Please tell me I am not alone with my hatred for one chore in the house - the IRONING. I am so bad that for years I didn't do it unless it was absolutely necessary. But... you do need to look presentable and that does involve ironing, however, I still hate it with a passion so I collect everything in a basket from the week and then spend 2 and a half hours every Sunday afternoon ironing the families clothes. So what would I do if instead of ironing I had an extra 40 minutes a week? Well make very simple fairy cakes with the kids, take a walk and spend time together as a family!
One and a half hours with a family of four - that's 2 kids clothes - school uniforms and after school clothes, one husband with work clothes and after work clothes and then me. So some weeks I feel that I am ironing for a family of 7 with the mountain that is produced. I was challenged by Philips who said they could give me a gift of time - 40 minutes extra per load of ironing to spend that time with the kids just through using the Philips PerfectCare Elite Steam Generator Iron. Now I'm all about living with the kids and spending time with them on the weekend doing fun things is something that I really want to do especially instead of the ironing.
Philips PerfectCare Elite Steam Generator Iron
An iron is an iron, right? Well, wrong! The Philips PerfectCare Elite Iron's compared to my previous iron is like comparing a Porche to my first car an Austin Metro they are in different leagues and one that I won't be going back to my old iron. To give it a fair test over 2 weeks I ironed the normal ironing pile with my old iron - starting at 4:50 and finishing at 7:10. Then my second pile a week later - starting at 4:50 and finishing at 6:30.
So why such a big difference - well 1 critical stage of my normal ironing was removed - the sorting the pile for the different iron temperature. The Philips PerfectCare Elite Iron's have OptimalTEMP technology which means that no time wasted sorting the ironing into different temperatures as well as waiting for the iron to cool down (most of my ironing falls into the two dots or three dots apart from the kids' school jumpers! which need a cool iron). With the PerfectCare Elite Iron, it's one setting for everything from jeans through to silk.
The other reason that it just glides over it all of the clothes - no ironing out the creases over and over again. With the easy glide plate. The steam means that the iron is also very safe. Now I am clumsy and that means ironing is a dangerous activity for me - seriously I burn myself EVERYTIME but with the low temperature I was perfectly safe and managed to iron the complete basket without a single accident.
What I really think of Philips PerfectCare Elite Iron
So - I am about honesty. What do I really think? Will I be using it regularly? Is it worth the money? Yes, I will be. My most hated job just got a lot quicker and easier what isn't good about that. It's also quiet so instead of waiting till late on a Sunday to do the ironing because of the noise over the TV I will be able to iron whilst we watch the TV together.
BUT... this iron is a lot bigger than my previous iron and that means finding space to store it. It is heavier a little worry of mine with the kids running around and an unstable ironing board - but the hose connecting the water tank and the iron is long so I could change the position. And those are my negative points.
My mother-in-law has been raving about steam generator irons for a couple of years and I have looked at them in the past, but it's just an iron so what difference could it make well a lot and what you could you do with that Gift Of Time with the kids? Well carry on reading and discover our fairy cake recipe that takes under 40 minutes to cook and decorate perfect for spending time together as a family.
Gift of Time - Making Fairy Cakes with the Kids
40 minutes is an amazing gift of time to have with the kids when weekends are so quick especially when you add in all of the activities and events that as a family we have on. Spending that time together doing something we love is fantastic - so making Fairy Cakes it is.
- 4 oz Soft Margaine
- 4 oz Caster Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Medium Eggs
- 4 oz Flour Self Raising
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- Weigh out the ingredients
- Cream together the margarine and sugar
- Add in vanilla extract
- Add the two eggs and mix
- Combine the mix with flour and baking powder
- Share evenly between 12 muffin cases
- Bake for 12 - 15 minutes in the center of the preheated oven
- Leave to cool
- Decorate as you wish
Would you like a Gift of Time?
How would you spend the extra time you would get if you used the Philip PerfectCare Elite Iron? What would you spend the time doing with your family? Philips would really love to know and they are giving you the opportunity to win a £1000 John Lewis Voucher to spend on your family their gift to you. Pop on over to the Philips Home Living Page and from Monday 31st October discover how to enter and win your own Gift of Time.
Philips PerfectCare Elite Iron
Less ironing and more time on your hands with the Philips PerfectCare Elite range, the world’s fastest steam generator irons, designed to save you 40 minutes ironing time a week!
The PerfectCare Elite delivers more steam than any other steam generator, penetrating deep into clothes so you can speed through your ironing pile. With its steam power and consistency, the PerfectCare Elite is able to claim the fastest ironing experience. It also features Philips’ revolutionary T-ionicGLIDE Soleplate technology with patented new coating for the most easy-gliding soleplate ever. The carefully designed shape and vent holes of the soleplate provide even steam distribution for easy crease removal, so tackling even the largest bundles of laundry becomes instantly more manageable.
Fitted with lightest iron in the Philips range, the PerfectCare Elite makes ironing faster and more comfortable, whilst still delivering great ironing. It is also ideal for vertical steaming – just the thing for curtains, jackets or any delicate garments. With additional features including an Easy De-Calc cleaning system, a large easy fill detachable water tank the PerfectCare Elite promises a new, carefree ironing experience.
Fastest Steam Generator - Steam rate (norm IEC60311), vs. the 10 best selling steam generators; tested Dec. 2014
Designed to save you 40 minutes ironing time - Based on internal test with average ironing basket compared to Philips GC3802 Azur Performer steam iron. Time-saving indication for UK consumers who iron for at least 120 minutes per week as reported by an independent agency.
The PerfectCare Elite is able to claim the fastest ironing experience - Tested January 2015 vs. the bestselling steam generator
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