- Prices from £29.00
- Good Steam Output
- Auto-Off Safety Feature
- 3 Metre Cord
- Case a little Plasticky
- No Water Beaker Provided
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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
An attractive iron with high steam output, auto off and a 3 metre cord”
Strewth, what a bonza iron we have here cobber! Err, actually, Breville UK is no longer part of the original Aussie Breville company (they invented the sandwich toaster you know) but that doesn't detract from what is a very good iron.
The Breville Xpress is a Real Household Hero
It's an attractive looking iron, though the Chinese made case is a little plasticky. By way of redemption it offers 2800 watts, higher than average for the price, which ensures the iron keeps up to temperature better.
Its steam output is quite impressive with up to 60g of continuous steam (3 settings) and a mighty 180g steam shot when required. Those watts are certainly put to good use - from cold to maximum heat in just 42 seconds; when the big red light illuminates - indicating our desired temperature is set - we're good to go.
The Press Xpress has Plenty of Features
With all that steam it's just as well the water tank is larger than average at 400ml with an easy fill spout.
There's no water beaker provided though strangely there is space in the box for one - surely they can find 2p in the budget to include one?
On a more positive note, safety auto-off comes as standard and a 3 metre cord and anti-scale complete an impressive specification.
This Breville Iron has 'Safe to Store'
And when you're all done you've got SAFE-STORE, a nice little feature we've not seen before. An indicator strip just above the soleplate will appear solid red when the soleplate is hot.
As it cools, the words SAFE STORE will start to appear. When you can clearly see this text against a darker background the iron is safe to put away.
In our experience, this took around 45 minutes from using the iron on the maximum heat setting.
Our Conclusion for the Breville Press Xpress Iron
At the original price of £40 it was good value for the features on offer, but even better now that the price seems to have settled around £30 - rival brands will have their work cut out trying to beat it.