super powerful, these might be worth checking out.
Posted by: Best Steam Generator Irons UK in Buying Guide,News on July 18th, 2011
I know how difficult it can be when you’re trying to compare steam generator irons and find the one which suits your needs.
There are so many to choose from, it’s understandable that many people aren’t sure where to start. Or, with so many different features listed, how do you know which are the important ones? And how do you know how those features compare from model to model, or brand to brand?
The simplest way to do this is to use a comparison table, so you can see at a glance how each of the models compare with each other. This also makes it much easier to check whether a particular model has all of the features on your ‘wish list’.
Compare steam generator irons to choose the right one
Particularly as they are long-term investments, which will last you for years to come, it’s important to choose the right one.
Some people will find some features more important than others and it can much easier to see, at a glance, if features are listed in a clear and simple chart. For this reason, I have added a quick and easy to follow table, so you can compare steam generator irons instantly.
Whether you’re looking for a large water tank capacity, extra steam boost, high steam pressure output, your favourite brand, or you would prefer the soleplate to be made from a particular material, I’ve covered all these things, and more.
Compare steam generator irons using a quick star rating
I’ve also included a quick star rating, so you can see how the models compare to each other. These star ratings are based on the following points:
Water tank capacity
Continuous refill feature
You can also click on the links within the comparison table for more information and extra pictures.
The separate base unit of a steam generator iron makes it somewhat bigger than traditional steam irons. However, most come with a hose which is long enough to allow you to place the unit on the floor so that it doesn’t take up extra space on your ironing board.
There are now some models of ironing board which are designed especially for use with steam generator irons and have a built-in steam/condensation collection tray underneath the ironing table. These tend to be more expensive than standard ironing boards, but aren’t really necessary, as you can use your existing ironing board. However, if your current ironing board has a particularly small ironing area, you may want to look for a new, larger one, to complement your new steam generator iron.
Bosch steam generator irons are a popular choice for many people who are already familiar with the quality of the brand.
The Bosch Tds3569gb is 2800 watts, which is one of the higher wattage ratings for domestic steam generator irons. This is important because it affects the speed at which the boiler heats up and maintains the temperature throughout ironing and you’ll notice that this power will heat up your iron very quickly. Once switched on it’s ready to use in just under 2 minutes, which is great if you’re in a rush or just have a small amount of ironing to do.
How much steam can I expect from the Tds3569gb Bosch steam generator irons?
The Bosch Tds3569gb will produce up to 130 grams per minute (g/min) of continuous steam in both vertical and horizontal positions. This means that you can expect the same volume of steam whether you are ironing clothes on your ironing board, or you’re steaming curtains, soft furnishings and hanging garments.
Bosch steam generator irons usually come with variable steam, as do many other brands. The Bosch Tds3569gb is no exception and comes with a variable steam feature which allows you to change the steam output according to the job you’re doing. For example, ironing silk and delicate fabrics will require less steam than if you were doing cotton or linen. The steam can also be switched off completely to use as a dry iron, which is essential when doing things like attaching iron-on name labels to children’s uniforms, etc.
With a steam ready indicator light, you’re not left wondering whether your iron has reached the right temperature and is ready to use – the light will show, which makes it easy to see that you’re good to go.
This model has a 5 bar pressure rating, which is what you would expect to find on high-end models. A 5 bar pressure rating is currently the maximum you can expect to find. The benefit of such high pressure is that it will force the steam through to give it an extra push as it leaves the soleplate. This will ensure the fibres of garments are relaxed instantly in order to remove even the most stubborn of wrinkles.
Of course, ironing isn’t only about removing wrinkles. There are times when you actually want to press a crease into your clothing, on the fronts of trousers and on shirt or jacket sleeves for example. The steam from the Bosch steam generator irons Tds3569gb has the perfect volume and pressure to meet all of your ironing needs.
What size is the water tank of the Tds3569gb Bosch steam generator irons?
The water tank has a 1.4 litre capacity, which should be enough for up to 1 ½ – 2 hours of continuous ironing. Apart from the Tefal steam generator irons, which tend to hold up to 1.8 litres, this is a good size water tank and should be enough for most people to whizz through the ironing, without having to refill.
If you do need to refill the Bosch steam generator irons Tds3569gb, the continuous fill feature will allow you to top it up without interruption. Whilst some irons have to be switched off and left to cool before refilling, those with continuous fill can be topped up at any time, without waiting for the boiler to cool. This saves you waiting around for the iron to cool down before adding the water and then having to wait for it to heat back up again.
The water tank is removable which makes filling easy – you can simply detach it and fill the tank under the tap.
Of course, this also makes it easy to empty any remaining water out of the tank after you’ve finished your ironing. Sometimes, the weight of the iron with the water tank attached can make the combined weight of ironing system and water heavy, so a detachable water tank can be a big help when it comes to moving the unit around.
How smoothly do the Tds3569gb Bosch steam generator irons glide?
The soleplate is Ceramic Palladium-glissee. Bosch’s website says that this type of coating is designed for extremely easy gliding, which is an important feature for all irons.
The soleplate of your iron is very important, as this is the part that comes into contact with your fabric. It needs to be smooth enough not to damage delicate fabrics, whilst at the same time, providing just the right amount of friction to iron out wrinkles and creases. Being able to glide the iron over your garments easily will reduce the amount of effort required to get your ironing done.
The steam holes should be designed to allow steam to get in all the right places – it’s no good having all the steam in one place as it leaves the soleplate, as you’ll find yourself needing to keep going over the garments again to ensure they’re done properly.
Each manufacturer has their own way of placing the steam holes and Bosch steam generator irons are evenly spread to help you cover as much surface area as possible with minimal effort.
Safety features of the Bosch steam generator irons
The Bosch Tds3569 has handy cord storage which means you can keep the cord tidy and safe when the iron’s not in use.
Care and maintenance for the Tds3569gb Bosch steam generator irons
The Bosch Tds3569gb has a ‘calc’n clean feature’ which means the iron requires very little effort to maintain it and keep it in tip top condition. It has a built-in anti-calc system which means you will just have to rinse the scale collector and pop it back in the ironing system.
Irons which have these anti-scale collectors are the quickest and simplest systems to maintain and care for. Afterall, if you’re using a steam generator iron to save time, the last thing you want to be doing is carrying out lengthy maintenance!
Do the Tds3569gb Bosch steam generator irons have any negatives?
The only negative, could possibly be the price. Most steam generator irons are somewhat more expensive than regular irons but, the time and effort you will save is likely to more than compensate for the initial expense, particularly if you’re ironing for your family.
The Tds3569 steam generator irons usually retail at around £250. However, Amazon currently has it on offer at a much lower price and can also include free delivery.
The Bosch Tds3569tds is an absolute dream to use. Although the initial cost is more expensive than some brands, Bosch is a very well respected, high quality brand and you really are getting a top quality steam generator iron.
However, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, or an entry model, there are plenty of other models which will work just as well, although might have slightly less steam output per minute, or take a extra minute to heat up.
I had been asked about the Bosch steam generator iron TDS2511GB quite a few times recently, so I decided to have a good look at it and write a review.
In fact, this will be the first of several reviews of various Bosch steam generator iron models, to help you compare them to each other, as well as other brands.
The first thing I noticed was a fast heat up time – the iron was ready to use in just 2 minutes. This is a handy feature, especially if you only want to iron a few items of clothing, or need to freshen a suit, using the steam feature.
Once you start using the iron, you quickly realise that it’s comfortable to use. This is down to the ergonomic design and soft-grip handle, but it does make a difference, especially if you’re going to be ironing for any length of time.
How much steam from the Bosch steam generator iron, TDS2511gb?
The key to saving time when you’re ironing is steam – and lots of it!
It’s the volume and strength of steam which makes a steam generator iron such a powerful tool when it comes to getting your ironing done much faster, so how does the Bosch steam generator iron TDS2511GB model measure up?
Firstly, the steam from the Bosch TDS2511gb is pressurised and has a bar rating of 4.5. If you remember that a bar rating of over 3.5 will drastically reduce your ironing time, it’s clear that the TDS2511gb will perform well in this area.
As far as the volume of steam is concerned, this Bosch steam generator iron can produce up to 110 grams per minute (g/min) of steam.
The amounts of steam which your iron can produce, coupled with the pressure, are the two key areas to speedy ironing. The output on steam generating ironing systems is usually between 70 – 140 grams per minute, with around 120 g/min being ample for most families. Although this model falls just short of the 120 g/min, it’s still much more powerful than the Jet Stream Morphy Richards steam generatoriron (which produces 80 grams per minute) and the Digital Russell Hobbs Steam Generator Iron (90 g/min) and will be more than enough for you to save a great deal of ironing time.
When the iron is ready for use, the steam indicator light will be displayed, so there’s no guesswork about whether the boiler has reached the correct temperature, etc.
Overall, the steam from the the Bosch steam generator iron TDS2511gb is powerful. As well as being able to have continuous steam, you can also vary the amount. This is especially good for delicate fabrics and those which don’t require as much steam.
Furthermore, the steam can be switched off completely so you can use the iron as a dry iron.
What size is the water tank of the Bosch steam generator iron, TDS2511gb?
The water tank holds 800ml of water, so is smaller than quite a few other models. I found the water tank capable of up to 45 minutes to 1 hour of continuous ironing, which is somewhat less than other models.
However, it does have a continuous refill feature, so you can top up the water as and when required, without having to wait for the iron to cool down. This is a great time saving feature, especially with the smaller size water tank.
When it comes to refilling the water, the tank is detachable, so can be removed for easy filling.
The Bosch TDS2511gb has a tank empty indicator, which lights up when you need to top up the water. This is a great feature, especially with the smaller size water tank.
This water tank empty indicator and the iron’s steam ready indicator, contribute to the user friendly interface of this Bosch steam generator iron.
The design and material of your iron’s soleplate are always important features to check when looking to buy a quality iron.
The material should be durable and scratch resistant, to prevent damage to the soleplate which, in turn, could ruin your clothes. It needs to be smooth but, at the same time, provide just the right amount of friction to remove wrinkles and creases.
The soleplate of the Bosch steam generator iron is a ceramic soleplate, coated in palladium and has been designed for better glideability. When it comes to using the Bosch TDS2511gb, you’ll see that the soleplate glides easily, even on delicate fabrics.
What maintenance is required for the Bosch steam generator iron, TDS2511gb?
Like some other high-end models, the Bosch steam generator has an anti-calc system. This means the boiler is fitted with filter that you simply rinse and replace after every few uses. This is ideal if you’re looking for a very low maintenance iron.
Does the Bosch steam generator iron, TDS2511gb have any negatives?
The main complaint about the Bosch TDS2511gb would have to be the size of the water tank. If you’re ironing for a family, you’re probably going to need to refill it a couple of times. However, if you don’t do so much ironing in one sitting, this won’t affect you. And, of course, the fact that it has a water tank empty indicator and can be filled without switching the iron off and waiting for it to cool, don’t make this too much of a hassle.
Also, there is no auto shut off feature on the Bosch steam generator iron. This would normally shut the iron off, or switch to standby, if the iron was left unused for a period of time.
So what’s the verdict?
The Bosch steam generator iron TDS2511gb is a great entry level from an extremely popular brand. You do lose some features like automatic shut off and cord rewind/storage, as well as having a small water tank. But, if you’re a fan of Bosch products, looking for your first steam generator iron, this would be a great choice of ironing system.
What are other people saying about the Bosch steam generator iron, TDS2511gb?
There are lots of good comments about the Bosch TDS2511gb and it has been given an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon
“Love this iron, wish I’d bought one years ago.”
“This is fab I had a steam generator before, but this is far better”
“Quick and professional ironing done with this product. LOts of steam. takes 5 minutes to heat up. would not use an iron again. cuts the ironing time in half.”
“Wow! What a difference! I’ve had many, many irons over the past 50 odd years – but never experianced one that’s such a pleasure to use.”
Bosch Steam Generator Iron Reviews, model Bosch TDS 2551gb
Our first impression of the Bosch TDS2551gb steam generator iron is that it has some great features, including:
100g shot of steam
4.5 bar pressure rating
Stainless steel soleplate
Bosch steam generator iron reviews, model Bosch TDS 3569gb
Bosch TDS which is, on paper, a slightly superior model to the Bosch TDS2551gb. It also has some excellent features that you’d expect from a brand like Bosch, including:
130g shot of steam
5 bar pressure rating
Keep your eyes open for the new reviews to be added and you can see the results of our test-drive and how they compare to each other. And, of course, you can find out if either of them comes close to knocking the Tefal steam generator iron GV8330 off our current favourite top spot!
We’re just in the process of writing up full review, so they will both be posted on the website just as soon as they’re finished.
We’re often asked to review particular models and what we think of certain manufacturer’s, brands and models. Of course, being independent, we can always give our honest opinions. If you’re thinking of buying a particular brand and would like to see a review of the model you’re ineterested in om our website, feel free to contact us and we will happily do all we can to help.
Why not take a look at some of our other steam generator iron reviews, whilst you’re waiting for the Bosch Steam Generator Iron Reviews to be added?