Launch date: 1917
New type of electric iron with wooden handle, shaped to improve ironing
Launch date: 1932
New type of electric iron with thermostat control
Launch date: 1953
First steam iron to feature ‘Vapomatic’ Control – different temperature settings for different fabrics with a shot of steam
|Product: Calor Pressing Pro|
Launch date: 1985
First steam generator range produced by Groupe SEB
|Product: Calor Super Gliss|
Launch date: 1986
Steam iron with Supergliss soleplate, a Drillium that outperformed other existing materials on the market (PTFE, stainless steel, chrome) thanks to its anti-scratch and anti-staining properties.
|Product: Calor Aquagliss|
Launch date: 1990
First iron range with integrated anti-scale protection.
|Product: Tefal Pro Minute Steam Generator|
Launch date: 2008
A development of steam generators that offered a combination of professional quality ironing at home and compact size. Also featured innovative Anti-calc collector.
|Product: Tefal Smart Technology Steam Generator|
Launch date: 2013
Tefal’s revolutionary new range of Smart Technology Steam generators, designed to offer simplified, one touch setting controls catering for simplicity seekers and ironing experts alike.
As part of my role as a Tefal Innovation Panelist I have bee fortunate to try out one of Tefal’s Smart Technology steam generators. With three new models to choose from Tefal Pro Express Total Easy Control, Tefal Pro Express Total Auto Control and Tefal Pro Express Total X-Pert Control.
1. Easy control: One universal setting, safe to use on all fabrics, designed for the simplicity seeker
2. Auto control: Three straight forward settings (Normal/Delicate/Jeans) offering increased control for the more demanding user
3. X-Pert Control: Five precise fabric settings (Synthetics/Silk/Wool/Cotton/Linen) for the expert user who wants to achieve perfection
Tefal Smart Technology Steam Generators key features:
• Exclusive Anti-Calc Collector for long lasting steam performance
• Lock System for safe and easy transportation
• Steam and Electrical Cord Storage
• Fast 2 minute heat-up
• Powerful Vertical Steam
• Continuous Refill
• Eco Mode
• Premium quality ceramic or palladium soleplates
• Auto and X-Pert Control steam generators also feature a removable water tank and Auto-Off safety feature.
I opted for the Tefal Pro Express Total Easy Control steam generator. Whilst I love ironing I am someone who does not look at product labels to see what setting I need the iron on. Nor do I sort my ironing into piles of fabric types. I am lazy when it comes to my iron in the respect that I turn it up high and off I go, this is why the Easy Control is the steam generator for me.
Tefal Pro Express Total Easy Control GV7550 key product features:
• Easy, gentle and adaptable ironing for all fabrics thanks to Tefal’s Smart Technology Easy Control
• Safe to use with no risk of burning, and no compromise on power with 5.2 bar pressure and up to 220g/min steam delivery
• Long-lasting performance thanks to Tefal’s unique Anti-Calc Collector
• Featuring the exclusive Ultraglide soleplate, number one for glideability.
After using the Easy Control at home I can really see what a difference the steam can make to ironing. With a whoosh of steam relaxing the fibres whilst he soleplate works its magic smoothing out even the most difficult of creases. Whilst I used to iron on high heat and hope for the best, the introduction of inbuilt temperature control really has made a difference. No long am I worried about ironing certain clothes and the steam is great for getting creases out of curtains (whilst they are hanging).
At around £225 a steam generator is an investment piece but the ease it cuts through my ironing pile I would highly recommend to all. It may be a little more bulky than a conventional iron, however I don’t feel it takes up that much more space with it’s cord storage and no need to refill every five seconds. Plus as the iron sits on the generator unit locked into place with their lock system you can put it away straight after ironing, no hot plates exposed for little fingers to accidentally touch.
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