Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product.
Product: Tefal Aquaspeed FV5546 Steam Iron
Manufacturer’s Description: Power through your laundry pile with this iron from Tefal. Thanks to Durilium Autoclean Technology, the soleplate distributes powerful, even steam across all fabrics for superb results. It also prevents leftover detergent residue from building up on the plate, so it continues to effortlessly glide over clothes. This model has clever anti-scale technology which keeps your iron working at its best, as it prevents the build-up of limescale. It produces 40 grams of continuous steam every minute and has a 300ml water tank, to help you get through your laundry pile quickly.
Review: We were sent the Tefal Aquaspeed iron out to review by AO.com, and it was great timing as our previous iron is definitely showing it’s age!
My first impressions of this iron were good. Although it has a little bit of weight to it compared to our older, smaller, iron, I find that a positive with ironing as it helps to smooth out the fabric. The iron glides over clothes easily so the weight really isn’t an issue.
There are two great safety features of this iron; the first is the auto shut off feature which turns of the iron if it is stationary for a certain length of time. After 30 seconds motionless horizontal, or 8 minutes standing up, the iron will shut off automatically, until it is picked up and used again. This is great for those people paranoid that they might have left it on while answering the door or something!
The other great safety feature is its fairly unique built in heel stand. When you stand it on end, it is really sturdy thanks to the design. It has no problem fitting in the “iron holder” bit of our board, so it doesn’t add too much bulk to the iron – but makes a big difference to the stability. This is particularly great for us as I always worry about the children (or dog!) knocking the ironing board by accident and the iron toppling over as our last one wasn’t too stable on it’s end.
One problem we’ve had in the past with our old iron is that it started to spit out specks of limescale with steam, but this iron from Tefal has built in anti scale technology which should help prevent that problem. It also has an auto clean sole plate to prevent build up on the surface of the iron, keeping it gliding over your clothes smoothly.
My main criticism of this iron is that the cable is just 2m long, which is quite short – especially if you are tall like me. I had to use an extension cable to have enough flexibility while ironing.
Overall, however, I was very pleased with this iron. It got up to temperature really quickly, and had a good steady steam output. I tried it in eco mode which was sufficient for all but the worst creases. The water spray and high speed steam shot output worked wonders on the more stubborn creases. There were no water drips from the iron, and the 300ml water tank was easy to fill up. It would have been nice if there was a filling jug included, though.
5 stars for this iron. Even though I’m not an ironing fan in general!