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PhilipsGC9630/20 PerfectCare Elite

Philips GC9630/20 PerfectCare Elite
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Key Features
  • Prices from £350.00
  • 6.7bar Pressure and Huge 470g Steam Shot
  • Automatic Controls
  • Hand Iron Weighs Less than 1 Kilo
  • Short Power Cable
  • Still Noisier than it Should Be
Full Specification

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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

At a Glance

Very high performance steam generator with plenty of steam and a very lightweight iron



In Detail

Another high performance steam generator featuring Philips seemingly ubiquitous OptimalTemp technology. This innovative system automatically sets the right heat and steam output for the fabric being ironed, with a guarantee of no burning even on delicates like silk. No user intervention required - except moving the ironing of course. It leaves you to do the donkey work!

Epic 6.7bar steam pressure combined with a massive 470g steam shot and a 1.8 litre water tank means you'll zip through even the most challenging ironing load in no time especially with their top-of the-range "T-Ionic Glide ceramic soleplate" (Try saying that after you've had a few!)

Another stand out feature of this model is the very light hand iron at just 0.8 kilos. This makes it ideal if you do a lot of ironing or suffer painful wrists. For reference, the average hand iron is around 1.3 to 1.5 kilos (without water) while some steam generator irons can weigh between 1 and 1.2 kilos.

This unit might possess a very lightweight hand iron but it's no lightweight when it comes to steam performance. A 1.8 litre water tank makes it a big and bulky unit, but if you've got the space (and the £££s of course) then you won't be disappointed.

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