TefalExpress Essential SV6110
- Great Steam Output
- Auto Off Safety
- Ceramic Soleplate
- A Little Heavy
- No Carry Handle
IN A SENTENCE...
Feature packed steam generator with plenty of steam and a host of extra features at a very affordable price. Ideal for: Everyday Use
ABOUT THIS IRON
Powerful 5 bar steam pressure produces way more steam than traditional hand iron can, meaning you can power through your ironing pile almost twice as fast! There are also a host of extra features that you wouldn't expect at this price.
Box of Delights
For a start, 110g of continuous steam is double even the best traditional hand iron, and there's a 260g/min steam burst shot on tap for really stubborn creases. Vertical steam allows you to easily freshen curtains and hanging garments.
The water tank has a 1.4 litre capacity - that's 4 times the size of a normal iron's storage meaning far less time spent filling up and more time just powering through your ironing. We find this is just about the right size - some generators with larger water tanks can be really bulky.
The auto-off safety feature is a welcome bonus, while anti-calc technology keeps limescale at bay even in a hard water area (which is just about most of southern and eastern England!)
Holes in the Sole(plate)
The "Express Essential" moniker aptly describes the soleplate of the iron. Smooth and easy gliding, with a good range of steam holes evenly covering the whole underside.
On the downside, there is no locking mechanism for keeping the iron secured to the base - more expensive Tefal's have it but it is missing in action here. There's also no kind of carry handle so you'll need to grasp the unit carefully when moving it around. To be fair, not many rivals offer anything better at this price level.
A Weighty Issue?
Another thing to consider is the weight of the hand iron. At 1.3kg it is lighter than a traditional iron but not as lightweight as premium steam generator models (more expensive of course) that weigh in around 1kg. However, we think that 1.3kg is a good compromise between comfort for long ironing sessions and enough mass to crush troublesome creases.
A big plus point is that the iron can be rested on it's heel - even some much more expensive irons have a curved heel which prevents you from just plonking it down anywhere.
Power on a Budget
Despite being an entry level model in Tefal's range, and lacking some of the features that its more expensive siblings have, this is a capable iron from a well respected manufacturer.
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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, but generally have better crease-crushing performance
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 power cord gives greater flexibility, particularly when ironing large items. (For steam generators this figure is the steam cord length from the hand iron to base unit)
A safety feature that turns the iron off after a period of inactivity
Instead of the usual heat and steam selector dials, the iron will control steam and heat automatically based on fabric type. Some irons even have both traditional manual controls and an automatic mode so you get the best of both worlds
Standard warranty period from time of purchase (includes any extension manufacturers may give for registering with them)
Country of manufacture
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