I’m going to let you in on a little secret; I have never owned an iron. When I left home I avoided things which needed ironing without issue and once James and I got our own place he brought all that kind of stuff to the home.
I avoided using it for as long as humanly possible until James made me a deal I could not pass up… I can only remember my part of the deal, which was to take on ironing his uniforms, which means that he obviously didn’t hold up his end and I am only realising that now – years down the track.
Honestly, I have never really learnt how to iron properly. So, I have used James’ iron year after year and not once have I adjusted the settings. Okay, except that one time I burnt something and that other time I made his pants all shiny. Not the most practical way to iron but the safest in my case.
Enter Philips PerfectCare Aqua.
On first impression, I was quite taken aback by the size. As a non-ironer I assumed it would look much the same as the one we had been using. In the beginning I tried to have the iron and it’s water tank living on the ironing board, just as the last one had, but I was worried it wasn’t a stable or practical enough solution.
Thanks to the reasonably lengthy cord I am able to house the base on my drawers and use the iron without any hindrance or having to move the whole system, which is important given that I iron 5 out of 7 days.
The Philips PerfectCare Aqua has a generous 2.2L water tank which means I’m not filling it daily and is so easy to use. You turn it on, let it warm up (2 minutes, tops) and then iron away. It doesn’t have dials and settings, so I don’t have to worry about whether I am using the right temperature.
I don’t understand how the OptimalTemp feature works, how it can possibly tell the right temperature to use with no input? But it does. I have not had any water leakage on garments – which was my general issue with ironing – no burning, no wrinkles, no shiny pants. No. Issues. The best thing is that it is safe on all fabrics. You can iron your silk blouse straight after your cotton tee, not change a thing and not have a worry in the world.
I am new to ironing with steam, I thought it was a more about the pressure I was applying but now I know better. The powerful, continuous steam delivered by PerfectCare Pure (120 g/min) makes for easy, perfect ironing every time. There is the option of an additional steam boost up to 220g for those deeper, harder to flatten creases.
While the whole unit as one is bulky to accommodate the water tank, the iron itself is light and sleek. It is fitted with a SteamGlide soleplate which is smooth, easy to clean and scratch resistant.
One thing I have found very difficult to get used to is placing the iron face down on the ironing board while arranging clothes. Sometimes, I still go to stand it on it’s end. However, the iron is designed to be placed face down and will not burn or damage the board cover. I was nervous about it to begin with but, with daily use have come to trust that it is safe.
Other than needing to be aware of the size for practicality reasons, the only other thing I would mention is that it is quite noisy when heating up the water. It doesn’t last long and most days it is a non-issue, but on mornings when I might be getting up earlier than my husband and wanting to get the ironing out of the way, I have to avoid turning it on.
I am never going to jump out of bed in the morning, excited to iron but it’s not such a chore anymore either. It’s fast, easy and efficient. My ironing ‘skills’ have increased, or at least that is how it appears thanks to an iron that is smarter than me.
Disclosure: I was provided a unit for review purposes