I purchased this Tesco IR08 Steam Iron from the home appliance section in my local Tesco Supermarket. It was only priced at £3.50, and at the time we needed an urgent replacement, so I decided this would do the job until we had the funds to get a more expensive branded Iron. This model has now been discontinued, therefore it is no longer for sale on the Tesco website or in store, however it is worth checking on eBay for any refurbished or used IR08 Iron listings.
This is a Tesco valued item therefore I was expecting it to look plain and boring in appearance, however to my surprise it actually has a nice dark pink colour for the middle of the body and a nice off white coloured handle, base and back of the iron's body. It has a stainless steel ironing plate, a steam button, a water spray button, and a temperature control dial under the handle. The dial has 4 heat settings ranging from low to very hot. The power cord is white in colour and is a good length. It has a power of 1300 watts and 150 ml water capacity.
I purchased this iron as a temporary replacement and was quite happy with the overall simple basic features of this iron for the price. It has 1300 watt power which isn't great to be honest, but I found that it the power was able to do the job fairly well for a basic iron. It does depend on how often you iron clothes, as I believe a more powerful iron would last longer and allow you to iron more clothes than this low power iron. That being said I was surprised to find that the iron heats up extremely fast and maintains temperature well.
The downside is the water tank which only hold 150ml of water, this can be annoying if you're like me and like to use the steam function & water spray feature frequently, therefore I found that after just ironing 2 or 3 pieces of clothing I had to refill the tank with water again. This can of course be extremely annoying, walking back and forth to refill the tank after just a few irons, and made the ironing process a lot longer.
The Tesco Iron is very easy to set up and use, just fill the water tank with 150 ml of water using the supplied water jug, and then just plug in the power cord into the mains. The water tank is easy to fill up and is quite self explanatory. The power cord reaches a good length, meaning I can iron clothes a good distance from the power mains and not feel restricted during use.
Once plugged in, the temperature setting can be adjusted using the dial located under the handle, and choosing from the 1-4 heat settings. The dial is easy to use and the marking (1-4) are easy to distinguish. I found that the iron heated up quite fast, heating in approx half a minute. I tended to use the 2nd heat setting majority of the time, as I found the 3rd and 4th was actually extremely high and would actually start leaving black burn marks on clothing so it is worth being careful when choosing the correct temperature settings.
The steam can be activated by simply pressing the white thick steam button located on top of the handle. The steam in my opinion wasn't great, as it seemed to work reasonably well on thin clothing but almost unusable on thicker clothing. This can be a hindrance if you have a range of clothing to iron, and this restriction did make the ironing job a lot longer than I liked.
The iron performed well ironing out creases on thin shirts for my partner, however like I said the thicker clothing needed a lot more effort and ironing strokes to iron out even small creases. The water tank has a really low capacity level, therefore after a few sprays of water; I was off to refill the tank again. Therefore this iron actually made the dreaded ironing job a lot longer than it should be, just ironing 6 or 7 items of clothing can take ages.
The stainless steel plate is reasonable size, as is the iron itself. The shape of the plate however made it a little difficult to iron collars and cuff areas due to the angled edge. The handle allowed for a comfortable grip, and the iron is quite lightweight and therefore easy enough to glide over clothing.
Overall I would say that this Tesco Value IR08 Iron is a simple basic iron that manages to do the job at hand fairly well. It is less powerful than more expensive irons, and the water tank capacity is limited therefore it does make ironing clothes longer than I liked. I used this Iron for 5 or 6 months before handing it over to my cousin who needed an Iron to take to university, as I think it is ideal for basic occasional use. I would therefore recommend this iron for basic occasional use as the price is excellent value in my opinion, and as a result I rate this iron a fair 3/5 stars.
When I first saw this iron, my jaw nearly hit the floor, how can an iron be made so cheap? Well by using incredibly cheap parts and by making it small. Small is good because you can take it to say, a hotel and use it there without taking up too much space in your case, but that does also mean it runs out of water fast.
It uses up water very quickly, and with its low capacity water storage, you can only do a little bit at a time, so it takes longer to do the ironing. It heats up quite fast though, within a couple minutes you can get going, which saves time, so here it's both good and bad.
I have had this iron for 8 months and I just use it for the family at home and so far it's been great, it hasn't broken down and still irons perfectly. The ease of use is great too, because it's lightweight and small so you can get right under shirt collars and into small parts of clothing.
I haven't found it particularly easy to get creases out fast though, this does leave behind creases if you glide over quickly rather than press down and slowly iron out the crease. The lid is slightly wobbly and has some play on the clip so you have to be careful not to push it too far when refilling.
It is very easy to use and is simple to set up, the instruction manual explains everything and each function is clearly labelled on the top of the iron, it's almost plug in and go, you just need to set the iron settings up, which takes seconds.
But honestly, for less than £4 can I really complain? No, I suppose not. It's good value and does what it's supposed to do, iron, but I really wouldn't mind paying a bit more for a better one next time.
When it comes to products such as an iron I won't pretend to know what I am talking about. I wouldn't say I am the keenest around when it comes to household work, I therefore don't know a great deal about what I am looking for when it comes to such products.
The Tesco Value IR08 Steam Iron cost me under a fiver when I bought it last year and it has lasted me well. The reason I bought it was partly due to the price, the look of the iron also drew me in. For this price I expected a plain and boring iron (probably white), but the attractive design sold itself to me. I wouldn't be confident in saying for definate what colour it is (!), although it seems like purple/pink/violet all rolled into one! I am a man but the colour doesn't put me off as it isn't something I intend to use outside the home! The 'girly' colour is complemented with a white band over the handle and to the skirt of the iron.
One of the other points that appeal to me is that the iron only has a couple of functions. The settings are easy to use on different materials and the steam button allows you to activate a short burst of steam as and when you need it. I use an extension cable with the iron, as I would recommend anyone to do as the flex isn't long enough to allow you to do your ironing anywhere other than right next to the plug socket. The flex feels robust enough to last a long time and even though the iron is lightweight it doesn't look or feel as cheap as it really was.
I find that the iron heats up quite quickly and I am soon ready to get to work :( . creases are easy to manage with the IR08 Steam Iron and as the iron is light it doesn't take a great deal of effort. Items such as t-shirts and work trousers are quite easy to iron, but when it comes to my jeans or a thick jumper the iron doesn't cope so well. That said, it just means I have to put a little more effort into it and the end result is acceptable. I think the weight of the iron plays a big role in this, but for under a fiver I can't really argue.
As the Tesco Value IR08 Steam Iron is quite basic this makes it an ideal iron for someone on their own. having few clothes to iron I don't use it as much as someone ironing for their whole family. I think if you fall under this category then you would be better advised to look for something a bit more robust and with a few more features. For my use, though, it is ideal and gets 4 stars due to its limitations.
Being a student, I needed to purchase a cheap iron to keep my clothes looking neat and tidy, and this was the most affordable one I could find. It is very cheap - they can be purchased from Tesco for £3.78 - and I soon realised why it was so cheap. It is very small, which is unsurprising for its price, and this makes the ironing process take longer than usual, but its main flaw is its unreliability. It is not heavy enough nor does it get hot enough to do a very efficient job of ironing. It gets out some of the main creases but it doesn't give shirts the crisp clean look you will find from a better quality iron. It holds very little water, and the water spray only comes out in small trickles, and the steam spray is barely noticeable. If you want your clothes to be properly ironed, do not buy this.
This was my first ever iron, and six years later, it is still my only iron! Admittedly, ironing being perhaps my least favourite household task, I only iron about once a fortnight, but that still works out as amazing value!
This iron is a typical shape and comes with the usual thick cord to attach it to the mains. It is lightweight but sturdy enough to tackle thicker items of clothing. The pleasant match of white plastic with pink opaque plastic means that in terms of looks, it can hold its own against much more expensive brand name irons.
This iron comes with a little plastic jug for pouring water into the steam compartment at the front (accessed by lifting a little lid). The dial under the handle offers the usual heat options, ranging from silks to linens. An extra feature which I wasn't expecting at this price is the 'steam boost' button, where you can opt for an extra burst of steam or a squirt of water onto the item you are ironing.
The iron heats up to the correct temperature quickly, and has worked well and reliably on all items I've tried it on. My only quibble would be that the water seems to run out exceptionally fast, requiring frequent top-ups.
This is a cheap steam iron from Tesco from there value range of household products. Like the rest of the stuff in the value range is offers basic products at a cheap price. That is exactly what this is, it is very cheap, and also basic, but it gets the job done, and that is the most important thing.
The design is a bit better than most of the other products in the value range, which is a bit strange as it is one of the products that are hidden away most of the time, unlike toasters which are always out on display in the kitchen. Most of the value products a plain white, but this product has a bit of colour with it also having purple as well as white in the design. It is a nice enough looking iron, as good as any other iron in my opinion.
It has a 150ml water capacity which isn't great (with many irons having double that, with a 300ml capacity) but is reasonable enough as it isn't really much hassle to refill so isn't a reason to not buy it. It is quite a small capacity but is high considering the price you are paying.
In terms of how well it irons it is quite good. I've always been rubbish at ironing and having used more expensive irons before I didn't find this any more easy or any more difficult to use, just equally as frustrating, although I am improving, and it does get out the creases.
The cord for the wire isn't massively long, but long enough to give you some freedom with where you want to iron, and that it is easy to iron your clothes across the length of the ironing board.
With it being so cheap it doesn't have any extra special features such as anti-drip, anti calc and anti scale system, but these aren't going to ruin you clothes, there just nice extras if you do have them, which I'm afraid this iron doesn't.
It is quite light at 0.8kg, although this will obviously be more when you have filled it up with water, but after that still it is a light iron. This light weight makes it easy for ironing and moving it over clothes easier.
The price of the iron is only £3.84, and you can't really go wrong with that. It is very cheap, and does the job very well considering the price you are paying. And like many cheap stuff it isn't going to break within a couple of days of buying it, and mine has lasted me a long time.
Overall this is a good product at an even better price. Its great for students who are trying to spend as little as possible, and if like me you are going to try and avoid ironing whenever possible, you don't really need the fancy extras. I would recommend this product for people on a budget as it is cheap, and it gets the job done.
A great Steam Iron for students - cheap and does its job without problems.
The Tesco Value IR08 Steam Iron
Student Houses are usually great, nice rooms, big kitchens and lovely housemates - the only let down in our house were the kitchen appliances. Within the first month our microwave, our kettle and our toaster broke. Being students we could not really afford high end products and once again our way led us to Tesco. Every big Tesco store has a electronic area with a varied choice of low cost household appliances from sandwich makers to hairdryers.
As with many store´s own brands Value products are cheap but usually hit and miss - some products are amazing value for money while others are a complete let down. As shameful as it is but while being on our shopping trip we realised that we lived for several months without even owning a steam iron. When I had to iron my shirts for work I usually went to my boyfriend´s and ironed them there. The Tesco Value IR08 Steam Iron ended this - we finally bought our first iron for the amazing price of 3.84 pounds!
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The IR08 Steam Iron is available at any big Tesco store in the electric area. With under 4 pounds it is even cheaper than most other own brand products like the toaster and the hair dryer. It is rather small and with only 1300 watt not very powerful. We actually debated quite a bit if we should invest in one with a bit more power but if you - like us - don´t do much ironing it is not really worth it. Being students we can be rather lazy; I don´t really wear stuff that needs ironing and never bother with ironing bed linen and duvets. Guess it will be a long time before I´m going to be a good housewife :-)
The Steam Iron comes in the plain standard Tesco Value box, is wrapped in plastic and has an extra protection foil over the stainless steel plate. A small instruction booklet is included in the pack. I´m used to 2 year guarantee but the iron only had one for one year. Now I´m not sure if this is an English thing or only with this product. Make sure that you keep your till receipt as the guarantee declaration is printed on it. We lost ours of course within minutes of opening the box but so for we didn´t need it.
The design is horrible; I know that I cannot expect much for under 4 pounds but even I have to complain about the choice of colours. The pink is absolutely horrendous and makes the iron stick out like a sore thumb in our storage area. I´ve seen here on Dooyoo that there was one a blue variation which looks much better. The power cord is of a more than sufficient length and never caused any problems.
The iron has more functions than we expected. Using a dial one can choose between 4 heat settings from low to very high. Very high here means actually very high and you should choose your setting with care. Setting 2 or maybe sometimes 3 is enough for my shirts and I never had to used the highest option. Steam is produced quickly and in sufficient amounts to help with all thin, creased fabrics. There is also a water squirt function which I never had to use as the materials I iron are usually quite thin. However, I tried it once and it works without problem.
We never had any problems with the Tesco Value Steam Iron and it still works fine after a few months of usage.
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Since I was an AuPair in Italy and had to do the household for a six people family I hate ironing! I would never even dream about ironing my everyday stuff or my towels but I have to look smart for work and therefore cannot avoid ironing my shirts.
My new iron never had any problems with these rather thin materials and even though it is not very powerful it never takes long until all my shirts are clean and free of creases. I was positively surprised by how hot the iron got and how quickly everything worked. The only negative thing here is that the top of the plate is not as pointy as I would like it to be. This can be quite annoying when ironing collars.
The other thing that I don´t like about this iron is the small tank, with only 0.15ml it is not even big enough to go through a few shirts when using the steam option regularly. Refilling the tank however is easy with the little jug that comes included in the pack. Speaking about the steam option, well, there is not much to say. It works well enough but again, it seems as if the iron was designed for thin fabrics as there is nowhere near enough steam produced to iron a thick cotton bed sheet.
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This has to be without doubt and question a clear YES! Everyone in my flat share is absolutely convinced that we made a really great bargain here and we could not live without our Tesco Value Steam Iron. As I said before we do not iron a lot apart from the occasional shirt or skirt and the iron is more than sufficient for these thin fabrics. I cannot recommend it to you if you have a lot of ironing to do/like to iron you bed linen. It is not powerful enough for thick materials and iron a whole bed sheet seems like a nightmare.
All in all it is a great product for students but not for a big family.
For me it is 09 out of 10 stars, I cannot recommend this product highly enough and will definitely buy it again if it does every need replacing. However, if I ever settle down and have a family I will need a proper steam iron.
Thank you for reading and rating my review!
I have to admit straight away that I absolutely detest ironing and avoid it like the plague whenever possible. I think this stems from the fact that when I was a teenager my mother used to pay me to do the ironing at home and I found it incredibly tedious and back breaking work (is it just me that slumps in a depressed kind of way while ironing, only to add a bad back to the whole experience?).
So, over the years my husband and I have become experts at the sport of 'hanging things whilst wet so that they do not crease' (which is a much undervalued skill in my opinion). However, some things, such as workshirts and anything made if silk like material will always need at least a cursory going over with an iron if you do not want to look like you are being deliberately scruffy. As my job has slowly gained status I now frequently have to wear suits for work and as such the ironing is becoming more frequent.
I therefore recently decided that it was high time we got a new iron as the one we were using we had inherited from my mother in law in the mid 90s and it was rather temperamental and prone to spitting steaming fizzy water at you. A danger to add to the dross of the chore.
Whilst whizzing round our local Tesco Home store I noticed that they had these irons on sale for the absolute bargain price of £4.25, less than a fiver for an iron seemed too good to be true but I decided to grab one while I thought about it.
Mine is actually a baby blue and white version of the one in the picture above. It is a very basic iron with a simple dial for adjusting the temperature and a steam button plus a water chamber and a spray button. It comes with a small plastic jug with a special spout to make pouring water into the small hole easy enough.
I find this iron easy to use although the power cord is very stiff and also quite short which means that you have to iron very close to a power point and sometimes the lead gets a little in the way. I also find that on heavier cottons you have to put a lot of weight behind it to get the creases out.
On the whole though, for less than a fiver I really can't complain about this iron, the steam function works very well, it does not hiss and spit like our old one was prone to do and on the whole it effectively gets the creases out as it should. Keep an eye on the water levels as I find mine seems to use an awful lot, either that or the chamber is particularly small and hence needs refilling quite often.
A great product from the Tesco Value range and a great buy for anyone on a budget.
Stainless steel plate
150ml water capacity
Variable & Vertical steam
The aesthetics of this iron is quite pleasing, with a fairly simple design of pink and white colours, composed in a nice way.
I bought this iron at around £6, but it has now come down to £3.87, according to the Tesco's website. This is obviously a great price for those who are not too concerned with lots of features etc. Also, for my experience, as a student.
Ease of use
This product is fairly easy to use, but is not that great in some aspects. For example, the simple task of putting the iron down vertically becomes difficult where the power lead gets in the way. I also did not like that the maximum water indicator is placed horizontally, so filling the iron up requires some guesswork and constant checking.
However, temperature changing is easy, and so is the steam function.
I do not think that this iron produces a good result on clothes. My feeling is that this is because is doesn't have enough weight to do so.
I would recommend purchasing a more expensive iron, as the cheap price really does reflect the quality of the iron.
Short name: Tesco IR08