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Steam generator iron review - philips GC9246

Steam generator iron Philips PerfectCare GC9241/02 – review

My steam generator iron is probably nearing the end of its life – it has stopped generating steam so the iron is next to useless without it. I thought that this is a good time to write a quick review of this device. This is a second steam generator iron that I’ve owned so far, but after the first one – Texi Duo – this was a nice change.
Steam generator iron review - philips GC9246
Before I bought this iron I had a lot of doubts – the producer, as producers usually do, described it only in superlatives. No temperature settings sounded strange, and my previous experience with steam generator iron wasn’t that good. Very quickly, however, I started to like this iron.

Pros:

  • No temperature setting – I must admit that this is very comfortable.
  • Soleplate – I was very surprised how easily it slides on the fabric, I’m really delighted with this soleplate. Even when I ironed an interfacing with the glue side up, I could remove it without any difficulty (after the iron cooled down), and without leaving any traces of the interfacing or glue.
  • Easy to refill at any time during ironing – I used tap and distilled water in the 1:1 ratio.
  • Iron every fabric without any concerns – I never burned anything with this iron, which I cannot say about my previous, standard iron 🙂 No shiny marks left either, unless you have some seam or other thickness underneath – then, unfortunately, there is no way to prevent it.
  • Doesn’t spit water or limescale – the iron never dirtied any of my clothes. Once it spit a little bit of clean water, but this incident definitely can be forgiven.
  • Narrow tip – makes it easy to iron the space between buttons etc.

Cons:

  • Lifetime / price – this is the most important con. The iron has broken after 3,5 years. Ok, it’s not a short period, but taking into account the price of this device, it’s way too short in my opinion. I read on some other blog that the same model broke after even shorter period (but of course after the warranty expired).
  • No temperature setting – this is a pro and a con at the same time. I only considered it as the con when I needed to fuse some thick interfacing. The iron has no problem with fusing thinner interfacings.
  • Ironing woven cotton fabrics – if a fabric was heavily creased I wasn’t able to iron it perfectly. I think, however, that this is a small con, because standard irons deal with it even worse (as far as I recall).
  • No sprayer – considering the point above, sometimes it would come in handy 🙂
  • Vertical ironing – synthetic fabrics can be gently ironed this way, but it certainly doesn’t remove strong creases. Again, this is a rather small con, because it seems to me that this applies to all such devices.

I’m not listing here the obvious issues such as the device can be quite loud and the need of buying more suitable ironing board – these things apply to all steam generator irons.

Summary:

I really think this is a good device, and I enjoyed using it. I can hardly find any flaws in it, I couldn’t go back to using a standard iron. A huge drawback, however, is its durability. I wonder whether it is a question of the company, this particular model or such devices in general? Please share your thoughts – maybe you’re an owner of a steam generator iron that can last much longer than mine? I will start looking for a new iron soon, so any tips would be very helpful 🙂

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