Our expert has chosen the model Philips ComfortTouch Plus GC558 / 30 as the best ironing center of the three analyzed for the excellent results it offers when ironing clothes.
One of the tasks that can be more tedious at home is ironing. Furthermore, not everyone performs equally and possesses the same skills when picking up an iron and having to ‘face’ a mountain of clothing made from different garments and fabrics. On the other hand, ironing a cotton T-shirt is not the same as ironing a dress shirt or scratching the pants. If you haven’t got the hang of it, it can end up being maddening.
Traditionally, in homes what has been styled is the horizontal ironing board. But it is not the only option available. There are also vertical ironing centers that make this work (and quite a lot) easier for less skilled people. They work with steam and not only serve to remove wrinkles from clothes. They also help to dispense with certain odors that tend to accumulate on clothing over time. For a person looking for a quick alternative and with more than decent results, it can be perfectly adjusted to what they need. Even for users who have the classic ironing board, It is a perfect option to give a ‘quick pass’ to that garment they want to wear right now.
What models have we tested?
Due to their size, characteristics, technologies, materials and accessories included, these ironing centers do not have the same price as a regular iron. Thus, when preparing this triple selection, we have set a budget that has oscillated between approximately 140 and 200 euros. The models have participated: Philips Comfort Touch Plus GC558 / 30 (8.25), Polti Vaporella Vertical Styler GSF60 (8) and Rowenta IS8460D1 (7.75).
Each of these three vertical ironing centers has received a final average score. This assessment is obtained from the analysis of different criteria, among which are:
– Design: We have valued the design and finish of each one, and the quality of its materials … Above all, thinking about the financial outlay that must be made and that it is an appliance that is purchased with the intention of lasting several years.
– Manageability: Is the ironing center well managed? Do you feel comfortable using it?
– Accessories: It is usually common that several accessories are added to the ironing center that make the task much easier.
– Ironing quality: We have ‘measured ’the performance and checked how the clothes are after an ironing session using various garments and fabric types.
How have we tested them?
After several days without using the ironing board, we accumulated a small mountain of clothes with clothes of different sizes, shapes, quality and fabrics. We distribute them among the three ironing centers and compare the final result: if the clothes fit well, if the wrinkles were easily removed or more time needed to be spent, what was the end result between clothes with thin or thick fabrics, etc.
The winning ironing center was the Philips ComfortTouch Plus GC558 / 30. It is the most expensive option but the one that has provided the best results. It is likely that at first it will be difficult for you to control its steam system, but soon you get done with its use.
Philips ComfortTouch Plus GC558 / 30: our choice
The assembly of this ironing center is easier than it seems and with a little skill and patience it is ready to use in a few minutes. It does not take up too much space (173 x 37 x 33 millimeters) and the quality of the materials used is good. In addition, its design and the color combination chosen by the Dutch firm (white and purple) are elegant and give it a chic touch.
The accessories that come in the box are the following: a glove, a clothes hanger, another adjustable double, a brush and some fragrance caps MyEssence. This complement caught our attention, and that is when we went to use the center we discovered that It incorporates a fragrance diffuser to impregnate the clothes with the aromas that each person likes best.
– Power: 2,000 watts.
– Variable steam: 5 levels.
– Tank capacity: 1.8 liters.
– Technologies: FlexHead and caps for MyEssence fragrance.
– Length of the steam hose: 1.3 meters.
– Length of the electric current cable: 1.6 meters.
– Dimensions and weight: 1,730 x 330 x 370 millimeters. 5.38 kilograms.
– Accessories: brush, glove, garment hanger, double adjustable hanger, MyEssence fragrance lids. Extra long StyleBoard.
– Others: Lime management, automatic disconnection and standby mode. The best, the worst and conclusions.
You can choose between five levels of steam. This function comes in handy since not all garments have the same characteristics and are made from the same fabrics. With a maximum power of 2,000 watts, the ironing center heats up quickly. Before, yes, you will have to fill your water tank: it can be extracted and its capacity is 1.8 liters. In our tests, it is true that the amount of steam that the machine expels is slightly higher than that of other proposals, but the final result convinced us; if the wrinkle is very marked or pronounced, it costs a little more until you are satisfied with the final result. Its use is comfortable and practical, and you immediately become familiar with the product.
We liked that a standby mode has been included and that the system that fixes the hanger where clothes are placed so that they do not move is so effective. Also the ‘Easy Rinse’ decalcification function, thinking that such a purchase is made to use the center for many years and that it does not break down ahead of schedule.
– The best: attractive design, good performance and how well it works with different fabrics.
– Worst: It is the most expensive option and it is lacking (it is a matter of comfort) that the steam adjustments are not integrated into the handle as it happens with the Rowenta model.
– Conclusions: Despite being the least economical option of the three, this ironing center achieves a good balance in all its features. Being able to flavor the garments is an extra feature that makes it different from the rest.
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Polti Vaporella Vertical Styler GSF60: the applicant
Of the three models selected for this comparison, it is the one that reaches a greater weight: 6.25 kilograms. It has its justification since the entire structure is metal. In addition to guaranteeing a durable structure, its design is characterized by its high resistance since the manufacturer promises that can support up to 18 kilograms of weight. Another detail that we liked (along with the different finishes of the product) is that height is fully adjustable, thus adapting to the needs of each person. Specifically, the maximum height is 155 centimeters and the minimum is 83 centimeters.
Like the Philips proposal, the machine takes a short time to heat up. You feel especially comfortable when you hold the grip, and the metal mouthpiece is striking for its large size. Immediately you do with its use and the result of the garments is quite good, especially with the clothes of sport For the day to day. With the dresses too. As usual, dress shirts and pants give more problems, but if you are looking for a quick review of these garments, the result you get is valid. The removable tank has a capacity of 2 liters.
It reaches a total power of 1,800 watts and supports up to six steam regulations. The center is controlled through a wheel that allows you to select between one of these six programs. We will know which one has been selected because next to it there is a rectangular screen that, through blue LED lights, reflects the chosen regulation. As for accessories, it comes with a brush whose bristles help to treat thicker tissues.
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One of the things that we liked the most about this Rowenta model, and that does not offer the rest, is that settings for steam are integrated into the handle. You can choose between five possible options, depending on the type of garment to be ironed. We also find the accessories that accompany it right: it includes a glove so that the hand is protected (the Philips center also incorporates it); a lint remover; a brush for delicate fabrics and another for thicker ones; and a clip that helps you make the stripe of the pants. It comes in great if one is not too skilled. It offers a power of 1,800 watts; the time it takes to warm up fulfills what the German firm promises, 45 seconds; and it has a steam indicator that informs that the ironing center is ready to work.
On the other hand, It has an anti-lime function with included cleaning indicator and automatic shutdown function. The design, finish and structure of the machine meet expectations, but on a day-to-day basis the result was not always as expected. Although with light garments it performs quite well when it comes to eliminating wrinkles (especially if its size is not too large), with thicker fabrics this is not the case. Also, clothing tends to get too wet after passing the head. Instead, the smell of clothes that have been stored in the closet for too long is effectively eliminated.
Its removable tank has a capacity of 1.3 liters and at certain times, and on time, when the ironing center was working we noticed small water losses.
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I have been in technology journalism for almost two decades. In all this time, I have had the privilege of seeing how technology advances to make day-to-day life easier and tell about it in different media. Although I have already lost count of how many products have passed through my hands, I confess that the desire and the sensations remain the same. Laptops, tablets, phones, cameras, activity bracelets, smart watches … I do not set limits when choosing a device and making the most of its possibilities as a good consumer of technology.
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