Reviewing The Morphy Richards Comfigrip Iron
Now, although I am part of the Morphy Richards Home of the House Proud team of bloggers, I sometimes feel a bit of a fraud. Am I house proud…well sort of! I like nice things and I like pretty colours but I am intrisically lazy and a bit of a houseworkphobe. So, most of the clothes I chose don’t need ironing. I suspect my dislike of ironing was instilled in me from an early age. My parents were great bridge players and used to go out two or three evenings a week to play.
On those nights we had a lovely babysitter called Mrs Gent, who came over to look after us. We were all quite fascinated by this grey haired old lady (I suspect she was in her mid sixties) who turned up and very politely asked if we’d mind if she turned the TV over to watch the wrestling! It just seemed incongruous. And, from my mother’s point of view, there was a real benefit. Mrs Gent liked to iron while she watched TV. She told me that just sitting and watching was boring…she’d rather have something to do, be that ironing or knitting or darning socks! Needless to say, mum took advantage of Mrs Gent’s need to iron and left large piles of washing…which by the end of the evening were immaculately pressed.
So, when I was asked to review an iron I was just a little hesitant. But, part of the reason for my hatred of ironing is that my old iron just doesn’t get rid of difficult creases. It’s about 15 year old and still ‘works’. I hoped things might have moved on a bit!
My Morphy Richards Comfigrip Iron arrived and sat in it’s box for a week or so. I was busy. I didn’t have much that needed ironing. I was…putting off the day when I had to try ironing!
Anyway, eventually this weekend, I got the iron out and had a look.
It’s nicely styled and very easy to hold (hence the name). And, it has a ‘unique ironing plate’ with three different zones to help you get your clothes absolutely crease free – the tip has jets where where the steam boost is focussed, there’s a general steam area and then a wider pressing plate at the bottom of the iron.
A plus for me, it was very easy to fill. There’s a flip lid which allows you to easily pour water into the iron, much nicer than my old iron. But, quite a serious negative…for some reason, this iron is supposed to be used with distilled water in hard water areas. I have a real problem with that, I have no idea where I could buy distilled water from and I really don’t want bottles of it around my flat. Especially when my 15 year old iron still works (on tap water). Of course the problem goes away if you use distilled water for anything else or if you happen to live in a soft water area. There is an anti-scale function so I am planning on seeing how things go till I next do a shop from lakeland where I know they sell a crystal based distilled water maker for about £4.00
On to the ironing capability. I filled the iron up with (tap) water and tried on one of my toughest ironing challenges. It’s a dark blue cotton dress that marks badly if you over heat the iron but which is hard to get the creases out of. And, to my suprise I’ve become something of an ironing graduate. I suspect the steam boost button helped a lot, in the past I’ve found it very difficult to direct steam over the worst creases and ended up overheating the iron. And the plate of the iron, which is coated with a non-stick ceramic finish did glide beautifully. The iron was easy to hold and heavy enough to work but not so heavy I struggled to manoevre it.
It doesn’t have a cable tidy, but the design means that when you have finished the cable can be wound around the base of the handle for storage.
So perhaps I will make it as a Home of the Houseproud person yet.
Disclaimer: I was sent this iron to review as part of the Morphy Richards Innovators programme. I have not been paid for the review and all views expressed here are my own.