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      03.10.2010 11:15
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      Excellent steam iron

      I have been using this Philips iron for the past year now so I thought I should give my review on my days of endless ironing! This iron cost me 90 euro in Argos so it wasnt one of the cheapest models on offer but having numerous Philips appliances in our house from the TV to our telephone I knew I wouldnt be let down with the quality of this product.
       
       
      The iron looks a bit futuristic as its base acts as a steam generator. The big difference between this steam iron and others is that the stream penetrate straight into your garments whereas with other irons most of the steam evaporates before even reaching the clothes. It claims to cut your ironing time by 50% and it did seem faster than my previous iron but definitely no miracles. The base is quite heavy so it would be essential that it is put away and not left on the ironing board if you have little people around the house. It takes about a minute and a half minutes to fully heat up and begin to iron which is bearable.
       
       
      The iron is also resistant to to scale build up on the outside of the plate which is fantastic. Our previous iron constantly got black tar like scale on the outside that was really hard to clean so its great not to have to clean this one! As a result it glides through clothes and doesnt stick or leave marks on your shirts. Speaking of shirts, I work in an office and end up ironing many shirts every week and I find it much easier to get into the nooks and crannies with this iron as the head of the iron is shaped like an arrow and makes it easier to get into harder to reach areas.
       
       
      The cord is actually quite short for me and I can be a bit awkward being left handed and not having much room to move this iron around can be a nuiscance. However I would highly recommend this to anyone because it does seem to make ironing quicker and easier and its good for just 90 euro too!
       

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      31.07.2009 11:07
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      Well worth its price

      I purchased this iron at the bargain price of £20 through the BzzAgent system, this is a word of mouth site that allows you to test products providing you talk about them to others. I had never had a steam generator iron before so i had no idea what to expect. When it arrived i thought it was HUGE! but once i had opened the box and had a go with it I realised that it was worth the extra cupboard space! I have two adults and one toddler in my household so I have quite a sizeable ironing pile and I can honestly say that this iron did exactly what it said on the tin and cut my ironing time in half!
      The iron itself is lightweight as all the water is stored in the base unit, this means less arm ache but does take some getting used to. The steam pressure is amazing and means you can whizz through jeans, sheets - pretty much anything even those items you used to dread ironing!
      If you are considering buying a steam generator then this one is definitely a good buy!

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        03.06.2009 10:27
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        bloody brilliant

        I was offered this iron as I am also a member of buzz! This iron would have cost a minimum of £100 but I was offered it for only £20 as long as I reported my findings back to buzz and recommended to people.

        I plugged it in as soon as the iron had been delivered and went upstairs to grab a pile of stuff to iron. The generator makes a bit of noise when that generator kicks in but you forget about that when you get down to the ironing.

        I flew through my pile in under half the time that it would have taken with my already decent iron! I was so impressed that I went to find more stuff to iron! Sounds silly but it makes ironing a pleasure to do! EVEN JEANS!

        It does need to be cleaned out after about 10 uses, but this can be done quite easliy by unscrewing a knob, shaking out the scale and water. then filling up using a little jug which you get with it then shaking and rinsing until it runs clear of scale.

        Brilliant Iron

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          01.02.2009 23:46
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          Honestly, get one of these if you want to reduce ironing time.

          I'm yet another person who only got this iron as it was going for £20 through the Bzz Agent campaign. I'd previously bought a £150 Tefal steam generator, but took it back to the shop unopened when I came to my senses.

          Until recently, I have paid someone else to do the ironing for me. Lazy? Yes. Did I care? No. But then Eva moved back to Poland, and I found the ironing pile taking over. I had a lightbulb moment: I could use the iron I'd got for £20 to iron some of the clothes that were taking over my house.

          So I did. And then I did some more. And I almost started to enjoy it. This iron totally revolutionises the ironing experience. I began to realise why Eva had been so happy to use it. It wasn't just for the free cup of tea I let her make herself when she was finished, it was because it really did give a sense of achievement to watch the creases vanishing.

          It makes some rather peculiar noises, and seems to cough and splutter quite a bit throughout. It also produces a LOT of steam, and drinks a lot of water, so it's a good idea to get a large jug or 2litre bottle of the stuff beside you, or you'll be back and forth to the sink every 5 minutes. It's definitely not safe to use if there are kids running about as they could quite easily be scalded when it has one of it's hissy-fits. But all that misses the point: it does the ironing quickly.

          I enjoyed using it so much that I haven't yet found someone else to do the ironing for me. Now, that's partly because I haven't managed to find anyone daft enough, but I really have nothing like the phobia that I had Pre-GC7220, and I may even do some more ironing with it again. If not, I know that I'll be getting twice as much done for the hourly rate as I would with a traditional iron, so it's a win-win situation.

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            05.12.2008 22:56
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            Mine's in the loft!

            As a member of bzzagent.co.uk I get the opportunity to try out new products and then 'bzz' people about the products I have tried and give them honest information about the product I have tried. This review is therefore part of my 'buzz' and will provide accurate product description and purchasing information as well as my own personal experiences with the product.

            Do you know that on average we can spend nearly 3 hours a week ironing!!!

            Well the Philips GC7220 Pressurised Steam Generator iron claims to reduce this time by half. A bold claim indeed.

            How does it do this? Well, as a pressurised steam generator, it claims to do far more than your average iron. Its not just about the steam though, apparently the steam pressure penetrates deeply into those creases and can remove even the most stubborn ones. Bold claims indeed. Apparently it also has 3.5 bars of powerful pressure (I have no idea what that means, but it might excite someone!!)

            FEATURES

            * Releases up to 80g of steam per second
            * 3.5g bar pressure
            * Extra large water filling funnel and large reservoir tank
            * Ready to use in 2 mins
            * Light iron as water is stored in separate tank not in the iron
            * Extra Long hose and power cord
            * Unique steam tip
            * Vertical Steam
            * Easy to clean and descale

            PRICE

            Retail Price £100

            http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-2367.aspx

            PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

            I have to say I was very excited about this product. I had purchased the product for the rock bottom price of £20 as part of the above mentioned bzzagent campaign. I awaited my new iron with probably more excitement than a girl should feel about ironing!!!

            The box certainly looked inviting if a little on the heavy side. I opened it carefully and my first impression was, "Cool, this looks expensive". I got my old faithful ironing board out and set out to cut through my ironing time by half.

            Firstly, I read through the instructions which were pretty much self explanatory. I was disappointed to note that you are advised not to use any perfumed water products with the iron. This greatly disappointed me as I am a fan of the old vaporese. Oh well never mind if it reduces my ironing time!!!

            So, I started my two weeks of saved ironing, with an estimated old ironing time of about two hours. Switched the iron on and OH MY GOD this thing is noisy, so noisy that it even made it difficult to watch TV while ironing unless I cranked the volume way up high (the neighbours are going to love me).
            The next thing I noticed was that there is A LOT of steam, I mean, who needs a facial when you get one for free when ironing with this super high tech space age thingy.

            I preserved and I have to say this iron just cuts through those creases like I have never experienced. The iron is very light, if perhaps a little too light, it just felt a bit weird!?! The cords are extra long as the features detail but the one coming from the steam water tank base to the actual iron is a little cumbersome. As for the base, that had to have a table all of its own as my old faithful ironing board was too small to house it.

            As I progressed I found that my clothes became damper and damper because of the steam residue collecting on the ironing board. Apparently this can be combated by purchasing an ironing board that is designed with holes in the base to let the steam through and has a space big enough for the iron base too.

            I was impressed, and while ironing I really felt I had found a new life long friend. It really did cut my ironing time in half. This all changed when I had to pack the iron away, I live in a small house and storage space is at a premium and this thing is just too big. To cool down it had to take up a whole bench of its own in the kitchen. When it came to storage, the cord just flaps around getting in the way and looking messy. The weight of this product was also a big problem as I found it really difficult to move about safely and it limited where I could store it safely too.

            In the end I stored it in my loft.

            I know it sounds barmy, but its true! I used it once, boxed it up and stuck it in the loft until I found someone else who wanted to try it out as part of the bzzagent campaign.

            It worked, it was good but it was...

            Noisy...
            Cumbersome...
            Heavy...
            Difficult to store...
            Soaked my clothes...
            Doesn't allow perfumed water.

            I really, genuinely think that this product is not worth anywhere near the £100 price tag and the price I paid for it is probably what its worth. I think it's a bit of a gimmick and the only people who should purchase this are people who do ironing for a living or have 22 children.

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              24.11.2008 05:52
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              Almost makes ironing a hobby rather than a chore!

              I too am a Bzz Agent. I signed up for this campaign after being recommended the Philips 7220 Steam Generator by a friend, and getting it for just £20! What a steal!!! Although I would happily have paid the RRP of almost £100 as I think it's great.

              I hate ironing but find that using the 7220 I can whizz through the items that I do iron. It is fairly light and glides easily across the fabric.

              I expected it to be huge due to the large water tank but it is surprisingly compact.

              There are obviously some downsides - it is very noisy due to the steam pressure so you can't watch tv while ironing. However ironing takes less time so I can plan my tv around the ironing now!

              My hubby wears glasses and he finds that the steam can sometimes make his glasses fog up - at least that's his excuse for not ironing!

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                20.11.2008 15:44
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                An iron that is well worth the small investment. Gives you a bit more time to yourself.

                I am an agent for BuzzAgents and was thrilled when I got the opportunity to try the philips gc7220 steam generator. This is my review.

                I really hate ironing, so this steam generator has been an absoloute godsend. I was aprehensive to begin with, but I now spend less time doing the ironing. Eventhough I have had steam irons before, if the garment was really badly creased, it would take forever to get the creases out, but with the GC7220 steam generator, the creases seemed to melt away. The booklet says that it gives 3.5 bars of powerful pressure to expel 80grams of steam per minute deeper into your garments, relaxing the fabric and helping you remove all creases in a single stroke. It actually does what it says on the tin.

                I found that if I have a larger than normal pile of ironing to do, I'm not filling the reservoir all the time like a normal steam iron, nor do I have to wait long for it to heat up.

                Another good point is the ease of ironing, the iron itself seems to have no resistance at all to my clumsy ironing techniques. The steam-resistant ceramic-coated soleplate is specially designed to glide effortlessly across all fabrics, resulting in powerful crease removal.

                The iron is really easy to clean -- de-scaling takes place in under two minutes without the need to buy hard-to-find items like anti-scale cartridges

                My mother was very impressed with the Philips GC7220 Steam Generator, so she will be a proud owner of one, or one like it very soon.

                Love it.

                Can't say I love ironing any better, but at least I go through it faster and with less stress than before.

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                  18.11.2008 12:23
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                  It really cuts down on ironing time

                  As all of my family know I hate ironing I refuse to iron unless I really really have to. I joined up with bzz a few weeks ago and was asked to join their iron campaign so I signed up and paid the £20 , the parcel came and I unpacked it , inside the box was the iron ,the base and an instruction booklet.

                  To use the iron you need to place the base on a chair or maybe a table as it cannot sit on the ironing board it is way too heavy when it is filled with water.

                  Fill up the water tank with the jug that is provided until it reaches Max and press the button to on.

                  The first thing I noticed about the iron was how light it was compared to my old iron , on the iron you will find a dial which you use to set the temperature. There is a temperature light, a steam activator so you press that to release steam and the steam lock means you press that and have constant steam.

                  You then need to wait for the tank to heat up it usually takes 2 minutes depending on what setting you choose , once it is at the correct temperature you are ready to use the iron.

                  The first item I decided to iron was my duvet cover which always comes out creased from the washing machine. I pressed the steam lock and started to move the iron over the duvet and Wow the creases came out, there was a lot of steam and it did make me feel a bit warm but I have never seen creases come out of a duvet like this before.

                  You can vertically steam as well but I have not tried this yet.

                  The one thing I do not like about this iron is the noise , I have to turn the volume up on the tv and the noise also scares my cats so they cannot be in the living room while I am ironing.

                  The tank also empties quite quickly , so you do have to refill quite often depending on how big a pile your ironing is.
                  The iron can generate a lot of steam so I tend to open the window to let some air in , and it is a bulky item to store.

                  If you like ironing then I would recommend this iron as it cuts the amount of time you spend doing this chore down by half. I do now use this iron once a week to do the bedding and jeans but I don`t think I would use it for all my laundry.

                  I found the instruction manual a bit long and boring but then I hate manuals , there was some picture diagrams so I followed them and found setting up and using the iron very easy.

                  This iron costs £99 in Argos or Comet

                  This review is now also on Ciao same username

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                    16.11.2008 19:57
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                    Great iron if you don't like ironing as the chore is over quicker.

                    When my last iron gave out I decided to purchase a steam iron. It has been the best purchase I have made in a long time. The iron takes about 2 minutes to warm up, but once warm it does the ironing in half the time.

                    The iron can be used without the steam for delicate items, but when ironing jeans etc the steam button can be pressed (it has a feature for it to be held down without you keeping your finger on it all the time). The steam created gets rid of the creases in seconds.

                    I used to use easy ironing sprays to help reduce the creases, but find I don't need it anymore.

                    There are a few down sides - it is rather large and bulky for storing and when it is creating the steam it is rather noisy. I usually watch TV when ironing, but find you need the volume up louder!

                    It also doesn't need emptying of water every time. It recommended you clean after every 10 irons if you use tap water. I use a mixture of tap water and ironing water, and find that it is very easy to keep clean.

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                      09.11.2008 17:43
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                      A new way to iron!

                      I like to Bzz - for the uninitiated, this means I do word of mouth advertising for companies - and my most recent campaign has been for this steam generator iron.

                      I was e-mailed by Bzz offering me the chance to participate in the campaign by purchasing the steam generator for just £20. Now I am a huge fan of Philips irons - I was already using a Philips GC2510 which I had only owned for about 9 months when I was given the opportunity to get the GC7220. Prior to that I had been using an ancient Philips which I only replaced because the cap keeping the water in the tank had broken - after around 15 years of faithful service!

                      The most obvious difference between a regular steam iron and a steam generator is size. The actual iron is a similar size but this sits on a base board linked by a feeder cable which contains the water tank and this is big. This is definitely something you have to consider when you buy it as it quite simply will be too large for some ironing boards! It also takes up considerably more storage space.

                      The steam generator is 9 inches wide, 16 inches in length and is 7" in height.

                      Now this little device sure does pack a punch. My previous Philips iron was pretty powerful with the steam but the GC7720 is something else again!

                      To use, you have to fill the tank on the base unit with water up to the "Max" line. The steam generator comes with a filling cup and my advice is to have the steam generator in place on your ironing board and take the water to it - when the generator is full it can be quite heavy.

                      I live in a soft water area so tap water is fine for me to use but if you live in a hard water area Philips suggest you use distilled water either mixed with tap water or solely distilled water.

                      You then plug the base unit into the mains. The lead is 2 metres long so this gives you a certain amount of flexibility as to where you will position it. The actual iron sits on the base unit. You then switch on the power and wait for the system to heat up to the required temperature.

                      Steam ironing is only possible if you have set the heat level to 2 dots or higher, so its important to have your iron set to the correct temperature if you are wanting to get the full benefit of steam ironing.

                      Once the generator is at the correct temperature you are ready to go - and boy is this a different experience to using a steam iron. The steam generator uses 3.5 bars of steam pressure which is capable of releasing up to 80g of pressurised steam per minute - so it packs quite a punch!

                      You really notice how much steam comes out but the difference this makes to ironing is palpable. Instead of doing most of the work when ironing, I find myself in the marvellous position of having something that does the vast majority of the work for me.

                      I am very fussy about my bed linen and only use cotton, which as anyone who has cotton duvet sets will tell you, creases badly in the wash. So the vast majority of my ironing is badly creased cotton and I used to find it such a chore to do duvet covers and pillowcases but now it is a straightforward and easy job. Same with school blouses for my daughter - these are ironed in about one minute flat using this device!

                      A feature I really like on the GC7720 is the steam hold feature - using this you can have continuous steam on particularly badly creased items or areas. You can amend this to a "burst" of steam or turn the steam off altogether if you so desire.

                      You can also use the GC7720 for vertical ironing - such as on a hanging suit jackets or curtains. I haven't tried this feature as yet but its a particularly useful feature, especially if you just want to "freshen up" a jacket.

                      The only thing I found a little off-putting about the steam generator when I first used it was the noise it makes when water is transferred from the base unit to the iron itself. This is however a minor niggle rather than a major problem, and I suppose the noise means the steam generator is working properly.

                      Like so many of Philips' ironing appliances, this includes the Calc Clean feature which is an easy way to maintain it by flushing scale particles out of the iron. Philips recommend you use this feature once a month or after you have refilled the water tank 10 times.

                      Overall I am extremely impressed with the GC7720 and I have a feeling my poor old GC2510 will be languishing in the cupboard for some time to come.

                      You can find the GC7720 for sale on Amazon and Argos and it currently retails around the £99 mark.

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                        05.11.2008 23:24

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                        quality product but needs slight design tweaking

                        helloo received iron courtesey of buzz agent .hubby does ironing normally 2 hr stint sunday mornings.moans a lot but i flatly refuse to do it. well its cut his ironing time in half.i even iron some of my own clothes now as it is so easy and quick to use. pluses - makes hubby happy. removes creases super fast especially on delicate items where you dont want to apply pressure ,gives you a mini facial with the steam lock button while you iron saves a trip to the salon! no need to empty as tank is separate from iron.2yr warranty,irons polyester on high heat due to steam jet.gets creases out of hanging curtains. minuses heavy a handle to carry it would be a welcome addition.bigger than average so storage a problem if no utility room.retail price a bit high but i am lethal with irons and anything electrical so worthwhile expense in the long run

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                        02.11.2008 01:25

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                        Unbelievably good iron, worthevery penny

                        I've seen a few reports on here about this iron "GC7220 Pressurised Steam Generator" and yes I am a bzz agent too.

                        But I have to say that this iron really is a dream iron. When I first switched it on and waited a couple of minutes for it to get going I didn't know what to expect.

                        I pressed the button for steam and it whooshed out with such force that I jumped, I was so startled. I'm sure it shot about 5 foot across the room. The great thing is that this iropning has a continous jet of steam so your days of pressing for a little squirt here and there are well and trully over.

                        The advert claims to cut your ironing time down to half and this is no joke. I whizz through my ironing now, and I trully believe that some of my shirts could stand up by themselves, its almosty as if the steam has some magic starch in there.

                        Rather expensive to purchase through retail outlets but absolutely worth it, if you do a lot of ironing a week then you would do well to grab yourselves one of these brilliant steam generator irons. I promise you wont look back.

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                        29.10.2008 21:47
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                        I got this Iron for £20 through a 'word of mouth' company called BzzAgent. So I get to keep the iron and spread the word of what I think of it.

                        This Iron retails at around £99.95, it can be bought from places like Tesco, John Lewis and Currys. This Iron is a pressurised steam generator, so it's very powerful and the steam gets straight into the creases and is not absorbed by air. I was really surprised how quick I got through my ironing. You can use the iron vertically as well which is very handy, especially with shirts, once I've ironed them normally I put them on a coat hanger and give them a blast which makes sure there is no creases at all.

                        Once you have filled the tank with water (1 litre tank) and switched it on, the iron is ready to use in two minutes. The steal trigger lock lets you have continuous steam without having to press the trigger all the time. You can also refill the tank as you iron.

                        You have to clean the iron every 10 goes, but this is very easy, you just fill it with water, shake it about and empty the water out.

                        It has a nonstick ceramic soleplate and has a unique steam tip to get at corners.

                        There is a cable tidy for the 2 metre cable. It's quite big and a little noisy, nothing that bad though, I can still watch tv!

                        I would definately recommend this iron, I'll never be going back to a non pressurised steam iron! Especially as it says it can cut your ironing time in half!

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                        29.10.2008 10:46
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                        I now enjoy ironing a little bit more than i used to!!

                        I was lucky enough to get this iron for £20 from Bzz Agents which is word of mouth company.
                        Ironing is my worst household chore and there always seems so much of it in our house and it takes so long to do.
                        When i received it i was so excited to try it out (how sad is that).
                        I could not beleive how quick and easy it was to set up and use.
                        I hate ironing shirts and have so many of them to iron as my husband wears one every day. It was amazing how quickly the creases were ironed out and it really made a difference.
                        My ironing time has been cut in half now.
                        If i hadn't been given the opportunity to try it out for £20 i don't think i would have bought one as is a lot of money for an iron in my opinion. So glad i was given the chance as i would still be using my old iron.
                        Would definately recommend it and have been spreading the news as to how great it is.

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                          24.10.2008 18:00
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                          Want to cut down the ironing time then this is for you.

                          I, like everyone else who has written a review about this iron got the iron so I can spread word of mouth as it is a new product on the market.After parting with 20 pounds I could not wait to get my hands on the iron.

                          I hate ironing but as a mum of 1 there's no dodging the laundry.My husband is too busy working and I have to do it come rain or thunder. After receiving this iron which is a pressurised steam generator.I must say I love ironing and can't wait for my laundry to dry.

                          The reason my attitude has suddenly changed is because the iron itself does not require much of my effort .The iron isn't heavy like the ones we pour water into so we can get the steam as we iron.The water has a separate tank and all that flows into your iron is steam and it penetrates even the stubborn creases.

                          I can confidently recommend this iron to anyone who hates ironing like I used to as it will change things around.As with all new products that are technologically advanced they tend to be quite pricey.It will be a very good investment indeed because of the results you get.

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                          Short name: Philips GC7220