This best selling iron is a favourite in British homes. The well-balanced specification stands out among similarly priced models and this, coupled with positive owner feedback make it an excellent and affordable choice for most households.
OVERALL SCORE: 90%
- Good value
- Long cord
- Powerful steam shot for blasting tough creases
- Less continuous steam than more expensive recommendations
Russell Hobbs 20630 Powersteam Ultra Steam Iron
Iron technology hasn’t changed much in recent years and while there’s a temptation to opt for the latest model, there’s also security in choosing an iron that’s loved by its owners, ranks well in our best irons and is a best-seller – year after year.
What’s good to know is that this iron doesn’t lack any of the features associated with the latest models although being more powerful than most, it does heat up quicker.
How to Avoid Limescale & Staining
Limescale build-up is a problem with all irons, especially in hard water areas. What’s important is to clean your iron regularly rather than wait (& curse) when it’s too late. There’s an easy to follow, de-scaling process with this model. It only involves filling it up and pressing a button, while holding the iron over a bowl or sink. Do this regularly and your new iron will last longer – limescale is all about prevention rather than cure. The instructions that come with the iron are easy to follow.
Clever Solepate Design
The ceramic soleplate works well, heating up quickly and gliding easily. Especially useful are the notches on either side, close to the tip. This simple, but clever design makes ironing around buttons easier and quicker.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
This iron has a well-balanced specification, ticking all the boxes. The long cord means greater flexibility to iron where you want. The vertical steam function gives you the ability to take out the creases from hanging garments and curtains. Plus, the auto power-off function makes it safer for your home.
This iron has an RRP of £60 but is usually available for around thirty-something. Click on the link below to see the best price at Amazon today.
- POWER: 3100w
- CONTINUOUS STEAM: 45g/min
- STEAM SHOT: 210g
- WATER TANK CAPACITY: 350ml
- SOLEPLATE: Ceramic
- CORD LENGTH: 3m
- WEIGHT: 1.6kg
- AUTO SHUT OFF: Yes
- VERTICAL STEAM: Yes
- PERFORMANCE: 4.4/5
- FUNCTIONAL DESIGN: 4.7/5
- EASE OF USE: 4.7/5
- OVERALL: 90%
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Verdict – Russell Hobbs 3100w Steam Iron
Good value, good ironing results and easy to use.
Why Spend More?
Speed of ironing and professional results are closely linked to the steam output of an iron. This is especially so, with cotton, linen and heavier fabrics. While continuous steam output is not the only factor, it does translate to less time ironing and better results. If this appeals, click here to see the Verum top 5 steam irons.