Morphy ‘Innovators Review’, Not Supermum, Comfigrip iron and Shirtmaster ironing board

10/07/2012 | Posted in Ironing, Product Reviews, Morphy 'Innovators', Garment Care

Not Supermum isn’t the most enthusiastic of ironers, so we decided to make life as easy as possible for her by sending her a brand new Comfigrip iron and top-of-the range Shirtmaster ironing board to try out as part of our Morphy Innovators scheme.

She was really impressed with both – you can read her thoughts below, or click here to read the post on her blog.

It’s fair to say that there are two man-made objects visible from space. One is the Great Wall of China and the other is my ironing pile. So, as you may have guessed, ironing is not my favourite past time. But, for most people ironing is a necessary evil so I’m all for making it as painless as possible.

I’ve been using a Morphy Richards iron for over 10 years, and it’s served me well but was starting to show signs of wear and tear. So when I was asked to review the new Comfi Grip Iron by Morphy Richards I was, how shall we say this, intrigued. Not only that but I was also sent the Shirtmaster ironing board to try out too.

Not one to shirk my responsibilities I bit the bullet one day recently and tried them both out.

The ComfiGrip Eco Steam Iron RRP £79.99
What I liked:

  • It has a longer than average cable (3 metres) which allowed me to use the iron without the usual extension lead;
  • The large, easy to fill water tank meant I wasn’t refilling every 5 minutes;
  • the iron has an automatic cut-off if it’s left unattended for 1 minute lying flat on the sole plate, or 8 minutes standing on its heel. Very reassuring if you leave it unattended;
  • there is an Eco Steam switch option which allows you to iron and save 23% less electricity;
  • there is some fancy-pants technology in this iron which I could into detail about, as well as some very well thought out extras which make life easier,  but I’ll just cut to the chase and tell you this: it irons beautifully. That’s pretty much all we want from an iron right?

What I didn’t like:

  • I was ironing. Enough said.

Shirtmaster Ironing Board RRP £79.99

The Shirtmaster Ironing Board is huge. I mean, just have a look at it in comparison to my old ironing board! It’s unusual shape and size means it’s easier to iron larger items, and also means less time moving items around to fit them on the board. The narrow end is designed for ironing collars, waistbands and smaller items of clothes, while the larger end is designed for shirts, duvets, tablecloths, etc. An added bonus for me is that the board was height adjustable to suit my height (5′ 9″). Most ironing boards are too low for me to use comfortably, but this one was fine.

What I liked:

  • the large work area on the board made it much easier to iron larger items – less faffing around;
  • it was more suitable for my height;
  • I like the red spotty cover!;

What I didn’t like:

  • it is much bigger than a standard ironing board, and takes us more room in my kitchen. When it first arrived I didn’t think I would keep it because of its size, but after using it I’ve decided it’s staying!

Perhaps you actually like ironing! I can’t understand why, but there’s actually a World Ironing Championships . Really, take a look here.

The Home of the House Proud website has lots more reviews, competitions, recipes and news from Morphy Richards.

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