BraunTexstyle 7 TS745A
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- Premium Eloxal Soleplate
- Large Water Tank
- Auto-Off Safety Feature
- Cable could be Longer
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A higher wattage allows the iron to heat up quicker and maintain that heat during your ironing session
Continuous steam output in grams per minute. Higher output = quicker ironing
A short, powerful burst of steam to penetrate deep into creased or thick fabric
Weight of the hand iron without water. Heavier irons can be more stressful on your wrist over long ironing sessions
A ceramic soleplate will give the smoothest gliding and best scratch resistance. More expensive models might also have a special coating for even better performance
Higher water capacities will mean faster ironing with less time to stop and fill up, but can also increase the weight of hand irons
A longer cord gives greater flexibility, particularly when ironing large items. (For steam generators this figure is the cord length from the hand iron to base unit)
A safety feature that turns the iron off after a period of inactivity
Reduces limescale build-up in your iron to help prevent spitting and clogging of the steam holes
Standard manufacturers warranty period from time of purchase
Braun were late to the steam iron party and only launched their Texstyle (see what they did there?) range a couple of years ago. It seems to have been worth the wait though.
Eloxal and All and All
This is the mid-range model in their premium 7 series - the TS765A sits above it with increased steam output and a higher spec soleplate. Not that this soleplate is anything to complain about. It's a tough Eloxal coated soleplate. You know, Eloxal, that stuff that's 2 times harder than stainless steel. That's what Braun says anyway. In reality, it's a smooth grey metal soleplate with plenty of steam-holes and a good degree of scratch resistance.
Brawns as well as Brauns
As with the TS765A, this iron sports a larger than average 400ml water but that doesn't make it heavier or more unwieldly than any rival iron. Weight is around average at 1.28kg when empty and 1.68kg with a full tank according to our scales. Continuous steam can be one of six settings right up to a very respectable 50g per minute, and there's a pretty brawny (geddit?) steam shot of 180g.
The temperature dial has a particularly nice, smooth clicking action - who needs a fidget spinner when you have this? The comprehensive specification continues with an auto-off safety feature as standard, and so too are anti-drip and anti-calc. A 2 year manufacturer's warranty is included, and there's a water beaker and printed manual in the box - nice. For those of you who prefer non-Chinese made goods, you'll be pleased to hear this iron is made in ... Hungary.
A nice iron in stylish black and silver with a great specification and controls that feel good and are nice to use. One thing to be aware of though is due to price competition, often the aforementioned top model will be within a couple of pounds of this lower spec one - worth checking before you buy.
A well designed iron from a venerable German name that offers a good set of features”