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In 1978 I had an iron which was one of the first of the steam irons - a Sunbeam Shot of Steam - which is still in use and I do like it because it is a nice heavy iron.
When we moved here to Llandudno, mom and dad came to live with us and mom used to help me by doing my ironing for me, bless her. She didn't like a heavy iron and so, when her old one gave up the ghost, she decided to have a Goblin 1600W Iron which currently retails at £12.99 and weighs just 1.25kg.
It came complete with a fitted plug containing a 13amp fuse.
Initially, when I tried it, I found it far too light for me but I have to admit that I did get used to it and found that the steam facilities compensated for the lack of weight.
What does it look like?
It is a standard iron and by that I mean it has a cord which plugs into the mains rather than being one of these new cordless jobs.
It is white with a water reservoir having a turquoise plastic window at the top. There is a sliding cover on the front of the iron which opens to reveal the whole where the water is poured into the reservoir.
On the top of the reservoir there is the temperature control in the form of a circular dial. The steam functions are operated via buttons on the top of the iron right at the front.
The flat end of the iron is shaped to provide a place to wind the cord round when the iron is not in use.
All in all it is a neat, smart looking iron.
For dry ironing all you have to do is to plug the iron into a socket, set the temperature dial to the heat you need, let it heat up for two minutes and away you go. You just have to make sure that the steam button is set to the 'off' position.
Before starting to iron, make sure that the iron is unplugged and that the steam setting is set to 'off'. You then need to stand the iron on its end (called the heel), open the sliding door to the water reservoir and slowly pour in tap water using the plastic jug provided until the maximum water level is reached. Then you must close the sliding cover firmly.
The temperature dial must be turned to any of the higher temperatures in the steam range shown by a red band on the dial. This is so there is enough heat in the iron to turn the water to steam. Again the iron needs to heat up for two minutes before it is ready for use.
There is a variable steam dial on the front of the iron which can be turned to vary the steam according to the fabric you are ironing. It can be minimal right up to a continuous steam as you iron.
There are two buttons behind this dial and, when depressed, the one will give a shot of steam which proves useful on the stubborn creases. The other button, when depressed, will produce a fine mist spray onto the fabric directly in front of the iron - again useful for stubborn creases or if the item that you are trying to iron is too dry.
I think manual is a bit of an overstatement as it is only a small booklet but having said that it is clear, easy to follow and comprehensive.
It gives details on how to use the iron, how to store it, how to clean it and there's a section on troubleshooting. It also gives safety information such as don't use the iron when the flex is damaged and don't touch the hot parts of the iron! No! Really?
Well I started by saying that I liked a heavy iron, but I have to say that I am happy to use this iron and I find that the steam features are more than adequate for ironing even the most creased items. I quite happily ironed the new curtains for the cottage and you know what they're like to iron when they are dry and have been folded in their packets for ages!
By the way in order for this review to be submitted I had to fill in the 'battery talk time' in the ratings but clearly this is rdiciulous!
This review may well be posted on Ciao eventually