Most of you would know that I’m not an ironing person, if there is a lazier way to do something I WILL find it. When word got around that I was test driving an exciting new iron, the Phillips PerfectCare Aqua, well lets just say I could hear my mothers surprise from my house. Hey with eight people in one house some corners are going to get cut. But what we also have in this house is a lot of uniforms, work, school and cadets. It comes up to quite a lot of pressing. We are an upsized family. We have an upsized car, upsized house, upsized washing machine, dryer, well everything really. So it’s only fitting that we upsize our iron.
Meet the Iron Maiden (yes I’ve named it).
That’s a 2.2 litre water tank on the base, yep it’s a whopper. I won’t lie to you. It does take up a lot of space. I opened it up and baulked at the size, but then I figured out that you don’t have to have it on your ironing board. It can still be easily used when placed next to the board, I iron next to my kitchen bench so it sat there, the cord to the iron from the base is quite long so it worked well. There are accessories you can get, including this purpose made ironing board, which I’m kinda maybe going to order. It turned out to be quite an amazing appliance to use.
A surprising thing about this iron is that it doesn’t have a temperature dial. So there is no cotton, wool or the seldom used silk setting, I’ve never successfully ironed anything silk which is why I don’t have silk anymore, but I digress. The reason it has no dial is this; “One perfect setting for all your clothes. Always the perfect combination of steam & temperature because: 1) Advanced Smart Control Processor sets the perfect combination of steam & temperature 2) The ultra powerful cyclonic steam chamber delivers powerful constant steam for all your fabrics.”
I was dubious, but it did what it said it would flawlessly, and I’m pretty sure it gets creases out faster than my classic style iron. If I was going to take in ironing to earn a bit of dough on the side, this would be the iron for the job. Especially with the pressurised steam generator, using that option made it even quicker.
“PerfectCare Pure delivers a powerful continous steam output up to 120g/min and an additional steam boost up to 220g. It is ideal for perfect and fast crease removal and for vertical steam.”
It is easy to fill, with no spills like my classic iron that has that tiny funny angled spout, which I never manage to fill without dribbling it down the side of the iron. The iron clips back into the base for storage and makes it easy to carry around, the whole unit packs up easily. It does look like a complex beast of an iron, which would probably startle a lot of people, but it is technologically advanced but simple to operate. Not having to wait for the temperature to adjust with each garment was the best bit for me, which you might not realise takes up extra time when ironing, and I don’t have that much time to spare. I didn’t even need to use any sprays or starch. It has been a very helpful addition to our busy household. But don’t think that it is just suited to large families, anyone who is after a crisp professional result with their ironing is a match for the PerfectCare Aqua as well.
Disclaimer: I have been gifted the Phillips PerfectCare Aqua as part of this review.