When I found out that I had been selected by Nuffnang to review Tefal’s Pro Express Turbo Steam Generator Iron, I did a happy dance. I am a bit OCD when it comes to ironing (sad I know)- I am one of those people who iron tea towels, pillowcases, tablecoths, T-Shirts – pretty much everything apart from sheets and underwear. I get a lot of satisfaction when the ironing is all up to date for another week. As a sewer/quilter, I am always pressing fabric for my latest project.
I haven’t had a good track record with irons recently – I have gone through 7 irons in the past 10 years (admittedly I did drop one!). They always seem to leak water everywhere or burn out if they are left on for too long. I was very keen to put the Tefal Pro Express Turbo through its paces to see how it measures up. Coincidently my current iron is also a Tefal – the Aquaspeed Auto Clean which I am very happy with.
The Tefal Steam Generator Iron is BIG – it includes the generator iron rest, which has a 1.8 L removable water tank, and has a retractable cord (like a vacuum cleaner). The iron locks onto the rest when not in use. When using the iron, you position the iron rest on an adjacent bench or at the end of the ironing board, and the electricity and steam travel to the iron by a thick cord. The iron itself has a steam control button, as well as a Turbo steam button for vertical steam ironing. The iron takes 2 minutes to warm up before use, and has an auto shut off after 8 mins. You can use tap water in the iron and it can be easily descaled/cleaned.
I spent some time today ironing a range of items – including school uniforms, business shirts, delicate fabrics, jeans etc. I found that the powerful continuous steam cut down my ironing time significantly, and there was no need to use spray starch which I often use on some shirts. The iron itself is lighter as the water tank is in the separate iron rest. I walked away to take a phone call and when I came back the iron had turned itself off, but quickly warmed up again in approx 2 minutes.
Tefal Pro Express Turbo Steam Generator Iron
- Continuous powerful steam
- Lighter iron
- Ability to use tap water
- Anti-calc autoclean
- Turbo function for vertical steam ironing
- Auto shut off after 8 minutes
- Retractable power cord
- Steam button on inside of handle so is easy to access
- Large water tank keeps you ironing for a long time without the need to be refilling the iron
- The shape of of the iron (pointed end) is good for ironing shirts
- Can get the ironing done in half the time as you only need to iron over each section once.
- The iron plus the base unit is quite large and heavy when filled with water. You would need to have a bench nearby or else a large sturdy ironing board to rest it on.
- Price (I checked on line and it sells from $320 – $550)
- You need to be careful as it generates a lot of steam – probably not a good iron to teach the kids to iron with.