My wife and I actually purchased our Russell Hobbs Powersteam Ultra just over 18 months ago. So, I thought it would be a good idea to write a belated review on the product.....
First of all, here are our reasons for purchasing this particular iron in the first place:
It was (and still is) a best seller.
Didn't want to pay more than £50.
Needed one that could be used once/twice each week, and handle the requirements of two people.
Wanted one that was easy to use.
We liked the design of the ceramic base, featuring plenty of jet holes, which in turn
helps create plenty of steam. We also liked the two cut-outs in the front of the base plate - these allow easier access into 'difficult to reach' areas of your clothing.
This one has a tangle-free 3 metre lead.
It has a practical handling weight of 1.6Kg (including cable).
It has a self-cleaning function.
By the way, my wife and I both use the iron, though I'll admit my wife gets more use out of it than me. Now that we've had the experience of using it for all this time, here are our conclusions:
It is indeed easy to use.
It's easy to fill up with - we only use distilled water, because tap water contains calcium, which can clog up the iron. That said, we also (around once a week) use the Self-Clean button which additionally helps to keep those jets clean and clear.
We like that the iron gets up to temperature quickly.
We especially like its steam functions. There is a variable button to regulate the steam, or you can press another button, which results in a quick burst of steam.
Overall, we consider our Powersteam Ultra to be an excellent purchase. Ours has not let us down, it's straightforward and comfortable to use, and it does what we expect of it. I can be quite critical of a product at times, but I honestly cannot find anything negative to to write about this iron. If you want a steam iron, and you have a budget of less than £50 then this one is well worth considering. 😊