Quick heat up time
Irons different fabrics effectively
Easy to use
Tefal saves production costs by shortening its cord length
Have been a fan of Tefal irons in the past - having owned a few. Just replaced a Phillips that was rubbish from the start, with a new Tefal.
- heats quickly
- glides well
- not so prone to leaks (like the Philips)
- Tefal have shortened their power cord lengths. VERY noticeable. It is 60cm shorter than the Philips. I know it is a different brand however I notice it also because the ironing board needs to be right on top of the power point, otherwise I pull the cord out of the wall when trying to iron.
This is a really really poor. A short cord length on an iron is dangerous. If they want to save money then reduce the number of models produced. On this basis I will not buy another Tefal iron.
Purchased in June 2020 at David Jones Retail Stores for $120.00.
It does its work
Heats up quickly in seconds, safe and easy to operate. Bought on a special offer, look for a special offer or discount. Suitable for daily used clothes, less meant for suits and jackets. Very handy to store and move, very efficient in terms of electricity consumption since heats uo in no time
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It's good... but not great
We recently received a Tefal TurboPro FV5648 iron from the ProductReview.com.au Ambassador Program to review and, before anyone comments, yes I do share the ironing with my wife so this is a review based on our shared experience with the unit.
First Impressions (pardon the pun)
The first thing we noticed was the ridiculous amount of effort the marketing team put into the outside of the box, making it look more like the latest and greatest super toy with features, features, features! People... it doesn't fly, it doesn't iron without human...help, it's just an iron. Much to our surprise the iron is actually a new version of our existing six year old iron, so it should be easy to compare but have its work cut our for it to impress us - the old one is good. In the box was the iron and three documents - the warranty booklet, the safety guide booklet and something I shall generously call a Quick Start Guide. This Quick Start Guide is, without doubt, the most pathetic product document I have come across in years - a single, double sided folded sheet of pictures and iconography which was supposed to explain how to use all the features of three different models of the iron but is actually just confusing rubbish. Even now, after two weeks of use, there are still some parts of this guide which evade our understanding - at least our original iron came with a multi-lingual booklet which used words - a strange concept but one which amazingly conveyed far more meaning that this stupid, penny-pinching sheet of hieroglyphics.
Review collected in partnership with Tefal
Mixed feelings about this one... Let me explain
In the last 12 years I used cheap ish Breville iron that "ticked" all boxes I wanted in an iron I tend to use almost daily. After 12 years the teflon coating started peeling and calc start spitting out of steam holes at times ruining white shirts. I thought - time for a new iron. I did not look for something fancy in particular, but certain features were important to me. Those features were:
1. 2400 Watt of power or more. That will ensure that iron warms up fast and can sustain good steem rate
2. Teflon coated plate. So it won't stick to clot...
A good product but for minor build quality issues.
Very stylish look - does what a steam iron is supposed to do. Comes up to selected temperature rapidly (and accurately) and does pump out volumes of steam - so I can understand the need for an Anti-Calc catcher to take out any residual Calcium build up (from hard water) from within the steam chamber. The Sole Plate has a very good surface, so should be very reliable and long lasting - but never put a scouring pad anywhere near it, no matter what happens to it. The broad triangulated base makes for a very stable platform to rest the iron in the ...upright position with the integrated power cable swivel mounting ensuring the cable (barely enough at 1.8m long) stays out of the way. This iron is weight bias to the front (even when filled with water) where as most others are balanced or slightly weighted to the rear - when parked on stand or cut out recess they are always front up so with the position of the Steam trigger making it more difficult to have to twist your wrist excessively to get the iron to the upright position and prone to accidentally hitting the steam trigger - may be an issue with people with delicate wrists and hours of continuous use. Be advised - If you had the Steam Selector ON previously then switched it to OFF there is still quite a few extra shots of steam available. The stand up triangulated base has quite a few mis-matched mating parts and sharp edges and it's mounting to the main body near the rear Calc-collector is not very rigid so don't drop it from the ironing board onto a hard floor. (I known drop tests are common with mobile phone manufacturers but maybe not with irons) The handle area also has several mis-matched mating parts, sharp corners and the Steam ON/OFF selector in front of the spray button is a very lose fit in it's recess. The temperature Auto-OFF sensor response seems to not be sure what it is supposed to do. I test it at maximum temperature setting. Turn it on - when it is up to temperature it turns OFF and then ON continuously to maintain the selected temperature - CORRECT. If you stop ironing but leave it face down - it turns OFF briefly (after a few seconds) then ON again briefly then OFF but then starts and continuously PULSES ON/OFF. and maintains some heat in the iron but never turns OFF. Enough residual heat to put a heat stain on an old nappy (yes still very useful after all these years) I used as a test piece for this issue. In the upright position - it turns OFF almost instantly then after after a few seconds it PULSES ON/OFF for a few more seconds, Then every 2 minutes the Power Light PULSES ON/OFF for 5 seconds until it reaches 8 minutes it starts and continuously PULSES maintaining some heat in the soul plate. At no stage (laid flat or upright) does it ever turn OFF permanently. I would need Tefal to tell me that's how it is meant to work. Their GUIDE suggests - OFF after 30 seconds when face down and 8 minutes OFF when upright. I might seem picky - but after 36 years in the White Goods and small Appliance manufacturing industries before my retirement, I look to different issues (other than Basic usage) than most other people - and yes, I bought up 2 kids so I know what to expect from an iron. In conclusion - YES it works very well - all the controls are easily accessible and in most part function correctly, has a good warranty, with some minor build quality issues but at the asking price I would guess there is better value available further down the Tefal range.
A few "wrinkles" need to be ironed out
When I first saw the picture of the Tefal iron on the box I was intrigued. From a design perspective, it's black and blue separating it from the competition. It's larger than your average iron covering more surface space reducing ironing time, and it has a turbo-boost steamer that forcibly removes stubborn wrinkles. Come to think of it, this is a man's iron.
As Tefal specialise in non-stick cookery, they're no stranger to combining non-stick materials to hot plates, so it's no surprise that this glides over fabrics smoother than Ben & Jerry's...
Questions & Answers
I own an FV5648 which I bought a few years back. In the last few months, while using the iron, the red pilot lamp starts flashing and the iron stops heating. This happens annoyingly at very regular intervals. The only way to get the iron going again is switching off the power (and takes a few attempts). I have to keep doing this a few times during an ironing session of say a hour. Very annoying. Does anyone know why this is the sase and how to resolve it permanently?
- The TurboPro FV5648 has a vertical steam function so you can rid hanging garments of any wrinkles.
- It includes a spray function to get rid of stubborn creases on delicate fabrics.
- The iron has a precision tip which lets you iron around all the nooks and crannies of your garments.
- It has an anti-drip feature so you don’t have to worry about water leaking and staining your clothes.
- You can put this iron on eco mode - helping save the planet and your power bill.
- The iron has an auto-shut off feature, providing optimal safety for you and others in your household.
- It includes an integrated anti-scale function, making for easy cleaning.
- Continuous steam output produces quick results.
- 2400 watts of power makes the heat-up time quick.
- The iron has a Durilium AirGlide Autoclean technology soleplate which allows for an easy glide and maximum steam distribution.
- Coming to $169, this iron is a reasonable price compared to similar models.
Points of praise:
- Reviewers said this iron was lightweight and easy to use.
- Ironers noted that this iron glides well over a variety of fabrics.
- The quick heat up time of the Turbo Pro FV5648 was praised by reviewers.
|Category||Irons & Steam Generators|
|Features||Anti-Drip, Auto Shut Off, Vertical Steam and Water Spray|
|Colour / Finish||Blue, Black|
|Steam Output||50 g/min|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
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