When we were asked to review the Perfect Care Elite Steam Generator Iron by Philips I almost said no because I’m not a big fan of ironing and Mr Frugal does all the ironing in our house. He’s never complained about the iron we currently have so I was kind of thinking that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
Then I read on the website that Philips claimed it can save up to 40 minutes a week so I thought I’d be a good wifey and say yes as a treat for him (;-)) although I must admit that I was more than a little sceptical about whether or not it would really save us (Mr Frugal) so much time.
When the iron was delivered I was quite surprised by the size of the unit and I must admit that my first thought was where on earth I was going to put it as there was no way it was going to go in the little cupboard where my current iron lives happily tucked away.
Mr Frugal unboxed his new toy and was pretty pleased with how easy it was to set up as he hates anything that takes more than a couple of minutes to set up. Seriously, you should see him on Christmas Eve when he has to set things up ready for the kids!
He was rearing to go so I went and found some of his work shirts which were scrumpled folded up in his wardrobe. These shirts are quite thick and he hates ironing them because they do take a fair amount of effort due to the material so he tends to just iron them as and when he needs them rather than all at once when he does the rest of the ironing.
I sat down and let him have a play before I moved in with the camera and the first thing I heard was him saying ‘Hmmmm’. I asked if that was a good Hmmmm or a bad Hmmmm and he said it was definitely good. Apparently the Perfect Care Elite Steam Generator Iron is a good one and really does make much lighter work of the ironing than our old one.
I’m not sure how to describe how this iron is so much better than our old one without using a ton of clichés but it really does just glide over the fabric and gets rid of the creases first time. Mr Frugal went and got the rest of his workshirts and did all four of them in not much more time than it would have taken him to do one with our old iron.
I should also tell you that our old iron wasn’t a cheap iron by any means because I do think with small appliances like irons that you get what you pay for and I’d rather pay more up front for good quality that’s going to last longer. I’m telling you this because it’s important to know that the iron I’m comparing this too was pretty good itself so you can properly understand that the difference the Perfect Care Elite Steam Generator Iron made to ironing things was huge.
It’s heated up and ready to go in just two minutes which is slightly longer than our current one but you know what, it’s totally worth the very short wait. We love that it holds a huge amount of water so you don’t have to keep refilling it and the despite the unit’s size, the iron itself is very lightweight and really does feel like it’s just gliding along.
Another big hit with Mr Frugal is that it has just one temperature for all garments – how good is that? No more faffing with the temperature dial and waiting for the beep to tell you it’s ready before you can move on to the next thing.
Do I think the Philips Perfect Care Elite Steam Generator Iron is going to cut 40 minutes a week off our ironing time? Yes, absolutely – if not more.
And as an added bonus, when I mentioned to Mr Frugal that I wasn’t sure where I was going to put it, he actually tidied out a cupboard where he keeps his junk stuff so there’s a space in there for it now!
We used the time saved with the ironing to visit a pumpkin patch we’d been hearing about for the last week or so and once we’d been there and found the perfect pumpkin we headed over to Whitby Abbey to have some spooky fun in the place which is said to be the inspiration behind Bram Stokers Dracula.
Here’s our little story about the pumpkin patch:
And here’s some of the fun we had at Whitby Abbey:
Philips also kindly sent us some Halloween costumes which were brilliant and although we didn’t go Halloweening this year, the kids did get dressed up to carve our pumpkins and to give the sweets out to the trick or treaters:
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