This Russell Hobbs steam iron is effective, lightweight and well designed. The standout factor here is the cost – it’s a quality iron at a budget price.
OVERALL RATING: 88%
- Tidy cord storage
- Lacks power compared to pricier models
Russell Hobbs 23780 Review
Affordable, effective and easy to use, this model from Russell Hobbs may not have the power and steam output of more expensive models, but it’s perfect for occasional ironing or anyone lucky enough not to face a regular ironing mountain. It’s the best affordable steam iron available, right now.
A good steam iron should make the job easier. The iron should do the hard work with plenty of steam and a soleplate that glides across all fabrics. You shouldn’t need to push down on the iron or need a heavy model to press out the creases. A weighty iron coupled with the repetitive motion of ironing isn’t good for your wrist. The Russell Hobbs Easy Store Pro is lighter than most at only 1.4kg. Let the steam do the work.
This iron has a good non-stick ceramic soleplate. Some budget models use stainless steel, which is ok, but a ceramic soleplate is generally more durable, glides easier and still offers good heat distribution.
Cleaning & Descaling
It’s near impossible to accurately test descaling efficiency. Water hardness, frequency of use and age are all key variables – testing a brand new iron doesn’t really help. Instead, we check what 100s of owners think and look for common problems. What’s good to note, is that this model performs well for most people. However, as with any iron, it needs to be kept clean inside.
Although this model is described as ‘self-cleaning’, there’s a short and simple cleaning process that you need to follow. The instructions (supplied with the iron) are complete and easy to understand. Whichever model you choose, clean your iron regularly (it only takes a moment), and it will last much longer.
- POWER: 2400w
- CONTINUOUS STEAM: 45g/min
- STEAM SHOT: 145g
- WATER TANK CAPACITY: 330ml
- SOLEPLATE: Ceramic
- CORD LENGTH: 2.5m
- WEIGHT: 1.4kg
- AUTO SHUT OFF: Yes
- VERTICAL STEAM: Yes
- PERFORMANCE: 4.0/5
- FUNCTIONAL DESIGN: 4.9/5
- EASE OF USE: 4.6/5
- OVERALL: 88%
Verum ratings are calculated with data from multiple sources, weighting criteria and comparative metrics to give a quantitative measure of the product, based on the key decision-making factors.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
Good for safety, this iron will turn itself off if left motionless upright for 8 minutes or in around 30 seconds if left downwards. Also useful is the vertical steam system that’s great for removing wrinkles from hanging clothes, curtains etc.
Why Spend More?
Around the thirty-quid mark, this model from Russell Hobbs truly stands out. Yes, you can spend more for extra power & features, but if you’re after a quality, affordable steam iron, this model is for you. As with most household appliances, the price moves around as algorithms attempt to figure out what you’ll pay. Cutting through the noise, this model usually sells for between £30 & £38.
Affordable, effective and easy to use – the Russell Hobbs Easy Store Pro Iron is great for smaller households and occasional use.
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